After tonight, it’ll be a missed connection – run to the Red Vic!
For a week now, I’ve been doing one of the things I do best – putting off something that I really want to do, in favor of really important activities (see: Sunday evening Eliza’s take-out feast, mainlining red wine, watching ’80s sitcom moms escape abuse on Lifetime…). The subject of this week’s procrastination? A trip to the Red Vic to watch a movie I’ve really been wanting to see, 24 Hours on CraigsList.
I’ve included the description below, just in case you’re feeling a bit on the lazy side and don’t feel like looking it up. I’d carry you to the Red Vic to watch the movie, too…well, no I wouldn’t. But you should go anyway. Two more showings before you’ll have to wait for NetFlix in order to see it: 7:15 and 9:15 tonight at the Red Vic (1727 Haight Street).
From a single post on craigslist we assembled 8 film crews to document a random day-in-the-life of what has evolved into the world’s largest community board. Not just the “Best-Of” or the “Success Stories”, but a real, down-to-earth look at the fastest-growing grassroots cyber-community in the city that started it: San Francisco.
This is that day: August 4, 2003:
An Ethel Merman drag queen searches for the perfect backup band for her Led Zeppelin covers. A suburban professional woman assembles a diabetic cat support group. A couple seeks the perfect rabbi for their marriage. A would-be mother finds her ideal sperm donor. Doors for sale, one night stands, compulsive roomates, transsexual erotic services. The mundane and the sublime, the ridiculous and the profound, all come together to paint a portrait of a thriving, humanistic community in the midst of an ever-accelerating culture.