Gentleman’s Itinerary: 10/31 to 11/6

Film/Music: “The Lodger”: silent film with organ
Tonight at Davies Symphony Hall

San Francisco Symphony presents this Halloween night screening of “The Lodger,” an Alfred Hitchcock work from 1927. Based on a book that explored London’s infamous Jack The Ripper killings, the story centers around Mrs. Bunting, a landlady who may have just rented a room to a serial killer called The Avenger. Organist Todd Wilson will provide live musical accompaniment, and will precede the program with a rendition of Bach’s moribund “Toccata and Fugue in D minor.” Tipplers take note: The main lobby bar is serving a Hitchcock-inspired drink called “The Voyeur,” “a spine-tingling sparkling cocktail accented with VSOP cognac and a hint of Grand Marnier.” Available both before the show and during intermission. Tickets available at

Film: “Let the Fire Burn”
One week only starting 11/1 at Landmark Cinemas: Opera Plaza Cinema

Philadelphia native Jason Osder examines the events leading up to the day in May 1985 when Philadelphia police, locked in a stand-off with black activist group MOVE, bombed the group’s bunker, setting off a neighborhood inferno that claimed 11 lives and 60 homes. Philly has ever since held the dubious mantle, “The City That Bombed Itself.” Editor and Bay Area native Nels Bangerter will be on hand for the 11/3 screenings at $4:50 and 7:00pm. Advance tix at

Art: The International Vintage Poster Fair
11/1 to 11/3 at the Fort Mason Center

“The International Vintage Poster Fair is one of the largest sales and expositions of original vintage posters. Thousands of posters dated from the 1890s-1980s are on display and available for purchase throughout the weekend. […] Poster styles include the popular Art Deco and Modernism posters, as well as classic Art Nouveau, Victorian images, and more. […] This year’s feature exhibit, “Dressed to Sell,” highlights fashion in advertising. A curated collection of posters showcases fashion through the decades, demonstrating how one’s wardrobe mirrored its moment in time. From the conservative clothing of the 1890s to the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties and the mod looks of the Mad Men era, these original vintage posters capture the cultural climate of the past century through fashion.” More info at

Dance: 13th Floor Dance Theater presents “Being Raymond Chandler”
Final weekend 11/2-11/3 at the ODC Dance Commons

Call it hard-boiled ballet. This new dance work by Jenny McAllister takes on pulp fiction author Raymond Chandler (who wrote the novel “The Big Sleep” and the noir screenplay “Double Indemnity,” among many others) as he struggles through a late-night bout of writer’s block. When scotch and nicotine won’t get the job done, his mind conjures spirits of stories past, who spill onto the stage; they “cavort, slink and machinate with hilarious, heartrending and ultimately triumphant results.” See the stark, shadowy promo here. Advance tix at

Film: Mortified Nation
SF Premiere 11/3 at the Brava Theater

Mortified Live, the literary tell-all sensation in which adults dig up their most embarrassing “awkward stage” diary entries gets the big screen treatment. “The film blends performance footage with an examination of the rise of Mortified stage shows, and chronicles how the simple act of exposing one’s private past can inspire an entire nation to “share the shame.” Transporting viewers back to a time of awkward firsts– first love, first rejection, first total freak out– the film captures the adolescent experience in a way few of us truly remember and most of us tried to forget.” More info at Advance tix available here

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David is Wingtip's storyteller. In addition to editing the Modern Gentleman's Blog, he has written for Wax Poetics, The Source, SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, and others. His inspirations include Rumble Fish, Paul's Boutique, and Balzac. He studied English at the City University of New York at Hunter College and journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Berzerkeley with his wife and daughter.

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