If you're into crazy stage antics that include occasional spitting in your own mouth, look no further then Great American Music Hall, where the Black Lips are performing this week. Fresh from galavanting around the world with tunes indebted as much to noise and punk as to their Southern roots, these guys are making a stop in SF to rock your Thursday night.
If you're looking for something to do Thursday night that involves happy pop rock, a great venue, and an enthusiastic crowd, we have a show for you. Falls-Church-native-turned-San-Francisco-transplant Thao Nguyen will headline at the Independent with her band, The Get Down Stay Down. Her Noise Pop acoustic show at the Swedish American Hall this year was so sold out that the venue turned away Noise Pop pass holders. We even spotted John Vanderslice behind the bar tapping beers for showgoers.
As always, there's great music going on this week. Here's our list of top shows to check out.
Last Thursday, we found ourselves surrounded by SF fashion notables (Joy Bianchi, Willie Brown, et al.) and art students, all impatiently waiting for the Academy of Art Graduate Fashion Show to begin. What came next was a whirlwind of ruffles, strong silhouettes, bold graphic prints, oversized knitwear, and dramatic draping that left our hearts aflutter. Although all of these talented young designers produced impressive collections, we leave you with the five that stood apart from the rest (in our humble opinion, of course):
Highly-caffeinated film gurus--you'd have to have consumed a couple cappucinos to make it out that late--convened at the stylish W Hotel on Saturday night as the clock struck 12 to catch a glimpse of big-screen starlets Evan Rachel Wood and Elijah Wood. As part of the San Francisco International Film Festival's opening weekend, each was a recipient of a Midnight Award (hence the twilight hour) for their individual achievements in film.
Yup, now you can rest your head where those infamous locks used to lie... for just shy of a cool $3mil. According to SocketSite, Newsom is selling the Bellaire Tower Penthouse condo he purchased in 2006 from Peter Getty, but not without making a few major changes to the place first. What once was a two bedroom unit has since been converted to a grand 1,693 square foot one bedroom, one and a half bath pad with a complete interior overhaul by Michael Agins Interior Design. The pics look quite swank, but do they justify the pricetag? The mayor has already lowered his asking price from $3.2mil to $2,995,000 - only time will tell if he'll have to do it again.
If you missed “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party” (at SF Playhouse last month) you can still experience a big, (incidentally gay) dance spectacle on the topic of President Lincoln when Bill T. Jones stages his new work about Abraham Lincoln called “Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray” in October.
Before that, on May 9, the director and choreographer, (who won a Tony for his choreography of “Spring Awakening”) will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and the creative process of his new work in a community conversation at the Yerba Buena Center.
During a visit to the Indie Mart yesterday, we spotted this hot little number by San Francisco’s Nooworks hanging out among the hipster brigade that took over The Independent for an afternoon of local fashion, fun and Sunday afternoon day drinking.
Made of a sturdy stretch cotton twill, the Nooworks Cotton Jumper goes short and sweet with a length that hits above the knee, but is heavy enough to prevent the unintentional big reveal when the summer winds get gusty (these are the kinds of things a girl has to consider in our fair city).
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