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.
"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.
Tuesday, March 8
Theater: Rock of Ages
Start practicing your air guitar now. The Tony-nominated arena-rock musical transports you to the Sunset Strip circa 1987 when mullets, leotards, and studded leather pants reigned supreme and will have you waving your lighter like the good old days.
Details: 3/8 - 4/9; Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.
Frey Norris Gallery, known for its cutting-edge contemporary and modern art, has a new home. And, as is customary in the art world, they're throwing a party to celebrate. Shelter yourself from the snow this weekend at Saturday's grand reopening soiree, where you can quaff a few Chimays and enjoy treats from the Chinese sticky bun food lady while you peruse the space's current exhibits—"Pangea: Art at the Forefront of Cultural Convergence" and"Exultation: Sex, Death and Madness in Eight Surrealist Masterworks."
Noise Pop joins forces with Litquake on day three of the festival for a night of readings from America's oddest musical memoirs. Think The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones and then lower the bar ... a lot. Get ready for excerpts—read by local lit and music luminaries such as Beth Lisick, Thao Nguyen, Michelle Tea, Bucky Sinister—from published works by Justin Bieber, Marilyn Manson, Jewel, Tori Amos, and more.
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