Tag: San Francisco

  • Christopher Owens

    Remember Girls? That cool indie rock band you were supposed to like a few years ago? They were dope, sure, but never quite to the level of praise they received, right? If this is what you thought, this is the correct opinion—and Christopher Owens, the mind behind that band, agrees with you. A couple years […]

  • Devendra Banhart

    Devendra Banhart has made himself into a phenomenon, if not an out-and-out movement. This is in part aesthetics: oddball lyrical imagery with a barefoot, big-haired, and psychedelic look do about equal work towards crafting his role in re-imagining modern-day folk. His music is gentle and weird and overarchingly American, despite the fact — and perhaps […]

  • Kink Makes the Case for Getting Off on Rough

    There’s a wonderfully bonkers Philip José Farmer novel in which Tarzan and Doc Savage, under different names, fight through the jungle with raging hard-ons that ejaculate every time an enemy is killed. The violence is scabrous, outlandish, always penetrative. Late in the book — it’s called A Feast Unknown, from 1969 — the pulp heroes, […]

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Is Much Better Than Its Predecessor

    Who knows why, but the sight of apes sitting tall and proud on horseback is stirring in a primal way. That’s one of the best images in Matt Reeves’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the enormously successful 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (directed by Rupert Wyatt), in […]

  • ’80s AIDS Terror Is Bravely Relived in Test

    Six years after his debut feature, The New Twenty, writer-director Chris Mason Johnson returns with a film that’s less polished but braver. San Francisco, 1985: AIDS terror has everyone on edge, including Frankie (Scott Marlowe), a gay modern dancer who walks around with his Walkman at full blast — his attempt to drown out the […]

  • LESSONS LEARNED

    Robert (“not the highway guy”) Moses, award-winning San Francisco–based choreographer and teacher, uses movement to explore the lives, beliefs, and potential of “real people.” The Pleasure of the Lesson is his first work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the country’s biggest, busiest modern dance company. It opens tomorrow and features a collage of […]

  • Three Reasons Why HBO’s Looking is the Perfect Show for Women

    (Spoiler alert: The following piece discusses up to the February 16 episode of Looking.) HBO’s Looking has had a tough time winning over its intended fans. Upon its premiere, Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak yawningly summed up the political achievement of creator Michael Lannan’s wonderful half-hour dramedy about three homosexual men in San Francisco as “gay men […]

  • Robert Bechtle Finds Essential Beauty From the Banal Muddle of Urban Landscape

    Robert Bechtle appears a tad sheepish, standing beside his snazzy convertible in Bob’s Sebring (2011). The car’s rear end bulges in this 3 1/2 x 5 foot oil painting, perhaps a slight fish-eye effect from a photographic source, but the contrasting textures of smooth metal, Bechtle’s comfy khakis, and rough garage shingles draw the eye […]

  • Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

    With four albums under her belt and a crew of Bay Area musicians, San Fran-based vocalist Nicki Bluhm has built her career off a vintage blend of country, r&b, and blues-stained rock ‘n’ roll. Where Adult Contemporary babes like Grace Potter, Joan Osborne, and Sheryl Crow have drifted into the middle of the road, Nicki […]

  • UP ALL NIGHT

    William S. Burroughs died in 1997 at the age of 83, but his brilliantly deranged spirit lives on at Munch Gallery during a 24-hour marathon reading of his Nova Trilogy by the artist Marshall Weber. Weber begins at midnight tonight and continues for 24 hours, presumably pausing for the occasional bathroom break and speedball. Weber […]