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Archive for January, 2008

Perverts put out

By awoodall

pervertsputout.jpg…Poetry, that is. Sorry to disappoint you. Perverts Put Out is actually the name of an erotic poetry reading series in San Francisco. This Saturday (Jan 5) is the post-New Year Hangover Edition featuring such artists as “horehound stillpoint” 7:30 p.m. at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St. (415) 435-7552.   Tickets $10-$15.
Penance is available via the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s “The Bible: The complete word of God, abridged.” Amen! Confess your sins and get answers to such questions as “Did Adam and Eve have navels?” and “Did Moses really look like Charlton Heston?” (and did Moses carry a gun?) Go quick bc the show ends Jan. 6 at the Marines Memorial Threatre, 609 Sutter St., SF. The phone# is (415) 771-6900. Tickets ($45-$49) at www.ticketmaster.com.

Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2008
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Uptown rides again

By awoodall

Hey — the Uptown is back in business again. Last time I went by in November, the Everyone Else Is Doing itOaksterdam night club over by the Fox Theatre on Telegraph was still dark and the new owners were about to go to the city for a cabaret license. They got it. Paul Van Kleef over at Cafe Van Kleef told me the other night that the new owners were a different breed than the old ones, who got out of Dodge when the Uptown went south. (BTW, I found this very cool shot of the Fox on Gwen Harlow’s Flickr site. So the credit goes to her, whoever she is.)

Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2008
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Sex and the single alien

By awoodall

Despite the fact that there doesn’t seem to be a long line of people asking “Please Hollywood big shot movie-makers we want lots of movies about scary extra-terrestrials,” we got plenty of them. I’d say more than our fair share. I only say that because of a story by my colleague Mark de la Vina this weekend.  The alien thing really took off (no pun intended– we are talking about ALIENS here, you know) in the 1980s, judging from his list of “assorted incarnations of the creature from the Alien universe”:
-1979: With the tagline In space, no one can hear you scream, Alien, the Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi scarefest, premiered. The movie lands somewhere between 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
-1982: Atari 2600 console features the first Alien video game. Like the film series, the alien presence in video games in later years evolves to include an arcade version of the Aliens film and a Game Boy version of Alien 3.
-1986: Terminator director James Cameron reworks the franchise in Aliens, an adrenaline-saturated movie sequel that broke new ground with Sigourney Weavers character Ripley reimagined as an interstellar female Rambo.
-1988: Dark Horse Comics publishes its Aliens title, which places survivors of the 1986 movie on a mission to destroy the creatures home world.
-1989: The Aliens vs. Predator comic, also published by Dark Horse, puts a group of interplanetary ranchers in a battle between the hissing monsters and deadly extraterrestrial hunters introduced in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Predator.
-1990: In the film Predator 2, an alien skull is on display as a hunting trophy in the title characters ship.
-1992: After losing everyone she cares about, Ripley shaves her head and teams up with convicts in a monastic penal colony to fight one of the killer parasitoids in the claustrophobic Alien 3 film.
-1997: Ripley, resurrected through a cloning process two centuries after the previous film was set, is joined by space pirates as they attempt to stop the genetically engineered creatures from getting to Earth in the movie Alien: Resurrection.
-2004: In the film AVP: Alien vs. Predator, a group of researchers investigating an archaeological site in Antarctica are caught between the master hunters from the Predator movies and a fresh crop of aliens.
-2007: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem brings the fight to middle America when a Predator ship unintentionally releases its slimy cargo on humanity when it crashes in small-town Colorado.
You see what I mean?

Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
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