Arts + Culture
If you've ever forcibly restrained yourself from hurling a rotten tomato at Othello or a past-its-prime pepper at Curley, this weekend's Off-Market special should prove quite satisfactory.
"The Bay Area has such a rich comedy and music scene -- in my eyes, it just had to happen" explains Shawn Robbins, the man behind San Francisco's indie comic and music hybrid night Snob Theater. Inspired by similar events in New York and Los Angeles, Snob Theater brings together a varied cast of local musicians and comedians each month for an intimate evening of laughs and live music at The Dark Room. An aspiring musician and comedian himself, the marriage between stand-up and indie-rock was all too logical for Shawn.
Don’t look to Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood for men in tights, or the preponderance of swashbuckling heroics seen in previous incarnations of the populist daredevil’s story.
Here, a brooding Robin, played by a somber Russell Crowe, is a valiant opportunist driven to greatness by a birthright he inherits well into adulthood. He’s an expert archer, of course, but as a guerrilla warrior, he is closer to Rambo than to the dashing adventurer portrayed most famously by Errol Flynn and Sean Connery.
San Francisco's Blue Bear School of Music is a non-profit center offering pop music lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages. It's sort of like "School of Rock," offering classes like "Singing For People Who Can't Sing," "Classic Rock Bass Lines," and "Shred Guitar" as well as private lessons for people really looking to hone their skills. The school will hold Blue Bear Live V, a benefit show at Bimbo's this Friday night starring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with two openers and a few special guests. Proceeds will support Blue Bear's youth music programs all over the Bay Area. General admission is $75 and VIP tickets are available for $150.
Upcoming Show Roundup: Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, Fuck Buttons, Rank/Xerox, Starfucker and more
While Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion may have been the go-to critic's pick last year, Fuck Button's sophomore LP Tarot Sport was a more than worthy contender for 2009's album of the year. Armed with an array of drum machines and synths generally associated with electro, the duo inexplicably managed to create a post-rock masterpiece in the spirit of Mogwai, God Speed You Black Emperor! and Explosions in the Sky -- if you slept on this one, we strongly recommend giving it a listen. Be sure to catch the Bristol, England-based duo tonight at Great American Music Hall.
Neighbors, Organ Trail and Psychic Handbook at Uptown [free]
Jakob Dylan and Three Legs, Neko Case, Kelly Hogan and The Felice Brothers and honeyhoney at The Regency Ballroom [$25]