Brainwash and Elmwood in the East Bay

Just a few quick notes.

The Brainwash  Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In  Movie Festival screens in a little over a week. I’ve never been to this two-night event (and won’t be able to make it this year), but it sounds like one of the odder events to hit the Bay Area on an annual basis. The festival presents two programs of short subjects, ranging from the unusual to the bizarre. Titles include “Great Moments in Cocktail History”  and “Legend of the Bunny Man.” They’re also showing the original trailer for “Hercules in New York,” a truly wretched low-budget ‘70s flick starring our current governor.

The presentation is as strange as the content. As the name implies, the screening is out of doors (in an Oakland parking lot, actually), and you can sit in your car or in the open. The movies’ soundtracks are broadcast as a low-power FM signal, so you need a radio.

In other news, I like the programming tastes of the Elmwood’s new management. For their first week, they’ve got the East Bay’s exclusive engagement of both Colma – The Musical and I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal. Between that and the theater’s physical upgrade (which, I admit, I haven’t seen yet), it all seems promising.