what to do this week
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.
Steer clear of Fleet Week mayhem, and dodge the celebrity-dotted red carpet at the Mill Valley Film Festival with these down-to-earth events.
The Grammy-winning, slide guitar maestro will talk about his first foray into fiction with Los Angeles Stories.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 10/5
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Bob Mould with Shepard Fairey
The musician who stormed the '70s scene with Hüsker Dü now adds author to his running resume. He'll talk with Shepard Fairey (the artist famous for his HOPE Obama portrait) about the book, See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, his music career, growing up in a rural farming community, and his long path to coming out during this City Arts & Lectures conversation. Check out our interview with Mould here.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 9/20
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
This Week's Hottest Events: Inside Scientology, Adam Pendleton and Deerhoof, and the Capsule Design Fest
The oft debated religion that's got a hold on celebs as diverse as Tom Cruise and Beck gets the investigative treatment by Rolling Stone editor Janet Reitman. She'll discuss the findings from her new book Inside Scientology in what's sure to be one of the most interesting discussions to pass through the Jewish Community Center this season.
When: 7 p.m., Tues. 9/13
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.
Adam Pendleton and Deerhoof Present BAND
As part of SFMOMA's hugely successful Now Playing series, NY artist Adam Pendleton joins forces with local experimental rock heroes Deerhoof to re-imagine Jean-Luc Godard's film Sympathy for the Devil. The resulting work titled BAND tracks Deerhoof's recording of "I Did Crimes for You." Deerhoof will also perform live at the event.
When: 6 - 9:45 p.m., Thurs. 9/15
Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St.
SPUR Reclaim Market Street exhibit
We've heard a lot about cleaning up Market Street for the better. Hence, SPUR's (The Studio for Urban Projects) latest exhibition and series of events. If you're committed to reclaiming this historic space, check out the exhibit and take part in the organization's corresponding "interventions" that discuss how the local community can better take advantage of sidewalks, plazas, and streets.
When: Tues. 9/6 – January 6, 2012
Where: SPUR, 654 Mission St.
Serge Gainsbourg Tribute Dinner
Everyone is talking about it. graffEats and Noise Pop are at it again with their Covers dinners. This week, it's a culinary tribute to French pop icon Serge Gainsbourg. Noise Pop pairs a thematic cover song with each of chef Blair Warsham's six signature dishes. Thursday's dinner is already sold-out. If you're lucky, you can still snag a ticket for Wednesday. Beg, plead, and sing your way in.
When: Wed. 9/7 and Thurs. 9/8
Where: A secret SoMa destination that will be disclosed to ticket holders only
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 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.