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Calendar, Night&Day Bringing Down da "Great House"

Bringing Down da "Great House"

People react to turning 30 in different ways -- denial, regression, despair. Cobb’s Comedy Club enters its 30-year anniversary like a witless divorcee chucking aside convention for a year-long exploration on training wheels. The anniversary conquests lined up fall into…
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Film, "Unstoppable": Denzel Washington and Chris Pine save smalltown USA

"Unstoppable": Denzel Washington and Chris Pine save smalltown USA

Though based on actual 2001 events in Ohio that caused an unmanned freight train, laden with toxic waste, to go haywire, Unstoppable could just as well be set in the shining sun of Reagan's 1980s. As the driverless locomotive begins…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bell Tolls For Thee

Bell Tolls For Thee

What is “solo performance,” exactly? At Solo Performance Workshop Festival, this thing gets its own festival, and it costs money to go see, so it better be something. Basically, about 75 years ago in the 1990s, the Bay Area was…
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News, Sucka Free City

Landlords no longer holding General Hospital bond hostage

In the film John Q., a disgruntled Denzel Washington takes hostages in a hospital. Here in San Francisco, we do things differently. Disgruntled interest groups recently took a hospital hostage. The landlord group Coalition for Better Housing (CBH) made waves…
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Music, All Shook Down Jay-Z Gets <em>Gangster</em> With Help From Ridley Scott

Jay-Z Gets Gangster With Help From Ridley Scott

It was officially announced today that Jay-Z will be releasing a new album November 6. Titled American Gangster, the upcoming release is inspired by Ridley Scott's upcoming film of the same name, which stars Denzel Washington as 1970's Harlem…
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Home Entertainment, What Else Is New?

Our top DVD picks for the week of May 15:

Army of Shadows: The Criterion Collection (Criterion) Arthur & the Invisibles (Genius) Bill/Bill on His Own (Brentwood) Bunny Whipped (Think) Caddyshack: 20th Anniversary (Warner Bros.) Chasing Liberty (Warner Bros.) Curse of the Zodiac (Lionsgate) The Dead Girl (First Look) Denzel…
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Film, Zoom Lens Zoom Lens

Zoom Lens

For a (relatively) small-scale, hands-on, audience-friendly film festival, Mill Valley 's eclectic mix of indie features, foreign fare, shorts, documentaries, and personal appearances has a surprisingly high profile. This Thursday's opening night includes Out of Time (with Denzel Washington), Sundance…
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Film, Gimme a Sarong Any Day

Gimme a Sarong Any Day

You hope for Dorothy Lamour, reclining against a palm tree in her sarong, when you hear the title The Hurricane. Instead, you get well over two hours of Denzel Washington huddled in a cell. In the poster art, Washington glowers…
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Bedeviled by Color

Denzel Washington, as Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, moves through Devil in a Blue Dress with a poker face only rarely disturbed by a grin or grimace. Despite his physical brawn, he's not a swaggerer or a bully, but a cautious, intelligent…
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