Arts + Culture
San Francisco's Latino Film Festival, featuring contributions by emerging and established filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the U.S., runs through Sunday evening at the Roxie, while House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou's darkly humorous new thriller A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop arrives at the Embarcadero. Elsewhere:
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: It’s Tuesday at 2:15 p.m., and you park to the right of this multi-signed post. Can you park here safely without being ticketed or towed?
For extra credit, and five bonus points:
When can you park here for more than one hour?
Edgar Meyer is a musician whose chops have been called transcendent and unrivaled and it’s possible yours truly pulls CDs off the rack and exclaims, “Ooh, Edgar Meyer!” before spending entirely too much money at Amoeba.A musical master of everything from the mandolin to the viola de gamba, Meyer plucks the double bass from quivering obscurity and propels it into the spotlight. Called “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument” by The New Yorker, Meyer is generally hailed as the best bassist alive.
Want a VICE Magazine-style change of pace for the week? Head to El Rio tomorrow for the premier of their Easy Rider-meets-skater-bro film, Doin' It Baja. It features skate rats like Arto Saari, Heath Kirchart and photographer Patrick O'Dell on an epic, debaucherous motorcycle trip from San Diego to the tip of Baja California, Mexico.
If you're yearning for some good old fashioned indie rock, get a dose of it at Madrone Art Bar's Fringe night, where DJs Blondie K and subOctave blast cuts from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lykke Li, Cut Copy, the Ting Tings and others while projecting music videos all over the walls for the full sensory experience.
We scoped out Justin Giarla's (of White Walls and Shooting Gallery fame) new space, 941 Geary, in July. The gallery, hidden behind a smog check sign on Geary, is a sprawling 3,000 feet, with ambitions to bring internationally-recognized artists to SF and do some seriously large-scale installations. They're definitely delivering on those promises, lining up Glen Freidman and Shepard Fairey for an upcoming show and making a splash this weekend with their opening reception, something Giarla is calling an epic "Art Opera."
One of my favorite times of the year is just around the bend. The Friends of the SF Public Library's annual Big Book Sale--basically Christmas for book lovers and record collectors alike--starts next week bright and early at 10 am on Wednesday, September 22nd at Fort Mason. It's the West Coast's largest book sale, and it's truly a sight to behold: expect thousands upon thousands of books from every genre imaginable just waiting to come home with you.
The world is your stage, or so the saying goes. Starting today, this cliche can become your reality with London-based experimental theater company Rotozaza. A performance piece for two, Etiquette can be played out between strangers or friends across a table at Samovar Tea Lounge in Yerba Buena Gardens. Turning the idea of audience participation on its head, Silvia Mercuriali and Anthony Hampton—the masterminds behind this offbeat experience—provide headphones which dictate instructions to layman-come-actor.
Doug MacRay could have been a contender. He robs banks and armored trucks for a living, moonlighting as a blue-collar construction type. Once upon a time he had a chance to escape the mean streets of Boston’s clannish Charlestown neighborhood, and with them the legacy of his father, a career criminal wasting away in Walpole’s Cedar Junction prison.
Doug (Ben Affleck) was a hockey player with a scorer’s touch, but instead of going pro he fell into the family business, emptying vaults for the neighborhood crime boss (Pete Postlethwaite) and setting aside just enough cash to harbor dreams of a better life. He has a tight-knit crew and a guiding sense of principle, though the two are often at odds.