Every once in a while, when the SF Symphony has a break, Davies Hall brings in the unexpected guest performer—from The Roots to Kathy Griffin. This weekend, Rufus Wainwright is on the bill, but—get this—the composer/vocalist/pianist will be performing with the symphony, not instead of them.
Play: Ice Rinks
Starting Wednesday, you can get your skate on at the annual Safeway Union Square ice rink. Go for a midday run on your lunch break or wait for dark and take in the holiday lights afterhours. Come Thanksgiving, you'll also have a decorative tree to admire. If you're trying to steer clear of tourist-crazy Union Square, opt for the Embarcadero Center Ice Rink, which opens on November 19. Either way, you have plenty of time. Both rinks stay open through the first week of January. unionsquareicerink.com, embarcaderocenter.com
Back in September, we confirmed the rumor that H&M's next big designer collaboration would, in fact, be Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. The collection still doesn't hit shelves until November 23, but you can sneak a peak at the entire line in this video The Show.
Ballet. Tap. Jazz. Modern. Hip hop. Rhythm and Motion. All forms of dance you're familiar with. Wheelchairs moving effortlessly in a seamlessly choreographed work of art—now, this is a dance concept you may never have heard of. This weekend, inkBoat and AXIS Dance Company come together to present ODD at ODC Theater, a collaboration inspired by the Scandinavian painter Odd Nerdrum whose work plunges to the depths of human condition, exposing loneliness, fear, hatred, birth, and death with uncanny precision.
Parade: Dia de Los Muertos
Like New Year's Eve, Halloween can sometimes be a little anticlimactic. Lucky for us, the Mission still goes wild every year with their Day of the Dead parade. Check out the sacred altars in and around Garfield Park and don't miss the procession ritual, which begins promptly at 7 p.m. on the corner of 22nd and Bryant streets. Be sober, be respectful, and be creative—it's your last chance for a spooky costume this year. Free; Tuesday 11/2; 22nd and Bryant streets, dayofthedeadsf.org
Bill Clinton is stuck on him. Jon Stewart can’t get enough. Even former Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina goes gaga over his work. So just who is Will Shortz? Take a look at almost any puzzle book, and chances are you’ll find The New York Times’ longstanding crossword editor’s name on the spine. In addition to his day job, he’s authored or edited more than 400 puzzle books, is founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and is a regular on-air contributor to NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. Despite the fact that he can finish The New York Times’ Friday and Saturday puzzles in 15 minutes, Shortz is refreshingly unpretentious.
Many of us are too young to have experienced the extreme counterculture of the 1960s, but we're all very familiar with one of its byproducts—Ken Kesey's groundbreaking novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. On the eve of the book's 35th anniversary, former Rolling Stone columnist Mark Christensen will bring the literary genius turned free-wheeling acid monger to life in a reading of his new biography Acid Christ.
Old news: designer collections for Target and H&M. Newish news: designer collections for eBay (think Narciso Rodriguez and Norma Kamali). Breaking news: the first-ever crowdsourced collection designed and produced by SF native and international fashion celeb Derek Lam exclusively for eBay.
Here's an alternative to the typical Halloween costume party: a hot, sweaty stadium concert with Gorillaz, plus special guests N.E.R.D., De La Soul, and more. Get online if you haven't already and become part of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's virtual world of animated characters. Play the Plastic Beach game and prepare yourself for a show that takes interactive to a new level. $50-$90; Saturday 10/30; Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, livenation.com
You know you've really arrived when you can say you have a laundry room in your actual apartment. And since you've finally graduated from weekend runs to the laundromat, it's time to take the plunge into smart living. This weekend, The Ki hits Treasure Island with a three-day showcase of smart living brands, sustainable designs, and innovative technologies. And guess what's there? Whirlpool’s new Vantage washer and dryer, which combines technology, high style, and efficiency into a high-performance clothes-cleaning duo.
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