Victor Hugo's classic about the survival of the human spirit returns to the stage in a new 25th anniversary production, complete with scenery inspired by paintings by the writer himself. Whether you've seen it once or twenty times, Les Mis is one of those stories that never gets old.
When: Tues. 7/10–Sun. 8/26
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.
Summer is the time to head for Seattle. In July and August, the rains dry up, temperatures hit the mid-70s, and an indie spirit and burgeoning arts scene pulse with summer fun. The northwestern neighborhood of Ballard is a destination in itself since a sudden dose of modernity in recent years has attracted young, style-savvy creatives—like the on-fire folk band The Head and the Heart, which calls this area home.
Heath Ceramics just breathed new life into an old linen supply and laundry facility and added itself to the Mission's ever-growing roster of locally grown talent. The new retail space on 18th and Florida is so much more than a boutique, with an in-store chef's kitchen that will house local food items and serve as a gathering spot for events, a dedicated gallery that will host rotating shows throughout the year, a factory viewing court, and a Blue Bottle Coffee cafe (the latter two opening soon).
Paul Madonna Posters
Look for six original works by the Chronicle's "All Over Coffee" artist Paul Madonna dotting Market Street. For this SF Arts Commission series, Madonna layers his imagery with quotes and short stories. The Chinatown posers has words by Amy Tan, and the War Memorial Opera House tells the story of soprano Patricia Racette. Smaller versions of these posters are on sale here.
When: Through Fri. 9/28
Where: Market Street, between Eighth Street and the Embarcadero
The blow-out Golden Gate Bridge anniversary celebration may have come and gone, but there are still plenty of ways to pay homage to the International Orange icon. Here's an unexpected one: Hotel Palomar has tricked out one of its suites in honor of the double G. As you step off the elevator and into the hallway, you'll see the familiar tollbooth entry to the bridge, blown up and plastered on the door and walls framing room 512. One foot inside the door and you're presented with a sweeping view of the bridge. Sounds impossible, right? A printed opaque decal expands across the five bay windows in the room to give the illusion that you're staring out the window of a sweet Cow Hollow pied-à-terre. It sure beats the real view of gritty Market Street.
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Philip Glass & Joanna Newsom with Tim Fain
It's not too late to get tickets to tonight's benefit concert for Big Sur's Henry Miller Library. Legendary composer Philip Glass will take the stage with chanteuse Joanna Newsom and classical violinist Tim Fain in a not-to-be-missed show. All money raised will go towards the $140,000 goal needed for the nonprofit venue to build much-needed, up-to-code bathrooms.
When: 8 p.m., Mon. 6/25
Where: The Warfield, 982 Market St.
BAASICS.2: The Future
Artists, inventors, and futurists come together for a discussion about what lies ahead in the years to come. Former physicist and tech journalist Aaron Saenz talks good robots vs bad robots and prospects for synthetic life. It's fodder for the science geek in all of us.
When: 7:30 p.m., Mon. 6/18
Where: ODC Theater, 3153 17th St.
Pair sexy comedy queen Aisha Tyler with pop culture guru Chuck Klosterman in a booze distillery, and you get something like a modern-day literary salon of sorts. Class up your Friday night at this benefit for ScholarMatch—the Dave Eggers organization that connects Bay Area students with donors to make higher education a reality. Appropriately named Bourbon & Banter, you'll be privy to a live taping of Tyler's hit podcast, "Girl on Guy," accompanied by off-the-cuff commentary by Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs author Chuck Klosterman. Oh, and did we mention the plentifully flowing St. George Spirits cocktails?
Green Day comes home to the Bay Area with this Broadway coming-of-age tale based on their multiplatinum album of the same name. If you didn't catch the Grammy and Tony Award-winning musical when it premiered at Berkeley Rep in 2009, here's your big chance.
When: Tues. 6/12–Sun. 7/8
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.
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