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Too Hot for Comic-Con, Too Silly for Words: 'Piranha 3-D'

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.

This Week's Hottest Events: Bob Dylan, Wallpaper and Rear Window

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 Cheats on Simon Pegg, Finds New Love with Michael Cera

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.
 

The Week in Local Music News

Stockton gem Craft Spells signs with Captured Tracks [via Craft Spell's Blog]

San Francisco indie favorites Geographer re-release Animal Shapes, complete with remixes from local's Wallpaper and The Limousines [via 7x7]

Great Integration: A Chamber Hip-Hop Opera

If you want to do something awesome Saturday night but you’re not entirely sure what, try JooWan Kim’s hip-hop opera, Great Integration. It’s an allegory of end times (think 2012, Mayan-style) layered in a pulsing hybrid of hip-hop, jazz, and classical.

 

On the LookOut for a Different Pub Quiz?

If you like pub quizzes but are tired of the usual format, swing by the LookOut on a Monday night for Brain Farts. The lovely Pollo Del Mar—that's right, Chicken of the Sea—hosts the two hour, 2 to 3 round quiz and selects a "Six Degrees of..." theme every week, posted to the Facebook page by Monday afternoon. Last week's theme was Six Degrees of Dixie Carter (best known as Julia Sugarbaker on "Designing Women") and even though we'd prepared by reading and half-memorizing Dixie's Wikipedia page, we were simply outmatched by some serious Dixie lovers.

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