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Tonight: Witchcraft Double Feature At SF's Balboa Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 25, 2016 04:36pm | Post a Comment

Black Sunday

-- By Brett Stillo

1960 was a year of change for the horror film. Alfred Hitchcock drove a knife into the collective Black Sundayconsciousness of movie audiences with Psycho, and movies soon followed that twisted the blade. Peeping Tom, Eyes Without a Face, House of Usher...these films took a darker, twisted path, going further than most contemporary horror movies of the era. Two standout films of this seminal year, the supernatural thrillers Black Sunday and City of the Dead will play Tonight, Wednesday, May 25th, at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre at 7pm.

Black Sunday is the stunning directorial debut of legendary Italian director Mario Bava It’s an old-fashioned tale of witches, ghosts, and vampires set amid rotting Victorian splendor, but Bava conjures a grisly visual style that’s bold and shocking. It's a bit ironic that this master of vivid color cinematography launched his directorial career with a black and white movie, and yet the color seems abundant in this gothic-goes-to-the-Drive-In opus. Bava crafts a tapestry of shadows, layer after layer of dark images from a palette that ranges from thick walls of black to opaque shades of pale grey. These monochromatic Horror Hotel, City of the Deadlayers create a weird pseudo-3D effect that makes the backgrounds seem to reach out beyond the screen. Add the haunting beauty of a 23-year-old actress named Barbara Steele and you have one of the true classics among horror films.

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Saul Williams Performs Martyr Loser King in Oakland, June 2

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 24, 2016 01:12pm | Post a Comment

Saul WilliamsThe Bay Area Book Festival, Amoeba Music, and Matatu invite you to an evening with Saul Williams, who is performing selections from Martyr Loser King on Thursday, June 2 at Duende (468 19th Street, Oakland) at 10:30pm. Tickets are available HERE. This is a special an encore performance to his nearly sold-out show earlier that evening at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage. For last minute secret tickets to the earlier show, click HERE, scroll to the bottom of the screen, click "Enter promotional code," and use the code MATATU16.

Written and recorded between Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, New Orleans,Martyr Loser Kingand New York, Williams’s Martyr Loser King is a multimediaproject that engages the digital dialogue between the First and Third Worlds and the global street sounds that yoke the two. He cites Beyoncé, Fredo Santana, and Haitian field recordings as the musical inspirations for this self-produced 6th album, which strains trap hi-hats and mbira strokes together for a nuanced, entirely original sound. “I’m just letting you know what I’m reading and seeing while I’m writing,” says Williams. “When I’m writing, the music leads.”

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival, June 2-5 at Castro Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 24, 2016 12:02pm | Post a Comment

Sf Silent Film Festival 2016

The 21st annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival runs June 2–5 at SF’s landmark movie palace, the Louise Brooks, Beggars of LifeCastro Theatre, and Amoeba Music is proud to be a sponsor. This year's program features a diverse and lively schedule of silent-era films, all with live musical accompaniment by accomplished musicians from around the world, such as the Matti Bye Ensemble, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, Oakland Symphony musicians and members of the Oakland Symphony Chorus conducted by Michael Morgan, and many more. The line-up is also brimming with new film restorations, including five films that SFSFF has had a direct hand in restoring.

The festival opens on Thursday, June 2 at 7pm with William A. Wellman's Beggars of Live (1928), which features Louise Brooks (in her best American film) as a freight-train hopping runaway who dresses as a boy to escape capture by the police. She joins up with young vagabond Richard Arlen and along the way they encounter a hobo encampment and its charismatic leader, played by Wallace Beery in a performance that Brooks later called “a little masterpiece.” Live musical accompaniment will be provided by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

Special guest presenters include author Leonard Maltin, who will present Laurel & Hardy’s The Battle of the Century (1927) and other comic restorations on Saturday, June 4 at 10:00am, and actress and author Illeana Douglas, who will present Fritz Lang's Destiny (Der Mude Tod, 1921) on Sunday, June 5th at 3:45pm.

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Hear It First On The Noise Pop Podcast

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 18, 2016 04:03pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop has been championing independent music & culture for over 24 years. Sure, you know they produce the Noise Pop Festival, Treasure Island Music Festival, 20th Street Block Party and more, but did you know they also produce the twice-monthly Noise Pop Podcast?!

The Noise Pop Podcast showcases noteworthy and soon-to-be-buzzing new music. This is required listening for all connoisseurs of new music.

Tune it at noisepop.com/podcast and listen for a special Amoeba.com discount code starting with the May 19th episode!

In the May 19th episode, the Noise Pop podcast takes a look at the glaring absence of female-fronted headliners at Summer music festivals.  Guest Alyssa Pereira of SFGate joins host Adrian Spinelli to discuss what mechanisms are in play that continue to prevent female-fronted acts from gracing the tops of festival bills in both US and Europe. What solutions are there to address this issue? What specific female artists could potentially headline major festivals? Listen in to this episode of the Noise Pop Podcast and find out at noisepop.com/podcast.

NightLife at SF's California Academy of Sciences Presents Chrome Sparks, May 19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 10, 2016 01:30pm | Post a Comment

NightLife at California Academy of Science

Chrome Sparks, NightLife
Chrome Sparks

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences continues to reinvent Thursday nights as their NightLife summer music series returns. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy transforms itself into an oasis of music and art one night a month for NightLife LIVE 2016.

On Thursday, May 19th, catch a live performance by Chrome Sparks, Jeremy Malvin's synth-heavy dance project, and the opening set of funk and soul-influenced dance tracks from Planet Booty. Additional grooves provided by DJs Dials and King Most.

In between sets, sip on NightLife’s signature beer—Magnolia Aliciella Bitter—brewed using plant types found on the museum’s Living Roof. As you take in cutting-edge exhibits and 38,000 live animals in the world’s greenest museum, you can browse local vendors too. Come visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging.

Get your tix HERE, and RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

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