Arts + Culture
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.
It ain't easy looking as good at 75 as the SF MoMA does, and, appropriately, the elegant museum is celebrating its third quarter-century in the art world with its most lavish birthday party yet on Friday, May 14. While access to the ultra-exclusive rooftop dinner is sold out, tickets for the Birthday Bash are still hot. Get them for $150 ($125 if you're a member) or for FREE during a giveaway to our newsletter subscribers (which you can sign up for on 7x7.com).
In our book, it doesn't get much better than Liars. From their dance-punk leaning debut They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top to their most recent oh-so-unclassifiable effort Sisterworld, the perennial critic favorite has consistently proven themselves to be one of the most unique, unpredictable and all around exciting acts in indie rock today. We had the great pleasure of catching up with frontman Angus Andrew before their near-capacity show at Slim's this week, where we discussed the group's unique take on Los Angeles, forgotten b-sides, musical fundamentals and much more.