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Brush Up On Your Iambic Pentameter for Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost'

Ever wondered what seeing a Shakespearean comedy would be like back in the day when the Bard was still writing them? Well, Shakespeare's Globe Theater, which is presenting Love's Labour's Lost at Cal Performances this weekend, comes pretty close to the real deal.

Medieval sets? Check. Renaissance music? Check. Old English linguistic acrobats that take you back to English Lit 101? Check.

The "Burning Man Opera" at Teatro ZinZanni: Let Your Freak Flag Fly

If donning your platform shoes to last weekend’s Decompression party didn’t satisfy your inner Burning Man or if you’re just curious about what exactly goes on at the desert festival, head to the "Burning Opera," How to Survive the Apocalypse, which is playing over the next two weeks at Teatro ZinZanni. The vaudeville rock opera tracks the story of three first-timers who head to the desert and are never again the same.

Varona at the Rickshaw Stop Tomorrow

San Francisco-based punk-jazz quintet, Varona, will be celebrating the release of its second album, “Egoist,” at the Rickshaw Stop tomorrow at 8 p.m.

Formed four years ago, Varona – which means ‘crow’ in Russian – is headed by Russian-American vocalist and guitarist Zhenya Kogan. The rest of the avant-garde sound is created by prominent use of sax, drums, bass and keys as well as the occasional clarinet and electric guitar.

A testament to the group’s origins is not only the Russian song “Zver” or its punk echoes of the popular Russian-American group Gogol Bordello, but the typically Eastern European angst that weaves the album together.

Timbuk2's SF Urban Grid Bag

While globalization has pushed almost all manufacturing companies out of San Francisco to the other side of the Pacific Ocean, popular bag-maker Timbuk2 prides itself on holding on to its small factory on Alabama Street in lower Potrero.

Founded by a bike-messenger 20 years ago, Timbuk2 corners the market on colorful, comfortable and versatile laptop bags, backpacks and carry-ons. While their main factories are located in China and the Philippines, custom-made bags designed by online shoppers are made in San Francisco and shipped within 24 hours (or so they promise).

Boris Eifman Brings "Onegin" to Zellerbach

If modern dance feels too abstract and classical ballet too outdated, the popular Russian choreographer Boris Eifman has got what you need – a rare combination of passionate story-telling with modern dance moves and exciting sets.

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