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This Week's Hottest Events: Olympic Nightlife, Noisette, and Beatles Music at the Symphony

Exhibit
"Return to Mars" at the Exploratorium
Coinciding with the Aug. 5 scheduled landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars, the Exploratorium is hosting a similar full-scale model of the NASA rover, plus six weeks of special programming including behind-the-scenes interviews with NASA scientists and engineers. Don't miss the museum's Mars-themed After Dark event on Aug. 2.  
When: Wed. 8/1–Sun. 9/16
Where: Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St.

Sneak Preview: Meet the Target + Neiman Marcus Designers

Sneak Preview: The Target + Neiman Marcus Designers

Unless you're living in a cave, you've heard about the forthcoming collab between Target and Neiman Marcus, scheduled to make its big debut on Dec. 1. We're all waiting with bated breath to find out who the 24 CFDA designers are, so today we bring you a special behind-the-scenes look at who's creating the exclusive products for this collection.

This Week's Hottest Events: Dirty Projectors, Kathy Griffin, and the Beer Olympics

This Week's Hottest Events: Dirty Projectors, Kathy Griffin, and the Beer Olympics

Fashion
TWO Trunk Show
Bay Area native and Prada vet Monica Patel shows off her latest collection of caftans and dresses made from hand-loomed Indian saris. Patel has recently been featured in Harper's Bazaar and InStyle, so you'd be wise to check out her wares.
When: 3-7 p.m., Mon. 7/23
Where: March, 3075 Sacramento St.

Noisette Culinary Concert Block Party

Noisette Culinary Concert Block Party

The folks behind Noise Pop and Finger on the Pulse (the Brooklyn duo known for making parties out of good eats and tunes) are heating up the south side of the city with a block party that will get every San Franciscan going. Eight hot young chefs, seven indie bands and DJs, local brews from Speakeasy, and Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous root beer floats are the name of the game at Noisette's Saturday (8/4) afternoon affair. Here's the lowdown on what the expect.

Wine and River Rafting in Truckee

rafting

When asked to join a Truckee rafting trip with Tahoe's Irie Rafting Company in June, I conjured up fond memories of floating lazily  down the river in an inner tube with PBR in hand. Little did I know that I had signed myself up for a white water rafting adventure instead.

This Week's Hottest Events: Aziz Ansari, Litquake Speakeasy, and the Renegade Craft Fair

Aziz Ansari

Comedy
Aziz Ansari
Laugh at (ahem, with) the Parks and Rec goofball during his new standup routine Buried Alive. Ansari promises all new material not previously seen in his Dangerously Delicious special.    
When: Wed. 7/18–Fri. 7/20
Where: Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St. (Thursday's show is at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts)

This Week's Hottest Events: Cindy Sherman, Man Ray, and Bastille Day

Cindy Sherman

Theater
Les Misérables
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.

Get Hipstered Out in Seattle's 
Ballard 
Neighborhood

Seattle's 
Ballard 
Neighborhood

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.

First Look: Heath Ceramic's New Mission Store + Opening Exhibit

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).

This Week's Hottest Events: Paul Madonna, Shakespeare, and the Fillmore Jazz Fest

Paul Madonna

Art
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

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