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James Franco Takes on Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ to Close LGBT Film Festival Tonight at the Castro

Oscar-winning documentarians Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk) and Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt) celebrate the life and poetry of Allen Ginsberg with their most audacious undertaking to date: Howl, a rousing, almost hallucinatory cinematic interpretation of the author's most famous work and an effective re-enactment of the 1957 obscenity trial, held in San Francisco, that made it famous.

The Fisher Collection: Scoping Out 'Calder To Warhol' at the SFMOMA

It’s a introduction with a hot must-see/sell-by date. “Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection” just opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this week, but many of the staggering modern and contemporary artworks -- the buoyant Alexander Calder mobiles, epic, straw-strewn Anselm Kiefer paintings and monumental Chuck Close portraits -- won’t be on view forever (though the museum is now the home of all these masterworks). A good deal will be under wraps until the forthcoming expansion of the museum, which will include a new wing for the collection.

The 7 Best Neighborhoods in San Francisco

Locating the city’s best neighborhood all depends on your priorities. We’ve pored over the numbers and done the homework for you, whether you’re a foodie or a family person, looking for a real-estate deal or just a piece of the sun. Now all you’ve got to do is decide which San Francisco you want most.

The Week in Local Music News

Indie gods Pavement play their first-ever hometown show at Stockton's Bob Hope Theater; indie nerds rejoice [via Stocktown Record]

Pitchfork gives local Morrissey lovers Magic Bullets some major props [via Pitchfork]

The Haight's Last Stand: Our Complicated Relationship With SF's Most Iconic 'Hood

With Gavin Newsom’s purposed Sit/Lie ordinance ready to remove the street kids from the Upper Haight, our relationship with the city’s most iconic neighborhood is more complicated than ever.

Question: How many hippies does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: None. Hippies change nothing.

Vendela Vida, Now on Her Third Novel, Still Believes in Power of Print

Ten years ago, Vendela Vida was someone to watch. Today, she’s someone to emulate. Since the award-winning author of four books claims she never reads press about herself, I’m free to fawn like a fan club president: Intelligent, lovely and talented, Vida, a linchpin of the San Francisco literary scene, is the complete package.

Lend Me Some Sugar? On Awful Neighbors

Sometimes fantasy and flight are only ways to deal with a troublesome neighbor.

Former ‘SNL’ Stars Reunite, with Mind-Numbing Results, in ‘Grown Ups’

If Will Forte’s MacGruber reminded us that five-minute Saturday Night Live sketches seem less than inspired when stretched to paper-thin feature length, Grown Ups, a nominal comedy starring SNL alumni Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider, is even more confounding.

Based on an original story by Sandler and former SNL writer Fred Wolf, the movie contains not a single imaginative minute, much less the five needed to kill time between late-night commercials. It is as lazily conceived as anything Sandler has done.

Mark and Jay Duplass Aim to Unsettle with ‘Cyrus’

Cyrus, a warmly received selection at this year’s San Francisco Film Festival, is a comedy that aims to make audiences laugh but seems willing to settle for making them cringe. But if you can stomach its enfant terrible – a selfish, shamelessly manipulative man-child, desperate to sabotage his mother’s latest romance – you might appreciate the lighter side of his Oedipal obsession.

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