Arts + Culture
Teenage love has a certain startling timelessness to it, something that becomes very apparent when you’re lounging on grass, drinking wine in the warm September air, and suddenly realize that kids pulled the exact same nonsense 400 years ago. With Two Gentleman of Verona, Shakespeare could just as easily have been writing this year’s teenybopper blockbuster - though, to be fair, Shakespeare-brand poetry doesn’t make it to the silver screen as often as we might like.
Archivists Rick and Megan Prelinger will be the guest speakers at tonight's August meeting of the San Francisco History Association at St. Philip's Church in Noe Valley. The pair will present an overview of the sociohistorical resources available in their collection at the Prelinger Library in SOMA, which brings together a range of items including ephemera, periodicals, maps, and books dating back to 1888.
Looking for a last-minute Labor Day weekend getaway? While we would normally not condone a trip to L.A., with The Rapture, Panda Bear, !!!, Local Natives, Dead Man's Bones, Thee Oh Sees, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Washed Out, Delorean, Best Coast, Wavves and much more, Saturday's FYF Festival is just too good to pass up.
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