Arts + Culture
Get your party pants on, because DAWN 2010 is throwing one helluva celebration in honor of the Jewish holiday Shavuot. On May 15th you can lounge with libations in-hand, and party with the penguins at the California Academy of Sciences. Have a few laughs with Sandra Bernhard, chill with Gary Shteyngart, and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), and dance those party pants right off at a live performance from Fool's Gold.
So apparently self-proclaimed "Cope Heads" consists of overly-affectionate couples, creepy single dudes looking to pick off the strays, and me... or at least those were the dynamics at Friday night's show. Despite the strange (and loud!) crowd chatter, Citizen Cope commanded the room, delivering consistent crowd pleasers (aka almost the entirety of The Clarence Greenwood Recordings), a surprising choice due to the heavy push for the brand new The Rain Water LP. Perhaps we caught him on the throwback night, as both of his 2-night stints at The Fillmore were said to be at capacity.
Daniel Ellsberg was derided in 1971 by President Richard Nixon as a man who “gave aid and comfort to the enemy … putting himself above the President of the United States, above Congress, above our whole system of government” by revealing a secret Pentagon study of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. His remarkable story arrives at the Red Vic this week in Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich’s Oscar-nominated documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.
Cheech Marin, who spent much of the 1970s and ’80s swathed in a cloud of fragrant smoke as America’s lady-loving stoner-in-chief, never claimed to be an angel. But that doesn’t mean he can’t play a man of the cloth, as he does in his latest movie, The Perfect Game. In fact, he’s used to it.
“You know, I’m on a run of playing priests,” says the Mexican-American comedian, 63, born Richard Anthony Marin in Los Angeles. “This is my second or third. People must see something in me, something holy. But I was raised Catholic, so I know that riff. Frankly, it’s more comforting to me than ironic.”
Sam Worthington can’t compare his latest effects-heavy blockbuster, a bruising, 3-D remake of stop-motion innovator Ray Harryhausen’s Clash of the Titans (1981), to the one that made him the star of the biggest movie of all time – James Cameron’s Avatar. But playing Perseus, the fearless Greek warrior charged with saving humanity from the wrath of vengeful gods, presented its own set of challenges.
“Nothing compares to Avatar, and you can see that at the box office,” says the English-born actor, 33, who spent his formative years in Western Australia. “It is its own beast, its own juggernaut. For all I know, filming hasn’t stopped. James is probably still working on it.
It's last call for The Most Dangerous Man in America, a richly deserving Oscar nominee for Best Documentary at this year's Oscars, and opening weekend for The Greatest, Steve Carell and Tina Fey's underwhelming Date Night, and When You're Strange, Tom DiCillo's enlightening new chronicle of The Doors and their depressing, addiction-fueled demise. Here is what's playing at an indie theater near you.