This Week's Hottest Events: Switchboard Music Festival, Alvin Ailey and Fauxnique
Alvin Ailey Dance
The internationally acclaimed company has been churning out progressive dance since 1958, and this tour marks the end of the famous Judith Jamison's run as artistic director. Very, very big deal.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 3/29 - Sun. 4/3
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
It's drag, performance art, dance, and theater all wrapped up in one seriously powerful package. If you've never seen local artist Monique Jenkinson as Fauxnique, get yourself to City Hall during lunch on Friday. She's giving a free, solo performance that will no doubt awe and amaze.
When: 12 p.m.; Fri. 4/1
Where: City Hall, Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl.
Hunx and His Punx
The local band does a modern version of '60s girl group pop that you won't be able to sit still to. Saturday is the group's album release party. Shannon and The Clams and Grass Widow open.
When: 10 p.m., Sat. 4/2
Where: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St.
The Baseball Project
This one's for the dudes. Musicians Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck (from R.E.M.), and Linda Pitmon combined their loves for music and baseball and created a home run-worthy debut album last year. They're back with volume two and swinging by Slim's this weekend.
When: 9 p.m.; Sat. 4/2
Where: Slim's, 333 11th St.
Switchboard Music Fest
Now in its fourth year, the Switchboard Music Fest is an 8-hour, nonstop music extravaganza where new things are bound to break loose. Known for experimentation and innovation, the fest has been so popular that it's been upgraded to a bigger venue. This year's headliners include local indie band Birds & Batteries and Carla Kihlstedt.
When: 2-10 p.m.; Sun. 4/3
Where: Brava Theater, 2781 24th St.