Arts + Culture
It's back to school time, so take your brain off summer vacation. Here are some opportunities to get your noggin firing some extra neurons this fall:
Jonathan Franzen @ City Arts & Lectures: Perhaps THE great American novelist of his generation (The New York Times Book Review called his latest novel, Freedom, "a masterpiece of American fiction"), Franzen (who previously authored The Corrections) is a deeply cerebral writer who crafts multi-layered plots of dramatic social commentary. At Herbst Theatre, he'll be talking to Mark Breitenberg about his writing life and new works. September 13th, 8 pm. Other City Arts & Lectures events to get on your calendar include Jonathan Safran Foer, Maya Rudolph, Mark Morris and Judd Apatow. (check out the full schedule here).
To follow up your hopefully happening Labor Day weekend, head to Yoshi's San Francisco jazz joint to see singer-songwriter Mason Jennings lay down his riffs for two nights and three shows, on September 10th and 11th in support of his new release Live at First Avenue, which is a live recording of his critically praised 2009 disc Blood of Man.
Patricia Clarkson, who stars in the bittersweet romantic drama Cairo Time, earned her first national face time in 1985, appearing in a single episode of TV’s Spenser: For Hire. She went on, three years later, to co-star with Clint Eastwood in his last Dirty Harry movie, The Dead Pool.
But it took her another decade before she discovered the niche that has become her calling card, with the help of The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko, a San Francisco State graduate.
Music: Jenny and Johnny
Child actress turned alt country music sensation Jenny Lewis has toured with singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice for every solo show of her career, so it was only natural that they start collaborating together on an album. The result? Fun, poppy melodies and a stage chemistry that will no doubt make you smile. $20; Thursday and Friday, 9/2-3; GAMH, 859 O'Farrell St., 415-885-0750, gamh.com
Landmark Theatres announced today that they have come to an agreement with Balgobind Jaiswal, the Clay Theatre landlord, to keep the century-old cinema open for the short term.
"We hope continuing operation at the Clay will give all interested parties the opportunity to pursue mutually beneficial remedies," said Landmark CEO Ted Mundorff.
"I want to thank Mr. Jaiswal, our landlord, for the amicable arrangement that we completed just two days prior to our otherwise expected last day of operation. He went above and beyond and we are so pleased we could reach this resolution."
Jonathan Safran Foer talks Meat-Eating, Public Misconceptions, and Why He’s Just Another Stroller Dad
If Jonathan Safran Foer was a stock, and you had purchased him back in 2002, you’d be rich now. That was the year the Princeton grad, at the ripe old age of 25, published his first novel, Everything Is Illuminated (Houghton Mifflin), to great acclaim. In 2005 he followed it with a second, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Houghton Mifflin), narrated by a 9-year-old boy whose father died on September 11. His most recent book, a work of non-fiction titled Eating Animals (Little, Brown and Co.), will be released in paperback this month. In it, Safran Foer turns his gimlet eye to commercial fishing and factory farming, which the vegetarian author takes to task through a mixture of reporting and personal memoir.
Curated by Catherine Clark (Catherine Clark Gallery) and UC Berkeley professor, roboticist, and artist Ken Goldberg, each piece included in Teen Age: You Just Don't Understand was created by a pair or group of artists, including at least one teenager and one "so-called adult." Teenagers push the cultural boundaries, bringing a fresh perspective to traditional media and this exhibition seeks to harness that, combining it with the polish and perspective of older, more experienced artists. Some of the pairs are even related, like the brother-and-sister team who created the video installation shown with this post.