Arts + Culture
The perils of the Gulf oil spill are far from vanishing, which is why Bay for the Bayou is an event definitely worth attending. For the Bayou, a new philanthropic organization, is teaming up with local non-profits to put on a silent auction and concert full of New Orleans musicians to benefit the Gulf and its residents at the glorious Bimbo's 365 Club on September 19th.
Coming this week to the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas: Bay Area filmmakers Michael and Jeff Zimbalist take on the world of Colombian “narco-soccer” in a powerful story of both tragedy and hope in their new film, The Two Escobars.
The film, which opens on August 27 after hugely successful premiers at the Tribeca and Cannes film festivals, explores the seedy connections between the Colombian national soccer team and the drug cartels whose money made the team the star of South America, favored to win the 1994 World Cup.
Mill Valley resident and mega comedian Dana Carvey is back in the limelight, scheduled to perform* in the place where he got his start.
Church Lady. Hans. Garth. Ross Perot. Dana Carvey’s comedic repertoire is the stuff of legend. After seven seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, a handful of blockbuster movies and an Emmy, the intensely private Carvey quietly stepped away from the stage to focus on his family. Next month marks his return as the comedian teams up with his colleagues for The Other Café 30th Reunion Show*, an event poised to be the biggest comedy act to hit the city since SF’s stand-up heyday in the ’70s and ’80s.
Tickets for Pop-Up Magazine's just-announced 4th performance will go on sale this Thursday at 12 pm. The last go-around sold out in less than an hour, so we'd recommend setting a reminder to snatch some up.
For those of you who don't know what Pop-Up Magazine is all about, meander over to our last-October write-up on the phenomenon. The concept is basically a magazine-turned-performance, with short pieces up front, longer features at the end. It's the brainchild of Douglas McGray, Pop-Up's "editor-in-chief" and contributor to both This American Life and The New Yorker.
Conceived 32 years ago as producer Roger Corman’s tongue-in-cheek spin on the Jaws formula, Piranha returns with a new 3-D gimmick courtesy of director Alexandre Aja, who resurrected Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes in 2006 with passably nasty results.
Aja's latest requires little explanation. It’s spring break under siege, as busty coeds lose their tops and then their limbs in graphic enough detail that Piranha, deemed too raunchy for Comic-Con, earns its R rating the old-fashioned way. It helps that besides the engaging Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott (TV’s Party Down) and Richard Dreyfuss, who starred in Jaws, several members of the supporting cast are porn stars.
Music: Bob Dylan
Chances are you don't have tickets to Bob Dylan's sold-out show at the Fox tomorrow. Lucky for you, the legendary musician who single-handedly redefined song as poetry, is playing a second show at the Warfield on Wednesday, and tickets are not being sold in advance. Bring your sleeping bag, camp out at the box office on Tuesday night and come prepared with $60 cash. If you call yourself a music lover, this is your duty. $60; Wednesday, 8/25; The Warfield, 982 Market St., 800-745-3000, thewarfieldtheatre.com
Edgar Wright, the English director of the exuberant romantic comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, cites 2007’s Hot Fuzz, his Point Break-inspired follow-up to the 2004 zombie satire Shaun of the Dead, as the movie that afforded him the chance to film in his hometown of Wells, and to pay tribute to influences ranging from Agatha Christie to Michael Bay’s Bad Boys II.