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This Week's Hottest Events: Beach House, Chinese New Year, and Olmec

Music
Beach House
The dream pop duo that's been blowing up iPods just gets better with age.
When: Fri. 2/18
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.

Music
Cake
The Decemberists' show may be sold-out, but that means more money for Cake. The Sactown oldies are touring with their energetic new album Showroom of Compassion
When: Mon. 2/14 - Thurs. 2/17
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.

Celebration
Chinese New Year Parade
The perfect excuse for a day of pork buns, moon cakes, and Peking duck. More on that here.
When: Sat. 2/19
Where: Chinatown, Market and 2nd to Kearny and Columbus

Art
Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico
Awe-inspiring art (think giants heads carved from massive boulders) from the second millennium BC that still has archaeologists scratching their heads. 
When: Sat. 2/19 - Sun. 5/8
Where: de Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.

Performance
Robert Moses' Kin: Fable and Faith
One word: provocative. Last year's premiere of The Cinderella Principle put Robert Moses' Kin right at the front of my radar screen. This time around, it's all about the power of myths in shaping imagination and identity.  
When: Fri. 2/18 - Sun. 2/20
Where: YBCA Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St.

Theater
Avenue Q and Next to Normal
If musicals are your thing, these two are must-sees. Puppets come alive in a very adult way for Avenue Q's two-week run, and the director of Rent brings us Tony Award-winning Next to Normal.
When: Tues. 2/15 - Sun. 2/27; through Sun. 2/20
Where: Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market St. and Curran Theater, 445 Geary St.