Normally, Sunday nights are for hanging in, but when word hits the streets that three-time Grammy winner Ludacris is rolling into town for an intimate show at Slim's, exceptions must be made. The rapper-come-actor-come-philanthropist is in town for one night only and will surely play out this year's controversial album Battle of the Sexes along with old favorites like "Stand Up," "Get Back" and "Money Maker." If you're lucky, you may even get a preview of his already-in-the-works next album Ludaversal. Tickets are on the steep side ($45), but when an act like this hits the area, you just do it.
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are back from a long hiatus with Gorillaz' highly anticipated third studio album Plastic Beach. Featuring the likes of Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, De La Soul, Little Dragon and more, this one is poised to be their best yet. And with Gorillaz' track record of sold-out performances, our guess is that you'll have about a hot second to get tix. So, get up early, grab a coffee and be on Live Nation's site before the official sale starts at 10 a.m. Friday morning, 8/6.
If you're a child of the '80s and don't consider Debbie Harry as your premier pop idol, get your head checked. The ultimate fair-haired frontwoman will hit the stage at the Fillmore for a rare intimate show during which you'll surely hear favorites like "One Way or Another," "The TIde is High," and "Heart of Glass." Be there. Wednesday, 8/4; The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., 415-346-0600, livenation.com
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. Starting today, you can downward dog to your heart's content, learn firsthand what acroyoga is all about and get a grand dose of music in the great outdoors.
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
Drumroll, please … SFMOMA has selected the Norwegian architecture firm of Snøhetta to design the larger-than-life museum expansion set to house the massive Fisher Collection. Initial design concepts of the team's first West Coast building in the US will be unveiled in spring 2011. The renowned firm will collaborate with a local San Francisco team to create additional gallery space in the museum's Third Street building, as well as an extension designed for Howard Street, which will connect to the back of the existing museum.
What does everyone want to do before running a marathon? Well, naturally, run another marathon. San Francisco never ceases to amaze me. Already teeming with sporty types of all varieties—surfers, skiers, rock climbers—cityslickers aren't content with just casually enjoying their activities, they're hungrily searching for the next challenge in a game of one-upmanship that apparently has no end.
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Comedy: Maria Bamford
The hilarious Maria Bamford, whose Black Friday ads for Target made our entire Thanksgiving weekend last year, will take the stage at Punch Line Comedy Club on Tuesday. Known for her self-depracating comedy, we’re confident saying she’s one of the most creative comics working today. Don’t be discouraged by the SOLD OUT warnings on LiveNation—work it on Craigslist or get yourself to the venue early. We bet you’ll find a way in.
Joanna Newsom is a serious musician. Don't reference elves and otherworldly creatures or draw comparisons to fairytales—she hates that. She prefers, instead, to pontificate on “patterns of syllabic emphases” and “the emotional landscape of songs,” and rightly so. The indie sensation known for her quirky demeanor, deft composition, intensely literary lyrics and mastery of the harp has perfected the art of marrying classical and contemporary in the most unexpected of ways. Don't mistake her music for the folk-psych chantings of Bonnie (Prince) Billy or Devendra Banhart. Newsom is vastly singular, as evidenced in Have One on Me, her newest 125-minute, three-CD magnum opus of poetry in motion. Here, she puts aside her harp for a few moments to enlighten us on self and song.
Like a lot of small towns along the coast of Highway 1, Mendocino is a village unto itself. Quaint bed & breakfasts, mom-and-pop shops, organic coffee houses—you have a beautifully quirky place sought by visitors and guarded by locals. In a nutshell, it's the perfect long weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.