This Week's Hottest Events: Cyndi Lauper, Frameline, and Mt. Tam Jam
It’s been 30 years since Cyndi Lauper released She’s So Unusual, and so doing informed the world that girls just want to have fun, that money changes everything, and finally, that I bop you bop a they bop a lu she bop. To celebrate, the 59-year-old is hitting the road for a 23-day tour and stopping at Saratoga along the way.
When: 7:30 p.m., Sat., 6/19
Where: The Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga
Even the best of us feel a little bit like Mary Magdalena sometimes. Or, okay, even if we don’t feel like harlots specifically, we at least occasionally make mistakes. That’s what Mark Adamo was thinking when he composed The Gospel of Mary Magdalena – replace the saints and sinners with humans with some important decisions to make.
When: Wed., 6/19 – Sun., 7/7
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.
Framline Film Fest
Frameline—the longest-running, largest, and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world—is back with more innovative and tremendously important films, like Oliver Hermanus’ Beauty, the tale of a South African married man’s self-denial. Annie! is also showing, representing the hard-knock-lifers at a time before there was a 99%.
When: Thurs. 6/20 – Sun. 6/30
Where: Various venues
Former Fleet Fox drummer turned solo artist Father John Misty will bring his trippy twang to the Filmore this Friday. With Mr. Father John Misty, you’re always in for something good and weird. His shows are known to feature Marlboro birthday cakes and lit-up rainbows while Father John Misty himself prances around singing his album’s opener “Fun Times in Babylon.”
When: 9 p.m., Fri., 6/21
Where: The Filmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.
Cutting-edge designs are everywhere in San Francisco, so you could argue that every week is SF Design Week. But this week actually, officially, and truly is SF DesignWeek. In honor of all things designed, FormFactors is opening up the doors to design-devoted showcases at retail outlets throughout the city.
When: Fri., 6/21 – Sun., 6/30
Where: Various venues
For probably the first time in your musical life, listening to music will be as good for you as it is for the mountains. At Marin’s Mount Tam Jam, the eclectically killer lineup features Galactic, Cake, Taj Mahal Trio, and Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs at this killer natural outdoor venue. Tickets will benefit Mount Tamalpais State Park and bring attention to the California State Parks budget crisis.
When: Sat., 6/22, 12 – 7 p.m.
Where: The Mountain Theater, East Ridgecrest Blvd., Mill Valley
Since 1998, North Beach’s 15 Romolo has been a beloved modern speakeasy and neighborhood watering hole. They just want whoever has entered their doors to feel at home while chugging, or daintily sipping, locally sourced Bloody Hammer vodka brew or a mixed Simple Jean. Come by for prizes, cocktails, appetizers, and a fatted duck liver to toast to 15 years of 15 Romolo.
When: Sat., 6/22
Where: 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo Pl.
The dreamy music of duo She & Him are the perfect sounds to hear on a summer night in Berkeley. Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward weave a nostalgic blend of indie pop and folk music sure to please anyone in search of angelic harmonies and bittersweet lyrics about love lost and found. Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will also make an appearance.
When: 7 p.m., Sat., 6/22
Where: The Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Rd., Berkeley
From the early 1940s to the early 1970s, Rose Mandel produced an evocative body of in-and-out-of-focus close-ups. Sixty years after her first exhibition at the Legion of Honor, the de Young is bringing this little known photographer to the forefront to illuminate her rightful place in the history of modernist photography. P.S. She worked with Ansel Adams.
When: Sat., 6/22 – 10/13
Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
City Lights Bookstore is 60 and still standing, Amazon notwithstanding. On June 23, hit the Beat landmark’s open house party to kick off its yearlong anniversary lineup of special events. As cofounder Lawrence Ferlinghetti says, “The Golden Age of City Lights continues.”
When: 2 p.m., Sun., 6/23
Where: City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave.