This Week's Hottest Events: Cindy Sherman, Man Ray, and Bastille Day


Les Misérables
Victor Hugo's classic about the survival of the human spirit returns to the stage in a new 25th anniversary production, complete with scenery inspired by paintings by the writer himself. Whether you've seen it once or twenty times, Les Mis is one of those stories that never gets old.
When: Tues. 7/10–Sun. 8/26
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.

The style obsessed will want to flock to Franz Szony's solo exhibition of fashion-forward photos.    
When: Wed. 7/11–Sat. 8/4
Where: Project One Gallery, 251 Rhode Island St.

Songs Along a Stony Road, SF Silent Film Fest, The Artist, and Disposable Film Night
The Roxie will screen the Bay Area premiere of Songs Along a Stony Road, a film about musicologist Zoltán Kallós' journey through villages in Transylvania and Romanian Moldavia. Make room for quiet time at the 17th annual Silent Film Fest featuring the newly restored 1927 Wings with the first-ever Oscar winner William Wellman. Stay in the silent mood with a screening of The Artist in Union Square. Or check out this week's Cal Academy Nightlife event, which is all about disposable filmmaking, with this year's festival shorts and a flipbook animation booth.
When:  7 and 9 p.m., Thurs. 7/12; Thurs. 7/12–Sun. 7/15; 8 p.m., Sat. 7/14; 6-10 p.m., Thurs. 7/12
Where: The Roxie, 3117 16th St.; Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.; Union Square Park; Cal Academy, 55 Music Concourse Dr.

Bastille Day
French or not, partake in parties celebrating the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Vintage 415 and Taverna Aventine are throwing a day-early happy hour extravaganza on Friday, 7/13. Then, Artpoint hosts Paris is Burning, a special after-hours party with access to the JPG exhibit at the de Young on Saturday. Or for a very sophisticated French affair (probably teeming with lots of natives), check out the Consul General of France's cocktail reception at the War Memorials' Green Room. And, of course, there's always the festivities on Belden Lane.
When: 4 p.m., Fri. 7/13; 8 p.m., Sat. 7/14; 6:30 p.m., Sat. 7/14
Where: Taverna Aventine, 582 Washington St.; de Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.; War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave.

Al Green
He may be 66, but the Reverend still knows how to get you in the mood. You've got two chances to check him out. Bring your honey, and get ready to groove.       
When: 7:30 p.m., Fri. 7/13 and Sat. 7/14
Where: Montalvo Center for the Arts, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga and Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St.

Cindy Sherman
The character chameleon makes her big debut at this SFMOMA show of more than 150 works, from early images of Sherman's student days at Buffalo State College and her famous black-and-white "Untitled Film Stills" to a series of so-called centerfolds and a recent study of socialites of a certain age.  
When: Sat. 7/14–Mon. 10/8
Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St.

Man Ray | Lee Miller
One of the steamiest affairs in the art world's history comes to life in "Man Ray | Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism." As a lover, muse, and model to surrealist Man Ray, Lee Miller was a force in her own right, having made a name for herself as a fashion and portrait photographer in the 1920s and '30s. In this exhibit, nearly 115 photos, paintings, and drawings shed light on the artists' creative and romantic collaboration.  
When: Sat. 7/14–Sun. 10/14
Where: Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave.

Chuck Palahniuk
Visions of Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club are etched in my brain forever. This week, the author is making a stop in town with his latest edition of 1999's Invisible Monsters, chock full of pills and plastic surgery. Book a ticket to see him in conversation with award-winning novelist Tom Barbash at next Monday's evening event brought to you by Commonwealth Club and The Booksmith.    
When: 7 p.m., Mon. 7/16
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.

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