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Litquake This Week: Surf Lit, Tales of Hollywood Hell, Jonathan Lethem and Lit Crawl

The Bay Area has long been fertile ground for literary talent - from Jack London to Amy Tan to Dave Eggers. Litquake, now in its 11th year, is our annual celebration of the written word, and it blows through town October 1-9. It's a whirlwind of lectures, parties and lit-events, so pick and choose what suits your fancy, but definitely aim to hit up something. Here are the biggies this week:

 

Arcade Fire Lights Up the Greek Theatre

The bigness of Arcade Fire’s music is made to fill a venue like the Greek. But the bigness of their fan base could have easily filled five.  Last night’s show was so packed that security actually started begging fans to stop pushing their way onto the floor. “We’re gonna have to bulldoze our way through here,” one fan said, eying the sea of wall-to-wall bodies ahead, as a security guy next to him tried to steer people away. “No more room!” he shouted. “There’s no more room down here!”

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Six rogue filmmakers, including Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), question the logic of conventional wisdom and human behavior – often with riotous results – in Freakonomics, the new documentary opening today at Embarcadero. Elsewhere:

Woody Allen Struggles with the Agony of Creation and the Perils of Wish Fulfillment with 'You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger'

Perhaps old dogs can’t be taught new tricks, but many veteran directors are learning to adapt in a Hollywood where sequels, remakes and treatments of popular comics are very much in season.
 
This fall, Stephen Frears, 69, will unveil his first take on a graphic novel, the romantic comedy Tamara Drewe, before tentatively laying the groundwork for a remake of his 1984 thriller The Hit. Oliver Stone, 64, has returned to Wall Street. And, at 67, Martin Scorsese is busy directing his first 3-D fantasy – next winter’s Hugo Cabret – and planning a Taxi Driver sequel.
 

Parking Quiz Answer: Which Violation Makes SF the Most Money Each Year?

A few hours ago, parking know-it-all David LaBua, author of parking bible Finding the Sweet Spot, dared you to guess which parking mistake makes our fair city of San Francisco millions of dollars per year.

Question: What is the most frequently cited parking violation in San Francisco?

A) Meter violations. 

B) Street sweeping violations

C) Double parking by commercial trucks

D) Parking your vehicle in the wrong direction

E) None of the above

The Week in Local Music News

XLR8R streams local witch-house producer oOoOO's highly anticipated debut [via XLR8R]

AIDS Wolf, Ganglians, The Fresh and Onlys, Wounded Lion, Mattress, Greg Ashley, Young Prisms, Psychic Reality and more lined up for the this weekend's 10th Annual Operation Restore Maximum Freedom [via The Bay Bridged]

Pitchfork has some less-than-kind words for SF's Eskmo [via Pitchfork]

Live Show Review: Neon Indian, Miniature Tigers & Prefuse 73 @ Mezzanine

To be expected, last night’s lineup at Mezzanine was nothing short of mind-melting. Highly experimental, improv multi-instrumentalist masters, all three bands did not disappoint.

Phoenix-based Miniature Tigers got the crowd swaying with their special brand of indie chill. It was almost as if they were Neon Indian-lite. A little less keys and strung out repetition, but intriguing and catchy nonetheless. I personally can’t wait for these guys to blow up out of the stratosphere.

Mark Morris Dance Group Goes Greek

The dancers move in silence, with no sound but their feet hitting the floor. The first piece of the evening is charged and entrancing and makes it really, really obvious if you’ve forgotten to turn off your cell phone. (Turn off your cell phone.) Choreographed without music, Mark Morris’s powerful Behemoth leads off a trio of West Coast premieres at Zellerbach Hall this weekend.

 

Parking Quiz: Which Parking Violation Makes SF the Most Money?

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David La Bua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Question: What is the most frequently cited parking violation in San Francisco?

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