The Great War of the Californias

  • Where

  • SFMOMA, Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third Street

  • When

  • August 12, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

  • Cost

  • free with museum admission

California was teetering on the edge of doom. Animosity between Los Angeles and San Francisco had grown out of control. War was looming in the hearts of men and women from Petaluma to Pacoima. Then, in early May, General Juan Gomez de los Angeles led his Southern troops in an offensive against the Bay Area. Once the Battle of San Francisco began there was no turning back . . .

Thus begins In Smog and ThunderSandow Birk’s mythical film of a Californian civil war set in the not so distant past. Calamity reigns as General Juan Gomez de los Angeles and a motley cast of infantry fighters struggle for supremacy on the best coast.

The screening is part of a series titled Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas hosted by acclaimed local writer Rebecca Solnit.

Rebecca Solnit joins Sandow Birk for a post-screening discussion of California cultures and conflicts and the Center for Tactical Magic’s Tactical Ice Cream Unit will be on the scene to distribute frosty treats and broadsides of the great California war.

Check out the other programs in the Infinite City series and if you absolutely can’t get enough of Solnit – she will also be speaking on September 16th at the JCC as part of their Arts and Ideas Program.

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