Arts + Culture
The Bicycle Music Festival returns to San Francisco this weekend for its fourth year. Started in 2007, the BMF touts four features unique to any music festival the city has to offer. First, the PA system is powered entirely by people pedaling stationary bikes. Second, organizers and volunteers transport all equipment to and from the festival sites on bicycle. Third, the event takes place at multiple locations throughout the city. This year the event starts at Speedway Meadow at noon, becomes mobile for the parade to the second spot at 5, and finishes out the evening at Showplace Triangle (16th & Wisconsin).
I'm fresh out of Inception and still grappling with what to make of it. For one...what? For two, I'm tending to agree with the web mumblings on the film's video game ties. The snow scene? I don't play Modern Warfare 2, but if I walked into the theater while those faceless-snow-warriors-on-skis were shooting at some undefined building in the middle of some undefined mountains, I would think I was in a teenage boy's video game lair.
Video games are increasingly an integral part of our cultural consciousness and tonight's lecture at YBCA is dedicated to this very topic.
Comedy: Tracy Morgan
After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live and four seasons opposite Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey on 30 Rock, SAG award winner Tracy Morgan ’s still got it going on. The Emmy nominee wraps up his current summer stand-up tour right here in SF at Cobb’s next week; the shows are bound to sell out, so if you don’t yet have tickets, start scouring Craigslist. Thursday, 7/29 - Sunday, 8/1; Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., 415-928-4320
Admit it, it's pretty interesting to look inside people's refrigerators. The contents reveal so much about the owner. Rotting food? They're messy, lazy or just gross. Lots of take out boxes? They're not into cooking, have money to spend and are probably busy.
Warm Slime (In The Red) is a spastic garage rock free-for-all documenting the Thee Oh Sees‘ customary absurd lyrical imagery and noisy guitar flailings with the occasional regal ego. And if you thought any of those things were actually bad, think again, music lover. Their new album is a welcome return to the spastic garage rock destructiveness after last year’s well-intentioned but poorly executed Dog Poison.
San Francisco Indiefest's Another Hole in the Head festival keeps the body count rising through Thursday at the Roxie and Viz theaters, while Jean-Luc Godard's remarkable feature debut, Breathless, gets a rousing new restoration, on display this week at the Embarcadero. As always, here's a list of some of the finest films currently playing at an indie theater near you.
Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835
When: All Week