Tuesday, October 30, 2012

ABC Is Developing a Drama About Oakland City Hall

by Ellen Cushing
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Oh, boy. Per Deadline.com (and others), ABC is working on a new TV show, written by former The Newsroom writer Gideon Yago and creatively titled City Hall , that will follow a (presumably fictional) mayor of Oakland and her "irreverent" crew of young City Hall staffers who "take on the political and social establishment of a city in crisis while trying to maintain their own personal and social lives." Sounds spicy! The show will be a drama, which should be unsurprising to any Oaklander (ZING!!) and is being described as a cross between St. Elmo's Fire and The West Wing. That's about all we know for now — and, NB, a show being developed doesn't necessarily mean it'll ever see the light of day — but stay tuned.* (And feel free to go buck-wild with casting suggestions in the comments!)

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*get it?! Mediocre TV pun! lolololol

Club Six Ends Its Fourteen-Year Run in SF

by Whitney Phaneuf
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

San Francisco's Club Six (60 Sixth St., SF) has announced on Facebook that it will be closing immediately. Eater SF reported earlier today an email went out about the closure to the club's mailing list.

Open fourteen years, Club Six gained a reputation for hosting emerging hip-hop, dancehall, and electronic music at a time when other clubs considered those parties risky. Along with Club Six, the now-closed Anú and Arrow/Matador brought a thriving nightlife to downtown's seedy Sixth Street.

San Francisco's Club Six shuts down
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

by Azeen Ghorayshi
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Think Halloween weekend is only for slutty angel costumes and the lil kiddies? Well, you're wrong! Here's are five fun, non-Halloween-related things you can do with yourself this weekend. (Alternately, cuddling up with a batch of popcorn and re-watching "The Craft" for the fiftieth time is certainly not discouraged.)

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Celebrating Forty Years of Pleasure
Forty years after first opening a hole-in-the-wall wine shop in Albany, East Bay wine hero and world-renowned wine connoisseur Kermit Lynch is celebrating the long success of his business with one of his famed parking lot parties this Saturday, Oct. 27. Featuring live music, delicious food prepared by Chez Panisse vet Christopher Lee, and, of course, lots o' wine. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Azeen Ghorayshi

Danse Lumière
Berkeley choreographer Kathryn Roszak has a thing for poetry. Her two most recent shows incorporated the words of Emily Dickinson and Michael McClure, respectively, with dance, music, and theater. Mystical, modernist Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer inspired her latest work, Secrets on the Way: "edgy, urban dances" that delve "into the wild within nature and ourselves." Complete results are yet to be seen — the piece debuts next spring — but you can sneak a peek into the work in progress at an open rehearsal and benefit on Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Osher Studio of the Arpeggio Building. Join Roszak and her company, Danse Lumière, as well as Earll Kingston, who will read Tranströmer's poems, for a post-show reception and discussion. Seating is limited. 2 p.m., tickets start at $15. 510-223-5550 or DLKDance.comClaudia Bauer

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Your Guide to Halloween in the Bay Area

Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Wednesday, Oct. 24

MCO Halloween Party: with Sparts (Sparks cover band), Pavement (cover band), and Mom DJ’ing between sets. Costume contest and spooky nail art by The Underground Nail Bar. The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 9 p.m., $5.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari screens at The Tannery on Sunday and at Davies Symphony Hall on Tuesday.
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari screens at The Tannery on Sunday and at Davies Symphony Hall on Tuesday.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

An SF Travelodge Allegedly Denies Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Lodging, New Parish Management Calls It Racism

by Whitney Phaneuf
Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 2:40 PM

When Jason Perkins, managing partner at Parish Entertainment Group, which owns Brick & Mortar and The New Parish, concluded that the management of a San Francisco Travelodge refused a band whose rooms he had booked lodging booked because they were black, it was the band itself — namely, The Meters's founder and guitarist Leo Nocentelli — who consoled him. We spoke to Perkins on Friday night, still in a state of shock about what had happened.

Nocentelli (a 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee), Bill Dickens (Stevie Wonder's bass player), and session drummer Felix “D-Kat” Pollard were allegedly refused lodging at the Travelodge Central in the Mission District on Thursday, Oct. 18, after they tried to check in post-soundcheck at nearby Brick & Mortar.

"Leo called me and said 'they won't let me check in,'" said Perkins.

The Meterss founder and guitarist Leo Nocentelli, was refused lodging at an SF Travelodge for being black
  • The Meters's founder and guitarist Leo Nocentelli, was refused lodging at an SF Travelodge for being black

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

by Azeen Ghorayshi
Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM

It's the 292nd day of the year, and what better way to celebrate than by looking at these pictures of sad croissants while starting to make your weekend plans?

Oriental BBQ Chicken Town
Though OB Town (as regulars call this popular Korean pub) looks a bit like a tiki bar inside — picnic tables, paper lanterns, an indoor “roof” — you’ll find nary a Mai Tai on the menu. Instead, comically oversize plastic bottles of Korean beer and fruity soju cocktails are the drinks of choice. As for food, it’s no surprise that chicken is the star — thirteen different versions, including several takes on the über-crisp double-fried chicken that Koreans are famous for. For maximal crunch, order the standard batter-fried chicken; for a saucier experience, go for the deliciously goopy soy-and-garlic marinated Gan Jang. Other crowd-pleasers include extremely garlicky garlic fries and ramen dduk bok ki, a street dish that consists of rice cake sticks, instant ramen, tofu triangles, and a hard-boiled egg — all swimming in a bright-red sweet-and-spicy sauce. — Luke Tsai

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18th Annual Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead
When a loved one passes away, the loss can make us feel disoriented and helplesss — which is why the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) can be so cathartic. Every year on and around November 1, family and friends gather to make colorful altars that pay homage to the dearly departed, incorporating the person’s favorite foods, some of their possessions, and traditional items such as sugar skulls, Catrina figures, and marigold flowers. Day of the Dead celebrations happen throughout the Bay Area, but one of the best is at the Oakland Museum of California. On Sunday, Oct. 21, a family-friendly event in the museum’s gardens features craft activities, food, dance, and music, plus access to the Days of the Dead exhibit, in which local unsung heroes are honored with altars and installations. Noon-4:30 p.m. Free with museum admission ($12 for adults, $6 for kids and seniors, free for kids under eight). 510-318-8400 or MuseumCA.org included with Museum admission — Kathleen Richards

Moveable Type Truck
Two years ago, Kyle Durrie went on a cross-country tour with her boyfriend’s band, and, inspired by the experience, decided to replicate it on her own terms. Yet as the proprietor of the letterpress printing business Power and Light Press, based in Portland, Oregon, she faced a decidedly more difficult task. So Durrie set up a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of transforming a 1982 Chevy step van into a mobile letterpress print shop and spreading the word about this painstaking form of printing that she loved. After meeting (and exceeding) her fundraising goal, she hit the road for nearly a year, stopping at universities, bookstores, farmers’ markets, pizza parlors, and anywhere else she fancied, allowing the curious to check out her setup and try their hand at creating something of their own. Durrie has since decided to move to New Mexico, but before she does, her van (dubbed Moveable Type) will complete one final tour of the West Coast. On Sunday, Oct. 21, she’ll stop at Marion and Rose’s Workshop, where folks will be able to tour the van, hear stories about the road, and make a special Oakland-themed print they can take home. Noon-3 p.m., free. 510-214-6794 or MarionandRose.comK.R.

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Dance Elixir
Unlike a painting or a poem, after a dance is completed, it no longer exists. Vexed by her art’s ephemeral nature, and unwilling to accept it at face value, Oakland choreographer Leyya Tawil makes demolition part of her creative process in Destroy//, to be performed by her company, Dance Elixir, on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Temescal Arts Center. As an artist, Tawil is on a quest to decipher the meaning of her work and the world, and Destroy// channels her drive through fierce, untethered movement, pounding live music by Tiberius (the drum/organ duo of Dominic Cramp and Mike Guarino) and guitarist Ava Mendoza, and a ritual intensity that has alternately silenced and roused audiences at previous performances in San Francisco and New Orleans. Along with Tawil, the ensemble includes Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, Sriba Kwadjovie, Deborah Karp, Karla Quintero, Jana Zahler, Arielle Olson, and Patsy Morris. 7:30 p.m., $10. 510-918-2057 or DanceElixirLive.orgClaudia Bauer

Tai Chi Zero
Attractively mounted, lavishly costumed Hong Kong kung-fu adventure follows the difficulties of Lu Chan — aka “The Freak” because of the “horn of flesh” growing out of his head, which gives him power — when he returns to his native village to learn Chen-style Tai Chi. Complicating matters are such newfangled Western imports as coffee and electricity, as well as a monstrous railroad threatening the community. HK director Stephen Fung Tak-Lun lavishes much care on the scenario (screenplay by Cheng Hsiao-Tse and Zhang Jialu, from Chen Kuo-Fu’s original story), but the nonstop CGI could be a drawback for purists. Starring Jayden Yuan as Lu Chan and Angelababy as Chen Yuniang, with veterans Tony Leung Ka Fai, Bruce Leung Siu-Lung, and Shu Qi in diligent support. (94 min.) — Kelly Vance

Wanna get away? Escape to Big Sur on Saturday night for a special screening of "Samsara" under the stars at the Henry Miller Memorial Library redwood grove.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Treasure Island: Hits and Misses

by Whitney Phaneuf
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Outside Lands, Coachella, Treasure Island: Last year, I made it to all three (also Burning Man, but you won't ever hear me call it a music festival). Treasure Island was my favorite for its location, its format (two stages that don't compete), and its curation of diverse acts that can't be found on every other festival lineup. Bonus for Treasure Island producers booking more than ten Bay Area artists for this year's festival.

It's fair to say this year's Treasure Island had more of those neon-clad bros and girls in high heels with cut-off denim shorts a la Coachella, but the word is now out on the six-year-old festival. And with ticket prices at $129 for the full weekend, the San Francisco Marina-types are among the few who can afford to go.

I've taken a lot of shit from my music-snob friends who say festivals are the worst way to experience an act, and while that can be true, it depends on the artist and the festival. Here's who impressed and disappointed:

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

8 Things I Learned at Justin Bieber's Oracle Arena Concert (Before I Got Kicked Out)

by Ellen Cushing
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I got kicked out of the Justin Bieber concert on Saturday, guys. In fairness, it wasn't really my fault, and the whole thing was a lot more prosaic than it sounds — there was a mix-up with my press pass, which basically meant I was allowed to be there for three songs and then would be forced to leave. But in those three songs, I learned pretty much everything I needed to know. Let's take a journey:

1. The amount of Justin Bieber merch that exists in this world is staggering. Socks! Earrings! Watches! Water bottles! Backpacks! AND SO MUCH MORE.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Photos: Slash at the Fox Theater, 10/2

by Raymond Ahner
Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Slash at the Fox Theater on October 2, 2012. Photos by Raymond Ahner.

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