Local historian and author Dean McLeod will speak at the Bay Point Historical Society annual luncheon Saturday at noon. Contact the society at (415) 385-9220 if you are interested in attending. Read More
Comedians don’t go into standup for the money. Late-night shows in small basement clubs don’t often result in rags-to-riches stories. So it’s apropos that San Francisco’s biggest comedy event, the 31st annual Comedy Day on Sunday in Golden Gate Park, is free.“It’s a labor of love,” says Debi Durst, president and executive director of Comedy Day. “No one is getting paid, and we’re a volunteer-operated nonprofit, but all the comedians love doing it.” Read More
Extinct species such as the great auk are in the spotlight at the California Academy of Sciences, and they’re not trapped in musty dioramas. They are being reanimated in “Extinction Burst: a dance of lost movement,” a new work by artist-in-residence Chris Black.The piece debuts at the Academy’s NightLife program on Thursday, and continues with performances next week. Read More
Shaun Sanders is the co-founder of Graffiti PR, which will be hosting its third annual Styling the Modern Man event Thursday at the Bently Reserve. Tickets, which include complimentary haircuts, shaves, massages, facials and drinks, are $20 to $100 and can be purchased at 2011stylingthemodernman.eventbrite.com. Read More
The Bay Area resident is the founder of Miss Stephanie’s Potions, a vegan, green-certified bath and body line of monster and zombie repellents. Visit www.missstephanies potions.com or call (888) 430-0077 for details. Read More
While “The Steins Collect” has been stealing the limelight at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this summer, shows like “Face of Our Time” are what make the museum’s curatorial efforts ring with contemporary relevance.The exhibition features documentary photography by an exceptional quintet of artists — Bay Area photographers Richard Misrach and Jim Goldberg, along with Daniel Schwartz, Jacob Aue Sobol and Zanele Muholi. Read More
A pop-up performance in a trash bin on Eddy Street is just one of many quirky highlights of the San Francisco Fringe Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Starting Wednesday, the 12-day event at the Exit theaters in the Tenderloin features more than 40 productions — of all kinds.Gregory Kloehn, an artist who wears many hats, has created a renovated trash bin for “Elite Waste,” a humorous infomercial spoof promoting an industrial trash can as a new paragon in domestic bliss for the 21st century. Read More
Byron Spooner, the literary director of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, will conduct the 47th annual book sale Sept. 21 through Sept. 25. More than 500,000 books will be on sale at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. Volunteers are still being encouraged to apply. Call (415) 522-8606 or visit www.friendssfpl.org for more information. Read More
While there is no official dress code for the San Francisco Symphony, you might see some of these glamour gowns on the red carpet Wednesday at the San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala, which celebrates its 100th season this fall. Lengthy, train-trailing dresses will shimmer and shimmy alongside higher cocktail hemlines as SF society steps out for one of the most anticipated nights of the year.Click on the picture for a photo gallery of gowns.
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Dancers have been leaping in the air for centuries. But what about ascending?
The Bay Area’s Project Bandaloop has been tackling gravity on a perpendicular plane for two decades, and it is celebrating its 20th anniversary with its first full-length work, “Bound(less).”
Free performances are slated for Sept. 15-18 in Oakland, and sneak previews will be held in San Francisco’s Mint Plaza next week. Read More
Scooby-Doo and Shaggy look scared. Drawn in pencil on a large piece of crinkled newsprint paper, the cartoon characters cower in fear in the middle of a spooky library, surrounded by threatening villains. These icons of Saturday morning cartoon royalty are part of “Monsters in the Bookshelf,” a fun exhibit of work by children’s book illustrators and animators from a collective called Studio 5 at the University of San Francisco’s Thacher Gallery. Read More
Eric Stanley, co-editor of the recently released book “Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex” — an anthology of writing from prisoners, activists and academics about transgender and queer liberation and prison abolition — is part of the Sept. 8 book launch at 7 p.m. at Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St.
What was one of your goals while compiling this anthology? Nat Smith, my co-editor, and I wanted to highlight and focus on the ways that transgender and queer people are impacted by the prison industrial complex. Read More
Stages, festivals and clubs abound with pop, rock, hip-hop, electronic and acoustic music — for all tastes and ages.
Rock the Bells Lauryn Hill, Nas and Erykah Badu are at the helm of the killer lineup for this year’s festival, which also includes Mos Def and Talib Kwali performing as Black Star, Immortal Technique and Common. [10:30 a.m. Friday, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $55-$281, www.rockthebells.net] Read More
Tap dancing — it’s more than Fred Astaire’s slick moves and more than 5-year-olds in sequined costumes scraping their feet on the floor while exercising “jazz hands.”
It’s a vibrant pursuit in which the feet become a rhythm section, and the body transforms into a two-fold performer.
Still not convinced? The Bay Area Tap Festival may change that.
Presented by Stepology, a nonprofit group committed to ushering tap into the 21st century, the festival, which features workshops, panel discussions and performances, runs today through Sunday in The City. Read More
Dennis Lehane is no stranger to success. His books “Shutter Island,” “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby, Gone” have been made into films directed by no less than Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Ben Affleck.
The best-selling novelist, whose latest book is “Moonlight Mile,” appears in conversation with author Eddie Muller, founder of San Francisco’s annual Noir City Film Festival, on Thursday in a presentation sponsored by Litquake and the Film Noir Foundation. Read More