Arts Forecast

Arts Forecast: Druid Film Fest, San Fransgiving, Amplify Her…

The movie "Amplify Her" tells the story of women in the contemporary electronic dance music field.

COMMUNITY CREATING SAFER AND WELCOMING NEIGHBORHOODS “Racial profiling thrives in so-called ‘pursuit of safety’ efforts throughout our communities. From social media spaces to crime watch programs and other policing efforts, people of color are profiled with insidious regularity. Our campaign aims to raise awareness and take action against both implicit and explicit racial bias in San Francisco public spaces. Join us for a presentation from Neighbors for Racial Justice whose work in Oakland has received national attention, and learn how you can join the campaign to take action here in San Francisco.” Wed/15, 6:30pm-8:30pm, free. Cloudflare, SF. More info here

FILM AMPLIFY HER “This documentary film — and graphic novel and animated motion comic series — explores the rise of female artists in the electronic music scene. Imagined and brought to life by more than 21 female creators across North America – mainly from the West Coast – the 89-minute feature follows seven up-and-coming stars as they find their unique voices within a male-dominated realm.On the surface, it’s a story about women in the electronic music industry, but the film’s deeper message is the resurgence of ‘the feminine’ in Western culture.” Thu/16, 7pm doors (film at 8pm), $15, or $40 for film and graphic novel. Castro Theatre, SF. More info here

FILM XTH DRUID FILM FEST “Showcasing the best of a decade of unique programming, the 10th annual Druid Underground is a high-powered blast of rebellious cinema hosted by Billy Burgess. A spectacle unlike any other, Druid Underground champions subversive techniques that advance the language of cinema, challenge pre-conceived notions of underground art, and simultaniously blow your mind out of your skull!” Thu/16, 7pm-10pm, $10. Artists Television Access, SF. More info here

DANCE POST:BALLET PRESENTS LAVENDER COUNTRY “Post:Ballet’s latest creative endeavor, Lavender Country, features live music by Patrick Haggerty (singer/songwriter of Lavender Country) and his exceptional ensemble of Bay Area musicians. Led by Post:Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Dekkers and Resident Choreographer Vanessa Thiessen, this new work for six dancers is set to and inspired by the music of Lavender Country, a self-titled album released in 1973 which was country music’s first openly gay album. Post’s new work reflects on Haggerty’s radically defiant music as Dekkers and Thiessen use ballet’s inherently traditional gender roles as a dramatic tension against queer characters and narratives.” Fri/17 and Sat/18, 8pm, $30-$50. Z Space, SF. More info here.

MUSIC NEGATIVE PRESS PROJECT: JEFF BUCKLEY TRIBUTE I’m a huge Jeff Buckley fan, so this is right up my alley. “San Francisco Bay Area electro-acoustic ensemble Negative Press Project featuring Andrew Lion (bass) and Ruthie Dinnen (piano/keyboards) celebrate their ravishing second album Eternal Life | Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds, a tribute to iconic pop singer Jeff Buckley, with a CD release party.”  Fri/17, 9pm, $12-$15. Doc’s Lab, SF. More info here.  

DRINK SAN FRANSGIVING BEER BUST “Celebrate Thanksgiving with people you actually like…before your actual thanksgiving with people you barely tolerate!” Broke Ass Stuart is teaming up with folks at Laughing Monk Brewery to bring us a day party with bottomless beer mugs — and more fun stuff, including “a Trump piñata to bang on, the ’90s R&B you know and love, and supersized versions of games from your childhood.” Best of all? Yummy soul food from Old Skool Cafe. Sat/18, 1pm-6pm, $30-$45. Laughing Monk Brewery, SF. More info here

PANEL/PARTY SHIFTING SPACES: QUEER NIGHTLIFE IN THE CITY An all-star nightlife cavalcade comes together to talk history and parties. “Join us for a night of films, performance, music, food, and a lively panel discussion exploring the social and political importance of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ bars – with an emphasis on queer bars that center women, trans folks, and people of color. Why are they closing here in SF, and internationally? What are the psychological effects of this dislocation? How can we reimagine new modes of building queer community space?” Sat/18, 6pm-9:30pm, $20. Eric Quezada Center, SF. More info here.  

LIT HOWARD ZINN BOOK FAIR This year’s theme is “The World We Want.” Over 140 authors, zinesters, bloggers, and publishers will gather for a jam-packed for a day of close to 60 readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we recognize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small. There will also be a big room full of over 75 radical book sellers, publishers, and community organizations. Sun/19, 10pm-6am, free. City College Mission Campus, SF. More info here.  

FESTIVAL/SHOPPING 2017 BAY AREA RECORD FAIR An incredible array of record stores, independent labels, and vendors — from Left Hand Path and Gaylord’s Party Music to Vinyl Me, Please and World of Stereo come together for a huge showcase of vinyl encounters. Raffles, demos, and of course lots of flat plastic sounds. Sun/19, noon-5pm, $5. Swedish American Music Hall, SF. More info here

MUSIC FIRE RELIEF BENEFIT SHOW Featuring Down Dirty Shake, Rupa and the April Fishes, Magic in the Other, and Best of the Bay winner Sam Chase. “All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the victims of this disaster and their families via UndocuFund (http://undocufund.org). An estimated 28,000 undocumented immigrants live and work in Sonoma County. Unlike other victims of the fires that have devastated Sonoma County, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Sun/19, 7pm, $16. Slim’s, SF. More info here

MUSIC SFS YOUTH ORCHESTRA This wonderful program from the SF Symphony gives young musicians the opportunity, tuition-free, to receive a pre-professional caliber orchestral experience. For this season kick-off, 2017 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition winner Leyla Kabuli will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The afternoon concert also features Elgar’s Enigma Variations and German composer Detlev Glanert’s Prelude No. 1, from “Three American Preludes.” Sun/19, 2pm, $15 general admission. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. More info here

COMMEMORATION 48TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ALCATRAZ OCCUPATION “Join Indians of All Tribes Co-Founder Dr. LaNada War Jack on Alcatraz Island for the 48th Anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation. Opening Ceremony by Ann Marie Sayers of Indian Canyon Nation. Morning panel: “Why We Took The Rock.” Film: End of the Line with Pearl Means. Afternoon panel: “Legacies of the Occupation.” The program will conclude with an honoring Indigenous Women’s Dance Dancing Earth & Eva Lopez Feat Desirae Harp & Kanyon Sayers-Roods.” Mon/20, 10am-5pm, free. Alcatraz, SF. More info here. Part of the three-day indigenous peoples’ celebration, more info here

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Arts Forecast: Trans Film Fest, Renegade Craft Fair, Rebirth Brass Band …

Rebirth Brass Band comes to the Bay Area Thu/9-Sat/11. Amazing artwork by Frenchy: www.frenchylive.com

ARTS FORECAST The biggest local arts news of last week was the announcement that Michael Tilson Thomas will step down as conductor of the SF Symphony in 2020 — after an amazing run of 25 years. During his tenure, MTT has brought an impeccably polished, cosmopolitan sound to the Symphony (not to mention an impish experimentalism) that truly reflects his great musical loves Mahler, Ives, Stravinsky, Copeland, and Gershwin. This weekend is the perfect time to check him out in his true element, conducting Gershwin and Ives (and hey, some Dvorak, too) in a poignant “American Masters” showcase, Fri/10-Sun/12. More info here.   

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STAGE MUMU: AN OTHERWISE EXPERIENCE I love that DJ Marky “Proof” Enriquez is one of the co-producers of this fascinating-sounding show. “It’s 1977 in San Francisco, and a young Filipino immigrant follows his poetry into the shadows. Through an ominous soundscape and immersive space, this exploration of our unknown darkness reveals an intimate story of connection, cultural psyche, and death… this is our inquiry of everything that haunts us as a people.” Spooky! Now through Nov. 18 at Bindlestiff Theater, SF. More info here

LIT “CALIFORNIA HISTORY THROUGH AN INDIGENOUS LENS” “Join the California Historical Society and Heyday Books for a night of indigenous storytelling that explores how California’s history has been told for generations. Our speakers are Greg Sarris, Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and author of the new book How a Mountain was Made and William Bauer, author of California Through Native Eyes: Reclaiming History. The event will close with a short performance from Word for Word Performance Company, who will be performing one of the creation stories from Chairman Sarris’ new book.” Wed/8, 6pm-8pm, $10. California Historical Society, SF. More info here

LIT SF PUBLIC PRESS ISSUE #23 LAUNCH: SOLVING HOMELESSNESS “The fall 2017 edition of the San Francisco Public Press features “Solving Homelessness,” a special project investigating proposals that could help secure housing for large numbers of people who are living on the streets or in temporary shelters. Come by, pick up a copy and join us for an enlightening conversation with our reporters about the stories in this project.” Wed/8, 7pm, free. Green Arcade, SF. More info here

FILM/FESTIVAL 3rd-i SF INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL The 15th installment of this wonderfully vibrant fest. There’s so much going on here, from opening film Abu (“a quintessential immigrant story that captures the tumultuous journey of his family’s move to Canada from Pakistan in the early ’90s”) to Shepherdess of the Glaciers (“set amidst the stunning landscape of Ladakh, this mesmerizing doc is a tribute to the unbreakable bond between humans and animals.”) Thu/9-November 18, more info here.  

MUSIC REBIRTH BRASS BAND The legendary New Orleans outfit returns to get everyone’s blood pumping. Formed way back in 1983, the band “is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show.” They’re here at two locations: Thu/9 and Fri/10 at Starline in Oakland (more info here) and Sat/11 at Mezzanine in SF (more info here).  

ART/PARTY SFAI FORT MASON OPENING SPECTACLE The SF Art Institute is coming to Fort Mason with a big bang of, well, art. Friday night sees a huge party, with a “raunchy performance by the Extra Action Marching Band” plus food trucks, DJs, and much more, while all day Saturday both the new Fort Mason campus and the original Chestnut Campus heave with family friendly activities and art, art, art. Fri/10 and Sat/11, more info here.

ART/SOUND ANNEA LOCKWOOD: A SOUND MAP OF THE DANUBE “Between the winter of 2001 and the summer of 2004 I made five field-recording trips, moving slowly down the Danube from the sources in the Black Forest through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania to the great delta on the Black Sea, recording the river’s sounds (at the surface and underwater), aquatic insects, and the various inhabitants of its banks.” The surround-sound exhibit allows freedom to come and go, and incorporates a large wall map of the river, a book of interview texts and a rock from the river. Fri/10-November 17, various times, free. The Lab, SF. More info here

FILM/FESTIVAL 20TH ANNUAL TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL Two decades of vision! Love this fest, which combines DIY spirit with revelatory filmmaking. Intriguing titles this year include The Gold Fish Casino, My Femme Is A Reflection, Sununú: The Revolution of Love, Soless, Where We Were Not: Feeling Reserved, Last Night’s Sugarm In My Mother’s Closet, and dozens more over six separate programs. Fri/10-Sun/12. Roxie, SF. More info here

FILM “BEFORE HOMOSEXUALS”: A BENEFIT FOR THE GLBT HISTORICAL SOCIETY This benefit screening of Before Homosexuals takes the viewer on a wondrous tour of same-sex desire from ancient times to Victorian crimes. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker John Scagliotti guides us in this expedition of erotic history, poetry and visual art in this point-of-view documentary. He explores how the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the growth of LGBT political power in the 1990s cleared the path for artists and scholars to re-discover pre-20th century same-sex desires. Sat/11, 4pm, $12.50. Roxie, SF. More info here

SHOPPING RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR “Renegade returns to Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion with a festive weekend celebration of all things handmade! Find one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family, discover top independent maker talent from around the country, and enjoy a memorable Holiday weekend of local food vendors, seasonal cocktails, DJ sets, DIY workshops, photo ops, and more.” Sat/11 and Sun/12, 11am-6pm, Fort Mason, SF. More info here

FILM THE LAST PIG The Last Pig is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Immersive, experiential, with sparse inner reflections, the film follows a pig farmer through his final season of slaughtering pig.”  Follow day a Q&A Q&A with Wayne Hsiung, Organizer of Direct Action Everywhere. Sun/12, 1pm, free. Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library, Main Branch. More info here.  

DRINK INTERNATIONAL TEA FESTIVAL Welp, you better really like tea! “Taste teas from local and global producers. Free swag bag includes your very own teacup to savor tea. Access to hundreds of different types of tea in our tea market. Connect with the biggest names in tea. Learn how each cup of tea can be a different experience.” Sun/12, 11am-5pm, $25. Ferry Building, SF. More info here

LIT DAVID SEDARIS The most popular of our contemporary homosexual raconteurs, Sedaris will fill the War Memorial Opera House with his perfectly reedy voice and deeply detailed observations of everything from life in the french countryside to learning how to drive, mostly from his new collection Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977 – 2002). Mon/13, 7:30pm, $88. War memorial opera House, SF. More info here

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Arts Forecast: Dia de los Muertos, Open Studios, Circus Veritas …

ARTS FORECAST You’ve mastered Halloween (or, like me you’ve mastered watching everyone’s Halloween costumes on Instagram), but are you ready for Day of the Dead? One of my favorite times, respectfully visiting the Mission and seeing all the beautiful altars, and popping into the late-night galleries, businesses, and, OK, more than a couple restaurants.  

This year’s Day of the Dead SF celebration takes place Thu/2 at 7pm, with the procession starting at 22nd and Bryant and ending at the offrenda-filled Garfield Park. But of course there’s a whole week’s worth of celebration, including two of my favorite annual things: SOMArts glorious, colorful Dia de los Muertos exhibit (running through  November 9) and the SF Symphony’s family-oriented Dia de Los Muertos Community Celebration (Sat/5, 2pm and 8pm), featuring ensemble La Santa Cecilia and all-female mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache plus tons of decorations. 

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Below are some more upcoming wows: 

Ragged Wing Ensemble’s ‘Multiverse’

STAGE RAGGED WING ENSEMBLE’S ‘MULTIVERSE’ “Two scientists-turned-astronauts, looking to escape the cruelty and destruction of our current world, travel through multiple realities (dystopian, strange, beautiful, and comic) looking for a kinder, freer universe. As they travel, their identities are thrown into question, and they must grapple with the scariest thing in the multiverse: themselves. Will they find a way beyond our broken universe? And who will they become along the way?” Through Nov. 11. Flight Deck, Oakland. More info here.  

MUSIC THE BAD PLUS “For their final tour with pianist Ethan Iverson, the irreverent band of jazz outlaws return to the Miner stage. A uniquely audacious trio that has crossed into the mainstream to draw jazz fans and rock aficionados alike, the Bad Plus rose to fame over a decade ago by transforming pop and rock anthems like Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man,’ Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ and Queen’s ‘We Are the Champions’ into epic improvisational journeys.” Thu/2-Sun/5, 7:30pm, $40-$80. SFJAZZ, SF. More info here

EXHIBIT VOICE OF THE CENTRAL CITY: THE TENDERLOIN TIMES, 1977-94 The Tenderloin Times had its start in August 1977 when three homeless men mimeographed 150 copies of the first edition from the basement of Hospitality House. Over the next 17 years, The Times grew into an award-winning newspaper with a circulation of 15,000 that was published in four languages – English, Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian. Created in collaboration with community historian and former Times Editor Sara Colm, this exhibition will showcase a number of the publication’s rare archival images, articles, and political cartoons documenting our vibrant community during the pivotal years of 1977-1994.” Opening reception and panel discussion Thu/2, show runs through March 30. Tenderloin Museum, SF. More info here

STAGE THE NORMAL HEART Towering gay curmudgeon Larry Kramer’s breakout play comes to Theatre Rhino. “A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease.” Fri/3-November 25. Gateway Theatre, SF. More info here.  

STAGE THE INFINITE WRENCH Best of the Bay best Theater Troupe winners the SF Neo-Futurists are back with a new, zany, participatory show. “The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays that will never ask you to suspend your disbelief. Join us as we test, experiment and create an ever-evolving show to contain the irrepressible, the honest, the WTF, and the new.” Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Fri/3-November 25. Shelton Theatre, SF. More info here

PERFORMANCE THE 2017 BRIDGE PROJECT: RADICAL MOVEMENTS: GENDER AND POLITICS IN PERFORMANCE For this installment of the annual Bridge Project, Hope Mohr Dance asks: “What does it mean to have a radical body?” And two weekend’s-worth artists, activists and academics respond with two weeks of multidisciplinary performance and dialogue. These are big names in our community, so do not miss out: Judith Butler, Mo Jenkinson, Jack Halberstam and boychild, Maryam Rostami, Peacock Rebellion’s Lisa Evans, Julie Tolentino, and more. Fr/3-Sat/4 and Fri/11 and Sat/12. CounterPulse, SF. More info here.   

ART OPEN STUDIOS We’re already the fourth and fifth weekends of the original Open Studios, launched in 1975. This weekend takes us through North San Francisco and SoMa, with dozens of artists inviting you into their studio to see how they work. (Buy some awesome things!) Sat/4 and Sun/5, more info here

STAGE CIRCUS VERITAS “Circus Veritas is a powerful, cohesive circus performance from Kinetic Arts Productions, the Oakland circus company that has been bringing audiences thrilling shows for almost a decade. Follow the aerial adventures and physical theater antics of the Sacred Order of the Burning Pants, an ancient cult of liars, as they entertain you, thrill you, shock you and above all… lie to you.” Sat/4-December 17. Kinetic Arts, Oakland. More info here

FILM BORN IN FLAMES The monthly my gaze // yr gaze queer film showcase pairs an intriguing curator with a seminal work. From this month’s selector Scott Hewicker: “”I selected Lizzie Borden’s 1983 film Born In Flames mainly because I am a man who is very much sick to death of men, especially those who aim to assert a brutal entitled authority over everyone else. Female and transgender voices that intersect race, class and culture need to be heard now more than ever, and Lizzie Borden and many other people like her have known that for over 34 years since this film was made.” Sun/5, 6pm, free. Alley Cat Books, SF. More info here

PERFORMANCE ANTI-SURVEILLANCE PERFORMANCE AND WORKSHOP WITH ZERENA DIAZ “This performance is a workshop tutorial on masking your identity from facial recognition technology using makeup. Zerena Diaz will teach participants how to create makeup looks and fabric accessories to hide their identity from surveillance. By appropriating makeup as an anti-surveillance tool, we can show the dynamism of makeup as something beyond a gendered beauty product, and instead as a tool for both artistic and resistance practices for all genders. There will be a runway throughout the evening open to the audience to model the looks they create.” Sun/5, 4p-7pm, free. CounterPulse, SF. More info here

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