Arts + Culture
One review and six previews of this weekend's upcoming flicks.
Originally published on Fest300.com
I remember my first Burn fourteen years ago. Having been told mental preparation for Burning Man required physical preparation, I created checklists to monitor my checklists. Arriving on the Playa, I expected an elated nirvana, but found an emotional hell instead. While “welcome home” was the mantra of the day, I felt far from home amongst the wilderness and weirdness of Black Rock City.
After all my physical and mental prep, I realized I’d done no emotional prep.
Before they were big 'ol Hollywood stars, actors Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright were the best of buds. Fittingly, their newest film and the finale to the "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy, The World's End (the 'mint chocolate' of the trilogy, if you're asking) is another clever, British paean to friendship, fraternity, and the love of a good pint.
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers
Coined as the It Girl of the San Francisco music scene, Nicki Bluhm delivers with her rocking brand of country soul, channeling equal parts Grace Slick and Karen Carpenter. She'll be playing with The Gramblers in support of her new self-titled album, out August 27. As of now she's so hot the show has sold out, but scan Craigslist for extra tickets.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 8/20
Where: The Lodge at The Regency, 1300 Van Ness Ave.
There are certain blocks in this city that seem like mini-universes. Each week, we'll highlight a stretch of pavement where you could spend an entire day and night. Next up? 18th St between Connecticut and Missouri