Top of the World
When SFL made its West Coast premier last week, the line-up remained intact with the band’s Knoxville members flying to the City by the Sea to back Hirschhorn at a July 28 gig at Mezzanine .
Wright’s band Senryu , in the midst of a nationwide summer tour, opened the show to spectacular results.
“The Senryu portion of the show went according to plan,” Wright reports, “and by according to plan, I mean it was fucking awesome.”
Despite warnings that California audiences were fickle and impossible to impress, Senryu charmed the crowd with many tracks from its highly anticipated forthcoming album, pssst .
After the gig, Senryu’s members stayed in San Fran to sightsee, write songs and attend shows by Hot Hot Heat , Teenage Fanclub and The Rosebuds . Wright says the gig, combined with numerous other successful shows, put the band in a “How can things get any better?” frame of mind. Says Wright, “We are pretty much the luckiest band in the world, y’know?”
Senryu’s next local performance is Aug. 19 when they open for TheRedwalls at Blue Cats .
The ballot’s 25 movies, rated G, PG or PG-13, all come from the library’s Sights & Sounds collection. The options include some pretty good movies: Roman Holiday is an endearing classic, as is Philadelphia Story ; and it will be hard to choose against Harold & Maude , Annie Hall and The Graduate . More recent selections are Chicago , O Brother Where Art Thou? and a best-of collection from Saturday Night Live . The only animated ones in the bunch are Finding Nemo and The Nightmare Before Christmas .
Voting begins today, Aug. 4, online at www.moviesonmarketsquare.com , and the finalists will be announced Aug. 18.
Friday : Disappear from the office at noon to catch an hour of DavidOlney and Michael Reno Harrell at WDVX’s Blue Plate Special. Consider ditching work altogether to be one of the first folks in the door for happy hour at nama. After dark, find out how well Same As It Ever Was evokes the freak-out spirit of the Talking Heads at Barley’s .
Saturday : If you haven’t seen the Actor’s Co-op’s stirring production of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris , take a bottle of wine to the Black Box Theatre for a crash course in why the French are so beloved and confounding. If Shakespeare ’s more your speed, head to Market Square for Twelfth Night .
Sunday : Read a book. Take a break to investigate the spiritual sounds of the Epworth Old Harp Singers at Carpe Librum Booksellers.
Monday : Watch Antiques Roadshow on PBS.
Tuesday : Remember when Buffy came on Tuesday nights? Tuesdays were so much better then.
Wednesday : Take advantage of two chances to hear the soothing voice of Americana artist Stoll Vaughan : at noon at WDVX or later that night at Preservation Pub . Think Joe Ely meets Ed Snodderly .