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Friday, March 9, 2012

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 5:30 AM


Fuck SXSW. There's so much good stuff happening here this weekend, and absolutely none of it requires an access badge, plane fare, or excessive tweetage. Here we go:

Vertigo
With all its intricate Art Deco architecture, the historic Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway) is a throwback to the "golden age" of moviegoing, when theaters were oftentimes just as eye-catching as the films they featured. Consequently, the Paramount serves as a fitting backdrop for a series of classic Hollywood flicks that screen in the old theater once a month through May. Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller Vertigo (1958) returns to the big screen on Friday, Mar. 9, during which Bay Area natives can attempt to identify all the San Francisco locations featured in the locally shot film. 8 p.m., $5. 510-465-6400 or ParamountTheatre.com. — Cassie Harwood

Titus:Bloody(,) good
Titus Andronicus
Impact Artistic Director Melissa Hillman is known for putting her own stamp on Shakespeare. In the past three years alone she's tried an Eighties high-school-movie version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a Russian mafia-inspired Romeo and Juliet. She's even set Twelfth Night in Ilyria Studios, turning all the aristocrats into washed-up Hollywood stars. So it was somewhat of a surprise to see her lean, unsullied version of Titus Andronicus, which, but for a few script changes and sparing use of video, remains remarkably faithful to its source material. (Hillman says she cut some of the presentational language and changed the end so it would have a slightly different message about racism and Otherness.) A lot of that may owe to the original version being so overwrought, anyway — it was essentially Shakespeare's version of a slasher film. And it's no less violent, here, though Hillman's shrewd direction and casting choices privilege language and motive over blood and gore. Mike Delaney and Reggie D. White both shine as Saturninus and Aaron, respectively, though the real standout is Anna Ishida, who plays vengeful queen Tamora. Through March 31 at LaVal's Subterranean TheatreImpactTheatre.com — Rachel Swan

The Queen Annes Revenge: Vengefully delicious
  • The Queen Anne's Revenge: Vengefully delicious
Honor Bar
Just about two months old, Honor Bar (1411 Powell St., Emeryville) is already insanely good — by far the best reason to go to Emeryville right now — mostly because of its unpretentious vibe and an attention to detail that manifests itself in lovely, subtle ways. The bar, for example, is a thing of true beauty — solid, dark-red, and faintly glittery (underneath it, there's an inch-and-a-half-thick layer of shag carpeting, a wholly unnecessary little Easter egg for the bare-legged and fidgety); the food comes executed with surprising grace and at fully reasonable prices; and the staff act almost like fine-dining waiters rather than bartenders, meaning they'll fill your water glass upon arrival, inquire nicely and un-pushily as how you're enjoying everything, and sense, as if by magic, when you're ready for another. Cocktails are divided into two categories (shaken and stirred), are all priced at $10, and are uniformly delicious: Try the Queen Anne's Revenge (house-infused hibiscus gin, grapefruit marmalade, egg white, ginger beer, and lemon, sour and frothy like a way-better margarita) or the Hindsight (209 gin, carrot, bergamot, coriander, ginger beer, and lemon, served peach-colored and pungently fragrant, in a tall glass with a bright lemon slice) — like the shag carpeting, or the service, or many, many other things at Honor, both of 'em are one of those brilliantly simple/simply brilliant ideas that seems so obvious once you see it that you're shocked no one else has thought of before. Honor is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights; closed Sundays. HonorBar.comEllen Cushing

Nicola Griffins Snackaracha
Make-Do
For Make-Do!, a recycled and up-cycled art and fashion show on display at Rhythmix Cultural Works' K Gallery (2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda) through Friday, May 4, artists were charged with creating repurposed or recycled clothing, housewares, and fine art from items culled from thrift stores, dumpsters, garage sales, and other sanctuaries for discarded stuff. Consequently, in addition to more utilitarian pieces, the fashions featured at the opening night runway show on Friday, March 9 incorporate everything from potato chip bags to mini-blinds in their construction. Through such pieces, not only does fashion trump function, but the show's underlying message — that old environmentalist mantra of "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle" — becomes clear. "Make Do! is about showing people how to make do with what they have," said Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden owner Julie Baron, who helped organize and also contributed pieces for the show's runway component. "If you have some items in your closet that you haven't worn for years, you can you alter them for modern times, or find unusual pieces and use them in ways that you wouldn't normally use them." One could say that the show, which includes works by artists from Upcycle Boutique, Redux Studios & Gallery, and many others, is a testament to the fact that recycling never goes out of style. Opening reception (with libations and up-cycled and vintage fashion vendors) 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; fashion show at 8 p.m., donations accepted. 510-865-5060 or Rhythmix.org. — Cassie Harwood

NASA Family Night: Destination Station
When NASA retired its space shuttle program last July, it was an astronomical bummer to space lovers everywhere — and Atlantis, the final shuttle launched through the program, came to symbolize the end of a quixotic era of space travel. But perhaps no one lamented the loss more than NASA's astronauts. To be sure, you can ask one yourself: Bay Area-based astronaut Rex Walheim, who was onboard Atlantis' final mission, will visit the Chabot Space & Science Center (10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland) on Friday, Mar. 9, where he'll sign autographs, pose for photographs, and give a Q&A from 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Family-friendly space-themed crafts and demonstrations run from 5.p.m-9 p.m., $11.95-$15.95. 510-336-7300 or ChabotSpace.org. — Cassie Harwood

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