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Platurn, Homeless, Best of Bay, Bootie, Patton Oswalt

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2007 07:01pm | Post a Comment

Yesterday evening (Friday August 3rd) I attended both the Amoeba Music, San Francisco instore with super skilled turntablists DJs Platurn and Golden Chyld (pictured left) and also the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay soiree at the de Young Museum in nearby Golden Gate Park.

I hadn't been at the de Young Museum since it moved locations to its impressive new state-of-the-art facility in October 2005. Come think of it, I hadn't been in Golden Gate Park for about as long. And after seeing reports about the "homeless problem" in the park on local TV news and reading all the recent newspaper reports, which made it sound like there were homeless people camped out under every bush in the park's confines with dirty syringes poking out of everywhere, I was anticipating stumbling upon a sort of New Jack (tent) City, which didn't happen. Instead I only witnessed a small gathering of poor, unfortunate homeless down by the Stanyan end of the park (not far from Amoeba).   

But anyway, regarding the homeless situation in SF -- I really see both sides. I feel bad for residents (especially those with little kids) who have to endure such things as street people pissing in their doorsteps or leaving dirty needles in their front yards or near playgrounds in the park. But I also feel bad for individuals who have substance abuse problems or who are mentally ill and who have no option but to live on the streets (dating back to Reagan as Governor of Cali). And never do I forget the fact that most of us are just one paycheck away from joining them.

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Cast Q&A for Last American Virgin & Fast Times!!!

Posted by phil blankenship, August 4, 2007 12:01pm | Post a Comment

You gotta come down to the New Bev on Sunday, August 5th at 7:30!!

Not only are they showing two 80's classics,

LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN & FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH

But they're also having a Q&A with cast members from both films!!!

Slated to appear, schedule permitting, is Lawrence Monoson, Kimmy Robertson, David Peck, Louisa Moritz and Tessa Richarde from Last American Virgin, and, a New Bev favorite, Kelli Maroney from Fast Times at Ridgemont High!!

It's gonna be rad!!!!!

That's tomorrow night, August 5th at 7:30pm. The double feature also shows Sunday at 3:50, Monday and Tuesday at 7:30.



The New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd
Between La Brea and Fairfax

$7 for both films
$6 for students
$4 for seniors


http://www.newbevcinema.com
http://myspace.com/newbeverlycinema


Today, August 4th you can still catch out Coen Brothers double

THE BIG LEBOWSKI & THE HUDSUCKER PROXY at 3:05 and 7:30

Desperate Moves

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Lenny Bruce

Posted by Whitmore, August 3, 2007 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Lenny Bruce
Last night I bought a first edition hard bound copy of Lenny Bruce’s How to Talk Dirty and Influence People, and this morning I realized it was the anniversary of his death… as they say (whoever they are) “there are no coincidences ..."

Anyway, on August 3, 1966, Lenny Bruce -- legendary stand-up comedian, author, social critic and satirist of the 1950’s and 60’s (born Leonard Alfred Schneider, October 13, 1925 ) was found dead at the age of 40 in the bathroom of his home at 8825 Hollywood Boulevard. The LAPD immediately announced that Bruce died from an overdose of narcotics, probably heroin, and that has been a universally reported fact ever since. However, the official report admits that the cause of death was unknown and the analysis inconclusive. Take that Wikipedia!

Dick Schaap eulogized Bruce in Playboy, with the memorable last line "One last four-letter word for Lenny: Dead. At forty. That's obscene."

Phil Spector, who once described Bruce as “my Socrates,” said Lenny Bruce died from "an overdose of police."

Side Note: I was going to include the entire script of  “Thank You, Mask Man,” but I’ll save that for his birthday in October. Those who might be offended will have to wait a few months. Sorry.

Here are some of Lenny Bruce’s jokes, comments and philosophies. Enjoy.

“If Jesus had been killed 20 years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little Electric Chairs around their necks instead of crosses"

“Take away the right to say ‘fuck’ and you take away the right to say ‘fuck the government!’”

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John Lydon vs Judge Judy

Posted by Billyjam, August 3, 2007 01:45pm | Post a Comment
After posting the Tom Snyder vs John Lydon 1980 television appearance on yesterday's AMOEBLOG I got off list emails from three people about it. One AMOEBLOG reader linked me to a video clip that I never knew about. It was from 1997, when tour/session drummer Robert Williams took John Lydon to court TV -- specifically the Judge Judy Show -- to sue the former Sex Pistol. And all I can say is, God I love YouTube, since thanks to it we get to see all these classic TV moments that we missed first time around or saw but want to watch again, including this one from ten years ago when John Lydon (in classic form) appeared on Judge Judy. Surreal TV for sure! In case you don't have the time or patience to check out the seven minute clip below, the result was that Judge Judy sided with Lydon and not the bozo (or so he appeared to be on national tv) who filed suit against Johnny Rotten.

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