Join in the fun as we lovingly besmirch a holiday classic!!
The sleepy little town of Bedford Falls is praying for George Bailey.
And he sure needs a prayer. He keeps doing the right thing but he just can't seem to catch a break. And now as Christmas draws near, he hobbles, drunken and confused, onto a small bridge weighing the merits of suicide over jail.
As he peers over the railing trying to get up the nerve to throw himself off, celestial help comes from above in the form of centuries-dead clock maker Clarence Oddbody. Although at first blush he appears to be a plain, ordinary goofball, it soon becomes apparent George Bailey that Clarence is in fact quite an exceptional goofball.
Will George prevail in spite of miserly Mr. Potter? Will Violet get lucky? Will Clarence get his wings?
And what about Mary??????
Don't forget to place a special angel on top of your tree this December and then come to the Dark Room Theater to warm up with some hot cocoa* and join us as we watch George Bailey stumble unwittingly upon the real and true meaning of life!!!
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE is written and directed by Jim Fourniadis and stars Dan Foley, Alexia Staniotes, Dave McKew, Craig Souza, Travis Eichorn, Lauren Davidson, Jennifer Keller, Layla Rudy, Edna Mira Barron, Charles Young, Katrina Kroetch, Jaime San Felippo, Mikee Ewing, and Jim Jeske as Clarence Oddbody AS2!!!.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm December 6 - 21, 2013
The Rejects of Standup
The Rejects of Standup are a group of five comedians and some of their comedian friends who have all been rejected by the world of mainstream standup comedy. They want to offer you an comedy experience that comedy clubs do not want to offer you. It's comedy for people who hate comedy, comedy for people who think comedy is boring, outdated, and out of touch with reality. It's unstructured, sporadic, and spontaneous. Every one of the performers that you will see has the ability to take a mainstream comedy show and turn it on it's ass within the first 10 seconds of their performance. Of course, if you end up not liking the show, the name is self-explanatory enough that you can't really blame anyone but yourself.
The Church of the Subgenius and Dark Room Productions are happy to present the Ask Dr. Hal Show, live on stage once again! Admission FREE! Yes FREE!!!!
Amazing! Astonishing! Astounding! You will pay to know what you really think!
Prophetic and Oracular answers given.
Featuring the weird powers of Dr. Howlin' Owl, and featuring your host for the night, the Dark Room's own Jim Fourniadis. On hand are soundsmith KROB,vibrant visuals by the Dark Room's own Sherilyn Connelly, and science liaison Pete Goldie. Also included are animated cartoons, horrifying monster movie footage, mystery guests, bardic recitations, surprises, low-rent miracles and of course LAFFS!
Come one, come all, it's Trainwreck Cabaret, San Francisco's most unusual variety show. From the stage of the Dark Room Theater in the Mission District, Trainwreck captures the old-world charm of vaudeville with a dark, new-world twist. It's weird and wild, sexy and sublime, hairy and hilarious, a showcase for the independent side of our City's creative underground. Now in our second year, Trainwreck's growing troupe of talented performers includes comedians, sword swallowers, puppeteers, musicians, singers, burlesque dancers and more.
Why Trainwreck? It sometimes is! And it's always entertaining. We ask our performers to go out on a limb and grasp the unusual fruit, take a chance, and create something wonderful. Spend an unforgettable evening with us and witness the oddities, laugh at the geeks, swoon for the dancers and swing with the singers. There is truly nothing like it!
In the tradition of Mystery Science Theater 3000, except you can't tell which ones are the robots. David Manning
Cinema is our culture's dominant art form.
It holds up a mirror to who we are.
It reflects our society, our dreams, our hopes, our fears.
Our films are how future generations are going to judge us.
Unfortunately, most of them suck.
Seriously, thoughever notice how you can't walk down the street or open a magazine or stand in line at a store or simply exist without ads for some dumbass multi-zillion dollar movie about a talking kangaroo
being shoved down your throat?
And then they expect you to pay fifteen dollars to see it in some googolplex, and after sitting through a half hour of commercials? Or watch it on DVD and have to sit through even more commercials and anti-piracy ads that you can't skip past? Doesn't it all just piss you off?
If soor if you just like to have a good timethen Bad Movie Night is for you.
Laugh with the hosts riffing on the movie. Yell your own comments. Try to figure out what the hell "Skull Films!" means. Help yourself to the free popcorn. Enjoy the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice purchased from the store across the street. Don't worry if the guy behind the counter glares at you. He does that to everyone.
Best of all, only pay six measly bucks (and ninety-nine measly cents).
And so our War On Christmas continues, with a movie that by all rights should have done the job when it was released to theaters in 2010, and when we watched it last year.
But it didn't, so we'll be giving it another shot this year.
This movie also fulfills our long-standing tradition of showing at least one "family" film which is in fact truly horrifying. The picture above should give you sense of the abject terror that awaits...
...and, quite frankly, there's nothing else I can say about this movie that its German trailer doesn't:
So, yeah. Welcome John Turturro's rat-man into your nightmares, because he's going to be there for a very long time.
Your hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Tim Kay will probably make more testicular-trauma jokes than they really should.
December 22, 2013
Black Christmas (2007)
A killer stalks nubile young women at a sorority house. One of them is Buffy's annoying younger sister, so it's not such a bad thing.
Pandemonium reigns and tinsel flies.
Jim Fourniadis, Ira Emsig, Alexia Staniotes, and other baggers.
December 29, 2013
The Polar Express
A terrifying CGI train ride deep into the Uncanny Valley, where lifeless collections of pixels take on a vaguely human form to haunt your deepest nightmares.
Dead-eyed wackiness ensues.
Sherilyn Connelly, Ziad Ezzat, Dan Foley, and other valley-dwellers.
Annual Kickoff Movie!
January 5, 2014
Snakes on a Plane The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by motherfucking snakes.
Slithery wackiness ensues.
Jim Fourniadis, Mikl-Em, Rose Lacy, and other bad motherfuckers.
January 12, 2014
Iron Man 3
When the first Iron Man came out, a lot of people wondered if it being so good was a fluke. This one confirms what Iron Man 2 told us.
Magnetic pandemonium reigns.
Jim Fourniadis, Mike Spiegelman, Alexia Staniotes, and other Cheadles..
January 19, 2014
Star Trek Into Darkness
The less you know before you see this movie, the better. Same goes for after you see it.
Transwarp wackiness ensues.
Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, Tim Kay, and other Khans.
January 26, 2014
The Last Man on Earth
Vincent Price in the only adaptation of I Am Legend that actually bothers to adapt I Am Legend.
Mythic pandemonium reigns.
Jim Fourniadis, Sherilyn Connelly, A Special Guest Yet To Be Announced, and other Nevilles.
Special "Not Involved with the Big Comedy Festival" Event!
Jim Fourniadis, Sherilyn Connelly, A Special Guest Yet To Be Announced, and other Van Dorens.
February 16, 2014
Man of Steel
Superman gets the gritty reboot which he totally needed, right? Right.
Kryptonian wackiness ensues.
Sherilyn Connelly, Mike Spiegelman, Tristan Buckner, and other steelers.
February 23, 2014
World War Z
Hey, we're not using the zed-word! Or the zed-letter. Or the actual book this is supposedly based on, for that matter.
Pitted pandemonium reigns.
Jim Fourniadis, Alexia Staniotes, Tim Kay, and other globetrotters.
March 2, 2014
White House Down
A thoroughly stupid movie, but one that's also more fun than most of the other big summer blockbusters. (Yeah, you, World War Z.)
Channing-ing wackiness ensues.
Sherilyn Connelly, Tristan Buckner, Ziad Ezzat, and other Foxxes.
March 9, 2014
The Lone Ranger
Johnny Depp playing an American Indian goes even worse than you'd expect it to. No, even worse than that.
Communal pandemonium reigns.
Jim Fourniadis, Mikl-Em, Ira Emsig, and other birdbrains.
March 16, 2014
Jeff Bridges does Men in Black, except that he doesn't wear black. Or really do anything at all, except not want to be there.
Grave wackiness ensues.
Sherilyn Connelly, Mike Spiegelman, Maura Sipila, and other tombstoners.
March 23, 2014
Patrick Swayze plays a high-school football player leading a bunch of kids in a battle against -- actually, no, wrong Wolverine(s).
Adamantium pandemonium reigns.
Jim Fourniadis, Dan Foley, Alexia Staniotes, and other Jackmans.
Bad Movie Night's Ninth Anniversary!
March 30, 2013
Red Dawn Patrick Swayze plays a high-school football player leading a bunch of kids in a battle against multicultural commies.
Painful, probably socialist math: this will be the tenth time we've done this movie.
Socialized pandemonium reigns.
Jim Fourniadis, Mike Spiegelman, Maura Sipila, and other Wolverines!!!11!!1