1. Photographer Kerry Mansfield’s exhibition “Aftermath” at San Francisco Camerawork chronicles her journey through breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and reconstructive surgery. Direct. And daringly beautiful.
2. Another photography exhibit in San Francisco is at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, which showcases the career of master portraitist Arnold Newman.
3. It was during this week back in 1877 that Camille Saint-Saens’s opera Samson et Dalila had its premiere in Weimar, its French libretto having been translated into German for the occasion. Its most famous aria is “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta vox.” Jessye Norman is everything when she sings it.
4. Shoe and accessory designer Alejandro Ingelmo has a sale going on at his website. I personally love the T-14 sneaker.
5. The film The Homesman is having a hard time finding an audience, but it’s one of my favorites of the year. Tommy Lee Jones stars as well as directs, and Hillary Swank gives a magnificent performance. The film—and Jones—are both kind of one-offs. There is an odd deftness to his direction as there has always been to his acting, which this film truly conveys. It is in its oddity and stark beauty film as outsider art.