News Month: February 2011

I feel it is only fair to warn you, that I am in no way qualified to write about fashion. Don’t get me wrong, I like to think of myself as a stylish guy. I certainly know how to put a look together so that I don’t embarrass myself when I step out the front door. But everything I know about designers, couture, and underfed girls stalking down runways I learned by dating a model and his insistence that I join him on the couch for three seasons of America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway. So I was perhaps a little intimidated when I arrived at Archetype Fashion Show at the Public Works Friday the 11th, notebook in hand.

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I arrived for the trunk show promptly at eight, a small miracle considering my chronic tardiness and six compulsive wardrobe changes. It wouldn’t do … Read more ›

Once again it’s Noise Pop time and you know what that means, right? “Noise and pop?”, I hear some of you eagerly opine. Neeeeyoooo, it’s a week long festival of new (and not so new) live rock at an array of local venues, combined with some non-rock shows featuring the likes of Kid Koala, Peanut Butter Wolf and Dâm-Funk.

Also featured this year is a two day schedule of  day time talks at Public Works called Culture Club. From 12 noon til 6PM on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th independent artists of many persuasions — including cartoonists, visual artists, rock musicians and electronic music producers — will give a series of presentations that will cast some light on their creative processes. Among those participating are Kid Koala, Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, DJ Nickodemus, Ben Templesmith (author of the original “30 Days of Night” comic) and LA … Read more ›

If you haven’t been under a large stone on the Aleutian Islands for the last two decades, or if you’ve lived in or near the Bay area or in California for the same amount of time then you know who Peanut Butter Wolf is. He is Chris Manak, a son of San Jose, who has been a mainstay in hip-hop since the early ’90s when joints like “Run The Line” — on his own Stonesthrow label — defined the sound of undergound Bay Area rap and laid the groundwork for the explosion of hip-hop culture that gripped San Francisco in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

In fact, to me, PBW bookended the close of the glorious ’90s and the beginning of the horrible Bush era. I saw him dj at The Top in the lower Haight on the night of September 10th 2001, the night before it … Read more ›

On Friday, February the 25th the nice people of As You Like It bring another banger of a shindig. After several years of providing San Francisco with an endless stream cutting edge house and techno event — featuring some of the best djs in either genre – they turn their attention to Public Works and deliver a line-up that should lift the roof off the place and scatter sonic debris and startled advocates across the length and breadth of this fair city by ze bay.

The headliner is Ben Klock, the prolific German dj and producer who is a resident at Berlin’s renowned club, Berghain and the man behind releases on his own Klockwork label and Berghain’s Ostgut Ton imprint. Also bringing the heat is DVS1, aka Zak Khutoretsky, the legendary Minneapolis dj and producer who is known for his devastating vinyl sets, immense record collection and … Read more ›

To our knowledge  — and we’re very knowledgeable over here at Public Works Towers, and modest — Space Dimension Controller, the Belfast, Northern Ireland based wunderkind, who has been setting the electronic dance music firmament alight of late, hasn’t graced the shores of the vast American continent…yet. However, some of his recent work for classic Belgian label, R&S, and for those Italo obsesssed boffins over at Clone in the Hague should change all that. Also, his about to drop — heavily, significantly and largely — remix of Model 500’s “OFI” should generate some serious heat. Its fluid fusion of electro, Detroit style techno and rolling funk rhythms will be turning dance floors across the globe into screaming, writhing pits of sheer decadence (we can only hope) by the summer.

If this artist is new to you then be sure to investigate further, you won’t be disappointed. His music sounds … Read more ›

On Wednesday the 16th Scion Presents SF Weekly’s Fourth Annual ARTOPIA, a combination of entertainment and art competition. The SF Weekly’s Masterminds finalists will be picked and the prizes will include grants that will allow the artists to develop their careers further.

The categories will include, Visual Art, Fashion/Design, Performing Arts, and Film/Video/Media. On top of this there will be live music, hosted bars and a lot more. The event starts at 7pm and finishes at 10pm. So you can go out, have a blast and be in bed before your moms notices that you’ve slipped out of the house. Perfect!