Thursday, August 28, 2003
Waking up to the sound of helicopters, watching helicopters through the window all day, and going to sleep to the noise of more helicopters -- this was the experience in March of people who live downtown. The anti-war protests at that time were constant, featuring fast-moving, autonomous groups that blocked intersections at will, often dispersing before law enforcement could show up -- only to reappear at other intersections. People outraged that war had been declared in Iraq were angry and unruly and totally coordinated, that last trait befuddling city officials, the police, and newscasters. We Interrupt This Empire is a collaborative video production documenting what happened when the shit hit the fan: This is what all those choppers were trying to find. Screenings begin at 6, 8, and 9:45 p.m. at the Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), S.F. Admission is $4-8; call 863-1087 or visit www.roxie.com.
Friday, August 29, 2003
He's cheesy. He's vacuous. He's oh-so-mainstream. But you can't deny that you still sing along when "Sweet Caroline" or -- oh, dear Jesus -- "I Am ... I Said" comes on the radio. Neil Diamond fans are out there, all right, even if the ones under 40 are too embarrassed to admit their affection. But don't let that stop you from catching Super Diamond, the tribute band that provides (almost) all the Neil with double the loopy shtick. Though they hide their musicianship beneath a leering rhinestone-encrusted facade, these fellas do a creditable job of covering ND classics from Cherry, Cherry to the towering America. Say hello again starting at 9 p.m. (also Saturday) at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus (at Chestnut), S.F. Tickets are $20; call 474-0365 or visit www.bimbos365club.com.
Saturday, August 30, 2003
Andy Dick is funny. Andy Dick's name is funny. Therefore, we reason that Andy Dick's live stand-up routine must be funny, too. As Matthew on TV's NewsRadio, he made us all feel that even if we were weird, stupid, and irritating, we might be like him -- still on the show, part of the gang, tolerated. The thing about television, though, as George Carlin famously pointed out, is that there are at least seven important words you can't say on it; we can't wait to see Dick gone wild when he appears onstage. He's currently directing his first feature film, and even though he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show, we still think he's smart. Smart and funny. Chelsea Handler opens at 9 and 11 p.m. at the Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery (at Clay), S.F. Admission is $25; call 397-4337 or visit www.punchlinecomedyclub.com.
Sunday, August 31, 2003
Eight years ago, Scott Amedure took a big chance. He'd yearned for hot hetero neighbor Jonathan Schmitz for months. Was there a chance Schmitz returned his affection? Amedure booked himself on The Jenny Jones Show, intent on revealing his crush. Schmitz, believing a girl from his past still wanted him, agreed to appear as well. Amedure's bombshell didn't go over too well: Three days after the show, an enraged Schmitz shot and killed his no-longer-secret admirer. Playwright Ronnie Larsen (10 Naked Men) takes the story from the headlines to the stage in Sleeping With Straight Men, a comic drama loosely based on the Amedure case that became an off-Broadway hit and played to big crowds at the Rhino in 2002. Straight's return engagement continues today at 3 and 7 p.m. (and runs through Sept. 21) at Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (at South Van Ness), S.F. Admission is $20-30; call 861-5079 or visit www.therhino.org.
Monday, September 1, 2003
Gourmands, start your engines: Some of the finest edibles in the Bay Area are there for the feasting at A La Carte, A La Park. Let's see, we'll start with samosas from Gaylord of India, followed by a plate of New Eritrea's fantastic kitfo, and, my goodness, we just can't resist an order of red beans with sausage from T.J.'s Gingerbread House. Bring a blanket, grab a cocktail, and gorge yourself silly on entrees, appetizers, and desserts from 22 local eateries. There's no better opportunity each year to assemble your dream menu. In between nibbles you can take in musical entertainment from Susan Tedeschi, General Public, and others -- a darned pleasant way to kill the time after raids on the sample tables. The gobbling begins at 11 a.m. at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park, Kezar & John F. Kennedy, S.F. Admission is free-$12; call 478-2277 or visit www.eventswestca.com.
Tuesday, September 2, 2003
Until April 2003 things were looking pretty good for singer/ songwriter/playwright Alejandro Escovedo. His work in groups from proto-punk S.F.-ers the Nuns to Texas' True Believers had won him three decades of acclaim, and with a new album in production and an upcoming tour, life looked pretty sweet. That is, until Escovedo collapsed due to hepatitis C complications. Now, without health insurance and unable to work, he's in pretty dire straits -- and his many admirers want to help. Tonight's "Benefit Concert for Alejandro Escovedo" features turns from ex Modern Lovers frontman Jonathan Richman, the Iguanas, Dave Alvin, and a host of other community-minded rockers, and is MC'd by actor George Wendt. Yes, Norm from Cheers. Yes, we thought that was kinda weird, too; turns out that, just like the other talented performers on the bill, he's an Escovedo fan interested in helping the cause. The music starts at 8 p.m. at Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is $20; call 255-0333 or visit www.slims-sf.com.