Arts + Culture
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.
Hot Chip is the electro-pop band from across the pond that everyone loves to love. And the hipster/raver types who were out in gyrating droves for their Fox Theater performance last Friday certainly didn't seem disappointed in their adoration. I mean, lead singer Alexis Taylor was rocking bright yellow pants. Coupled with the groups' signature driving beats, a bit of steel drum and rattle action and a lot on stage vertical jumping, it was enough to make anyone shake it a little.
This past weekend, I declared it last call for local moviegoers hoping to discover The Most Dangerous Man in America, but what do I know? It's back this week at the Roxie, along with Jennifer Kroot's fascinating new documentary about filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. For those partial to superhero adventures, Kick-Ass arrives at the Sundance Kabuki.
Young love is hard enough without being a gay teenager in Nebraska. But Will and Mike translate the standard boy-meets-girl-and-makes-her-a-mixtape story into something far sweeter. Girlfriend - Berkeley Rep's latest world premiere - blends Matthew Sweet's music into a fresh story about two boys who graduate from high school into a summer of newly-mown grass, drive-in movies, and bottles of rose pulled from the nightstand.
For Randy Shaw's big dreams of the Tenderloin becoming a tourist destination to come true, it's going to take more than evoking memories from times long passed and eating delicious banh mi. But one thing the Tenderloin definitely has going for itself is art, and the CBD Gallery's "Woman Hood: Work by Tenderloin Women Artists" is no exception. Featuring crafts, painting, and photography by women of the Tenderloin community, the show's curators hope to provide public exposure to the neighborhood's many unknown female artists and foster a greater sense of community within the troubled 'loin. The show will be open noon - 3, Fridays and Saturdays, through May 29 at CBD Gallery (134 Golden Gate Avenue).