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Bravo 30 Benefit Celebrates The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre This Saturday

The spirit of pioneer playwrite Lorraine Hansberry, who wrote A Raisin in the Sun and helped the civil rights movement in the early 60s, lives on in San Francisco at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. This year the theatre turns 30 and is celebrating with the Bravo 30 Benefit this Saturday, October 16 at the St. Francis Hotel. 

JumpstART: A Free Day of Dance, Theater, and Performance at ODC Theater

How's this for a cool gig? ODC is throwing a housewarming party to celebrate its brand-spanking-new community performance space in the Mission. But unlike most housewarmings, you'll be the one getting the gift. 

Haven't yet had the chance to witness Joe Goode's masterful choreography? Always been dying to see a skit by Killing My Lobster? Secretly want to get in on the madness of a Youth Speaks poetry slam? Curious about playwright/director Mark Jackson's work and Lily Kharrazi's world music? This Saturday is your chance to tap into the arts for free.

Treasure Island Music Festival: Saturday's Top 5

There’s no denying the buzz surrounding Treasure Island Music Festival this weekend. At every café you go to, during any weekend conversation you may have, and any exchange with a music junkie will inevitably lead you to some form of  “TI” dialogue. Although you won’t have to weave through crowds, peeling between stages to catch 30 minutes of your favorite band (whoever thought of the alternating – not overlapping – festie schedule is nothing short of genius), we’ve still got weekend fever for these five acts.

Saturday’s Top 5

'The Exquisite Book,' An Elaborate Game of Visual Telephone, Launches

In The Exquisite Book, which sees its West Coast launch tomorrow night at Rare Device, 100 artists play upon a game invented by the Surrealists in the 1920s called the "Exquisite Corpse." In the original game, a paper is folded into three parts. One person draws a head, leaving only the neckline for the second person, who draws the midsection. The third draws the legs and feet. When the paper is unfolded, the character they jointly created is revealed. Way more fun than Hangman, yes?

CounterPULSE's Newest Diaspora: An Indonesian Rain Dance and a Cambodian Meditation on Love

From Buddhist reincarnation to fertility goddesses who order pie at a southern cafeteria, CounterPULSE’s newest Diaspora is full of the usual expanding-traditional-art-forms goodness, now in dance form. Nurturing experimentation (much like your college dorm room) (just sayin’), CounterPULSE presents artists who play with classical performing arts in an innovative way.

Read Judd Apatow's Favorite Writing in 'I Found This Funny,' Which Benefits 826 National

Judd Apatow (you may know him from Knocked Up, Super Bad, The 40 Year Old Virigin) rolled through town last week for a City Arts and Lectures discussion with Dave Eggers and to promote his new humor compilation, I Found This Funny. The book (“an unprecedented mega collection of supremely entertaining writing”) includes works from greats like Conan O’Brien, David Sedaris, Jonathan Frazen, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Carver and benefits 826 National, the nonprofit writing and tutoring organization helmed by Eggers. I sat down with Apatow at the Ritz in Nob Hill to talk the book, Freaks and Geeks 10 years later and the best TV shows on today.

Shitoberfest: Sketch Comedy of the Creatively Vulgar Persuasion

Shit shows are usually associated with far too much tequila, possibly served in the presence of strippers, and often provide concrete evidence of poor decision-making skills. Like watering your landlord's hydrangeas with recycled gin at 3 a.m. But PianoFight’s version of the S.H.I.T. Show - reintroduced as Shitoberfest after a sold-out nine week run - is a lot funnier than your average hangover.

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