Here’s Your Weekend: Go See The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, TMBG, Ministry

I’m exhausted. Here’s some music. May it energize you exponentially more than how slow-moving I feel. Ugh. Friday: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have been…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Esperanza Spalding, Matt and Kim, and Sleater-Kinney

What a weird week for old school SF shit. We’ve reopened the conversation of city nicknames and Barry Bonds is once again becoming a topic…

SFIFF: Paul Schrader, Romeo Is Bleeding, Results, And More Mid-Week Picks
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SFIFF: Paul Schrader, Romeo Is Bleeding, Results, And More Mid-Week Picks

The San Francisco International Film Festival is well underway, and everything I’ve seen thus far has been pretty good. A highlight has to be David…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See MIRA, Lydia Loveless, and Nick Offerman

What is there to say about this week except that the Giants swept the Dodgers and that Uber dude surrendered his driver’s license? Helping to…

SFIFF Weekend Picks: Apfel, Rubell, Bacon, Brando, Del Toro, Rossellini, Gere
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SFIFF Weekend Picks: Apfel, Rubell, Bacon, Brando, Del Toro, Rossellini, Gere

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival officially started last night and runs through May 7th. There are more movies than you could ever hope…

Weekend Watch: The Age of Adaline, The Water Diviner, Blackbird, Little Boy
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Weekend Watch: The Age of Adaline, The Water Diviner, Blackbird, Little Boy

The Age of Adaline – Everywhere Blake Lively stars as a Adaline, a woman cursed to look like 29-year-old Blake Lively for all of eternity….

Weekend Watch : True Story, Unfriended, Ex Machina, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Monkey Kingdom
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Weekend Watch : True Story, Unfriended, Ex Machina, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Monkey Kingdom

True Story – Everywhere In 2001, Michael Finkel, a journalist with the New York Times, was fired for partially fabricating a story about brutal working…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Father John Misty, Linda Perhacs, and Faith No More

Welcome back, whoever trekked down to Coachella weekend one to see Madonna give Drake the kiss of death and watch celebrities pretend to give a…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Icona Pop, Alabama Shakes, and Cloud Nothings

Half the city (or less, who knows what the cool kids do anymore?) is gone to Coachella and savvy SFians are reaping the rewards. Welcome…

Weekend Watch: The Longest Ride, Cut Bank, Kill Me Three Times, Lambert & Stamp, The Man From Reno
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Weekend Watch: The Longest Ride, Cut Bank, Kill Me Three Times, Lambert & Stamp, The Man From Reno

The Longest Ride – Everywhere The Longest Ride has to be the one you take on the way to the theater to see this latest…

Weekend Watch: Furious 7, Woman In Gold, While We’re Young, Effie Gray, Kumiko The Treasure Hunter
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Weekend Watch: Furious 7, Woman In Gold, While We’re Young, Effie Gray, Kumiko The Treasure Hunter

Furious 7 – Everywhere I have seen every movie in this franchise. Do not judge me. They’re fun, dumb, and exciting, and after I’ve seen…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Punch Brothers, Kimya Dawson, and Shabazz Palaces

I survived Wrestlemania and I got a t-shirt out of the whole deal. This weekend is made for chilling out and decompressing after three days…

And How Efficiently Traveled Was the Road to Wrestlemania, You Ask?
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And How Efficiently Traveled Was the Road to Wrestlemania, You Ask?

The Road to Wrestlemania is a tag line (and probably copyrighted) that essentially describes the entire WWE’s collective journey to the biggest event of the…

Appealing TV: Jesus Is Coming, Mad Men Is Ending
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Appealing TV: Jesus Is Coming, Mad Men Is Ending

Jesus isn’t the only fictional character being brought back to life this week. So, what else is on? Monday, March 30 Monday Night RAW (8pm,…

Wrestlemania 31 At Levi’s Stadium Was The Showcase Of The Immortals
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Wrestlemania 31 At Levi’s Stadium Was The Showcase Of The Immortals

Do you want to feel like a kid again? And I’m not even talking about being a kid in the arrested development, Peter Pan on…

Wrestlemania 31 Saturday: Axxess, Ringside with JR, and the 2015 Hall of Fame
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Wrestlemania 31 Saturday: Axxess, Ringside with JR, and the 2015 Hall of Fame

Follow all the Appeal’s Wrestlemania 31 coverage as it happens at @SFAWrestlemania Walking into Axxess, WWE’s flagship fan experience at the San Jose Convention Center,…

Wrestlemania 31 Friday: WrestleCon, Pizza With John Cena, A Love Letter to NXT
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Wrestlemania 31 Friday: WrestleCon, Pizza With John Cena, A Love Letter to NXT

Follow all the Appeal’s Wrestlemania 31 coverage as it happens at @SFAWrestlemania They don’t call it the Road to Wrestlemania for nothing. Wrestlemania 31 itself…

Weekend Watch: Get Hard, Home, Danny Collins, Serena
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Weekend Watch: Get Hard, Home, Danny Collins, Serena

Get Hard – Everywhere If you haven’t already been bombarded with trailers and ads for this Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart comedy, well, I envy…

A Guide to Wrestlemania 31 For Non-Wrestling Fans
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A Guide to Wrestlemania 31 For Non-Wrestling Fans

Follow all the Appeal’s Wrestlemania 31 coverage as it happens at @SFAWrestlemania For those keeping track at home, this weekend’s Wrestlemania, which goes down in…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Rubblebucket, Toro y Moi, and Travis Scott

Truly, the most important thing to happen this weekend is Wrestlemania, which SFAppeal TV critic and all-around rad dude Paolo (and myself) will be covering….

Outside Lands 2015 Announces Line-Up: Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, and (Hopefully) D’Angelo
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Outside Lands 2015 Announces Line-Up: Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, and (Hopefully) D’Angelo

Looking for the Outside Lands line-up via their website? Well, it’s crashed because of that many people doing the same damn thing in the face…

Appealing TV: The Walking Dead, Going Clear, and Wrestlemania Comes to the Bay Area
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Appealing TV: The Walking Dead, Going Clear, and Wrestlemania Comes to the Bay Area

So, what else is on? Monday, March 23 Teen Mom (10pm, MTV, season premiere) The saga of staged sex tape entrepreneur Farrah Abraham and the…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Be Calm Honcho, The Donkeys, and Immortal Technique

The weather has been beautiful as of late (sorry, drought) and a constant stream of music is returning to the City faster than a Bernal…

Weekend Watch: The Gunman, Insurgent, It Follows
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Weekend Watch: The Gunman, Insurgent, It Follows

The Gunman – Everywhere The Gunman is a ridiculous movie from the director of another ridiculous movie, Taken. But where Taken was ridiculous and fun,…

Clean Yourself Up, Or Get Ribbed: Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye: The Farewell Tour
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Clean Yourself Up, Or Get Ribbed: Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye: The Farewell Tour

Every time I go to the theater, I’m a little amazed by what people choose to wear. Theater tickets are, in general, not cheap, and…

Appealing TV: Community Gets Its Sixth Season , iZombie Eats Brains, And Bloodline
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Appealing TV: Community Gets Its Sixth Season , iZombie Eats Brains, And Bloodline

So, what else is on? Monday, March 16 Dancing with the Stars (8pm, ABC, season premiere) Where the hell do we go after Carlton won…

Weekend Watch: Cinderella, Run All Night, CAAMFest, The Cult Of JT Leroy
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Weekend Watch: Cinderella, Run All Night, CAAMFest, The Cult Of JT Leroy

Cinderella – Everywhere If you’re looking for a modernization or feminist updating of Cinderella, ala last year’s Maleficent, look elsewhere. This is certainly not that….

Here’s Your Weekend: Go see Goldfish, COCKBLOCK, and Metal Mother

Pretend these weekend picks are all dipped in green, covered in clovers, and chugging viridescent beer because St Patrick’s Day is almost upon us and…

Appealing TV: The Returned Reboots, Powers Powers-Up, And We’ll Never Be (The) Royals
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Appealing TV: The Returned Reboots, Powers Powers-Up, And We’ll Never Be (The) Royals

So, what else is on? Monday, March 9 The Bachelor (8pm, ABC, season finale) I guess that’s a wrap on FarmersOnly.com jokes about Bachelor Chris…

Weekend Watch: Chappie, Unfinished Business, The Second Best Marigold Hotel
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Weekend Watch: Chappie, Unfinished Business, The Second Best Marigold Hotel

Chappie – Everywhere More like CRAPPIE, amiright?!! OK, maybe not, but advance word on the latest film from District 9 and Elysium director Neil Blomkamp…

Celebrations Planned to Temporarily Say Goodbye to Bay Lights Art Installation
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Celebrations Planned to Temporarily Say Goodbye to Bay Lights Art Installation

The 1.8-mile-wide LED light sculpture that has made the Bay Bridge twinkle for the past two years will temporarily go dark for 11 months starting…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See TRAVISWILD, B. Dolan, and Hey Rosetta!

Has everyone recovered from their Noise Pop hangover? No? Cool. Though this week saw the tail end of NP2K15 slowly making its exit like a…

Appealing TV: Wanna (CSI) Cyber? Agents Of SHIELD Returns, Kimmy Schmidt Is Unbreakable
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Appealing TV: Wanna (CSI) Cyber? Agents Of SHIELD Returns, Kimmy Schmidt Is Unbreakable

Live long and prosper, Leonard Nimoy. Monday, March 2 The Director’s Chair: Francis Ford Coppola (10pm, El Rey) Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network is a…

Weekend Watch: Focus, The Lazarus Effect, Maps To The Stars
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Weekend Watch: Focus, The Lazarus Effect, Maps To The Stars

Focus – Everywhere Remember when Will Smith movies would always open on Fourth of July weekend? Those days seem to be gone, and Mr. Smith…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See No Joy, Dan Deacon, and Caribou

It’s Noise Pop! Everybody check under your seats! Just kidding, but seriously, rad music is all around SF to begin with, but this week-plus long…

Appealing TV:  Last Man on Earth, House Of Cards, And Thanks For Everything, Parks And Recreation
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Appealing TV: Last Man on Earth, House Of Cards, And Thanks For Everything, Parks And Recreation

Addiction, it appears, took the life of comedian Harris Wittels last Thursday. His brilliance left the world way too soon. Monday, February 23 The Voice…

Bring On The Dancing Boys: Newsies
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Bring On The Dancing Boys: Newsies

I’m about ten years too old to have been overcome with Newsies fever in the early 90’s, but will admit it’s always seemed an odd…

Weekend Watch: Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The DUFF, McFarland USA, What We Do In The Shadows
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Weekend Watch: Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The DUFF, McFarland USA, What We Do In The Shadows

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – Everywhere Seriously, what was John Cusack so busy with that he couldn’t sign on to Hot Tub Time Machine…

Here’s Your Weekend: Go See Lotus, Screaming Females, and the Suffers

What a mild, wonderful week that hopefully brought about enough restfulness to survive the multi-night music jaunt that is Noise Pop. This year’s iteration features…

Appealing TV: CBS Makes It Odd, Vikings (The Show, Not The Eventual Eye-Rolling Diet Fad), And White Men Who Make Movies Getting Awards
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Appealing TV: CBS Makes It Odd, Vikings (The Show, Not The Eventual Eye-Rolling Diet Fad), And White Men Who Make Movies Getting Awards

So, what else is on? Monday, February 16 The Book of Negroes (8pm, BET, miniseries premiere) The six part, three night miniseries The Book of…