Thursday, July 31, 2003
It was a cold, misty afternoon in 1955 when we pulled another stiff from the L.A. River, but we didn't care. We're cops, after all, and he was just some anonymous robber. No need to rip from the headlines for this film noir scene: It was real, and we have proof. Dead movie stars, major riots, and famous revolutionaries are among the subjects of the exhibition "To Protect and Serve: The LAPD Archives." Available to the public for the first time, this collection of rare photographs includes images from the 1920s to the 1970s: bootleggers, Charles Manson in custody, and everybody's favorite kidnappee, Patricia Hearst. In addition to the 75 photos, the exhibit features logbooks, artifacts, and evidence from the still-unsolved Black Dahlia case of 1947. The display continues through Oct. 5 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is $3-6; call 978-2787 or visit www.yerbabuenaarts.org.
Friday, August 1, 2003
It sounds like it could be a movie about a homicidal bohemian, but The Beat is actually a way-cool amalgam of dance, poetry, and music directed by STOMP alumna Kamal Sinclair Steele and co-created with playwright Robbie McCauley and Baakari Wilder, an original Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk cast member. It isn't every day that our town plays host to 17 smart, talented New Yorkers whose show boasts styles ranging from tribal Gambian vocals to hip hop to modern dance. The Village Voice described it as " a boogie-down metaphysical lesson in Rhythm as Universal Law," and the cast plans to explore the implications of the downbeat: The moment at which instruments, vocalists, and dancers synchronize is the drive that moves this high-energy intercultural performance. The Beat goes on at 8 tonight (and continues through Aug. 23) at the Baha'i Center Theater, 170 Valencia (at Market), S.F. Admission is $15-20; call 431-9870 or visit www.universalarts.org.
Saturday, August 2, 2003
Slumber parties are typically the province of the young. As we age we become more attached to things like, oh, sleeping in a comfy bed without waking to find our hand soaking in warm water, surrounded by a circle of giggling girls waiting for us to pee. But when a movie theater offers a great attraction like a night of bizarro teen exploitation flicks, you might want to give up that cushy mattress for once. If you're game, the Four Star Theatre's "T&A Slumber Party" includes six solid hours of vintage titty films for all-night cinephiles. Revenge of the Cheerleaders, David Hasselhoff's first movie, starts things off right, followed by the wall-to-wall hijinks and nudity of 1979's Pinball Summer. The arcade abuse concludes with 1983's video game polemic, Joysticks. The show starts at midnight at the Four Star, 2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), S.F. Admission is $10; call 666-3488 or visit www.hkinsf.com/4star/.
Sunday, August 3, 2003
Private dick Jayson Wechter has been leading the Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt since 1990, sending off hundreds of seekers to find obscure spots armed with nothing more than a list of cryptic clues and their own S.F. street smarts. But after more than a decade of scouring the same neighborhood, Wechter's ready to branch out a bit. Thus today's Secrets of SoMa Treasure Hunt, a four-hour scramble around the historic 'hood that's been transformed over the years from a Chinese fishing village to an industrial haven to a half-empty dot-com refuge. Treasure teams search for forgotten landmarks and other remnants of San Francisco's past as they fan out across the one-mile route, solving clues on the go and racing to beat the other teams to Hunt HQ. The event starts at 1 p.m. at Justin Herman Plaza, Market & Embarcadero, S.F. Admission is $10-30; call 664-3900 or visit www.sftreasurehunt.org.
Monday, August 4, 2003
"Cramming": It was once the word you used to describe your education, but that's about to change. From now on, it's going to be a word for making the most of "ViV and a Movie." This weekly event packs art, indie films, good food, and many bands into a single evening. If mental stimulation were a weapon, the organizers would be very, very dangerous guys. It's not, and they're not, but you still might have a hard time knowing what to look at or listen to next. This week's offerings, for example, include visual artists too numerous to mention, plus movies like I, Socky? by Danny Plotnick, Sack to the Future by Roman Cortez, and our favorite, the trenchant-sounding Survival Guide for Taking a Dump at Work by Ryan McLaughlin. There's also music, of course, from five -- count 'em, five -- bands, including the almighty ViV itself. Like it says on the event's Web site, "Welcome back to the real San Francisco." Show time is 7 p.m. at the Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk (at Clay), S.F. Admission is $10; call 447-4730 or visit www.vivandamovie.com.
Tuesday, August 5, 2003
This year's been pretty stellar for Hillary-lovers. The New York senator penned a memoir that not only lays to rest persistent rumors that the Clintons have an open marriage or a platonic partnership, but that has become a blockbuster best-seller. The book has been so successful, in fact, that after conservative CNN Crossfire host Tucker Carlson sneered that he would make a meal of his shoe if it sold a million copies, Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on his show July 9 and made him eat his words -- and the chocolate wingtip-shaped cake she brought with her. Fans of the Democratic diva can meet her in person at 11:30 a.m. when she signs copies of Living History at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Turk), S.F. Admission is free; call 441-6670 or visit www.bookstore.com.