Aside from my inspiration input posts I'm not usually a fan of the "listicle" format for this blog. However, I'm trying to wrap things up before taking off to Big Sur for a couple days to go dance in the woods with Animal Collective, and I need to clear my copious backlog of recent sights and sounds. All good stuff, I promise:
- The new Star Trek movie is probably the most fun I've had in a theater so far this year, and no one was more surprised by this than me. I was uber-skeptical J.J. Abrams had the first clue how to handle the franchise, but the whole thing is perfectly designed to satisfy old fans like me and young whippersnappers alike.
- Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson made an excellent case for scavenging as lifestyle at Diesel last Thursday. I recommend buying their new book The Scavenger's Manifesto as opposed to scavenging it though, if for no other reason than to support local authors.
- Suburban Kids with Biblical Names at the Rickshaw Stop Thursday night: adorably poppy!
- Beatboxing Beasts and Cafeteria Feasts: Short Plays by Short People at the de Young, in which local 5th graders got to see their plays acted out by professional actors. Just plain adorable.
- Blue Sabbath Black Fiji at Rooz Cafe Friday night: adorably noisy! Megaweapon and Zayante Spoils were awesome too.
- Jews on Vinyl at the Contemporary Jewish Museum: You haven't lived until you've heard the Temptations do a Fiddler on the Roof medley while lounging on a '50s sofa set.
- Carnaval SF: cold, and kind of aggro with the security at the gate this year. Always good music though.
- Other Cinema's "The End of the Analog" program at ATA Saturday night: video game history, arty shorts, and a sublime live video art performance by Killer Banshee.
- Flight of the Conchords at the Berkeley Community Theater last night: I love Jemaine a lot too, but now and forever I remain a confirmed Bretrosexual.