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This Week's Hottest Events: Switchboard Music Festival, Alvin Ailey and Fauxnique

Dance
Alvin Ailey Dance
The internationally acclaimed company has been churning out progressive dance since 1958, and this tour marks the end of the famous Judith Jamison's run as artistic director. Very, very big deal.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 3/29 - Sun. 4/3
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Performance
Fauxnique
It's drag, performance art, dance, and theater all wrapped up in one seriously powerful package. If you've never seen local artist Monique Jenkinson as Fauxnique, get yourself to City Hall during lunch on Friday. She's giving a free, solo performance that will no doubt awe and amaze.
When: 12 p.m.; Fri. 4/1
Where: City Hall, Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl.

Behind-The-Scenes Jim Marshall Photos of Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Concert on View @ SF Arts Exchange

Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison 1968. © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

Last year, Chronicle Books published Pocket Cash, a stunning book of Johnny Cash images by world-renowned rock photographer and San Francisco native Jim Marshall. The local legend passed away last year, but he continues to live on through his incredible body of work. Now, you have the chance to see some of the shots from the book come to life in a special exhibit at the San Francisco Arts Exchange.

Vogue’s Hamish Bowles Schools Us On Balenciaga at The de Young

Rarely seen in public without an impeccably tailored suit, tie, and pocket square, Vogue’s fearless European editor at large Hamish Bowles is a style icon from head to toe. A staple on Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List, Bowles is also recognized as one of the most respected authorities in the worlds of fashion and interiors.

Aside from working under the helm of Anna Wintour, he’s written numerous books on the subject of design and curated the wildly popular exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years.” His latest coup is as guest curator of “Balenciaga and Spain,” an unprecedented retrospective of the legendary designer’s work, which opens at the de Young Museum this month.

This Week's Hottest Events: Lady Gaga, Balenciaga, and Cirque du Soleil

Music
Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour
True, it's sold out. But surely you can find someone selling tickets for an absurd amount outside Oracle Arena. If anyone's worth a splurge, it's Lady Gaga.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 3/22
Where: Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland

Rock the Vote for Patagonia's Voice Your Choice Campaign

From March 10 - 31, Patagonia wants to hear from you. Every year, the brand's 27 U.S. stores receive $5,000 to distribute among three local environmental groups of their choosing during the Voice Your Choice campaign. Everyone's a winner, and all you have to do is vote for your favorite. Bonus: you don't have to shell out a dime … unless you find yourself smitten with a ski jacket or climbing gear while you cast your vote in-store.

Win Tickets to Tina Fey's Sold-Out Show

The bad news: When City Arts & Lectures announced in November that Tina Fey would be passing through SF in April to promote her new book Bossypants, tickets sold out in less than an hour. So, they got a bigger venue, and tickets sold out again in a hot second.

The good news: Starting now, you can place a bid to score 2 premium orchestra seat tickets for the April 20 performance at Orpheum Theatre! A benefit for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, 100% of the moola raised will go to the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California fund to help victims of the disaster.

This Week's Hottest Events: Girl Talk, Pop-Up Magazine, and Bay Area Derby Girls

Your St. Patty's Day beer guzzling alternatives ...

Music
Girl Talk
Score a ticket (via Craigslist) and see what tricks Greg Gillis has up his sleeve.
When: 9 p.m.; Fri. 3/18
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

The 12 Best Irish Pubs in the City

Raid your closet for the color green and grab a stool at one of these solid Irish pubs for St. Patrick's Day.


1. The Irish Bank
Tucked away at the end of a dirty alley, this pub is a favorite of the downtown after-work crowd. Indoors or out, you’ll get a little taste of Europe in the heart of SF. 10 Mark Ln. at Grant Ave. (Union Square), 415-788-7152

Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Wronglers at Slim's

We all know Warren Hellman as the guy behind the annual Hardly Strictly festival, but bet you didn't know that the bluegrass aficionado was also a lean, mean, banjo-playing machine. That's right, Hellman is a member of The Wronglers, who will have their big debut at Slim's this Sunday. The old-time band, which formed back in 2006, has performed all over the Bay Area (including at Hardly Strictly)—opening for the likes of Steve Earle and Gillian Welch—as well as at SXSW.

World Naked Bike Ride

"As bare as you dare"—such goes the tagline for this year's World Naked Bike Ride. In protest of our dependency on oil, San Francisco joins cities both here and abroad for this ride against unsustainable energy policy around the world. Think of it like our monthly Critical Mass, only this time cyclists will be both angry and in the buff. The event happens to coincide with Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Parade (yep—same time, same place), so expect Market Street to be a veritable melting pot of green and nude.

Saturday, 3/12, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero at Market St.

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