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This Week's Hottest Events: Lady Gaga, Balenciaga, and Cirque du Soleil

Music
Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour
True, it's sold out. But surely you can find someone selling tickets for an absurd amount outside Oracle Arena. If anyone's worth a splurge, it's Lady Gaga.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 3/22
Where: Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland

This Week's Hottest Events: Girl Talk, Pop-Up Magazine, and Bay Area Derby Girls

Your St. Patty's Day beer guzzling alternatives ...

Music
Girl Talk
Score a ticket (via Craigslist) and see what tricks Greg Gillis has up his sleeve.
When: 9 p.m.; Fri. 3/18
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

This Week's Hottest Events: Prince, Noise Pop, and a Monster Drawing Rally

Music
Prince
Purple Rain and Little Red Corvette. Need we say more?
When: Mon. 2/21, Wed. 2/23 and Thurs. 2/24 (third show just added!)
Where: Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland

This Week's Hottest Events: Beach House, Chinese New Year, and Olmec

Music
Beach House
The dream pop duo that's been blowing up iPods just gets better with age.
When: Fri. 2/18
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.

This Week's Hottest Events: Thee Oh Sees, SF Beer Week, and Mortified

Music
Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Sic Alps, and The Sandwitches
Four great bands and a benefit for The Coalition on Homelessness—sold. Donate a warm coat and win extra karma points. 
When: Wed. 2/9
Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Thao Nguyen, Interpol, and SF Indiefest

Performance
Thao Nguyen x 2
Get a double dose of local folk rock favorite Thao Nguyen. She'll be sharing funny stories about big disappointments for CounterPULSE's Words First solo performance showcase. Then, on Friday, she'll be supporting Bay Area Girls Rock Camp in a performance with Mirah at an Oakland art auction.
When: Wed. 2/2 and Fri. 2/4
Where: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St. and Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland

This Week's Hottest Events: SF Ballet, Science of Cocktails, and Macworld

Dance
SF Ballet Opening Night: Giselle
Mad love, betrayal, broken hearts—it doesn't get any more classic than this. A Romantic ballet at its finest, Giselle is a Romeo & Juliet of the dance variety. The story of love and loss opens the 2011 SF Ballet season. Get it on your calendar now.
When: Sat. 1/29 - Sun. 2/13
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.

This Week's Hottest Events: Snoop Dogg, Zoe Keating, and Stories from The New Yorker

History
Free MLK Day Museum Admission
Honor the man who had a vision for this country with a day of free admission to area museums. The series of events includes a reenactment, a symbolic march, and programs around the theme "What is your dream?"
When: Mon. 1/17
Where: MoAD, 685 Mission St.; Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St.; YBCA, 701 Mission St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Sketchfest, Norm MacDonald, The Fresh & Onlys

Aziz Ansari's show at Punch Line tonight is sold out. Boo. Lucky for us, there's no shortage of equally cool comedy happening this week.

Comedy: SF Sketchfest
This year's Sketchfest has really pulled out all the stops for its 10th anniversary. The lineup is a laundry list of who's who in the comedy world, including Dan Aykroyd, Candice Bergen, Will Forte, Neil Patrick Harris, and more. Check out our preview blog here and get at least one of these events on your calendar now. Prices vary; Thursday, 1/13 - Saturday 2/5; Various Venues, sfsketchfest.com

This Week's Hottest Events: Cash Cab's Ben Bailey, SF Bike Party, and Willie Nelson

Comedy: Cash Cab's Ben Bailey
You may not know him by name, but surely you know Ben Bailey's NYC cash cab. The trivia game that takes place on camera behind closed taxi doors turned many on to the Discovery channel and the show's now famous host will be cracking jokes and recounting tales from his storied yellow bus this week at Cobb's. Trivia nerd or not, this is quiz show stand-up you don't want to miss. $18-$21; Thursday, 1/6 - Sunday, 1/9; Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., cobbscomedyclub.com

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