Arts + Culture
Your chances of hobnobbing with the stars – in this case, Brad Pitt, who plays stats-obsessed Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane in the on-again, off-again and now on-again baseball drama Moneyball – remain slim. It probably won’t be your big break. But if you’ve ever dreamed of sharing the big screen with some of this generation’s most compelling talents, including Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman, you’re in luck.
The Treasure Island Music Festival (Oct 16-17) lineup was announced this morning and it's A++. What's even better? There are no overlapping sets. We'll let the lineup speak for itself.
In a way, SFMOMA’s exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape thumbs its nose at the likes of Ansel Adams and Minor White. Gone are the steep cliffsides and winding rivers, so too are the romanticism and the awe in the face of nature’s grandeur. In its place are run-down buildings, barren trailer parks and decrepit gas stations: man’s specific imprint on the natural world. The photographs—stark and deceptively poignant—are treatises on humans’ capabilities, but there’s not a single person in the frames.
Warning: If experimental performance art isn’t your thing, proceed with caution. Because the Joe Goode Performance Group’s site-specific dance theater series, “Traveling Light,” now in its second year, takes interactive art to a new level. Performers will lead attendees on a journey through SF’s historic, moodily lit Old Mint Building (rarely open to the public). In each of the rooms a different story line will play out, meaning that over the course of one evening you can take advantage of 28 distinct performances—combinations of spoken word and athletic dance—and never see the same show twice. July 7–Aug. 1
It all started when a girl trained as a classical pianist, raised on a commune in rural Oregon, met a boy bred on the Chicago punk scene. Social Studies—composed of Natalia Rogovin, Michael Jirkovsky, Jesse Hudson and Tom Smith—has been making the rounds on the Bay Area indie pop scene since 2006. But what separates the band from the indistinguishable masses is its ability to craft complex, intelligent songs. Social Studies’ first full-length album, Wind Up Wooden Heart (Antenna Farm Records)—a coming-of-age tale featuring cameos by Bright Eyes and Thee More Shallows—drops July 27, with a CD release party scheduled for Aug.
The seventh Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, San Francisco IndieFest’s annual celebration of slasher flicks and sci-fi fantasies, kicked off Thursday at the Roxie with the West Coast premiere of Death Kappa, a deliciously campy Japanese import about an atomically enhanced, city-stomping water goblin. Missed it the first time? No problem. You can catch it again Thursday, July 29, for the festival's closing night at the Viz. Until then, check out this year's crop of lowbrow highlights.
Consider Ariel Pink (ne Ariel Rosenberg) the most intriguing mystery man at the chaotic house party we dub the postmodern post-punk underground. One of the most wildly imaginative music-makers around, having recorded for years on his own ultracheap lo-fi gear, the L.A. musician is now working with a relatively stable backing band that goes by the name Haunted Graffiti, which recently released the critically acclaimed, studio-quality album, Before Today, on 4AD. Overall Pink seems to have come a way from the days when he was shouting and pounding on his keyboards, alone on stage at Bottom of the Hill, while Liza Thorn of SF’s Bridez blow-dried his hair. I spoke to Pink in L.A.
Readers familiar with the popular group blog Boing Boing—a collection of posts ranging from copyright commentary and maker culture to medical oddities and unusual news stories—will want to head to Golden Gate Park's Doughboy Meadow (aka Redwood Grove) this Saturday for the first ever Boing Boing picnic. BB veterans Xeni Jardin and David Pescovitz will be there, along with contributor Lisa Katayama and wunderkind Web developer Dean Putney. They'll be joined by other staff members, contributors, and friends of the blog.