Our selection of what we would like to enjoy the week of October 3-9, 2014 in the Bay Area.
We understand if you are heading to the always wonderful and free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park but there is a lot more to do this week of seven days.
A CINEMATIC STUDY OF FOG
Saturday, October 4, 2014 • 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.
Created in collaboration with cinematographer Andy Black, Sam Green’s A Cinematic Study takes a poetic view of a complex natural phenomenon that for many months each year defines the psycho-geography of the region. Originally presented at the Exploratorium in 2013 as a live documentary, Green returned to his fog studies and created this distinct piece to further celebrate the aesthetic beauty of this natural marvel and the region’s love-hate relationship with its encompassing presence.
OAKLAND ART MURMUR
It is the first Friday and Uptown Oakland will be hopping with open galleries, food trucks, craft booths, live music, movies (both outdoors and at the New Parkway https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Friday-Shorts-Short-Films-at-The-New-Parkway-Free/415662848521537?ref=hl ) and burlesque at The Stork Club http://www.storkcluboakland.com/ . Activities from noon until 9pm. Then enjoy dinner, drinks or a movie in this bustling area close to Bart and AC Transit.
PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE IN BERKELEY- FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING
The Pacific Film Archive’s “Endless Summer Cinema” feature Tim Burton’s first feature film following the squeaky-mad Pee-wee Herman as he rides roughshod over eighties conformity in search of his stolen bike. Shorts and surprises start at 7:30.
FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET AT U.N. PLAZA
A new late Summer Friday tradition with food trucks, seasonal craft beers, wine, cocktails, summer-time fashion, live music, DIY workshops, and games. Discount on drinks with advance RSVP.
ETHIOPIAN FILMAKERS PRESENT DIFRET
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari and Mehret Mandefro will introduce and discuss their new movie while in San Francisco as part of the SF Film Society’s “Artists-in-Residence” program.
DIFRET (Ethiopia 2014, 96 min)
Thursday October 9, 7:00 pm at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema
In rural Ethiopia, a few hours outside of Addis Ababa, men on horseback, following local tradition, kidnap 14-year-old Hirut in a bid to force her to marry another villager. Her attempt to free herself from a preordained future sets off a legal firestorm in this powerful drama. Based on a true story, Difret is not only a compelling, suspenseful equal-rights saga while also a hopeful and provocative drama about resilience and the pursuit of justice.
Director Mehari and Producer Mandefro will also participate in an intimate artist talk Monday October 13, 5:00 pm at FilmHouse (644 Broadway Street at Stockton), in which they will discuss the making of Difret and the production challenges of shooting in Ethiopia, among other subjects. This event is free and open to the public.
LA COCINA: THE CULINARY TREASURES OF ROSA COVARRUBIAS
San Francisco’s Mexican Museum‘s “La Cocina” features Rosa Covarrubias’ traditional, personal collection of Mexican cooking ware and utensils.
LEST WE FORGET: REMEMBERING RADICAL SAN FRANCISCO
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts launches a month-long film series exploring the City’s radical history and hard-fought battles for social change. These films cover authentic life in Chinatown, redevelopment, the retaking of “Indian land” on Alcatraz, sex, gay rights, punk rock, good times, the impact of AIDS, James Baldwin meeting the black residents of San Francisco and much more in a series of classic activist movies.
A Craft Beer fest and tasting with over 35 local breweries plus a half dozen local wineries, lots of food to pair plus dance performances and live music, kids activities all day Saturday in Oakland’s Dimond District. The East Bay Express has a great pullout guide.
PSYCHEDELICATESSEN–A FEAST FOR THE EYES
Oddball Films presents a crazy Friday night of vintage eye-poppers, mind-benders, jaw-droppers and head-scratchers. From hallucinatory dental hygiene to swingin’ promo films and surreal cartoons.
SPANISH DINNER POPUP
Camila Loew’s Sobremesa has one of the caterer’s infrequent pop up dinners next Thursday night at Far Leaves Tea in Berkeley. You will eat family style as numerous Spanish dishes are brought to the table.
FREE SCREENING OF “ROSEMARY’S BABY IN A MOVIE PALACE
The second Thursday of every month the historic Orinda Theatre has a free classic movie at 7pm. This week features the horror classic ROSEMARY’S BABY.
FOOD ON FILM AS WAYNE WANG MEETS CECILIA CHANG
This Sunday afternoon director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club, Smoke ) will join the legendary culinary artist Cecilia Chang to present and discuss their delicious movie abut her career and a banquet she prepared for twelve people including Alice Waters and Ruth Riechl in her home.