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Sparkle & Fade: The Bay Lights Come Alive Next Week

Billed as the world's largest LED light sculpture and one of the biggest public art feats in history, The Bay Lights is poised to elevate our city on a global scale. The brainchild of New York artist Leo Villareal and San Francisco PR wunderkind Ben Davis, this monumental project is the result of relentless dedication—a true gift to our city.

Just in case you haven't heard the specs yet, here it is in numbers—25,000 LED nodes, strung along 5 miles' worth of vertical suspension cables, measuring 1.8 miles and more than 500 feet, $11,000 in energy costs over the next two years, and estimated to generate $97 million for the local economy. You do the math.  

This Week's Hottest Events: Eye Level on Iraq, Noise Pop, and Tom Petty Fest

"Eye Level on Iraq"
Over the course of two years, American-trained photojournalists Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson documented the impact and aftermath of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The 60 photographs in this exhibit attempt to illustrate the daily realities for Iraqi citizens and what the effects of politics and war have on ordinary people. Alford and Thorne placed themselves in risky positions to capture these images, and these photos shed light on both a shifting culture 10 years ago and today.
When: Through Sun. 6/16

Friday Jams: The Official Noise Pop 2013 Playlist

The good folks behind Noise Pop 2013 were kind enough to curate a playlist for your listening pleasure. Here, 20 songs that will give you a flavor for next week's festival. Put on your earbuds, sit back, and let these jams get you through the afternoon.

Valentine's Day Private Pilates

My pilates teacher, Karii Rürup-Coleman, once said, "Couples who work out together, stay together." And for that she's offering a private duet pilates session for you and your sweetie in lieu of the usual Valentine's Day cheese.

Meet Kirk Lombard, Sea Forager

Kirk Lombard

Follow your gut, and who knows where you’ll end up. If you’re anything like Kirk Lombard, your happy place might be between the tides in an underwater raw bar of sorts—host to bounties of moon snails, mussels, monkeyface eels, and horse neck, jackknife, and piddock clams, all ripe for the plucking.

This Week's Hottest Events: Maya Rudolph, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and Foodie INFORUM

Thao Nguyen

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Our local indie fave Thao Nguyen and her band drop their new album in stores on Tuesday and will be promoting it with a show at Amoeba on Wednesday. The title track of the album We The Common was inspired by our leading lady's volunteer work with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, and she has a duet with the quirky, beloved Joanna Newsom in "Kindness Be Concieved." Skip out of work early to catch this free show.
When: 6 p.m., Wed. 2/6
Where: Amoeba Records, 1855 Haight St.


Applied Science: "By-product Becomes Product" at Intersection for the Arts

Stop for a second, and think about the number of toxins you touch, breathe, even taste in one day. Then think about what that means for those whose jobs bring them in constant, enduring contact of those materials for a living. Intersection of the Art's latest cross-disciplinary project "By-product Becomes Product" examines the role and effect of hazardous materials specifically in the artist's studio.

Body Art Meets Science

Tonight's event couldn't get any more San Francisco. Where else could you bring a decidedly hipster vibe to a five-day biosciences festival? Part of the larger Brilliant!Science: Decoding Human Health festivities, Friday's California Academy of Sciences program "Body Art: An Evening Science Mingle" looks at the body as creative canvas. See complex muscle systems displayed as body paint on roaming models, and see up-close scientific images of neurons and viruses.

In partnership with the Gladstone Institutes, a leading bio-med research organization, the festival brings together some of the Bay Area’s most brilliant scientists to talk about pioneering research in human health—from cutting-edge stem cell research to the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS.

A First Look at the New SFJAZZ Center

After all the anticipation and more than a year of construction, the brand-spanking new SFJAZZ Center will open its doors in Hayes Valley on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 21). Here's a little of what to expect at this first-ever standalone structure in the country designed and dedicated to jazz.

This Week's Hottest Events: Femi Kuti, Holy Motors, and Headlands Open House

A Celebration of Harold Pinter
My exposure to the late, great playwright Harold Pinter is limited, but after seeing SHN's bold presentation of The Caretaker last year, I vowed to make the man more a part of my regular cultural explorations. Tonight, City Arts & Lectures honors Pinter's lifetime of achievements in a performance by Julian Sands, directed by none other than John Malkovich. If you consider yourself of the cultured variety, add this one to your calendar tonight.
When: 7:30 p.m., Mon. 1/14
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
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