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Maybe nerds like dissecting religion (scientific fact: If something can be dissected, nerds will dissect it), or maybe humorous reinterpretations of biblical lore are hot for Spring 2010 indie culture.  Either way, the Bible’s been catching my eye (and ear) a lot lately in ways I find genuinely interesting for the first time since I managed to smuggle The Catcher in The Rye into my catholic school bible reader in 9th grade.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible! is a collection of wryly reworked biblical stories by PRI contributor and writer Jonathan Goldstein.  In this version of  The Bible, David kills Goliath more for kicks than to save his people, Jonah has a brother named Vito with a childhood secret, Adam and Eve read more like Robin and Barney from the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and poor Joseph of Nazareth is having a hard time swallowing the ol’ a-divine-angel-impregnated-me story.  You can hear Goldstein read his version of Genesis on the most recent episode of This American Life, which deals with Starting from Scratch.

Long awaited and recently released, infamous cartoon artist Robert Crumb is currently on tour for his latest book, Robert Crumb’s Book of Genesis.  The book, which Crumb has spent the past four years working on, was released by W.W. Norton & Co this fall to critical acclaim.  In anticipation of the large R. Crumb Genesis show currently on display at LA’s Hammer Museum, W Magazine (considered by many to be the ecclesiastical equivalent to say, a hymnal or missal in the cult of fashion) recently commissioned a spread by the artist, defining female archetypes through the ages with his recognizable brand of satirical comic art.

And finally, a little blasphemy for the ears: while listening to an old episode of All Songs Considered, I came across Lou Barlow’s new solo album, Goodnight Unknown, which inspired me to revisit some of the Dinosaur Jr./Sebadoh pioneer’s earlier solo work.  Enter Mary, a folky interpretation of Jesus’ conception that paints the Virgin Mother in a less-than-virgin light.  Barlow’s most accessible album, EMOH was released in 2005.  His latest, Goodnight Unknown was out earlier last month, and is available nearly everywhere thanks to the wonder of the internet.

In the end, I still wonder what exactly it is about The Bible that makes it a constant source of inspiration to artists.  Will this eternal well of inspired subject matter eventually dry up and become trite?  Or, like all things fashionable, has it already dried up and become retro-chic to reference?

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This past Thursday, revelers gathered at downtown boutique, Shotwell, for the opening of Jasko Begovic’s solo show, We Cannot Be Destroyed.

Begovic @ Shotwell

Begovic, who has previously worked with MIA and Santogold, showed brightly colored textural collages that drew a considerable crowd.  Another crowd pleaser: 15% off everything in the store that evening and $3 beers.

The store, located at 36 Geary, is a welcome escape from the rest of Union Square’s chain store repertoire, and a great place to discover new and local brands.  Between drinks, party goers did their part to stimulate the economy in style, taking advantage of Shotwell’s 15% off store wide sale on both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories.

Bagovic @ Shotwell

Shotwell’s Anthropologie-esque visual displays showed off Taxi CDC’s upcycled vintage wear, B.Son’s outerwear for men and women, and Rei Kawakubo inspired frocks by Harputs, coexisting with ever popular staples like Cheap Monday denim and Tom’s shoes.  Shotwell even boasts a selection of designer lingerie and sleepwear by Porcelynne, and an impressive cache of deadstock vintage sunglasses.

Bagovic @ Shotwell

The opening lasted well into the night, with sartorially satisfied customers spilling onto the sidewalk and neighboring streets, but don’t worry if you missed this one, as there’s surely more to come from this SF boutique.

Curious?  Check out www.shotwellsf.com for more information, or follow them on twitter!

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Last Tuesday, hudreds of students, teachers, and press gathered at the Academy of Art University’s Morgan Auditorium for a Glady’s Perint Palmer’s “Food for Thought for Fashion” symposium.  An established fashion illustrator whose work has been published in The New Yorker, Elle, Vogue, L’Officiel, and The New York Times, Perint Palmer is currently the Executive Director of AAU’s Fashion Department.  Looking radiant in an iridescent magenta swing coat by Ralph Rucci, Perint Palmer led a presentation of her new website, read an excerpt of her upcoming book, and discussed the success and expansion of AAU’s fashion department.

Gladys Perint Palmer

“Being a colorful exception,” says Perint Palmer, “is a good thing in fashion, where everyone wears black.”

Despite the country’s economic troubles, Perint Palmer expects to see a 25-30% increase in departmental enrollment for Fall 2009.  This increased enrollment will afford the school an opportunity to expand the summer fashion program, including a foray into sustainable fashion — currently a hot topic in the industry.

Gladys Perint Palmer @ Morgan Auditorium

Perint Palmer also discussed her experiences in the industry as a renowned fashion illustrator and writer, reading an excerpt from her new book, “You Are Not On The List”.  The book chronicles her adventures in the industry, shedding light on the mysterious inner sanctum of the European runway scene.  As always, the audience enjoyed Perint Palmer’s presentation, which ran more like a friendly conversation than an arduously long symposium.  “I’ve been told I’m witty, but I think I’m just honest,” said the veteran fashionista, whose new book fearlessly shares a number of colorful anecdotes about some of the industry’s top designers.

Steven La Fuenta @ Morgan Auditorium

Steven La Fuente shoes

Outside Morgan Auditorium, students showed off their good fashion sense in Fall neutrals and textured layers with an emphasis on accessories and sweet vintage footwear.  Design major Steven De La Fuente (above) rocked a trio of sand/gray neutrals with a pair of fabulous vintage lace up boots.

Derek Heins @ Morgan Auditorium

Fellow Fashion Journalism major, Derek Heinz, alsp appeared J.Crew chic in neutral suiting pieces with bold asymetrical pleated pants.

Bottom line: Gentlemen, hold on to your scarves and blazers, because the “hot professor” look isn’t going anywhere just yet.

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