Wednesday, January 11 I Underground Sound When’s the last time a new music series opened in San Francisco? How about a new series that occurs in a theater and is devoted to popular music? And rock. And World music and classical music, individuals, ensembles, acoustic, electric–though mostly acoustic cause the theater contains only 70 seats. Even if you’re in the last row (which would be row 8), you’re not all that far from the performers. It’s essentially an intimate concert hall. This week’s performance features: Kato-Vento Brazilian Music Project, Joe Klocek and Tom Sway.
Thursday, January 12 I Souls of Splendor San Francisco Premiere Screening “Souls of Splendor” features the story of Leo, a black, gay comic book store clerk and writer who is dealing with his own complicated relationship to his art. He feels left behind by his ex-boyfriend Joe (a successful white artist) and creatively stuck in a place of self-sabotage and distraction. Although steeped in the worlds of comic geeks and San Francisco gay culture, Leo feels alienated from both. He finds the success of others unfair but can not seem to budge himself out of his creative rut. When he sits down to write, distractions abound in the form of video games and his alter-egos: a straight, white superhero named Captain Fabulous and Franz Kafka (yes, THE Franz Kafka) who argue with him and offer little solace. After an overdue confrontation with his ex-boyfriend, Leo realized that metamorphosis comes from within and has nothing to do with fairness or luck.
Friday, January 13 I Electric Symphony A night of Electro, House and EDM starring: Comic Strips and The Box Cutters. In a short time, Comic Strips has been featured on over ten releases on Beatport in just five months. Recently, his Remix of Skrillex’s “Ruffneck Bass” Jumped into the Top 10 Hypem Chart in just three days after being posted by Tiltmag.com, neck & neck with the likes of Avicii, David Guetta, & Diplo. He has also been popping up on some massive shows, sharing the stage with legendary names like MSTRKRFT, Wolfgang Gartner, Pretty Lights, Excision, Designer Drugs, Lucky Date & others. The Box Cutters (Gizmo MGMT :: Long Beach) will also be in house.
Friday, January 13 – Sunday, January 15 I Becoming Julia Morgan (Sausalito Woman’s Club) Back by popular demand! “Becoming Julia Morgan” played to sold out houses last fall, and returns at Julia Morgan-designed buildings in Berkeley and Sausalito. “Becoming Julia Morgan” follows the life of this Bay Area icon over a six-year period, 1931 to 1937, as she works on San Simeon, runs a busy San Francisco office with a large staff, and surmounts a medical crisis and her fear that she may have been too successful at keeping a low profile. There are flashbacks to her student days at UC Berkeley and in Paris, and a flash forward to today.
Sunday, January 15 I DUB MISSION presents JAHDAN BLAKKAMOORE plus DJ THEORY & DJ SEP DUB MISSION, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, is one of the longest-running dub & reggae parties in the U.S., possibly the world. A weekly Sunday night party at Elbo Room in the Mission District of San Francisco, Dub Mission presents cutting-edge dub, dubstep, roots reggae, and dancehall, and has featured artists from all over the world, including Adrian Sherwood & the ON-U Sound System, Mad Professor & the Ariwa Sound System, the Scientist, Mungo’s Hi Fi with Soom T, Zion Train, Twilight Circus Dub Sound System, Turntables on the Hudson, Subatomic Sound, and many others. This Sunday, DUB MISSION celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend with a Bay Area Exclusive show featuring JAHDAN BLAKKAMOORE (Noble Society/Lustre Kings/NY) performing live with DJ THEORY (LargeUp) performing music from his latest release, “Babylon Nightmare” and DJ SEP (Dub Mission) opening up.
Know of any other events happening in the Bay Area this week? Post them in the comments section!