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Monday, August 8, 2016

Drag Strip: Peaches Christ puts her own spin on Showgirls! The Musical!

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Clockwise: Nomi Malone (April Kidwell) and Cristal Connors (Peaches Christ) vie for top billing in Showgirls! The Musical!, playing at the Victoria Theatre through August 27th. - PHOTO CREDIT: JOSE A GUZMAN COLON
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  • Clockwise: Nomi Malone (April Kidwell) and Cristal Connors (Peaches Christ) vie for top billing in Showgirls! The Musical!, playing at the Victoria Theatre through August 27th.

In 1995 cult flick Showgirls, Vegas stripper Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) dreams of kicking off her hooker heels and thrusting her way into a major burlesque revue. With Showgirls! The Musical!, starring April Kidwell as the exotic dancer turned showgirl, Peaches Christ, who plays Nomi's nemesis Cristal Connors and also directs, realizes her own ambition of bringing a full-length stage show to San Francisco.

In anticipation of Showgirls! The Musical!'s west coast premiere on August 10, Peaches Christ spoke to SF Weekly about making the show her own, why the film that it's based on continues to titillate and why her new ice cream flavor is more mouthwatering than an iced nipple. 

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Benjamin Scheuer and His Cast of Stringed Performers in A.C.T.'s The Lion

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM

  • Matthew Murphy
As the sole performer in the one-man musical The Lion, a 2015 Drama Desk Award-winner that will be running on the stage of A.C.T.’s Strand Theater April 19-May 1, songwriter and story teller Benjamin Scheuer appears to be a show unto himself. Scheuer, who hails from Greenwich Village and plays a variety of guitars over the course of the show, sees it a little differently.

“The guitars are my cast,” said Scheuer. “I play six guitars. I also understudy a guitar.” The understudy has only seen action in two of Scheuer’s performances, but is as vital an actor as any.

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Perpetual Motion: Automata Art Form Gets Inaugural Exhibition

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Haney poses with several of his pieces. - TOM HANEY/FACEBOOK
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  • Haney poses with several of his pieces.

Automata, a little-known art form which enjoyed great popularity during the 19th century, is making a comeback. Perpetual Motion: Contemporary Interpretations of Fine Art Automata will revive the genre when it holds an opening reception on April 16 at Heron Arts. Curated by Automata artist Tom Haney, the exhibition will display works by eleven national and international Automata creators.

Automata became popular because of the ability of the pieces to mimic life and generally dazzle people with movement. They fell out of favor with the advent of movies and more modern pastimes, but in the past two decades, more and more American artists have been creating them and a network of these particular people has formed thanks to the internet.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dave Attell Tells All

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Dave Attell plays Cobb's Comedy Club on Jan. 29-30. - 3 ARTS ENTERTAIMENT
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  • Dave Attell plays Cobb's Comedy Club on Jan. 29-30.

Best known for hit series Dave’s Old Porn and Insomniac with Dave Attell, seasoned comedian Dave Attell is not afraid to say that older is better when it comes to porn, cocktails or joke-telling styles.

SF Weekly chatted with the funnyman, who plays four nights at Cobb's on Jan. 29-30, about how the older generation of comics compares to today's YouTube sensations, his desire to finally settle down and why vintage porn is just better.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Nick Hornby on Bringing Brooklyn to the Silver Screen

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Don't let the green coat fool you: Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is excited to leave The Emerald Isle behind in Brooklyn, opening Nov. 13. - PHOTO BY KERRY BROWN
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  • Don't let the green coat fool you: Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is excited to leave The Emerald Isle behind in Brooklyn, opening Nov. 13.

Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel Brooklyn, about a young Irishwoman coming of age in the 1950's, who trades the elusive pot of gold for America's streets paved with gold, is both universal and timeless. When writer Nick Hornby, best known for penning High Fidelity and About a Boy and adapting An Education and Wild for the silver screen, began work on the film version of Brooklyn, which opens Nov. 13, he could see his past come alive in title character, Eilis Lacey's epic journey. 

Growing up in Redhill, Surrey, 20 miles outside of London, without even a bookstore in his vicinity, the future novelist migrated to the big city the first chance he got. SF Weekly spoke to Nick Hornby about the immigrant experience, the three things from Britain he could never leave behind, and why old-school romance still arouses us in this jaded age.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Take Note: Minnie Driver Can Really Sing

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Minnie Driver sings her heart out in San Francisco. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FEINSTEIN’S AT THE NIKKO
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  • Minnie Driver sings her heart out in San Francisco.

Minnie Driver can really sing.

In fact, the British actress, best known for her Academy Award-nominated performance in 1997's Good Will Hunting, proved her vocal prowess even before landing her first on-camera role. With the Milo Roth Band, she was signed to the U.K.'s Island Records in the early ‘90s. Hear for yourself when Driver plays Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Sept. 11-13.

It's fair to say that Driver’s promising crooning career was briefly derailed by an equally propitious acting career. Costarring in 1995's Circle of Friends, 1996's Sleepers and 1997's Grosse Pointe Blank, Driver really blew up, alongside It-Boys Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, with Good Will Hunting. Her on-camera chemistry with Damon translated into an off-screen relationship — that is, until the Hollywood heartthrob left her for Winona Ryder. Adding insult to injury, Damon didn't even tell her directly; he announced the split on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Tom Arnold Opens Up About Fatherhood, In Vitro Fertilization, and Roseanne

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM

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The day I interviewed Tom Arnold, he had only hours before announced to the Twittersphere that his wife was expecting their second child, a daughter. But he had already revealed this news to stand-up audiences.

"The last two weekends, I told the audience, "Please don't tweet this or tell anyone, but here's what's going on,'" he said. "'My wife is pregnant, but it's IVF pregnant and we haven't announced it. Stand-up is where you can really tell the truth."  There's no telling what truths he'll reveal when he hits Cobb's Comedy Club for four shows from June 12-13. SF Weekly talked to the Roseanne, True Lies, and Hit and Run star, who can currently be seen on Sin City Saints, about his difficult childhood, his rise to stardom, his dysfunctional marriages, finding unconditional love, and his latest projects.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Video of the Day: Princess Ivona, A Literally Moving Theater Experience

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

  • Jamie Lyons

The Collected Works is a brand-spanking-new theater producing company formed by Stanford and Berkeley alums who are hell-bent on bringing exceptional, experimental performance to the West Coast theater scene. Together with the Performance Art Institute they present Princess Ivona, the 1935 Absurdist comic play by Witold Gombrowicz. The story involves a silent, awkward young woman whose strangeness fascinates a Prince to the point that he proposes to her, and is a brilliant and often hilarious examination of the role of power and desire.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Video of the Day: Wintersalt Music and Arts Fest

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM


Repeated exposure and adoration from the masses have turned most popular music and art festivals into blown out, oversaturated, and commercialized trash -- vain attempts to recapture the aura and frenetic glory of Woodstock or Monterey Jazz. Today's festival scene is a post-breakdown Dave Chappelle -- broken, lost, and aimlessly wandering for an adequate sense of home (ahem, S.S. Coachella). Then, there's the Wintersalt Music and Arts Festival.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"Awash in Bodies:" Sensual Watercolors and The Little Mermaid as Trans Fairy Tale

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 11:45 AM

  • Jos Truitt

What was your favorite part of The Little Mermaid? Was it the classic fish-out-of-water moment when Ariel styles her hair with a dinglehopper? Perhaps when the enchantress cuts out the mermaid's tongue in payment for her potion? Ah, Disney omitted that detail from Hans Christian Andersen's original tale, along with the mermaid's suicide. Artist Jos Truitt also strayed from the Disney version, but felt a connection with the story since childhood, reading it as a "trans fairy tale." 

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Being Transgender No Longer a Medical Disorder

Fall Arts: Eight Visual Art Exhibits You Must See This Season

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