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Culture, The Exhibitionist Beck, Ed Ruscha, and Leon Russell in YBCA's "Everything but Christmas Music" Music Movie Series

Beck, Ed Ruscha, and Leon Russell in YBCA's "Everything but Christmas Music" Music Movie Series

Joel Shepard, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' film and video curator, recently married a woman from the Philippines. Over the years visiting her there, he says he heard a lot of Christmas music. A whole lot. “They start…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist R.I.P. Les Blank: Five Highlights From the Career of a Great Documentarian

R.I.P. Les Blank: Five Highlights From the Career of a Great Documentarian

The rich lore of Les Blank includes a story he told about dropping out of grad school at UC Berkeley, feeling aimless for a while, then seeing Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal and being steered away, last-minute, from a military…
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Calendar, Night&Day Walnut Tartlets 
and Other Delights

Walnut Tartlets 
and Other Delights

San Francisco loves food from farms, and we also love festivals of films, so it’s surprising that this weekend’s Food & Farm Film Fest at the Roxie is the first convergence of these elements. Presented in conjunction with Bi-Rite Market…
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Calendar, Night&Day Happy Birthday, Herzog

Happy Birthday, Herzog

Werner Herzog has never been what you would call the retiring type. The peripatetic German director marked his 65th birthday last week not with a cake or a nap or a round of miniature golf, but with the premiere of…
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Film, Reel World

Deep Westurn

Born in San Francisco to Swedish immigrants, Robert Nelson worked as a carpenter and taught high school before pursuing painting at the California School of Fine Arts (now the S.F. Art Institute) in the wide-open local art scene of the…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps Etc.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. We're interested in your film or video…
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Film,

Reel World

Semi-Tough No word yet if Attorney General Dan Lungren will call out the dogs on the Caviar Buyers Club (aka the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp.), but perhaps he should: There's a lot of evidence the Richie Riches behind the proposed…
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Film,

Zoom Lens

Films by Les and Harrod Blank Albany artist Gerald Gaxiola, aka "The Maestro," is a fascinating anomaly -- a wildly imaginative painter, sculptor, performance artist, singer, and self-styled "cowboy" in elaborate jeweled chaps and fringe who refuses to commercialize his…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday november 20 Mission: Possible One week can make all the difference in the world, if what happened to author Victor Martinez is any indication. Just six people showed up for his recent reading at Intersection for the Arts, in…
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Film,

Reel World

The Nutty Professor It's a scandal! It's a travesty! It's a mockery of a sham of a -- okay, it's an infinitesimal blip in the grand panorama of our miraculously rich and meaningful lives. What's the rumpus? Scotty has been…
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