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Public Works: New Art Comes to the Mission

Just what the Mission needs—another art offbeat gallery. But with the opening of Public Works, the neighborhood's hipsters are going to get a taste of something different (we'll call it Mission meets SoMa). The new multipurpose space is a gallery, bar, artist's workshop, and community room, with the goal of bringing underground scenes and styles together under one roof and promoting some of the Bay Area's most creatively-oriented nonprofits.

Sneak a Peek at Today's Gilt City San Francisco Deals

Who doesn't want a deal? Even better—heads up on a deal that hasn't gone live yet. Last Tuesday Gilt City San Francisco joined the ranks of Groupon, Living Social, Fresh Guide, Bergine, and more, giving members unique access to deals at top Bay Area destinations including restaurants, spas, entertainment venues, museums, and shops. Weekly Gilt City San Francisco sales go online every Tuesday at 12 p.m. PST, but we got the skinny on what to expect today. Here's your sneak peek of what's to come.

This Week's Hottest Events: Free Art, Free Opera, and Oktoberfest by the Bay

On Tap: Oktoberfest by the Bay
Take part in the 11th annual Oktoberfest by the Bay, a festival of fine German food, the world's best beer, and authentic German music that will stick in your head through next year's celebration of our favorite European culture. As if you needed an excuse for weekend day drinking … $25-$30; Thursday, 9/23 - Sunday, 9/26; Pier 48, across from AT&T Park, oktoberfestbythebay.com

2010 Hot 20: Zumbi and AmpLive of Zion I

Take two talented musicians (one studying to be a doctor, the other a psychologist), put them together, and you have a future in medicine that was best derailed. Ten years and six albums later, AmpLive (who has remixed music from Linkin Park, MGMT, and Radiohead) and Zumbi of Oakland duo Zion I have proven unstoppable.

The two rule the underground hip-hop scene and have worked with heavy hitters such as Aesop Rock, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Gift of Gab. They started their own record label and have amassed an audience both here and abroad. “It’s not like a huge pop-based following, but the people who feel us are really into it,” says Zumbi.

Etiquette Comes Alive at Yerba Buena

The world is your stage, or so the saying goes. Starting today, this cliche can become your reality with London-based experimental theater company Rotozaza. A performance piece for two, Etiquette can be played out between strangers or friends across a table at Samovar Tea Lounge in Yerba Buena Gardens. Turning the idea of audience participation on its head, Silvia Mercuriali and Anthony Hampton—the masterminds behind this offbeat experience—provide headphones which dictate instructions to layman-come-actor. 

This Week's Hottest Events: Lit King Jonathan Franzen, PARK(ing) Day, Paramore and More

Lit: Jonathan Franzen
Confession: I've not yet read best-selling novel The Corrections. But, when I saw author Jonathan Franzen on the cover of Time magazine the other week carrying the heady title of "The Great American Novelist" for his latest book Freedom, I decided I had to get my hands on everything he's ever written, stat. Now, we all have the lucky chance to see this brilliant writer in person for a City Arts & Lectures discussion with CCA provost Dr. Mark Breitenberg. The event is not yet sold out (gasp!), so get your tickets now while you still can. $20; Monday 9/13; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., cityarts.net

Zion I and The Grouch "One" Video

If you haven't already heard, local hip hop sensation Zion I and Living Legends member The Grouch are teaming up again to put out a second album—due out March of next year—after the sucess of their first collaboration on 2006's Heroes in the City of Dope. Until then, check out their video for "One," which was used in the first American dance film shot in 3D, appropriately titled, Step UP 3D (yes, it's part of the Step Up trilogy).

Confirmed! Lanvin for H&M

Last week's rumors have been confirmed—Alber Elbaz will, in fact, bring Lanvin to H&M as the next big designer collaboration for the Swedish fashion giant. The collection, conceived by Elbaz and Lanvin menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver, will be revealed on H&M's website via a short film on November 2. The line—which spans clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes and more—will hit 200 stores on November 23. Clear your calendar and start planning your wait-in-line strategy now.

This Week's Hottest Events: Aida, Altered Barbie and Power to the Peaceful

Art: Altered Barbie Exhibition
Look at America's favorite plastic plaything in a whole new light—the 8th annual San Francisco Altered Barbie Exhibition is back. It's weird, it's warped, and it's definitely worth your time. Local artists from all over the Bay Area take this icon and turn her into not-so-everyday art reflective of our current society in an effort to create dialogue sparked by a doll. Check it out. Free; Thursday, 9/9 - Friday, 10/1; Shotwell 50 Art Space, 50 Shotwell St., alteredbarbie.com

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