As more artists become curators and more curators fancy themselves artists, the thematic scope of group exhibitions is becoming increasingly obscure. Artist Chris Pew – organizer of this small group show featuring work by Deedee Cheriel, Jeff Eisenberg, Amanda Lynch, Keli Reule, and Casey Jex Smith – may have hit on yet another way to conceive and organize a show. Spend a little time around the paintings and illustrations at Receiver Gallery and you get the sense that Pew put them together based on artistic intuition rather than some overwrought conceptual framework. (Katie Kurtz)
Through July 29.
Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and by appt.
1415 Valencia, SF
There’s no business like show business, where Ethel Merman is gone, Yakov Smirnoff is freeze-dried in Branson, and Eugene Mirman is alive and joking all over the place. When he isn’t using his Web site to be a better Dear Abby than Dear Abby’s replacement – who seems to think a man choking and strangling a woman ain’t no big thang – Mirman is taking his show on the road. (Johnny Ray Huston)
With Michael Showalter
628 Divisadero, SF