this week's hottest events
This Week's Hottest Events: Killing My Lobster Holidaze, Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale, and Renegade Craft Fair
Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs
The man behind the Steve Jobs biography is here to tell all. Sneak out of work early and try to snag a ticket to one of these talks.
When: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wed. 12/14
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. and Commonwealth Club at Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St.
The SECA Awards at SFMOMA
SFMOMA presents two exhibits in tandem—a show of the four 2010 SECA Art Award winners including Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey (a 2011 Hot 20 winner), and Kamau Amu Patton and a look back at 50 years of emerging, Bay Area artists. Just in case SECA wasn't already on your radar, it's the museum's Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, which seeks to honor and highlight the achievements of the most promising, up-and-coming local talent.
When: Fri. 12/9 – Tues. 4/3
Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St.
City Arts & Lectures is on fire this season. On Wednesday, Berkeley native Miranda July sits down with Cal art history professor July Bryan-Wilson to discuss her latest quirky art endeavor It Chooses You. The book is a collection of short stories, interviews, and photographs inspired by PennySaver classified ads that, judgments aside, is quite compelling.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 11/30
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long
Tune your vocal chords and brush up on the lyrics of "Do-Re-Mi" and "My Favorite Things" for the annual The Sound of Music love fest.
When: 7 p.m., through Sun. 12/4
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.
Diane Keaton and Tom Brokaw
Woody Allen's leading lady and rom com queen, the timeless Diane Keaton takes the stage at Herbst Theatre tonight for a City Arts & Lectures conversation. Also on the bill is broadcast legend Tom Brokaw who will be speaking about his new book, Boom! Both talks are technically sold out, but there's always at least one person trying to get rid of an extra ticket before the show.
When: 8 p.m., Mon. 11/21 and 7 p.m., Mon. 11/21, respectively
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. and 3200 California St.
Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones thinks outside of the box for his Tony Award-grabbing show Fela!. With the help of Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jones brings to life the fiery compositions and larger-than-life story of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.
When: Tues. 11/15 – Sun. 12/11
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.
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
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.
We've got some really big names swinging through the city this week. Take your pick.
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.
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.
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.