If you haven’t already heard about Howl, listen up. Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have just finished a movie version of Allen Ginsberg’s famously epic poem. The movie, part live action drama—starring James Franco, Jon Hamm and Mary-Louise Parker—and part animation hits theaters September 24 and is going to be big. Simultaneously, Harper Collins is publishing a graphic novel of renowned artist Eric Drooker’s animation from the film. We had the honor of sitting down with the painter, New Yorker cover illustrator and Berkeley resident to learn more about this gargantuan project.
Film Night returns to Dolores Park this Saturday (8pm) with one of cinema's most epic tales of unrequited love, class conflict, and social angst: "Pretty In Pink." Molly Ringwald plays Andie, a Chicago high school senior from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks who has a thing for rich and hunky Blane McDonough (Andrew McCarthy). Meanwhile, Andie's dorky friend Ducky (Jon Cryer) obsesses over her to the point of stalking. Andie is the ultimate icon for trendy Missionites: she works at a record store and turns secondhand clothes into quirky DIY New Wave ensembles. At least on Saturday night, the Mission's current 80s flashback fashion trend will seem more like appropriate costuming than attempted-and-failed irony.
You’d be surprised at the number of people who harbor a latent desire to sit in a dark theater with a few hundred strangers and sing in chorus, “You Are Sixteen, Going On Seventeen.”
Nothing unites folks more than shared nostalgia. Reliving some of your favorite childhood things along with a roomful of stranger bonds the crowd, swiftly and inextricably.
And, in this crummy economy, maybe knowing that a gaggle of spunky kids had to wear drapes for play clothes -- and still managed to escape the Nazis, can make us feel a little better about thrift.