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Caucasian Chalk Circle at A.C.T.

Hope, humanity and justice come to town in the retelling of Bertolt Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle. Director John Doyle's modern interpretation of the classic finds a cast of disheveled characters creating their own play from the rubble of a war-torn society. Doyle's signature theatricality is complemented by original music from acclaimed San Francisco composer Nathaniel Stookey in a production ripe with romance, plot twists, humor and even a little audience participation.

Noise Pop Last Night: The Dodos and Magik*Magik Orchestra

Last night The Dodos and Magik*Magik took to the stage in a pysch folk, orchestral sandwich. The allegedly sold-out show began with a series of experimental Magik*Magik musicians tweaking the cello, manipulating percussion, mastering the marimba and closing with a melancholy ditty including special guest John Vanderslice. After a short break, The Dodos appeased an eager (and vocal) crowd with a long set of flawlessly performed hits. The always earnest Meric looked out to the audience early on and said, "Wow. This is a really busy place to play," as if the band hadn't just a few weeks ago entranced a packed audience of art enthusiasts for SFMOMA's anniversary weekend.

The Hater's Guide to Valentine's Day

Oh, how sweet it is—the dreaded V-Day is back and once again it falls on a weekend. We're giving you fair warning: stay indoors or risk running headfirst into couples galore running into each other's arms, holding hands and canoodling on the streets. If you're anything like us, Valentine's Day is a holiday you love to hate, no matter your relationship status and there are plenty of cityslickers who feel the same way. So, without further ado, here’s our list of ways to commiserate with fellow haters, celebrate singledom, partake in cheeky revelry or just plain ignore the day’s existence.

1. Fight Club: Valentine’s Day Pillow Massacre

Let’s Get Visual: This Month in Art

There’s a lot of art happening in this city but often it’s hard to find. SF’s First Thursdays and Oakland’s Art Murmur are great ways to see a lot in a short span of time, but if you’re looking for one-offs, you may find yourself lost. Here’s our guide to the hot shows in February.

Luc Tuymans Retrospective

Curious Corduroy About Town

There's a mystery around town in the form of corduroy-wrapped mannequins. My first sighting didn't phase me, but then I spotted another in a different part of town and it seemed a very unlikely coincidence. That's when I decided to make a little project out of it—a photo diary of these strange occurrences. Check out these pictures of the four I've spotted and post a comment if you've seen any others that I've missed. Chances are we might have a prize for anyone who can crack this case.

Azalea in Hayes Valley

 

Fire Escape in Union Square

 

Luc Tuymans: The Artist Questions Art

Luc Tuymans may not be a household name but don’t mistake that as reason to bypass this very important exhibit. The Belgian artist’s first US retrospective is the most comprehensive presentation of his work to date, featuring nearly 75 key paintings from 1978 to the present. Considered by many as one of the most significant painters today, Tuymans’ has already made a lasting impression on today’s generation of artists.

A note of warning: steer clear if you’re looking for art that is fun and frivolous. The work on view here is richly layered, dauntingly dark and will pulse through you long after leaving the museum.

Dance, Dance, Dance! A Winter Calendar of the Heavy Hitters

From classic to cutting-edge, here's what's hot in the world of dance for January and February.

Mormophes Ballet Troupe
In just two short years, Christopher Wheeldon went from being a New York City Ballet rookie to its first artist-in-residence. Now, scarcely 10 years later, he's the talk of the modern ballet choreography town. Prolific, inventive and forward-thinking, expect to see an exciting new twist to a classic art form.
YBCA Novellus Theater, January 23-24, 415-978-2787, $32-$49

SF Ballet's Swan Lake

Silent, Yet Outspoken: SF's Mime Troupe Celebrates 50 Years

To describe something as simultaneously silent and outspoken seems an oxymoron, but that's what best defines the Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe. Now celebrating 50 years of performance art, "Engagement, Commitment and Fresh Air" at YBCA features archival photographs and video, musical recordings, props, costumes, scripts and other memorabilia documenting the company's colorful history. On January 15, check out Don Lenzer's look at the first decade of the company's shenanigans in the film Have You Heard of the San Francisco Mime Troupe?.

Link Love: From Trash to Charity, Chanel Tattoos and Wig Wonders

Juicy bits to start your weekend …

Caught: It was recently discovered that large retailers such as H&M and Wal-Mart have been throwing away unsold merchandise. According to NYT, H&M promised to donate these garments to charities going forward. Talk about power of the press for positive change.

Transfer tattoos and body paint have been all over the runways and Chanel has capitalized on the trend. Elle UK previews their uber feminine offerings that will save us from tacky alternatives.

Bundle Up: 7 Stylish Finds to Keep You Warm

Fall has hit and winter is just around the corner, which means layering is more important than ever. But bundling up doesn't have to equal zero style. Here are our top cold weather picks that won't leave you looking like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

 

 

1. The Scarf: Anthropologie Cashmere Squiggle Scarf, $98: We all know that scarves are the quintessential SF accessory and who doesn't want to curl up in cashmere to brave the blustery winter winds?

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