Arts + Culture
You know you love Gilbert and Sullivan. Go on. Admit it. Or you’re at least mildly curious, given all the Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired dialogue in early seasons of The West Wing. Luckily for you, Lamplighter’s Theatre proffers what LA Weekly calls the “best Gilbert and Sullivan in the country.” It also, in this particular instance, proffers singing pirates.
Casiokids have been rocking Norway for 5 years with their sunny, casio-driven, electro-pop, but Norway couldn’t keep the band all to themselves forever. Their latest release, Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar on Polyvinyl Records, is the group’s US debut, launching their buzz from across the pond into the states. Despite their geographic distance, they manage to find themselves stateside quite a bit. They rocked SXSW and CMJ and now they’re back again on their very own mini headlining tour. Casiokids are known for their theatrical live shows and they’ll be hitting San Francisco’s Cafe Du Nord on August 18th.
Alice Waters and local nonprofit Garden for the Environment have been hard at work at Levi's Workshop on Valencia Street. They've been designing up art for Edible Schoolyards, her Chez-Panisse Foundation-helmed project that aims to get kids dirty in the garden and foster a sustainable food mentality from an early age. The poster design will help to brand Edible Schoolyard projects around the country. Head out to Levi's Workshop this Friday to see the unveiling!
You've done your time at the Mint and the Silver Cloud, but now it's time for the big leagues. American Idol auditions are going down this Thursday at AT&T Park. Pre-registration is happening now (tables opened at 7 am this morning and will remain open until Thursday at 8 am) so chug some lemon tea and honey and get yourself down there for judgement day.
Music: Brandon Flowers
We all know him as frontman of The Killers, but Brandon Flowers is now trying his hand at the solo thing. His solo debut Flamingo is due out in September, and he's already begun his tour supporting the forthcoming album. It's no surprise that the intimate Slim's show is already sold-out, but we're betting someone will get sick and have to sell their tickets. $27.50; Thursday, 8/19; Slim's, 333 11th St., 415-255-0333, slims-sf.com
Wait...is that...the sun?!? Phoenix parted the clouds at the Main Stage, delivering a performance that seemed to be the universal highlight of Sunday's Outside Lands. These Frenchies (anyone spot Sofia Coppola in the crowd?) are a damn good live band. Can't beat "1901" in a sunny Golden Gate Park. And they opened with "Lisztomania." Solid.
So...a lot of people were hating on Al Green as a choice for a Sunday main-stage performance. But, c'mon, it's Al Green and "I'm So Tired of Being Alone" and "Love and Happiness" are some of the greatest songs of all time. Al showed Outside Lands that he's still got it in the soul and passion department, treating the crowd to his all time greatest hits as well as welcome covers of The Temptations, Roy Orbison and Otis Redding.