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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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Are You Ready for William Shatner's Birthday?

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 19, 2013 08:49pm | Post a Comment

william shatner birthdayThis Friday marks a special milestone for the Universe as we know it, as March 22nd will be William Shatner's 82nd birthday.

Best known as Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk, The Shat has since worked his way into the very fiber of our pop culture and continues to be an active contributor to Earthlings via TV, film, numerous autobiographies, and  -- of course -- the Internet. If you've been following his Twitter feed, then you've certainly seen this gem of a bucket list, posted today:

 

shatner bucket list

 

If anyone is going to punch a shark, it's going to be The Shat!

In honor of the great man's birthday, The Vortex Room in San Francisco is hosting a special William Shatner Birthday Tribute Night full of Shatner rarities, burlesque dancers, and a special screening of  1958's Screeming Mimi, a strip-tease murder mystery with Anita Ekberg and Gypsy Rose Lee, in 16mm projection! The burlesque talent for the evening will be provided by Szandora LaVey, Laika Fox, The Indra, Mistress Pon-Farr, and your Mistress of Ceremonies, Odessa Lil. Find out more and RSVP on the Facebook HERE!

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