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.
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
Roads of Arabia
Oct 24–Jan 18
Asian Art Museum
Over the last 40 years, archaeologists in Saudi Arabia have unearthed astonishing artifacts from the Arabian peninsula, radically changing our understanding of the region's ancient past. The Asian Art Museum's new exhibition Roads of Arabia features some of these remarkable discoveries, like giant human statues, stone tools, Greco-Roman bronzes, gold jewelry and pages from early Qur'ans. More than 200 artworks--many of which were recently excavated--reveal a lively commercial and cultural exchange among civilizations from antiquity through the early centuries of Islam. See what you'll dig up in Roads of Arabia. The Asian Art Museum is the final venue for this exhibition. Share your finds on social with #RoadsofArabia.More
In Super, when a local crime boss (Kevin Bacon) lures away his wife (Liv Tyler), lifelong pushover Frank (Rainn Wilson) -- under the influence of a bizarre Christian kids' TV show and a sci-fi-style encounter with something like God -- starts to make himself over into a real-life superhero. On discovering that the weird guy who frequents her comic-book store is, in fact, the masked man making his way into the papers as the Crimson Bolt, young nerd Libby (Ellen Page) insinuates herself as his sidekick and would-be girlfriend. Super writer/director James Gunn (scripter of the Scooby-Doo movies, the auteur behind Slither) launched his career working for Troma, and the best bits of this fanboy culture decon job bare the unmistakable trace of the venerable no-budget brand behind socially engaged schlock-satire such as Poultrygeist and The Toxic Avenger. Conceptually similar to last spring's bullied-teen-dons-tights-to-fight flick Kick-Ass, Super distinguishes itself with a deliberate tonal unevenness that's unsettling and annoying. By foregrounding the problematic muddling of fantasy and reality inherent in his premise, Gunn successfully shifts between celebrating violence and mourning it, but his handling of emotional evolution is clumsier; he seems particularly out of his depth in the film's mawkish ending. But Page is a revelation: There isn't another gorgeous twentysomething actress working today who could more convincingly reveal sexual bravado to be simultaneously silly and creepy.
April 22-May 4, 2011