SF – JJ Abrams + Andy Cruz Speak

Director JJ Abrams and Andy Cruz appear in conversation with Adam Savage on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Tickets available at the link…

JJ Abrams is a celebrated writer, producer, composer, and director for movies, including Armageddon, Star Trek, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and television shows, including Felicity, Alias, Lost, and Westworld. Recently he became the second director ever to direct a film that grossed over two billion dollars at the box office. In 2009 he co-created and co-starred as the pianist in the music video for the song “Cool Guys Don’t Look at Explosions,” with Will Ferrell and Andy Samberg. He has won numerous awards and is currently working on an HBO series with Jordan Peele, the director of Get Out.

Andy Cruz is the co-founder and creative nerve center of House Industries, the design company known for their fonts and far-reaching collaborative work with Muji, Hermès, The Eames Office, Jimmy Kimmel, and The New Yorker. Cruz’s interests such as hot-rods, Japanese folk art, and skateboarding fuel projects ranging from fashion and fonts to ceramics and satellites. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. The Process is the Inspiration, co-authored with Rich Roat and Ken Barber, considers how to turn curiosity into successful work. JJ Abrams wrote the book’s foreword.

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Nourse Theater
275 Hayes St, San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 563-2463

CA – Vague Tales Signing

Eric Haven appears in conversation with cartoonist Rina Ayuyang at Pegasus Bookstore on Wednesday, July 12th at 7:30 PM to present his debut graphic novel Vague Tales.

ABOUT
While experiencing a succession of bewildering parallel universes, a solitary figure has telepathic encounters with a demonic aviatrix, a wandering crystalline being, a flaming sword-wielding warrior, and a mysterious sorceress, all within the confines of his own apartment. Vague Tales is the debut graphic novel from Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist Eric Haven (UR), who moonlighted as a three-time Emmy-nominated producer on the TV show MythBusters and has contributed short comic stories for years to esteemed publications such as The Believer and Kramers Ergot. Haven’s work is dark, absurdist, and deadpan, reflecting the apocalyptic undercurrent of modern times. His inky, rubbery drawings buttress his black, absurdist humor.

Eric Haven was born in Syracuse, NY but has lived most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s worked as a security guard; in a Japanese sake factory; at Industrial Light + Magic; and on the TV show MythBusters, where he was a three-time Emmy Award nominated producer. His book UR (AdHouse) was nominated for an Eisner Award, humor category.

Rina Ayuyang is an Eisner and Ignatz-nominated cartoonist based in Oakland, California. She has exhibited at the Arlington Art Center, the Cartoon Art Museum, and been a cartoonist-in-residence at the Charles Schulz Museum. She also runs the comics imprint Yam Books, and plays the “nice” co-host on the comics podcast, The Comix Claptrap.

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Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 649-1320

SF – W00tstock Founders’ Night

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Adam Savage, Wil Wheaton, and Paul & Storm appear on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 7:00 – 11:00 PM!

Press Release:

For decades, geeks were ostracized, picked on, laughed at and punished by the sun’s harmful UV rays. But there is only so long that a people can be kept down before they rise up against their oppressors; and, indeed, the dawn of the 21st century has seen the ascendancy of geeks and geek culture.

We now celebrate that rise to power–and let’s face it, nerds pretty much run everything now–with w00tstock, a special event for geeks of every stripe. Television host/special-effects artist Adam Savage (MythBusters), music-comedy duo Paul and Storm (The Internet, Da Vinci’s Notebook) and author, actor and host of “TableTop” Wil Wheaton present a night of songs, readings, comedy, demonstrations, short films, and other clever widgets born from and dedicated to the enthusiasms, obsessions, trials and joys of geek pride.

This is the dawning of the Age of Geekdom–and its voices will ring true at w00tstock Founders! $35 All Ages

Presented as part of SF Sketchfest!

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

SF – An Evening with Michael Chabon

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Author Michael Chabon appears in conversation with Adam Savage at the Herbst Theatre on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm.

Press Release:

An “immensely gifted writer and magical prose stylist” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times), Michael Chabon is celebrated for his remarkable ability to transport his readers. His first book, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, began as his thesis project at UC Irvine and became a coming-of-age novel about sexual identity. Published when he was just 25, the novel was a New York Times bestseller and catapulted Chabon into literary stardom. Chabon’s other novels include Wonder Boys, which was made into a critically-acclaimed film featuring Michael Douglas; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer-Prize; and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. His most recent non-fiction work, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, was published in 2009. Chabon’s forthcoming novel, Telegraph Avenue, is the story of two intertwined Oakland, California, families, one black and one white. It is an exploration of friendship, race, and secret histories.

Adam Savage is an industrial special effects designer, actor and co-host of The Discovery Channel series Mythbusters. His acting resume includes early work as voices for Sesame Street characters created by his father. Savage has also taught advance model making at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He has previously interviewed Michael Lewis, Chef David Chang and actor/musician Fred Armisen for City Arts & Lectures.

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Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

Which TV Shows are Presenting at Comic-Con International 2010?

Various media outlets have already been cobbling together lists of what shows are going to be doing presentations at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego convention so I, too, have tried to put everything that is known so far for you below:

FOX

Glee
Bones
Human Target
Fringe
Bobs Burgers
Terra Nova
Simpsons
Family Guy
Cleveland Show
American Dad

NBC

The Cape
The Event
Chuck

ABC

No Ordinary Family
Castle (Sunday, July 25th, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM)
V

THE CW

Vampire Diaries
Nikita
Smallville
Supernatural

CBS

Hawaii Five-0
Big Bang Theory

FX

Archer (Friday, July 23rd)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Sunday, July 25th)
Sons of Anarchy (Sunday, July 25th)

USA

White Collar
Psych
Burn Notice

COMEDY CENTRAL

Futurama
Ugly Americans
+ Free comedy stand-up show at House of Blues

SHOWTIME

Dexter

HBO

True Blood (Friday, July 23rd)

STARZ

Spartacus (Friday, July 23rd)

AMC

The Walking Dead (Friday, July 23rd, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

TBS

Neighbors From Hell

DISCOVERY

Mythbusters (Saturday, July 24th, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM, Room 6BCF – all five MythBusters — Adam, Jamie, Grant, Kari and Tory — will be in attendance)

SYFY

Eureka

CARTOON NET / ADULT SWIM

Adventure Time, Generator Rex, Ben 10 , Unnatural History, Tower Prep, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Venture Bros, Robot Chicken, Metalocalypse and Tim & Eric

Sources: The Live Feed, The Watcher, Spinoff Online