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COURTESY PHOTOAfter a health scare a few years ago

Ron Sexsmith faces mortality

There’s a good reason Canadian troubadour Ron Sexsmith titled his latest CD…

COURTESY PHOTOAfter a health scare a few years ago
Courtesy PhotoIn her first book

June 2: Burlesque books and other San Francisco events

SOMETHING TO READ Behind the Burly Q By Leslie Zemeckis ($24.95)In her…

Courtesy PhotoIn her first book
Tour the Reid Brothers' architectural history on a casually paced group ride.

May 31 -June 2: See S.F. by bike and other weekend events

Weekend events for San Francisco. FRIDAY, MAY 31 On the town Sketch…

Tour the Reid Brothers' architectural history on a casually paced group ride.
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Classical, dance delights

The season’s rich performing arts offerings in concert halls put the spotlight…

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Courtesy PhotoThe Independence Day on The Bay fireworks show starts around 9:30 p.m. on July 4.

July events, Summer Arts 2013 preview

Fintastic! Shark Discovery Monday, July 1 The Aquarium by the Bay teaches…

Courtesy PhotoThe Independence Day on The Bay fireworks show starts around 9:30 p.m. on July 4.
Courtesy PhotoBallet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl opens the monthlong Ethnic Dance Festival with a free performance at noon at City Hall.

June events, Summer Arts 2013 preview

Union Street Festival Saturday, June 1 through June 2 From 10 a.m.…

Courtesy PhotoBallet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl opens the monthlong Ethnic Dance Festival with a free performance at noon at City Hall.
Courtesy PhotoHarry & the Hit Men  headline a set of gems from the golden years of Motown and Stax records at Slim's this Thursday.

May 30: Motown gems at Slim's and more San Francisco events

Who’s in town Comedian Jake Johannsen kicks off a three-night engagement at…

Courtesy PhotoHarry & the Hit Men  headline a set of gems from the golden years of Motown and Stax records at Slim's this Thursday.
Courtesy PhotoTrixie Whitley’s debut full-length solo recording is called “Fourth Corner.”

Meditation inspires songstress Trixie Whitley

Trixie Whitley, daughter of late guitarist Chris Whitley who has her father’s…

Courtesy PhotoTrixie Whitley’s debut full-length solo recording is called “Fourth Corner.”
Courtesy PhotoLyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman will be on hand to share stories at Sunday’s tribute to Marvin Hamlisch in San Francisco.

Remembering Hamlisch and the way he was

Back in 2010, there was nothing misty or water-colored about Marvin Hamlisch…

Courtesy PhotoLyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman will be on hand to share stories at Sunday’s tribute to Marvin Hamlisch in San Francisco.
Courtesy PhotoBruno Mars plays the HP Pavilion this summer.

Rock on!

Every genre gets its due this season, from metal bands to flamboyant…

Courtesy PhotoBruno Mars plays the HP Pavilion this summer.
Courtesy PhotoFolk-rock singer-songwriter Lissie performs at the Great American Music Hall.

May 29: Lissie at the Great American Music Hall and other San Francisco events

San Francisco events for May 29, 2013. Who’s in town Folk-rock singer-songwriter…

Courtesy PhotoFolk-rock singer-songwriter Lissie performs at the Great American Music Hall.
Courtesy PhotoPeace is topping the charts overseas with the new album “In Love.”

Peace bases indie rock on techno

Growing up in gray Birmingham, England, Harry Koisser dreamed of becoming a…

Courtesy PhotoPeace is topping the charts overseas with the new album “In Love.”
weekendsherpa.comWe’re at the end of wildflower season

Good weekend: May 24-26

FRIDAY, MAY 24 On the town Two novelists: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam…

weekendsherpa.comWe’re at the end of wildflower season
Courtesy PhotoGrammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves performs at the SFJazz Center. “When You Know

May 26: The Philip Glass Ensemble and more Sunday events

Good Sunday, May 26 SOMETHING TO READ A Conspiracy of FaithBy Jussi…

Courtesy PhotoGrammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves performs at the SFJazz Center. “When You Know
Courtesy PhotoRoommate will play original reggae-influenced tracks at Dub Mission at the Elbo Room on Sunday.

Island sirens of dub call to Roommate

The siren song of the Caribbean calls to San Francisco dub producer…

Courtesy PhotoRoommate will play original reggae-influenced tracks at Dub Mission at the Elbo Room on Sunday.
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LL Cool J is back in the rap game

LL Cool J may be one of the elder statesmen of rap,…

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Courtesy PhotoBritish folk rockers Stornoway play San Francisco this week

The serendipitous origins of Stornoway

British upright bassist Oliver Steadman still recalls the help wanted ad like…

Courtesy PhotoBritish folk rockers Stornoway play San Francisco this week
Courtesy PhotoShout Out Louds

Tourin’ and eatin’

Members of the decade-old Swedish quintet Shout Out Louds have plenty of…

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Getty Images file photoAlternative-folk singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart performs a concert in support of his latest album

May 21: Devendra Banhart at the Regency Ballroom and more San Francisco events

San Francisco events for May 21, 2013. Who’s in town Zimbabwean author…

Getty Images file photoAlternative-folk singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart performs a concert in support of his latest album
Courtesy PhotoComposer Lera Auerbach

Musical phenom does it all

It is no exaggeration to call 2013 the “Era of Lera” in…

Courtesy PhotoComposer Lera Auerbach