what to do this week
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.
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.
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: 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., sfopera.com
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, foolsfury.org
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.
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.
Image: Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 17
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.