Buzz-worthy bands at Treasure Island festival

1. Treasure Island Music Festival, Treasure Island

Treasure Island wasn’t really known for hosting rock ’n’ roll, but that’s all changed with the Treasure Island Music Festival. The two-day event, a hit in its debut last year, is back with another impressive lineup of buzz-worthy bands from both the indie pop (Vampire Weekend, pictured; Tegan and Sara and Spiritualized) and dance and electronic worlds (Goldfrapp, TV On the Radio and CSS).

The event provides more than just a chance to catch headliner acts such as Justice and the Raconteurs performing against the backdrop of a spectacular San Francisco Bay view. The green music festival also offers treasure hunts, an art and culture tent and California’s tallest ferris wheel.

Note: Parking will not be offered to non-VIP ticket holders. A shuttle will run from the AT&T Park parking lot to take concertgoers to Treasure Island. Check the Web site for details. 

When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday


2. Spoon

The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.

The band’s most recent album, “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.

When: 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday

Info: (415) 346-6000, 

3. My Morning Jacket

Greek Theatre, Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road, Berkeley

The band is known for its mix of country, indie, funk and Southern rock.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Info: (510) 548-3010,

4. Tilly and the Wall

Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.

The indie pop group’s name was inspired by a children’s book.

When: 10 p.m. Saturday

Info: (415) 625-8880,

5. Eagles of Death Metal

The Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.

The garage rock revivalists co-headline with Swedish rockers the Hives.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Info: (415) 775-7722,

Best stage

1. ‘Insignificant Others’: The  musical comedy is about the romantic foibles of two gay men and three straight women.

When: Fridays through Sundays

Where: Pier 39, The Embarcadero, S.F.


2. Pear Avenue Theatre: The troupe presents “Eccentricities of a Nightingale,” one of Tennessee Williams’ most compelling plays.

When: Through Sept. 28

Where: Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View

Info: (650) 254-1148,

3. Kids act: “Snow White,” a presentation of the Youth Performance Series, is an adaptation of the classic.

When: Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 19

Where: New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

Info: (415) 861-8972,

4. ‘A Bronx Tale’: Chazz Palminteri brings 18 characters to life, depicting a rough childhood in the Bronx.

When: Tuesday through Oct. 19

Where: Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St, S.F.

Info: (415) 551-2000;

Best gatherings

1. Irvine Welsh: The controversial author reads from “Crime.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.

Info: (415) 863-8688,

2. ‘Bullets Over Broadway’: Actor-writer Chazz Palminteri appears after the film.

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.

Info: (866) 468-3399,

3. Indian Summer San Francisco Crystal Fair: The event showcases crystals, beads, minerals and jewelry.

When: Saturday-Sunday

Where: Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.


4. Bay Area Theater Chili Cook-Off: Crowded Fire presents a fundraising event featuring a chili cook-off contest with Bay Area theater organizations.

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St.


5. Salsa Festival: Redwood City presents salsa-related competitions, children’s activities, free dance lessons and art cars on display.

When: Noon Saturday

Where: Downtown Redwood City

Info: (831) 457-1141,

BEST LOCAL THEATER: “Super: anti: reluctant,” a play by mugwumpin, the award-winning San Francisco ensemble, explores the American character through the lens of our heroes. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday at NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa St. Tickets are $12 to $20, sliding scale. Call (415) 621-7978 for reservations.

1. Asian Pacific American artists unite for ‘APAture’

Various locations, San Francisco

The Kearny Street Workshop observes the 10th anniversary of “APAture,” a celebration of emerging Asian Pacific American artists. The 10-day multidisciplinary arts festival features more than 90 artists working in visual arts, film, music, literature, spoken word and performance art.

Artists on the bill include Hellen Jo, LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble, Lumaya, Samantha Chanse and Weston Takeshi Teruya.

When: Today through Sept. 29

Info: (415) 503-0520,

2. The Dance Series 1969-1972

Hackett-Freedman Gallery, 250 Sutter St., Fourth Floor, S.F.

Frank Lobdell’s monumental antiwar paintings.

When: Through Nov. 1

Info: (415) 362-7152,

3. Ride Green/Green Ride

Reaves Gallery, 235 Gough St., S.F.

The installation created by Lucky Rapp and Matthew McKee using donated bicycles is meant to inspire.

When: All day Friday; reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Info: (415) 250-3201;

4. Jason Jägel

Electric Works, 130 Eighth St., S.F.

“73 Funshine.” corresponds with a book release featuring the artist’s music-inspired narrative gouache paintings.

When: Through Oct. 18

Info: (415) 626-5496;   


1. ‘Western Wind, When Wilt Thou Blow?’: Schola Cantorum San Francisco opens the season with a program of English music from the time of Henry VIII.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.

Info: (415) 419-3500,

2. Music of Leonard Bernstein: “Meditation No. 1” from “Mass” and tunes from  the composer’s popular musicals are on tap; soprano Dawn Upshaw is a guest soloist. 

When: 8 p.m. today and Friday

Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

Info: (415) 864-6000,

3. Noontime Concerts: Dimitri Shteinberg and Mariya Borozina perform works by Schubert and Brahms.

When: 12:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., San Francisco

Info: www.oldsaintmarys.orgIndie pop, electronica reign supreme during Treasure Island Music Festival with lineup of buzz-worthy bands

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