The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy has been busy spinning yarns.
“Under Wildwood,” being released next week, is the second children’s tome by the musician and his wife, artist-illustrator Carson Ellis. The pair comes to town Monday to sign copies at Books Inc. Opera Plaza.
“Wildwood Chronicles” — a series for middle-schoolers — debuted last year with the New York Times-bestselling “Wildwood,” which has been optioned by Laika, the stop-motion studio that produced the film “Coraline.” Read More
Comedian Gina Yashere is constantly confusing Americans with her British accent.“Most people don’t realize that there are black people in England,” says Yashere. “The general perception is that I’m Australian, that I’m Aborigine. And it’s not just white Americans; it’s black Americans too. It’s hard for them to compute it.”Yashere — who is taping her performance Saturday at Brava Theater for a new DVD “Laughing to America” — now lives in Los Angeles, but grew up in London in a British-Nigerian family. Read More
On Saturday afternoon, a 3-ton steamroller will drive up and down roped-off Rhode Island Street, all in the name of art.For the ninth year, the San Francisco Center for the Book invites the community to Roadworks: A Steamroller Printing Festival. The free event on Portrero Hill showcases artists making prints in the middle of the road, using big, beefy construction equipment. Read More
“Filly Brown,” a drama about a hip-hop artist with a mother in prison and a career ultimatum on the horizon — featuring Lou Diamond Phillips and Edward James Olmos — kicks off the 2012 San Francisco Latino Film Festival.
“I’d never really seen a film about a young girl poet,” Olmos says. “It’s a crowd-pleaser. It went down really well at Sundance and I think it’s universal in scope.”
Opening today, the fourth annual event, which runs through Sept. 28, includes some 40 features, shorts and documentaries screening at various Bay Area locations. Read More
California without Yosemite is a terrifying thought. But the famed park that welcomes more than 4 million visitors each year could have been developed and felled in the 19th century, were it not for a government land grant issued in 1864.
“Yosemite was the birth of the park idea,” says David Vassar, writer, director and co-producer of “California Forever.” The two-part documentary about the history and future of the state’s parks airs on KQED Wednesday night. Read More
Iain Morris still hasn’t grown up. The co-writer and producer of “The Inbetweeners” — a popular British sitcom and now film — admits he still relates, almost too well, with the fumbling, post-adolescent, pre-adult male characters he created. Read More
San Francisco band Sic Alps may have a filmmaker on its hands in lead singer Mike Donovan, who records behind-the-scenes tour footage on his smartphone.
“It’s fun, I feel like I’m making my own movie,” says Donovan, who appears with the band this weekend. “It’s a sketchbook of killing time.” Read More
Harmony by the Bay The KFOG-sponsored concert with multiple stages hosts the Shins, Tegan and Sara, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Beats Antique, Matisyahu, Jimmy Cliff, Kimbra and the Dirty Heads — along with an eco- and world marketplace and yoga programs. [2 p.m. Sept. 29, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $39.50-$75]Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Read More
Brian Regan has a clean act — a rare thing on today’s comedy circuit. He doesn’t swear, talk dirty or refer much to sex. It would be easy to say he’s old-fashioned, but his jokes are too funny and too contemporary for that.“I like to work ‘clean’ because it feels kind of natural to me,” says Regan, who typically appears in large venues but has rare club dates at Cobb’s in The City on Friday and Saturday. “It’s how I think comedically — about everyday stuff.” Read More
When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Aug. 5, it became clear that the battle against racism in America is far from over, especially when it comes to white supremacist groups. But not all skinheads are created equal; some want to change. “Erasing Hate,” a documentary about one of these people, screens at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at the United Film Festival in The City. The touring independent-film showcase, which runs Aug. 31 through Sept. Read More
It’s a rare artist who can make a quarry recall 18th- and 19th-century Romantic-movement painting, but Japanese photographer Naoya Hatakeyama does it deftly by playing with perspective, light and color.
“Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories,” on view through Nov. 4 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and co-organized with the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, begins with the serene Swiss Alps and ends with a bang, closing with the hypnotic short film “Twenty-Four Blasts” — an intimate portrait of 24 quarry explosions. Read More
Comedians are always going to offend someone, but comedian Ian Edwards welcomes his critics.
"I hold out hope for more hate mail," says Edwards, who appears at Punch Line Comedy Club this week. "I don’t get as much as I would like, but there’s always the possibility." Read More
A dance accompanied by music from Harry Belafonte, Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Elvis Presley and Sun Ra may sound schizophrenic, but in the hands of Megan and Shannon Kurashige, it works.
Premiering earlier this month, “A Thousand Natural Shocks,” the Kurashige sisters’ choreographic debut, is onstage Monday at Z Space. Sharp & Fine, a six-member troupe assembled by and including the Kurashiges, presents the piece in S.F. Conservatory of Dance’s summer series. Read More
“Man Ray, Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism” at the Legion of Honor offers an intimate glimpse into a celebrated artist-muse relationship.
Surrealist giant Man Ray met Lee Miller in 1929, when the 1920s “it” girl ditched her Vogue modeling career to study art with him in Paris. They lived together until 1932, when Miller broke things off to pursue her own art career in New York.
Although their time as a couple was brief, their relationship generated bountiful contributions to each artist’s oeuvre, and they remained friends into old age. Read More
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, opening Thursday at the Castro Theatre, is sitting pretty in 2012.Winning a combined 10 Oscars, “The Artist” and “Hugo” brought silent film back into public consciousness. In March, the festival made its own headlines, screening Abel Gance’s rarely seen 1927 epic “Napoleon” and receiving accolades in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker and more. Read More