A Great Time For Weird At SF's Balboa Theatre: Starcrash & Korla

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 18, 2015 08:58pm | Post a Comment


If you've been thinking that you need more weird in your life, then I've got the next two Wednesdays planned Starcrashout for ya. You'll be spending a lot of time at a little theater at the edge of San Francisco's universe, the historic Balboa, which is just blocks from the beach in the fabulously foggy Outer Richmond district. A mysterious entity known only as Super Shangri-La Show (their Facebook page claims only, "Presenting Movies, Music & Magic Shows!") is presenting two screenings that are not to be missed.

On Wednesday, August 18th at 7:30pm, the super low-budget spectacular Starcarsh (aka The Adventures of Stella Star) graces the screen in all of its seedy glory. Released in 1978, this epic stars Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff, and Joe Spinell in roles of a lifetime. If you enjoy your space operas populated by robots and scantily clad sexy space amazons, then I'll see you there. Plus, there will be trivia and prizes, so start studying now!

Advanced tickets HERE. Facebook invite HERE.

On the following Wednesday, August 26th, the long-awaited Korla Panditdocumentary about the life of enigmatic Hollywood organist Korla Pandit shows at 7pm. Korla tells the amazing story of this spiritual seeker, television pioneer, and godfather of exotica music who took the world by storm in the 1950s. Who was this man of mystery? What were his origins? What's under the turban? Find out in Korla. One night only, folks! The filmmakers John Turner and Eric Christensen will be there for a live Q&A!

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SFJAZZ Presents Bill Frisell At SF's Grace Cathedral, September 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 17, 2015 12:20pm | Post a Comment

Bill Frisell, SFJAZZ Center, Grace Cathedral

Amoeba Music is a proud sponsor of SFJAZZ's solo concert with Bill Frisell at San Francisco's beautiful Grace Cathedral on Friday, September 18th.

Long a master of creating space, Bill Frisell has built a career by manipulating the sound of his guitar to create unexpected sonic landscapes. For his return to Grace Cathedral, the soaring sanctuary and its natural seven-second reverberation will provide an unforgettable acoustic setting that will take Frisell’s musical explorations into new territory.

Free from the confines of a group, Frisell’s singular artistry as an improviser, composer, and radical musical re-interpreter becomes crystal clear. For this performance, Frisell’s choice of material may roam freely from his own compositions and jazz chestnuts by Thelonious Monk to wildly unconventional takes on Bob Dylan, Madonna, and the Americana of Stephen Foster, often utilizing layers of loops, delays, and other electronic effects in concert with Grace Cathedral’s sonorous environment to expand the sonic possibilities even further.

This night is required attendance for all guitar players, and all lovers of jazz at its most unconventional. Get your tickets HERE!

San Francisco's Indie Film Venue The Vortex Room Set To Reopen, But Needs Your Help

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 4, 2015 07:38pm | Post a Comment

The independent San Francisco film venue and archive The Vortex Room was unbelievably cool. Where Vortex Roomelse could you catch a screening of Werewolves On Wheels on 16mm amid space-age bachelor pad decor with 20 of your best friends that you haven't yet met? That was the regular just-another-Thursday sort of a scene at The Vortex. It was an underground haven for serious cinephiliacs and fans of trash culture, the secret clubhouse you always wanted to belong to. You had to sign up on their Facebook group or for their email newsletter to find out about the screenings, live shows, and assorted groovy happenings. They called themselves a "film cult" and an "embassy to the stars," and on multiple occasions hosted Bobby Clark, the actor who played the Gorn on original Star Trek. I find it urgent to point out at this juncture that there hung a velvet painting of Charles Bronson at The Vortex, next to a Flash Gordon pinball machine. 

Unfortunately, as many great and culturally important venues in Late Capitalist San Francisco, The Vortex Vortex Roomwas thwarted by eviction in 2014. Freakazoids like myself were crestfallen. Many of the recent closures have affected me, but none like that of The Vortex (and the upcoming closures of Elbo Room and The Lucky Penny, a fantastically mediocre all-night diner on Geary). Death knell of an era, people. BUT now there is hope again! OR as the mysterious overseers of The Vortex have stated, "like an Egyptian Bennu fusing cosmic essence with a Grecian Phoenix, the Vortex has divined a new location right here still in our fair city of San Francisco!"

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"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" Screens at SF's Roxie Theater, August 14 - 20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 2, 2015 07:09pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco's Roxie Theater screens writer/director Brett Morgen’s documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of HeckKurt Cobain: Montage of Heck August 14th through the 20th. On opening night (Friday, August 14th) Brett Morgan will be in attendance for a Q&A at the 7pm showing.

Made with the cooperation of the Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, and daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is a raw and visceral journey through his life and provides no-holds-barred access to his archives, his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives, and songbooks. The film features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances as well as previously unheard Cobain originals.

Get your tickets HERE for these very special screenings!

Peaches Christ's Night Of 1,000 Showgirls, August 8

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 26, 2015 05:23pm | Post a Comment

Peaches Christ presents Showgirls

This summer marks Peaches Christ's 18th Annual summer screening of the best movie ever made, Paul Verhoven's 1995 master-sleaze Showgirls, and in honor of such an important anniversary, Peaches promises an XXX-tra special Goddess Spectacular pre-show celebration!

Peaches Christ wants you to dust off your glittery g-strings for a special one-night, interactive presentation Peaches Christ presents Showgirlsof"NIGHT OF 1,000 SHOWGIRLS" on August 8th at the majestic Castro Theatre in San Francisco with your hostess Peaches Christ. The annual celebration of the seminal, camp classic will see Peaches and company kick off the night with the "Volcanic Goddess" pre-show with XXX-tra special additions celebrating this 18th Annual screening. This pre-show stars the now-legendary Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 (RuPaul's Drag Race) in the part of Nomi Malone. 

For those who can’t fathom the idea of eating brown rice and vegetables, grab that LARGE, buttery popcorn because with every salty purchase, audience members will receive a personalized lap dance by Peaches’ legion of "live dude-girls" to get you in the mood and make you feel like you’re back at the Cheetah strip lounge. 

Showgirls is an MGM release that tells the classic story of a young woman, Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkely), who dreams of being a dancer under the bright lights of the Las Vegas skyline. Catching the glittery eye of Stardust Casino’s showgirl, superstar Cristal Conners (Gina Gershon), Nomi sees an opportunity for her desire to become real. But there is only room for one star on the marquee as the battle of the showgirls begins.

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