Serge! The 4th Annual Serge Gainsbourg Tribute Party!

It's back! The Sacramento French Film Festival's annual Serge party is happening Saturday!


We are hosting a party for Serge Gainsbourg's Birthday! He would be 84 this year.

Join us for our 4th annual celebration of French Icon Serge Gainsbourg. Singer-songwriter, director, actor, photographer, provocateur, iconoclast, and much more, Gainsbourg was a major figure in the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's pop-culture, all through a fog of Gitanes and alcohol... He is still today considered as one of the world's most influential popular musicians. Come and celebrate the spirit of "Gainsbarre" with us!

$7 admission to benefit the Sacramento French Film Festival and Verge Center for the Arts!

Featuring music by DJ Christophe and DJ Roger, live bands, short films, Serge Art, Cocktails!

★ ✰Doors open at 7:30pm 

★ ✰Short Films 8pm

★ ✰Live Music by Afternoon Teacup Collection
+ Peter Petty IS Dirge Gainsbourg 9pm

★ ✰French Pop Dance Party w/ DJ Christophe & Roger Carpio 10pm

Verge Center for the Arts VergeArt

Sacramento French Film Festival
http:// www.sacramentofrenchfilmfes pages/Sacramento-French-Film-Festival/54560847076

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Giving Back, Deliciously!

As part of a month-long series of events, Lucca Restaurant will be hosting a special dinner benefiting Verge Center for the Arts.  Some of the highlights are listed below!

-Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 5:30pm
-Tickets Include beer, wine and 5-course artists' Dinner
-Menu featuring dishes inspired by and named after local artists
-Art piece photo booth
-Live auction featuring one-of-a-kind art experiences including a drawing session with Julia Couzens and Jerald Silva, a Wayne Thiebaud book signed by the artist and more
-Additional weekly lunch and dinner special item: Wayne Thiebaud-inspired layered birthday cake with half of the proceeds donated to Verge Center for the Arts.
-Sponsored By Sactown Magazine, Lucky Dog Ranch Beef, Southern Wine and Spirits, Sobon Winery, Ruhstaller Beer, Watanabe Farms and Produce Express
-Ticket Price: $125 per person
-Limited to 65 Seats
-Tickets available online only

"TRANSLATIONS" A Sydney/Sacramento exchange

WHAT: A collaborative show based on an exchange and interpretation of ideas between Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, and Verge Gallery, Sydney

WHY: The internet has supposedly flattened time, communication, and space to the point where place no longer matters. Idiosyncrasies, errors, foibles, coincidences, misinterpretations, synchronicities and surprises vanish as we all view the same websites, communicate on the same social media platform, and catch the same viral videos. "Translations," a bold post-digital statement substitutes the myth of the omnipotent datasphere (where it seems everything happens) with two distinct non-virtual locations: two unrelated - except by name - Verge Galleries. Separated by oceans, this project asks ten artists in each location to write instructions for the other ten artists to manifest. Cyberspace will serve as a conduit for these ideas, but to what extent can words and sketches survive the trip intact? What cultural conversions will take place at either end as recipient artists put their own spin on what confronts them?

HOW: Artists are to create an idea for a work that can be put into an emailable format (using primarily text, but also images and sketches). These instructions should be an in-depth and sincere attempt to convey the full breadth and scope of the work. They can be in any genre, medium, using any materials that the artist deem appropriate, with the understanding that any unreasonable requests may be interpreted in unpredictable ways. The artists will also agree to construct the reciprocal works using their own resources.

The instructions should be between 500-2000 words and there can be up to 5 sketches or images (all scannable and emailable), although these are not necessary. In addition, artists should write a 500 word piece indicating their approach to interpretation. How do you take text and emailed images and construct an artwork? What skills (both practical and conceptual) can you bring to a project such as this one?

WHEN: The callout will end on February 28, but early entries are appreciated, and the final ten artists will be decided upon and notified by mid-March. The galleries will then pair up reciprocal ideas with artists. Artists will then have the end of March and all of April to realise these works. They will work without contact with the authors of these ideas. Each artist will also be asked to document their processes, and this documentation will then be forwarded to the other gallery and may be displayed as part of the exhibition.

Reciprocal exhibitions will then be displayed in May 2013. 

To avoid bias, each gallery will pick the ideas to be displayed by them (I.E. Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento wil judge the submissions from Sydney and vice-versa). To avoid later conflict, paired-up artists will be considered co-authors of both works they create.

In summary, artists are to provide by February 28:
- 500-2000 word instructions for an artwork
-Up to 5 sketches/images (relating to their instructions),
-500 word piece indicating their approach to interpretation
-Brief CV (with contact details) 



It's time to celebrate the completion of another Kickstarter campaign! Come join us for some wiffle ball ($5 suggested donation for your team of four), snacks, $3 beer and music! This is an all-ages event, so bring the family!

WHEN: Saturday, January 26th, 6pm -12am
WHERE: 625 S Street (corner of S and 7th)
ENTRANCE: $5 (Kickstarter donors at the $25 level and up receive free entry)


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It's that time again. The time of year when we ask you to ask not, what Verge can do for you, but what you can do for Verge. For the past two years Verge has worked tirelessly to bring you quality programming, unique special events, access to arts education from lectures, and workshops, to film screenings and hands on art making experiences. Verge has gone on the road taking Sacramento work to venues in Oakland and San Francisco sharing the talent that exists here with the world at large. We've made partnerships with other cultural organizations including the Sacramento French Film Festival, The Crest Theatre, Old Miss University, the Gay and Lesbian Center, B Street Theatre, Cap Stage, Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento, and Axis Gallery. 

The facility continues to grow and expand adding three new studios this year in addition to a fine art print making facility. As we move into 2013 we are raising funds to complete the project, bringing back the high caliber art exhibitions you came to expect from us in our first location, along with an on-site classroom, and the final 17 studios bringing the total # up to 40.

In order to keep this train on the tracks we need your support. Every little bit helps to ensure that we may continue to provide quality art resources to the Sacramento community. 

To donate and view Ryan Donahue's fantastic video produced for Verge follow this LINK!