Arts + Culture
Brace yourself: J-POP Summit Week has landed in Japantown, and it’s geared up to be a sensory overloaded experience in the best way possible. The festival’s helmed by Japantown megaplex NEW PEOPLE and is a celebration of all things J-POP culture. It kicked off last night with a lecture on “sexy bad girl roles from Japanese cinema,” and continues the heat through this weekend’s all-day street festival, a J-POP bonanza that will feature anime displays, Japanese rock at its finest and pop-up stores galore.
We posted a back-to-school guide to this fall's best lectures and classes the other week. Here's another one to add to the mix if you're feeling particularly wild and crazy: monthly toy modification classes at SOMA's 1AM Gallery. Their September classes have sold out, but their next class is coming up quickly on October 23rd, just in time to get in the spirit of Halloween! Sign up here now, because spaces go fast. Customize toys provided by KidRobot any which way your mood dictates. You can paint, hack and glue your way to a cute (or totally creepy, your preference) toy of your very own. Sign up for the 1-session beginners' class here, which is taught by Lily Black.
Brian Barneclo, famed muralist whose cubist-inspired works adorn the walls of many a SF hot spot (Nopa, Rye, District, to name a few) is showing new works in a show titled "Looped" at the W Hotel this Thursday to benefit his Systems Mural Project, a community-funded 600 foot mural at 7th and Townsend in SOMA. Drop by the swanky W after work to check it out from 6 to 9 pm.
Dave Eggers, a shining beacon in our local and national literary scene, will be stopping by Green Apple Books tomorrow, September 14th at noon for an in-store book signing to honor his award-winning novel Zeitoun's paperback release.
If you haven't picked up Zeitoun, it's a harrowing tale of one family's experience of Hurricane Katrina and an examination of New Orleans in the wake of the disaster on a national and international scope. Said the book's New York Times review:
Lit: Jonathan Franzen
Confession: I've not yet read best-selling novel The Corrections. But, when I saw author Jonathan Franzen on the cover of Time magazine the other week carrying the heady title of "The Great American Novelist" for his latest book Freedom, I decided I had to get my hands on everything he's ever written, stat. Now, we all have the lucky chance to see this brilliant writer in person for a City Arts & Lectures discussion with CCA provost Dr. Mark Breitenberg. The event is not yet sold out (gasp!), so get your tickets now while you still can. $20; Monday 9/13; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., cityarts.net
An Oxford alumna who studied film in graduate school at New York University, Jann Turner has traveled a long, circuitous path to White Wedding, her acclaimed directorial debut. Already a commercial hit in South Africa, it won the Audience Award at last year’s Mill Valley Film Festival and is now playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema.
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.
There are more than 23,000 parking meters, 200,000 traffic signs, 1,100 traffic signals, and 880 miles of lane lines on the streets of San Francisco. It’s no wonder that navigating and parking in our city can be frustrating, and receiving parking tickets has become just a part of daily SF life.