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Have Gun, Will Travel: 'The American'

Who is Jack, the painfully distant protagonist at the heart of Anton Corbijn’s new thriller? We suspect he might have been an assassin, and indeed, when thrust in harm’s way, he responds with pistols drawn, coldly gunning down friends and foes alike – anyone, it seems, who might compromise his work.
 
He is a difficult man to engage. Personal disclosures are few, and whatever concessions he offers to inquiring strangers – about his job, or his technological acumen – are often misleading. Yet he takes no joy in the deception. Jack, whose real name might be Edward, is hungry for human contact, a luxury his lifestyle doesn’t afford.
 

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

The Clay Theatre remains open this week with nightly screenings of Radu Mihaileanu's The Concert, while Tamra Davis' illuminating documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child makes its regional debut at the Lumiere. Elsewhere:

The Morning Benders Release Video for "All Day Day Light"

Local favorites The Morning Benders, whose critically acclaimed 2010 release, Big Echo, has been on a solid rotation in our offices, debuted their music video for "All Day Day Light" today. The video's perfectly timed to the schizophrenic weather we've been having this summer. It's also karaoke-ready, if you're into that.

The band's about to embark on a European tour, and will touch back stateside in October, playing Austin City Limits and then headlining (!) the Fillmore on October 16.

Check out the video below. It's a great one to carry you into your Labor Day festivities.

Heads Roll in the Exuberant 'Machete'

It began as a joke, two minutes of over-the-top mayhem tacked onto the agreeably bloated Grindhouse double feature, a trailer touting a coming attraction that would never be coming. Yet Machete struck a nerve, at least in the mind of director Robert Rodriguez, and three years later the joke, stretched out to nearly two hours, is reborn as a feature.
 

Bay Area Artists, Listen Up!

If you're an aspiring artist and looking for some mula, here's your chance. Southern Exposure, an independent hub for the visual arts in SF, is holding the fourth round of its Alternative Exposure grant program in which $60,000 will be awarded to artists in San Francisco and Alameda Counties. The program started back in 2007 in partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and has been played a vital role in keeping young artists thriving in the community. Over the course of its first three rounds, Alternative Exposure has awarded $155,000 in direct funds to 50 Bay Area projects. 

Radiohead's Cover Artist Stanley Donwood on Spam, 'In Rainbows,' Fire Breathing and His First U.S. Show Tomorrow Night at FIFTY24SF

For his first-ever U.S. show, Stanley Donwood, the man behind each of Radiohead's iconic album covers, chose to touch down at FIFTY24SF gallery in Lower Haight. The show, which opens tomorrow night, will feature Donwood's iconic art, as well as a crazy sound installation called the "Overnormalizer."

Over several cups of tea and cigarettes, I sat down to talk with Donwood and his collaborator John Matthias (a physicist and instrumental songwriter) about their obsession with spam emails, the "Overnormalizer" and of course, working with Radiohead.

Two Sense: Dealing with "The Daily Grind"

My boyfriend of two years wants sex every night. I prefer two or three times a week. I love him, but I feel pressured every time I get into bed. There’s no regard to my mood, stress or what’s happening between us. If I say “no,” he sulks; if I say “yes” when I don’t want to, it’s usually blah. I feel like this pattern is ruining the good sex we could be having if he’d just lay off a little. Why don’t guys understand that quantity does not equal quality?


He Said: While women think of emotional connection as a prelude to sex, men often think of sex as a prelude to emotional connection. So at least some of your man’s desire for sex might also be a desire for emotional intimacy.

58th Annual Sausalito Art Festival Kicks Friday with "Sausalito Uncensored"

Kick off Labor Day weekend right with a jaunt across the bay to the shores of Sausalito for the 58th Annual Sausalito Art Festival and its Opening Gala ceremony this Friday.

7x7 Photograph Wins International Photography Award

We're thrilled to learn that frequent 7x7 contributor Erik Almås has won an Internaional Photography Award for his stunning photograph of supermodel Maggie Rizer in our March 2010 Fashion issue.

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