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This Week's Hottest Events: SF Symphony B&W Ball, The Head and the Heart, and a Gatsby Garden Party

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae

Art
Critical Mass
Photolucida's program is to bring top emerging talent to the public. Here, industry jurors have narrowed the group down to the Top 50 works photographers from around the globe.
When: Through Fri. 6/15
Where: Rayko, 428 Third St.

Art
Richard Blakely "Between the Lines"
The artist's first solo exhibition at Incline Gallery features drawings, paintings, animation, and sculpture, plus a presentation of his earlier commercial work.
When: Through Fri. 6/22
Where: Incline Gallery, 766 Valencia St.

Music
The Head and the Heart
The on-fire indie folk band from Seattle is taking over the Fillmore three nights in a row, but you'll have to beg for tickets on Craigslist.
When: 9 p.m., Fri. 6/1 – Sun. 6/3 (8 p.m. Sunday)
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.

Music
Leighton Meester
Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf moonlights as a musician. And she loves SF. Check out her love letter to the city here.
When: 8:30 p.m., Fri. 6/1
Where: Slim's, 333 11th St.

Gala
SF Symphony B&W Ball
Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Janelle Monae. Need we say more?  
When: 8 p.m., Sat. 6/2
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.

Art
Mel Ramos
Make the trek east to check out the retro stylings of SacTown native Mel Ramos.
When: Sat. 6/2 – Sun. 10/21
Where: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento

Dance
Ethnic Dance Festival
More than 30 Bay Area troupes represent world cultures through dance.  
When: Sat. 6/2 – Sun. 7/1
Where: various venues

Fundraiser
Great Gatsby Garden Party
Join special guests Amy Tan, Joyce Maynard, and Don Novello at a fundraiser for this year's Litquake festival. Don your whites and get ready for a game of croquet ... with jazz-age cocktail in hand, of course.  
When: 4 - 7 p.m., Sat. 6/2
Where: Hillside Gardens, Mill Valley