Wild reeds: Clarinet Thing performs a concert of original works and arrangements of tunes by jazz giants. Beth Custer, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg and Harvey Wainapel are the quartet. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]
A great bike ride
Keep Pedaling After Bike to Work Day: Were you inspired by the thousands of people pedaling to the office Thursday for Bike to Work Day? Read More
Superstars such as Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn have had some unlikely co-stars in their films: San Francisco public schools. A number of films have been shot on local campuses, including “Hemingway and Gellhorn” and “Milk.” Although such projects earn the San Francisco Unified School District $880,000 a year, the majority of school-site filming is for advertising and corporate videos, which are not eligible for city programs intended to lure film crews here. Read More
“Ice Age: Continental Drift,” the fourth film in the animated series featuring a woolly mammoth and his prehistoric friends, trampled “The Amazing Spider-Man” and took the top spot at U.S. and Canadian box offices on Sunday with $46 million. Read More
The fourth annual Mostly British Film Festival gets rolling today, with neonoir dramas, an apocalyptic romance, a horror thriller, a dark sex comedy and documentaries new, old and very old on the bill. A wealth of English, Scottish, Irish and Australian styles, stories and talent is covered in 28 films screening over eight days. Read More
Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director slot for the Oscar-winning filmmaker. Read More
Ricky Gervais, who is prone to ruffle feathers with sharp wisecracks aimed at celebrities, made an early arrival Sunday on the Golden Globes red carpet, along with such stars as George Clooney, Melissa McCarthy and the dog from "The Artist."
Clooney came with nominations for two movies — "The Descendants" and "The Ides of March" — but told E! television: "I don't think I'll win four, so I suspect I'll be the big loser tonight." Read More
Lars von Trier's drama "Melancholia" has been selected by the National Society of Film Critics as the best picture of 2011.
Star Kirsten Dunst was picked by the society's 58 members as best actress for her portrayal of the main character in the film that ponders the end of the world.
The society is comprised of prominent movie critics from around the country. It announced its picks Saturday in New York City. Read More
In the little town of Bethlehem, a cloistered nun whose luminous blue eyes entranced Elvis Presley in his first on-screen movie kiss is praying for a Christmas miracle.
Dolores Hart, who walked away from Hollywood stardom in 1963 to become a nun in rural Bethlehem, Conn., now finds herself back in the spotlight. But this time it's all about serving the King of Kings, not smooching the King of Rock and Roll. Read More
This Thursday, the Government Audit and Oversight Committee will hold a hearing to discuss a recent audit by the Office of the Budget and Legislative Analyst. The subject of the audit is The City’s advertising policies and practices. The report covers all departments that receive advertising revenue, but the harshest criticism is reserved for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Read More
Writer-director Rowan Joffe engages in some provocative switcheroos in “Brighton Rock,” his adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1938 novel.
Greene’s story, about an amoral teenaged gangster and the waitress for whom he harbors a sociopathic mixture of tenderness and contempt, took place in the English seaside town of the 1930s. Read More