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Music Monday Screenings at the New Mission Theater in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 27, 2016 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Music Monday at the New Mission Theater, San Francisco

From Kenneth Anger to anonymous YouTubers, film and moving pictures have maintained and nurtured Medicine for Melancholya mutually beneficial relationship for eons. Sometimes it’s a documentary about a long-lost icon, or a legendary concert film, or a movie that uses music to hammer home what its trying to say – Music Monday at the New Mission Theater in SF is a weekly series here to bring you fun, rare, important, new, old, or otherwise kaleidoscopic films linked to the world of music. This December, catch two very special Music Monday titles: Medicine for Melancholy on December 5th at 9:15pm and Gimme Danger on December 12th at 10pm.

Medicine for Melancholy is the first feature film by Bay Area director Barry Jenkins, who made waves earlier this year in the indie film world with his latest work, Moonlight. Medicine for Melancholy explores issues such as race, identity, gentrification, and personal politics from the perspective of two San Francisco locals. From a drunken Soul Night at the Knockout to a heart-stoppingly apropos soundtrack by the likes of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, Au Revoir Simone, and more, Medicine for Melancholy is a visually and sonically powerful portrait of a city that doesn’t really exist anymore. Tickets available HERE.

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SF Silent Film Festival's A Day of Silents, December 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 14, 2016 04:49pm | Post a Comment

SF Silent Film Festival Day of Silents

Launch into the holiday season with San Francisco Silent Film Festival's event A Day of Silents on Saturday, December 3rd at the glorious Castro Theatre. In one epic day, the SFSFF offers six amazing programs with live musical accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra and Donald Sosin!

The silent hits just keep coming as the day kicks off at 10am with a program of Charlie Chaplin shorts Charlie Chaplinmade with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in 1915. Then at 12:15pm, Ernst Lubitsch’s 1926 comedy So This Is Paris roars across the screen to live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin. Sergei Eisenstein’s first full-length feature, Strike (1925), screens at 2:15pm with Alloy Orchestra providing powerful musical accompaniment. At 4:45pm, catch Different From the Others (1919), possibly the oldest surviving film with a homosexual protagonist, which has been restored by the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Josef von Sternberg’s The Last Command (1928), about an exiled Russian general who "goes Hollywood," plays at 7pm with music by Alloy Orchestra. The last film of the night brings Gloria Swanson to the screen for Sadie Thompson, the 1928 drama about a San Franciscan prostitute on the island of Pago Pago, at 9:15pm.

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2016: Year of the Listening Party at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 13, 2016 06:16pm | Post a Comment

Listening Parties at Amoeba San Francisco

By Brent James

Although Amoeba Music is known for the hot live acts that grace the stages in all three brick and mortar store locations, our listening parties are quickly gaining momentum in popularity and rivaling their cousins, the artist signings, in both attendance and presentation.

This year has seen the most listening party events ever in the San Francisco store, each one bringing an ever-growing number of people out and escalating in production. The idea is nothing new; in fact, the very concept recalls "sock hops" and "pizza/record parties" of the '50s and '60s -- the heyday of vinyl records. And in this digital age, where one can listen to anything they want, WHEN they want, it's refreshing to see people come in and hear something for the first time with their peers.

They sit and discuss the record, and compare notes. "I like coming to the parties because I get to meet new people, and there's cookies," says Amoeba customer Christine LaBianca, who has attended the last SIX Amoeba SF listening party events!

Delicious treats are just the literal icing on the (Tame Impala) cake. The parties are usually also accompanied by fabulous contests with even more amazing prizes. Special limited releases are sometimes also available. During the Twin Peaks and Stranger Things soirees, guests had first crack at vinyl versions of the soundtrack. 

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Halloween 2016 at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2016 07:10pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF HalloweenHalloween has always been important to us at Amoeba SF because we understand the true meaning of All-Hallows' Eve: costumes and candy. What's that you say? That's not a meaning but rather just the plural of two objects? You've obviously never spent Halloween with us. We take these two concepts very seriously and have elevated them to an artform...no, more like an ecstatic ritual.

Mixing the ever-popular combo of music and costumes (for reference, please see Monks, The Mummies, Thee Cormans, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Daft Punk), Guest DJ’s Camry and Tundra of the band Toyota joined us on stage at 4pm to get the festivities underway with a spooky, kookie set of untraditional Halloween songs. An hour later, we held our infamously competitive costume contest, which was hosted by R2D2 (and he's really in demand these days). Contestants were forced...I mean asked nicely to walk the "catwalk" (aka rock floor) and show off their fabulous costumes. Each was more stunning than the last, as the mixture of staff and customer contestants paraded through the store. But there could be only one first place winner. After grueling deliberation by our Amoeba judges, that winner turned out to be none other than Suzanne Pleshette from the 1963 film The Birds.

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A Super Shangri-La Show Spectacular Halloween Double Feature, October 28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 26, 2016 06:34pm | Post a Comment

William Castle, 13 Ghosts

-- By Brett Stillo

Halloween weekend is upon us, and what better way to start things off than with a cinematic ghost hunt in an old, haunted San Francisco theater.

The Super Shangri-La Show, hosted by the intrepid Kai Wada Roath, is more than a movie night atHouse your neighborhood theater. It is an exploration of the uncanny through the medium of cinema. Week after week, Roath takes his audience on a quest for myths, monsters, witchcraft, and lost civilizations inside a haunted movie theater -- the historic Balboa Theatre in the Outer Richmond. The Super Shangri-La Show is like a live-action version of the old Leonard Nimoy television program In Search Of, with Roath acting as a paranormal guide through a lost world of Drive-In and B-Movie monstrosities such as The Legend of Bogey Creek, The Devil’s Rain, Atlantis: The Lost Continent, and The Legend of Hell House, just to name a few.

Friday night’s double feature offers an ectoplasmic spectrum of haunted house stories. 13 Ghosts is a classic 1950’s spook show courtesy of legendary showman William Castle. Castle was notorious for the outrageously wacky gimmicks he built into his movies and 13 Ghosts is no exception. When the film was released in 1960, audience members were issued special filtered “ghost goggles” to view the cinematic poltergeists on the big screen thanks to a Castle-contrived process called “Illusion-O!”

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