Cheryl Eddy

B there: Bay Bridged bash Friday night!

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If you haven't heard of local blog The Bay Bridged, you probably aren't a fan of Bay Area indie rock. No offense, but you're missing out -- not just on a thriving music scene, but also on a well-written, easy-to-navigate (and totally nonprofit) site that boasts podcasts, show and album reviews, music news, videos, and more. Read more »

Flyaway Productions

An "apparatus-based" performance
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PREVIEW Imagine what it would be like to be working on the new span of the Bay Bridge — perilously dangling in the wind, high above freezing waters, would be just another day on the job. Inspired by the female ironworkers, laborers, crane operators, and other brave souls who've helped create and tend to local bridges since the 1970s, Jo Kreiter's Flyaway Productions presents The Ballad of Polly Ann (named for the badass wife name-checked in "The Legend of John Henry's Hammer"). Read more »

Cold, cold hearts

Until the Light Takes Us peers into black-metal darkness
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Metalheads: before you gang up on Until the Light Takes Us — a new documentary by Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell, who dare to admit they weren't really into metal before starting their film — consider the sinister fact that there's now an imdb entry for the 2010 release of Lords of Chaos. Read more »

We walk with a zombie

Nights and days of the dead economy and culture -- in art, movies, books, and song
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PHENOM In our heads, in our heads: zombies, zombies, zombies.

Don't blame me for taking a bite out of your brain and inserting an annoying tune in its place — once again, not long after the last onslaught of undead trends, our culture is totally zombie mad.

The phrase "zombie bank" is multiplying at a disturbing rate within economic circles. In music, the group Zombi — hailing from the zombie capitol Pittsburgh — is reviving the analogue electronics of George A. Read more »

Black Skies

Singing from the bottom of an angry, murky well in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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PREVIEW I grew up in Chapel Hill, N.C., and I have to tell you, there's not much allowance for rebellious rage on its well-manicured, dogwood-lined, basketball-crazed streets. James Taylor, not a noted sonic ruffler of feathers, also grew up there. Read more »

The Way of the Samurai

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Now open at the Asian Art Museum: "Lords of the Samurai", a fascinating exhibit of over 160 items, remarkably assembled over the past 600 years by a single family, the Hosokawa clan. At the exhibit's press preview June 10, former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa was on hand to introduce his family's collection, which overall totals some 6000 objects -- a high number due in part to his ancestors' emphasis on cultural arts and literature, and also due to plain old good luck. Read more »

Pure fucking armageddon?

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Man, Norwegian black metal bands sure do grow up fast. Read more »

Return of the creatures

Zombies, werewolves, slashers -- the usual suspects turn up at Another Hole in the Head fest
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Zombies, werewolves, slashers, ghosts, and just plain fucked-up individuals: yep, the usual suspects are on hand for the Another Hole in the Head film festival, an offshoot of the San Francisco Independent Film Festival that's back for a sixth unleashing of cinematic ghastliness.

David Gargani's Monsters from the Id, named for the invisible menace in 1956's Forbidden Planet, takes an earnest, somewhat unfocused look at how scientists were depicted in 1950s sci-fi films. Read more »

Buy your Slayer tickets tomorrow, dude!

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I got word of Live Nation's "No Service Fee Wednesdays" promotion before last weekend's stabfest at the Shoreline Amphitheater, but what are the changes of two stabfests in one season, really? You know there's at least one big, dumb concert you're planning on driving to Mountain View to see anyway, so why not pick up your tickets tomorrow (Wed, June 3, starting at 12:01am) and save $10 per ticket in service fees? Read more »

The cult of Fanaka

AFRO-SURREAL: A filmmaker reflects on his groundbreaking career
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AFRO-SURREAL Visitors to filmmaker Jamaa Fanaka's MySpace page are greeted with a clip of Snoop Dogg clutching a pile of Fanaka DVDs — 1975's Welcome Home Brother Charles, a.k.a. Soul Vengeance; 1976's Emma Mae, a.k.a. Black Sister's Revenge; 1979's Penitentiary; and 1982's Penitentiary II. He quotes some choice lines and enthusiastically sings the director's praises: "These movies right here — this is black history."

When I mention Snoop Dogg to Fanaka, he's delighted. Read more »