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This Week's Hottest Events: Art Fairs, Vintage Fashion Fair, and Best Coast

Animals are people too

Animal Madness by Laurel Braitman

Art
Dorothea Lange and the Golden Gate Bridge
Lange's striking images of Depression-era life never cease to tug at one's heartstrings. See the legendary photojournalist's work along with an exhibit in the adjoining gallery of work celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
When: Through Sat. 6/30
Where: Scott Nichols Gallery, 49 Geary St., 4th floor

Fairs
artMRKT, ArtPad, and the SF Fine Art Fair
Beef up your collections at three expansive art fairs, all over one weekend. Peruse the works from 70 modern and contemporary galleries at artMRKT, scout emerging art from Bay Area artists and beyond while taking part in screenings, panel, and performances at ArtPadSF, and if you're ready to spend big, check out blue chip works ranging from $2,000 to $2 million at the SF Fine Art Fair.
When: Thurs. 5/17 – Sun. 5/20
Where: Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St.; The Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St.; Fort Mason Festival Pavillion, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.

Shopping
Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire
Brought to you by the same folks who curate the wares at the Alameda Point Antique Faire, this vintage fashion market promises top-notch secondhand with clothes and accessories from 50 dealers (that's three ballrooms full of goods!).
When: 6-9 p.m., Fri. 5/18 and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 5/19
Where: O Club, 641 West Red Line Ave, Alameda

Art
"Erogenous Zones"
Starting Friday, Silverman Gallery will present a titillating group show of work with innuendos that may have the modest blushing. Provocative guaranteed.
When: Fri. 5/18 – Sat. 6/16
Where: Silverman Gallery, 804 Sutter St.

Dance
Armitage Gone!
Choreographer Karole Armitage's work Three Theories was inspired by physicist Brian Greene's best-selling book The Elegant Universe. Imagine a response to string theory in the form of kinetic imagery, sound, and movement.    
When: 8 p.m., Fri. 5/18 and Sat. 5/19
Where: YBCA Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St.

Music
Best Coast
Think smooth, California surf pop infused with a little NYC grit. The band's latest, The Only Place, comes out Tuesday, so expect plenty of new material at Saturday's show.  
When: 8 p.m., Sat. 5/19
Where: The Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Film
Kevin Epps' Straight Out of Hunters Point 2
Mark your calendar for a free screening of Bayview-Hunters Point native and filmmaker Kevin Epps' Straight Out of Hunters Point 2 (a follow-up to acclaimed doc Straight Outta Hunters Point). Presented by the SF Arts Commission, the Bayview Opera House, and Mastamind Productions, this film examines the violence plaguing a community looking for social and economic sustainability.  
When: 2-5 p.m., Sun. 5/20
Where: Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St.

Conversation
Animals Are People Too
L.A.-based artist Rachel Mayeri joins historian, writer, and TED Fellow Laurel Braitman to discuss territory previously thought to be unique only to humans. The two will use their independent methods of research to ponder animal perception, emotion, and even mental illness.
When: 4:30 p.m., Sun. 5/20, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Simmonds Rd., Sausalito