Perhaps I was spoiled. My induction into the world of X-Men mythology came courtesy of Bryan Singer’s X2, which remains on the short list of the most brilliantly realized comic-book adaptations ever made. Surprisingly sophisticated, Singer’s parting gift to the franchise deftly juggled a teeming cast of exotic mutants and made them relatable without seeming tediously awed by their superpowers.
Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s Oscar-nominated follow-up to 2002’s OT: Our Town, his documentary about a Compton high school attempting to stage its first play in over 20 years, chronicles a South Central Los Angeles farming community’s struggle to save its land from a millionaire developer. The stage is set for a power struggle rife with moral outrage, and The Garden delivers that in spades, but Kennedy’s second effort is as much a compelling, seamlessly crafted underdog tale as a revealing glimpse behind the curtain of big-city politics.
In his new film “Outrage,” filmmaker Kirby Dick outs hypocrites. They’re gay, they’re closeted, they’re big political muckety-mucks, too, but Dick is exposing their hypocrisies. The documentary, which opens on Friday and just premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, focuses in on politicians who legislate against gays by day… and sleep with them by night. (or in the case of Larry Craig, during lay-overs.)
Oh boy, this could be trouble. Saturday marks the return of Modern Economy (one of our favorite events) to Fort Mason's Conference Center. Started by Meg Mateo Ilasco in 2006, Modern Economy sales provide an outlet for independent designers from all over the US to sell their samples and overstocked goods at up to 80% off the retail price, all under one roof.
A town full of DIY maniacs, a communal love of food and drink, and a harsh economy: It’s the perfect storm in which to launch Urban Peasant, a group of urbanites dedicated to teaching “homesteading in a modern world” (read: canning, preserving, cheesemaking and the like). At their first workshop, held Tuesday night at Living Room Events/Kitchenette in Dogpatch, home-brewer and -winemaker Scott Mansfield showed 30 folks how to make their own booze—in small batches and without the need to stomp grapes or mash hops and barley. Within two hours, Scott (full disclosure: he’s my husband) showed how to make cider, pomegranate wine, ginger beer and blackberry melomel (a honey-based drink).
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.
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