Sick of muted hipster tones and ironic t-shirts? Don't be afraid, make people (and potentially animals) fear you with a giant tiger on your chest. The name says it all, "Power and Grace". Or if Tigers aren't your thing, there's a multitude of dragons, sharks, and other various scary animals.
There is nothing warm, fuzzy or even erotic about Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, a movie bound to be remembered as much for its leading lady’s other on-screen exploits – she’s world-famous porn star Sasha Grey – as for its clinical depiction of a high-priced Manhattan escort as a passionless pro.
Wondering about the whereabouts of the Walkmen? The band -- not the dusty cassette player buried beneath that crusty sleeping bag, past-sell-date condom lei, and smudged mix tape of Minor Threat, Leaving Trains, and Saccharine Trust. You know, the dudes who strolled on past those New Yawk new rock tags and decided to carve out a sound of their own, choosing clattering, left-of-center arrangements crammed with rickety instruments and closer in spirit to Arcade Fire than the Strokes. I caught up with the Walkmen’s droll vocalist-guitarist Hamilton Leithauser via e-mail on the cusp of the group’s show tonight, May 21, with Kings of Leon at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
Just mere blocks away from his local Mission residence, John Vanderslice took to the stage showcasing his brand spanking new album Romanian Names. Officially available yesterday, and the first to be released under Dead Oceans’ label, Vanderslice called upon Bay Area sweethearts The Morning Benders to open up his warmly welcomed and nearly sold out show at the Rickshaw Stop.
San Francisco Popfest, the festival launched in 1999 and retired in 2005, is back—Thursday through Sunday—and ready to twee your pants off. Check out Tullycraft's final show before taking a hiatus from tours Saturday at Rickshaw Stop, or catch the Andrews' Sisters' alter egos Hot Toddies Friday at Annie's Social Club. Sun worshippers and cheapskates alike can head to Dolores Park Sunday at 1pm for the free acoustic afternoon picnic. Full lineup after the jump...
Weekend passes are sold out but tickets for individual shows are still available here.
It’s hard to know what to expect at a Horrors show; they can be mellow, a band member might thrash at the crowd or rip the mirror ball from the ceiling, or you might be blown away by the spectacle of lights and loud everything. For this sold out Fillmore show, the UK band had clearly changed since their breakout in 2007. Lead singer Faris warned that they were not just a Tim Burton, aggressive rock gimmick. Still interesting, handsome looking fellows but with their hair toned down, and even calmer is their new music. Released May 4th, the atmospheric songs of Primary Colours compliment The Horrors set with haunting keys and buzzing guitars and a break from the adored punk, garage prowess of previous songs.
My former co-worker, Melissa, had the theory that one must eat salad for lunch (i.e. slightly starve yourself) or risk falling asleep at work. For those with any kind of work ethic, she has a point.
Eco-friendly shopping just got a lot cooler. The Academy of Art Textile Design students have yet again created one-of-a-kind pieces of art from a blank canvas, this time in the form of organic cotton shopping bags printed with water-based ink. Inside, you'll find thoughtful 'care instructions' asking the owner to use the bag until it's threadbare and then repurpose it into art for your home.
Your first chance to score one of the limited-edition bags is tomorrow evening from 7-9 p.m. at 601 Brannan Street, where you'll find them for one week only. In addition, Eco Citizen has selected 23 of the totes to be sold in their boutique.
Cowgirl Take Me Away
On May 21 Gayle Pirie and John Clark of Foreign Cinema will open their kitchen to cowgirls—well, to Sue Conley and Peg Smith, founders of Cowgirl Creamery, that is. The dinner, part of an ongoing celebration for the restaurant’s tenth anniversary, will feature courses showcasing Cowgirl’s signature cheeses, including one that Conley and Smith (who will be on hand throughout the dinner to answer questions) made expressly for this meal. Reservations are recommended; to make yours, call 415-648-7600.
Ever seen that Seinfeld episode where Jerry's Uncle Leo gets caught stealing batteries? The comedian then realizes that world is rife with old people who also happen to be petty-theft masterminds. Perhaps living through the Great Depression made some of those old birds pretty wily. While we don't condone theft of any kind, we think everyone could learn a thing or two from Paul Madonna's new art show, "Things Your Grandmother Taught You to Steal to Survive a Depression".
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