Arts + Culture
San Francisco's city center is going to get a temporary facelift on May 12 in the form of a gargantuan three-headed, six-armed Buddhist statue entitled, err, Three Heads Six Arms by the international art phenom Zhang Huan. For the massive work of art's world premiere as an outdoor adornment to the Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza (across the street from City Hall), the city and good old Gavin Newsom are rolling out the welcome mat with a public ceremony at 10 a.m.
For one thing, these guys (and gals) love San Francisco. Kevin Drew could pretty much remember every single Bay Area show they've played over the last 5 years. Impressive considering their intense tour schedules. Not only that, but they kicked off their Forgiveness Rock Record tour right here in our City by the Bay...at the infamous Fillmore on Saturday night. Doesn't get much better than that folks. It being the first night of the tour, there were obviously a few technical glitches, but with seven mics and over a dozen different instruments, we're surprised it went as flawlessly as it did.
After seeing Men Think They Are Better Than Grass, I was trying to explain the concept the next afternoon at a barbeque: "It's interpretative dance! About the environment!" As people stared skeptically, I gestured wildly with my Corona, "AND IT'S AWESOME!"
The San Francisco International Film Festival will continue through Thursday, May 6, with a closing-night screening of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work at the Castro Theatre. Until then, the festival's eclectic showcase of international offerings, probing documentaries and soon-to-be cult classics will be playing at its primary venues, including the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, the Castro Theatre, the Clay Theatre and the Pacific Film Archive. For tickets, showtimes and more information, click here.
1. Last Train Home
Where: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., 415-929-4650
Hunters Point Shipyard artists host their annual Spring Open Studio this weekend (Sat & Sun, 11-6) and if you've never been out there it's definitely worth the trip. Seven buildings of the former Navy base house a huge artist colony, with over 250 artists on site year-round. Open Studio will showcase the work of 125 of the artists, allowing visitors to roam around the base, check out artist studios, and buy awesome things to hang in your house. The work includes fine art as well as craft like quilts and jewelry. Nearby Islais Creek Studios, the home of sculptors who used to show at Building 101, will also be open. It's a really awesome opportunity to check out local artists and get inside the old Navy base.
Robert Duvall, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as an alcoholic country singer in Tender Mercies (1983), will receive the San Francisco Film Society’s Peter J. Owens Award tonight at the Castro Theatre. The award recognizes actors whose work “exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity.”
It would be impossible to approach Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street without some cynicism. Wes Craven’s 1984 original remains an imaginative cut above typical ’80s slasher fare, introducing audiences to a hideously deformed bogeyman who attacks his prey at their most defenseless, in the realm of their dreams. It is at once audacious, terrifying and darkly comical, and it even introduced the world to a fast-rising newcomer, Johnny Depp.