Arts + Culture
For British-born Paul William Scott Anderson – not to be confused with Studio City native Paul Thomas Anderson, the five-time Oscar nominee behind Boogie Nights and Magnolia – the decision to direct Resident Evil: Afterlife, due Friday, was inspired, at least in part, by a fortuitous encounter with James Cameron.
Hey, all you "creative" types out there! Yeah, I'm talking to you photographers, graphic designers, illustrators and the rest of you. Ever wondered what it's like to start a business doing what you love and be successful while you're at it? Candystore Collective is hosting a book launch party tonight for Chronicle Books' newest release, Creative, Inc. It's the ultimate guide to making killer portfolios, legal advice on starting a business, and all the advice you'd need in between.
If you haven't already heard, local hip hop sensation Zion I and Living Legends member The Grouch are teaming up again to put out a second album—due out March of next year—after the sucess of their first collaboration on 2006's Heroes in the City of Dope. Until then, check out their video for "One," which was used in the first American dance film shot in 3D, appropriately titled, Step UP 3D (yes, it's part of the Step Up trilogy).
Catch Patricia Clarkson in two movies now playing at the city's Landmark theaters: Cairo Time (see below) and Legendary, opening Friday at the Lumiere, in which the 50-year-old Oscar nominee plays the frustrated mother of WWE star John Cena's boozy, bulked-up former high-school wrestler. Elsewhere:
It's been ten years since John Trippe founded art and culture website Fecal Face Dot Com, and to celebrate, they've put together an anniversary show featuring 25 artists who have been instrumental to Fecal Face's success—and vice versa. The opening takes place this Friday, September 10 at The Luggage Store Gallery, from 6-8pm. Artists in the show include San Francisco's Ferris Plock, Jeremey Fish, and Mars-1, as well as LA-based Jeff Soto, David Choe, and Sylvia Ji.
Yeah, I collect a few things—vintage cast-iron enamelware, notebooks, moccassins, "L" signage, old Western blankets, puffy vests. And, my stable of treasures ain't too shabby for a pauperess such as myself (believe me, if I could afford to collect, say, vintage Pucci dresses or old LV steamer trunks, I would). But it's still small potatoes compared to what local artist Lisa Congdon has stashed away—neatly, mind you—in various drawers and shelves in her Mission District home and nearby art studio.
Giuseppe Verdi’s grandest work—the story of a kidnapped Ethiopian princess who is brought to Egypt and thrust into one of opera’s most emotionally and morally complex love triangles—lends itself to extravagance. However, seasoned operagoers know it takes a rare cast and production team to maintain emotional intimacy and charge amid the pageantry. Fortunately, SF Opera has a reputation for delivering an Aida that’s been heralded as one of the best.