It's been 100 years since a guy stuck a camera on the front of a trolley car and filmed A Trip Down Market Street 1905. It was September, less than a year before the big one in 1906. The old footage spans the entire length of the diagonal boulevard, from the Twin Peaks foothills to the Ferry Building clock tower. In between, the crosswalk- and traffic-light-free roadway shows that some things, like the Monadnock Building, never change. The Exploratorium has screened this gem for years; visitors always give it a big thumbs-up. Recently, local filmmaker Melinda Stone unearthed the auteur's name: Hats off to Jack Kuttner.
To celebrate the film's centennial, "A Trip Down Market Street 1905/ 2005" features several tributes that sound almost as interesting as the original. Sprague Anderson and Stone screen two 2005 versions of the trip, one shot in high-definition digital video and one made with a hand-crank camera in glorious 35mm. Tomonari Nishikawa, Kerry Laitala, and Katherin McInnis are among the other moving-picture contributors, while the Beth Custer Ensemble performs a newly commissioned live score. The screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. across from the Ferry Building, Embarcadero & Market, S.F. Admission is free; call 561-0363 or visit www.exploratorium.edu.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser
An Abel athlete
If vegan bodybuilding seems like a futile act, then Charlie Abel will baffle you: A natural weightlifter since 1974, he's been on a raw-food diet for the past three years. (On his site he describes a typical day's intake: 35 strawberries, 20 bananas, 30 dates, and, bleh, celery.) Predictably, Charlie doesn't look like he's hooked up to an air pump, and you cannot run a violin bow across his veins. But he's a leader in the plant-based lifestyle kick and a speaker at the 2005 OrganicAthlete Conference, along with chef Justin Lucke, Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier, and a smattering of doctors armed with the skinny on protein. Be there at 9 a.m. at the Sports Basement, 610 Mason (at Halleck, in the Presidio), S.F. Admission is $40-65; visit www.organicathlete.org.
-- Michael Leaverton