Ever since he was a kid, Luc Besson dreamed of directing a movie version of “Valerian and Laureline,” a French comic-book series featuring a pair of sexy, futuristic crime fighters. Finally the director of “The Professional,” “The Fifth Element” “La Femme Nikita” and “Lucy” has gotten his wish with “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (now playing). The sci-fi adventure — said to cost more than $200 million — is set in the 28th century and filled with dizzying special effects, bizarre alien creatures and colorful worlds. When I mention to the French director that this looks like the most complicated film he’s ever done, Besson starts laughing.
Leading the applause was Artistic and Executive Director white wedding shoes. ballet flats with ribbon. low heel shoes. pointy ballet flats. leather ballerinas. bridal flat shoes. bride Celia Fushille, along with Peninsula guests Bill Zappettini with Paula Massoni (she made the winning dessert auction bid of $2,500 for a gluten-free chocolate cake by Tout Sweet Patisserie, the new San Francisco sweet shop owned by Just Desserts winner Yigit Pura), Edie Kirkwood (she is a board member) and husband Bob Kirkwood hosted a table of friends: Susie and Britt Stitt, Hotelier Clement Chen (Holiday Inn) with his daughter Patti Chen, John Northway, Lisa Grote, Smuin dancer Jane Rehm and founding board member Allie Weismann..
Today more than a dozen cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day, including Richmond, Calif.; Santa Cruz; Albuquerque; Seattle and Olympia, Wash,; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; and Lawrence, Kansas. “Indigenous People’s Day is a time to reclaim our identity, our own rich history in the United States,” pow wow coordinator Gino Barichello told this newspaper. Barichello, who is part Myskoke (Creek) and part Italian, said it’s also a time to remind the larger Bay Area community that Native Americans aren’t simply a historical phenomenon.
Bill Dana, 92, A comedy writer and performer who won stardom in the 1950s and ’60s with his character Jose Jimenez, June 15, Helmut Kohl, 87, The physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe, June 16, Otto Warmbier, 22, An American college student who was released by North Korea in white wedding shoes. ballet flats with ribbon. low heel shoes. pointy ballet flats. leather ballerinas. bridal flat shoes. bride a coma after almost a year and a half in captivity, June 19, Carla Fendi, 79, One of the five sisters who transformed the family leather goods business into a global luxury fashion house long known for its furs, June 19..
Caldo de Piedra Pop-Up Dinner: Reservations from 5 to 10 p.m. July 8-9, Calavera, 2337 Broadway, Oakland. Featuring the restaurant’s namesake soup, Caldo de piedra. An ancient Mexican soup cooked with scalding river stones. $60. https://bit.ly/2tmrzs3. Big Cat Art Show and Fundraiser: 6:30-11:30 p.m. opening reception July 13, closing reception Aug. 10, 3Dot Art Gallery, 2309A Encinal Ave., Alameda. Artworks at the show will feature different big cats in a variety of styles and mediums. Proceeds from the show will go to The Wildcat Sanctuary (www.wildcatsanctuary.org). In addition, every Wednesday through the month of July a rescued cat will be featured at the sanctuary. www.3dotartgallery.com.
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