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Stellar Lineup at This Year's Silent Film Festival

Not only does the Silent Film Festival give aficionados the opportunity to view rare silent movies from the 1920s, but the restored 35mm prints are presented as they were meant to be seen: in a grand old theater (in this case, the Castro), accompanied by live musicians.

Win Tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon!

The living’s a bit foggy these days, so it’s time to color things up. In that spirit, we’re giving away five pairs of tickets to Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, an SF institution.

Eager to Be in the ‘Moneyball’ Movie? Here’s Your Chance

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 Backyard' at ArtHaus

Chris Schiavo’s color-saturated photographs of backyards in Queens, New York—such as the burning doghouse depicted in Fido—are both nostalgic and surreal.

Treasure Island Festival Lineup Announced (And It's Awesome)

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.

The Week in Local Music News

Pitchfork headed blog collective Altered Zones praises locals Skeletal System, Rangers and more in their inaugural posts [via Altered Zones]

Hipsters beware -- San Francisco just got a legit "straight-up, Middle-America-friendly" country music festival [via SF Weekly]

New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape @ SFMOMA

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.

'Traveling Light:' Interactive Art Inside the Old Mint Building

Warning: If experimental performance art isn’t your thing, proceed with caution. Because the Joe Goode Performance Groups 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

Social Studies Drops First Album, Plays Rickshaw Stop

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.

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