How "Now"?

Adventurous triennial Bay Area Now 5 breaks through the local art scene's walls
Misako Inaoka (and friends) of BAN 5

How to sum up the ever-changing arts scene of the Bay? Yerba Buena Center for the Arts bravely attempts the near-impossible once again with its multidisciplinary triennial, "Bay Area Now 5," sweeping the local visual art scene to present 21 emerging and established makers in addition to four guest-curated off- and on-site exhibitions as well as performing arts, film, and community-engagement components. Behold, a snapshot of a few faces, places, and ideas.


Sat/19 through Nov. 16

Opening party with Port O'Brien, TITS, Bronze, and more, Sat/19, 8 p.m., $12–$15

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

701 Mission, SF

(415) 978-ARTS,

See Web site for complete schedule

For regional survey exhibitions, it's location, location, location
By Glen Helfand

>>You're going to myth me, baby
Ala Ebtekar rises above while tapping into persian and personal mythologies
By Kimberly Chun

>>Doing what comes naturally
Donald Fortescue And Lawrence Labianca take to the tides
By Stacy Martin

>>Creature feature
Misako Inaoka mashes together animal-vegetable-machine hybrids
By Kimberly Chun

>>Super Wofler
Hitching a ride with Galleon Trade
By Johnny Ray Huston

>>Book 'em
Outside the white box with Michael Swaine
By Ari Messer

>>Nailing it
The Queens Nails Annex snares "Estacion Odesia" in its glam talons
By Kimberly Chun