At 48, Takashi Miike has directed more than 70 theatrical, television and straight-to-video productions. In 2009, a slow year by his dizzying standards, he has already released two films, with another, his 2010 remake of Eiichi Kudo’s Thirteen Assassins, on the horizon.
Here's a little something to break the monotony of spreadsheets and emails. Chicago-based band Greenskeepers are at it again. First they manipulated Robert Pattison and Twilight, now they've put a creative spin on NIN's "Hurt" and joined it perfectly with a clip from the Academy Award-winning short animated film, Harvie Krumpet. Not sure if it'll play into their live set, but you can find out. They are playing Mission Rock on July 12.
Now playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema, one of the year’s most important films, Food, Inc., traces the industrial food revolution from its mid-20th century beginnings, when new, profoundly influential restaurant chains like McDonalds introduced the factory-inspired concept of line cooking in their kitchens, to the present, when supermarkets are routinely stocked with genetically engineered meats and vegetables.
There were many, many doctors in the house at Tosca Cafe recently when owner Jeannette Etheredge and her pal Blanche Brown hosted a reception there for St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Fans (and former patients) celebrated the dedicated doctors of this 152-year-old institution -- the oldest continuing operating hospital in San Francisco. Now under the umbrella of Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the hospital was originally founded and run by the Sisters of Mercy Order from Ireland.
Neko Case is back. If you missed her in conversation and song with Callie Khouri at Herbst Theatre back in January, now's your chance to see her live. From alt country to power pop, the songstress proves her ability to connect with an audience across musical genres time and again. Check out Spin magazine's article on her latest album, Middle Cyclones, and then preview some tracks before snagging tickets to the show.
Preview tracks from Neko Case below.
Nate, Nate, Nate. If anyone has had the year of all year's it's Nate Appleman: Nominated Rising Star Chef by the James Beard Foundation, Best New Chef for Food & Wine, and now opening an A16 in Tokyo this fall. All at age 30. I've also heard rumors that he might be the next Iron Chef. (But I might be the one that started this rumor.)
The Wicked Witch of the West and Python’s medieval crack-pots go all Glinda the Good Witch when they belt it out to help fight AIDS during a special one-night only cabaret collision of the cast of Wicked and Spamalot.
Members of the cast from these hit Broadway-on-Market Street musicals will perform music and comedy in a benefit for The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. This non-profit raises funds for AIDS service provider agencies by producing entertainment events, such as the annual Help is on the Way show.
Sorry, Halloween, the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) has you beat as our favorite time of the year. Our mouths are watering with all the announcements being made at Moscone West. Thanks, Jason Snell of Macwold for keeping us abreast of all things Keynote related.
Stuff we're pumped about:
We knew iPhone 3.0 was coming. Glad to hear we can now cut and copy. Duh? Should have been on 1.0. And MMS (i.e. texting your pics), which is now available too. Tethering, or using your phone as a wireless antenna for your computer, is all set to go. At least for every other carrier except AT&T. We hear the boos from here.
The icing on the cake (or rather, the lardo on the toast) of this whole man-and-his-pig trend that we reported on last week ("Enough Pig Posturing!"), might just be the upcoming Cochon555, "celebrating the heritage pig through cooking" it: five pigs, five winemakers, five chefs in "friendly competition." The poor pigs seem like they have a disadvantage here.
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