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This Week's Hottest Events: Switchboard Music Festival, Alvin Ailey and Fauxnique

Dance
Alvin Ailey Dance
The internationally acclaimed company has been churning out progressive dance since 1958, and this tour marks the end of the famous Judith Jamison's run as artistic director. Very, very big deal.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 3/29 - Sun. 4/3
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Performance
Fauxnique
It's drag, performance art, dance, and theater all wrapped up in one seriously powerful package. If you've never seen local artist Monique Jenkinson as Fauxnique, get yourself to City Hall during lunch on Friday. She's giving a free, solo performance that will no doubt awe and amaze.
When: 12 p.m.; Fri. 4/1
Where: City Hall, Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl.

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: Crystal Castles, Marijuana Portraits, and Carnaval

Wednesday, March 2
Talk: Eve Ensler
The woman who brought The Vagina Monologues to the mainstream will shed light on her brand of activism against female violence in a conversation introducing her latest work.
Details: 7 p.m.; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.

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.

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