Arts + Culture
One of the bands many of us here at 7x7 agree on is San Francisco's very own Fresh N Onlys. If you've seen them, you know that they're multifarious, loud and psychedelic. And if you haven't, definitely check out their multitude of albums and EPs (these guys churn them out like they're nothing) - each one is a journey of the band's collective music-obsessed mind. And speak of the devil, they've got a new one hot off the presses - Play It Strange (In the Red) will be out October 12th.
Do you remember the first time you ever heard a Nina Simone song? Did you think she was a man? An alien? The singular soul goddess and political activist was fearless, inimitable, and gone too soon, but most definitely not forgotten. Over the years, artists have paid tribute to this legend, from Anthony & the Johnsons' cover of "Be My Husband" to Mary J. Blige's forthcoming role as Simone in a biopic of the mercurial singer's life.
Whenever people ask for theater recommendations, I always point them toward Word for Word. If you’re not a literary buff, it’s excellent theater. If you were an English major or consistently check out eight books at a time from the public library, you’ll be blasted into geek heaven. Word for Word brings literature to life, complete with all the he-saids, she-saids of the original.
On Tap: Oktoberfest by the Bay
Take part in the 11th annual Oktoberfest by the Bay, a festival of fine German food, the world's best beer, and authentic German music that will stick in your head through next year's celebration of our favorite European culture. As if you needed an excuse for weekend day drinking … $25-$30; Thursday, 9/23 - Sunday, 9/26; Pier 48, across from AT&T Park, oktoberfestbythebay.com
Precita Eyes, aside from adorning city buildings with gorgeous, eye-popping murals, is one of the most precious assets we have in preserving the Mission's dynamic cultural heritage, so celebrate their 2010 Muralists Gala Benefit and Art Auction, called ¡Viva Muralismo! this Saturday, September 25 at SOMArts Cultural Center. Schmooze with artists and politicians (Nancy Pelosi! Mark Leno!) while dancing to DJ Special K's beats and sipping on champagne, and bid on original artwork by the night's featured creative minds.