Our Weekly Picks April 25-May 1
>> Norm Talley
It's been a good decade since the Detroit Beatdown sound was unleashed on the world via an eponymous triple-disc release on the UK's Third Ear Records, which collected the works of several integral Motor City dance music producers. In truth, the Beatdown sound wasn't so much a cohesive style — although it did reflect the spinetingling synthesis of Detroit's hypnotic, unhurried house sound with the Zen-like disco-funk loopiness that was earning Moodymann and Theo Parrish rabid followers at the time — than a foray into bumpin' erotic grooviness, no matter the tempo or sample source. An uptick in Beatdown sound reverence has lead to recent tours by many of the original players, including Norm Talley, who will bring almost 30 years worth of decks magic to the incredibly welcoming Housepitality weekly party. (Marke B.)
9pm, $5 before 11pm, $10 after
1192 Folsom, SF
>> Eric Erlandson
As the guitarist for Hole, Eric Erlandson was at the center of alternative rock explosion of the early '90s, a member of one of the most popular bands of the time, and a friend and confidant to one of the scene's most influential players, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. With the 18th anniversaries of both the suicide of Cobain and the release of Hole's hit record Live Through This passing this month, Erlandson has just released his first book, Letters To Kurt (Akashic Books) a touching and enlightening collection of prose poems addressed to his departed friend. He'll read from the book and do an acoustic performance tonight. (Sean McCourt)
2476 Telegraph, Berk.
In conversation with Andi Mudd
Thu/26, 7pm, free
261 Columbus, SF
>> "A Change of the World: In Memory of Adrienne Rich"
The iconic contemporary poet — how many of those have we got left, friend? — passed away at her home in Santa Cruz last month. But Adrienne Rich's legacy of strong-willed, powerfully voiced feminism, radical lesbian activism, perfectly illuminated quotidian details, and, hopefully, incredible control of poetic form, is set to be carried on for generations, beginning with this huge tribute at the SF Main Library from notable Bay Area wordsmiths. Join Elana Dykewomon, Aaron Shurin (whose latest volume, Citizen, is a stunner), Jewelle Gomez, Justin Chin, Kevin Killian, Toni Mirosevich, and oodles more as they resurrect Rich's voice and offer their own oblations on the rough altar of her inspiring genius. OMG she would hate that I got all over-dramatic with the language back there. (Marke B.)
Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the SF Main Library
100 Larkin, SF
>> "John Waters in Conversation"
Oh hell yes. Sometimes San Francisco resident John Waters (if you've spotted him on Muni, I am sooo jealous) visits California College of the Arts to screen 2004 sex-com A Dirty Shame, which features a typically eclectic cast (including Waters regulars Mink Stole and Patricia Hearst, and Selma Blair's memorable, uh, udders). The "Pope of Trash" (he's also an author, occasional actor, hilarious solo performer, and photographer) hangs out after to chat about his filmmaking career — and the fact that this killer event is free (part of CCA's Cinema Visionaries program and Design and Craft Lecture Series) is just icing on the poo. Er, cake. (Cheryl Eddy)
Timken Lecture Hall
California College of Arts
1111 Eighth St., SF
>> "Bloomsbury/It's Not Real"
In the early part of the 20th century and for a short period only, the London neighborhood of Bloomsbury became a center of civilized thought. In their salons its members argued about poetry, painting, and history. They passionately believed in Art and embraced total freedom — artistic, sexual, personal. Some of them became famous; others dropped by the wayside. Yet in retrospect, Bloomsbury looks like a small Shangri-la. Or was it? Jenny McAllister has been popping the balloons of pretense for close to 20 years, creating dance theater pieces that are as witty as they are humorous. In "Bloomsbury Group/It's Not Real" she and her 13th Floor Dance Theater introduces us to some of those peculiar characters that called Bloomsbury home. (Rita Felciano)
Thu/26-Sun/29, 8pm, $18–$23
3153 17th St., SF
>> The Touré-Raichel Collective
Israeli pianist Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré forged a friendship after crossing paths at a Germany airport in 2008. The Israeli pop star, known for culling from many worldly influences, had been a fan of Vieux's father, legendary guitarist Ali Farka Touré. Raichel beckoned the younger Touré to visit him in Tel Aviv for a jam session. Their serendipitous collaboration resulted in The Tel Aviv Session, an acoustic, improvisational masterwork. Throughout Tel Aviv, Touré sets the stage with dramatic strumming and guitar-picking, while Raichel engages with his own meticulous, twinkling ripostes. The duo's casual chemistry facilitates a rare and absolutely mesmerizing interplay fused together by impeccable technique. (Kevin Lee)
8pm, $25–$85 Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness, SF (415) 392-4400
>> Trippple Nippples
Poised to make a splash at SXSW this year with its hyperkinetic live show, Tokyo's Trippple Nippples unfortunately had to cancel due to visa complications. The band is now making up for lost time with a string of West Coast shows that includes a Thursday stop at Thee Parkside. A mix of psychedelic performance art, electronics. and in-your-face noise rock, the group has caused a stir in Japan, in addition to finding endorsements from American artists such as Pharrell, who recently championed it in Vice's mini-documentary, Tokyo Rising. Check out the Dan Deacon-esque slice of kaleidoscopic electropop "LSD" for a taste. (Landon Moblad)
With Ass Baboons of Venus and Ghost Town Refugees
1600 17th St., SF
>> Afrolicious Five-Year Anniversary
Give it up for unstoppable, adorable DJ brothers Señor Oz and Pleasuremaker, a.k.a. Oz and Joey McGuire. A half-decade ago, when the idea of mixing as many global dance music styles into one party as possible was still pretty radical, the bros' Afrolicious party went one better with live instrumentation (often courtesy of Joey's band, Pleasuremaker, which drops a new full-length later this year), remarkable guest stars, and a fantasy Latin funk sheen. Best of all, Afrolicious pumped a welcoming, soulful, old-school smiley vibe — free of the slightly sour, scene-y sting of other such endeavors. Afrolicious anniversary parties burst apart at the seams with guest-star goodies and span two wild nights. This one is no exception, with resident percussionists Qique and Diamond, Brazilian drum troupe Fogo Na Roupa, DJs New Life and Sergio, and more. (Marke B.)
Thu/26-Fri/27, 9:30pm, $10
647 Valencia, SF
>> "First Breath — Last Breath"
Bad Unkl Sista, participators in arts-party mega-fare (like Maker Faire, for instance), take over Z Space this weekend for the world premiere of a new performance work, "First Breath — Last Breath," directed, choreographed, and costumed by founder and artistic director Anastazia Louise, a Butoh-trained dancer and dance teacher who honed her skills in the "wearable art" costuming department as a core member of the Carpetbag Brigade from 2000 to 2009. A sensory-stimulating meditation on life and death, the piece promises an apt element of the unscripted in its hybrid spectacle of dance, Butoh, aerial work, couture, percussive scenic design, film, and music. (Robert Avila)
Fri/27, 8pm; Sat/28, 2 and 8pm, $35
450 Florida, SF
>> Jim Gaffigan
Comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan could pontificate on any subject, but his delightful treatises on bacon bits, Cinnabons, and other dubious delectables rank as fan favorites. "I've never eaten a Hot Pocket and been like, 'I'm glad I ate that,'" he opines during a popular sermon on the sloppy snack. Followers gravitate toward his languid style and natural inclination to poke fun at his own comedy, especially through whiny, one-line asides he whispers as an aghast faux audience member. New 75-minute stand-up routine "Mr. Universe" is available for $5 as an online stream, $1 of which will go toward The Bob Woodruff Foundation in support of veterans and their families. (Lee)
Sat/28, 7:30 and 10pm; Sun/29, 7pm, $39.75–$49.75 Warfield 982 Market, SF (415) 567-2060 www.thewarfieldtheatre.com
>> "Dear Howard, I Love You But I'm Leaving You For Bryant"
You know how friends get your help moving with a little beer and a few laughs? Artists go all out in this regard. This joint fundraiser between the Garage and THEOFFCENTER benefits the new home for the Garage at 715 Bryant. The current Garage space at 975 Howard was literally that in 2007 when Joe Landini moved in and converted it into his "safehouse" for local artists, an ambitious low-rent breeding ground for dance, theater, and performance. The name stays but the venue changes to a more accommodating space nearby. In celebration, the Garage plays, parades, parties, and moves this Saturday in cunningly pragmatic programming that starts at 975 Howard and ends, via "procession," with a bash at the new digs. (Avila)
975 Howard, SF
715 Bryant, SF
>> Marshall Crenshaw
Singer-songwriter-guitarist extraordinaire Marshall Crenshaw has been writing and making records for more than 30 years now, first gaining mainstream exposure with his 1981 hit "Someday, Someway." In 1987, he portrayed Buddy Holly in the film La Bamba, playing an excellent cover of Holly's then-obscure outtake "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," virtually turning the song into his own, one which remains a staple in his live shows to today. The past few years have seen Crenshaw nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for the title track he wrote for the movie Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and the release of the album Jaggedland—don't miss your chance to see him at this unique solo performance. (McCourt)
1330 Fillmore, SF
>> Treat Social Club
On a blustery evening in March, organizers Finn Kelly and Adam Theis invited their friends to converge inside a hangar-like space in the Mission for Treat Social Club's inaugural event. No one knew quite what to expect but once inside revelers found themselves swaying to Realistic Orchestra's moody silent film score, awed by fabulous visuals, and mesmerized by the aerial choreography Amanda Boggs. It was an auspicious start for the monthly series and with performances by tap dancer Tyler Knowlin, and an aerial piece that will be influenced by crowd participation, the second edition promises to be just as tantalizing as the first. (Mirissa Neff)
Go Game Headquarters
400 Treat (Suite F), SF
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