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This Weeks Hottest Events: Dianne Feinstein, Spring Book Sale, and The Clock

Christian Marclay's The Clock, image courtesy of Huffington Post

Hot Tickets

Sheryl Sandberg and Condoleezza Rice for City Arts and Lectures, Cheryl Strayed at JCC

Though officially tickets are sold out, these two events are worth the treasure hunt, if you can find a way to grab some for yourself. First up, Sheryl Sandberg takes the hot seat with Condoleezza Rice to answer questions about her new book Lean In. Then on Tuesday, author Cheryl Strayed talks about her bestselling book WILD. Check the box offices on the night of for last-minute no-shows, or scour Craigslist if you don't want to wing it.

When: 7:30 p.m., Mon. 4/1 and 7 p.m., Tues. 4/2, respectively

Where: Nourse Theater, 1955 Sutter St. and Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., respectively

 

Talk

Dianne Feinstein

In a conversation that is sure to highlight the challenges of our present and future, Senator Dianne Feinstein takes to the topics of guns, drones, and renewable energy. The program will focus on the senator’s views of today’s most heated political debates.

When: 12 p.m., Wed. 4/3

Where: Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

 

Lit

Spring Book Sale

Book worms will inch their way through more than 250,000 books and other media at the Friend’s of the San Francisco Public Library Spring Book Sale. Everything is $3 or less and the proceeds go to education programs promoting literacy. Browse the piles to find your favorite classics or to discover something new.

When: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wed. 4/3–Sun. 4/7

Where: Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.

 

Theater

Stuck Elevator

The world premiere of Chay Yew’s Stuck Elevator—a hybrid of musical theater, opera, and solo performance based on a true story—sees actor Julius Ahn in the Star role of Guāng, an undocumented Chinese immigrant who, trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours, runs the risk of deportation if he calls for help.

When: Thurs. 4/4–Sun. 4/28

Where: American Conservatory Theater (ACT), 415 Geary St.

 

Theater

Ophelia by Cart Blanche

As the first piece of 2013’s Fort Mason Center Presents, Carte Blanche presents Ophelia, a reimagining of the story of the tragic heroine of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The walk-through artistic experience brings together elements of dance, theater, and interactive video.

When: 8:30 p.m., Thurs. 4/4– Sun. 4/14

Where: Firehouse, Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.

 

Music

AFAR Bluegrass Event

Award-winning travel magazine AFAR has been known to throw a good party, so you'd be wise to RSVP for this night of bluegrass, photos, and conversation at Gauntlet Gallery. See the photos of McNair Evans—who AFAR sent to document the thriving bluegrass culture of North Carolina— accompanied by a live performance from SF-based Nobody from Nashville. Proceeds from the evening's silent auction will benefit the AFAR Foundation, which funds travel for underserved students. RSVP at bluegrass@afar.com to reserve your spot.

When: 6:30 - 10 p.m., Fri. 4/5

Where: Gauntlet Gallery, 1040 Larkin St.

 

Talk

Roman Polanski

Spoiler alert: this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Award-winning film director Roman Polanski will be in conversation via live skype hookup from Paris, where he is currently editing his latest film. This is a rare opportunity to hear the director speak live. A screening of Chinatown will precede the talk.

When: time still TBD, Sat. 4/6

Where: Roxie Theater, 3125 16th St.

 

Art

Christian Marclay: The Clock

Sound and video artist Christian Marclay created the intricate video installation titled The Clock. The piece is a montage of thousands of film clips that are synchronized to the minute with real time. The dynamic piece highlights the intricacies of time and is a reminder of how brief a single second can be.

When: Sat. 4/6– Sun. 6/2

Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St.