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This Week's Hottest Events: Sade, Jeff Bridges, and Kreayshawn

Bay Area Animation Fest
Celebrate local talent at this year's Bay Area Animation Fest, and meet the filmmakers behind these fantastical creations.
When: Wed. 8/24 – Sun. 8/28
Where: Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

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This Week's Hottest Events: Bill Maher, Reggie Watts, and Old School Rap with Public Enemy and De La Soul

Reggie Watts
The so-called disinformationist who blazed through 2010 with accolades from Conan, Rolling Stone, SPIN, and GQ brings his improv music and comedy to The Indy. But you'll have to beg for tickets—both shows are already sold out.
When: 8 and 10:30 p.m., Wed. 8/17
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Outside Lands, Dave Chapelle, and Mortified

Let Me Down Easy
West Wing and Nurse Jackie vet Anna Deavere Smith lights up the stage with her solo performance Let Me Down Easy. The two-time Obie Award winner takes on all characters—from a rodeo rider and doctor to Lance Armstrong and Lauren Hutton—in what the Today show hails as a "Run—don't walk" performance.
When: Wed. 8/10 – Sun. 9/4
Where: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley

This Week's Hottest Events: Pat Benatar, The Wailers, and Exploratorium After Dark

Real Estate, Dominant Legs, and Melted Toys
Indie goes pop with New Jersey boys Real Estate, plus a personal local favorite, Dominant Legs, and SF lo-fi heroes Melted Toys.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 8/2
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Yuck, Free Art Day at YBCA, and the SF Ballet at Stern Grove

This indie Brit band made quite a splash onto the scene with their self-titled debut earlier this year. Some are calling them a mix of Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Now's your chance to catch them at an intimate show before they get too big to play the Indy. 
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 7/26 - Wed. 7/27
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Avett Brothers, Burning Man Q&A, and the Symphony at Stern Grove

The Science of Baseball
This one's for the bona fide sports geek. Test your reaction time with a bat, gauge your aim through prism goggles, find out what's inside a baseball, and more. True bro-venture material.
When: Now through 9/5
Where: Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St.

Avett Brothers
Everyone's still reeling from the Avett Brothers' folky 2009 album I And Love And You. If you like what they can do on an album, you'll love what they do onstage. 
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 7/19 - Wed. 7/20
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

This Week's Hottest Events: Eddie Vedder, Bastille Day, and When Harry Met Sally

Eddie Vedder
Sure, Pearl Jam is so '90s, but any chance to see Eddie Vedder with a ukulele is a must.
When: 7:30 p.m., Mon. 7/11 – Tues. 7/12
Where: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

This Week's Hottest Events: Gillian Welch, Renegade Craft Fair, and Bay Area Now Arts Festival

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Pick up your paddle in support of 40 years of ping pong diplomacy. Watch some of the sport's original players as well as today's champions in action, and hear their thoughts on the table tennis legacy.
When: 2 p.m., Tues. 7/5
Where: SF Public Library's Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Anaïs Mitchell and Bhi Bhiman
Have a chill night with these two musicians, and expect everything from acoustic guitar to folk-country duets. 
When: 9 p.m., Wed. 7/6
Where: Slim's, 333 11th St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Neko Case, Grandmaster Flash, Billy Elliott

Billy Elliott
The musical, adapted from the hugely popular 2000 film that we all know and love, takes the tale of 11-year-old Billy to new heights, literally. Actors in harnesses leap and dance in mid-air–guaranteed to put a spring in your step.
When: Mon. 6/27 - Sat. 9/17
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Wiz Khalifa, Sandra Bernhard, Pride, and Killing My Lobster

Okkervil River
My Morning Jacket's Friday show at the Fox is already sold-out, but you can still snag tickets to see folk rockers Okkervil River, who also just released a new album (I Am Very Far).
When: 7:30 p.m., Wed. 6/22
Where: The Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

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