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You know about the Boutiki Grand Opening, right? We're scrambling to get the place ready -- hanging art, price-tagging merchandise, cleaning, all the fun stuff. We're opening on Friday, December 5, and we hope that you can make it if you're in the area. We have original art from Dork and Milk and Cheese by Evan Dorkin on display, as well as illustration and fine art pieces by artists who also do comics --James Turner, S. Eddy Bellows, Andy Ristaino, Lesley Reppeteaux, Camilla d'Errico and Evan Waldinger. We'll be selling original works, as prints of some of the art on display. S. Eddy Bellows will be here to sign copies of his new graphic novel Lulu and Mitzy.

The Boutiki is at 577 South Market St., San Jose, California. This is the same building as the SLG offices, so if you want a tour of the very fascinating editorial and orders departments, we will show you our natural habitat. (I will probably be cleaning off my desk for the occasion.)

Parking-wise, there is street parking about a block south of us on Market St. I believe that the meters are no longer running in the evenings, but don't take my word as gospel here. There is also a city parking lot, the 2nd/280 about a block north of us. However, it is under a freeway overpass and heading toward a more sketchy part of town, so be careful when parking here.

Our show opening is part of San Jose's South First Fridays program, when galleries around the area stay open late for shows and shindigs. Here are some of the other events going on on Friday night:

Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design - 366 South First Street
FRESH PRODUCE 8th Annual Invitational Group Exhibit and Art Sale!
Fresh Produce is the highly anticipated invitational group show and sale featuring hundreds of original works of art priced $250 and under. Establishing themselves in the urban contemporary genre through their fearless vision, notable talent and perseverance, we are proud to present 40 artists for this year's 8th annual event.
Christmas cheer spun up by DJ Nate Nothing.

Caffé Trieste - 315 South First Street
Artist's Reception in the mezzanine gallery featuring work by Tamsinn Cowart. Tamsinn's work is autobiographical, using collage as the perfect medium to layer thoughts and images upon which to build her story. Also featuring: Artists Alexandra Cowell, Soprano, Heather Curry, Mezzo-Soprano and Simona Snitkovskya, accompanist from Opera San José  singing your favorite arias beginning at 8:30pm.

MACLA - 510 South First Street On view: Urban Veritas features new work by artists from MACLA's Youth Photography & Video Workshops who explore self expression, identity and sub-culture in the forms of photography, videos and digital work. New voices meet time honored traditions as local youth poets collaborate with Jaliya's West African Drummers 'Guardians of the Word' to fuse the rhythm of words with the poetics of the beat. Join us for an evening of bilingual poetry, including local favorite "Mextape," and music as we bridge a proud tradition with a brave new voice.

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art -560 South First Street
In the Main Gallery: Manuel Neri: The Figure in Relief.
Internationally acclaimed sculptor's 25-year retrospective of figurative relief sculptures in exclusive Bay Area presentation. As one of the premier figurative sculptors living today, this solo exhibition highlights relief sculptures and related drawings by this living master. In the Focus Gallery: Chris Dorosz: The Painted Room. Playing with the physicality of paint and the pixilation of digital imagery,  this life-size installation of a living room made of splotches of paint suspended on hanging monofilament is a visual treat.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles -520 South First Street
On view in the main galleries: Solo exhibitions by four masters of contemporary fiber art: weavers Polly Barton and Mary Zicafoose and quilt artists Eleanor McCain and Mary Anne Jordan. Also on view: Shifting Focus: Ikat Textiles from the Collection which showcases examples of ikat-dyed textiles from the Museum's collection, including a Japanese kimono, Turkistan robes, and many others from around the world.  Also, more High Fiber Under Five art is for sale at 20% off just in time for the holidays. Come to hear the holiday melodies of the barbershop quartet Motley Queue

UPROAR: No Longer Defined By Our Stripes. 2nd Annual Heart of Chaos
Art Exhibit and Sale. Live Music. Live Painting. (This is a 21+ venue)

Space47 - 47 E. William Street (between 1st & 2nd streets)
Binta Ayofem: 68/08, phase II, Ayofemi is a visual artist working in large scale color photography, digital video projection, and sculptural installation. Winner of a National Advancement for the Arts Award and a Harvard Traveling Fellowship, she has exhibited in Boston and San Francisco. Her short film works have been recently exhibited in Prague. She received a MFA  in Art Practice from Stanford University's Dept of Art and Art History, and has a BA in Comparative Literature and Art History from Smith College.

Works San Jose - 451 South First Street
Preview almost 100 pieces of art donated by local artists for Works' long-awaited benefit auction!  Auction date is Sat., Dec. 6, with a final preview at 5 pm and bidding at 7 pm. See a visual preview and put in an early bid online! http://3rl.us/auction

Phantom Galleries - various vacant storefronts in the SoFA District Sidewalk Reception from 8pm - 10pm at 386, 388 South First Street- Mixed media exhibition by Evergreen Valley College Advanced Painting students: John Barrick, Felisha Caruso, Emma Rose Laughlin, John Salomon and Monica Valdez, who have been working on developing unified bodies of work that expresses their personal visions.

Also on view: 455 South First Street- Switch[ed] by Anhony West Patane is a project about the duality between the printed material as we normally see it and as viewed when backlit.

460 Market Street - Yumiko Kayukawa, photographic exhibit, Rhys Sanchez, stencil exhibit

Over on South Fourth Street (at San Fernando):
KALEID gallery - 88 South Fourth Street (street level of Fourth Street Garage)
7-9pm Featured Artists' Reception: More than 30 glass artists from the
San Jose Glass Artist Alliance (SJGAA) will exhibit their one-of-a-kind glass ornaments in a mammoth art installation at the 1st Annual Glass Ornament Show held at Kaleid Gallery. Hundreds of delicate, hand blown glass ornaments arrayed in every color, shape, and size will be available for purchase by the public. Ornaments are priced between $10-$75. This opening night reception will feature holiday tunes sung by selected quartets and small groups from the internationally acclaimed Mission Valley Chorus and Bay Area Showcase.

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