Sbtrkt, Florence and the Machine, Bon Iver, etc.
It's like Coachella in SF this week for all of us not headed south for the fest. Sbtrkt's playing the Independent on 4/16. Justice is at the Fox on 4/17. Gotye plays Bill Graham on 4/18 while First Aid Kit (who opened for Lykke Li) takes the stage at Slim's. And if you're up for a trek east, you can catch Florence and the Machine at the Mondavi Center in Davis. On Thurs. 4/19, Bon Iver fills up Bill Graham and you can get your dance on for M83's Fillmore shows on 4/22-23. A lot of these shows are already sold-out, so Craigslist will be your best friend.
When: various dates
Where: various venues
Union Square Live
Unique Square's spring/summer season of free performances of music, dance, movies, and more kicks off with a show by local retro and soul band Lord Loves a Working Man. If you get there early, you might score a pastry from Emporio Rulli (they'll be handing out to the first 100 people). Good enough reason to sneak out of work on your lunch break.
When: 12:30 p.m., Wed. 4/18; season runs through 9/12
Where: Union Square
Jaques Pepin and Daniel Patterson
See what pans out when one of America's best-known chefs sits down with SF's own homegrown talent.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 4/18
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Seun Kuti and Fela's Egypt 80
If you missed Fela!'s run at the theater, here's your next chance to catch some of Afrobeat's best. Seun Kuti is one of Fela's sons, so you know he's got topnotch talent.
When: 8 p.m., Thurs. 4/19
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Ave. and Telegraph Way, Berkeley
VIP Art Fair: Paper
If paper and printmaking is your persuasion, take notice. Eli Ridgway Gallery is collaborating with prominent galleries and institutions to showcase prints, drawing, collage, and other works on paper. Expect works by Brion Nuda Rosch, Travis Collinson, Aubrey Learner, and more. Pre-registration is required.
When: Thurs. 4/19 – Sat. 4/21
Where: Eli Ridgway Gallery, 172 Minna St.
These days, art is intrinsically linked with technology and science. Southern Exposure presents a show of international artists working at the intersection of these other fields.
When: Fri. 4/20 – Sat. 6/2
Where: Southern Exposure, 3030 20th St.
Cal Academy and Contemporary Jewish Museum
This year, Cal Academy has a whole host of activities around Earth Day—from from screening the Academy's award-winning inaugural planetarium show Fragile Planet to seeing how artists have turned trash into beautiful art. And if you haven't yet seen the "Do Not Destroy" show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum that looks at the history of the tree in Jewish tradition, it's really a must-see.
When: Cal Academy—Sat. 4/21–Thurs. 4/26; CJM—through Sun. 9/9
Where: 55 Music Concourse Dr. and 736 Mission St.
Headlands Center for the Arts Open House
Headlands' only holds three open houses a year to tour the campus, rub elbows with artists in their studios, and experience works in progress. Did we mention that there's also a homemade lunch in the Mess Hall?
When: 12-5 p.m., Sun. 4/22
Where: 944 Simmonds Rd., Sausalito
Catch the last few days of SF Ballet's tribute to the legendary choreographer George Balanchine. The three-part performance kicks off with the very classic Divertimento No. 15 with music by Mozart, leads into Scotch Symphony, and concludes with a more modern work, The Four Temperaments.
When: Now through Weds. 4/18
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave @ Grove