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Stage Listings: Oct 8-14, 2014

Stage listings are compiled by Guardian staff. Performance times may change; call venues to confirm. Reviewers are Robert Avila, Rita Felciano, and Nicole Gluckstern. Submit items for the listings at [email protected]

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Psychic Dream Astrology: Oct 8-14, 2014

Mercury is still retrograde and there's a lunar eclipse on the 8th. Expect high intensity! It's time to change or be changed, folks.

ARIES

March 21-April 19

Don't overcompensate for your intense feelings by acting defensively, Aries. If you feel wicked emotional that's because of the serious Lunar eclipse in your sign; be brave enough to confront your emotions, not other people, or to explain away what you feel. Clarity will come through your heart, not your head this week.

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

Rep Clock: Oct 8-14, 2014

Schedules are for Wed/8-Tue/14 except where noted. Director and year are given when available. Double features marked with a •. All times pm unless otherwise specified.

"ARAB FILM FESTIVAL" Various venues in SF, Oakl, Berk, and Palo Alto; www.arabfilmfestival.org. Most shows $12. Now in its 18th year, the AFF showcases contemporary, independent Arab films and filmmakers. Oct 10-23.

The Selector: Oct. 8-14, 2014

WEDNESDAY 8

 

Drifting by

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THE WEEKNIGHTER "It's all fun and games and whippings until the end when everyone is really drunk. Then it's just a bunch of wasted people rubbing their penises on things. That's when I go inside and lock my door." I was telling this to the bartender and a couple people sitting next to me. We were talking about the Folsom Street Fair.

Find your fangs: Total Trashfest is upon us

I can already envision the sound of Shannon Shaw's voice singing Metallica's "Enter Sandman," and it's music to my ears. The James Hetfield-penned classic is the stuff of nightmares, and with "Rocktober" officially here, the timing is right for the return of the Total Trash Halloween Bash.

By George

FILM/LIT It's anyone's guess how many films and videos George Kuchar made before his death in 2011 (Portland's Yale Union is valiantly attempting a comprehensive retrospective, which they estimate will take seven years), but there's material for at least a hundred more in The George Kuchar Reader (Primary Information, 336 pp., $27.50).

The Doctorow is in

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LIT Like the Internet itself, Cory Doctorow seems to be everywhere all at once.

Novelist, essayist, activist, and co-founder of the influential website Boing Boing, the Canadian-born, London-based writer is having a particularly peripatetic autumn, traveling from the UK to various locations throughout Europe and North America.

A joyful noise

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LEFT OF THE DIAL Christopher Owens, San Francisco resident, has a problem.

Still Steppin’

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The Boogaloo is a dance, descended from the Twist but landing firmly between the Philly Dog and the Skate.

"I like to dance. Always did," says Oscar Myers, who turns 70 next week, while demonstrating his moves in front of a whooping, sweating, grinning 1am crowd at San Francisco's Boom Boom Room. Myers knows the Boogaloo because he was there when it happened, and because he plays the melange of funk, soul, jazz, and Latin music that make up its unique sound.

Treasure hunting

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Tuckered out from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass? Yeah, us too.

Big soda explodes on SF, gives $7.7 million to fight beverage tax

If the soda tax proponents brought a supersoaker to the November ballot showdown, the soda industry brought a tsunami. New campaign finance reports filed today [Mon/6] show the soda industry gave $7.7 million dollars to shoot down the sugary beverage tax in San Francisco, and no, this does not count money spent in Berkeley against our sister city's beverage tax. 

Opponents seek changes in Airbnb legislation before big hearing

The broad and diverse coalition opposing Sup. David Chiu’s legislation to legalize and regulate Airbnb and other short-term housing rental companies — which the Board of Supervisors will consider tomorrow [Tues/7] — have boiled its many concerns down to three particular demands.

Live shots: A hot and sticky Hardly Strictly

In keeping with Hardly Strictly weekend weather of years gone by, this past weekend was the most summerlike the Bay Area's been all year. Ooo-weee, it was hot out there.

While you're chugging your coconut water and dabbing your sunburn with aloe vera, here are our photos and reviews of our favorite sets.

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams is about the only person I can think of who actually makes me wish I drove a car more often.

Win Tickets to DJ Vadim Live Sound System feat. Katrina Blackstone; plus DJ Sep (Dub Mission) October 19

Dub Mission presents  DJ Vadim (U.K) Live Sound System featuring Katrina Blackstone

 plus DJ Sep

at Elbo Room: 647 Valencia, SF - 21+ - 415 552 7788

9 pm to 2 am - $11 Door / Limited $8 Advance tickets at www.djvadim.brownpapertickets.com

More information: www.dubmission.com

Win tickets by emailing [email protected] with 'VadimSF' in the subject line.

Mill Valley, ‘Gone Girl,’ and TWO flicks featuring Satan: yep, must be time for new movies!

The 37th annual Mill Valley Film Festival opened last night and runs through October 12 at all the big Marin venues (Larkspur's Lark Theater, Mill Valley's [email protected], and San Rafael's Smith Rafael Film Center). Guardian critics take on the Children's FilmFest program, docs, and offer short takes; for complete information, visit www.mvff.com

This side of the Golden Gate, it's a big week for Hollywood as David Fincher's latest thriller goes up against Jason Reitman's take on social-media malaise, as well a demonic doll and a Nicolas Cage-goes-evangelical howler (all involved in the latter better clear a shelf or two when Razzies season rolls around).

Read on for short reviews and trailers! 

Head First: Explosive Sexual Healing hurts so … good?

I’ve got a lot of repressed issues, and I came to San Francisco to try to get them resolved. But I never imagined a possible solution to my problems would be to have some guy finger me while his wife does reiki over my naked body and I scream bloody murder. 

But this kind of thing is an option in the Bay Area, and it’s called Explosive Sexual Healing (ESH). The practice uses things like pain, pleasure, breath work, spiritual alchemy, vocal therapy, and g-spot massage to access emotions and trauma stored in the body. The idea is that once these deep-rooted issues are discovered, they can be dealt with and ideally released. 

Social Distortion digs up its roots

Although they got their start in the fast and loud world of the southern California punk rock scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Orange County rockers Social Distortion have long embraced American roots music, incorporating country, rockabilly, folk and blues influences into their songwriting and overall sound.

Chuck Prophet on glam rock, his new record, and how the Castro is turning into a strip mall

Chuck Prophet's been around the San Francisco music scene long enough to make a name for himself in a few regards: He can be counted on for rock 'n' roll story-songs, for startlingly visual writing. The influence of Lou Reed shines plainly through his somewhat disaffected drawl. And more often than not his adopted hometown of San Francisco (he's lived here for nearly 35 years) is the central subject of his musical mash notes, as in 2012's elegy for the city, Temple Beautiful, with its lamentations about long-dead rock clubs and Halloweens in the Castro.

Festival-sized doses of art, food, and technology at Portland’s TBA fest

As the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) presented the 12th iteration of the Time-Based Art Festival September 11-21, two newer festivals (Feast Portland and XOXO) also peppered the Rose City with foodie events and tech talk galore.

TBA, under the artistic direction of Angela Mattox, formerly the performing arts curator at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, emphasized music and vocal experiments in this year’s program. The international festival is distinct in its presenting platform and density of experimental performance, making it well worth the hour flight to Oregon from San Francisco.