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High Art: Three Not-Too-Serious Lit Events

David Sedaris
Beloved humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris is making a stop at the War Memorial to celebrate the release of his latest literary adventure Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. If you've never seen him share his stories live, get this special event on your calendar now. You'll laugh so hard that your face will hurt for hours after.
When: 7 p.m., Sun. 4/24
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.

Behind-The-Scenes Jim Marshall Photos of Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Concert on View @ SF Arts Exchange

Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison 1968. © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

Last year, Chronicle Books published Pocket Cash, a stunning book of Johnny Cash images by world-renowned rock photographer and San Francisco native Jim Marshall. The local legend passed away last year, but he continues to live on through his incredible body of work. Now, you have the chance to see some of the shots from the book come to life in a special exhibit at the San Francisco Arts Exchange.

The Road to Rough & Ready: A Gold Country Getaway

What began as a girlfriends’ getaway ended up as three days, 650 miles, 21 stops and not nearly enough sleep. I guess that’s what happens when you send a type A overachiever and a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky pal on a road trip together. My best friend Brianna and I set out on a tour of the Wild West in search of cowboys, old-fashioned saloons and the rich history along Highway 49—from the Yuba River and Nevada City down to Columbia and La Grange. The promise of gold is what drew settlers to this uncharted territory 162 years ago; the promise of some hard-earned fun is what drew us.

Rock the Vote for Patagonia's Voice Your Choice Campaign

From March 10 - 31, Patagonia wants to hear from you. Every year, the brand's 27 U.S. stores receive $5,000 to distribute among three local environmental groups of their choosing during the Voice Your Choice campaign. Everyone's a winner, and all you have to do is vote for your favorite. Bonus: you don't have to shell out a dime … unless you find yourself smitten with a ski jacket or climbing gear while you cast your vote in-store.

Win Tickets to Tina Fey's Sold-Out Show

The bad news: When City Arts & Lectures announced in November that Tina Fey would be passing through SF in April to promote her new book Bossypants, tickets sold out in less than an hour. So, they got a bigger venue, and tickets sold out again in a hot second.

The good news: Starting now, you can place a bid to score 2 premium orchestra seat tickets for the April 20 performance at Orpheum Theatre! A benefit for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, 100% of the moola raised will go to the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California fund to help victims of the disaster.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Wronglers at Slim's

We all know Warren Hellman as the guy behind the annual Hardly Strictly festival, but bet you didn't know that the bluegrass aficionado was also a lean, mean, banjo-playing machine. That's right, Hellman is a member of The Wronglers, who will have their big debut at Slim's this Sunday. The old-time band, which formed back in 2006, has performed all over the Bay Area (including at Hardly Strictly)—opening for the likes of Steve Earle and Gillian Welch—as well as at SXSW.

Breathed … Unsaid … Opens at SOMArts

Image: Hang Nguyen's Untitled

Take a trip across cultural boundaries. Curated by Lumina Arts' Katya Min, this new, month-long exhibit at SOMArts features the multi-disciplinary works of 20 Bay Area artists exploring their own experiences with cultural diaspora.

Third Prince Show Added!

30,000 tickets sold in less than 72 hours! Due to overwhelming demand, tickets just went on sale for a third Prince show this week. A Thursday performance at Oracle Arena has been added. Take a break from Noise Pop to see this living legend. Purchase here.

This Week's Hottest Events: Prince, Noise Pop, and a Monster Drawing Rally

Music
Prince
Purple Rain and Little Red Corvette. Need we say more?
When: Mon. 2/21, Wed. 2/23 and Thurs. 2/24 (third show just added!)
Where: Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland

Win Tickets to Noise Pop's Way Behind the Music

Noise Pop joins forces with Litquake on day three of the festival for a night of readings from America's oddest musical memoirs. Think The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones and then lower the bar ... a lot. Get ready for excerpts—read by local lit and music luminaries such as Beth Lisick, Thao Nguyen, Michelle Tea, Bucky Sinister—from published works by Justin Bieber, Marilyn Manson, Jewel, Tori Amos, and more.

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