In 2007, the Bolivian Constituent Assembly met to draft a new constitution for the country. The draft they produced became a polarizing source of political outrage because of its implied empowerment of indigenous people, and by December 2007, the struggle had become violent. Tonight at Artists' Television Access on Valencia, A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition will screen "Guerreros del Arcoiris" (Rainbow Warriors), a film that tells the story of the majority and minority sides of the conflict, followed by a report on the current state of the ongoing struggle. The film starts at 7:30 ($6).
Ballads of whiskey, women and heartbreak are a country music cliché, the wistful laments of road-weary troubadours resigned to lives of mistakes and regret.
Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) leads just such a life. Some country crooners sing the blues for the money, but Bad is the genuine article. He has walked away from every relationship he's ever known, drunk himself into a stupor more times than he can remember, and fathered a son, now in his 20s, that he's never met. Once he played to packed houses, but when we meet him he's preparing for his latest show – at a bowling alley, with a pickup band – by drowning himself in the hard stuff.
Next time you're stuck at San Francisco airport trying to kill time before your flight, consider hitting the slots. No, the airport has not morphed into a full-fledged casino, but it has introduced an exhibit, For Amusement Only: Slot Machines and Other Gambling Devices of the Mechanical Age, that illustrates the technological and artistic innovations of mechanical gambling machines.
Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson typically plays arenas, so we were shocked to find out that his latest tour includes a stop at the San Francisco Art Exchange. The rock-and-roll-themed gallery is currently featuring an exhibition of artist Sir Peter Blake, responsible for a number of iconic rock covers, including that of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper. Blake's latest work is a box set of collages and a book inspired by Wilson's most recent album, That Lucky Old Sun-- only 1,000 copies total. Wilson and his band will play an intimate live show in the tiny gallery on Saturday, January 23, to celebrate the set's release.
Congrats to the The Dodos (part of last year's Hot 20 Class), who make their US television debut tomorrow night on Letterman. We're anxious to see how Dave responds to the bashing of metal garbage cans on stage (the band's been known to use trash receptacles for percussion). Check out our interview with frontman Meric Long and then tune in to cheer on our local favorites.
The French-Algerian author Albert Camus stubbornly rejected characterization, a choice that resonated strongly with his diverse literary abilities. A writer of novels, philosophical treatises, short stories, and plays, he's often grouped with the French existentalists, a label that he himself found inaccurate. Best known for his novel The Stranger, Camus was the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature when he was awarded the honor in 1957; two years later, he also died young, in a car accident (he had an unused train ticket in his pocket).
Anyone who’s ever loved a dog won’t make it 12 seconds into Mine’s trailer without feeling like your heart’s been yanked out of your rib cage with pliers. How anyone will get through this movie without shedding a few tears (or completely dehydrating) is beyond me. Men taking dates, you are forewarned.
In the mood for some weird science, somewhere over the rainbow where the underground meets the overground? Or “garage” sounds of the most unexpected sort?
SFMOMA hosts a series of installations/events/concerts on Saturday, Jan. 9 -- an event that appears to be tapping into the same spirit as those experimental music/noise shows that used to happen nearby on Tehama alley at the old Clitstop space. The event: “The Hex Inverter and Kimber Lite and the Pipes” by Max Lawrence, a so-called mechanical mad scientist and “electric conductor.”
Don’t bother trying to understand the curious logic of Daybreakers, in which the world of the not-too-distant future is overrun with vampires and mankind teeters on the brink of extinction.
It’s a familiar scenario, treated oh-so-seriously by Australian directors Michael and Peter Spierig, whose no-budget 2005 debut, Undead, was sloppy but diverting enough to earn them a call-up to the bigs. This time they’ve upped the ante with expensive-looking CGI, handsome cinematography and a veteran cast featuring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe, and the improvement is marked.
You’ve got to admire Terry Gilliam even when his madcap experiments shatter the test tubes. The former Python is the ultimate independent filmmaker. He has worked within the studio system before, often frustrating the moneymen, but you get the feeling he’d rather burn the negatives than conform to their whims. He is not, as they say, a company man.
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