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.
Performing artists know few things can truly live up to the experience of a live performance; the bustle of the tech crew, the nearly blinding stage lights, the nerves that come along with sharing work with an audience. South of Market's Museum of Performance and Design captures a bit of this enigmatic energy with its newest exhibition, "Instant Love." Via snapshots, sketches, and selfies taken from rehearsals and backstage by some of the greatest performers of all time (including sweet drawings by legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova), "Instant Love" is an intimate look at the moments theatergoers rarely get to see. The pieces, including submissions from local performers, are overseen by the Museum of Performance and Design's executive director (and former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer), Muriel Maffre. And if anyone is going to curate a collection of backstage moments, who better than Maffre?
"Instant Love" starts at 5:30 p.m. and continues through March 21. More
There are few things in this world as adorable as a child singing and dancing to Bob Marley songs. His songs of protest, his songs of freedom, they all sound that much more poignant when coming from the mouths of innocent youngsters. If you have children, they either like Marley songs, or they haven't heard them. So either way, the play Three Little Birds is an essential musical theater experience for you and your kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids, students, neighbors' kids, etc. The adventure tale of 11-year-old Ziggy, set in Jamaica, taps into the steadfast yet laid-back vibes of the titular song, teaching young ones that "every little thing is gonna be all right." The play, based on a work by Marley's daughter Cedella Marley, is recommended for kids 4 and up.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.
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
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
The statistics are dire. Nearly one-third of U.S. high school students drop out. And less than one-third of eighth-graders are up to where they should be in reading and math. Kids who live in urban areas and those who come from low-income families are at greater risk of bad grades and quitting school, which means they're far less likely to develop the basic thinking-and-doing skills they need to get by in the world. Where are the teachers in this equation? A lot of them are dropping out too. The pay is so low in so many areas that nearly half of them quit within five years of starting. And many of the teachers who've been at it a long time are due to retire within a few years. It's clear that our education system must change. American Teacher is a feature-length documentary that tells the stories of a few people closest to the issue. Dave Eggers of McSweeney's and 826 Valencia helped write it, and Vanessa Roth, who's won an Academy Award, directed it. Its producer is Nínive Calegari, who has a decade of experience as a teacher and has also helped kids through 826 Valencia. The film contains first-person stories from the front lines and hard facts you'd expect from a crew like this as well as illustrations, animation, and archival film-strips from American education.
Mon., Nov. 21, 7 p.m., 2011
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.