Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf -- or synthesizers? Two UK bands playing this week in San Francisco -- Editors (Monday, Feb. 8, at the Warfield) and Wild Beasts (Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Independent) -- find swathes of fresh intrigue in those patches and plug-ins, all while baring their breasts and revealing busily percolating emotional lives.
Fresh outta drinking games? Prepared to drink in a new adventure? Ready to discover your next favorite watering hole?
Consider First Thursday fully ramped up for the new year, spanning everything from West Coast comers to unsettling urban decay.
“Assemble -- Taha Belal, Jonathan Burstein, Weston Teruya, Julie Weitz, and Bernhard Haertter”
Multi-hued fantasy faces, raw constructions, and vibrant, collaged portraits make a stand at this group exhibition. Thursday Feb. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through March 6. Patricia Sweetow Gallery, 77 Geary St., mezzanine, SF. (415) 788=5126.
“Bradley Castellanos: North Woods”
Hafta love a band that pens tunes on compelling subjects ala “Graveyard Drug Party” and “Adult Acid.” And so it goes with Thee Oh Sees. They like to keep things interesting. The group headline the Stand with Haiti benefit at Cafe du Nord Tuesday, Feb. 2 -- surely the most critic- and hipster-friendly concert yet to gather funds for the very excellent cause of getting relief to the earthquake-ravaged country.
Valentine’s Day is approaching all too quickly, spewing red roses and boxes of chocolates in its wake, and what better way to show you care than to put together a mixtape for your nearest and dearest?
Spend an afternoon perusing the music collection, trying out different tracks, making it flow, working in secret in-jokes, and finding the joy in turning the sweetheart onto a new band. Then you just might be ready to try your hand at making mixtapes for like-minded strangers devoted to the art and exchange of the mix. Meet ‘em at the new free mixtape-exchange event series, launching Sunday, Jan. 31, and organized by the San Francisco Mixtape Society at the Make-Out Room.
Is Locke truly dead? Can Jack ever stop trying to fix everything and everyone? Will Sun hook up once again with Jin? Why did Daniel Faraday have to keel? When will Ben stop destroying the people who (sort of) love him? Why can’t Kate stop running and finally take her pick of the island hotties, Jack and Sawyer? And why do we keep seeing so many dead people?
He’s based down in blue-collar Oxnard, draws his handle from the word game and cops to the acronym Mind Altering Demented Lessons in Beats, but Madlib also has his share of connects to the Bay. The man (born Otis Jackson Jr.) is a staple on Stones Throw Records, which was founded in the Peninsula under the careful ministrations of the once-San Mateo-rooted Peanut Butter Wolf. The label eventually up and moved down south, but its most prolific producer Madlib is up for a DJ set Friday, Jan. 29, at Mighty.
The new biopic of Charles Darwin, Creation, is loaded with potential for major drama, even apart from the fact that the scientist’s ideas on evolution still provoke, 150 years after On the Origin of Species was published. (Producer Jeremy Thomas told the UK’s Telegraph that he was amazed that as of this fall the film had no stateside distributor because of its content -- and the contention going on about Creation on US Christian Web sites: “That’s what we’re up against. In 2009.
The sacred word -- its ancient and contemporary visions, handwritten and digital -- is the fascinating focal point of “As It Is Written: Project 304,805” now on exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Even if you’re unfamiliar with the history, ritual, and tradition embedded in the most holy object in Judaism, you’ll find yourself enthralled by the project. The CJM has undertaken the major endeavor of commissioning the creation of a new Torah and, in the process, revealing the ordinarily private work of a soferet, a professionally trained female scribe, as she writes out the text over the course of a year. It’s the first public institution of its kind to unveil this unchanged process.