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“China Underground” Film Series Runs Dec. 3-5 at VIZ Cinema – “Unauthorized, Uncensored, Independent”

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Here’s the contention:

“Independent documentaries are the only free media existing in mainland China today.”

Do y0u buy that? Well, see for yourself at China Underground from December 3-5  at VIZ Cinema on Post Street in the New People Building.

All the deets:

VIZ CINEMA SPOTLIGHTS NEW CHINESE FILM MOVEMENT IN CHINA UNDERGROUND OPENING IN DECEMBER

7 Films Over 3 Days Offer a View of China as Never Seen Before

San Francisco, CA, November 15, 2010 – VIZ Cinema and NEW PEOPLE, in association with dGenerate Films, are proud to present a fascinating series focusing on a new vanguard of Chinese independent filmmakers, whose innovative uses of digital filmmaking deliver provocative insights into the world’s largest nation. The China Underground film series opens Friday, December 3rd and runs through Sunday, December 5th. Tickets and complete details are available at: www.vizcinema.com.

All of the documentary films to be shown at the festival were made outside the official Chinese film system – unauthorized, uncensored, and totally independent. These groundbreaking films introduce a new generation of filmmakers who represent the future of Chinese cinema, using new technology to present a vision of China as never seen before. A wide variety of controversial topics and issues like homosexuality, the role of women in society, the forced relocation of citizens which preceded the 2008 Beijing Olympics, drug use, and the inner workings of Chinese law enforcement, are examined in unflinching detail in these seven films.

China Underground opens Friday December 3rd with the premiere of Queer China, “Comrade” China at 7:00pm. The screening will include a Q&A session with several guest speakers and an after-party that will immediately follow. The remaining films will be screened throughout the weekend.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Outside Lands Music Fest to Feature Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Beastie Boys

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Outside Lands just announced its lineup for 2009. Starting August 28, Golden Gate Park will enjoy the dulcet tones of Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band and the Beastie Boys.

Will this sophomore effort top last year’s show?  

Only Time Will Tell.

The Lineup, so far:

Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Beastie Boys
Incubus
Black Eyed Peas
M.I.A
Jason Mraz
Ween
The Mars Volta
Thievery Corporation
Modest Mouse
Band of Horses
TV on the Radio
Dead Weather
Atmosphere
Tom Jones
Silversun Pickups
The National
Q-Tip
Brett Dennen
Built To Spill
Mastodon
Raphael Saadiq
Calexico
Os Mutantes
Midnite
JJ Grey
Mofro
Kinky
Deerhunter
Lila Downs
Trombone Shorty
Orleans Avenue
The Dodos
Bettye LaVette
Dengue Fever
Heartless Bastards
The Dirtbombs
Lenka
Akron/Family
John Vanderslice
Matt and Kim
Portugal. The Man
The Morning Benders
The Duke Spirit
Zee Avi
Blind Pilot
SambaDa
Ryan Bingham
West Indian Girl
Extra Golden

Anschutz ING Really, Really Wants You to Register for Bay to Breakers 2009

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

The way you can tell that Anschutz ING really, really, really, really, really wants you to register for Bay to Breakers 2009 is to count how many circulars show up in your mailbox on just one day. You know, those glossy ones that hammer you about the registration deadline extension? Take a look, below.

That’s right, you can get the “early discount” all the way ’til the end of the month, April 30th. Hooray!

You’d think that one flyer for each address they’re targetting would be the maximum, but you’d be wrong. The letter carrier must have been delighted to place five identical ads into my mailbox one recent morn:

More, more, I say! Hang those who talk of less.

(Is this how they do things in tiny burgs of Colorado, like Pine, CO for example? The World Wonders… That’s right - I can see you, Smithers. Say “hi” to Phil!)

And now, let’s get a B2B update from Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi:

Bay to Breakers Update

“On Monday April 6th, the Board of Supervisors City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee held a hearing to review plans for the Bay to Breakers race. We were pleased to hear that the race sponsors have added a number of additional portable toilets in response to pressure from our office.

However, we were disappointed that they have not implemented a number of our other suggestions, including:
- Providing portable toilets on Hayes between Octavia and Steiner
- Providing toilets on Divisadero and increasing the number of toilets on Fell
- Using large capacity, six-man urinal portable toilets.
- Creating an alternate registration system for non-serious racers to generate more revenue to cover additional costs.
- Creating an event at Speedway Meadow to draw the crowds out of the Panhandle and Alamo Square areas into Golden Gate Park. This would lessen the impact on the neighborhood, and create a centralized location for trash pickup and Muni service to get people home after the event.

Community groups are exploring the possibility of creating their own event at Speedway Meadow, and we plan to work with them to see if this is feasible.

Details on the rules for the race can be found on baytobreakers.com. Floats will be allowed if they start at the beginning of the race in a designated area. No kegs or glass bottles will be allowed.”

See you there!

“Meat Day” is Coming on March 29th – How Will San Francisco Celebrate?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The signs in the windows on Post Street tell the story – MEAT DAY is coming this Sunday, March 29th.  If this is all you can see, then it’s tough to figure out the meaning. The only clues are bull, rooster, and pig icons along with Chinese characters that literally mean “meat day” or “day of meat.”

But this is in Japantown, so the pronunciation “Niku no Hi” can also sound like “2-9 Day“ - “ni” is the voicing for “two” and “ku” is one of the ways of saying “nine.

Mit-te [look]! It’s Meat Day! Click to expand.

The upshot of this is that Nijiya supermarket at 1737 Post near Webster, just across the street from the haters at 1600 Webster, is taking 20% off the price of any meat you buy, one day only.

Is fish included? No, ’cause meat is meat and fish is fish.

Why isn’t it 29% off? Good question.

Is the 29th of every month Meat Day? Don’t know.

Are ham, sausage, deli items and advertised sale items elegible for 20% off too? Another good question – the answer is no, those things are not included in the celebration according to the fine print.

But isn’t there a pig icon in the poster? Yes, good point.

What about bacon? All the kids are loving the bacon these days, right? Perhaps, but don’t know.

Crooner Morrissey says that “Meat is Murder.” What about that? Yes meat CAN be murder, on your pocketbook that is, so you should take every chance to save save save.

See you Sunday at Meat Day!

Lyrics after the jump

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Power to the Peaceful 2008 in Golden Gate Park

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

This is what it looked like at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park at the 10th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival 2008, Music Conciousness Action, featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, Rebelution, Martin Luther, King Britt, and Cheb i Sabbah.

No longer known as the “911 Power to the Peaceful” festival as it was in 2007, this year’s effort allowed you to hear about Aloysius Weasel Bear, and see about how to “connect the dots from Palestine to Pine Ridge,” and wonder about the call-and-response question, “Can you feel me?”

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Yoga Tree was in the house to inspire.

And there were 5 or 6 dudes trying to sell you weed brownies.

Of course.

So, Is the Outside Lands Music Festival Coming Back in 2009?

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Was the recent, successful Outside Lands music festival a transcendent musical experience, chaotic logistical nightmare, or a little bit of both?

Despite some discord, things went the way you would have expected. The kids that came up from Stanford University liked it and the solons of Sacramento thought the whole deal was worth the trip.  

Even though thousands of people snuck in, Parks and Rec made more money than anticipated. This paves the way for more concerts in Golden Gate Park. See you there!

These young lovers skated down to the festival. Will they be able to come back next year?  

 

San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival a Huge Success

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

The Outside Lands music festival, not to be confused with the Western Neighborhoods Projectopened yesterday in Golden Gate Park with a large attendance.

Look for the live webcast today and tomorrow. Check out the photo gallery.

It’s Beck! See videos of his set here.

from Jenn L’s photostream

Now, it’s Radiohead! See videos of their set here.

from Jenn L’s photostream

The reviews are already in at 58 Hours, a Radiohead Gig Database:

“Great Show. Idioteque, Talk Show Host, Android, Gloaming and Plastic Trees were amazing. The light show really was stunning. A few drawbacks (to be honest), the sound (I mean, the entire sound) went completely out twice. Also, festival crowd was very chatty….killed the atmosphere on quieter songs like Exit Music. However, Plastic Trees was so show-stopping-breathtaking that the place really seemed to go silent.”

Grab your $85 and see you there! (And be sure to head over to the Foggy Bridge Canteen for some hyper local wine.)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 @ 5PM

RADIOHEAD
BECK
MANU CHAO
THE BLACK KEYS
COLD WAR KIDS
STEEL PULSE
LYRICS BORN
BLACK MOUNTAIN
BENEVENTO/RUSSO DUO
THE FELICE BROTHERS
HOWLIN RAIN
THE DYNAMITES FEATURING CHARLES WALKER
CARNEY

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 @ 1PM

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS
PRIMUS
CAKE
STEVE WINWOOD
CAFÉ TACVBA
LUPE FIASCO
REGINA SPEKTOR
GALACTIC’S CRESCENT CITY SOUL KREWE
M. WARD
DEVENDRA BANHART
MATT NATHANSON
TWO GALLANTS
DREDG
ABIGAIL WASHBURN & THE SPARROW
QUARTET FEATURING BÉLA FLECK
THE WALKMEN
KAKI KING
THE COUP
LIARS
DONAVON FRANKENREITER
NELLIE MCKAY
GOAPELE
SEAN HAYES
RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES
THRIVING IVORY
EVEREST

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 @ 1PM

JACK JOHNSON
WILCO
WIDESPREAD PANIC
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
ANDREW BIRD
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS
STARS
ROGUE WAVE
ALO
JACKIE GREENE
LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES
MIKE GORDON
THE COOL KIDS
GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS
LITTLE BROTHER
BON IVER
VIENNA TENG
THE MOTHER HIPS
THE MIGHTY UNDERDOGS FEATURING GIFT OF GAB, LATEEF AND HEADNODIC
NICOLE ATKINS & THE SEA
SILA & THE AFROFUNK EXPERIENCE
K’NAAN
CULVER CITY DUB COLLECTIVE