In what seems like an annual appearance at Bimbo's, Danish duo The Raveonettes will debut material from their latest Raven in the Grave, a moody departure from their usual lo-fi formula. More on that here.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 5/10
Where: Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave.
The author of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook is known as a great satirist, so it's no surprise that the promo for his third novel Super Sad True Love Story is a complete joke. Starring as himself—complete with fake Russian accent—and claiming he can't even read, the ridiculous trailer also features such seasoned writers as Jeffrey Eugenides and Mary Gaitskill. But perhaps the best clip is of James Franco as one of Shteyngart's Columbia students. If you like his brand of funny, get tickets to City Arts & Lectures' conversation on Wednesday (May 11) at Herbst Theatre.
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"Presenting: Bill Graham"
For anyone who has ever gone to a concert at the Fillmore, this exhibit of the world's greatest rock impresario's life is a must-see. The month-long free show is a visual document of Bill Graham's history—from a traumatic childhood in war-torn Germany to his epic career as a concert promoter in San Francisco.
The man behind cult classics like Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. Demented will dirty up the JCC with his crass humor. If sick and twisted is not your thing, check out Mayor Ed Lee at the Commonwealth Club instead.
When: 7 p.m., Tues. 5/3
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.
Chances are good that you're already a fan of local artist Paul Madonna's signature ink-wash cityscapes. And if you're a really devoted follower, his first book All Over Coffee is probably already on your bookshelf at home. But whether you're a seasoned admirer or a newbie looking to get your feet wet, the perfect opportunity to meet the Missionite in person presents itself tonight. Paul Madonna will be celebrating the launch of his latest compilation, Everything Is Its Own Reward, with a book signing event at Electric Works.
Not a day goes by without Paul Madonna sketching and scribbling away in the notebook that never leaves his side. He knew from the beginning that he would be an artist. From amateur illustrations as a kid to a BFA from Carnegie Mellon to the first-ever art internship at MAD magazine, the Missionite has always expressed himself through drawing. In 2004, the SF Chronicle began running Madonna’s All Over Coffee cityscapes as a regular column, and in 2007, City Lights published a collection of his newspaper comics in a book of the same title.
We hope you scored tickets to one of this legendary folk artists three SF shows. Paul Simon, aka half of the Simon and Garfunkel duo, is performing back-to-back shows, promising material from his newest album So Beautiful or So What as well as songs he's seldom played live.
When: Mon. 4/25, Tues. 4/26, Wed. 4/27
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 301 Van Ness Ave.; The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave.; The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.
Sometimes you just need a weekend away with the girls. So, tell the boyfriend to go climb something while you make your way to the Hyatt Regency at Incline Village—it's the only north shore resort right on the water (hello, unbeatable views).
Back by popular demand (last year's attendees are still raving), the all-inclusive getaway combines the best of health, wellness, and beauty in the form of fitness classes (think pilates and belly dancing), skincare presentations by experts in the field (think consultant to the A-list Marilyn Jaeger), and plenty of spa treatments to go around (everyone gets $100 spa credits).
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There's tons of great music this week—Yuck, New Pornographers, !!!, Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill—but Aussie psych rock band Tame Impala is so hot right now that a live show is a must-see.
When: 8 p.m., Mon. 4/18
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.
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