This Week’s Hottest Events: Tracy Morgan, Wanderlust and Joanna Newsom
Comedy: Tracy Morgan
After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live and four seasons opposite Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey on 30 Rock, SAG award winner Tracy Morgan ’s still got it going on. The Emmy nominee wraps up his current summer stand-up tour right here in SF at Cobb’s next week; the shows are bound to sell out, so if you don’t yet have tickets, start scouring Craigslist. Thursday, 7/29 - Sunday, 8/1; Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., 415-928-4320
Music + Yoga: Wanderlust Festival
Don't write this off as a hokey hippie retreat—last year's inaugural Wanderlust Music and Yoga Festival was hands-down the coolest summer music experience in Northern California. Sure, Outside Lands and Treasure Island are great for hot music, but what could top escaping the city's summer blues for a sunny Tahoe weekend of downward dogs and bands both old and new? This year, Moby, Bassnectar and Brazilian Girls headline on the stage while master yogis Shiva Rea, Seane Corn and Janet Stone challenge with poses and postures. Check it out. Thursday, 7/29 - Sunday, 8/1; Squaw Valley, CA
Music: Joanna Newsom
The serious musician who detests references to elves, otherworldly creatures and fairytales will take the stage at The Fox to woo you with her enigmatic melodies. No doubt she'll feature excerpts from her newest 125-minute magnum opus Have One on Me. Have a look at 7x7's interview and then get your tix here. Monday, 8/2; The Fox Oakland, 1807 Telegraph Ave., 800-745-3000
Shopping: Barneys NY Warehouse Sale
Make like a New Yorker and use your latest paycheck to treat yourself to designer duds at the legendary Barney's Warehouse Sale. Come prepared to elbow your way through racks of clothing, shoes, accessories and home wares for 50 - 75 percent off regular pricing. Although the sale lasts 11 days, we say get there early on for the best goods. Thursday, 7/29 - Sunday, 8/8; Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.
Art: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle
Note: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle is not, nor will it ever be, available on DVD. So, now's your chance to see the infamous sculptor and performance artist's acclaimed five-part film series. Each cremaster comprises a fully realized work—from a musical revue choreographed by blimps in Cremaster 1 to the fairies, motorcycles and horned satyrs in Cremaster 4. In no way can words accurately depict Barney's painstakingly quirky project. Suffice it to say that it's one you should surely see for yourself. Friday, 7/30 - Sunday, 8/8; The Roxie, 3117 16th St., 415-863-1087
Shopping: Renegade Craft Fair
If you've yet to discover quintessential DIY culture, clear your calendar for the eighth annual Renegade Craft Fair. The free event features more than 225 local and traveling vendors showcasing an eclectic mix jewelry, art, 'zines, ceramics, housewares, papergoods, and more. If you're feeling hands-on, partake in craft workshops and demonstrations. Admit it—in this city, it's cool to be crafty. Saturday, 7/31 - Sunday, 8/1; Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.
Exhibit: To Dye For
It’s not just for hippies anymore—Vogue is talking about it, Women’s Wear Daily has it covered and now the de Young is doing it. That’s right, tie-dye is back on the scene in a big way. If you’re not convinced, head to the de Young for some background on the current trend. “To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color” explores the resurgence of tie-dyeing techniques through a historical lens, featuring more than 50 textiles and costumes from prehistoric to modern times. Make a beeline for Oscar de la Renta’s 2005 ikat trench coat and Rodarte’s stunning hand-dyed evening gown from last year’s collection. Saturday, 7/31 - January 9, 2011; de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., 415-750-3600