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This Week's Hottest Events: Eye Level on Iraq, Noise Pop, and Tom Petty Fest

Thorne Anderson; Najaf, Iraq, August 27, 2004; Digital inkjet print; High Museum of Art, Atlanta © Thorne Anderson

Art
"Eye Level on Iraq"
Over the course of two years, American-trained photojournalists Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson documented the impact and aftermath of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The 60 photographs in this exhibit attempt to illustrate the daily realities for Iraqi citizens and what the effects of politics and war have on ordinary people. Alford and Thorne placed themselves in risky positions to capture these images, and these photos shed light on both a shifting culture 10 years ago and today.
When: Through Sun. 6/16
Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
 
Music
Noise Pop
The city's favorite indie fest of music, art, and film is upon us. Prepare yourself for an exhausting week of nonstop shows, and check out a few of these highlights: the documentary Turning about Antony and the Johnsons by filmmaker Charles Atlas on Wed. 2/27, the Toro y Moi show at the Independent on Fri. 3/1 and Sat. 3/2, and our beloved Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at Great American Music Hall on Sat. 3/2.
When: Tues. 2/26–Sun. 3/3
Where: Various venues

Music
Jay Z & Justin Timberlake
Pop music's power player JT and king of rap Jay Z collaborate for what promises to be an epic tour this summer. Tickets for their Candlestick Park appearance go on sale this Thursday and they will go fast. So mark your calendar and set your alarms for 9:59 a.m., otherwise, you risk missing out on this multiplatinum duo.
When: Thurs. 2/28, 10 a.m.
Where: Live Nation

Philanthropy

CB2 Celebrates 30 Years of Creativity Explored

Don't pass up a chance to buy beautiful original pieces for a cause. Creativty Explored is a SF based non-profit that assists artists with developmental disabilities in persuing their passion. In celebration of their 30th anniversary, CB2 is hosting an auction of limited edition items decorated by Creativity Explored artists. The store will also feature a number of items and samples for sale in benefit of the organization. 

When: 6:00 p.m. Wed. 2/27

Where: CB2 Union Square, 34 Ellis St.

 

Music
Tom Petty Fest
We all know of the years-old tribute extravaganza Dylan Fest in NYC, but two years ago the good folks Alex Levy and Austin Scaggs added a Petty Fest to their repertoire, and for the first year, the show touches down in SF. Same principle as Dylan Fest, just with the Petty songbook. This week's show features Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Boz Scaggs, Chuck Prophet, Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers, Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Ewan Currie of The Sheepdogs and Howlin Rain, and so many more. It's time to get your Petty face on.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 2/27
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.
 
Theater
Dead Metaphor
Playwright George F. Walker's Dead Metaphor takes a dark comedy approach to the hypocrisies of post-war life. The story centers on the homecoming of an Iraq war veteran by the name of Dean, who, upon his return, must move back in with his parents and his pregnant ex-wife because he can't get a job.
When: Thurs. 2/28–Sun. 3/24
Where: American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St.

Conversation
Po Bronson: The Science of Winning and Losing
Bronson and co-author Ashley Merryman use politics, finance, genetics, and psychology to expound upon the nature of competition in their new book Top Dog.
When: 6 p.m., Thurs. 2/28
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St.
 
Exhibit
"The Order of Things: Cinematic Moments"
A true artist's exhibit, this show focuses on process rather than finished product, how ideas are formed rather than a particular idea how artists come to create the work that we eventually see. The three sections of the show correspond to the filmmaking process, from pre-production to production and post-production and features Mauricio Ancalmo, Erick Beltrán, David Berezin, Yoan Capote, and more.
When: Fri. 3/1–Sat. 3/30
Where: CCA Wattis Institute, 360 Kansas St.
 
Comedy
Tracy Morgan "Excuse My French"
You'll need your Tracy fix now that 30 Rock's run is over. The stand-up comic embarks on a 22-date tour in May, making his stop in SF on Sun. 6/16. Tickets went on sale on Friday, so don't waste any time. Grab yours before this show sells out.
When: 8 p.m., Sun. 6/16
Where: Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St.