Through May 14 - Henrik Olesen: The Walk at the Wattis Institute. "Henrik Olesen adds dirt to the neatness and sexlessness of conceptual art...He queers all that is fixed and organized, replacing it with the dissolved and the disorganized, the polysexual." Which is a great way to describe why I adored this exhibition and its refreshingly grimy take on identity and representation. It's also very punk rock.
Through April 16 - Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes at the Arabian Shakespeare Company. Yussef El Guindi does it again with this incisive look at how Muslims are portrayed in the media, made all the more poignant by current events. Tarek Caan is fabulous as Ashraf, an actor who is being offered the chance to work with his dream film director and a mind-blowing co-star. There's only one problem: the script is Islamophobic drivel.
I accidentally put together a perfect double feature this week when I watched Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless and then Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale back-to-back, both films I already knew I loved and had been meaning to watch again. But I had forgotten Jeff Daniels's Bernard attempts a Breathless reference to Laura Linney in The Squid and the Whale at a fraught moment, and it falls dead flat. Both films: dead brilliant.
Every once in a blue moon a book comes along so deeply-researched and written with such intelligence and compassion that it could actually change the course of society. Every single American should read Matthew Desmond's Evicted to better understand the plight of those living in poverty in our cities, and how those poor are being exploited by the rental market. I genuinely hope Ben Carson is reading it.
As part of the SF International Film Festival, Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy) teamed up with Chicago's Bitchin Baja's and our own Cornelius Boots at the Castro Monday evening to provide a live soundtrack to a trio of avant-garde films by Jerome Hiler, and the result was nothing less than exquisite. Oldham's music is pretty damn gorgeous all on its own too.