It’s time. Starting Wednesday (or Tuesday night for those lucky badge-holding few), Noise Pop 2008 will commence, bringing hoards of amazing musicians, artists, filmmakers, craftspeople, etc. to San Francisco. The Bay Bridged will be providing extensive coverage of the music events this week, but we wanted to start by summarizing some of the non-music events.

There is so much going on, so the following events are mere recommendations. For the full list of goings-on, visit the appropriate Noise Pop page: Film, Art, Expo. And if you have a non-music Noise Pop event not mentioned here that you would like to recommend, post it in a comment.

Pop’t Art:

– Sights of Sounds: Works of Art from the Music Community. The show opens Wed. from 7pm-10pm at Park Life and runs until Mar. 25.

Sights of Sounds features original art created by members of the music community, such as Alissa Anderson (Vetiver), Terri Lowenthal (Rubies), Simone Rubi (Rubies), Tuffy (fine rock poster art), a few Daytrotter illustrators and many more. It also brings Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree.

Elliot Smith
Elliot Smith

– Pictures of Me: Rare photographs of Elliott Smith by Autumn de Wilde opens Thurs. from 7pm – 11pm at Queen’s Nails Annex. Running until Mar. 2, the exhibit features intimate photographs of the iconic rock star.


– What We Do is Secret – Wed, 9:15pm at Roxie (Tickets)

This film starring Shane West and Bijou Phillips focuses on the life and early death of Darby Crash and his band The Germs, who were key players in the LA punk scene in the late 1970s. The film is followed by a Q&A with Shane West, writer-director Rodger Grossman and producer Todd Traina.

– Such Hawks, Such Hounds – Sat, 2pm at Artists’ Television Access (Tickets)

This film explores the music and musicians of the American hard rock underground from 1970 to present. Bands discussed include Black Sabbath, Fu Manchu, Comets on Fire, Nebula and many more.

– Nick’s World of Synthesizers – Sun, 2pm at Artists’ Television Access (Tickets)

A portrait of Nick Collier of the electro/glam/punk band Pink Grease. It documents his intention of many different types of synthesizers. “The film draws you into his sometimes bizarre world of synthesizers and provides an insight into a uniquely creative individual.”


– On Sat. from 12pm – 5pm, there is a free, all-ages education event about the music business. As NP describes it, “From how to tune a guitar on the fly to how to schmooze, how to get a real industry job to how to run a successful music blog or indie label, this is a literal immersion course in the music industry.” The event is at 12 Galaxies. To guarantee entrance, email For a full schedule and list of panelists, check out this page. >>

Pop and Shop

– Last but not least, on Sun. from 12pm – 5pm will be Pop and Shop, an independent design fair presented by Ready Made Magazine. Over 30 local designers will be selling clothes, jewelry, posters, accessories, etc. atop tunes from DJ Omar (Popscene) and DJ Ryan Poulsen (Booty Basement). The event is free, all-ages, and takes place at 12 Galaxies.

Stay tuned to read about the great Noise Pop music events throughout the week. Have fun!