Arts + Culture
After my 14-year-old self was scarred by The Red Pony, I could never work up suitable enthusiasm for John Steinbeck. But local playwright Octavio Solis's beautifully-wrought adaption of The Pastures of Heaven has me convinced Steinbeck is as crucial to the American literary canon as everyone claims. (As is Solis to the theater, but that I already knew.)
Warm, deftly poetic, and funny even in tragedy, The Pastures of Heaven follows the lives of farmers and teachers and dreamers as they search for contentment in Steinbeck's lush Salinas Valley. It's the perfect show for Cal Shakes, with rolling hills behind the outdoor ampitheater and stars rising as the evening darkens.
Celebrate Pride outside the triangle at these 10 gay-supportive businesses we love.
Rosenow Floral Design. Auspiciously named, Erin Rosenow has really, um, blossomed since opening Rosenow Floral Design in 2008. That same year, she showed her support for marriage equality by donating wedding petals to gay and lesbian couples who managed to say “I do” pre-Prop.
Levi Strauss & Co. Let’s just say that when it comes to supporting LGBT rights, Levi’s is one big, bad mamma jamma.
“I told him America can’t fight without planes, girlfriends, pizza and macaroni. But our jihadis can live on stale bread.” So says Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, who argues with a prospective jihadi that the murder of American innocents on 9/11 was justified, a simple strategic strike that represented a great symbolic victory. “Tarzan wanted to enter the region,” he says, meaning the Middle East. “Now he must pay the price.”
It's the first of the month! Okay not really but here are some photos from Bone Thugs N' Harmony's Independent performance last week.
Joan Rivers, at 77, remains one of the hardest-working comedians in the business. She performs more than 200 stand-up gigs each year. Last year, she starred in the second season of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice – and to no one’s surprise was the winner. She sells jewelry on cable TV. And she is front and center in Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg’s fascinating new documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.
Baseball fans can catch a rare but special appearance by a few players today, but not on King Street. Giants Aaron Rowand and Jeremy Affeldt will join former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda—hold your jeers, it's for a good cause!—and a group of doctors bagging groceries at the Potrero Center Safeway today at noon. The special guest baggers will ask for $1 donations for the Prostate Cancer Foundation so don't be stingy! And if you really hate the Dodgers, buy some Slim-Fast and go to Lasorda's line...
You may have heard the buzz about Josh Ritter through your musical grapevine, but chances are, you've probably stalked his career progression through underground outlets, not your typical major label brand methods. Ritter, the master of under the radar success, has somehow managed to string along a massive following of fanatics just narrowly escaping the obnoxious obsessions from the teenybopper a-la-Justin Bieber crowd (which is quite surprising considering his God-given gorgeous baby blues would make any girl swoon).
Walk into the adult-friendly playground that is the Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, and the first thing that strikes you is the lavish decorations – a life-size replica of Ken’s decadent dollhouse from Toy Story 3, complete with a working elevator, rising from the lobby’s handsome, light-blond hardwood floor as if in tribute to the movie and its detail-obsessed creators.
If you're into the World Cup, the last place you want to be at 11:30 a.m. (or 7 a.m. for you early birds and finance people) is tied to your desk waiting for that live stream to load. For those who work downtown, here's a list of some solid mid-morning sneak-out options.
Dave's (29 3rd St., between Kearny and Market) has two HD TV's, a full bar, and 16 beers on tap, including Stone IPA and Dale's Pale Ale. Menu favorites: the Hot Turkey Pesto Sandwich and the Chili (which people claim doesn't hurt your stomach). Take advantage of their specials while watching the 11:30am game: a hot dog and Budweiser pint for $6, or chicken wings and any draft beer for $8. Doors open at 11am.
"I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. But I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful that it can't be expressed in words."
Morgan Freeman's Shawshank Redemption voiceover kept rattling around in my head during The Tosca Project, mainly because I wasn't always entirely sure where the thread of the plot went, but I didn't really care because it was so pretty.