Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones thinks outside of the box for his Tony Award-grabbing show Fela!. With the help of Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jones brings to life the fiery compositions and larger-than-life story of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.
When: Tues. 11/15 – Sun. 12/11
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.
Camp Santo's Block by Block
The de Young's Friday night event comes with a twist this week (and has been extended into a three-day affair). Block by Block, an original work created with hip-hop theater collective Felonious and writings from Junot Díaz (yes, the guy who won a Pulitzer for The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), uses the musem's galleries for site-specific performance. The audience will be taken on a journey through the museum with choreographed and improvised pieces.
When: 7 p.m., Thurs. 11/17 – Sat. 11/19
Where: de Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
SFMOMA's Now Playing: "The Air We Breathe" with Simon Fujiwara
Experience firsthand "The Air We Breathe," SFMOMA's exhibit on same-sex marriage equality, at this week's Now Playing event. The night features readings by poets George Albon, Dodie Bellamy, and Kevin Killian followed by a performance by artist Simon Fujiwara. In The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Fujiwara explores his identity and sexuality at three sites: the bar, the library, and the mirror as well as through a series of wedding photographs.
When: 6 - 9:45 p.m., Thurs. 11/17
Where: SFMOMA, 151 Third St.
Romp by LEVYdance
Local troupe LEVYdance is shaking up their fall home season with the world premiere of Romp, an interactive experience where audience and performers both inhabit the stage. You'll be seated at banquet tables right alongside dancers, giving you the closest encounter possible with the live performance process.
When: Thurs. 11/17 – Sun. 11/20
Where: Z Space Theater, 450 Florida St.
Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
Stock up on top-notch tableware at bargain prices for yourself and your friends. Bay Area Heath Ceramics is hosting their annual sale: For a little over a week, get 20 percent off your entire purchase.
When: Fri. 11/18 – Sun. 11/27
Where: Heath Ceramics, 400 Gate 5 Road, Sausalito
The Sounds, Funeral Party, and The Limousines
It's been awhile since we've heard anything from Swedish pop band The Sounds. Remember their 2002 hit "Living in America?" Well, they're back with a new LP, and they're turning Saturday into quite the dance party. Rock out with The Sounds and dance-punk openers Funeral Party and Bay Area electro band The Limousines.
When: 9 p.m., Sat. 11/19
Where: The Warfield, 982 Market St.
Otherwise known as member of multi-platinum band Oasis, Noel Gallagher has broken out with his first solo debut since the group's split in 2009. He'll perform tracks from High Flying Birds in a special one-night-only show. Check out the video for his first UK single, "The Death of You and Me," here.
When: 8 p.m., Sat. 11/19
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.
The tracksuit-wearing villain Sue Sylvester from Glee and regular among Christopher Guest's cast of hilarious characters makes a live appearance for a City Arts & Lectures conversation on Sunday. She'll be talking about her intensely personal memoir, Happy Accidents, in which she talks about overcoming her battles with anxiety and alcoholism, embracing her sexuality, and finding a path to self-acceptance. All with a good dose of humor, of course. Check out our interview with Jane Lynch before you head to the talk.
When: 7 p.m., Sun. 11/20
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.