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Home Movies: ‘We Live in Public’ Examines a Web Pioneer’s Heartbreaking Works of Staggering Genius

If you’ve never heard of Josh Harris, the Internet pioneer whose brazen empire-building and lavishly constructed social experiments inspired Ondi Timoner’s new documentary We Live in Public, you’re not alone. Neither had MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, until Harris arrived at the website’s corporate headquarters years after his withdrawal from public life to pitch his latest project, a web-casting network already boasting thousands of users.

That, perhaps, is the most striking irony of his story – that the man whose reckless exhibitionism made him an online celebrity has been largely forgotten, except by the people who knew him.

Broken Bells/The Morning Benders @ The Regency

Considering the gigantic hype over the super-group collaboration between producer extraordinaire and savvy DJ, Danger Mouse, and The Shins' frontman, James Mercer (also known as Broken Bells), it was no surprise that The Regency was a well-stuffed house.

‘MacGruber’ the Latest in a Long Line of ‘SNL’ Duds

Eighteen years to the day after the final episode of MacGyver aired on ABC comes comedian Will Forte’s belated parody MacGruber, expanded to 89 agonizing minutes from a recurring Saturday Night Live sketch. Despite a handful of early reviews that proclaimed it “the best SNL movie since Wayne’s World” – hardly high praise, but misleading all the same – MacGruber was withheld from most critics until hours before its release. Now we know why.

Best Of San Francisco 2010: Arts, Entertainment and Nightlife

Achtung! Wagner-loving operaphiles, electronica junkies, garage-band groupies, fans of burlesque, modern dance maniacs and sunset skippers. If it’s past 6 p.m., we’ve got plans for you.

 

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Grisly ‘Human Centipede’ Not for the Faint of Heart

Not for the easily offended, writer-director Tom Six's The Human Centipede offers some very real rewards mixed in with its shocks. It's already been identified in some circles as a surefire cult classic, and two sequels are rumored to be in the works.

The movie wallows in its transgressive premise: Mad scientist Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser, of 1990's The Man Inside) is obsessed with stitching humans together, mouth to anus, as he once did with his beloved "three-dog." Whether you consider this premise abhorrent or simply juvenile, it's undeniable that the finished product exhibits some real craft.

Cruising Plants And Animals: The Montreal Band Throws Down Roots At The Independent

Have Plants and Animals gone Hollywood? The Montreal trio’s new album, La La Land (Secret City), finds the outfit hitting its stride with songs that boldly hark to the days or AOR radio, classic rock, and hazy, lazy California sunshine-dazzled days -- though strangely enough, the group got it all down on tape in Montreal and outside Paris (the latter spot was an old mansion crammed with vintage gear). It’s recording made for rocking out -- a sight to be seen when Plants and Animals arrive at the Independent on May 25.

Q: How did La La Land come to pass?

Matthew “Woody” Woodley: A voice told us it was time.

Q: What sort of ideas were simmering during its making?

First Impressions: Birth of Impressionism at the de Young

Immortalized on dorm room walls of every undergrad from here to Beijing, it could be said that Monet's water lilies have entered the dreaded realm of cliché. But in the late 19th century, his work was revolutionary. Critics in 1874 found dappled sunlight and thick swabs of bright paint painfully offensive, and those who slathered such rot on their canvases were relegated to the fringes of the art world.

But there are no water lilies in Birth of Impressionism, the new exhibit that opened at the De Young this week. Instead, there are turkeys, a surprising number of dead fish (still lifes aren't all chrysanthemums and lemons, people), cherubs riding dolphins, and naked women rising from seashells (as naked women are wont to do).

The Week in Local Music News

SFBG gets in-depth with local "no-fi psych-rock" quintet Young Prisms [via SF Bay Guardian]

Pitchfork highlights SF transplants Gobble Gobble and local favorites Magic Bullets [via Pitchfork]

San Francisco math-rock duo Silian Rail signs to the Bay Area-based label Park and Records [via East Bay Express]

The Bay Bridged announces the newly expanded Rock Make Street Festival dates [via The Bay Bridged]

Now-former SF Weekly Music Editor Jennifer Maerz gives her gushy goodbye [via SF Weekly All Shook Down]

Local boutique music marketing company Terrorbird celebrates their 4 year anniversary with a blowout party [The Owl Magazine]

Blowup announces their triumphant return; underage hipsters rejoice [via Blowup SF]

Spinning Platters sits down with local electro-infused Americana hybrid outfit Birds and Batteries [via Spinning Platters]

SF MusicTech conference returns and briefly dominates the local music twittersphere [via Twitter]

Frightened Rabbit/Maps & Atlases @ The Fillmore

Frightened Rabbit is the kind of band that you go to see repeatedly because they fulfill your every expectation. They always come through, and occasionally they even surprise you. They're kind of like your thickly accented, but reliable Scottish buds.

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