Posts Tagged ‘sundance’

OMG, Meet Director Roman Coppola This Weekend! – Opening: “A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN lll”

Friday, February 15th, 2013

All the deets from your Sundance Kabuki Cinemas at Post and Fillmore in Japantown:

“Starts Friday: A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN lll is a playful comedy of lost love, friendship and revenge starring Charlie Sheen as a successful LA graphic designer whose money and charm have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. His true love dumps him, and it all falls apart. With Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Patricia Arquette. Join us in welcoming Director Roman Coppola for Q+A’s after the 7.15pm shows Friday and Saturday nights.”

Looks Andersonian, non?

Commercial Folk Art: The Fillmore’s National Dollar Store, Where Everything Costs “‘______’ Or Less”

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Isn’t it beautiful?

All your favorite brands are here:

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(And guess who owns the building in the background: Robert Redford / Sundance!)

Of course the National Dollar used to advertise Everything $1 or Less but there came a time when that wasn’t actually true, so City Attorney Dennis Herrera got after them.

So now the sign says “Everything ___ or Less.”


(Bonus: National Dollar Sidewalk Bling)


1865 Post in J-Town: From Yelp-Fraudulent “Kabuki Kitchen” to “Sundance Kitchen” to Nothing in a Few Short Years

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

First, it was all like this, the Kabuki Kitchen at 1865 Post near Fillmore, where a little five-star Yelp Fraud didn’t have the intended effect:

So then it was all like this, with a new name and menu for Bob Redford’s joint right next to the Sundance Kabuki movie theatre:

But now it’s all like this, all closed up:

Oh well.

Hey, maybe if Japantown hadn’t chased away so many tenants all these years there’d be a critical mass of foot traffic?

Maybe. Storefronts on Post what were empty in 2005 are still empty in 2011.

The whole place looks like a ghost town (a cold, 1960’s-style 100% cement ghost town) at night, pretty much. (Concrete and clay and general decay…)

Oh well.

First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom is Going to Sundance – Her “Miss Representation” Film Just Picked for Utah Festival

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

From SFWIRE (home to “Super Important SF Stuff”) comes the news that San Francisco First lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be competing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

This little tidbit escaped notice from the person who wrote up this bit in yesterday’s Chronicle. Oh well.

Anyway, here’s a retread post about Jen’s documentary from last month. Enjoy:

Well, thanks to Steve Rhodes, we’ve learned that  Miss Representation, un film de Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is coming!

Check it.

Order the DVD or go to a screening if you want.


“About the Film

Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom brings together some of America’s most influential women in politics, news, and entertainment to give us an inside look at the media’s message. Miss Representation explores women’s under-representation in positions of power by challenging the limited and often disparaging portrayal of women in the media. As one of the most persuasive and pervasive forces in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that women’s primary value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality—not in their capacity as leaders. Through the riveting perspectives of youth and the critical analysis of top scholars, Miss Representation will change the way you see media.

Featured in the Film

  1. •Caroline Heldman, PhD, Associate Professor Occidental College
  2. •Condoleezza Rice, PhD, Former United States Secretary of State
  3. •Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator
  4. •Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of United Farm Workers Union
  5. •Geena Davis, Actor & Founder of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
  6. •Gloria Steinem, Feminist Organizer & Writer
  7. •Jackson Katz, PhD, Author & Lecturer
  8. •Jane Fonda, Actor & Activist
  9. •Jean Kilbourne, EdD, Media Critic, Author & Lecturer
  10. •Jennifer Pozner, Executive Director of Women in Media and New
  11. •Katie Couric, Broadcast Journalist
  12. •Lisa Ling, Broadcast Journalist
  13. •M. Gigi Durham, Professor of Media Studies
  14. •Margaret Cho, Comedienne, Actor & Activist
  15. •Martha Lauzen, Executive Director of Center for the Study of Women in TV and Film
  16. •Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, United States Congress
  17. •Pat Mitchell, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media
  18. •Rachel Maddow, Broadcast Journalist & Host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show
  19. •Rosario Dawson, Actor & Activist
  20. •…among many other incredible women and men of all ages!


85 minutes

Order DVD

Coming soon.

Social Change Campaign

The distribution of the film will coincide with a social change campaign to re-envision women as leaders in society. Film proceeds will be donated to women’s leadership programs led by our partner organizations, which include Girls for A Change, Girls Inc., The International Museum of Women, Step Up Women’s Network, The Women’s Media Center, and The White House Project. The nation-wide, multi-generational effort will create an educational curriculum for middle and high school students and directed action to demand media responsibility. Donate to the campaign to help us achieve social change for women and girls.

Oh My: See the TasteTV “TASTY AWARDS” at the Sundance Kabuki in January, 2010

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Let’s see here, the TasteTV Network is going to put on the TASTY Awards Show” at the Sundance Kabuki in Japantown on Thursday, January 14th, 2010. It will be:

“…the most exciting and prestigious event ever to celebrate food and fashion programs on television, in film, and online.”

O.K. then. But why food and fashion together?

“The viewer appetite and response to food and style programs has surged over recent years, making them some of the highest watched video content. The TASTY AWARDS spotlight the year’s best achievements in food and fashion programs on television, in film, and on the web.”

All right, now I’m on the trolley. But who’s going to be the draw? Well it’ll be hosted by Zane Lamprey, who will introduce to the crowd:

Tyler Florence (Food Network), Joanne Weir (PBS), G. Garvin (TV One), Tanya Holland (Food Network), Leslie Sbrocco (PBS), Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library TV), Marcy Smothers (Radio), Novella Carpenter (Author), Anita Chu (Author), Dominique Crenn (Food Network – Next Iron Chef)), Brian Solis (New Media Guru), Marissa Churchill (Bravo, Top Chef)

OMG, it’s Tyler!  

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He’ll be there. And who could get awards whether they show up or not? Well, for starters, how about toothy Giada De Laurentiis?

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You can’t beat that. And there’ll be some VIP after-party at the New People Building down the street. Are you all a Twitter yet? (NB: They”ll have lots o’ chocolate.)

The deets, after the jump.


SFIFF and Alpha Blondy Draw Crowds to the Lively Western Addition

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

This was the scene last night in the Fillmore / NOPA / greater Western Addition (originally lands west of Larkin, including Pacific Heights). Despite temps in the 40’s and swirling winds, you had San Francisco International Film Festival fans lined at the Sundance Kabuki all the way to Webster and Alpha Blondy fans lined up at The Independent on Divisidero. Plus free chicken on Geary.

All in all, it was a lively, if chilly, scene last night. Click to expand:   

It sort of looked like SoMA…

…but without the gunplay.

Que bueno.

San Francisco’s Kabuki Kitchen Restaurant is Now “Sundance Kitchen”

Monday, March 30th, 2009

It’s a little hazy when this occurred (you know, Japantown is famous for its name changing restaurants), but Kabuki Kitchen at 1865 Post Street has been replaced by Sundance Kitchen. Normally, you could look to the dates of Yelp reviews to help you figure out when a joint’s name has changed, but there are mixed up entries for both Kabuki Kitchen and Sundance Kitchen. Oh well.

Anyway, this place has a new menu and new hours – it’s closed Monday Tuesday and open just 24 hours a week during dindin time (assuming they don’t close early on slow nights, as KK used to do on a regular basis last year).

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And here’s the new menu – it’s just legible enough for you to read, if you want to:

Yelp Fraud Involving Robert Redford’s Restaurant in San Francisco?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Here it is, the Kabuki Kitchen, owned by Sundance Studios, at 1865 Post Street in Japantown.

On this night at around 8:00-something PM, it appeared to have just one customer.


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The term “Yelp Fraud” applies to reviews that are deceptive, such as those from a business owner posing as a customer to praise his own products. Do you see any of that possibly going on here?

One recent posting with a five-star rating:

Best of the best! The new Executive Chef Mark Lackie has completely revamped the menu.”

Look a little suspicious to you? Notice any others? Exclamation points are a clue.

As for the restaurant itself, it appears to close early on a regular basis for want of customers.

For what it’s worth, three cheers for SunDance founder Robert Redford and SunDance itself for putting a boatload of money into the Kabuki theatre complex. It must be tough getting a new restaurant off the ground, especially without having a liquor license from the get go. Kabuki Kitchen certainly looks nice, as this photo from Eater SF shows, but $13 burgers might seem too costly for some.

Keep on trying Bob/SunDance! We’re rooting for you.