Thursday, March 24, 2005
Though he's naturally a favorite among death- and solitude-obsessed goths, musician Nick Drake has a broader appeal. The Briton's 1970s folk revival-style songs are atmospheric odes to love and loss; his popularity surged several years ago when a TV ad for a convertible featured his "Pink Moon," which enraged die-hard fans and delighted millions of viewers who instantly fell for the silky voice and sweet melody. A Skin Too Few is director Jeroen Berkvens' chronicle of Drake's short life: The musician died mysteriously at age 26, and was so painfully shy he couldn't perform. As a result, Drake's image doesn't appear in the documentary, but interviews with family members and friends coupled with footage of his hometown (and plenty of Drake songs in the score) make this a must for any fan, whether longtime record collector or neophyte TV target. The film screens tonight at 7:15 and 9:15 at the Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight (at Cole), S.F. Admission is $4-7; call 668-3994 or visit www.redvicmoviehouse.com.
Friday, March 25, 2005
At this point, we probably don't have to tell you who Ward Churchill is; you most likely know he's the Keetoowah Cherokee academic who royally pissed off Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and their conservative cronies. Churchill's book, On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality, got him in a ton of hot water with some people and made him an adored hero to others. One of our favorite footnotes from the ensuing media shitstorm is that as Churchill called for Americans to take some responsibility for the attacks of September 11, right-wingers freaked out and bizarrely suggested that he was not a "real Indian." Get the whole story when Churchill reads from Roosting Chickens at 7 p.m. at the Women's Building, 3543 18th St. (at Valencia), S.F. Admission is $10; call (510) 208-1700 or visit www.akpress.org.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
As a story about four teenage girls recruited by an agency that has been measuring their ability to lie, cheat, and kick butt, D.E.B.S. at first blush sounds like it should be edging Ice Princess out of the megaplex. I-don't-eat-carbs jokes, micromini "schoolgirl" skirts, and overuse of the word "hottie" don't usually show up on art-house film screens. But this picture has a twist that probably kept it out of the mainstream: The major plot device, which forces a test of the idiotic girls' loyalty to one another, is when one of them falls for the also hot, also female villain. D.E.B.S. screens today at the Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center (Battery & Sacramento), S.F. Admission is $7.50-10; call 267-4893 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com for showtimes.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
In case you're feeling blah about being in San Francisco these days, we recommend Easter in the Park with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. One of the best of ways to revel in Bay Area atmosphere is attending -- or, better yet, participating in -- the Sisters' annual Hunky Jesus contest; we'll lay that up against a cable car ride anytime as a reason to love it here. Transvestite nuns ogling guys in Jesus drag in a public park on Easter Sunday is surprisingly wholesome, too: The Sisters provide children's activities and a Bonnet Contest to go with the heresy. Check out that ham at 10 a.m. at Dolores Park, Dolores between 18th & 20th streets, S.F. Admission is free; call 820-9697 or visit www.thesisters.org.
Monday, March 28, 2005
Billboards are notorious for littering the landscape with images of things you don't want to buy, much less look at. Artist Felipe Dulzaides' "Double Take: A Billboard Project" jars bystanders out of their consumer ennui by getting them to scrutinize environments eclipsed by oversize ads. Since December, Dulzaides has created four installations on billboards in unsuspecting neighborhoods; he's collaborating with city developer David Prowler to flesh out four more over the year. After photographing his target neighborhoods and enlarging a particular view, Dulzaides displays his representation on a billboard. His installation at Valencia and 22nd Street is a mammoth replica of the basketball court it overshadows, a subtle tactic that engages viewers with their immediate reality, exaggerated in size and significance. It's refreshing to have something provocative to look up to for a change. Looking is free; for billboard maps, call 626-5416 or visit www.newlangtonarts.org.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Distracted performance aficionados who find sitting past the first act agonizing should scope out Viva Variety, a company that has performed gay and gay-friendly cabaret since 1999, making it San Francisco's longest-running variety show. An array of dancers, storytellers, musicians, crooners, and comedians makes up the repertoire, ensuring there's ne'er a dull moment. Tonight's event features, among others, Project Pimento, a space-age lounge band with a twist of retro funk, and Miss Coco Peru, a brash Bronx-accented monologist/drag diva. But the evening's not all winks and titters: All proceeds support local nonprofits, in this case Thrive SF, which offers assistance to people with HIV/AIDS. Think of it as camp for a cause. See the spectacle at 8 at ODC Theatre, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), S.F. Admission is $12-20; call 863-9834 or visit www.vivavariety.org.
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