Arts + Culture
Danny Boyle has directed stories about rage-driven zombies, Scottish junkies on the lam, and an unlikely game-show champion educated on the unforgiving streets of Mumbai, but never has he accepted a challenge as daunting as 127 Hours.
Inspired by the real-life ordeal of mountain climber Aron Ralston, pinned to the wall of Utah’s Blue John Canyon for nearly five days by an errant boulder, Hours, which opens Friday, finds the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire director and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy pulling their most ambitious trick to date – translating the agony of a man totally immobilized into riveting, briskly paced drama.
In the Bay Area's everlasting spirit of DIY, spontaneous anti-Art the Beat, Hippie and punk generations have left in their wake, the phenomenon of found footage filmmaking lives on in the screening of Radical Light: Bay Area Found Footage--from Junk to Funk to Punk at the Victoria Theatre tonight at 7:30 pm.
The documentary is a backstage pass into Feist's creative process, the story
of how The Reminder got made, of the oceans that were crossed, the places
that were seen, and the people whose talents made it resonate. Follow Feist
and her supporting cast through an impressionistic array of flickering
scenery, echoing stadiums, puppet workshops, the red carpet, a crumbling
French mansion, definitive concert performances and uncommonly candid
interviews. Itself a part of the creative mosaic it portrays, "Look At What
The Light Did Now" illuminates the synergy of collaboration, art as
magnifying glass, and the power of trust. Watch the trailer here.
We've covered Mortified a lot over the years, but next month marks the holy grail of angsty onstage confessions and hilarious admissions of geeky absurdity. It's the oft sold-out show's 5 year anniversary. They're throwing a birthday party at the Makeout Room on December 3rd and 4th, but you can get a taste this Thursday and Friday at 8 pm if you've never experienced the magic. You'll want to grab tickets for the anniversary now, because they'll be gone in a flash.
Dramatic and precisely articulated with occasionally disturbing imagery, butoh rose from the ashes of nuclear war in 1960s Japan and grew into a performance art that reflects anguish as well as a time-halting sense of transcendance. Internationally known butoh troupe Sankai Juku is coming to Yerba Buena Center this week to present the local premiere of its landmark work, the deeply-felt and visually spectacular Hibiki: Resonance from Far Away. Butoh fans, rejoice.
A couple of years ago I hooked up with and dated a cute, sexy, and smart girl who seemed really cool at first but over time started some nasty fights with me, so I stopped going out with her. Recently I heard that a friend of mine is dating her and it sounds serious. I’m torn about telling him that I dated her. On the one hand it’s none of my business whom he dates, but on the other what do I say if he introduces me to her? I’m also worried because she might drop my name during a fight with him in a way that would make it hard for he and I to remain friends.
“My life’s greatest sorrow stems from my inability to feel close to other women.” This is the first sentence from Piedmont author Kelly Valen’s New York Times article from which her new book The Twisted Sisterhood: Unraveling the Dark Legacy of Female Friendship stemmed. It’s been years since the sorority experience that soured Valen on female friendships, but the pain is still fresh. A pain that Valen found she shares with many women.
Gareth Edwards won't reveal the budget for Monsters, his thriftily constructed feature debut about two young Americans trying to buy their way back from Mexico following an alien occupation. Yet he’s quick to acknowledge that his acclaimed sci-fi fantasy might never have been possible without advances in filmmaking technology usually associated with big-budget blockbusters like last year’s Avatar.