• In case you didn’t know, once a month on a Thursday evening the Asian Art Museum has a special event that they named MATCHA. It usually includes performances, cocktails, special installations and tours, as well as the ability to view all their permanent exhibits for merely $10 instead of their usual $17 admission. We’ve been to a couple of them in the past and they were great fun, that’s why we want to recommend the one happening tonight.

    For only three days this week (April 19-21), the Asian Art Museum has transformed a part of their second floor into this large gallery of brand new paintings by some of China’s most famous contemporary artists, as well as emerging ones titled, “Pure Views“. This installation culminates at tonight’s MATCHA, from 5-9 pm, wherein four of these artists —Hong Lei, Wang Guangyi, Yue Minjun, and Zhou Chunya, along with critic Liu Chun and curator Lu Peng— will gather in a lively panel discussion about art in China today. It will also be the last chance to see “Pure Views” before the paintings are de-installed and shipped back to China.

    As usual, they’ll also have docent tours, art activities, cash bars, DJ music, and more. And of course, the special exhibition Bali can also be viewed.

  • Since last October, GAFFTA (998 Market St. @Taylor St) has been hosting a monthly Cinema Speakeasy screening with the overall mission of creating “a space for filmmakers and film-lovers to get together every month to watch great movies and enjoy a few cold beverages”. (And since GAFFTA moved into the Warfield building, the Cinema Speakeasy is now happening in an actual speakeasy) Apparently they always have awesome raffle prizes (donors include Good Vibrations, Funky Door Yoga, Lombardi Sports, and many more) and some kind of interactive, social element, be it a mix exchange, filmmaker Q&A or any other clever, quirky idea that they come up with that fits the movie’s theme. Unsurprisingly, their past two screenings (a drink-a-long to The Warriors and a night of curated comedy shorts) were completely sold out, so you should totally check them out.

    Tonight’s movie is Joshua Leonard’s The Lie, a dark comedy that premiered at Sundance this year based on a T.C. Boyle short story of the same name. The Lie follows Lonnie, a thirty-something husband and young father coming to terms with the fact that he’ll never be a rock star. Rather than face another day at his soul crushing job, he tells a horrible, horrible lie, and hilariously dire consequences ensue.

    Now, don’t go judging poor Lonnie. We all tell lies, so they want to hear yours. They’re asking people to write the best – or worst lie they’ve ever told on an anonymous postcard that they’ll then send off to Post Secret after the event. And everyone who plays gets a free raffle ticket.

    Starts at 7:30, Movie at 8. Only $5 cover, cheap drinks too!