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Classical Roundup: Depeche Mode and Angelic Choirs

Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble

...performs Depeche Mode's Violator album in its entirety at Eagle Tavern tomorrow night. My 14-year-old self would find that more awesome only if Jordan Catalano was featured on the cello. (No disrespect meant to Adam Young, who actually plays the cello - and is certain to do a much better job than Jordan Catalano.) Playing the album live from start to finish, the ensemble (led, as one might expect, by classical composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky) blends violin, trombone, and the aforementioned cello with synthesizer and drums. And a hefty dose of awesome.

In The Wake at Berkeley Rep

If you had to turn off the radio - possibly by hurling a dinner roll or a hardback novel or whatever else came to hand - whenever President Bush's dulcet tones hit the airwaves, brace yourself. Berkeley Rep's In The Wake is underscored by Bush's presidency, from Florida to reelection to his ignominious departure from the world stage. But the story's emotional center is a family's journey from a halcyonic Thanksgiving - marred only by the cigarette-roughened antisocial tendencies of an unexpected guest - to disintegration.

Urban Legends, Fantasy Landscapes: First Thursday Openings To Catch

Brace yourself for summer in the city. Because urban life, as filtered through some very personal lens, appears to be theme emerging at this month's First Thursday shows.

“Dream Portal”
Welcome to their fantasy. Organic landscaping gives way to fabulist abstractions at this collaboration between Paul Kalcic and Jellystone. Opening June 3, 7-10 p.m. Kokoro Studio, 682 Geary St., SF.

Grab the Mic: A Look at the City's Best Karaoke Spots

When things get rough, sometimes you just have to sing. And  when your shampoo bottle doesn't cut it, it's time for a microphone and a few drinks. And for that, you head to your nearest karaoke joint. Unleash your inner Mariah at these spots - our favorites in the city for lettling loose.

Encore Karaoke Lounge, 1550 California St., S.F.

Lifting The Craft Bar At Museum Of Craft & Folk Art

Fabric flowers will blossom and plushy robots will belly up to the Craft Bar at Museum of Craft & Folk Art Thursday, June 3.

Yep, it’s that time of the month again -- time to get your craft on. Every first Thursday for the last six, MOCFA SF has hosted a Craft Bar, along with Etsy Labs, and the event appears to be gathering steam among the Bay’s many manic DIY-ers. The event, which began life as a humble Stitch-and-Bitch gathering of around 30, assembled 250 the last time around. “That was our biggest Craft Bar yet,” says MOCFA store associate buyer Amelia Strader, who co-organizes the event with the store’s manager and head buyer Kpoene Kofi-Bruce. “They keep getting bigger each time because word keeps spreading.”

Outside Lands Lineup Announced: My Morning Jacket, Al Green, The Strokes, Phoenix

Although it's lights off at lala today (which we're bemoaning over here at 7x7 HQ), June 1st also brings some good music news in the form of the final Outside Lands lineup. Ranger Dave continues his love affair with videos by announcing the entire Aug 14-15 lineup in video format. For those without the patience to watch the whole montage, here's the lineup in list form.

June 2009 - Best of the City

June 2009 - Best of the City

Local illustrator Hugh D'Andrade's work graces concert posters, book jackets, and now, for the first time, the 7x7 cover.

62 Eat + Drink
Loading dock lunches, irresistible caramels and wine lists worth the detour.
Edited by Sara Deseran

66 Fashion + Beauty
Found: The ultimate all-purpose dress, the chicest salon and the city’s best brow master.
Edited by Nerissa Pacio

The Week in Local Music News

Weekend and Young Prisms release their highly anticipated split 7" on London's Transparent Records [via Transparent Blog]

Partial Outside Lands lineup leaked; Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, Al Green, Gossip and Phoenix confirmed [San Jose Mercury News]

San Francisco Popfest 2010 briefly takes over area venues [via SF Chronicle]

Caribou and Toro Y Moi wow the crowd at The Independent two nights in a row [via Stranger Dance]

Local garage rock favorite Ty Segall preps new album [via The Bay Bridged]

The artist formerly known as Bye Bye Blackbird changes name; remixes fellow rising chiller Teen Daze [via Blackbird Blackbird blog]

The war on fun continues -- dance-friendly mission hangout The Attic threatened with lawsuit [via SFist]

Local music blog The OCMD claims cassettes are the new vinyl [via The OCMD]

San Francisco's favorite haters Uptown Almanac have some choice words for Live 105's BFD festival [via Uptown Almanac]

SF Weekly sits down with the bros behind local label Wizard Mountain [via SF Weekly All Shoock Down]

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