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.
Small Press Traffic, closing out its 40th year as a nexus of the Bay Area's innovative writing scene, is hosting a reading of Bernadette Mayer's Midwinter Day. Famously written over the course of a single day — Dec. 22, 1978 — Mayer's epic poem begins with an awakening and the recollection of dreams, which she tries to make sense of as sleep gives way to morning, afternoon, and evening, and finally back to dreams again. The book is an extended intersection between stream of consciousness and journal writing. Says SPT director Samantha Giles: "We want to host a small celebration of our years by spending the day reading a book together that was born about the same time SPT was, equally pushes the limits about what language can do, and challenges the notions about what can be done in a single day."More
Twenty years ago, performer Chicken John Rinaldi found a discarded scrapbook while rummaging around a dumpster, and it caught his attention. Why? It had apparently belonged to a young woman, Margaret, who documented her life in haunting poetry and photographs. The touching tales in Margaret's journal inspired Rinaldi, with accordion troubadour Jason Webley, to curate Margaret, a show and an album of original music based on the woman's life, or at least what remained of her life, within the scrapbook's pages. To celebrate the release of the album, the show's creators are bringing it to San Francisco, where the scrapbook was originally discovered.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.
Eight years have passed since The Garage, founded and directed by Joe Landini, opened at 975 Howard St. as a testing ground for new work by emerging choreographers and queer performance artists. Weathering economic woes, inhospitable neighbors, and a move to Bryant Street, The Garage is a symbol of the independent spirit of the city. Shifting economic winds have blown Landini's SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts (SAFE stands for Saving Art from Extinction) to a new location and new life on Market Street, and The Garage will close for good on Sunday. Witness the passing of an era with the last choreographer sponsored by The Garage's Resident Artist Workshop, Khala Brannigan, whose The Mountain in Me celebrates ferocity, fearlessness, and freedom, with spoken-word poetry by Katya Bitar.More
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company is celebrating another year of its Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) program — which asks guest choreographers to mentor San Francisco choreographers and create new work — with a free studio performance. This year's CHIME Across Borders chair is Dana Reitz. With more than 40 years of experience in the field, Reitz has created works for dancers as diverse as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sara Rudner. CHIME has paired Reitz, a skilled improviser and solo artist, with Isak Immanuel, Hope Mohr, and Raisa Punkki to create dialogues as each choreographer strives to push his or her own boundaries. In keeping with the spirit of CHIME, a discussion follows the showing.More
The California shoreline has been shifting for thousands of years, but there's no denying that rapid melting of glaciers is going to change things dramatically over the next generation. Visit CA.gov and you'll find an interactive Sea Level Rise Viewer. By 2100, San Francisco Bay is expected to rise between 3 and 6 feet; it's estimated that 220,000 people would be seriously impacted after only a 3.28-foot rise. Facing this eventuality with open eyes and bright minds is the only way forward. Rising Waters: The Changing Shoreline of San Francisco Bay is a series of public talks that brings together water-management specialists, scientists, historians, and more to explore how city planning must acclimate; how conventional infrastructure like seawalls and landfill can be augmented by oyster reefs and wetlands restoration; and how history, economics, and politics are shaping our current approach.More
The end of 2014 finds Tyler, The Creator, multitalented impresario of the Los Angeles rap syndicate and youth-culture conglomerate Odd Future, making up his mind between vocations: enfant terrible or artiste? Since turning 23 in March, he's been arrested for inciting a riot during a concert (his own, at SXSW) and interviewed on Larry King Live (he did not, needless to say, dress up); he's dropped a few censor-baitingly clever cameo verses and hints about his forthcoming fourth solo album, but music is now just one key on the detuned piano of his personal franchise, which also ranges from a clothing line to a sketch comedy TV show to a handful of deeply surreal Mountain Dew commercials. Point is, now's probably as interesting a point as any on his evolutionary trajectory to witness, and your guess is as good as ours as to what the evening will have in store.More
The more European version of U.S. brodown party-hearty holiday behavior is brass-band "gypsy" culture. Encouraged binge drinking, shouting men dancing, and loud music is what St. Patrick's Day is all about, right? So Vagabondage brings all this together. Singing to us from inside an inebriated accordion, the duo slurs sea chanties, murder ballads, and, well, to be honest, drinking songs. Grand plonking waltzes, jaunty reels, and scorching torch complaints have everyone swaying along and madly toasting to whatever. T&A and the Sweet Trade join them.
Wed., March 17, 8 p.m., 2010