In this feature we explore things or current events we find noteworthy and feel like sharing with you.
Our aim is to understand what it is that has people talking and what challenges the norms of society, culture and contemporary arts. Every now and then, we will list three things you’d be well advised paying attention to.
1. Kiefer - "Bridges" (Stones Throw Records)
Based in Los Angeles, pianist and producer Kiefer Shackelford is a frequent collaborator with acts such as Anderson.Paak, Terrace Martin, Mndsgn, Kaytranada and Moses Sumney, who goes under his artist name Kiefer.
Having played piano as a child, Kiefer started producing his own beats at age 12 and soon found the urge to blend his jazz and hiphop worlds into one.
His soulful jazz piano-improvisations over beats that make your head bob have gained notoriety both among jazz and hiphop fans in recent years, and this April he is releasing his third full-length album in as may years, titled "Bridges".
"Bridges" will feature a wider variety of instrumentation and sounds than his earlier two LP's “Kickinit Alone” and “Happysad”. The date for the release is set to April 5th. Shortly after that he will take off on a tour of the United States before travelling overseas for a European tour in May. Check out his albums on streaming services or take a look to see if he is coming to your town during his two month long tour. It will be a worthwhile experience...
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2. "Early Rubens" at Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco
In 1608, Peter Paul Rubens returned to his hometown of Antwerp, having spent his previous years studying art in Italy. The ensuing years, 1609 to 1621, became the pinnacle of Rubens artistic career, a time when he found patronage not only from the city of Antwerpen but also from the aristocracy of Europe. A time that solidified his legacy and place in art history, with his images built on historic, mythological and religious subject matter.
Starting April 6th and ending on September 8th, the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco will exhibit Rubens works from this significant period. The paintings have been loaned in from institutions in both Europe and the US, and a visit to the museum is a must should you happen to find yourself in the Bay Area in the spring and summer.
"Honeysuckle Bower" Peter Paul Rubens - 1609
3. Porsche unveils the design study of the 917
Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood achieved Porsche’s first overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970. 43 years later, in 2013, the company's design and development department put a small team together to build a concept car as an hommage to Attwood's and Herrmann's winning Porsche 917. The project never made it past the clay-model stage and the foil-clad study was put in storage and only shown to a select few internally - until now.
The red-and-white 917 is now shown to the public in a 1:1 scale at the Porsche museum in Zuffenhausen. A place you have to visit if you are the least interested in the amazing history of Porsche and it's many groundbreaking designs and historical milestones throughout automobile history.