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Jun-25-2014

Rock on! Summer music documentary festival at the Balboa Theater

Every Thursday this summer, the Balboa Theater will be showing a different music documentary / rockumentary.

First up this week is Holding on to Jah, which details the history of Jamaica, Reggae music, and the Rasta movement.

Other highlights in the series include the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense (August 14), Oscar winning film Twenty Feet from Stardom (August 7) about the history of backup singers in the music industry, The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights (July 24), and Jonathan Demme’s Neil Young Trunk Show (August 28).

The full festival schedule:

June 26: Holding on to Jah
July 3: The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground
July 10: Rage: 20 years of Punk Rock
July 17: The Swell Season
July 24: The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights
July 31: You See Me Laughin’
August 7: Twenty Feet from Stardom
August 14: Stop Making Sense
August 21: Anvil: The Story of Anvil
August 28: Neil Young Trunk Show

All movies begin at 7:30pm and the festival runs through August 28. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Balboa Theater website, or at the box office.

Sarah B.

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Jun-4-2014

Local links: Muni sickout, Surfcraft, new Vietnamese, Yee nearly elected & more


Transit Accident at Euclid & Arguello Boulevard with onlookers | November 17, 1915. Courtesy of SFMTA Archives

Not too many links to share this week, but like a good loaf of bread, we don’t want them to go stale…

  • How are you all handling the MUNI sickout? We’ve seen hoards of waiting passengers at stops in the neighborhood these past few mornings, and one (handsome!) reader tweeted us that he ran home 5.5 miles from his job to avoid it. Leave a comment to let us know.
  • Congrats to the Balboa Theater (which is screening Purple Rain this Sunday night!) for being named among 7 best movie house in the Bay Area by KQED. We could have done without the “just decrepit and seedy enough” descriptor though…
  • Despite his legal troubles and pulling out of the election, Senator Leland Yee STILL received just over 287k votes in yesterday’s election primary for California Secretary of State – enough for a third place finish. We’re gonna chalk to this up to people lazily voting for a name they recognize… Sigh.
  • This outer Richmond District resident is crafting a new kind of surfboard made specifically for bodysurfing. He came up with the idea after his traditional surfboard broke in half.
  • Reader Emily F. tells us that the old Barley Cafe at 343 Clement near 5th Avenue, which closed abruptly after a few months, will soon be taken over by a new Vietnamese restaurant. She chatted with the owners who were on site who told her that “there that will focus on noodle soups and fresh spring roll wraps. They expect to be open by the end of June.”
12:35 pm | Posted under Business, Food, History, Movies, Politics | 15 comments
May-19-2014

Purple Rain 30th anniversary screening at the Balboa Theater, June 8

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life…”

That is the opening line to “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince, the first track off his album Purple Rain and also the opening song of the movie, which premiered in 1984. The film was an instant sensation, introducing audiences to Prince’s legendary blend of funk, rock n’ roll and soul, and to memorable characters like Morris Day and Prince’s band, The Revolution.

It’s hard to believe this classic rock film is turning 30 this year. To celebrate, the Balboa Theater is hosting a special screening of the film on Sunday, June 8 at 7pm, complete with a costume contest, trivia and a dance party in the theater lobby.

So dust off your best 80s garb – especially your high-collared puffy shirts and tight pants – and come out to enjoy Purple Rain on the big screen.

Seating is limited so be sure to get your tickets online in advance – $10 for adults. It’s going to be a fun night – Darling Nikki told us so!

P.S. – Wear purple!

Sarah B.

5:06 am | Posted under Movies | 5 comments
May-13-2014

New documentary about Bay Bridge lights project at the Balboa, May 16-22

Usually it’s the Golden Gate Bridge that gets all the attention in these parts .But that all changed in March 2013 when an art installation, featuring 25,000 LED lights, lit up the north side of the Bay Bridge’s western span.

It was two years and $8 million in the making, and filmmaker Jeremy Amber was there to capture it all in his first feature length documentary called Impossible Light. After making its premieres at SXSW and being selected for the San Francisco and Newport Beach film festivals, the documentary will play for a week at the Balboa Theater starting this Thursday.

Impossible Light provides an inside glimpse at how a small team of visionaries battled numerous obstacles—from the drawing board to the boardroom to 500 feet above San Francisco Bay—to turn an impossible dream into a glimmering reality. It details all of the drama and the joy involved in creating a work of art on the grandest of scales, and demonstrates that the Bay Lights truly is a project whose “impossibility made it possible.”

On Friday, Amber will be at the Balboa for the 7pm screening, as well as on Sunday for the 5pm screening for a post-film Q&A session.

Catch Impossible Light at the following times:

Friday 5/16 + Saturday 5/17: 1 PM, 3 PM, 5PM, 7 PM and 9:30 PM
Sunday 5/18 – Thursday 5/22: 1 PM, 3 PM, 5PM, 7 PM

Tickets are available online or at the Balboa Theater box office.

Sarah B.

5:05 am | Posted under Art, Movies | 2 comments
Mar-10-2014

Upcoming documentary “It Ain’t Pretty” about women surfers of Ocean Beach


A group of women surfers gathered at Kelly’s Cove for shooting on Sunday morning. Photo by Helynn Ospina

A new documentary is in production about the women who surf the waves at Ocean Beach. It’s entitled “It Ain’t Pretty” and filmmakers released their first teaser trailer last week – watch it below (or here if you can’t see the embed).

In addition to footage at Ocean Beach, the film also includes shots of the women surfing Mavericks.

To keep tabs on the film, follow the project on Facebook. It’s slated for a 2015 release.

Sarah B.

[via Stokereport]

5:10 am | Posted under Movies, Ocean Beach | 1 comment
Feb-27-2014

Watch the Oscars on the big screen at the Balboa Theater, Sunday

UPDATE 1:47pm 3/1/14: This event is sold out.

This Sunday, the Balboa Theater will host its annual Oscars party. Red Carpet coverage begins at 2:30pm, and the festivities continue on through the evening. The official ceremony starts at 4pm.

Once again, this year’s event will be emceed by Reed Kirk Rahlmann (Howard the Duck, Nash Bridges), who has this to say about the year’s lineup of movies:

Once again it is time for the Balboa Theater Oscar party! And once again I have the honor of hosting. I have opinions about the nominees (Gravity? Best Picture? Really?) and I’m sure you do too. And I want to hear them! I also want to hear about your Tenuous Oscar Connections. Do you work with someone who saw Judy Dench at Starbucks? Know someone who was Joaquin Phoenix’s orthodontist? Tell the story—there’s a prize in it for you. Do you have a favorite film that no one else has heard of? Share it with the audience. And costumes are always encouraged. So don’t sit home and watch. Come share the experience of the movies as they should be experienced—at a theater filled with Oscar fans. Hope to see you there.

This event does sell out so be sure to get your tickets online in advance – $10 for adults, $7.50 for kids and seniors.

Before Sunday, check out this year’s Oscar nominees and be sure to print out the 2014 Oscars ballot so you can play along.

And while you’re here, vote for who you think should win Best Picture:

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Feb-12-2014

“Diary of a Teenage Girl” films at Clement Street’s Hamburger Haven


Photo by Derek

Last month, actor Alexander Skarsgård and his impressive legs were seen filming at Ocean Beach for a new indie film called “Diary of a Teenage Girl”, based on a graphic novel of the same name by Phoebe Gloeckner. The film also stars Kristen Wiig and British actress Bel Powley.

The story takes place in 1970s San Francisco, so what better place to travel back several decades than Hamburger Haven? Its interior, replete with faux wood, paneled walls and laminate counters, looks like it’s stuck in a time warp.

Reader Derek walked by the shooting on Tuesday and provided us with pics. He noted trailers on set for two of the cast members – Madeleine Waters as ‘Kimmie’ and Bel Powley as ‘Minnie’ – but did not see any sign of big stars Skarsgård or Wiig (one Skarsgård superfan tweeted to tell us he wrapped his role last week).

SFWeekly sent a (very patient) writer out to watch the production for the day starting at 10:26am, no doubt hoping for another glimpse of Skarsgård in his short shorts and tube socks. But all she encountered were vintage 70s sedans parked outside the diner, bored cops and polite security guards. And some extras dressed in 70s flair.

All filming took place inside the diner and wrapped at 6:24pm.

It seems our west side beaches and restaurants are becoming popular with Hollywood. Woody Allen shot scenes for Blue Jasmine at Gaspare’s Pizzeria on Geary and Ocean Beach in Summer 2012.

Sarah B.


The interior of Hamburger Haven. Photo by applecow


A wardrobe truck full of 70s vintage clothing. Photo by Derek


The door to Bel Powley’s (Minnie) trailer. Photo by Derek


Photo by Derek

5:04 am | Posted under Movies | 3 comments
Feb-6-2014

Ken Burns’ latest Yosemite documentary at the Academy, Feb. 15 & 16


Half Dome in Yosemite Valley. Photo by Walt Mancini

Next weekend, the California Academy of Sciences will screen the latest documentary from filmmaker Ken Burns entitled “Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit”.

The documentary is about the 1864 Yosemite Grant signed by President Abraham Lincoln, which also laid the foundation for the national park idea. The landmark legislation forever preserved the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

The film is just 25 min and will be shown at 11:30 am, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 pm in the Forum Theater at the Academy of Sciences on February 15 and 16. Admission is free with your Academy admission.

And if you’re there on Sunday, February 16, be sure to wish Pierre the penguin a happy 31st birthday – he’s the oldest in the Academy’s colony.

Sarah B.

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