Let Sleeping Diamond Dogs Lie

If there's one thing David Bowie's personas have taught us, it's that this could all be a dream. Dream-you could be real-you or vice-versa, sailing along the dreamscape with the same cast of characters reincarnated nightly as glammed out hybrids or golden ponies. folkYEAH and CinemaSF host experimental pop musician John Vanderslice's lucid dream in City Scenes, Installment 4. A night curated by Vanderslice himself, he and his band are performing Bowie's 1974 concept album, Diamond Dogs, followed by a screening of Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep. Deconstructed with Gondry's phenomenal visual manipulation, the film follows a man whose imagination seeps into his everyday reality so much that neither he, the girl next door, nor we can tell which is which. Gondry doesn't dream of glitter-drenched societal apocalypse, but in between his blurred waking and dreaming worlds, his protagonist creates a "disasterology" calendar and one-second time machine that should make navigating through Bowie's '70s adaptation of Orwell's 1984make even less sense, in the best possible way.
Thu., Aug. 2, 8 p.m., 2012

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