Introduction by Joe Eskenazi. Photographs by Nathaniel Downes.
The first thing to hit you when you walk through the front door of The Gotham Club, the swank new private establishment at AT&T Park, is the smell. The aroma of soaked earth and freshly cut grass hits you and it hits you hard. Baseball is a game steeped in nostalgia and this odor conjures up memories of youthful trips to the ballpark and long summer evenings on the diamond.
This is a pleasant experience, to say the least. But this is not the smell of The Gotham Club. Head up the stairs and you're hit with a blast of old wood. And, yes, old money.
It would be very easy to grow cynical upon entering this supremely upscale private club housed within the team's right field out-of-town scoreboard. It's a testament to the rich history of the ballclub whose games you're not watching. It's a chance to look down upon players, many of whom grew up in abject poverty, while sipping on a $12 draft beer.
And yet, the level of care and detail put into the construction of this place -- which officially opens Friday, but, likely not for you -- is breathtaking. Books of the sort obtained at a centenarian's estate sale are on the shelf above the flat-screen TV -- three whole volumes of Carl Sandburg's writings on Lincoln -- while an alarmingly complete trove of Giants literature is on the lower shelf.
Yes, Arnold Hano's "A Day in the Bleachers" is here.
The couches are all overstuffed, the stools are topped with baseball glove-like leather, and there's a Cooperstown-level of ephemera here. Joyous club members may receive the honor of operating the out-of-town scoreboard (An honor for a tippler; a job-duty for an employee).
The nitty-gritty: It'll cost you $2,500 to join this club, plus around $1,500 a season. You also have to be a season-ticket holder -- or a current or former Giant. Membership will be capped at 1,000 (non-Giants) while spatial relations are assessed, and then, likely, allowed to grow. Right now, 700 season ticket-holders are members.
The drinks are delicious -- and expensive. The food is divine -- and expensive. But, if you have to ask how much it costs -- perhaps you can't afford it.
This is a gorgeous place. Everyone would appreciate it. Not everyone will see it.
Tony's Pizza celebrated five years of making pizza in North Beach by completing a record breaking pizza toss. A representative from Guinness World Records was there to verify the feat. In order to break the previous record, more than 250 pizzas had to be tossed, for a duration of at least one minute, and each pizza needed to reach a final measurement of 12". Tony's Pizza managed to break the previous record by tossing 263 pizzas. The event also hosted raffles, pizza acrobatics, and a massive pizza toss with the participation of local children and families. Proceeds from the event benefit Family House SF, which serves as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Photographs by Mabel Jiménez.
There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas in the world, ranging in color from blue to orange, with flavors as nuanced as fine wine. While the Cavendish preferred by Americans is, in fact, a sexless clone, the relationship between humanity and bananas is anything but sterile. At 60 minutes, the documentary Mondo Banana just begins to tap into the rich cultural significance of what is thought to be the earth’s first fruit. Surprisingly, the doc circumvents the political influence of bananas, including the disturbing origins of the term “banana republic,” focusing instead on the fruit’s unique cultural role in exorcisms, folk tales, shadow plays, magic potions, shoe polish, and dragon dances, as well as on the critical responsibility of citizen scientist and solitary obsessive Markku Häkkinen, whose drive to identify all the world’s wild bananas may be the only thing that will save the Cavendish we have grown to love. At times Mondo Banana feels a bit like an undergraduate film, with awkward segues and clunky intertitles, but the subject matter is so complex and surprisingly strange, we found ourselves hoping for a sequel.More
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Just a few decades ago, the patch of trash the size of Texas floating on the ocean would have sounded like the subject of a dystopian sci-fi flick. Today, it’s a reality: a collection of plastics and other man-made debris that swirls around in the middle of the North Pacific. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the subject of Plastic Bag, a short film directed by Ramni Bahrani and featuring Werner Herzog that screens tonight in Berkeley. Despite the ecologically disastrous topic, Plastic Bag takes the audience on a whimsical ride through a landscape of waste products as the bag in question seeks to understand its maker and the meaning of its life. Also on view is Trashed, a feature-length documentary directed by U.K.-based filmmaker Candida Brady and starring Jeremy Irons. Visually and emotionally stunning, Trashed takes viewers around the globe to investigate the impact of burning waste on human health and the climate, ultimately pointing to more sustainable solutions. Plastic Bag and Trash are part of the Reel to Real documentary film series, and are presented in concert with “Reimagining Progress,” a juried art exhibition.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.
Don’t miss the knockout historical drama Fetch Clay, Make Man at Marin Theatre Company. Playwright Will Power investigates one of the most unlikely friendships of the Civil Rights Era – young heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali (Eddie Ray Jackson, Fences) and disgraced actor Stepin Fetchit (Roscoe Orman, Gordon from TV’s Sesame St.).
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Not everyone is comfortable talking about sex. In fact, just hearing the word in public is enough to make some people uneasy, even here in liberal San Francisco. For those of you looking to explore your sexuality in the new year (or are just curious what the fuss is all about), head on over to Good Vibrations for its recurring (and often free) workshops. There’s something for everyone, from the timid and curious to the wild and experimental. Events Manager Camilla Lombard notes, “Our free event series is the perfect opportunity to drop in and explore a wide variety of topics you may be vaguely curious about or want to explore more deeply. You are welcome to show up and just listen, but it’s also a great opportunity to ask questions in a non-judgmental, sex-positive environment from our sex educator sales associates, who have more sex-ed training than most medical students. Humpday Happy Hour workshops vary in topic, but always aim to teach you the ins and outs of the ol' in-and-out. Attendance includes a free gift and is sure to be more interesting than the lanyard you got at the last workshop you attended.More
SocialSF Presents North Beach Rager Day Party! FREE PARTY this Saturday 8/30/14 from 2pm - 9pm at The Parlor. 2801 Leavenworth St. 415-775-5110. Join us in a birthday celebration for Rod of SocialSF, Featuring Tag Team Set By J.Espinosa & Yo Yolie, DJ Midnight, DJ Crank, West Kraven & Drea Faux Real. VIP Reservations: Vip@SocialSF.com. More Information at www.SocialSF.com.More
Troupe Studio Space
Thu, Aug 28th @ 7:00 PM (Music 6:30)
855 Treat Ave., San Francisco
Ticket Info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/715818
FREE but suggested donation $20, Seating is limited, must RSVP
Peacock Meadow in Golden Gate Park
Sat, Aug 30th @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30)
JFK Drive at Peacock Meadow
Ticket Info: FREE (donation)
Between Panhandle and Conservatory of Flowers
Sun, Aug 31st @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30)
Mon, Sep 1st @ 2:00 PM (Music 1:30)
19th St. & Dolores St.
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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.
Poet, journalist, and critic Luis Francia’s work usually breathes slowly through the politics of Filipino nationalism, often as creative nonfiction that’s more wrapped up in personal identity. In Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, he says, “Out of love, and even out of self-preservation, I hold my Manila in its niche, in my own peculiar history, a city no less tangible than that encountered in the real world, a Manila also of the imagination,” admitting a complex understanding of a city he characterizes once with “sex with prepubescents in the afternoons, and salvagings at night.” In his two-act play and world premiere, The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz, Francia has a sharper edge. We watch the docile protagonist with a sexual dysfunction find the sexual and the savage in himself as he evolves into a risk-taking government agent. Francia takes a less sentimental approach in presenting a satire that deals with the radical nationalism permeating Philippine politics.
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Jack White and his band performed at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights in front of sold out audiences. Jack entertained his fans with music that included songs from his days with The White Stripes, and The Raconteurs, as well as hits from his solo albums; Blunderbuss and Lazaretto. Photography by Sugarwolf.
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.