Thursday, April 8, 2004
The Quails' praises have been sung often and well around this town: The band's dance-y mix of punk, folk, and spazzy energy made it a local favorite long ago. But guitarist Jen Smith, bassist Seth Lorinczi, and drummer Julianna Bright's popularity hasn't seemed to slow at all. As part of the wildly creative and cross-pollinating local arts scene that survived the many threats posed by the dot-com boom, the group and its contemporaries appear to be very much on top of their game. Here on Quail home turf, revolution-rock lovers can expect a performance with plenty of juice at what's also a Punks for Palestine sponsored benefit, complete with speakers Dr. Susan Greene and Dalit Baum. Tartufi, Crime in Choir, and Criminal Love share the bill at 9:00 p.m. at the Eagle Tavern, 398 12th St. (at Harrison), S.F. Admission is $5-20; call 626-0880 or visit www.thequails.com.
Friday, April 9, 2004
The record label Trash Fish Entertainment Corporation and its nefarious artists the Zag Men are self-proclaimed rock 'n' roll anarchists. This does not make them unique, but to demonstrate their anarcho-musicalism the two groups have devised a clever scheme of which we heartily approve. It starts with Paul Leni's silent The Man Who Laughs, a 1928 movie that stars Conrad Veidt, whom freaks the world over will remember as the somnambulist in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Showing zero respect for the film's integrity or the intentions of the original production team, Trash Fish and its minions re-edited the picture, without concern for plot or the appearance of explanatory intertitles, many of which have been removed. Tonight the company reprises the screening of this joyful defacement (the first showing was enthusiastically received, it seems), replacing the appropriately murdered score with a live performance by the above-mentioned metal-improv-dissonance band. Insert your earplugs starting at 8 at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 21st Street), S.F. Admission is $5; call 824-3890 or visit www.atasite.org.
Saturday, April 10, 2004
Discerning tattoo collectors know exactly what customized design they'd like inked on their bodies prior to consulting with an artist. But many of the soon-to-be-tattooed pick their permanent pieces of art by glancing through the prefab blueprints, otherwise known as stencils, placed on the body before the artist picks up the needle. Since these stencils are associated with pedestrian skin art -- and with customers who are satisfied with roses, anchors, and military mottoes -- they get little play in tattoo magazines, books, and gallery shows. But brand-spanking-new Hold Fast Gallery memorializes these humble images with the new exhibit "Gettin' It On." Local tat masters C.W. Eldridge (of Berkeley's Tattoo Archive) and Don Ed Hardy (of the venerable North Beach shop Tattoo City) lead visitors on a walk-through tour tonight at 7 at Hold Fast, 487 14th St. (at Guerrero), S.F. Admission is free; call 352-7479.
Sunday, April 11, 2004
There's only one thing comedians love more than a public figure who fucks up, and that's a public figure who fucks up reliably. The cast of Saturday Night Live was vocally upset when Gerald Ford left office, and we seem to remember people saying they'd miss Bill Clinton, too. And because just like his father George W. Bush can barely form a sentence, he's a big favorite with jokesters. In fact, some local stand-up artists love him so much, they're giving him a whole night all to himself. "Bush Bash 2004" features host Ian Jensen as Dubya along with political humor from Bill Santiago, Ross Turner, Aundre the Wonder Woman, and Guy Branum. Laugh at the laughable starting at 8:30 p.m. at the Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter (at Powell), S.F. Admission is $15; call 433-3040.
Monday, April 12, 2004
For a squirrelly, weird-looking little guy, Rodney Bingenheimer certainly had some illustrious friends. A Bay Area expatriate who made good in late-'60s and '70s L.A. as a club owner, journalist, promoter, and influential DJ on trendy KROQ-FM, Bingenheimer helped launch the careers of David Bowie, the Ramones, Blondie, the Sex Pistols, and many other icons, including contemporary acts No Doubt and Coldplay. Get a peek into the fascinating, rock star filled existence of the man so central to the Southern California music scene that a new documentary about his life is titled with his old-school nickname: Mayor of the Sunset Strip. The film features rock 'n' roll war stories from Bingenheimer cronies like Bowie, Cher, and the panic-inducing Courtney Love; catch it at the Lumiere Theatre, 1572 California (at Polk), S.F. Admission is $7.25-9.50; call 352-0810 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com for show times.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
News flash: Conservatives do not like MoveOn.org's 50 Ways to Love Your Country, and they're prepared to write pissy reader reviews on Amazon.com to show it. Take that, you ... you ... active citizens! The book is designed as a nuts-and-bolts manual for the type of person columnist Molly Ivins calls "little-d democrats" -- that is, regular folks who want their voices heard regarding small, medium, and large governmental decisions. Does that make the authors socialists? We think not. Funnily enough, even a few conservatives have pointed out on Amazon's Web site that petitioning, voting, and otherwise communicating with one's elected officials (as outlined in the volume) benefits everyone who does so, regardless of his political views. Joan Blades, MoveOn.org's co-founder, reads from 50 Ways this evening. Maybe she'll hand out some of that Moscow gold, starting at 7 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.
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