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.
We were all crushed when Lila Thirkield announced that, after nearly 20 years, she couldn't keep the Lexington Club going. The last dyke bar in S.F. Crushing. While we expected New Year's Eve might be the Lex's death knell, we've been given a vague promise of a couple more months, so look alive, people. The Lex's final art show opens Jan. 28 with "A Photo and Flyer Retrospective," including the growing #lexbathroomselfie collection, and tonight promises an after-party to remember for Shot for Shot: The Lexington Club on Screen. The program, put together by local film teacher Elena Oxman, offers clips from the movies that Thirkield has allowed to be shot in her bar, including Oxman's own urban adventure Lit and Jackie Strano and Shar Rednour's pitch-perfect How to Pick Up Girls. "Shot for Shot" is co-presented by Good Vibrations and Frameline, so beyond a visual carousel of hot babes and good memories, you can expect some serviceable swag.
Shot for Shot starts at 7 p.m. at the Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F. $10; 863-1087 or roxie.com. The after party is at the Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., S.F. More
Having just given birth as a queer woman over the age of 40 — after blogging for xoJane about the long process of getting pregnant, and overseeing the production of her 2000 novel Valencia into a feature film directed by 21 filmmakers, and starting a new imprint under City Lights Books — Michelle Tea celebrates the publication of a memoir, How to Grow Up. Author of many other books including Rent Girl, Rose of No Man's Land, and the young-adult Chelsea Trilogy, Tea has a voice and a presence that will have you Googling the characteristic of being naturally imitable. Her life has been an unlikely series of adventures and, by many opinions — from those she's affected through the troupe Sister Spit, or any member of the community she's helped to foster here through Radar Productions — an unconventional success. She is reading from the new memoir at Books Inc. Castro, where she used to work.More
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.
Large American cities during the industrial age had amateur baseball leagues made up of blue-collar workers who created their own little societies unseen by the general populace. Men formed their teams representing factories, power plants, and other facilities developed rivalries, and had playoffs and championship series just like the pros. Some of them, in fact, went on to play professionally. For nearly three decades, San Francisco has had a largely unknown tour de force of amateur sports in the San Francisco Gay Basketball Association and its Castro League. Like most organized amateur leagues, its composed of dedicated people who take the sport seriously and fight hard to win. To be fair, though, it does include some levity. Looking at the team names will tell you that right away: the All-City Ballers, Frisco Force, the Backdoor Pass, the Guardians of the Hole. Step into this world this evening at Sunday Open Gyms. Stuart Leung, the associations acting commissioner, says 20 to 35 people turn out for this practice session each Sunday. Anyone is welcome (gay, straight, bi, or other), and its a chance to socialize, exercise, play ball, and see where it takes you. Leung says people of all experience levels show up, and games are conducted on two courts. Some participants have never played, while others played in high school or college, and a few have done time in the pros. Leung says most people who play in the Castro League got their start at a Sunday open session. Leung says to bring a light-colored as well as a dark T-shirt, so when teams are chosen youll be able to tell the good guys from the bad guys.More
If you're going to go out, go out on a high note. After five years of throwing parties and two years of putting out records by Bay Area electronic musicians, Icee Hot is calling it quits. To celebrate the occasion, organizers are throwing a party quite unlike anything the Bay Area has ever seen before — a 28-hour nonstop affair that is, by rights, more accurately a miniaturized music festival than a mere "party."
The man headlining this whole thing is one of techno music's founding fathers: Robert Hood, one of the original members of Detroit's Underground Resistance record label and artist collective (alongside Jeff Mills and Mike Banks). Describing Hood's contributions to techno and electronic music in general is impossible in such a small space, but suffice it to say that, over a career spanning some 25 years, he has never been more well-regarded than in the present moment. Hood's minimal, hard-driving, melodic, and deeply spiritual techno has been all over club dancefloors for the past couple of years, driven by his anthemic "Never Grow Old," in which an insistent synth melody chimes on over a sample of Aretha Franklin's crystalline, searing voice. It's an electric tune, encapsulating all of the transcendental power of techno in a single eight-minute piece. When Hood plays it — and he almost assuredly will — be warned, because the roof of Public Works might just come down.
Co-headlining is Andy Stott, a Brit who has been quietly producing some of the world's most innovative electronic music for the past decade or so. He turned heads with We Stay Together/Passed Me By, a sludgy, moody double EP, but his 2012 album, Luxury Problems, launched him to international stardom. It's a masterpiece, leavening the darkness of the EPs with warmer melodies, female vocals, and the occasional breakbeat. His just-released album, Faith in Strangers, is more obviously rooted in the house-techno continuum but is no less experimental. He's a superb live performer, presenting new tracks alongside reworked older ones with an eye on the dancefloor.
He's joined by an array of superb DJs, one of whom (Kowton) will be making his debut San Francisco appearance. Gerd Janson leads the pack; as head of one of the world's best and most diverse record labels (Running Back), his taste knows no bounds. Kowton is one of England's most mind-bending producers, channeling the raw, gritty spirit of dubstep and grime into a techno paradigm. There's a whole parade of New Yorkers: Joey Anderson, one of the city's finest deep house practitioners; Anthony Parasole, who produces and DJs no-holds-barred techno; Galcher Lustwerk, a dubbed-out deep house producer with a mesmerizing voice; Young Male, who produces "working-man's techno," simple, heavy and melodic; and Contakt, resident DJ at NYC monthly party Turbotax. Up-and-coming Canadians Pender Street Steppers and Hashman Deejay will be deploying their woozy, new-age house and disco, and similarly-minded compatriot Maxmillion Dunbar, from D.C., will join them. Last but not least are Bostonians John Barera and Will Martin, two new producers making a splash with their sample-heavy deep house, who will be performing live.
Then there are the locals: Icee Hot residents DJ Will, Shawn Reynaldo, Low Limit, and Ghosts on Tape are joined by Honey Soundsystem's Jason Kendig and Jackie House, and Matrixxman & Vin Sol will be making an appearance as well. Set times will be announced shortly before the party begins on Saturday so partygoers can plan accordingly. Stay hydrated, stay caffeinated, and stay till the bitter end. Goodbye, Icee Hot.
Icee Hot's 5-Year Anniversary & 28-Hour Final Goodbye Party runs from 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, until 2 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Public Works. For more information, read the online interview with Icee Hot DJs Shawn, Ryan, and Will.More
Since 2008, Circus Bella has been keeping San Franciscans entertained with its throwback circus techniques. Trading the idea of a big top for something a bit more intimate, the local troupe is making its way to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco for one day. Even for those who have seen Circus Bella's contortions, hula-hooping, trapeze, or juggling, it's hard to anticipate just how spectacular these feats become when viewed at such close proximity. Feats of strength become hold-your-breath-and-pray-for-the-best terrifying. And clown acts — well, those become terrifying, too. Local composer, pianist, and accordion player Rob Reich performs the original score. As with most of the programing at the Jewish Community Center, Circus Bella is perfect for families — though just to err on the side of caution, it's probably a good idea to discourage any excited children from sword-swallowing or fire-breathing once they get home.More
San Francisco harbors enough soccer pickups to fill Crocker-Amazon and the Polo Fields any given night of the week, but many of them are inhospitable to beginners; if soccer is known for being a somewhat peaceful sport, it still brings out the boorish elements in players' personalities.
Nicole Holofcener's fourth feature is, for the most part, witty and engrossing. Kate (Catherine Keener) and Alex (Oliver Platt) are bourgeois grave-robbers, stocking their West Village "vintage furniture" store with mid-20th-century pieces bought from the distracted children of the recently dead. Elaborating on their ghoulish realpolitik, the couple has purchased the apartment next door and is only waiting for its 91-year-old inhabitant, Andra (Ann Guilbert), to expire so that they might expand their domain. Kate and Alex have a chubby, zit-plagued adolescent daughter, Abby (Sarah Steele); Andra is looked after by her two grown grandchildren, dutiful Rebecca (Rebecca Hall) and selfish Mary (Amanda Peet). Briefly brought together to celebrate Andra's birthday, the two families merge with and mirror each other in unexpected ways. Please Give is neither as unsentimental as it sounds, nor as sentimental as it might have been. The movie is filled with banter, typically concerned with three subjects (money, old age, life in New York). Generally, Holofcener is a stronger writer than director, with a greater gift for riffs than characterization. Her strongest comic creation is Andra, played by Guilbert as an irascible, ignorant, self-assured sourpuss. Keener has the toughest part: Kate is a canny business operator paradoxically cursed with a bleeding heart. Too sensitive for the volunteer social work she imagines she should perform, there's nothing dreamy about Kate's yearning or charming in her weakness. Her liberal guilt is about as convincing as Holofcener'sï¿½which may be an example of the movie's perverse honesty.
May 7-13, 2010
The No Pants BART Ride commenced on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Participants rode without pants, and at the end of the ride they disembarked at The Mission to bar hop, eat burritos and take selfies. Photos by Richard Haick.