Arts + Culture
Normally this space is reserved for the latest features to arrive at the local indie theaters, but for one week, in the mischievous spirit of Halloween, we're going to mix it up. If you're looking for a good scare, you've come to the right place. Rather than recommend the genre's best-known titles – Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and the original Nightmare on Elm Street, to name three personal favorites – I've tried to compile a list of less obvious shockers, all available at your local video store or via Netflix. Enjoy.
Many of us are too young to have experienced the extreme counterculture of the 1960s, but we're all very familiar with one of its byproducts—Ken Kesey's groundbreaking novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. On the eve of the book's 35th anniversary, former Rolling Stone columnist Mark Christensen will bring the literary genius turned free-wheeling acid monger to life in a reading of his new biography Acid Christ.
Morgan Freeman knows this isn’t his defining role. Mention the five-time Oscar nominee – he won once, for his supporting turn in 2004’s Million Dollar Baby – and most people are reminded of the 1994 prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, or maybe Driving Miss Daisy (1989), the role that elevated him from respected character actor to household name.
Hot off the heels of the Friends of the SF Public Library's massive book sale in late September, our sister company Chronicle Books is staging a sprawling sale of titles this weekend to add to your growing collection of rainy day books. Score awesome deals on hundreds of books from their warehouse, all a staggering 65% off their normal price.
This scenario has happened to me and several other smart, cool, normal women I know. You date, cautiously at first. But the guy is all about it. He pushes to see you, says serious things. Then, out of the blue, he runs away. I know it’s his innate fear-of-commitment, must-spread-my-seed caveman crap, but how do I avoid it in the future? A girl can’t tread carefully forever.
If you're not the Halloween type, the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is coming to your rescue this weekend. SF native and international fashion celeb Derek Lam (who is also in town to preview his Resort and Spring 2011 collections at Barneys) will host the annual event. After their glittering, opening gala—which benefits the amazing Enterprise for High School Students—this Wednesday the 27th, dozens of fine art, rug, jewelry and book dealers from around the world will descend onto Fort Mason.
Laudatory quotes flow around Hubbard Street Dance like fog down the Richmond - and deservedly so. One of the first dance companies I ever saw perform, Hubbard Street set me up as a dance lover for life - it's the type of performance you recommend to friends and then invite yourself along. And they’re moving more brilliantly than ever. The seventeen-dancer ensemble hits Berkeley this weekend, where they’ll perform West Coast premieres of Nacho Duato’s Arcangelo, Alejandro Cerrudo’s Deep Down Dos and Blanco, and 27’52” by the incomparable Jiri Kylian.
Whether you think Bill Hicks was the greatest comedian America has ever produced or you simply know of him as the mythic stand-up performer whose act was co-opted by Denis Leary, you will gain a new appreciation of his life and dogged dedication to his work after watching Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock’s American: The Bill Hicks Story.