Still stuffed from Thursday's annual binge? Try a strictly popcorn diet (minus the artery-clogging globs of movie-theater butter) this weekend at one of the city's indie theaters, where you can choose between some of the year's rumored Oscar contenders (Hugo and The Descendants, both playing at the Sundance Kabuki) or seek out more obscure delights (C. Scott Willis' award-winning documentary The Woodmans, at the Roxie through Monday).
1. The Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
With these vibrant, weatherproof essentials, wet and blustery days never looked so good.
Bye-bye, bad hair days. Keep your ’do intact with a chic Eric Javits moss-green felt fedora. $375 at Saks Fifth Avenue; 384 Post St. (at Powell), 415-986-4300, saksfifthavenue.com
Pendleton doesn’t mess around—they’ve been weaving quality woolens for nearly 100 years. The Point Blanket cape is guaranteed to keep you cozy and cheerful with bold, anything-but-dreary stripes. $228 at Urban Outfitters; 80 Powell St. (at Ellis), 415-989-1515, urbanoutfitters.com
The Printz Dance Project takes the idea of modern dance to a whole new level with their four-night performance of Hover Space. The show is a whirlwind of both chaotic and intimate movements played out, in part, across a second-level stage, suspended from the ceiling above Z Space’s performance floor.
Through a series of vignettes, dancers interpret life’s in-between spaces on the hovering floor, which is raised and lowered to create two parallel scenes. Hover Space combines challenging movements both on and hanging off the suspended stage while dancers simultaneously move underneath to music spun by an in-house DJ. The result is a gravity-defying meditation.
If you want to have a successful night out in this town, you need a plan—and it better be a good one. Since it's not always easy to strike that perfect balance between pre-dinner drink, food and a show, we bring you the Triple Threat series — a block-by-block guide to nights out that only require one parking space. Today we tackle SoMa.
Technically, Sergio Villarreal wasn’t actually crashing—it was a holiday party for the tenants of a San Francisco office building where the start-up he worked for had just opened shop. But Michelle Gonzalez, who was the property manager at the time, says he might as well have been an uninvited guest. “In the older and conservatively dressed crowd, he and his coworkers stood out like sore thumbs,” she says. “They seemed like party crashers!” Because she was the only other person in the crowd in their peer group, Sergio and his coworkers came over to chat with her. Cards were exchanged, lunch dates were made, and five years later, Sergio and Michelle were getting married.
As he travels between his company’s offices in Berlin, London, and San Francisco, SoundCloud’s Swedish born CEO, Alexander Liung, wears a leather jacket with the company’s logo sprayed on the back.
“It’s amazing that people come up to me all over the world, in Japan, Singapore, everywhere, and ask me if I work at SoundCloud,” he says. “And when I say yes they are so excited to tell me how they use it.”
Notorious for their highly curated Japanese and European design-centric goods, ATYS in the Marina is offering 20% off all purchases of $200 or more during Small Business Saturday (tomorrow!). With their supremely luxe selection, $200 won't be hard to break, and you'll be supporting a local small business. Plus, they'll throw in free gift wrapping and free ground shipping on all online orders. As you can see above, in our picks, you may be spending a pretty penny, but on some ridiculously cool stuff.
Let’s admit it — in the Bay Area, music fans are spoiled. The train of fascinating world-class music is never-ending, even during the holidays. We were reminded of this last night on Thanksgiving Eve, when the tribal jazz pop of adopted Oaklanders tUnE-YarDs filled the Regency Ballroom. In that spirit, here are 9 reasons we were thankful:
1) Bandleader/multi-instrumentalist/singer Merrill Garbus’ seemingly infinite vocal range. She grunts, she incants, she chants, and generally sings gnarly from the throat. And then, often in the same breath, she sings like an angel. No register is left unturned. Girl has a gift.
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