Archive for May, 2010

"Nobody Puts Baby In a Corner." A Spiritual Awakening

May 28, 2010 4:50pm By Mark Gould and sfsthetik

Patrick Swayze

Bad Boy/Lover Boy

Patrick Swayze on Film: One Bad Ass Dude Patrick Swayze died last year of cancer at age 57, was a dancer and remembered for some of his dance movies, including Dirty Dancing , But Swayze achieved iconic status as one bad ass dude. I’m straight, and this guy was drop dead gorgeous. He became a true on-screen, true-life 80’s pop icon, and his other biggest hit, “Ghost,” was voted to the 100 greatest love stories on film of all time. He has also achieved status as one of the movie stars who either had cool bad ass lines, depending on when in his career you look, or really cheesy cool bad ass lines. Like, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner,” from Dirty Dancing. That line alone translates in philosophy and modern culture to: You are baby. That’s one big reason people love that line (here’s what they say on Twitter.) You think and act for yourself. Nobody puts you in a corner, Right? Think about it. Nobody’s father puts my girlfriend in a corner. More than just a 80’s pop culture movie moment; words to live by. While other people love that line because it is in the hall of fame of movie cheese. Well, because it was a great line, but it seemed as if Swayze couldn’t exactly figure out the right tempo and mood to deliver it. In fact, it was exactly this ambivalent moment that had some comedian joke about it during one of those 2000 era VH1 “Best of 80’s….” shows. (“Nobody puts Baby in a CORNER!,” “NOBODY puts Baby in a corner,” “Nobody…..”) To me and millions of other filmgoers, Dirty Dancing may have only been eclipsed as their all time favorite love story by the movie “Ghost,” which to this day leaves me a weeping wet mop and has been voted as one of the top 100 love stories on film of all time. Okay film theorists, time to talk about “auras,” literally. With Patrick coming back from the dead to hold his beautiful wife, the quite noticeably softer, pre-Ashton Demmi Moore, he stopped her from molding clay (and us too) with both in the award winning lighting of an eery, unreal movie moment designed, and executed as a 3-hanky moment. (I really don’t know if the lighting director won an award for that, but, she/he should have, as should have Swayze, Moore and oh-my-god, Whoopie Goldberg! After Ghost, Swayze returned to a list of films that had him back in bad ass roles, some of which had Patrick back to firing off film-tastic guns and bad-ass movie lines. Others, not so much. In true “Nobody PUTS Baby in a corner” fashion, some of these lines had to look better on script paper than they did on the edit bed. But there were many other cool lines Swayze uttered during his career. And, well, a few that were uttered with, um, less than statue winning on camera presence. Others, like many other of his lines in Dancing, and Ghost weren’t so bad, in fact they were iconic. Some that were, uh, cheeso-conic. Thanks to a very small poll on Movie Forums, when asked who was better at on screen cheese, Patrick Swayze, or Kurt Russell, it was 7-6 in favor of Swayze, with a write in voter claiming the real winner was Chuck Norris. So thanks to Christopher Campbell writing on Spout Blog (part of IndieWIRE) here now a few of, Patrick Swayze Taking Command – 10 Great Lines That Showed He Was the Boss “And you — get me another roll of licorice!” from George and the Dragon (2004) “I can draw faster, shoot straighter, ride harder and drink longer than any man alive…I’m the rip-snortinest cowboy that ever rode north, south, east or west of the Rio Grande.” from Tall Tale (1995) “My way or the highway.” from Road House (1989) “It’s basic dog psychology, brah. If you scare them, get them pissing down their leg, they submit… you control them.” from Point Break (1991) (See the full top ten list at Spout Blog)

An Interview with R. Crumb and the story of The Book of Genesis

The famed illustrator R. Crumb discusses his work with the art editor of The New Yorker, including his new book, an illustration of the “Book of Genesis”, from the Creation to the death of Joseph.

R. Crumb was influential in my own life growing up along with millions of others. We could never forget that signature look of his art, the underground spirit that moved us at the time, and R. Crumb himself; unusual, avant-garde, famous, infamous, subversive, perverse and misogynous creating characters Fritz the Cat,Mr. Natural and those great, feet in your face, Keep on Truckin’ dudes. Crumb illustrated posters, album art for Janis Joplin’s Big Brother and the Holding Company, as it turns out, he was bitter for the little he was paid for those album covers, and underground comics. In this extraordinary video provided by Fora.TV, Crumb discusses his childhood, his influences, and his 2009 graphic novel version of the Book of Genesis, that took Crumb four years to complete and the original Bible text is not altered in any way. Just the pictures.

SfSthetik: This week in local news

via The Huffington Post

Hugo Chavez Launches A BLOG Shortly After Joining Twitter

Hugo Chavez starts new website

Hugo Chavez Opens New Website

(CARACAS, Venezuela)  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has launched a new website and has starting blogging in an attempt to expand his online presence. Chavez said he set up the official site that debuted Tuesday partly to combat people using the Internet to spread falsehoods. Chavez’s Twitter account lists more than 435,000 followers. Full Story at Huffington Post.

The next Apple TV Revealed: Cloud Storage, an iPhone App, and a $99 price tag:

If you thought that Apple’s foray into the world of home entertainment died with the last iteration of the Apple TV, you’re quite wrong. A tip we’ve received — which has been confirmed by a source very close to Apple — details the outlook for the next version of the Apple TV, and it’s a doozy.

From Mission Local:

“A clever response Arizona’s SB 1070? Photos taken outside of 580 Valencia St. (Between 16th and 17th Streets). ” More full size pictures here at Mission Local

Million Fishes Presents "Samurai "Oh F#%ck" Tea and Love Art Show" this Saturday 5/22/10 @ 7:25pm

Honestly, I’d hate to choose who is the “best” from among all of the art collectives who call The Mission their home. Being a D-list blogger anyway, who am I to make this decision. There need not be a decision anyway. Each group is incredibly unique, and we are all richer having these cutting edge, brilliant, innovative artists, musicians, poets, actors and enabling individuals and agencies working at their crafts and helping to make San Francisco what it is.

Samurai "Oh F#%ck" Tea and Love Art Show

This weekend The Million Fishes Arts Collective will stage “Samurai “Oh F#%ck” Tea and Love Art Show,” billed as an evening of love, art and tea, featuring new works by Shrine, Scotty, Star Simone and Paxx. Japanese inspired attire encouraged. No really, that’s what they say. The opening will be blessed with tea service and beats by Axis and Tealchemy serving Oolong an playing “some far out dusty Japanese rare groove.” Million Fishes is a member of the Intersection for the Arts Incubator Services for Artists.

2501 Bryant Street (at 23rd Street), San Francisco 94110
: Saturday, May 22, 2010
: 7:25pm

Next weekend Million Fisher Brent Bishop premieres a new multimedia experience, “The Path To The Temple,” Friday and Saturday May 28th and 29th at the Box Factory. Brent says the concert will transport you into the ancient Temple of the Phoenix, an experience I personally have been longing for. Now, who said anybody had to decide who was “the best.” Oh, those weeklies.

FRI & SAT, 5/28,29
8:30 pm both nights, $15-25 sliding scale
The Box Factory (865 Florida St, SF 94110)
adv tix (recommended!) & info:

Echo Once His… Producer/Director; Shilo Jenz

Echo Once His

“The hardest part was peeling away these layers of fear…” Directed, Produced and Animated by Shilo Jenz, Music by Prospero’s Ritual (Jez Velasquez & Lathan Lindsey,) Continue reading “Echo Once His… Producer/Director; Shilo Jenz” »

sfsthetik headlines – Saturday, May 15, 2010

Verizon Wireless, Google Work on iPad Rival

Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said the company is working with Google on a tablet computer, as the wireless company works to catch up with iPad host AT&T in the area of devices that connect to wireless networks.

5-Story Hayes Valley Grocery and Condos: Approved!

Hayes Valley Mixed-Use Market at 555 Fulton Goes Back in Time. The Planning Commission approved proposed development with its original, glassy look.
Curbed SF

Coming Up! Intersection for the Arts: May 19th – July 3, 2010
A group exhibition featuring work by April Banks, Sergio De La Torre & Vicky Funari, Suzanne Husky, Laura Parker, Favianna Rodriguez, James Reed and Banker White.

this exhibition positions artists and the act of cultural production at the forefront of the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurialism.

Intersection for the Arts

New Fine Print Editions at SF Camerwork

SF Camerawork announces its 2010 Fine Print Editions. This year’s selection features a wide range of work by talented emerging and established artists. Order online:

SF Camerawork

Democracy Now Host Amy Goodman Discusses the Importance of Independent Media

originally published via Open Media Boston under a Creative Commons license

by Jesse Kirdahy-Scalia , Apr-03-09

Amy Goodman Speaks at First Church in Cambridge.jpg

Cambridge, MA – Democracy Now host Amy Goodman presented a “Celebration of Independent Media” Thursday at Cambridge Forum, moderated by Jordan Weinstein, host of NPR’s Morning Edition on WGBH-FM. Relating stories from her coverage of (and arrest at) the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Goodman discussed the important role independent media plays in facilitating meaningful and informative public discussions.

The accompanying 97 minute audio recording of the speech is available for download from Internet Archive,