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Ambivalence Replaces Passion as a Marriage Collapses in 'Blue Valentine'

The best of intentions can’t rescue a relationship that has run its course, a lesson learned through tears, small explosions and passionless embraces by Dean and Cindy, a young married couple watching the embers of their romance turn cold in Blue Valentine.

As is often the case in a union soured by time and subtle estrangements, neither husband nor wife seems eager to admit that their marriage has been reduced to a tenuous living arrangement, maintained mostly for the benefit of their 6-year-old daughter, Frankie (Faith Wladyka). Dean (Ryan Gosling) pretends not to notice, afraid to ask the hard questions that Cindy’s ambivalence begs.

Real Estate Report: Vintage Cottage in Bernal Heights, $749K

 

In Bernal Heights, a vintage cottage gets reinvented with salvaged bits and clever details, including roll-up doors.

 

The Basics: a 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath cottage in Bernal Heights, asking $749K and listed as "pending" after three weeks on the market. No discernible parking.

Not So Basic: Bernal Heights is a charming, quirky neighborhood known for its small cottages, built for working-class families, that cover a hill just south of The Mission.

Werner Herzog on Paleolithic Cave Art, Leaving San Francisco, and 'The Simpsons'

If Werner Herzog weren’t celebrated enough for his movies, including the 1982 epic Fitzcarraldo and the 2007 documentary Encounters at the End of the World, he would still be the star of his improbable personal history.
 
He has eaten his shoe on camera, saved Joaquin Phoenix from a car wreck, and taken a bullet from a Los Angeles sniper during a televised interview – though, as the director quickly assured the stunned interviewer, it was “not a significant bullet.” Perhaps less remarkably, the man heralded as a pioneer of the New German Cinema admits he enjoys Baywatch, and likens WrestleMania to ancient Greek drama.
 

Rare Beatles Photos (That Have Never Been on Display Outside of Europe) on View at SF Art Exchange

Any fan of the Fab Four will want to check out "The Beatles Hidden Gallery," which opened this last Saturday at the SF Art Exchange. An astonishing collection of early photographs by Paul Berriff, this show provides a glimpse behind the scenes, just as McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, and Starr were about to break into mega fame and fortune.

Shucking, Slurping, & Jamming: SF Oysterfest 2011 Comes to Fort Mason This Weekend

Oysters, the toast of the ocean, are so rabidly revered in our city by the bay that they have their own Spring festival dedicated to them. Filled with top-notch music and tinged with just a bit of Irish flair, SF Oysterfest hits Fort Mason's Great Meadow this weekend.

This Week's Hottest Events: Of Montreal, Bike to Work Day, and Chelsea Handler

Music
The Raveonettes
In what seems like an annual appearance at Bimbo's, Danish duo The Raveonettes will debut material from their latest Raven in the Grave, a moody departure from their usual lo-fi formula. More on that here.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 5/10
Where: Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave.

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