Arts + Culture
You can practically smell the streets of New Orleans - not to mention the bourbon - in the cozy bar room setting of EmSpace’s inventive Tennessee Williams’ remix. Injecting a supercharged dose of modern dance into the high drama of A Streetcar Named Desire, A Hand in Desire artfully blends dialogue, movement, and live music.
The chic and sophisticated flocked to W San Francisco’s New Year’s Eve soiree for a chance to disappear from the everyday and ring in 2011 with some WOW. Revelers swayed to beats by DJ Scotty Boy and others nestled into private booths with bottle service to play voyeur to the stylish set. Whatever your pleasure, W San Francisco offered it in spades for a spectacular NYE.
Photo credit: Moanalani Jeffrey
Free Friday Nights at the de Young are back. The museum's launching the sixth season of their weekly event tonight with a French-inspired evening of jazz, absinthe lectures and live painting.
Unfortunately, you're not allowed to venture to the Post-Impressionism Exhibit (which leaves its rotation on Tuesday), but Friday Night-goers are free to head to the museum's observation towers to enjoy the view (along with beer and wine).
Tonight's opening performers are Le Chat Lunatique, who are headed to SXSW this March and play "filthy, mangy jazz," the type that inspires excessive imbibing. At 7:00 pm, the Koret Auditorium will house a history of absinthe lecture, a nod, no doubt, to the habits of a certain Post-Impressionist painter. And in the Piazzoni Murals room, you can hang out with artists (and sip absinthe) as they paint.
Just before lunch, our parking guru David LaBua challenged your knowledge of how the SFMTA can punish you and how they can't, so you can be vigilant in light of their new plan to make $100 million off city drivers this fiscal year.
Which of these is not a real parking law for which you can be ticketed?
A) The 72-hour law
B) The 3% law
C) The 18 inch law
D) The 100 foot law
E) The 4 hubcap law
F) The 1.72 degree law
SF Sketchfest kicked off last night at the Marines' Memorial Theatre with a performance by the always-funny Upright Citizens Brigade. For the next few weeks, the city will be graced with some serious comedic talent, including SNL and MacGruber's Will Forte, who's in town this weekend for a smattering of Sketchfest performances. He's a part of the "Celebrity Autobiography" show tonight (and Saturday) and also the 'Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Hour,' along with Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), on Saturday. We caught up with Forte via phone to talk growing up in the Bay Area, favorite SNL hosts and what he's excited for at Sketchfest.