With the Silent Film Festival opening today at the Castro and the Jewish Film Festival just around the corner, it's a typically busy summer for Bay Area cinephiles. And if you'd rather avoid the hustle and bustle of the festival crowds, and the massive throng of Muggles lining up to greet Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, no problem – check out any of these indies for a quick cure to your summertime blues.
Ever wanted to rub elbows with a TV icon? I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden, who wore the Miss San Francisco crown in 1951, will receive a homecoming fit for a queen this Sunday at the Castro. The evening's entertainment will include an on-stage interview with Eden, a Jeannie Look-A-Like Contest, a career highlight reel, performances by the Garden of Eden Belly Dancing Superstars, and a special screen surprise. Following those festivities, Eden will host an autograph and book signing. For tickets, click here. Elsewhere:
1. The Big Uneasy
Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., 415-863-1087
As print journalism struggles to stay afloat against the tsunami tide of the Internet, where thousands of new bloggers seem born every day, how can newspapers – even one as firmly entrenched as The New York Times – sustain their classic business model?
The simple answer: They can’t, not without adapting to the culture of cyberspace, which has opened to the outspoken masses avenues of communication once navigated only by a professional few. Perhaps no one other than Brian Stelter better represents the Gray Lady’s mission to bridge the chasm dividing traditional, print-based journalism from its online competition.