The so-called disinformationist who blazed through 2010 with accolades from Conan, Rolling Stone, SPIN, and GQ brings his improv music and comedy to The Indy. But you'll have to beg for tickets—both shows are already sold out.
When: 8 and 10:30 p.m., Wed. 8/17
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.
Litquake brings in the author of Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island for a conversation with Noir City founder Eddie Muller. Get tix here.
When: 7 p.m., Thurs. 8/18
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Sea of Bees
Hardly a year after releasing the highly praised Songs for the Ravens, local songstress Jules Bee (aka Sea of Bees) is still riding success. Catch her at Du Nord just before her Gnomes follow-up album release on 8/23.
When: 9:30 p.m., Fri. 8/19
Where: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St.
Alamo Square Flea Market
Sift through antique wares and DIY goods from Kelly Malone's Indie Mart at the 28th annual Alamo Square flea market. For the first time, shopping and eating coming together at this block party—Off the Grid is supplying gourmet street food to keep you charged.
When: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sat. 8/20
Where: Scott, Fulton, and Hayes streets
SF Street Food Fest and Public Works After Party
Unbuckle your belt for the 3rd annual SF Street Food Fest. Sixty culinary vendors take over several Mission blocks with their tasty offerings. If you're feeling piggish, dance off all the calories you just ate at the official after party at Public Works with Afrolicious, Tormenta Tropical, and DJ Quest.
When: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 8/20
Where: Folsom St. from 22nd to 26th, 23rd and 25th from Treat St. to Shotwell, and the Cesar Chavez Elementary School parking lot and Parque de los Ninos Unidos
Public Enemy and De La Soul
Old school rap and hip hop reign supreme this weekend. Chuck D and Flavor Flav bring down the Regency, and De La Soul joins Z-Trip, Nosaj Thing, and Daddy Kev at The Warfield.
When: 9 p.m., Fri. 8/19 and 9 p.m. Sat. 8/20, respectively
Where: Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St. and The Warfield, 982 Market St., respectively
Maher brings his signature brand of political satire and sociopolitical commentary to Davies Hall. There's no topic he isn't willing to approach, so expect offbeat remarks and unflinching honesty on everything from legalizing marijuana to the possibility of having Sarah Palin as the next president.
When: 8 p.m., Sat. 8/20
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.