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Frameline announces lineup for 41st festival

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:00:00 UT

Look through the titles and descriptions, and you will see a succession of movies you may want to build your time around. Frameline is also taking place at a special time, in a distinctly different political environment from last year’s festival. The announcement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-themed films for this year’s 41st installment was made Tuesday evening, May 23. There will be 147 films from 19 countries, including 19 narrative features, which will be screened in a variety of venues throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. “This is a beautiful way to open Frameline 41, with a loving and deeply probing look at a treasure of the Bay Area,” says Des Buford, Frameline’s director of exhibition and programming. “It’s about an older gentleman with HIV, struggling with survivor’s guilt and being bewildered by a generation of carefree gay men,” says Buford. Female filmmakers are well represented in this section — 86 percent of the episodic content is from women. [...] women are well represented throughout the festival, with 42 percent of all the feature-length films being directed by women, including 52 percent of the documentaries. “This year we’re doing an initiative in partnership with California Humanities and the motion picture academy, the Oscar people, looking at filmmakers of color, highlighting LGBTQ filmmakers of color,” Buford says. The change in the national political climate since last year won’t be reflected in the actual films being shown — the movies were made before the election of Donald Trump in November.



Portrait painting in action at Stanford

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:25:12 UT

At 11:30 Monday morning, writer Tammy Fortin set up her manual Olivetti in the grand marble atrium at Cantor Arts Center and began tapping out a short story. [...] artist Hope Gangloff set up her acrylic paints and began painting a portrait of Fortin as she typed. The main entrance to the Stanford University museum, built in 1894, has been converted into Gangloff’s studio as the first in a five-year series called the Diekman Contemporary Commissions Program, underwritten by arts benefactors John and Sue Diekman. There is a lot to tell because Gangloff, 42, lives in Brooklyn and drove out in her Subaru with her boxer mutt Olly, and all her paints and brushes and buckets. “She’s a fun challenge,” says Gangloff, as Fortin clacks away in single space, working that carriage return, her salt-and-pepper hair blending nicely with the marble wall behind her. The typewriter sits on a pullout tray at a midcentury metal office desk. Scattered around are a metal lunch box in red tartan, a bottle of Wite-Out, a magnifying glass and any number of dictionaries and art history books open for quick reference, plus a Princess dial phone with the receiver off the hook and dangling to the floor so she won’t be distracted by a caller. There is a lot of detail to capture, and those who can’t wait around to see the finished product can go upstairs where the concurrent show “Hope Gangloff Paints Portraiture” is on the balcony. There is a whole wall of portraits, and visitors can turn around and lean over the railing to see the next one being worked on at the bottom of the stairs. “Hope is an incredibly talented painter who evokes the 19th and 20th century masters and updates the tradition, ” says Carty.



TheatreFirst’s ‘HeLa’ reclaims woman behind immortal cells

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:57:22 UT

Looming large as you enter Live Oak Theater for the world premiere of “HeLa” is its title character — a giant blob of cells shimmering like bubble bath, which scenic designer Bailey Hikawa textures to catch the light from so many angles that the globules appear to be multiplying. Each time a new color in lighting designer Stephanie Anne Johnson’s palette illuminates that mass, it seems to become a different creature, pulsating with new life. Yet the honorable objective of TheatreFirst’s production of Lauren Gunderson and Geetha Reddy’s play is to make sure its title character is not its main character. Yet none of the millions of dollars to come out of those discoveries benefited Lacks’ humble family, represented in “HeLa” by daughter Deborah (Desiree Rogers) and husband Day (Khary Moye), who didn’t even know that their matriarch’s cells were being used. [...] even then they are mouthpieces in the tradition of Clifford Odets’ characters: speaking truth to power with such purity and righteousness that to witness the play is to participate, in a small way, in collective action. For even if black patients’ rights protections are now more robust than they were in Lacks’ day, her legacy still haunts medicine, in the way doctors talk down to black patients and under-treat their pain, among other insidious forms of discrimination. [...] the most riveting moments in Evren Odcikin’s direction are those when characters get to stretch out into full-fledged human beings — when Moye’s Day and Simon’s Henrietta, though married with oodles of kids, can’t keep their hands off each other, like new lovers who need to endlessly drink in one another’s scents.



BottleRock after-hours shows keep tunes flowing

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:42:22 UT

BottleRock after-hours shows keep tunes flowing The music doesn’t stop when the lights go down on the BottleRock Napa festival this weekend. The promoters have added a slew of after-hours shows to the lineup, with a few that start before the festival kicks off on Friday, May 26. Fans can keep the tunes — and wine — flowing at nearby venues such as the JaM Cellars Ballroom and Silo’s with acts like Dirty Heads (above), Bob Moses, St. Lucia, the Shelters and House of Pain getting in on the late-night action. Check each venue’s website for the full schedule, and don’t even bother taking those earplugs out.






Vinterberg presents a ’70s commune, in theory and practice

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:06:34 UT

Young and not-so-young adults considering a communal lifestyle will find little encouragement in Thomas Vinterberg’s new film. Viewers may recall that Vinterberg was a co-founder, with Lars von Trier, of the Dogme 95 movement, which advocated a highly stripped-down version of moviemaking. Erik (Ulrich Thomsen — like many members of the cast, a Vinterberg regular) is a professor of architecture with anger issues who has just inherited a large house. Friends, acquaintances, strangers — anyone who passes the group’s scrutiny and is willing to abide by the rules will receive a share of ownership. A couple of shadows fall on the euphoric early days of the venture. There are also disturbing notes sounded in how the group deals with one potential housemate, a weak individual with a spotty source of income. Things really start to get hairy when Erik begins an affair with a female graduate student, and informs Anna (not entirely willingly). Instead of giving him the bum’s rush, she succumbs to the zeitgeist and suggests that he bring the young woman home to join the commune. The film’s melodramatic streak is rescued by the exceptional performance from Dyrholm (who also appeared in “Celebration”).



John Legend brings ‘Darkness and Light’ on the road

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:24:48 UT

John Legend brings ‘Darkness and Light’ on the road The multiplatinum-selling, Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter is currently taking a break from his dream life with wife Chrissy Teigen to perform across the country on the “Darkness and Light” tour, in support of his fifth album of the same name. Featuring the hit singles “Right By You” and “Love Me Now,” the record follows Legend’s success with “La La Land,” in which he plays the leader of a jazz band alongside stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.



After decades of obscurity, Rodriguez in the limelight

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:16:59 UT

While the Michigan native moved on, making a meager living as a construction worker and day laborer, bootleg copies of his recordings found an audience in apartheid-era South Africa, where Rodriguez became more popular than Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Since the film was released and nominated for an Academy Award, he’s played venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.



The new ‘Pirates’: Some dead things can’t be resurrected

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:10:28 UT

There are dead people wanting to come back to life in Pirates of the Caribbean: [...] a director trying to pump air and passion into a stinking corpse of a franchise. [...] sitting in a theater fighting restless leg syndrome is more than a waste of time; it’s actively unpleasant. [...] is being seized by a fatigue so sudden that you sit there half-expecting a gastroenterologist to walk in and ask you to count backwards from 10. The ensuing scene between father and son has elements the rest of the movie lacks. Young Henry resolves to break the curse and rescue his father, and that alone — just that story element — would be quite enough to propel a decent adventure movie. Next thing we know, it’s years later and Henry (Brenton Thwaites) is all grown up, and, alas, puberty seems to have robbed the promising lad of his acting ability. The British government also wants to kill a young astronomer (Kaya Scodelario) on a false charge of witchcraft. [...] there’s an undead sea captain (Javier Bardem) who wants to kill Captain Jack. For slow, dull action scenes he scores loud, propulsive music to make the audience think it’s seeing something that isn’t there. We get the horns of profundity and the strings of sincerity, not to mention the soaring choruses that tell us that grand things are really happening now, oh boy — and that these people are really feeling something — and aren’t we privileged to be swept away on this epic of joy and adventure? . . . A cannonball hits the platform and causes the guillotine to revolve and revolve, so that the blade keeps almost touching his neck but then is thrust back through the centrifugal force.




This Roger Moore story may make you tear up

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:08:58 UT

Sean Connery has always been my favorite James Bond, but not any more. Not after reading a story about a little boy meeting Sir Roger Moore in 1983 and then again 23 years later.




Carnaval San Francisco returns to Mission District

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:12:10 UT

Carnaval San Francisco is a steady tradition in the city, celebrating 39 years of music, dancing, food, drink and art. Carnaval shuts down several city blocks in the Mission, offering a mostly volunteer-run, family-friendly, multicultural celebration of Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cuba and other cultures. The parade, led by Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos and dancer Blanche Brown, begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, and the theme this year is “El Corazon de San Pancho — The Heart of San Francisco.”



The internet is roasting this 'Whaboom'-yelling Cal grad competing on 'The Bachelorette'

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:09:24 UT

Meet Lucas Yancey. This 30-year-old Cal grad competing on "The Bachelorette" has barely been wooing Rachel Lindsay the lawyer for one episode and already he's racking up haters across the internet. His first mistake might have been announcing himself like he was preparing to enter a boxing ring before he emerged from the famed limo. His second mistake might have been wearing a shirt of his own design (which you can apparently buy online, his Twitter account notes). His third mistake was probably issuing his first on-camera iteration of his catchphrase, "Whaboom," for Lindsay.




Dear Abby: Lawyer’s petition to help friend study is dismissed

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:01:00 UT

Lawyer’s petition to help friend study is dismissed Dear Abby: I have a close friend, “Samantha,” whom I met in law school four years ago. Samantha has failed the bar exam twice now, and I know she’s smart enough to pass. While you may wish she’d put her romance on hold until she passes the bar, it’s possible her emotional needs are greater than you understand. If you want to retain her friendship, back off and let her find her own way through this, or you may wind up driving her away. Must we also host a morning-after wedding brunch for everyone staying at the hotel and for other guests who have flown in from out of town (who may be staying at other hotels in the area)? [...] if paying for the brunch would strain your budget, consider inviting your guests to a “no host” brunch at a restaurant that’s less expensive than the one at the hotel. Most folks are tolerant hereabouts, but I do get some odd looks. Dear Odd Looks: I don’t think it’s “nuts” to want to be comfortable. If wearing a kilt provides the ventilation you need to feel comfortable, I say more power to you.




Horoscopes for Tuesday, 5/23/17 by Christopher Renstrom

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:01:00 UT

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): It's clear that your guesstimate differs from somebody else's expectations. It's not too late to adjust for the margin of error.




Michael Jackson’s final film, ‘This Is It,’ screens in Oakland

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:18:36 UT

Michael Jackson’s final film, ‘This Is It,’ screens in Oakland The fact that the documentary “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” came out a mere four months after the singer’s death in 2009 suggested that it was going to be a cheap piece designed to make a quick buck. After his death from an accidental prescription drug overdose, Jackson was portrayed as an addict barely able to function. [...] the movie, shot during rehearsals at Los Angeles’ Staples Center for his upcoming world tour, shows an alert, engaged artist involved in every aspect of the production, from choreography to set design to collaboration with performers and crew.