This Week's Hottest Events: SF Opera's The Ring Cycle, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Matt & Kim
Wagner's Ring Cycle
This is the cultural highlight of the year, no exaggeration. It's the first time the SF Opera is performing the epic four-opera cycle in its entirety, a feat rarely undertaken by even the biggest cities' operas. DO NOT miss this.
When: Tues. 6/14 – Sun. 7/3
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., sfopera.com
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FURY Factory Theater Fest
For all you theater buffs—three weeks of innovative performance (including Campo Santo and Killing My Lobster), panel discussions, and artistic training brought to you by SF-based FoolsFURY Theater.
When: Tues. 6/7 – Sun. 6/26
Where: Various venues, foolsfury.org
Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin's famous stories about SF life in the '70s finally come to life onstage in the American Conservatory Theater's musical adaptation directed by Avenue Q's Jason Moore, with a score by the Scissor Sisters.
When: Wed. 5/18 - Sun. 7/10
Where: A.C.T., 415 Geary St.
In what seems like an annual appearance at Bimbo's, Danish duo The Raveonettes will debut material from their latest Raven in the Grave, a moody departure from their usual lo-fi formula. More on that here.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 5/10
Where: Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave.
Image: Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 17
There's tons of great music this week—Yuck, New Pornographers, !!!, Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill—but Aussie psych rock band Tame Impala is so hot right now that a live show is a must-see.
When: 8 p.m., Mon. 4/18
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.
Alvin Ailey Dance
The internationally acclaimed company has been churning out progressive dance since 1958, and this tour marks the end of the famous Judith Jamison's run as artistic director. Very, very big deal.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 3/29 - Sun. 4/3
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
It's drag, performance art, dance, and theater all wrapped up in one seriously powerful package. If you've never seen local artist Monique Jenkinson as Fauxnique, get yourself to City Hall during lunch on Friday. She's giving a free, solo performance that will no doubt awe and amaze.
When: 12 p.m.; Fri. 4/1
Where: City Hall, Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl.