24 - 26
Wrong's What I Do BestSan Francisco Art InstituteEvent Type :Theater and Live Performances
San Francisco Art Institute: Wrong's What I Do Best. Stark Insider explores new exhibit at Walter and McBean Galleries. Crafted stage personas. Unhinged private lives.
“A diamond is a diamond, and a stone is a stone, but no man is all good or all bad.”
–Johnny Cash, quoting a Roy Orbison lyric, to introduce David Allan Coe
Wrong’s What I Do Best takes its title from what was originally a George Jones anthem, and later a catchall for a generation of Hard Country performers. Jones and his outlaw brothers—Johnny Paycheck, David Allan Coe, Hank Williams—were known equally for their crafted stage personas and unhinged private lives. These sincerely deluded, tragicomic figures inhabited characters of their own making, to personal peril and kindling for public legend.
Wrong’s What I Do Best gathers the self-searing impulses of artists and musicians playing the role of one’s self as someone else.
Working against both correctness and failure, Wrong’s What I Do Best revels in repeated derailments to present the work of artists who prod the edges of our world. Some unearth scorched histories or upset “natural” order, while others fling themselves headlong into the coming apocalypse. Collectively, their low-irony tilt toward social, political, and personal fault lines might be characterized by illicit unrestraint, yet their lack of critical judgment occludes the artists’ true selves.
In the torrid gap between the artist-person, and the artist-persona we are reminded that one shouldn’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.
Thursday, April 24 – Saturday, July 26, 2014
Walter and McBean Galleries
Opening Reception » Saturday, April 26 | 7–10 pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA
Curated by Hesse McGraw and Aaron Spangler
Tanyth Berkeley / Ashley Bickerton / CLUB PAINT / Liz Cohen / Wim Delvoye / Samara Golden / Trenton Doyle Hancock / Brad Kahlhamer / Nikki S. Lee / Jonathan Meese / Laurel Nakadate / Dana Schutz / Aaron Storck / Marianne Vitale / Kara Walker
April 24 (Thursday) - July 26 (Saturday)
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF)Event Type :Film
Chris Messina stars and directs in ALEX [...]
Mark your calendars: the 57th annual San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 24 through May 8, 2014.
The crown jewel of the Film Society’s exhibition program is the San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in the Americas and a beloved showcase of cinematic discovery.
An essential stop on the international film festival circuit, SFIFF is well regarded as a significant celebration of world cinema in one of the country’s most beautiful cities.
SFIFF56 featured 263 screenings of 158 films from 51 countries, which were attended by over 210 filmmakers and industry guests from over 21 countries around the globe.
The Film Society’s additional year-round initiatives in film exhibition include a robust Fall Season of specialized film series and countless individual public and members’ screenings and events with special guests in person.
THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY - the directorial debut from screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive)
PALO ALTO – directorial debut from Gia Coppola starring James Franco and based his short story collection. More: Stark Insider article on Palo Alto.
ALEX OF VENICE - Chris Messina’s family drama
All Day (Thursday)
San Francisco, California
The LettersAurora Theatre CompanyEvent Type :Theater and Live Performances
Aurora Theatre Company presents John W. Lowell’s suspenseful psychological thriller THE LETTERS, the first fully staged production in the company’s new second stage performance space, Harry’s UpStage.
As a special addition to the 22nd season, Aurora Theatre Company presents the Professional Bay Area Premiere of John W. Lowell’s suspenseful psychological thriller THE LETTERS, the first fully staged production in the company’s new second stage performance space, Harry’s UpStage. With controversies of American government surveillance continuing to unfold, and the recent Russian bill banning the spreading of propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations, THE LETTERS provides an unsettling reflection of our current times.
In The Letters, a Ministry Director calls his employee Anna into his office for a job-related interview, but it is 1931 in the Soviet Union and things are not what they seem. Is Anna being offered a promotion? Is the Director making a sexual advance? The Director seems to have a hidden agenda – or is it Anna who has an agenda of her own? The Letters is a suspenseful cat and mouse game that grows more menacing as the seconds tick away. This taut thriller by NY playwright John W. Lowell has been a hit in both LA and Chicago and with this production Aurora will inaugurate Harry’s Upstage in the Dashow Wing as a theatre performance space.
Award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson (The Arsonists, Metamorphosis) returns to the company to direct this sixth addition to the season, featuring Beth Wilmurt (The Eccentricities of a Nightingale) and Michael Ray Wisely (The Arsonists).
(Thursday) 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison St, Berkeley, CA, United States
25 - 27
Opera Parallèle: Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias with Mahagonny SongspielYerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts’ Lam Research TheaterEvent Type :Theater and Live Performances
Opera Parallèle’s presentation of Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias and Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel April 25, 26 and 27 at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The company uses [...]
Opera Parallèle’s presentation of Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias and Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel April 25, 26 and 27 at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
The company uses an innovative approach where both are presented in one singular production concept. Weill’s evocative Mahagonny Songspiel opens and closes the evening, framing Poulenc’s surrealistic opera buffa, Les mamelles de Tirésias.
Where: Town School for Boys (Formerly the Exploratorium) 2750 Jackson Street
When: 4 to 6 p.m. April 19
What: Opera Parallèle Presents Les mamelles de Tirésias with Mahagonny Songspiel
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts’ Lam Research Theater
When: 8 p.m. April 25, 26 and 2 p.m. April 27
Poulenc/Les Mamelles Weill/Mahagonny Songspiel
Le mari Bobby Gabriel Preisser
Tirésias/La Cartomacienne Jessie Rachel Schutz
Le gendarme Hadleigh Adams
Lacouf/Le journaliste/Le fils Charlie Thomas Glenn
Le directeur/Presto Billy Daniel Cilli
La marchande de journaux Bessie Renée Rapier
Le messieur barbu Jimmy Aleksey Bogdanov
Chorus Members of Resound Ensemble and
the San Francisco Girls Chorus
25 (Friday) - 27 (Sunday)
Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts’ Lam Research Theater
700 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Not a Genuine Black ManBerkeley Repertory TheatreEvent Type :Theater and Live Performances
Brian Copeland’s NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN is the longest running one-man show in San [...]
“In 1972, The National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing called San Leandro, California a ‘racist bastion of white supremacy.’ Fair Housing advocates considered it one of the most racist suburbs in America. The U.S. Commission in Civil Rights conducted hearings. And then, we moved to town.”
So begins Brian Copeland in Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running one-man show in San Francisco history—back for its 10th anniversary at Berkeley Rep.
In a monologue that’s both entertaining and poignant, Brian explores how surroundings make us who we are.
Written and performed by Brian Copeland
Developed by Brian Copeland and David Ford
Directed by David Ford
Special Presentation · Osher Studio
18 performances · April 23–May 31, 2014
Running time: about 2 hours, including one intermission
(Friday) 8:00 PM
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704
Cochon 555Event Type :Food and Wine
Cochon 555 hits San Francisco this weekend. The Ritz-Carlton will be the porkiest of places to be come Sunday, when the rolicking heritage pork classic known as Cochon 555 comes [...]
Cochon 555 hits San Francisco this weekend. The Ritz-Carlton will be the porkiest of places to be come Sunday, when the rolicking heritage pork classic known as Cochon 555 comes to town.
As always, five local chefs will each be given a 200 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. A panel of 20 expert judges and guests of the event will vote for the city’s “Prince or Princess of Porc.” The winner from each city goes on to compete for top honors in the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June. The winner of the finale receives bragging rights as the “King or Queen of Porc” and a 4-day wine experience to Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region.
Stark Insider shot an episode at COCHON 555. Here’s what to expect:
This year’s competing chefs in San Francisco include Michael Rotondo of Parallel 37 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco – Official Host and Hotel of the event Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen, David Bazirgan of Dirty Habit, Kim Alter of Plum and Mark Liberman of TBD. The five chefs, champions to the pig, will battle it out in a friendly competition by preparing a maximum of six dishes each created from one whole heritage breed pig to win votes from a crowd of hungry gourmands and celebrated judges. Thomas McEntee of 4505 Meats will butcher a pig for the audience and Dennis Lee of Smokestack and Namu Gaji will prepare an additional late-night sixth pig.
ALSO SEE: Stark Insider TV: Getting piggy at Cochon 555 (Video)
A 1200+ pound showcase of heritage pig carved into 30 chef-prepared dishes will also include: “The Goose Nest,” an area featuring the Vintage Ales of Goose Island Beer Co. paired with Hudson Valley Foie Gras; live butchering demonstration at the Pop-Up Butcher Shop, benefitting Le Cordon Bleu with the support of Williams-Sonoma; different ages of Prosciutto di Parma ranging between 14 and 30 months, sliced by a roaming Berkel and by hand off a bone-in leg. There will be a VIP exclusive tasting of the “Punch Kings” cocktail competition featuring five  five local barkeeps in the “Punch Kings” Competition presented by Breckenridge Bourbon barkeeps can sign-up here. There will be a welcome cocktail from Four Roses Bourbon; the Bourbon Bar presented by Breadcrumb by Groupon featuring Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Breckenridge Bourbon, Hirsch, Templeton Rye and Luxardo; libations including Crispin Ciders, Wines of Rioja, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Cornerstone Cellars, Colene Clemens Vineyards, 4Play Wines, Elk Cove Vineyards, and a Mezcal Bar featuring Fidencio and Mezcales de Leyenda; a TarTare Bar featuring Creekstone Farms with Matthew Accarrino of SPQR; an artisan cheese bar with Mission Cheese featuring Rogue Creamery and La Brea Bakery; Swine & Sweets signature ice cream course presented by James Beard award-winning Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
(Sunday) 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Taste of OakvilleRobert Mondavi WineryEvent Type :Food and Wine
A TASTE OF OAKVILLE Each year in spring, the Oakville Winegrowers Association organizes its highly anticipated Taste of Oakville in the cellar of one of its beautiful wineries. This exclusive by-invitation-only event [...]
A TASTE OF OAKVILLE
Each year in spring, the Oakville Winegrowers Association organizes its highly anticipated Taste of Oakville in the cellar of one of its beautiful wineries.
This exclusive by-invitation-only event is designed by our winery members to present their Oakville wines to the retail trade and wine press.
The Taste of Oakville is a one-of-a-kind experience, a chance to taste the wines and to meet with the vintners, winemakers and winery principals. This unique occasion allows guests and hosts to establish a direct connection, to enjoy a one-on-one conversation and to explore new wines and trends.
(Monday) 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Robert Mondavi Winery
Highway 29, Oakville, California