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Monday, May 9, 2016

Stan Lee's Love Story is a Marvel

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Father and daughter, Stan and JC Lee pose for pictures at the Stan Lee's Love Story book signing. - JAMES MACLEAN
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  • Father and daughter, Stan and JC Lee pose for pictures at the Stan Lee's Love Story book signing.

Hundreds of comic fans lined up in the pouring rain to meet artist, photographer and author JC Lee at Amazing Fantasy Comic Book Store on Saturday. Marvel legend Stan Lee's only child and "greatest creation" was there on Free Comic Book Day, signing her new comic-style book Stan Lee's Love Story.

Inside, seated behind the counter and clutching her Yorkshire terrier, JC Lee poured through the pages of the book. "If you look at this, it's beautiful dogs everywhere," she says. "We were always into dogs. I didn't have brothers and sisters, so there are dogs. My father had his favorite dogs. Even now, Mom has four, and I have five."

Filled with never-before-seen, black-and-white and captioned family photos, Lee's book, which took three years to complete, gives fans unprecedented access into the lives of this mostly private family, headed by a creator of such popular Marvel Comics titles as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, X-Men, and Captain America, whose film sequel Captain America: Civil War has already raked in approximately 200 million in box office opening weekend.  

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

To the Pointe: Interview with Jody Lee Lipes, Director of Ballet 422

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:13 PM

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  • Justin Peck in Ballet 422

As a documentary filmmaker whose credits also include directing seven episodes of Girls, Jody Lee Lipes is no stranger to the creative process. So when he first met Justin Peck, New York City Ballet's 26-year-old rising star of choreography, he knew he'd come across something special. Lipes' newest film, Ballet 422, follows Peck as he produces an original ballet for one of dance's most prestigious companies in just two months. The film, which has been selected for the Tribeca Film Festival, hits Bay Area theaters tomorrow. We spoke with Lipes about the challenges of filming choreography, his relationship with his subject, and the film's surprise ending. 

How did you choose Justin and his story?

It's a really long story! The short version is that I saw Justin at a presentation at the Guggenheim Museum where he was discussing Year of the Rabbit, the first major work of his that was performed at Lincoln Center. I'm always trying to get better as a filmmaker so anytime I see an artist who is intelligent and interesting, I try to latch onto him or her. I was attracted to the way that Justin talked about his work. When I saw the premiere of Year of the Rabbit I really liked that too — and I'm not a big ballet fan, so it was refreshing. His work is unexpected, it's filled with ideas and the movement is unique and particular. There's a hint of narrative but it's not a clear narrative, so you feel like there's something going on beyond the edges of the frame. That's something I admire in art.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Live-Action Puzzle Game in S.F.: Can You Escape from the Mysterious Room?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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It's about 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 20. The 49ers just secured a place in the Superbowl, but I'm not out celebrating, because I'm locked in a room with 11 strangers. Inside the room is a desk, a couch, art, and some random furniture. There are two doors, and both of them are locked. One with a padlock, and the other with a regular door knob. We have one hour to escape.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Having Boldly Gone: Tales from the Star Trek Convention

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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I will admit to no small disappointment that even though I was attending Creation Entertainment's Official Star Trek Convention at the Westin St. Francis as press for the Weekly, all I got at registration was the same red wristband they gave to general admission ticket-holders. No excellent lanyard like the one I got at the furries convention, Further Confusion, (the high standard by which all press passes are judged), or even the basic but still beautiful name badge that all My Little Pony attendees at Everfree Northwest received. C'mon, Creation! Some of us are tryin' to build lanyard collections!

Lanyard or not, I got to see what a Star Trek convention looks like in 2012 and I interviewed writer David Gerrold, an early hero of mine, so I ain't complaining. (At least, not too much.)

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Bay Area Crews to Watch at the S.F. Hip Hop Dance Fest this Weekend (Videos)

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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Fans of popping, locking, turfing, and b-boying will already know what the hottest ticket in street dance is this weekend. But even if you didn't recognize any of those styles, you don't want to sleep on the San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Fest.

Now in its 14th year, the S.F. Hip Hop Dance Fest was the first event of its kind to focus on hip hop, and has grown into an international showcase, with this year's fest featuring performers from England, Norway, Japan, and Chile. While the goal of the HHDF has always been to "present the highest quality Hip Hop dance companies," it shows love to our local groups as well, who more than hold their own with the best in the world.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

20 Best Costumes from the Human-Powered Air Show Flugtag 2012

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

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Did you miss Flugtag aka "flying day," the great tradition of building human-powered flying machines and launching them off of a 30-foot ramp into McCovey Cove? Nonetheless, if you missed the genius, the innovation, and most importantly, the fashion, we're here to help.

Photos by Christopher Victorio for SF Weekly.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Renegade Mannequin Installation at the de Young Asks: What Is Art?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

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I've always wanted to be a secret agent. The sneaking around, the mysterious assassinations, the beautiful women; it all looks so easy in the movies. The only bummer is how all of those covert operations start at the crack of dawn -- when my alarm goes off at 4 a.m., the only thing I want to assassinate is the clock. I was thinking about all of this on a recent Sunday while sitting in my car outside of Golden Gate Park at 5 a.m. I had dragged myself up with coffee and a Clif bar to meet classically trained actor and all around clown Jon Deline for a renegade art installation at the de Young Museum. When I saw a minivan with a missing headlight pull up, I knew it had to be him. Jon's brother came along to help out, and the three of us looked like friendly ninjas in our all black clothing.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Celebrating by Destruction: Inside the Giants World Series Riot

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Celebratory fireworks on Mission Street. - SHANNON GALLOGLY
  • Shannon Gallogly
  • Celebratory fireworks on Mission Street.

The morning of the last World Series game, I woke up around 9:30 a.m. and outside the bathroom window I saw my upstairs neighbors yelling about the liquor store not being open yet. The chance for the Giants to sweep the Detroit Tigers apparently was a green light for an all-day binge drinking event, and my neighbors were not going to waste another minute. I sighed heavily, it was going to be a long day.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Top Five Cheap Arts and Culture Events this Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

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If you're like most people in San Francisco, you're probably wondering why the weather was so nice during the week and bumming about it cooling down a bit over the weekend. The Indian Summer can be unpredictable and frustrating, so for those of you whose spirits are low, we made a list of some fun, cheap, and interesting events you should not be missing out on this weekend.

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Our calendar picks for the week

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Rudolph Nureyev: Fashions from Ballet's Hottest Male Celebrity

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

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  • Kate Conger

Few of us will ever wear something custom-made to fit our bodies. Not many of us will even visit a tailor to have a dress taken in or pants hemmed. Fast fashion is our comfortable standard. Running to the store to pick up the latest trend on our way home from work feels normal; it's sometimes even luxurious to have what we want, so easily accessible.

But the de Young's new exhibition, Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance, redefines luxury. The galleries hold over 70 costumes from the prolific dancer and choreographer's ballet career, in addition to photographs and videos. The thought of Nureyev -- who was nothing if not meticulous in all aspects of his life -- commanding the creation of such exquisite, handmade garments is any fashion-lover's dream come true.

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Jean Paul Gaultier and Dita Von Teese Talk Couture, Tattoos, Vintage Shopping in S.F.

Jean Paul Gaultier @ De Young Museum (Slideshow)

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