Thursday, November 25, 2004
When you're choosing between paying the rent and buying that amoxicillin you need to cure your staph infection, checking in on the trials and tribulations suffered by a group of über-wealthy twentysomethings might not seem that compelling. But by all accounts the documentary Born Rich is an absorbing peek into an incredibly rarefied subculture. First-time filmmaker Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune, interviews peers like Ivanka Trump (daughter of the Donald) and S.I. Newhouse IV (of the Condé Nast publishing dynasty) about their lifestyles, their finances, and the worries and drawbacks that, believe it or not, accompany a gargantuan family bank account. Wish in vain that you, too, owned a pair of solid gold underpants at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), S.F. Admission is $4-8; call 863-1087 or visit www.roxie.com.
Friday, November 26, 2004
The idea of "Buy Nothing Day" is great: For just one day, you can take a break from the whole consumer-consumed cycle. It's not that hard, and it makes you think. It also has a lot of comic possibilities. Try springing the idea on your family members on turkey day, and watch 'em scurry around in a total panic. Just be ready to avoid flying objects if your dad had a trip to Home Depot planned. If the experiment goes horribly awry, flee to Affluenza, a screening of a TV show exploring the cultural forces that changed the United States from a nation that once prized homemade stuff and was proud of its skinflint qualities into the insatiable, indebted populace we are today. National Public Radio's Scott Simon is the program's host, starting at 8 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 21st Street), S.F. Admission is $5; call 824-3890 or visit www.atasite.org.
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Sloughing off those post-holiday pounds is a particularly dreary annual chore, but not if you happen to catch the "Get Fit With Captured! By Robots Tour," a jog through inspirational workout tunes performed by JBOT (the band's only human member, temporarily taking on the name and persona of instructor Richard Jean Semens) and the tuneful yet cruel robot masters that have him in their power. JBOT/Semens promises a sweaty set featuring surefire hits of the future, including "Thigh Master," "Buns of Steel," and "Stop the Insanity"; audience members are, of course, encouraged to aerobicize to the beat. ArnoCorps and High Tone Son of a Bitch join the bill at 10 p.m. at the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. (at Missouri), S.F. Admission is $10; call 621-4455 or visit www.bottomofthehill.com.
Sunday, November 28, 2004
We're painfully aware of how revoltingly cute most craft fairs can be: ruffles on everything, "God Bless Our Home" cross-stitch samplers, and cozies as far as the eye can see. But Japantown's Silver Bells Arts & Crafts Faire is different, boasting jewelry, fabric creations, paintings, and other fripperies imbued with taste and style instead of calico and rickrack. A few years ago we scored a magnificent sushi clock, while friends came home with handmade teapots, carved jade pendants, Chinese brocade purses, and other articles that caused jealousy among acquaintances who hadn't attended. The fair continues today at 11 a.m. at the Japan Center, 1625 Post (at Buchanan), S.F. Admission is free; call 931-2294 or visit www.kimochi-inc.org.
Monday, November 29, 2004
Reggae maestro Don Carlos is respected for a tenor voice as smooth as any soul singer's. His more than three decades of music skip fearlessly from roots to rock to tough, rhythmic dancehall. Best known for his stints in legendary reggae band Black Uhuru (which he co-founded with fellow Kingston, Jamaica, pals Garth Dennis and Derrick "Ducky" Simpson in 1973 before leaving to pursue a solo career, then rejoined in the late '80s) and his more recent turn in Northern California's Groundation, the venerable vocalist hits town tonight for a show that promises plenty of old-school tracks -- Carlos generally finds the time to croon Uhuru classics like "Fit You Haffe Fit" and "Shine Eye Gal" -- and selections from his more recent work. He plays "Club Dread" at 10:30 p.m. at Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $15; call 252-7666 or visit www.studioz.tv.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Listening to the eerie trip-hop that Petracovich makes reminds us of one night when we sat up until dawn playing Portishead and drinking mushroom tea with a friend we'd helped move into a new apartment. The same record played over and over again, and with each go-round we heard new harmonies hiding underneath the lead vocals, new tiny, tinny sounds creeping beneath the melodies. The music on Petracovich's debut release, Blue Cotton Skin, is just that lush and layered, with Jessica Peters' sweet, distant voice overlaying a symphony of dreamlike synthesized and analog sound. Stirring strings, booming kettledrums, sharp guitar -- all are subdued behind Peters' hypnotic vocal hum to produce a perfect soundtrack for endless, quiet nights. Elin Jr. and the Culprits open at 9 p.m. at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (at Mission), S.F. Admission is $5; call 647-2888 or visit www.makeoutroom.com.
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