Cheryl Eddy

Last laugh

Comedian Paco Romane bids farewell to his Romane Event — for now

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COMEDY

Seems like we've been facing a lot of "end of an era"-type announcements around San Francisco lately, but the popular Romane Event Comedy Show — ending its monthly Make-Out Room stint March 26 — is closing up shop by choice.

"After nine years, I feel like I've checked all the boxes I need to check on my to-do list, with creating a comedy show of this type," host Paco Romane says. "I have a lot of other comedy projects that I want to devote time to. However, the Romane Event has been very special for me. I'm sad to end it."Read more »

'Budapest,' 'Mars,' and more: CAAMFest + new movies!

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Last night heralded the opening of the Center for Asian American Media's CAAMFest; it runs through March 23 at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF; Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson, SF; New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St, Oakl; New People Cinema, 1746 Post, SF; Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berk; and Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post, SF. For tickets (most shows $12) and complete schedule, visit www.caamedia.org. For commentary, see "The Art of Martial Arts," "Telling Tales, " and "Women With Movie Cameras."

New movies after the jump.

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Telling tales

Diverse stories take to the screen in CAAMFest's documentary competition

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Yesterday, today, and Tomorrow

Cartoonist Dan Perkins reflects on 25 years of 'This Modern World'

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VISUAL ART Tom Tomorrow's real name is Dan Perkins. This is important information if you ever happen to call him up, because you will have to squelch the urge to blurt out "Hi, Tom!" when he answers the phone.Read more »

Writing in the dark

True-crime author Harold Schechter talks murder and 'The Mad Sculptor'

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LIT True-crime fans will know the name Harold Schechter: the prolific author and Queens College professor has written books on such nefarious characters as H.H. Holmes, Albert Fish, and Ed Gein, as well as mystery novels centered around Edgar Allan Poe. His latest is The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, The Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation (Amazon Publishing/New Harvest, 386 pp., $24 hardcover, $9.99 eBook). Read more »

Goldies 2014 Dance/Film: San Francisco Dance Film Festival

After starting small, the ambitious festival had a banner 2013 (with even bigger plans for the future)

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GOLDIES Greta Schoenberg founded the San Francisco Dance Film Festival in 2008, but she didn't realize it at the time. It began as "Motion Pictures," a gallery show combining dance photography with screenings of Schoenberg's "screen dance" films — short works she'd made specifically for the camera.Read more »

Masterpiece theater

In 'Tim's Vermeer,' an inventor re-creates a priceless artwork using paint — and technology

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FILM "I'm not a painter," admits Tim Jenison at the start of Tim's Vermeer. He is, however, an inventor, a technology whiz specializing in video engineering, a self-made multimillionaire, and possessed of astonishing amounts of determination and focus. Add a bone-dry sense of humor and he's the perfect documentary subject for magicians and noted skeptics Penn & Teller (longtime Jenison pal Penn "hosts," while Teller directs), who capture his multi-year quest to "paint a Vermeer."Read more »

New movies: Clooney, vampires, stellar imports, and more!

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This week's big release, George Clooney's The Monuments Men, is a dud. So what else should you see instead? Options include a pair of well-received foreign imports (Gloria and Stranger by the Lake), as well as a tribute to a 1980s comedy classic courtesy of SF Sketchfest. Read on!

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Ennui the people

Life lessons (my friend is an alien, what do I do?) abound at SF IndieFest as it turns sweet 16

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FILM San Francisco IndieFest celebrates its Super Sweet 16 with multiple films presenting an appropriately teenage outlook on humanity: Most of the time, people suck. They suck in ways you expect, ways you don't expect, and ways you should have expected but chose not to, for your own sucky reasons.Read more »