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Charming Hostess: We’ve got the biggest bowls of them all!

Posted by Oyster on May 26, 2010

Another great project at SF YBCA by a Jewish dynamo. Super-creative, Jewlia!

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Dear Friends:

There are a lot of firsts for Charming Hostess this year. For the first time, we are building a performance installation–an interactive sound sculpture that takes place in a double vaulted masonry dome. And for the first time we turn to you, friends of ChoHo, to help make this project happen. We ask for your donation in any amount you can give to help us raise the $10,000 we need to complete the project.

The Bowls Project is based on texts from ancient Babylonian amulets. It features new music composed by Jewlia Eisenberg and performed by Charming Hostess, in collaboration with architect Michael Ramage. We run July 5-August 22 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where, with your help, 12,000 people will visit and interact with the installation.

Bowl amulets were common 1500 years ago in the area that is now Iraq. Simple bowls were inscribed with a householder’s secrets and desires and then buried under the doorway to protect the home. The bowl texts are about “secrets of the home”–love and intimacy, angels and demons, and the trials and joys of daily life. Especially audible in these texts are the individual voices of women from this period, the time and place of the Babylonian Talmud.

We hope you will help us in this venture so that we can add interactive sculpture to the weave of voice, text and diaspora consciousness that is Charming Hostess. We are grateful to live in such a generous and imaginative community, and we thank you for your support.


Jewlia Eisenberg and Charming Hostess

The Dome
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Help ChoHo

BY CHECK: Please write your check to Intersection for the Arts (our fiscal sponsor) and write CHARMING HOSTESS on the memo line. Mail checks to:

Intersection for the Arts
446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103.

Major support for the Bowls Project comes from the Creative Work Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Haas Fund and The Zellerbach Family Foundation. In-kind support donated by Degenkolb Engingeers, McCall Design Group, Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders, and the SF Institute of Masons.

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Charming Hostess | San Francisco, CA


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