If anyone has the inside scoop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.
Lately, I've found myself walking into bars I haven't visited for a while, and have been mortified to see the old school CD jukebox replaced by a neon monstrosity: the MP3 jukebox. At face value, the MP3 jukebox seems brilliant. And from a digital music nerd standpoint, it is. As media technology has evolved—vinyl to cassette to CD—so has the technology of the jukebox—vinyl to CD and now to digital. Its place in the world makes sense. The problem is that I am unable to reconcile my love of new technology's ease with my sentimental attachment to the old school mechanical jukebox.
It appears that there's nothing new at First Friday's Art Walk in Oakland this month, Johansson Projects and Rock! Paper! Scissors! are showing the same exhibits as last month, but the scene that night was so mobbed. Maybe you want to try again without the jostling in airless, crowded rooms and check out Flaming Furbelows and Heroes and Villains at their respective galleries.
If it's anything like last time, there will be vegan cheesecake vendors, impromptu performance art and artists galore setting up shop in the side street between the two blocks of art spaces and eateries that make up the bulk of the monthly Art Murmur.
The long anticipated dates for Rock The Bells were finally dropped yesterday and this year's traveling hip-hop festival lineup is coming with the big guns. Impressive headliners like Nas, Damian Marley and The Roots are sure to draw the crowd, but I suspect the real surprises will be the classics like KRS-One and up-and-comers like K'Naan.
The cast sounds promising: Billy Bob Thornton as an icy studio head; Mickey Rourke as an amoral lowlife; Chris Isaak as a drunken philanderer who can’t resist making sloppy passes at his son’s dates; and the late Brad Renfro, in his final role, as a jittery hotel clerk with possible connections to the shadiest of underworlds.
Under the big top, it’s the 1970s all over again as the longest running 5-course 3 ring circus under a spiegeltent, Teatro Zinanni, revamps itself yet again.
Having ensconced itself at the Embarcadero, this dinner theater in the round cabaret circus continues its decade long run with “SULTRY SUMMER MAGIC.” A brand new roster of B-list talent featuring some of the mediumest names in pop culture and top 40 radio from the early to mid-seventies will perform, starting May 7.
Food on Stage
On May 4, Public Radio International will bring selected shorts to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) for a special night of storytelling on the subject of food. Acclaimed actors Jill Eickenberry and Michael Tucker will read three stories—But the One on the Right by the legendary Dorothy Parker, Taste by the acclaimed British writer Roald Dahl Sorry Fugu by contemporary Californian writer, T.C. Boyle. The event begins at 8 p.m., and tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 415-292-1233 or visiting jccsf.org/arts.
“Feeling passive-aggressive?” writes Berkeley author Ayelet Waldman in a recent email blast. She reminds us that Mothers Day is coming up and suggests that we send a message to our favorite bad mother. Her new book (she suggests) is just the ticket. Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace is coming out on May 5 and Waldman will be reading from it at the KPFA Benefit on May 4.
The Bay Area may not have a fashion week of its own these days, but one event taking place on the Peninsula this weekend hopes to pull off something close to it in the span of one evening.
Did you have a great time at the opening of Receiver's latest show Me vs Me? Want more Porous Walker/Jimmy Dimarcellis but just don't know how?
Come by Receiver this Saturday at 2pm and glue toys together with Jimmy. He'll give a brief talk about all the work in this show and then lead everyone in some good old fashioned toy-gluing.
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