Arts + Culture
Anna Faris is free to speak her mind.
The 34-year-old Baltimore native, who earned High Times magazine’s coveted Stoner of the Year award in 2007 for her starring turn in the comedy Smiley Face, knows the drill when it comes to televised interviews – smile for the camera, stay peppy and keep the tone light.
But here at press day for the live-action Yogi Bear, in which Faris stars opposite Tom Cavanagh, Justin Timberlake’s animated Boo-Boo Bear and Dan Aykroyd’s even more animated Yogi, she’s free to be candid.
On December 18-19, over 200 of the nation’s finest indie-craft talents set up shop in the Concourse Pavilion to serve the Bay Area's holiday shopping needs with a free craft, art, design and DIY spectacular! Eager shoppers found all sorts of incredible handmade goods—everything from jewelry and clothing, ceramics and stationery, bath products and posters, housewares and comics, plush objects and more—plus eased the holiday stress with sips of ice-cold Magners Cider!
Photos: Riley Manlapaz
On November 20th, in partnership with the San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program, Broadway Showgirls helped launch a month-long charitable event running from Thanksgiving through Christmas that gathered toys and money for families in need. Patrons earned entry by donating an unwrapped new toy instead of paying a cover charge. Over 11 clubs throughout San Francisco participated in the program by offering nightly benefit dances at prime business hours as well as providing toy donation receptacles for patrons and employees. The month-long promotion concluded with a check and toy presentation on Tuesday December 21st at San Francisco Fire Station #1, just in time for Christmas!
Watching expertly executed tango will make you wish you had the coordination to whip effortlessly around the floor while gazing into the eyes of a dude with creative sideburns. Since you probably don’t (neither do I) (how sad for us), Forever Tango will fill that gaping rent in your soul.
How women can flick their legs so quickly in such high stilettos while remaining so sultry is one of tango’s great mysteries. Solved in part by svelte tango vixens like Victoria Galoto, formerly of Alvin Ailey, and Bay Area native Cheryl Burke, of Dancing with the Stars fame. Forever Tango is a leg-wrapping Argentine joy-ride celebrating the sounds and movement of tango, from turn-of-the-century brothels to upper class soirees. A spectacle of tapping feet and arching backs, the momentum builds steadily from low-gliding seduction to impressively technical lifts.
Today marks the beginning of the final round of our Exquisite Corpse game! We've seen some amazing art come out of this challenging project, but it's not over yet. Take in this collage by local artist Lorena Siminovich and craft a response drawing to send to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by next Tuesday, December 28th. It must be a JPEG that's 500 width by 700 height at 72 dpi.
Last week, we asked you all to submit photos of your pets dressed up in their cutest holiday attire for a chance to win a collar and a leash from the SF SPCA as well as $100 gift card to Macy's. We received tons of super cute photos of SF pets spreading holiday cheer. Here's a gallery of some of our favorites.
But the winner is Redgy. We'll forgive the Sox paraphernalia in this instance only, cause this is one priceless holiday shot. Congrats to Redgy (who gets a brand new leash and collar) and his mom, Joyce Q (who gets something nice at Macy's).
If you prefer deceased rock legends to nut-cracking soldiers and vixens to fairies, hit up Smuin’s Christmas Ballet for this year’s dose of athletic holiday cheer. Blue Christmas-crooning Elvis catches shrieking blondes and hoists them over his head while his hips gyrate wildly. A mini-skirted flirt bats her lashes for diamonds and a line of stool-wielding vamps oust the Sugar Plum Fairy. Drooping evergreens get the chainsaw and a woman eludes her very persistent date.
It’s hard to imagine a story much slighter than Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, a running diary in the life of a Hollywood star – a life rife with malaise, superficial encounters and the occasional, frustratingly inconvenient reminder that he is something more than the sum of his celebrity.
Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is also a dad, just not a very attentive one. Yet when he invites his daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) over for lunch and a little Guitar Hero, he cares enough about her feelings to kick one of his many anonymous conquests to the curb, at least for the afternoon. Cleo is the first to sign the cast on his arm.