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This Week's Hottest Events: Gillian Welch, Renegade Craft Fair, and Bay Area Now Arts Festival

Discussion
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Pick up your paddle in support of 40 years of ping pong diplomacy. Watch some of the sport's original players as well as today's champions in action, and hear their thoughts on the table tennis legacy.
When: 2 p.m., Tues. 7/5
Where: SF Public Library's Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Music
Anaïs Mitchell and Bhi Bhiman
Have a chill night with these two musicians, and expect everything from acoustic guitar to folk-country duets. 
When: 9 p.m., Wed. 7/6
Where: Slim's, 333 11th St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Neko Case, Grandmaster Flash, Billy Elliott

Theater
Billy Elliott
The musical, adapted from the hugely popular 2000 film that we all know and love, takes the tale of 11-year-old Billy to new heights, literally. Actors in harnesses leap and dance in mid-air–guaranteed to put a spring in your step.
When: Mon. 6/27 - Sat. 9/17
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.

This Week's Hottest Events: Wiz Khalifa, Sandra Bernhard, Pride, and Killing My Lobster

Music
Okkervil River
My Morning Jacket's Friday show at the Fox is already sold-out, but you can still snag tickets to see folk rockers Okkervil River, who also just released a new album (I Am Very Far).
When: 7:30 p.m., Wed. 6/22
Where: The Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

This Week's Hottest Events: SF Opera's The Ring Cycle, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Matt & Kim

Opera
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

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

Theater
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

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

Theater
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

Music
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

Music
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

Comedy
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

Music
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.

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