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
Living in SF, we hear a lot about groundbreaking ideas—everything from tech and clean energy to arts and culture. Here's another to add to your radar (hold the eye roll, please). LEVYdance, which was formed by UC Berkeley kids in 2002, has been pushing the envelope for 10 years now, and their reach extends far beyond SF. The Washington Post describes artistic director Benjamin Levy as a stylish craftsman and the Chronicle declared last year's ROMP one of the top 10 dance moments of 2011. The company has also toured more than 20 cities nationally and internationally to Scotland, Germany, and Lithuania. Not too shabby.
In just over a year, Google Art Project—an online program that makes art in all its forms accessible to art lovers worldwide—has amassed 151 partners across 40 countries. Check out the Mark Bradford show at SFMOMA and YBCA and then go online to see what pieces NYC's MOMA has. Or explore the Santiniketan Triptych in Delhi's National Gallery of Modern Art after walking the halls of SF's Asian Art Museum's "Maharaja" exhibit.
Tickets for ISSUE 6 of Pop-Up Magazine go on sale Tues. 4/3 at noon, and judging by the mag's track record, the event will be sold out in a matter of hours. Don't miss your chance to see Pop-Up's next round of writers, filmmakers, artists, and more.
When: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.
Where: 7:30 p.m., Wed. 4/25
Glee's crochety coach talks about everyone's favorite TV musical.
When: 7 p.m., Mon. 3/26
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.
Two-time Tony and Olivier award winner Jonathan Pryce leads a fierce cast in the first retelling of Nobel Prize-winning Harold Pinter's The Caretaker since the playwright's death. Hell breaks loose when an act of compassion goes awry after two brothers take up a homeless man in their flat.
When: Wed. 3/28 – Sun. 4/22
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.
You know you're lying if you say you've never thought about how you and your best friend or significant other would ace CBS's The Amazing Race. On April 7, you'll finally get the chance you've been waiting for. SF's very own Starr Spangler—winner of The Amazing Race, Season 13—is hosting a fierce competition as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man/Woman of the Year Campaign.
The Island President and Sound of Noise
If you missed the SF Green Film Fest, here's your second chance to catch the amazing documentary about the recently ousted Maldives president who was doing his part to save his country from the inevitable perils of global warming. Or, opt for the "musical" comedy Sound of Noise—a mix of urban symphony, police procedural, and love story.
When: Tues. 3/20 and Fri. 3/23 – Thurs. 3/29
Where: SF Film Society Cinema, 1746 Post St.
With its close proximity to the city, there's no reason not to get out of dodge and jet down to Monterey for a brisk weekend on the coast. If you're a nature lover like I am—I can't get enough of those adorable sea otters and harbor seals bobbing in and out of the water—make haste. Gray whales and their newborn calves are are making their northern migration to back to their Alaskan feeding grounds and will be far out of town in a few months. Here, a simple weekend package you can write home about.
Parisian perfumers Fabrice Penot and Edouard Roschi are at last sharing their nose for aromatics with San Francisco at the latest outpost of their impossibly chic boutique brand, Le Labo. Having cultivated their olfactory skills at Giorgio Armani Beauty before opening their first store six years ago in New York, the pair hones a modern, minimalist apothecary aesthetic in their sleek Fillmore Street space.
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