The San Francisco Street Food Festival was another success this year. Dozens of vendors with original, unheard-of creations, such as deep fried mac and cheese on a stick, black pea paste pancakes, and Korean quesadillas. Then there was the comfort foods we've grown accustomed to, like creme bruleé, shrimp rolls, and pound cake. Photographs by Mabel Jimenez.
Buried deep down in the very core of our hearts is the passion to perform. We secretly want to dress in 1960s get-up, strap on a ukulele, and do Tiny Tim covers. No? Maybe that's just us. However, we can all agree on the burning desire to perform and create art. The hard part (besides mustering up the courage to show the world our undeniable talent) is finding a comfortable, acceptable, and supportive audience. That's were Smack Dab enters the picture. A monthly open mic that's everything we just described and more. Regardless of your orientation, age, or gender, everyone gets their five minutes of fame. Along with the performers signing up beforehand is a featured artist who changes monthly. A recent featured artist was Fleigh, a ukulele duo composed of Flynn DeMarco and Leigh Crowe. Flynn + Leigh = Fleigh.More
Believing writers should be read and not viewed, John Steinbeck rarely made appearances. However, he made an exception for an unusual 20th Century Fox film anthology based on stories by another American author he admired. O. Henry's Full House (1952) paired five popular studio directors, including The Big Sleep's Howard Hawks and True Grit's Henry Hathaway, with five short scripts dealing with crime, poverty, illness, and, in a very ironic way, the spirit of holiday giving. Combine Full House with The Curse of the Cat People (1944), a peculiar winter's tale about a lonely young girl whose overactive imagination steers her toward tragedy, and you've got a perfect Noir City Xmas. Host Eddie Muller is revealing 2015's Noir City lineup, including the two movies most recently preserved for posterity by the Film Noir Foundation, and introducing a short documentary featuring the festival.More
Thousands descended onto Post Street through Japantown during the J-Pop Summit Festival from July 19-20. The celebration of Japanese Pop culture and Japanese Heritage attracted residents and visitors from all over the world. Photographs by Christopher Victorio.
At this point, MGM’s 1939 The Wizard of Oz is so inextricably tangled up with L. Frank Baum's novels that any new adaptation of his work inevitably references the visual motifs, characterizations, and music of Victor Fleming's film.
Despite its distributor's best efforts, Christian Petzold's Barbara was not nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Oscars -- and even if it had made the cut, it probably wouldn't have bested Haneke's Amour.
On any given Wednesday night, 51 or so weeks out of the year, Housepitality presents top-notch house and techno to a packed club that parties like it's the weekend. The guests are always at the top of their game, but occasionally Housepitality books someone who could just as easily be a Friday or Saturday night headliner — like John Tejada, in this case. Tejada, based in L.A., has been active since the mid '90s, producing Detroit-flavored techno and tech-house with a Californian flair. Tejada has a real knack for melodic complexity; unlike the raw, stripped-down sound that has been the flavor du jour lately, Tejada's sound is rich, textured, and layered, like light coruscating through a prism. Joining him are Deep Crates, a local DJ duo with remarkable crate-digging skills, as you might imagine. Another pair of locals, Heather B. and Mike Frugaletti, will be holding it down in the back room Groove Lounge.More
Nerd Nite is a monthly event that celebrates the joys of intellectual discovery and booze. This November the nerds of S.F. are taking over the rock club Rickshaw Stop for three lectures: one on genomes, one on the history of vibrators, and one on brains. It's up to you to figure out how they all fit together! (Hint: The brain is the largest erogenous zone, and it's made by genes.) The talks will be presented by Ph.D. holders Moises Bernal, legendary sexpert Carol Queen, and Erica Warp, over cocktails and with musical interludes by Alpha Bravo. Despite being a drinking-friendly event, it's open to all ages.
There's snow in the forecast at Aquarium of the Bay! On two special days, our river otters will delight in a winter white treat as we add snow to our North American river otter gallery. Join us on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 to see our otters romp and roll in the holiday snow. With over 600 pounds of snow being added, Shasta, Baxter, and Ryer will get to explore, play, dig, (and eat) in a winter wonderland as a fun treat to end the year.More
Save 20-50% on Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Berkeley Rep! Two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner is all smarts and sass as the brassy, sharp-witted political journalist. “Wonderful, entertaining and illuminating,” raves Huffington Post. As a reader of SF Weekly, you can save 20% (50% if you’re under 30!) on all four performances from December 18-20. Just use the code SF WEEKLY online (or click here) and save!More
Given that they have only one gear and zero ability to coast — meaning your legs have to be turning at the same speed as the wheels — fixed-gear bikes are a somewhat ludicrous choice for daily transportation on the chaotic streets of San Francisco.
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 marks a particular 40th anniversarynot Richard Nixons election, but the scarcely less astonishing event that occurred a few weeks later in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when the undefeated Harvard football team met undefeated Yale and, trailing by 16 points with 42 seconds left in the game, scored twice to confound its arch rival with a tie. Filmmaker Kevin Rafferty, then a Harvard undergrad, was an eyewitness to The Game, as this miracle was dubbed, and his account is enjoyably steeped in ambience and ambivalence. As interviewed by Rafferty, the Crimson are definitely more salt of the earthor at least less preppythan the Bulldogs. One guy survived Khe Sanh; another, admitting to long-ago Progressive Labor Party tendencies, maintains that the Crimson essentially coached themselvesIn the spirit of 68, we took over the team. Harvard lineman Tommy Lee Jones is on hand to intone the requisite 60s clichés with exquisite sanctimony, and a very young Meryl Streep makes an unexpected cameo, albeit in a photograph. The talking heads are intercut with The Gamean excellent way to watch it, especially as the first half consists of Yale crushing the vaunted Harvard defense. Yale draws a few penalties, calls a bizarre time-out, and fails to adjust for an onside kick, but its a disputed instance of pass interference that cues the movies Zapruder moment. This may or may not be the greatest instance of college football ever played but, Brians Song, Jerry Maguire, and The Longest Yard notwithstanding, Raffertys no-frills annotated replay is the best football movie Ive ever seen: A particular day in history becomes a moment out of time.
March 13-19, 2009