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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Celebrating by Destruction: Inside the Giants World Series Riot

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Celebratory fireworks on Mission Street. - SHANNON GALLOGLY
  • Shannon Gallogly
  • Celebratory fireworks on Mission Street.

The morning of the last World Series game, I woke up around 9:30 a.m. and outside the bathroom window I saw my upstairs neighbors yelling about the liquor store not being open yet. The chance for the Giants to sweep the Detroit Tigers apparently was a green light for an all-day binge drinking event, and my neighbors were not going to waste another minute. I sighed heavily, it was going to be a long day.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

2012 Folsom Street Fair Photos: The Safe-For-Work Edition!

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

  • All photos by Gil Reigo Jr. for SF Weekly
Miss the Folsom Street Fair over the weekend but still have a hankering for leather and sexually wild BDSM action? Of course you do! Alas, you're at work, stuck at a cubicle with your boss's stare cutting right through you. Or perhaps its the IT guy -- who secretly hates everyone -- just waiting for you to slip up. Either way, enjoy these perfectly PG photos from  Folsom. If you're giving zero fucks about your boss or your IT guy, go on and enjoy the NSFW Folsom Street Fair slideshow.

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- 2012 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2011 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2010 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2009 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2008 Folsom Street Fair Photos

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

French Film Sans Subtitles Causes Exodus

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

  • San Francisco Film Society
  • Intouchables

At a Tuesday night San Francisco International Film Festival screening of Intouchables, the projectionist found an apropos time to stop the film. Just as protagonist Driss was corralled by cops after a bout of Steve McQueen-like driving and exclaimed "Merde!" the screen went black.

The problem wasn't Driss saying "Merde!" The problem was the subtitle noting its English equivalent. There was none. In fact, the film fest had been mistakenly sent a copy of the movie without subtitles, according to festival staff. But the crowd didn't know this as several attempts were made to remedy the problem. Certainly it turned out to be a boon for the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas' concessionaire.

In the end, the crowd was offered a deal: Stay and watch the film or get a refund/exchange for the ticket. It very quickly became obvious who was and was not a French speaker, as a large portion of the audience filed out.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Looking for Oscar: Al Pacino Shows Why We Love Him at Wilde Salome Debut

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Al Pacino stands with Jack Calhoun (left), president of event-sponsor Banana Republic, and Chris Nicklo, vice president of marketing for the company
  • Al Pacino stands with Jack Calhoun (left), president of event-sponsor Banana Republic, and Chris Nicklo, vice president of marketing for the company

For a brief and tantalizing moment on the Castro Theatre stage last night, a sly Al Pacino appeared set to go Cruising. The house was packed and primed for the U.S. premiere of Wilde Salome, the actor-director's powerhouse amalgam of documentary, stage production, and film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's harrowing 1891 play about privilege, power, desire, and revenge. Flown up from L.A. for the event -- a benefit for the GLBT Historical Society -- Pacino summoned a sweet-spot memory of San Francisco before setting the stage for his movie.

"I played at the Curran Theatre many years ago in [David Mamet's] American Buffalo," he recalled with his trademark rasp. "A very controversial film I made also opened then."

Pacino smiled as a wave of chuckles and random applause drifted toward the stage. The audience had instantly summoned the 1980 image of a wiry, butch Pacino as an undercover detective hunting a serial killer in Greenwich Village's queer underground and, unexpectedly, discovering an appetite for leather. William Friedkin's Cruising was panned on release as a sordid, unappetizing crime story. Mainstream audiences didn't want to see the movie star who played Frank Serpico and Michael Corleone ogling guys in a seedy bar, while the gay community attacked the film for propagating negative stereotypes.

Cruising is now ranked with the great, gritty New York movies of the 1970s. Pacino's risk-taking performance -- just five years after Dog Day Afternoon, no less, which is about a gay bank-robber -- is unimaginable for today's image-obsessed male stars. Any lingering detractors of either the movie or the eight-time Academy Award nominee were assuredly not at the Castro last night.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Casino-Style Strip-Club Glamor Comes to S.F. in the Penthouse Club

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Money rained, and money reigned.
  • Money rained, and money reigned.

Las Vegas has arrived in San Francisco via a 19-foot stripper pole. The Penthouse Club has its grand opening last night. The crew went all out with this event. Everything was perfect inside, including the people working there. By the time they'd checked your ID and taken your coat they had also welcomed you with a smile, spoken their names, and extended a hand. You felt very special upon your arrival, which is the whole point, I would imagine.

The ground floor of the Penthouse Club is packed with lavish tables and a very pretty stage. The stripper pole that dawns it, stretches 19 feet in the air. I went upstairs to the press area and found another decadently decorated room. The second floor was filled with dancers and all the sexy ladies of Penthouse. They were all very attractive. The dresses were bold and neck-plunging. The makeup was amazing, the hair well coiffed, and the shoes were 90 percent clear-heeled.

The bartenders were three gorgeous girls who worked their asses off. They were overwhelmed to say the least and they never once lost their cool. The food was delicious, including New York steak and pork-roast bites that kept the masses from getting too drunk too quickly. I will admit this was my first time in a strip club of this kind. In all my sexy writing I had never once really done the strip club experience, and it's an experience for sure.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM


People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all, in case you didn't know...

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Five Memorable Moments from Pop-Up Magazine

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 1:30 PM


Pop-Up Magazine released its fifth issue last night in front of a sold-out audience at Davies Symphony Hall -- and it's already too late to read it.

It's a flash magazine show that lasts one night, where a couple of dozen authors, journalists, and witty folk of varying stripes take the stage with words and varying degrees of public speaking ability. Pieces cover many aspects of a magazine -- feature, profile, essay, front-of-book shorts, crossword (crossword?) -- except with a microphone and a slide deck rather than computer and printing press. You can see the program after the fact, but the show is never recorded or disseminated (which is why we can't share photos of the event here).

That fact is a shame, because the people telling and starring in the stories have some noteworthy and funny things to share, including messages in a bottle, video of Japanese surfers, and a string quartet playing with an iPad.

The shows, which pop up (ha) on an irregular schedule, sell out quickly. We'll do our best to tell you about the next issue beforehand. To tide you over until then, we chose five favorite tidbits from the two-hour show.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Litquake's Writers in Recovery: "All of My Artistic Heroes Were Addicts"

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM

"I'm clean ... and that means I'm probably going to be around for a lot longer," said Cary Tennis.
  • "I'm clean ... and that means I'm probably going to be around for a lot longer," said Cary Tennis.
A group of people filed into a large room. Seven of them got up in front of the crowd and told stories about their addictions and the terrible things they did. Most of the stories were true. Deeply confessional. Brutally personal. It should have felt like an AA meeting. It didn't.

"Re Write: An Evening of Prose from Writers in Recovery" presented some of the Bay Area's best known addicts to a Litquake crowd at Delancey Street Theater that already knew their names. Bucky Sinister, Alan Kaufman, Cary Tennis ... these are writers who have in one way or another made their struggles with addiction and rehabilitation central to their artistic lives.

They didn't invent the connection between art and insatiable appetites, of course. As event host and organizer Patrick Hughes noted: "Several hundred years of documented debauchery has left the indelible impression that the life of a writer requires us to be the first to arrive at every party, a witty raconteur, doused in champagne, and adept at finding the last crumb of drugs on the shag carpet." From Samuel Johnson to Dorothy Parker to Hunter S. Thompson, "writers seem to possess an insatiable need for extremism in all forms to counter their solitary existence."

Bucky Sinister put it another way: "All of my artistic heroes were addicts."

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

George R.R. Martin Returns the Love to Adoring Ice and Fire Fans in Redwood City

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM

George R.R. Martin with emcee and fellow author Tad Williams (left) at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday - PHOTOS BY CASEY BURCHBY
  • Photos by Casey Burchby
  • George R.R. Martin with emcee and fellow author Tad Williams (left) at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday

George R.R. Martin may be the world-famous bestselling author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels, a creative force named to the Time 100 list of most influential people for 2011, and the winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards -- the highest honors available to science fiction and fantasy writers. But, in addition to those laudatory things, he is something else entirely.

He is a gnome.

And I'm not just referring to the fact that he looks strikingly like a garden gnome -- a look that appears in no way to be a mere accident of nature. He also has that aura of gnomish wisdom about him -- a manner of speaking that is precise, articulate, and knowing. Appearing at Redwood City's spectacular Fox Theatre last night, Martin positively glowed with that gnomishness, spilling over with a combination of native intelligence and warmth toward his fans, about 1,400 of whom packed the venue, filling it with a cozy adoration.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

How Not to Write a Review, and Other Lessons from Trampoline Hall, the Inventive Lecture Series

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Andrew Leland at Trampoline Hall - ROBIN HARDWICK
  • Robin Hardwick
  • Andrew Leland at Trampoline Hall

"Grammarians would agree -- there is no such thing as a two-part question," artist and lecturer Misha Glouberman declared before a Q&A on Tuesday night. "Just ask two questions!"

Glouberman hosts Trampoline Hall, the unique lecture series in which invited lecturers to speak on subjects outside their area of expertise and then take questions from the audience. For 10 years now, the series (created by Glouberman and author Sheila Heti) has enjoyed success in Toronto. Tuesday night, Trampoline Hall -- and its local lecturers -- hit the San Francisco Jewish Community Center as part of a tour in support of their book, The Chairs Are Where the People Go.

The first lecturer was Andrew Leland, former managing editor of The Believer. He shared a story about his days as a naive music editor at the Oberlin College newspaper. Tasked with reviewing a fellow student's experimental music album, he knocked out the kind of piece that was (in his words) the "type of pretentious music review that was one line about the album, and twenty-four lines about my thoughts and experiences with this genre of music."

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