Jane Lynch has been honing her acting skills for more than two decades. She’s made a guest apperance on almost every TV show you can think of and is a regular among director Christopher Guest’s cast of hilarious characters (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration). In the past two years, she’s taken home an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a People’s Choice Award for her role as the tracksuit-wearing villain, Sue Sylvester, in Glee. Now at age 51, she’s added writer to her resume. Lynch’s memoir, Happy Accidents (Voice), is an intensely personal look at her rocky road to fame and happiness—overcoming battles with anxiety and alcoholism, embracing her sexuality, and finding a path to self-acceptance along the way. As you might expect, she’s done it all with a good dose of humor.
Tonight, Southern Exposure turns the idea of installation on its head. The arts organization unveils its latest exhibit, "Working Conditions," a process-based project in which nine artists bring their studios into SoEx's gallery space. For eight weeks, these artists will set up shop and keep regular hours, creating "installations" out of their work environments. No longer isolated in their own spaces, the artists are confronted with the experience of being in the public eye as they work, addressing the concept of artist as laborer.
Swedish pop songstress Lykke Li will get you moving on Wednesday. Tickets are still available, so if you're in the mood to dance, this is your show. And for insight into the small but mighty artist behind the music, check out our interview here.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 11/9
Where: The Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Before local ODC Theater resident Catherine Galasso jets off to Paris and New York with her latest show, she's premiering Bring On The Lumière! right here at homebase. The show—a combination of dance, theater, light, and illusion—is inspired by the French forefathers of film, the Lumière brothers. Like all of her work, Galasso pushes the boundaries of traditional performance in an exploration of uncharted territories. We took a few minutes of Galasso's time to talk about Bring On The Lumière!.
Techies, take note—the watch is making a comeback. Strap on one of these
gender-bending timepieces and go.
Mary Roach is a local legend—you'll likely remember titles like Stiff, Spook, and Bonk. She makes science a hoot, no more so than in her latest Packing for Mars. As part of the SF Public Library's One City One Book program (this year's book is Packing for Mars, of course), Roach's scientific findings will be challenged by none other than the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters' Adam Savage.
David Mamet's Race
Following a brilliant run on Broadway, David Mamet's Race makes its West Coast debut at A.C.T. New York Magazine calls the performance about three lawyers representing a wealthy white man accused of assaulting a black woman a "shock drama of sex, race, loyalty, and betrayal."
When: Through Sun. 11/13
Where: American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St.
After two years of laborious work, local artists Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather unveil their stunning artwork, meticulously detailing the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Project.
"Approach, Transition, Touchdown" is a series of prints, paintings, and drawings of the bridge based on maps, diagrams, photographs, and architectural/engineering drawings.
We've got some really big names swinging through the city this week. Take your pick.
Richard III with Kevin Spacey
Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey reunite (who can forget their work together on American Beauty?) in a spellbinding adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III. Tickets to the limited engagement (12 performances only) have been selling like hot cakes and cost a pretty penny (I heard as much as $400!). But we wouldn't expect Spacey and Mendes to grace the stage for anything less than a premium.
When: Wed. 10/19 – Sat. 10/29
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.
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