Attention all Fiona Apple fans: make your way to the Warfield. The '90s musical darling is back with a new album after seven long years. If her record's poetic title is any indication of what she'll bring to the stage, get ready for an entertaining show.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 9/11
Where: The Warfield, 982 Market St.
Michael Chabon In Conversation with Adam Savage
Friendship. Race. Secret histories. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Chabon brings all of these topics to the table in his new, already much-talked-about 500-page novel about two intertwined Oakland families. The best-selling author sits down with Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage to discuss Telegraph Avenue, the story of Brokeland Records and the people within it.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tues. 9/11
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Augmented reality, nano-engineered painting, data-driven installation: Art and tech collide at the ZERO1 Biennial, a Bay Area-wide program that debuts cutting-edge exhibitions, performances, and panels emphasizing new media. Recently expanded from a Silicon Valley-centric roster of talent, this year's biennial includes collaborations between Alonzo King's LINES Ballet and renowned new-media artist Jim Campbell. X-ray glasses not included.
When: Wed. 9/12–Sat. 12/8
Where: Various locations throughout the Bay Area
"A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks"
Like to take pictures? Learn how to create your own professional quality book and mingle with some of the best photographers in the business at Carte Blanche. The gallery and bookstore gears up to host the 3rd Indie Photobook Library feature-length exhibition, curated by Darius Himes of the Fraenkel Gallery and iPL founder Larissa Leclair. Take advantage of three days of workshops and lectures while exploring "A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks."
When: Opening Reception 6-9 p.m., Fri. 9/14. Workshops and events Sat. 9/15–Sun. 9/16. Exhibit through Thurs. 10/18
Where: Carte Blanche, 973 Valencia St.
Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama
Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger are two of the labels expected to hit the runway this week at Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama, a fundraising spectacular for HIV/AIDS. Hear heartthrob Robin Thicke live, and look for a sneak peek at the limited-edition Nicole Richie for Impulse collection.
When: 8p.m., Fri. 9/14
Where: Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market St.
Roll old school at Polaroid SF's anniversary party. The photo-a-day photography project celebrates its first year as a website with a one-night exhibition at 111 Minna Gallery. Get a closer look at all 366 Polaroids (hung up in chronological order, of course). Take home one of your favorite prints, or dance along to the vintage '70s disco music provided by Spaziale. Either way, it'll be a good time.
When: 5-10 p.m., Fri. 9/14
Where: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St.
Headlands Center for the Arts' 30th Anniversary
The Headlands Center for the Arts celebrates the big 3-0 with a series of workshops, performances, and events, including a blowout birthday bash on Sept. 15. James Bond wannabes should sign up for "Covert Operations: Hacking the Landscape" (Sept. 7-12), where you'll laser-scan forests, deploy infrared night-vision cameras, and build a fleet of drones to map the Marin Headlands from above.
When: 12-5 p.m., Sat. 9/15
Where: Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Simmonds Rd., Sausalito
My Morning Jacket with Shabazz Palaces
Calling all My Morning Jacket fans. Be a part of the band's "Spontaneous Curation Series" by submitting your favorite tracks via Twitter. Help create the setlist for their concert at the Greek Theatre this weekend. "Roll Call" fan club members get first dibs in choosing the opening song but that leaves you with the encore slot to fill. Will opening act Shabazz Palaces also contribute to the list? Come find out.
When: 7:30 p.m., Sat. 9/15
Where: The Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Rd., Berkeley
AIA Home Tours
"Design: It's About Time" is the theme of September's month-long Architecture and the City Festival, where film screenings, exhibitions, and lectures will be presented by the Center for Architecture + Design and the American Institute of Architects' SF chapter. Home tours on the 15th and 16th are big draws for voyeurs, as is behind-the-scenes access to such public spaces as the new Heath ceramics factory and Southern Pacific Brewery in the Mission.
When: Home tours Sat. 9/15–Sun. 9/16. Festival through Sun. 9/30
Where: Various locations in SF