In what seems like an annual appearance at Bimbo's, Danish duo The Raveonettes will debut material from their latest Raven in the Grave, a moody departure from their usual lo-fi formula. More on that here.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 5/10
Where: Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave.
The author behind satirical works Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook will talk about his latest book Super Sad True Love Story. Check out the hilarious book trailer with James Franco here.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 5/11
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Bike to Work Day
Get off your butt and onto your bike. And check out the post-work party and fashion show while you're at it.
When: 6 p.m., Thurs. 5/12
Where: DNA Lounge, 375 11th St.
Seeing Gertrude Stein and The Steins Collect
Think of it as a one-two punch. Learn all about Bay Area-born Gertrude Stein at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and then see works from the Stein family collection, including pieces by Matisse and Picasso, at SFMOMA in a few weeks.
When: CJM, 5/12 - 9/16 and SFMOMA, 5/21 - 9/6
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. and SFMOMA, 151 Third St.
Thoroughly Modern Maupin
In preparation for ACT's upcoming production of Tales of the City, Litquake is hosting an event in which local writers will read from work inspired by Armistead Maupin's fictional world.
When: 8 p.m., Thurs. 5/12
Where: Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St.
Expect the usual stage theatrics that the Barnes brothers have become known for. You may even see Lance Armstrong onstage.
When: 9 p.m., Fri. 5/13
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.
O'Reilly Oyster Fest
Gorge yourself on oysters and beer while you listen to the finger-strumming magic of Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. If you want to make a weekend of it, head south for Sam's Chowder House's Lobster Fest where tails and claws rule the tents.
When: 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 5/14 and 12 - 5 p.m., Sun. 5/15
Where: Great Meadow at Fort Mason, Bay and Laguna streets and American Legion, Half Moon Bay
Comedienne of the moment Chelsea Handler (she was just on the Today show discussing her new book, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me) will play her brand of pranks at The Paramount.
When: 8 p.m., Sun. 5/15
Where: The Paramount, 2025 Broadway, Oakland