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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?

Weekend Must-See Show: The Mantles @ Hemlock Tavern

Imagine a balmy San Francisco day spent hitting the waves on the outskirts of town at Ocean Beach, amidst the fog. The Mantles play music that's the soundtrack to our city, a metropolis on the edge of the Pacific: raucous, sunny surf pop tinged with a quest for meaning like a malaise lurking underneath all the fun.

ODC's Architecture of Light

If you had a brand-new 20 million dollar arts center, wouldn’t you want to use every last inch? Choreographer and ODC maven Brenda Way’s latest contribution to the dance world is Architecture of Light, designed to send twenty-six dancers (ODC’s original ten and sixteen guests) swirling through the elegant renovation under the flaming light of installations by acclaimed visual artist Elaine Buckholtz.

James Franco Buys The Rights to Stephen Elliott's 'Adderall Diaries'

We predicted big things for local author Stephen Elliott when we picked him as one of last year's Hot 20 Under 40. And looky here, James Franco just bought the rights to his book, The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism and Murder, which he plans to adapt, direct and star in. If you haven't read the memoir, now's a good time to pick it up, so you can see how well Franco does "confessions, self-medication and tortorus sex" if the movie comes out.

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