The House of Tudor

Anyone who has traveled through Europe or Great Britain -- or even to Portland, Ore. -- knows that to properly watch a movie, you must have a full pint and a cigarette firmly in hand. This way, when your favorite thespian gesticulates wildly, sloshing gin and flicking ashes, you can join in, rather than battling a distracting craving (everyone knows that it is hugely undignified to battle cravings in public). In California, since it doesn't look like the bar will become a staple of the movie house anytime soon, it was up to a beer manufacturer to bring the movies to the bar. "Pilsner Originals" is a Wednesday night film festival that features the first efforts of some of the world's most prominent directors. This week it's Diner by Barry Levinson. Not only do you get Mickey Rourke before he crapped out, but you get a full bar and kitchen to boot. Diner will screen at the Great American Music Hall on Wednesday, April 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $3 and 100 percent of the proceeds goes to the S.F. Aids Foundation; call (510) 273-2405 for a complete movie schedule. ... Speaking of traveling: If you've never gone to Europe but have always wanted to, there are a million and one excuses. According to Brad Olsen, none of them are worth a damn. A proponent of "freestyle traveling," Olsen made his way around the world several times at a very young age, on very little money. It is his belief that travel is not a luxury, but an obligation. This ideology has extended into his life even as he "settles down" in San Francisco. Under the name of "Santosh" (Thrower of Incredible Parties, as he is known to many), Olsen organized the Consortium of Collective Consciousness -- a beautiful, multiethnic warehouse space in SOMA that opens its doors to world travelers passing through the Bay Area (there are always one or two teepees available). As Olsen he has written a masterful, no-bullshit guide to world travel which he hopes will inspire and aid those with similar aspirations. World Stompers: A Guide to Travel Manifesto includes moneymaking tips (here and abroad), maps, checklists, and details on travel circuits -- Europe to the Far East -- and equally important, it assists with mental preparedness and the dreaded "stomper's debrief" (i.e., fitting back in). Olsen shares stories and answers questions at Get Lost Travel Bookstore on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. Admission is free; call 437-0529. ... Filth, arguably San Francisco's most amusing and outrageous underground newspaper, celebrates its fifth anniversary with, surprisingly, "A Fifth of Filth." During the celebration the public is invited to: play DJ on Filth's Dysfunctional Jukebox, which is stocked with a selection of horrible, yet beautiful, tunes; enter a personal creation in the Art of Filth Competition; destroy a hated personal possession on the Bruce-O-Matic (a brutal, karate-chopping arm created by the Seemen); become immortalized in a MATS photo booth; and critique two unreleased local videos (El Borracho Giganto presents a new video on Incredibly Strange Wrestling and Scott Beale presents a documentary on the Gathering of the Santas). Filth flows at the Lab on Saturday, April 19, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5; call 864-8855. ... In the land of junkie musings, Jim Carroll always spoke to me in a way that, say, egocentrics like William S. Burroughs never could. Some would simply chock this is up to a generation gap. Others might say that, as I am auralcentric, it was actually records like Catholic Boy that first piqued my interest. To this I say, "Nay." While "City Drops Into the Night" and "People Who Died" certainly caught my attention way back when, it was Carroll's writing that kept it; and, ultimately, it was the implausible gutter-born innocence of the man that turned me into a die-hard fan. Even now -- actually, especially now -- watching Carroll read aloud is a baffling and moving experience. Here is a man who has licked streets and wallowed in his own vomit; he has hustled and thieved and sold more than his soul more than once; and yet, when he reads he is soft around the edges. The inevitable cynicism seems missing. That is not to say that he doesn't tell the truth. There is brutality and anger and famine in his words, but in his voice there lurks a startling, somewhat naive wonder of the world. His eyes often remain downcast as he grates through his trying past, but on the occasion that a passage or poem offers up an out-of-place kindness (which they often do), Carroll searches the room, hesitantly looking for that sparkle of recognition or encouragement. Carroll performs Sunday, April 20, at 8 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall. Tickets are $11; call 885-0750. ... Check out the remainder of Sublime mixing it up with their newly expanded reggae-punk outfit -- the 10-piece Long Beach Dub All Stars. Salmon, Zuba, Natural Fonzi, Puzzlefish, and the Gathering (read: rave) also contribute their unique services for the 4:20 Festival, a celebration of hemp that will include dozens of hemp vendors, pro-hemp speakers, and a hemp-seed cafe. The 4:20 Festival will be held at the Maritime Hall on Sunday, April 20, at 4:20 p.m. Tickets are $13 and will benefit the Cannabis Action Network; call 974-0634.

-- Silke Tudor

 
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