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Projection Party at The Museum at The Cliff WNP Event

Sep 3, 2022 6:00pm-9:00pm (Saturday) at The Museum at The Cliff 1090 Point Lobos Avenue

Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) is thrilled to premiere new artwork by Ben Wood animating local history at The Museum at The Cliff on Saturday, September 3, 2022.

This installation will illuminate windows in the former Cliff House Restaurant facing east, overlooking the lower terrace and Ocean Beach. Using a variety of photographic media, Ben will showcase the bohemian surf culture of Kelly's Cove and the vibrant legacy of Playland at the Beach, which once graced Great Highway until its demolition 50 years ago this month. His animated projections bring toghether newly-digitized and never before seen films with photographs submitted by members of the public and historic snapshots from the OpenSFHistory Archive.

And if you can believe it, this work is a companion piece to Ben's projection illuminating three northerly-facing windows of the former Cliff House Gift Shop with diverse cenes of the Cliff House and connected sites that has been showing nightly from sundown to 10:00pm since December 2021! What better way to celebrate Labor Day Weekend than by celebrating the artistic labor of Ben Wood, his indispensable collaborator, Rick Bellamy, and everyone who contributed to the piece than by joining us for a Projection Party?!

The party begins with a Fancy Pants Reception inside The Museum from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Guests at the Reception will receive complimentary refreshments and have access to the special exhibition, "Naiad Cove," while enjoying the fabulous accompaniment of the Aloha Uke Squad. Then, we'll move outside to see the projection which will be viewed from the lower terrace after sundown, beginning at 8:00pm(ish). Here, members of the general public will join us to see Ben's projection for the first time.

Tickets to the Fancy Pants Reception, which will take place inside The Museum at The Cliff from 6:00-8:00pm, are $15 for WNP Members and $30 for Non-Members. The screening will be outside and is free to the public but reservation in advance is appreciated. You can BYOB and register now by selecting "I Wanna See Ben's Projection!"

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