Wednesday, June 15, 2005
It's time to bust this thing wide open: Shannon Ferguson is from Petaluma. Sure, he's the guitar player for "NYC's" glamorous Longwave, an exploding rock band on the rebound from opening for the Strokes. But usually, when a hometown kid makes good, local media jump all over the story, and this hasn't happened. Why not? Is Ferguson ashamed of his small-town roots? Well, too bad, because you heard it here first -- Longwave may be talented enough to pretend it's Big Apple born and bred, but we've had our eye on Ferguson since he was an adorable 12-year-old stand-up bass player from the West Side. The Rock n Roll Soldiers and Polareyes open at 10 p.m. at Café Du Nord, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), S.F. Admission is $10; call 861-5016 or visit www.cafedunord.com.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
If you're like us (girls), chances are you've gone through at least one breakup. No, we're not talking about ditching your prom date or the sensitive but drug-addicted post-college boyfriend. The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women's True-Life Tales of Friendships That Blew Up, Burned Out, or Faded Away features enough heart-dropping anecdotes of friendships gone wrong to make us wish for the relatively minor misfortune of a knockdown fight with an ex-lover. Though the title alone is probably enough to make those of you who are not like us (boys) run far, far away, the well-written stories from heavyweights like Dorothy Allison and Elizabeth Strout do justice to these literary catfights. Hear editors Jenny Offill and Elissa Schappell read from Friend at 7 p.m. at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), S.F. Admission is free; call 441-6670 or visit www.bookstore.com.
Friday, June 17, 2005
It's a good question: What's Wrong With Angry? It's also the name of a play by Patrick Wilde, made into a British film called Get Real in 1998. The plot mixes classic bildungsroman (young boy becomes young man), some romantic comedy (requited love!), and plenty of be-true-to-yourself attitude for its protagonist, a gay 16-year-old from Basingstoke. The lauded script seems lighthearted at first: The tag line is "Steven Carter is sixteen, sexy, and gay. He's quite happy with that, it's other people who would find it a problem." But then there's the title, still a good question for teens, queers, weirdos, voters -- almost everyone, come to think of it. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. (and the show continues through July 10) at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), S.F. Admission is $20-40; call 861-8972 or visit www.nctcsf.org.
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Ever sat through a porn movie only to wonder why it doesn't turn you on? A loosely knit group of pals in Vancouver, Canada, did, so they started making their own smutty cinema for their own personal viewing, uh, pleasure. Made in Secret: The Story of the East Van Porn Collective documents the labors of these horny anarchists, as they struggle to produce steamy vignettes of the hipsters next door. A de facto SuicideGirls Goes to the Movies, the film follows the pansexual clan as they wrestle with issues of body image, consensual decision-making, and their own sexual boundaries. The lights go down at 2, 4, 7:15, and 9:15 p.m. at the Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight (at Cole), S.F. Admission is $4-7; call 668-3994 or visit www.redvicmoviehouse.com.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
If you could get H.R. Giger to regress to a childhood state, have him drop acid, and give him a Spirograph, the intense, tiny curls he would undoubtedly produce might look a little like the work at "Karmageddon," Oliver Halsman Rosenberg's solo show of obsessive gouaches on paper. "The work is based on simple circular structures observed in the micro and macro universe," says Rosenberg, and indeed, the repeating patterns are fiendishly complicated. They're also lovely and rounded, like boobs, or like cute made-up animals that don't want to bite you. The circles get small and sharp at the ends sometimes, though -- are they horns? The show continues through July 15 at Adobe Books, 3166 16th St. (at Valencia), S.F. Admission is free; call 864-3936 or visit www.adobebooks.org.
Monday, June 20, 2005
A lot of clowns live around here, sure. Plenty of folks feel they're walking a tightrope, and we all go through contortions from time to time. But at the Circus Center, people train hard to turn these acts into performances. At "A Pickle Circus Tribute to Judy Finelli," a slew of these graduates return to honor one of their teachers; co-founder Larry Pisoni, juggler Sara Felder, Cirque du Soleil alum John Gilkey (in the midst of a run at Las Vegas' Wynn resort), the Fool Time Circus, the Clown Conservatory's current group of students, and many others will take the stage. Acrobatics, trapeze work, fire dancing, and other animal-free circusy stuff starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon (at Bay), S.F. Admission is $25-100; call 759-8123 or visit www.circuscenter.org.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
The ridiculously French film Tout de Suite has something for every Francophile: a major New Wave look, a Gainsbourg-and-Birkin-friendly outlaw-lovers premise, a loose relationship to plot structure, and -- of course! -- a very pretty girl. Newcomer Isild Le Besco plays this role to the hilt, and we had to laugh when we read LA Weekly's review, which asserts that Besco's "Modigliani face and sumptuous lips will surely carry her far." Since we are neither French nor Angeleno, it is the other lead who most interests us: Ouassini Embarek -- yow! Worship at the altar of director Benoît Jacquot at the Lumiere Theatre, 1572 California (at Polk), S.F. Admission is $7.50-9.50; call 267-4893 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com for show times.