This Week's Hottest Events: Neko Case, Grandmaster Flash, Billy Elliott
The musical, adapted from the hugely popular 2000 film that we all know and love, takes the tale of 11-year-old Billy to new heights, literally. Actors in harnesses leap and dance in mid-air–guaranteed to put a spring in your step.
When: Mon. 6/27 - Sat. 9/17
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.
Marin County Fair
Carnival rides, compost competitions, sheep shearing, and fireworks—get down and dirty, just like a kid again. You know you want to.
When: Thurs. 6/30 - Mon. 7/4
Where: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
The old-school turntable legend will juggle beats, punch phrases, and scratch to perfection.
When: 10:30 p.m., Sat. 7/2
Where: Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St.
Irving Penn Photos
The decades-long Vogue photographer had a fierce fascination with depicting beauty in all forms. "Radical Beauty" showcases 30 of Penn's stunning photographs that explore his passion.
When: Thurs. 6/30 - Sat. 8/20
Where: Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St.
ColorFest at the Exploratorium
Colorfest promises to school you in the science of color—all the way from perception to the physics of light refraction. Learn natural dyeing techniques from Oaxacan artisans, or the Mac-obsessed can sign up for a session with the branding expert for Apple.
When: Fri. 7/1 - Mon. 9/5
Where: Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St.
The local garage rocker has garnered praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, SPIN, and more. His latest album, Goodbye Bread, hit stores last week and it's a stunner. Catch him at the Indy before he hits Outside Lands. Also on the docket this week: Dr. Dog at the Independent 6/28-29 and Sonny and the Sunsets at Great American Music Hall 7/1.
When: 9 p.m., Sat. 7/2
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.
Fillmore Jazz Fest
This is a good one if the 'rents are in town. Three stages, with everything from up-and-coming jazz fusion to seasoned standards including the Marcus Shelby Trio. Plus, it's all free.
When: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 7/2 - Sun. 7/3
Where: Fillmore St. between Jackson and Eddy
Neko Case with The Dodos
This month's Stern Grove headliner will no doubt draw a crowd. Plan to stake your spot on the lawn at an early morning hour if you want to catch a glimpse of the alt-country temptress onstage.
When: 2 p.m., Sun. 7/3
Where: Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat