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Whiskers on roses & raindrops on kittens: I. Overture

Posted by Job O Brother, August 5, 2007 11:29pm | Post a Comment

It was on this day in 1962 that Marilyn Monroe took her own life. Or, if conspiracy theories are to be believed, it marks the day that the Kennedy Family hired Reticulians to invade the actress’ home, kill her, make it look like a suicide, and then use snippets of her DNA to… I dunno… revive Adolf Hitler’s dehydrating brain. (I’m not as well-read when it comes to American history as I should be.)

It’s also the day that the Manson Family first killed, fulfilling the only thing possible that Charles Manson could do that would actually be worse than his music.


Ladies of the Canyon: "Gypsy", Ruth Anne & "Squeaky"

It’s also the anniversary of the day that Paul Tibbets flew his airplane, named after his mom, Enola Gay, over to Hiroshima, where he performed an act that would later be re-enacted by every Thai food delivery service that gets inside my apartment building.


"Look Ma, no mercy!" Paul Tibbets in the cockpit

I could go on. In short, it’s a particularly dark day in history. So I’m sitting with my beloved in his favorite café, Stir Crazy (at La Brea & Melrose), asking myself to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative; I’m calling upon myself to remember things – music, movies, flavors of Method cleaning products – that remind me that it is a beautiful world after all, and that Norma Jean didn't have the right idea, forty-five years ago.

SAN FRANCISCO BY CAR...WITH STEVE McQUEEN

Posted by Billyjam, August 5, 2007 03:15pm | Post a Comment
Although it is almost forty years old now, the Steve McQueen cops-and-bad-guys thriller Bullitt, featuring its famous San Francisco car-chase scene, is still a true classic, one that I could re-watch a hundred times. The 1968 film, directed by Peter Yates and available on DVD, in which McQueen plays tough SF police lieutenant Frank Bullitt, has not only great car-chase cinematography that makes you really feel like you are riding in the car, but if you are familiar with San Francisco, it is just so much fun to watch and try to figure out exactly which part of the city the cars are racing through (and they cover a lot of territory) or to note the changes in some parts of SF since they shot the film in '68. Check out the nine and a half minute car chase below, but if you want to see the whole movie on the big screen, there is an opportunity to do so tonight at 8PM (Sunday August 5th) at The Cannery in San Francisco at Del Monte Square, 2801 Leavenworth Street -- and the best part -- the tickets are FREE for the showing in the outdoor courtyard by the Fisherman's Wharf. To get further details either call first (415-771-3112) or go online (www.thecannery.com). The screening of Bullitt will mark the kickoff of the month long Movie Nights At the Cannery series.

Lee Hazlewood 1929 - 2007

Posted by Whitmore, August 5, 2007 10:30am | Post a Comment


Yesterday, August 4, Lee Hazlewood passed away from renal cancer at the age of 78 in his home in Las Vegas. Born Barton Lee Hazlewood in Mannford, Oklahoma in 1929, he was a music legend and viewed as one of the more iconoclastic figures of 20th-century pop. Just his baritone voice alone made him sound like a cantankerous, hard living son of a bitch. I suspect he was.

Hazlewood was mostly known for his work from the 1950s through the 1970s, he composed such masterpieces as “These Boots Are Made For Walking,”  “Some Velvet Morning,”  “Sand,”  “The Fool,”  “Summer Wine,”  “Houston” and “Trouble Is A Lonesome Town.” He built a reputation as a solo artist, producer, and label owner. In the 1950s he produced Duane Eddy developing the whole ‘twangy’ guitar sound. The single “Rebel Rouser,” co-written by both Eddy and Hazlewood, became a huge international hit in 1958.  As far as being in the public eye, 1965 was his breakthrough year when he teamed up with Nancy Sinatra for a string of hit singles and an album Nancy and Lee.  A few years later his own LHI label, released what is widely considered the first country-rock record, the International Submarine Band featuring Gram Parsons. Over the next couple of decades he produced a series of beautifully odd solo albums that were mostly unheard of in America until Sonic Youth reissued them in the 1990s. His final release, Cake Or Death (Ever), was released earlier this year. 

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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
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