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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.,

This Week's Hottest Events: Florence and the Machine, Janelle Monae, Death Cab for Cutie, and Picasso

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,

This Week's Hottest Events: Adele, Iron & Wine, and Flight of the Conchords' Arj Barker

Iron & Wine
Sam Beam's mopey mix of folk rock means a mellow night at the Warfield. Brush up on this year's Kiss Each Other Clean before you try to sneak in to the sold-out show. 
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 6/1
Where: The Warfield, 982 Market St.,

This Week's Hottest Events: Tracy Morgan, Lykke Li, and Glee Live

Blue Man Group
It's the mysterious blue men's first-ever theatrical tour. Think truly original live art that will have your eyes glued to the stage. 
When: Tues. 5/24 - Sun. 6/19
Where: Golden Gate Theater, 1 Taylor St. 

This Week's Hottest Events: Prince, Tales of the City, and Blue Bear's Annual Benefit

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. 

This Week's Hottest Events: Of Montreal, Bike to Work Day, and Chelsea Handler

The Raveonettes
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.

This Week's Hottest Events: Mumford & Sons + Edward Sharpe, Tina Fey, and the SF Int'l Film Fest

Image: Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 17

Tame Impala
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.

This Week's Hottest Events: Sarah Silverman, Cut Copy, and Clive Owen

Sarah Silverman
The fantastically crude comedienne brings her signature stand-up and will even strum a little guitar at this special one-night-only performance.
When: 8 p.m., Mon. 4/11
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

This Week's Hottest Events: Yo-Yo Ma, Cold War Kids and Sunday Streets

Talib Kweli
One part of the Mos Def Black Star duo, Talib is touring with his "hot off the presses" new solo album Gutter Rainbows.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 4/5
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.

This Week's Hottest Events: Switchboard Music Festival, Alvin Ailey and Fauxnique

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.

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