October at Balboa Theatre: Vampires, Hell Houses, and Yokai Monsters!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 11, 2015 06:37pm | Post a Comment

Yokai Monsters

San Francisco's Balboa Theatre and the mysterious forces at Super Shangri-La Show bring you an October to remember with three weeks of Wednesdays of super weird Halloweeny viewing!

Yokai MonstersThe fun starts Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30pm with Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968), the second in the Yokai Monsters movie trilogy. A Babylonian demon is awoken and flies to ancient Japan to take over the body of the local Magistrate. The small country yokai monsters must team up to defeat him. It's a classic little monsters vs. evil big monster scenario and is not to be missed! In Japanese with English subtitles.

What's a yokai? According to Wikipedia: "Yokai (ghost, phantom, strange apparition) are a class of supernatural monsters in Japanese folklore. The word yokai is made up of the kanji for 'bewitching; attractive; calamity' and 'apparition; mystery; suspicious.'" I'm sold. RSVP on Facebook for entertaining updates.

Wednesday, October 21st unleashes Mario Bava's 1965 sci-fi/horror classic Planet of the Vampires. This movie features two great tastes that go great together: space and the undead. Its a stylish adventure with hot Italian chicks in space suits, and many critics say that it inspired Ridley Scott's Alien. RSVP on Facebook, invite your friends and family.

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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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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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Vinyl's Not Dead and Neither is Generosity: the Mysterious @HiddenCash Hits Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 27, 2014 08:46pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco's Twitterverse is abuzz with the doings of an anonymous entity who goes by the handle hiddencash san francisco amoeba we are the world@HiddenCash. True to their name, this generous do-gooder hides envelopes of money around San Francisco and then leads the public to these hidden stashes of cash with clever Tweeted clues. Not much is known about the mysterious giver, but their Twitter profile relays a clear objective: "anonymous social experiment for good."

Reports from news sources such as KTVU and claim @HiddenCash is a "he" and a "wealthy real estate developer" who feels he has the funds to spare. In the current economic climate of San Francisco where average folks are fleeing the city due to soaring rents and so many of our treasured establishments are being turned into condos for a steady stream of incoming rich tech workers, @HiddenCash is a bit of a welcomed miracle. Is it possible that he is doing the work of the collective unconscious conscience of the wealthy? Making amends for the mushrooming condo biz and its collateral damage?

Whatever the motives, it's pretty freaking cool and @HiddenCash decided to stash one of his famous envelopes at Amoeba SF this past Sunday. On May 25th at 6pm, he Tweeted the clue, "They say vinyl is dead, but it still lives here. On a street named the opposite of love. #WeAreTheWorld." Within 19 minutes, the cash was found by a lucky civilian in (drum roll please) the sleeve of a We Are The World LP! Our sources say the winner did not purchase the album, in case you were wondering.

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Records Make the World Go Round, All Year Round: Films About Record Stores, Collectors & The Industry

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 10, 2014 08:20pm | Post a Comment

We're all very excited about Record Store Day, a holiday created by the music gods and bestowed upon collectors everywhere, but Record Store Day comes but once a year. For most of us working and/or worshiping at the altar of the Audio and Visual Arts, everyday is a kind of celebration observed in small but worshipful ways. "It's out of print. I hope I can find it," is our prayer and "Oh cool! I've been looking for this for years," is our holy exaltation.

To celebrate the culture of the collector and the record peanuts charlie brown record collectionstore employee, Amoeba San Francisco wants April to be Record Store Month and invites all fans and collectors on pilgrimage to browse, contemplate, and perhaps purchase from our selection of movies about record stores, collectors, and the music industry. Some glorify us, some...well, can be pretty honest. Either way, they sure are entertaining and everyone has their favorites.

Check out our display in the SF store and share your favorites in the comments section below. Here are just a few notables...

Pretty in Pink (1986)

This is the John Hughes gold standard of teen angst right here and it's probably safe to say that you either identified with the record store employee Andie or her music-obsessed best friend Duckie. We all know who she should have ended up with at the end. Is that a spoiler? Sorry, we take this matter very seriously. Oh and good lord, check out the soundtrack!

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