SF – The Muppet Holidays with Dave Goelz

000_gonzo-dave-goelzMuppeteer Dave Goelz (The Great Gonzo) appears at the Walt Disney Family Museum on Monday, December 12, 2016.

Press Release:

In the spirit of holiday traditions, join us for a special screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol. In this highly-acclaimed film, The Muppets tell their delightfully charming version of the classic holiday tale written by 19th century novelist Charles Dickens. Following the screening, take part in a discussion with Dave Goelz, who starred in the film as Gonzo the Great performing as Charles Dickens.

The film will be screened at 6:30pm prior to the program. Admission to the film screening is included with the program ticket. Tickets available at the link…

About Dave Goelz
Dave Goelz has been a principal puppeteer with The Muppets for forty-three years. His characters include The Great Gonzo, Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Beauregard, and Waldorf from The Muppet Show; Boober Fraggle, Traveling Matt, and Philo the Rodentia from Fraggle Rock; Digit from The Jim Henson Hour; Rugby and Ditz from Jim Henson’s Secret Life of Toys; Stinky the Skunk from Jim Henson’s Animal Show with Stinky and Jake; and Randy the Stupid Pig and Gary Cahuenga the Vent Dummy from Muppets Tonight!

Goelz first started working for Henson Associates in 1973 as a puppet designer and builder and periodically had the opportunity to perform. The first highly-successful characters that he built were Animal, Zoot, and Floyd Pepper. Despite the fact that he had no formal training for puppeteering, he went on to perform as Zoot, the blue-haired saxophone player from The Muppet Show’s house band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. He eventually stopped building puppets and worked exclusively as a performer.

Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
415.345.6800

SF – She Changed Comics Signing

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Join The Booksmith on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:30 PM for an evening with Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Lee Marrs (The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp), and Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix), moderated by She Changed Comics editor and contributor Betsy Gomez!

CBLDF presents: She Changed Comics is the definitive history of the women who changed free expression in comics. Within its pages are profiles of more than 60 groundbreaking female professionals as well as interviews with the women who are changing today’s medium. She Changed Comics also examines the plights of women imprisoned and threatened for making comics, and explores the work of women whose work is being banned here in the United States.

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The Booksmith
1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

SF – Harmontown Live

000_harmontown-logoDan Harmon and Jeff B. Davis appear for a live session of Harmontown on Thursday January 26, 2017 at 8:00 PM.

Press Release:

Attend a town meeting in a land free of brevity, where Mayor Dan Harmon (creator of NBC’s “Community” and co-creator of Adult Swim’s “Rick & Morty”) and Comptroller Jeff B. Davis (“Whose Line is it Anyway?”) take another small, drunken step toward colonizing the moon. Evening may include ineffectual rants, songs, shameful stories, special guests, forehead sweat and repeated exposure to the phrases “like,” uh,” “sort of” and “you know.”

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Get tickets at the link!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

CA – Pixar Art Collection Opening

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Press Release:

PIXAR and Disney Fine Art are proud to announce the release of a signature series. Seventeen images hand picked by John Lasseter, one image to represent each Pixar film. Each print will be signed and numbered on archival paper and will include a Certificate of Authenticity.

Nucleus is honored to exhibit and have this collection available for the first time anywhere on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

ARTISTS IN ATTENDANCE
Steve Pilcher
Dominique Louis
…more to be announced.

PIXAR COLLECTION ARTISTS
Bob Pauley
Tia Kratter
Randy Berrett
Pete Docter
Ralph Eggleston
Teddy Newton
Bill Cone
Dominique R. Louis
Lou Romano
Robert Kondo
Harley Jessup
Steve Pilcher
Ricky Nierva
Sharon Calahan
Daniel López Muñoz

ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Computers don’t make movies. People do: the artists, editors, animators, and technical directors. People are the life behind everything that gets created at Pixar. While animated films are technically complex to make, they each begin with the simplicity of putting pencil to paper.Many people don’t realize that Pixar has almost as many artists working in traditional media-hand drawing, painting, pastels, sculpture-as they do in digital media. Most of their work takes place during the development of a project, when they are working out the story and the look of the film. The wealth of beautiful art created for each movie is rarely seen outside the studio, and the finished film sent around the world would never be possible without it.

Pixar believes that a film is a contract between the filmmaker and the audience. The filmmaker offers an imagined world; the public interprets the creation. With just the right amount of realism, a film becomes perfectly believable. This belief hinges on the consistent application of the rules of the filmic world. These rules are explored and defined through concept art formats, including character studies, background paintings and color scripts just to name a few. The result is a world both new and recognizable; fictitious yet intuitively real.

The Pixar Art Collection is the first time a coordinated assortment of Pixar concept art has been released, celebrating each milestone film release in Pixar’s history. The pieces were hand-picked by a select team at Pixar and represent a wide range of media, from marker to pastels to digital creation.

The Collection is a love letter to Pixar and to Pixar’s fans – to each of us who found adventure, soared through space, changed our fate and renounced capes forever. To infinity and beyond!

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

 

event image “Losing Dory” by Daniel López Muñoz ©Disney/Pixar

SF – SF Sketchfest Tribute: Fred Willard

000_fred-willardSF Sketchfest pays tribute to comedian Fred Willard, with an event moderated by Kevin Pollak and appearance by special guests Christopher Guest, Robert Klein, Laraine Newman and more on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7:30pm.

Fred Willard is an American Comedy Treasure and has been an important part of SF Sketchfest’s history for 15 years, first attending the festival in its second year. Tonight we celebrate the man himself with a special panel with Fred and some of his collaborators from over the years, including Robert Klein, Christopher Guest, Laraine Newman and more, moderated by Kevin Pollak. A Second City and Ace Trucking Company alumnus, Fred Willard is known for his quick wit and improvisational expertise. He has appeared in over 70 films, including “Waiting For Guffman,” “Best In Show,” “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Roxanne,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “WALL-E.” He has appeared in over 1,000 television episodes, from “Get Smart” and “Fernwood 2 Night” to “Everybody Loves Raymond” to “Modern Family.”

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Get tickets at the link!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

SF – Nerdist Podcast

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Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira, Jonah Ray, and special guests (TBA) appear for a live recording of the Nerdist Podcast on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 PM.

One of the most influential comedy podcasts since the beginning of time (or since its debut in February of 2010, anyway), the Nerdist Podcast returns to SF Sketchfest to enjoy its burrito for a sixth time. This live episode will be recorded in the beautiful and historic Curran Theatre with your fearless hosts Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira, and Jonah Ray. If there ever was a podcast that started an empire, this is it. $35 (Note: Ticket price as listed on sfcurran.com includes all service and facility fees)

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

The Curran
445 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

CA – Anne Rice Signing

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Author Anne Rice appears in conversation with Christopher Rice, to discuss and sign Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis: The Vampire Chronicles on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

At the novel’s center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat’s undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.   It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent–and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.   And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

SF – Futurama: Why Are We Still Doing This?

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David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, David Herman, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lee Supercinski, and Billy West on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:00 PM!

Press Release:

A lot can change in a year. But in the case of the still-canceled animated show “Futurama,” well, nothing has. But once again we’re getting the gang back together to perform classic “Futurama” scenes live on-stage, take your questions in a Q&A, and general tomfoolery. Scheduled to appear are cast members John DiMaggio (Bender), Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan), Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Morbo, Lrrr), Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad), David Herman (Scruffy, Larry), executive producer and co-creator David X. Cohen and producer Lee Supercinski. Come, because Hypnotoad commands it.

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Get tickets at the link!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

SF – King of the Hill 20th Anniversary Reunion

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Mike Judge, Pamela Adlon, David Herman, Toby Huss, Kathy Najimy, and Stephen Root. appear on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM for a “King of the Hill” 20th Anniversary Reunion and Live Read.

That boy ain’t right! Hard to believe it’s been twenty years and 258 episodes since Hank Hill and his family hit the airwaves! To celebrate the milestone, SF Sketchfest is proud to welcome creator Mike Judge (who also voiced Hank) and original voice actors Kathy Najimy (Peggy Hill), Pamela Adlon (Bobby Hill), Stephen Root (Bill Dauterive), Toby Huss (Khan Souphanousinphone, Sr.) and David Herman (Buckley) for an evening of conversation, Q&A and a live read of a classic “King of The Hill” episode!

This show is part of the 16th Annual SF Sketchfest. It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person! SFSketchfest.com.

Get tickets at the link!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

SF – Kentucky Fried Movie Screening

000-ky-fried-movieJohn Landis, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker appear at the Castro Theatre on Sunday, January 15, 2016 at 7:30pm to host a 40th anniversary screening of The Kentucky Fried Movie!

SF Sketchfest is thrilled to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “The Kentucky Fried Movie,” the mother of all sketch comedy anthology films. Written by a Wisconsin-based comedy trio known as Kentucky Fried Theater (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker) and directed by comedy filmmaking icon John Landis, the groundbreaking film has achieved cult classic status. Zucker, Abrahams & Zucker went on to create the classic comedies “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun!” and Landis went on to direct “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers,” “Clue,” “Three Amigos!” and many more. This rare reunion of four incredible comedy legends is a must-see.

Click the link for tickets ($25)

Presented by SF Sketchfest

Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

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