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This Week's Hottest Events: Architecture in the City, Poolside Cocktails, and More

Chuck Close

Chuck Close's art comes to the city! Photo via tqn.com

Design
AIA Architecture and the City Fest
It's not secret our city has some of the most iconic architectural structures and styles in the world, from all our little Victorians to the Ferry Building, Transamerica Pyramid, and beyond. Pay tribute to the tastemakers of yesteryear and the future with Architecture and the City's month-long menu of tours, lectures, exhibitions, films, competitions and more. Time to geek out!

When: Sept. 1-20
Where: Various locales

Music
Ty Segall performs Sleeper
Ty's doing double duty, performing his buzzed-about new album Sleeper for the masses not once, but twice this week. If you haven't heard, this one's rife with emotional heartbreak, loss, inner strength, and confusion, but never loses any of Ty's signature feistiness along the way. Mike Donovan and Jessica Pratt open his New Parish show.

When: Sept 2 (GAMH) and Sept. 5 (New Parish)
Where: Great American Music Hall (859 O'Farrell St.) and Oakland's The New Parish (579 18th St.)

Art
Chuck Close and Linda Ridgway at John Bergruen Gallery  
Chuck Close: Important Works from the Past Forty Years marks the renowned artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, and the first since 1999, so you'll want to hightail it down the John Bergruen gallery to get your fill. While you're at it, get a load of Ridgway's show The Anonymous, which showcases the artist's sculptured themes of femininity, tradition, and heritage.

When: Sept. 5 thru Nov. 16 (Close) and Sept. 5 thru Oct. 12 (Ridgway)
Where:

Music
Broke Down in Bakersfield at the Indy   
Brokedown in Bakersfield is a collective of acclaimed West Coast artists joining forces in a spirited tribute to the Bakersfield sound: California country music made raw and rocking, spiked with twang and sweetened with heartfelt harmonies. Betcha didn't know Bakersfield had its own country music tradition!

When: Sept. 5
Where: Independent, 628 Divisadero

Sport
34th America's Cup in SF
The world's best sailors combine with the world's fastest boats for a treat us San Franciscans won't like see again for decades. The finals start this week, so now's the time to stake out a spot on the waterfront and catch the high-flying action.

When: Sept. 7 thru 22
Where: Viewiing is at various locales. Check their website for details.

Music
Fun. at the Greek Theatre
Their name says it all. These big winners at this past year's Grammy Awards have sold out the Greek both nights (impressive!), so get on Craigslist and troll for tickets, starting now. Tegan and Sara open, which only sweetens the deal. Expect a lot of hand clapping.

When: Sept. 6 and 8
Where: Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley

Theater
The Acid Test: Incarnations of Ram Daas at The Marsh
This one's right up San Francisco's alley: Acid Test tells the true story of Ram Dass, spiritual seeker, as he explores his life from the time of being Richard Alpert, a Harvard psychology professor from a wealthy Jewish family to, along with Timothy Leary, starting the psychedelic revolution. With playwright Lynne Kaufman behind it all, you know it's gonna be a winner.

When: Sept. 6 thru Oct. 12
Where: 1062 Valencia St. at 22nd.

Film
Moonrise Kingdom at Washington Square
Wes Anderson's latest twee sensation gets some love in the great outdoors of Washington Square Park. Because Indian summer is approaching, we're hoping layers of clothing will truly be optional, but bring some just in case–along with a blanket, snacks, a bottle of wine (or two!) and someone to keep you warm.

When: Sept. 7
Where: Washington Square Park, San Francisco