Arts + Culture
One of the best local music festivals that doesn't get as much love as its counterparts in Noise Pop and Outside Lands is the Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival, a gutsy and grassroots annual happening in its 14th year that supports local gems and digs up cool new talent from all corners of the national music scene.
Pier 24, vacant since 1980, has shed its skin as an abandoned warehouse in the Port of San Francisco and transformed into a massive temple of Modernist and contemporary photography (just check out their impressive list of artists). We can thank the Pilara Foundation, an organization that provides SF Art Institute students with direct access to renowned photographers, for this new outpost of high art.
Best known as Conan O’Brien’s affable talk-show sidekick, absorbing good-natured barbs from the host and tossing off a few of his own, Andy Richter once vacated his spot on the Late Night couch to try his hand as a star going solo. The result was a pair of short-lived sitcoms, FOX’s Andy Richter Controls the Universe and NBC’s Andy Barker, P.I.
It isn’t impossible to describe Inception, the wondrous new thriller written and directed by Christopher Nolan, in the limited space afforded here, but it’s close. Rarely is a story this ambitious brought to the screen.
Inspired at times by movie classics, modern and otherwise – Dark City and Minority Report, but also Metropolis, Citizen Kane and the best 007 adventures – it earns its place in the same conversation, a tribute to Nolan’s ingenuity. The breadth and detail of his vision is extraordinary.
Son of an English copywriter and an American flight attendant, director Christopher Nolan split his childhood between London and his U.S. hometown of Chicago, where he would eventually film his career’s biggest hits: Batman Begins (2005) and 2008’s The Dark Knight.
For his latest, the cerebral thriller Inception, Nolan went international again, shooting in locations as far-flung as Paris, Tokyo and Morocco. Yet the most spectacular scenery in Inception, in which a team of tech-savvy thieves extracts valuable secrets from the dreams of their sleeping targets, exists not in the physical universe, but in the mind.
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