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
When Straw opened in Hayes Valley in January 2011, the carnival-themed restaurant excited foodies and trendsetters alike. The menu, which includes cotton candy and funnel cake, filled a void the San Francisco food scene didn’t know it had. Straw’s unique take on hip comfort food seemed endlessly entertaining, but how does it stand up a year and a half later? Read More
Ron Tanner could have just walked away. He could have ignored the sagging, condemned Baltimore Victorian, which was trashed by a decadelong college fraternity residency. But he bought it, with the all-American dream of fixing it up with his girlfriend Jill, even though they had been dating only six months and had no do-it-yourself experience. Read More
Giving proof that celebrating LGBT Pride is a year-round affair, and cannot be contained to a single mammoth parade, Acuña Danza Teatro brightens up this post-S.F. Pride weekend with performances of “Same Amor.” The show’s longer title, “Prehistorically the Same Love/Prehistóricamente El Mismo Amor,” gives more than a hint that the new work by the “flamenco company with attitude” speaks to the theme that love is all the same, regardless of gender or ethnicity. Read More
Jake Cornell’s stay behind the bar at Madrone will be temporary — the owners of the Divisadero Street “art bar” knew the South Bay native wanted to eventually open up his own drinking establishment before they lured him away from 12 Romolo to become Madrone’s bar manager. But Cornell’s tenure will be memorable, for reasons above and beyond the Burberry-colored rifle — with golden banana clip — hanging near the bar’s 300-plus bottles of whiskeys, tequilas, gins, vodkas and other spirits. Read More
“Pollution touring” doesn’t have a ring to it, but that doesn’t stop New York journalist Andrew Blackwell from recommending it in his new book, “Visit Sunny Chernobyl.” “Every city or location has a place that is supposedly too polluted to enjoy,” says Blackwell, who reads at Book Passage in San Francisco on Thursday. “I think these spots are often the most interesting.” Read More
Author Stephanie Reents has quite a résumé. But the Rhodes Scholar, two-time Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference participant and Stegner Fellow also appreciates her non-academic years.“One thing I’m really happy about is that I didn’t go to graduate school until I was 29,” says Reents, who reads from her debut “The Kissing List” at The Booksmith on Wednesday.“I had a good five-year chunk of being in the real world,” says Reents, who lives and teaches in Rhode Island. “That was really good for my writing.” Read More
When photographer Richard Misrach and his wife moved in to their Berkeley hills home in 1997, they stumbled on something that became an iconic project for Misrach.“We didn’t know about the view when we bought the house,” says Misrach, who appears in a City Arts & Lectures presentation Monday at Herbst Theatre.The home, where they still live, was engulfed in vegetation. After a week’s manicuring, Misrach and his wife saw the full span of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and San Francisco’s sparkling skyline. Read More
Liss Fain Dance just might be the most bookish dance troupe ever.Novels, poetry and short stories have influenced Fain’s work for years. Last year, she used literary superstar Lydia Davis’ short stories. She continues on the short story trajectory, using Jamaica Kincaid’s unnerving tales in “The Water Is Clear and Still,” a performance installation debuting Thursday at Z Space. Read More
Los Angeles underground electro mogul Steve Aoki supercharges the lineup at the I Love This City music festival this weekend at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. Hosting more than 40 DJs and producers — including Afrojack, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tiësto, David Guetta and Laidback Luke — appearing over two days on three stages, I Love This City producers LiveNation and Skills were smart to feature Aoki, head of the widely influential dance label Dim Mak. Read More
It’s hard to beat The Temptations when it comes to chart-topping hits. “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do” and “Get Ready” are just a few tunes planted in pop music’s canon, but the list goes on — almost too long.“We play a lot of the hits, but we can’t do them all. We’ve been together too long!” says Dennis Edwards, an on-again-off-again Temptation since 1968 who leads “The Temptations Review,” appearing at Yoshi’s this week. Read More
The Parisian avant-garde hits the San Francisco stage this week in a one-of-a-kind, three-day event featuring three freshly translated, contemporary French plays.
“Des Voix … Found in Translation” opens Friday at Z Space with a whirlwind kickoff show called “Bal Littéraire” — a popular French entertainment that includes a no-host bar, club dancing and “flash” play performances.
“It’s nightclub theater,” says Amy Mueller, artistic director of the Playwrights Foundation, a “Des Voix” co-presenter. Read More
A look at this summer's hottest Indie, Old School, and Headbanging concerts. Read More
Darth Vader doesn’t have the best reputation as a dad, but “Darth Vader and Son,” a new book by cartoonist Jeffrey Brown, sets out to change that.
In it, dad Darth Vader trains little Luke Skywalker in lightsaber baseball, gives him a timeout and bandages a tiny scrape on his son’s arm. He is visibly disturbed when Luke pretends to be a Jedi and wants C-3P0 cereal, not eggs, for breakfast.
An amusing 18-piece show featuring illustrations from the book is on view at the Cartoon Art Museum through Aug. 5. Chicago-based Brown will be in town Thursday to sign copies. Read More
Despite its PG-13 rating, Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu’s “Last Call at the Oasis” is not for the squeamish.The thought-provoking documentary, an unflinching portrait of life’s most basic necessity, water, rolls out unnerving statistics: Less than 1 percent of the world’s water is actually available to drink; by 2025, more than half of the world will not have adequate access to water; America has the largest water footprint in the world. Read More