This one's for the city's hardcore music buffs. Bill Graham's—the late concert promoter largely responsible for putting SF on the map as a major music destination—81st birthday is coming up on Jan. 8, and the memorial foundation in his honor is celebrating by throwing a party with a capital P at The Fillmore on Jan. 7.
Fillmore art is something special to San Francisco. When I saw MGMT there in 2010, I was psyched to receive an iconic promotional poster as a souvenir. In my rock 'n' roll fantasy, the same would have happened at the Fillmore decades ago, but at a Jimi Hendrix show.
"Presenting: Bill Graham"
For anyone who has ever gone to a concert at the Fillmore, this exhibit of the world's greatest rock impresario's life is a must-see. The month-long free show is a visual document of Bill Graham's history—from a traumatic childhood in war-torn Germany to his epic career as a concert promoter in San Francisco.