This Week's Hottest Events: Prince, Tales of the City, and Blue Bear's Annual Benefit
Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin's famous stories about SF life in the '70s finally come to life onstage in the American Conservatory Theater's musical adaptation directed by Avenue Q's Jason Moore, with a score by the Scissor Sisters.
When: Wed. 5/18 - Sun. 7/10
Where: A.C.T., 415 Geary St.
Local shoegaze band Weekend plays the Independent. Get the scoop here.
When: 8 p.m., Thurs. 5/19
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.
SF's Art Fairs
Whether you're looking for cutting-edge contemporary or post-war fine art, SF's three art fairs are your one-stop shops for previewing work at prominent local, national, and international galleries. It all happens this weekend, so check out the fairs' websites to see which best suits your fancy.
When: Thurs. 5/19 - Sun. 5/22
Where: artMRKT, Concourse Exhibition Center, 620 Seventh St.; ArtPad SF, Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St.; SF Fine Art Fair, Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.
If you missed Prince in February, here's your second chance. The artist formerly known as will be playing two shows down in San Jose. It's worth the trek.
When: Thurs. 5/19 and Sat. 5/21
Where: HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara, San Jose
Blue Bear School of Music Annual Benefit
If you support local music, get yourself to the Blue Bear School's annual benefit. The veteran organization has been nurturing talent, both new and old, for the past 40 years. New Orleans legend the funky Meters headline.
When: 8 p.m., Fri. 5/20
Where: Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave.
Doug Varone and Dancers
Inspired by quotes from movies, literature, and more, this dance performance, which recently debuted in NYC, features eight athletic dancers moving through 20 short pieces. Perfect for the easily distracted. More on the show here.
When: 8 p.m., Sat. 5/21 and 2 p.m., Sun. 5/22
Where: YBCA Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St.