This Week's Hottest Events: Burning Man Talk, Air Guitar Semifinals, and Sounds of Brazil
Craig Childs: Professional Adventurer
Audience members will experience "a field guide to the everending Earth" at this seminar lead by writer, traveler, and storyteller Craig Childs. Expect tales of near-death encounters and glimpses into the most remote corners of the planet.
When: 7:30 p.m., Mon. 7/29
Where: Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., 2nd floor
Burning Man: The Story
Uncover the secrets of the living legend that is Burning Man, an artistic Mecca located in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Burning Man founder Larry Harvey discusses the annual event's personal and social impact with Josh McHugh, President of Attention Span Media.
When: 6:30 p.m., Wed. 7/31
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd floor
Zarouhie Abdalian's "Matrix 249"
Oakland-based artist Zarouhie Abdalian explores the subjects of noise, silence, and the absence of sound through sculpture in her first solo exhibition. What is perceptible and understood is questioned through the help of bells and hammers.
When: Fri. 8/2–Sun. 9/29
Where: BAM/PFA, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Sounds of Brazil
Good, bad, beautiful, and ugly, Brazil is front and center in the headlines. Immerse yourself in the country's buzzing culture with three acts playing traditional Brazilian music with a twist. Expect an infectious medley of sounds from Grupo Samba Rio and Grupo Falso Baiano, plus master piano playing from Jovino Santos Neto alongside flute virtuoso Paul Taub.
When: 7:30 p.m., Sat. 8/3
Where: SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin St.
No Man's Land
Harold Pinter's celebrated drama No Man's Land will be revived on stage with the help of Broadway stars Billy Crudup and Ian McKellen, plus Patrick Stewart and Shuler Hensley, delivering comedy and depth simultaneously. Right now, tickets are only available to season subscribers and supporters, but keep your eyes peeled over the next few days for a possible batch of tickets that may become available to the general public.
When: Sat. 8/3–Sat. 8/31
Where: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley
Get in touch with your fantastical, romantic side with this beloved classic playing at San Francisco's favorite park. Put an order in for your Pizzeria Delfina picnic basket now.
When: 8 p.m., Sat. 8/3
Where: Dolores Park, Dolores St. and 19th St.
Air Guitar Semifinals
Come out for two exciting rounds of air guitar competition, where performers will be judged on technical merit, stage presence, and "airness." Watch history in the making, as three charismatic winners will advance to the U.S. Finals.
When: 9 p.m., Sat. 8/3
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.
Oakland Art and Soul Festival
The 13th Annual Art and Soul Festival in downtown Oakland will feature performers Lisa Loeb, Leela James, and the smooth sounds of ConFunkShun, among others. In addition to music, festivalgoers can munch on food from around the globe and see the work of hundreds of artists.
When: Noon - 8 p.m., Sat. 8/3 and noon - 6 p.m., Sun. 8/4
Where: Various locations, Oakland
It might win for cheesiest festival name ever, but the event itself is legit. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will join alt-country band Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and more at this musical showcase.
When: 5:30 p.m., Sun. 8/4
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View