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This Week's Hottest Events: Mary J. Blige, Lykke Li, and Ra Ra Riot

Music
Lykke Li
Swedish pop songstress Lykke Li will get you moving on Wednesday. Tickets are still available, so if you're in the mood to dance, this is your show. And for insight into the small but mighty artist behind the music, check out our interview here.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 11/9
Where: The Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

This Week's Hottest Events: Zola Jesus, Rip Curl Pro Search Kickoff, and Ski and Snowboard Fest

If you're going out trick or treating tonight and still don't have a costume, check out our blog on last-minute Halloween shopping here.

This Week's Hottest Events: Halloween Parties, Grouplove, and David Mamet's Race

Theater
David Mamet's Race
Following a brilliant run on Broadway, David Mamet's Race makes its West Coast debut at A.C.T. New York Magazine calls the performance about three lawyers representing a wealthy white man accused of assaulting a black woman a "shock drama of sex, race, loyalty, and betrayal." 
When: Through Sun. 11/13
Where: American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Kevin Spacey, John Malkovich, Paul Simon, and the Bridge School Benefit

We've got some really big names swinging through the city this week. Take your pick.

Theater
Richard III with Kevin Spacey
Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey reunite (who can forget their work together on American Beauty?) in a spellbinding adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III. Tickets to the limited engagement (12 performances only) have been selling like hot cakes and cost a pretty penny (I heard as much as $400!). But we wouldn't expect Spacey and Mendes to grace the stage for anything less than a premium.
When: Wed. 10/19 – Sat. 10/29
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Treasure Island Music Fest, Mortified, and Richard Serra

Art Lit
Book signing hosted by Southern Exposure and THE THING Quarterly
Get a signed copy of SF State Art History professor Gwen Allen's new book Artists' Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art. The books takes a deep look inside the magazine as medium, a '60s and '70s movement in which the page functioned as an alternative exhibition space. A panel discussion and book launch follow the next evening at Southern Exposure (Thurs. 10/13, 7-9 p.m.) 
When: 6 p.m., Wed. 10/12
Where: THE THING Quarterly office, 3285 20th St.

Dance
Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Bay Area artist/activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph presents his latest work, red, black & GREEN: a blues, a multimedia effort in which he's collaborated with six artists to present a statement about sustaining the planet by first sustaining humanity. A perennial favorite, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet returns for its fall home season featuring King's celebrated work Who Dressed You Like a Foreigner?, complete with music by tabla master Zakir Hussain.
When: 8 p.m., Thurs. – Sat. 10/13-15 and 10/20-22; Fri. 10/14 – Sun. 10/23
Where: YBCA Forum, 701 Mission St.; YBCA Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Ry Cooder, Girls, and Stevie Nicks

Steer clear of Fleet Week mayhem, and dodge the celebrity-dotted red carpet at the Mill Valley Film Festival with these down-to-earth events.

Conversation
Ry Cooder
The Grammy-winning, slide guitar maestro will talk about his first foray into fiction with Los Angeles Stories.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 10/5
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.

This Week's Hottest Events: The Music Edition

TV on the Radio
Free forming TV on the Radio  is still touring to promote their latest album Nine Types of Light, which has already garnered lots of praise. The show is not yet sold-out (surprise!), and local sensations Thee Oh Sees are opening. Get thee to the Fox tonight!
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 9/27
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Dominant Legs
This SF band is a personal favorite. WIN TICKETS TO TONIGHT'S SHOW (by leaving a comment below), where the band will surely debut new material from their first full-length album Invitation.
When: 9 p.m., Tues. 9/27
Where: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Bob Mould, Big Book Sale, and Bon Iver

Conversation
Bob Mould with Shepard Fairey
The musician who stormed the '70s scene with Hüsker Dü now adds author to his running resume. He'll talk with Shepard Fairey (the artist famous for his HOPE Obama portrait) about the book, See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, his music career, growing up in a rural farming community, and his long path to coming out during this City Arts & Lectures conversation. Check out our interview with Mould here.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 9/20
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.

This Week's Hottest Events: Inside Scientology, Adam Pendleton and Deerhoof, and the Capsule Design Fest

Conversation
Inside Scientology
The oft debated religion that's got a hold on celebs as diverse as Tom Cruise and Beck gets the investigative treatment by Rolling Stone editor Janet Reitman. She'll discuss the findings from her new book Inside Scientology in what's sure to be one of the most interesting discussions to pass through the Jewish Community Center this season.
When: 7 p.m., Tues. 9/13
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.

Film+Music
Adam Pendleton and Deerhoof Present BAND
As part of SFMOMA's hugely successful Now Playing series, NY artist Adam Pendleton joins forces with local experimental rock heroes Deerhoof to re-imagine Jean-Luc Godard's film Sympathy for the Devil. The resulting work titled BAND tracks Deerhoof's recording of "I Did Crimes for You." Deerhoof will also perform live at the event.
When: 6 - 9:45 p.m., Thurs. 9/15
Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Fleet Foxes, Fashion's Night Out, and Serge Gainsbourg Tribute Dinner

Community
SPUR Reclaim Market Street exhibit
We've heard a lot about cleaning up Market Street for the better. Hence, SPUR's (The Studio for Urban Projects) latest exhibition and series of events. If you're committed to reclaiming this historic space, check out the exhibit and take part in the organization's corresponding "interventions" that discuss how the local community can better take advantage of sidewalks, plazas, and streets.
When: Tues. 9/6 – January 6, 2012
Where: SPUR, 654 Mission St.

Food+Music
Serge Gainsbourg Tribute Dinner
Everyone is talking about it. graffEats and Noise Pop are at it again with their Covers dinners. This week, it's a culinary tribute to French pop icon Serge Gainsbourg. Noise Pop pairs a thematic cover song with each of chef Blair Warsham's six signature dishes. Thursday's dinner is already sold-out. If you're lucky, you can still snag a ticket for Wednesday. Beg, plead, and sing your way in.
When: Wed. 9/7 and Thurs. 9/8
Where: A secret SoMa destination that will be disclosed to ticket holders only

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