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Teens and Non-Teens Pair Up for Clark Gallery Exhibition

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.

San Francisco Parking: A Pop Quiz

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. 

For our inaugural post, we're starting out with a little pop quiz on SF parking. Add your answers as comments below and then check back at 2:30 today to see how you did!

Question: Can I park at a metered spot in San Francisco if the parking meter is broken?

Judith Belzer's "Orders of Magnitude" Show Coming to George Lawson Gallery

Judith Belzer, venerable Bay Area-based painter and wife of Michael Pollan, will debut new works at the George Lawson Gallery early next month.

Roman Holiday: The Empire's Ninth Legion Meets a Bloody End in 'Centurion'

Inspired by the demise of the Roman Empire’s Ninth Legion, a legendary unit founded by Julius Caesar and thought to have met a bitter end nearly two centuries later in what is now Scotland, Centurion is less grandiose than Zack Snyder’s 300 but every bit as brutal. If the sight of severed limbs leaves you squeamish, you’ve been warned.
 
Those seeking a history lesson would be foolish to consult the latest, bloodiest offering from director Neil Marshall, whose past credits include the crudely effective Dog Soldiers (2002) and The Descent (2005), his claustrophobic venture into a subterranean abyss populated by flesh-hungry humanoids.

Idris Elba Talks 'Takers,' Rapper-Actors and Mastering the Mixtape

Idris Elba, who, with Matt Dillon, heads a potent ensemble cast in the new heist drama Takers, doesn’t plan to play a drug dealer anytime soon, as he did most famously in three seasons of HBO’s The Wire. And please don’t ask him about The Wire, either – he cherished the experience, but has been fielding questions about it for eight years. Enough is enough.
 

Hell Is Other People: The Stylishly Unsettling 'Last Exorcism'

Comparisons to The Blair Witch Project (1999) and last year’s Paranormal Activity are the inescapable fate of Daniel Stamm’s The Last Exorcism, if only because all three movies employ a similar ruse: they are scary stories masquerading as vérité snuff. And there’s nothing scarier than the idea, fueled by a bogus Internet rumor, that the bogeyman this time is real.
 
Exorcism seems in one way less gimmick-driven than the others, since it doesn’t arrive on the heels of a viral campaign touting its authenticity. Yet it comes across as the genuine article – we’re not fooled, exactly, but we are willing to believe. The story earns credibility.
 

First-Ever Polk Street Blues Festival This September

When the SF Blues Festival sadly ended in 2008, it left a big door wide open for a celebration of the genre on the streets of our city. Enter the Polk Street Blues Festival, which debuts this year.

Held on Polk Street from Pacific to Union Streets on September 25th and 26th, the FREE festival will sport two stages, food booths, arts and crafts, a merchant marketplace and a family area so you can hang out with the kids.

Ten Year Olds Who Play Metal: SF's The Thrashers

If you were at the Bay Bridged's Rock Make Street Festival, you might have been lucky enough to catch one of the best bands of day, the Thrashers. Their hard-driving metal lured one of the biggest crowds at the festival, everyone either hooting and hollering like groupies or just standing there dumbfounded. Why? Because the Thrashers have just turned ten years old, and their instruments were almost bigger than their own bodies.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Welcome, dear friends, to the first Indie Theater Roundup ever (partially) written and published from 30,000 feet above – hold on, let me check – Michigan! Will the wonders of technology ever cease to amaze? Let us all take a moment of silence to thank Richard Branson for this thrilling innovation to modern flight, then turn our attention to the matters at hand: movies! You want 'em, and the city's indie theaters have 'em. Check these out:

Behind the Scenes of Howl with Eric Drooker

If you haven’t already heard about Howl, listen up. Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have just finished a movie version of Allen Ginsberg’s famously epic poem. The movie, part live action drama—starring James Franco, Jon Hamm and Mary-Louise Parker—and part animation hits theaters September 24 and is going to be big. Simultaneously, Harper Collins is publishing a graphic novel of renowned artist Eric Drooker’s animation from the film. We had the honor of sitting down with the painter, New Yorker cover illustrator and Berkeley resident to learn more about this gargantuan project.
 

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