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
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
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.
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
It's always interesting when classically trained composers turn to electronic music. Kate Simko is one such producer, who gradually made the transition from classical piano to jazz piano to composition and, finally, to DJing and electronic music production. Now based in London, she clearly absorbed the sound of her native Chicago and nearby Detroit — her productions reference the sound of classic Midwestern house and techno, sci-fi synths commingling alongside elegant piano lines. She's also a talented vocalist, singing on many of her tracks, lending them a warm, inviting human touch. Opening up for Simko is local DJ Michael Claus, an affiliate of the city's Tech Dolphin crew. Last but not least are You're Welcome resident DJs Benjamin K and Mantranova, who'll open and close the festivities for the evening.More
Of all the novelties to emerge from San Francisco's blossoming 3D print economy — busts, propellers, chocolate sculptures, perforated walls, and desktop curios — the most promising are also among the least flashy.
San Francisco Film Society held their Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's on Tuesday, May 7th. Harrison Ford was in attendance accepting the 2013 Peter J. Owens Award. Photographs by Josh Edelson for SF Weekly.
Filmed during the months leading up to the 2009 presidential election in Iran, The Hunter still seethes with fury — and anticipates the blood that would spill after the vote. Rafi Pitts's oblique fourth feature opens with a clang of electric guitars and a 1980 photograph of Revolutionary Guards on motorcycles about to run over an upside-down U.S. flag. The din soon ends as we see Ali (Pitts, haunted and hollow) loading a rifle in the woods. The taciturn graveyard-shift warehouse security guard, recently released from jail for a never-specified crime, shuttles between work and home via Tehran's clogged highways while listening to Ayatollah Khamenei on the car radio. To avenge the deaths of his beloved wife and six-year-old daughter, killed during off-screen protests, Ali takes out two cops sniper-style and flees to a forest in the north. Pitts, who was born in 1967 in Iran and fled the country in 1981 for England, and cinematographer Mohammad Davudi frequently frame Ali in striking long shots: The protagonist is dwarfed by his surroundings, whether the labyrinthine entrance to his apartment building or the steep dirt incline he descends after killing the police officers. The open spaces stifle just as much as the claustrophobic hearing rooms and stairwells do in this season's other absorbing Iranian drama, Asghar Farhadi's A Separation.
March 30-April 9; Wed., April 11, 2012