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This Week's Hottest Events: Lit King Jonathan Franzen, PARK(ing) Day, Paramore and More

Lit: Jonathan Franzen
Confession: I've not yet read best-selling novel The Corrections. But, when I saw author Jonathan Franzen on the cover of Time magazine the other week carrying the heady title of "The Great American Novelist" for his latest book Freedom, I decided I had to get my hands on everything he's ever written, stat. Now, we all have the lucky chance to see this brilliant writer in person for a City Arts & Lectures discussion with CCA provost Dr. Mark Breitenberg. The event is not yet sold out (gasp!), so get your tickets now while you still can. $20; Monday 9/13; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., cityarts.net

Zion I and The Grouch "One" Video

If you haven't already heard, local hip hop sensation Zion I and Living Legends member The Grouch are teaming up again to put out a second album—due out March of next year—after the sucess of their first collaboration on 2006's Heroes in the City of Dope. Until then, check out their video for "One," which was used in the first American dance film shot in 3D, appropriately titled, Step UP 3D (yes, it's part of the Step Up trilogy).

Confirmed! Lanvin for H&M

Last week's rumors have been confirmed—Alber Elbaz will, in fact, bring Lanvin to H&M as the next big designer collaboration for the Swedish fashion giant. The collection, conceived by Elbaz and Lanvin menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver, will be revealed on H&M's website via a short film on November 2. The line—which spans clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes and more—will hit 200 stores on November 23. Clear your calendar and start planning your wait-in-line strategy now.

This Week's Hottest Events: Aida, Altered Barbie and Power to the Peaceful

Art: Altered Barbie Exhibition
Look at America's favorite plastic plaything in a whole new light—the 8th annual San Francisco Altered Barbie Exhibition is back. It's weird, it's warped, and it's definitely worth your time. Local artists from all over the Bay Area take this icon and turn her into not-so-everyday art reflective of our current society in an effort to create dialogue sparked by a doll. Check it out. Free; Thursday, 9/9 - Friday, 10/1; Shotwell 50 Art Space, 50 Shotwell St., alteredbarbie.com

Bay Area Artists, Listen Up!

If you're an aspiring artist and looking for some mula, here's your chance. Southern Exposure, an independent hub for the visual arts in SF, is holding the fourth round of its Alternative Exposure grant program in which $60,000 will be awarded to artists in San Francisco and Alameda Counties. The program started back in 2007 in partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and has been played a vital role in keeping young artists thriving in the community. Over the course of its first three rounds, Alternative Exposure has awarded $155,000 in direct funds to 50 Bay Area projects. 

This Week's Hottest Events: Jenny Lewis, Divisadero Art Walk and Daft Punk's Film Debut

Music: Jenny and Johnny
Child actress turned alt country music sensation Jenny Lewis has toured with singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice for every solo show of her career, so it was only natural that they start collaborating together on an album. The result? Fun, poppy melodies and a stage chemistry that will no doubt make you smile. $20; Thursday and Friday, 9/2-3; GAMH, 859 O'Farrell St., 415-885-0750, gamh.com

Wine, Jewelry, Bags, Oh My!

Fashionistas rejoice! The ultimate summer indulgence is here and it's happening this weekend in Napa Valley. On Sunday, 8/22, Ma(i)sonry will be hosting two designer collections in an eco-luxury trunk show, featuring handmade and ethically sourced jewelry by Kirsten Muenster and upcycled leather bags by reMade USA

Scent and Sensibility at The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Tarot cards, palm readings, crystal balls—if the otherwordly has always gotten you going, live out your fantasy at tomorrow night's FREE event as part of the Maira Kalman exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. 

Bay Area author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) will enchant with his magical accordian while renowned perfumer Yosh Han follows your nose. Come with questions about love, money or creativity and schedule a one-on-one scent reading where Han will offer intuitive insight about your personality.

This Week's Hottest Events: The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Mortified and Stern Grove

Music: Brandon Flowers
We all know him as frontman of The Killers, but Brandon Flowers is now trying his hand at the solo thing. His solo debut Flamingo is due out in September, and he's already begun his tour supporting the forthcoming album. It's no surprise that the intimate Slim's show is already sold-out, but we're betting someone will get sick and have to sell their tickets. $27.50; Thursday, 8/19; Slim's, 333 11th St., 415-255-0333, slims-sf.com

DIYbca Big Idea Night Party

If you've never been to YBCA's Big Idea Night, now's about time. If the last shindig is any indication (it drew 2,500 people!), this is one hot night you don't want to miss. So, clear your schedule for this Saturday's FREE party, where you'll have hands-on interaction with the oh-so-popular DIY culture of homemade, homespun goodness.

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