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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 what Rex cites below as one of his favorite projects, and the tablet cover is yours.

Rare Beatles Photos (That Have Never Been on Display Outside of Europe) on View at SF Art Exchange

Any fan of the Fab Four will want to check out "The Beatles Hidden Gallery," which opened this last Saturday at the SF Art Exchange. An astonishing collection of early photographs by Paul Berriff, this show provides a glimpse behind the scenes, just as McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, and Starr were about to break into mega fame and fortune.

This Week's Hottest Events: Of Montreal, Bike to Work Day, and Chelsea Handler

The Raveonettes
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.

James Franco Makes a Cameo in Gary Shteyngart's Book Trailer Spoof

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.

Hot 20 2011: Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher

The Comeback Kid
Ryan Vogelsong, 34
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher

Never Before Seen Photos of Rock Impresario Bill Graham at the Jazz Heritage Center

"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.

This Week's Hottest Events: John Waters, Hugh Jackman, and Fleet Foxes

John Waters
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.

Paul Madonna Book Signing Tonight at Electric Works


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.  

Paul Madonna on 'Everything Is Its Own Reward'

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.

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