May 29, 2015 Cave of the Spider Women at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

We are pleased to co-present the showing of Cave of the Spider Women as part of the 2015 San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

The film's story comes from a classic of Chinese literature involving a pilgrim monk and his followers—monkey, pig, and shark spirit—who ward off the notorious Spider Queen. The film set 1927 box-office records but was considered lost until its recent discovery and restoration by the National Library of Norway. The director’s granddaughter will attend the screening.
Plus: Modern China (China, 1910, 8 m.)

Cave of the Spider Women features extraordinary views of life and landscape in Beijing, filmed during the last years of China's Qing dynasty, before the 1911 Xinhai Revolution overthrew imperial rule. The focus is on everyday life, and the views of hawkers, laborers, traders, and artisans reveal the city’s vibrant street culture.

Directed by Dan Duyu, China, 1927, 60 m. (Pan si dong)
With Yin Mingzhu, He Rongzhu, Dan Erchun

Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Frank Bockius.
Donald Sosin scores silent films for major festivals, archives, and DVD recordings and is the resident accompanist at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Versatile percussionist Frank Bockius will join Sosin for this program.
Live narration of the Chinese/Norwegian intertitles by TBD performer

  • Friday, May 29
  • 1:00 pm
  • Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco
  • Ticket price: $16 general, $14 member

Tickets can be purchased here.

May 29, 2015 The Game For Real Book Launch

The Center and Two Lines Press welcome author and translator Benjamin Paloff to Diesel Bookstore in Oakland, California to celebrate the publication of his translation of The Game For Real by Richard Weiner.

The Game For Real is the first of Weiner’s books ever translated into English. Called “The Man of Pain” by the sci-fi author Karel Čapek (who popularized the word robot), Richard Weiner is one of European literature’s best-kept secrets. Often compared to both Robert Walser and Kafka, Weiner was a modernist who wrote with the Surrealists between World War I and II. Ignored during the communist era, Weiner's work was rediscovered and has attracted new fans since 1989.

Benjamin Paloff is a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Michigan. He is the translator of several works of prose and poetry and the author of a book of poetry, The Politics. He is the recipient of fellowships from Poland’s Book Institute (2010), the National Endowment for the Arts (2009-2010), the Michigan Society of Fellows (2007-2010), and PEN America, and he was a poetry editor at the Boston Review for seven years.

Please join us for amazing Czech prose and drinks at one of the Bay Area's best bookstores!

  • Friday, May 29
  • 7:30 pm
  • Diesel, A Bookstore
  • 5433 College Ave., Oakland
  • FREE