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My night with "Marie Antoinette" -- live at Cannes

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Gary Meyer of Balboa Theater fame dishes the Cannes screening of Sofa Coppola’s forthcoming opus:

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Can we get more frills on that? A still from Marie Antoinette.

A hometown girl made good at the world’s most prestigious film festival when Valley Girl (Napa Valley, that is) Sofia Coppola presented her newest film, Marie Antoinette, at Cannes. Read more »

"X-Men" Schmeckman

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First off, I can bitch about the ridiculousness of the Golden Gate Bridge effect, the absurdity of setting so much of this movie in SF when they actually shot most of it in Vancouver (it looks pretty faux, to boot), and the narrative mishaps that leave me, the onetime X-Men semi-superfan, uncaring about whether Jean Grey/Phoenix lives or dies. Read more »

NOISE: Live, live, live, if you want it -- Mission Creek and so much more

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You didn't ask for it but you got it anyway...here's beginning of your belated, scattershot lowdown on Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival as well as recent and not-so-recent shows.

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Vincent Gallo on Polk Street last year.
He was in town to promote Brown Bunny.
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NOISE: Not that Duchess -- Her Grace the Duchess!

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Correction time! Apologies go out to Duchess and Her Grace the Duchess. I wrote that Christy Schnabel's Duchess was playing a Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival show Thursday, May 18. That's not happening. Perhaps she'll swing through town soon but she won't be coming through that day. Instead, check out her new self-titled album on Blackball.

Rather, Her Grace the Duchess is playing that night at 12 Galaxies. A big boo-boo, and likely the last time we get that wrong. Read more »

NOISE: ArnoCorps want to pump you up

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Contributor Dennis Harvey writes in to praise ArnoCorps:

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When they said "Ahhhl be baaahhck," wasn't that a promise?!? I fear not. It appears May 20's headlining Café du Nord appearance by ArnoCorps, purportedly Austrian "pioneers of Action-Adventure Hardcore rock 'n' roll," may be their last for the foreseeable future.

They are returning to die Vaterland‹or close, at least, with summer dates in England and Ireland. Read more »

Oh, Marc...

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The secret fantasy straight from the deepest, darkest part of every mad shopper's heart -- your favorite designer opens a boutique right down the street from your humble hovel. That came true last week for me and oodles of other Asian American fashionistas from the Richmond when the new Marc by Marc Jacobs boutique threw open its doors at Fillmore and Sacramento on May 3. Guess who'll get first dibs at the clearance rack? Bliss!

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Flag waving and nose thumbing. Read more »

NOISE: Have another slab of John Vanderslice

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Duncan Scott Davidson interviewed Tiny Telephone honcho and Barsuk artist John Vanderslice for a piece in the May 3 issue of the Guardian. Here's more from his interview with the SF singer-songwriter, who performs tonight, May 12, at the Independent.

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Bright lights, big city, and Mr. Vanderslice. Read more »

On the "Con" with cartoonist Daniel Clowes

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It was so much fun talking to Eightball cartoonist and Ghost World and now Art School Confidential writer Daniel Clowes –- and so much conversation was left on the cutting room floor that I thought I’d resurrect a few choice tidbits here.

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Max Minghella (left) sports a mean beret in Art School Confidential.

Bay Guardian: How did you get into the minds of teenage girls with Ghost World? Read more »

NOISE: Coachella cracked open?

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Guardian intern Jonathan Knapp checked out Coachella last week and lived to tell the tale:

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Jose Luis Pardo of Los Amigos Invisibles
holds forth Sunday at Coachella.
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