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This Week's Hottest Events: SF Opera's The Ring Cycle, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Matt & Kim

Opera
Wagner's Ring Cycle
This is the cultural highlight of the year, no exaggeration. It's the first time the SF Opera is performing the epic four-opera cycle in its entirety, a feat rarely undertaken by even the biggest cities' operas. DO NOT miss this.
When: Tues. 6/14 – Sun. 7/3
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., sfopera.com

John Vanderslice and Magik*Magik Orchestra Anniversary Show at Herbst Theater + Ticket Giveaway

Indie darling John Vanderslice made a name for himself years ago performing with John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and as part of the defunct local band Mk Ultra, but hit the big time after starting an all-analog recording studio in the Mission. His cult studio, Tiny Telephone, has attracted such big talent as Death Cab and Okkervil River, placing him prominently on the map as the industry's go-to indie guy for more than a decade.

King of collaborations, Vanderslice appointed SF ensemble the Magik*Magik Orchestra, founded and directed by local star Minna Choi, as the studio's house orchestra. A force in their own right, Magik*Magik has also worked with big guns, including Sting, Carlos Santana, Chicago, Death Cab, the Dodos, and more. Vanderslice and Magik*Magik have since worked together in a major way—they released their first album, White Wilderness, earlier this year to much acclaim.

This Week's Hottest Events: Florence and the Machine, Janelle Monae, Death Cab for Cutie, and Picasso

Theater
FURY Factory Theater Fest
For all you theater buffs—three weeks of innovative performance (including Campo Santo and Killing My Lobster), panel discussions, and artistic training brought to you by SF-based FoolsFURY Theater. 
When: Tues. 6/7 – Sun. 6/26
Where: Various venues, foolsfury.org

This Week's Hottest Events: Adele, Iron & Wine, and Flight of the Conchords' Arj Barker

Music
Iron & Wine
Sam Beam's mopey mix of folk rock means a mellow night at the Warfield. Brush up on this year's Kiss Each Other Clean before you try to sneak in to the sold-out show. 
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 6/1
Where: The Warfield, 982 Market St., goldenvoice.com

Dance and Performance Art for Your Calendar: ODC, CounterPULSE, and Ethnic Dance Fest

Kick off the summer with a dose of high art. ODC and CounterPULSE offer premieres of edgy works while the 33rd Ethnic Dance Festival brings worldly culture back to the Bay Area for its annual series.

June 3-5: Suicide Barrier: Secure in our Illusion
Butoh master and multimedia artist Ledoh teams up with video artist Perry Hallinan to contemplate the contemporary "age of anxiety" and "collective safety" in the world we live in today. Sound heady? It is. But here's the kicker: the piece takes its title from newly added wall and net on the Golden Gate Bridge (designed to catch bridge jumpers), meaning it will be nothing short of powerful movement and imagery.
$15-$18; ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., odctheater.org

This Week's Hottest Events: Tracy Morgan, Lykke Li, and Glee Live

Theater
Blue Man Group
It's the mysterious blue men's first-ever theatrical tour. Think truly original live art that will have your eyes glued to the stage. 
When: Tues. 5/24 - Sun. 6/19
Where: Golden Gate Theater, 1 Taylor St. 

This Weekend's Required Art Outings: artMRKT, ArtPadSF, and SFFAF

Move over, Art Basel Miami. This weekend, San Francisco will give the most important art show stateside a run for its money. artMRKT, ArtPadSF, and SFFAF are setting up shop around the city, and we thought we'd help make it easier to choose among the three, or give you reason to double (or triple) dose on all the art and culture you could possibly handle over the course of a few days. All three fairs kick off with preview parties today and run through Sunday, so start practicing your intellectual art speak now.

This Week's Hottest Events: Prince, Tales of the City, and Blue Bear's Annual Benefit

Theater
Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin's famous stories about SF life in the '70s finally come to life onstage in the American Conservatory Theater's musical adaptation directed by Avenue Q's Jason Moore, with a score by the Scissor Sisters. 
When: Wed. 5/18 - Sun. 7/10
Where: A.C.T., 415 Geary St. 

Pulitzer-Winning Author Jennifer Egan On Taking Chances & Being 
Rewarded for the Risk

It seems everything writer Jennifer Egan touches turns to gold. Her novels, which include Look at Me and The Keep, are national best sellers and have been nominated for numerous awards. The Chicago native, who grew up in San Francisco and now calls Brooklyn home, is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and has published work in The New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and elsewhere. In April, Egan was awarded the highest of literary honors—her latest book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction after taking the National Book Critics Circle Award earlier this year. Such success could easily go to one’s head, but Egan remains humble despite the accolades.

SF Artist Rex Ray Designs Exclusive iPad2 Cover for DODOcase

Starting today, you can add some flair to your too-sleek-for-school iPad2. Lauded local artist Rex Ray, known for his vividly colored artwork of abstract shapes, has collaborated with SF’s own DODOcase, and the two have just launched a signature series of exclusive designs to jazz up your tablet in a retro-modern fashion.

The Rex Ray iPad2 DODOcase retails for $89.95, but we’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win a signed original. Be the first person to email events@7x7.com what Rex cites below as one of his favorite projects, and the tablet cover is yours.

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