Arts + Culture
The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival will present its coveted Persistence of Vision Award to Academy Award–nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt tonight at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. Tickets are $10 for San Francisco Film Society members and $12.50 for general admission.
Fremont's Hertzfeldt, 33, whose work frequently features hand-drawn stick figures, received a 2001 Oscar nomination for his short comedy film Rejected. His films have earned more than 150 awards from festivals worldwide. He will be in attendance for an onstage interview at this evening's presentation of Life, Death and Very Large Utensils at the Sundance, with a collection of short films to follow.
It's a big month for shows. As festie season revs up, more and more large acts are stopping through the Bay Area on their journeys. Considering the ridiculous amount of shows to behold, this month we're highlighting our faves. Take your pick.
5/1 - Broken Social Scene @ The Fillmore: Their brand spanking new record comes out May 4th, so preview this gigantic collective and their rotating cast of indie phenoms. Past and present roster members include: Feist, Evan Cranley of Stars, James Shaw and Emily Haines of Metric, Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think, members of Raising the Fawn, and The Dears etc. It's pretty much a must-see.
You know the age old story. Band garners success, "sells out," goes "mainstream," collects a following of teenage worshippers from MTV, loses credibility, and throws creativity out the window, etc. Well, we say screw that. Those dinosaur-aged ideas have long expired. Case and point, Vampire Weekend. It's always delightful when a hugely hyped band not only meets, but exceeds our expectations. Not really expecting much more than what Contra offers, we weren't looking for musical genius, but boy did we get some.
Today is the last day to buy tickets online for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's annual Golden Wheel Awards, a celebration of bicycle advocacy and street improvement leaders. This year's keynote speaker will be city supervisor David Chiu, whose District 3 includes North Beach, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, and Polk St. This year's honorees will be smooth pavement advocate Michael Helquist and SF Streetsblog, a "daily news source, online community and political mobilizer for the Livable Streets movement." The awards ceremony will be held at the War Memorial Building's Green Room on Tuesday, April 27 from 6-9pm, and tickets start at $75.
Last night San Francisco got a little greener as the 2010 recipients of then annual Goldman Environmental Prize took the stage at the War Memorial Opera House. Six winners, one from each inhabitable continent, were recognized for their outstanding achievements in conservation on a global level. Without further ado, here are this year's awardees:
1. Africa: Thuli Brilliance Makama, Swaziland, won a landmark case to include environmental NGO representation in conservation decisions.
2. Asia: Tuy Sereivathana, Cambodia, worked to mitigate human elephant conflict by introducing innovative low-cost solutions and empowering local communities.
If you dig films and dancing, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has the perfect film series for you: To the Limit: Pina Bausch on Film delivers the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch to audiences during a hefty 24-day, six-film run in their screening room. Bausch, whose credits include work with Federico Fellini and Pedro Almodóvar, passed away last year but left behind her amazing gift for blending Dadaism, Existentialism and Expressionism with theatre and dance in a whirlwind of intense emotion on film.