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This Thursday: The Bay Area Premiere of Brother/Sister Plays

This fall’s Bay Area–wide premiere of the Brother/Sister Plays by internationally acclaimed newcomer Tarell Alvin McCraney (above), collectively presented by three local companies, promises to be the most notable theater event of the season. Addressing head-on topics of urban grit and modern sexuality, the three plays are connected by theme rather than plot and thus can be seen in any order. Part 1, In the Red and Brown Water, will debut at the Marin Theatre Company Sept. 9–Oct. 3. Part 2, The Brothers Size, will be presented at the Magic Theatre Sept. 9–Oct. 17 and Part 3, Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet will run at A.C.T. Oct. 29–Nov. 21. Intrigued?

This Week's Hottest Events: Aida, Altered Barbie and Power to the Peaceful

Art: Altered Barbie Exhibition
Look at America's favorite plastic plaything in a whole new light—the 8th annual San Francisco Altered Barbie Exhibition is back. It's weird, it's warped, and it's definitely worth your time. Local artists from all over the Bay Area take this icon and turn her into not-so-everyday art reflective of our current society in an effort to create dialogue sparked by a doll. Check it out. Free; Thursday, 9/9 - Friday, 10/1; Shotwell 50 Art Space, 50 Shotwell St., alteredbarbie.com

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Robert Rodriguez Assembles 'Dream Cast' Behind Danny Trejo in 'Machete'

It might be one of the first films conceived as a trailer and later expanded into a feature. Machete, Robert Rodriguez’s story of a Rambo-like ex-Federale betrayed by his bosses and out for revenge, began as a tongue-in-cheek teaser for Grindhouse, the director’s 2007 homage to ’70s exploitation fare. But it soon evolved into something more.
 
“Once we made the trailer, I thought that was as far as it was going to go,” says Rodriguez, 42, who cast cousin and longtime friend Danny Trejo as the titular tough guy at the center of his cheerfully gruesome thriller, which opened Friday.
 

Classical Roundup: From the Ballpark to the Moon

Werther at San Francisco Opera

If you want to hear some truly amazing operatic vocalists, San Francisco Opera’s Werther is your ticket this month. Ramon Vargas, a tenor with a voice that impresses even the most opinionated of critics, plays one of his signature roles, a poet suffering from that nasty unrequited love. Alice Coote brings her world-renowned vocal chops to the stage as his romantic interest, and they bellow their hearts out in this musical tale.

The Week in Local Music News

The tubes love affair with Oakland's Colleen Green continues [via Pitchfork]

SF Weekly talks Disco, Daft Punk and 222 Hyde with Portland's Reporter [via SF Weekly]

Local chiller Fiveng drops his first 7" on upstart label Beach Tapes [via Pitchfork]

After a solid four year run, SF Underground's Gemini Disco party says goodbye [via SF Weekly]

Labor Day Parking Quiz Answers!

 

We tested your street smarts IQ earlier today with a pop quiz on Labor Day Parking rules.  How'd ya do? The answer, from local parking guru David LaBua (author of Finding the Sweet Spot), is below.

Q: Are the parking rules in effect on the streets of San Francisco for Labor Day?

Parking Quiz: What are the Rules for Labor Day?

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

We started out last week with a quiz on metered parking. And in honor of the Labor Day, we're testing your holiday parking IQ. Check back at 2:00 today for the answer!

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