this week's hottest events
A Celebration of Harold Pinter
My exposure to the late, great playwright Harold Pinter is limited, but after seeing SHN's bold presentation of The Caretaker last year, I vowed to make the man more a part of my regular cultural explorations. Tonight, City Arts & Lectures honors Pinter's lifetime of achievements in a performance by Julian Sands, directed by none other than John Malkovich. If you consider yourself of the cultured variety, add this one to your calendar tonight.
When: 7:30 p.m., Mon. 1/14
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Food + Lit
Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck
A monthly event where foodies, lit enthusiasts, and writers come together to eat, write, and share. Bring a dish to share, and if you are so inclined, a dish that speaks to this month’s theme – a nod to the holidays – appropriately dubbed “Naughty or Nice.” Discover Bay Area-based poet and 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow Nic Alea, who will read from his new chapbook, “All Trees, No Pianos.”
When: 7 – 9 p.m., Tue. 12/18
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St.
Lost Landscapes of San Francisco
Guerilla archivist Rick Prelinger gives his seventh annual presentation of rarely seen film clips, landscapes, and portraits of San Franciscans as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen, and studio filmmakers over the years. This kind-of cult classic is a sell-out, but there's a walk-up line for unclaimed tickets on the night of.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tues. 12/11
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.
December de Young Artist-In-Residence Melissa Cody
As a fourth generation Navajo weaver, Melissa Cody knows a thing or two about classic design. The unique artist pushes beyond the realm of traditional Navajo weaving and also draws inspiration from contemporary multimedia artists.
When: Wed. 12/5–Thurs. 12/27
Where: de Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
This Week's Hottest Events: Book of Mormon Lottery Tickets, Call Me Home Exhibit, and Monique Jenkinson
Book of Mormon
Tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical sold out in a hot sec, but there's still a chance to see the show. SHN announced a lottery system for each performance during the five-week run. Get there two-plus hours before the show to enter your name, and 1.5 hours before the curtain goes up, they'll pick a limited number of names at random for tickets at $29 a pop. The lottery has drawn as many as 800 entries for some shows, so start camping outside the theater now.
When: Tues. 11/27–Sun. 12/30
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.
Good vs. Evil: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
All hell is about to break loose when Tony and Eric go head-to-head in a conversation between two luminaries on very opposite ends of the famous food star scale. The show's not until April, but it's bound to sell out in no time. Get your tickets now while there are still a few left.
When: 8 p.m., Fri. 4/12/13
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.
Turkey Trail Trot
Animating Dark Dreams: The Films of Jan Svankmager
World-renowned animator and filmmaker Jan Svankmajoer creates his own spin on Lewis Carroll's classic tale Alice in Wonderland to depict a "grown-up" dream-like world. Consider it Alice for adults. His extraordinary visual effects and menacing dream logic are present in all of his films and are sure to draw you in, taking your mind on a magical journey. Check out our in-depth blog here.
When: Now through Thurs. 11/29
Where: YBCA Screening Room, 701 Mission St.
Cheryl Strayed with Vendela Vida
Hey book worms, what could be better than a conversation between two critically acclaimed novelists? Cheryl Strayed, best known for her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, and Vendela Vida, author of The Lovers and Girls on the Verge, will divulge into a deep conversation about themselves, their novels, and their inspirations at tonight's City Arts & Lectures conversation.
Thirteen new works by British artist Idris Khan will be on display at Fraenkel Gallery. Known for multi-layered photographs inspired by the history of art, literature, and music, these works are as much about the process as they are about the end result.
When: Thurs. 11/1–Fri. 12/28
Where: Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., 4th fl.
This Week's Hottest Events: Two Door Cinema Club, Root Division Art Auction, and the John Cage Music Circus
Nick Hornby + Jonathan Lethem
Since Wendell Berry tickets sold out in a hot sec, check out these two writers instead. Find out what books should be on your radar when High Fidelity and About a Boy author Nick Hornby takes the stage for this City Arts & Lectures conversation. Get some insight on Hornby's reading habits as he dishes about his new paperback More Baths Less Talking, a compilation of his long-running column (appropriately called "Stuff I've Been Reading) for The Believer magazine. And, an avid writer since the age of fifteen, Jonathan Lethem is most known for his book Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and shot him to stardom.