Archive for February, 2008

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Wilson Loves Harry

Noise Pops as Hollyweird Haunts SF

Inside the Fed’s mostly abandoned 50 UN Plaza, Harvey Milk & George Moscone are being repeatedly asassinated for Gus Van Zant’s cameras over the past few days, meanwhile the ghost of Darby Crash is haunting a theater owned by a certain bankrupt college on 16th St tonight.

“What We Do Is Secret”, a film written about the LA punk band the Germs, has it’s SF debut at 9:15 at the Roxie. Darby Crash’s life story is one of a frustrated street hustler and his obnoxious hardcore punk band breaking down barriers to blow minds (and ear drums) in L.A’s monied moustache rock scene of the late ’70’s. Let’s just say the Eagles, Stevie Nicks and the rest of the denim & diamonds crowd didn’t look up from their mirrored coffee tables to notice the dirty din blasting out of the Starwood in Hollywood.

Ironically, or not, the film’s cast and backers couldn’t be farther from the real life of Darby Crash, amongst those appearing on behalf of the production tonight are ER star Shane West as Darby, and film producer and millionaire scion of the SF socialite scene, Todd Traina. Other cast members up on the screen include the daughters of 60’s & 70’s music industry big wig’s Lenny Waronker and Papa John Phillips, showing that a lil’ nepotism is still hip in show biz.

These two pedigreed young ladies, Anna Waronker & Bijou Phillips, get to play the punky pioneering presences of Joan Jett and Germs bassist Lorna Doon respectively, women in reallife who weren’t handed any family favors by the entertainment industry, gals that had to prove their worth in inexorably inhospitable conditions.

But who ever said Hollyweird was about “keeping it real…”

More on the flick, and other Noise Pop events after the jump:

Busy morning in the Castro

When you take time to look around it can boggle the mind how complex our city really is.

Beautiful day downtown

I went to lunch with my office mates at the Ferry Building this afternoon and it was absolutely perfect outside. I could have done without the influx of rats with wings but otherwise a picture perfect day in SF. I shot this walking back to our cube farm.

Lucky 13

Lucky 13 is one of my favorite bars in the city and not just for their most awesome signage. They have the best punk rock juke box I’ve come across and a generally awesome crowd and staff. One of the few bars where I’ve never had a bad night. Five thumbs up or something along those lines.

Public Hearing – Whole Foods Market / Housing development at 690 Stanyan St.

vertical_green100w.jpgThere will be a public hearing this Thursday (2/28) to discuss the results of the EIR for the new Whole Foods expected to go in at the site of the old Cala Foods Market. This location has sat empty for the past couple of years while the community debates what kind of development befits the area. Whole Foods has come forward with a proposal for review. And guess what, the hippies hate it and the yuppies love it.

Download the EIR(PDF).

More pointedly, on the pro-side we have the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association. And on the con-side of the argument we have the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council. It’ll be interesting to see what the substance of the arguments are, as neither of their websites seem to provide any information.

This meeting should be a blast:
1:30 PM
Commission Chambers – Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
More details…

Tragedy in the Castro

As seen on 17th Street on my way into work today.

Woman behind it-boy writer now scorned by former pals

Laura Albert (l.) with Savannah Knoop, who appeared as JT LeRoy in public events, at a Los Angeles event in 2007.

Courtesy GalleyCat, here’s this week’s LA Weekly cover story: all about Laura Albert, the fortyish straight woman who, from her San Francisco apartment, became a famous cult author by pretending to be a teenaged, gender-bending former truck stop prostitute-turned-brilliant fiction writer named J.T. LeRoy. Among the revelations in the story:

  • She now lives in a “Nob Hill flat,” which suggests she isn’t hurting for money despite the $350,000 judgment against her last year by the film company that cancelled making a movie of one of the LeRoy books.
  • She didn’t enjoy her public role in the LeRoy hoax — that of “Speedie,” a member of LeRoy’s entourage, whom she said was treated like a “bicycle messenger” (maybe because that’s how she dressed) .


Ear Hustle @ Nickie’s This Tuesday

Ant Marshall, who helped bring worldwide attention to the Hip Hop poetry scene via NYC’s Lyricist Lounge events has relocated to the Yay Area and is now promoting Ear Hustle in the Lower Haight at Nickie’s.

This Tuesday’s event will highlight the contributions of the local ABB Records label whose signings have included the North Kakalaky based hitmakers Little Brother, as well as locals like Planet Asia and Martin Luther.

They’ll also be showing some highlight reels of the recent JAM awards shot for Current TV featuring hip hop industry luminaries like Snoop Dogg, Raekwon, Dead Prez, etc

More Info and some ABB artist mp3 trax after the jump…

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