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This Week's Hottest Events: Instagram, SFMOMA, and Francis Ford Coppola

It's a big week in music with lots of sold-out shows. If you missed your chance at tickets to Mumford & Sons, the XX, Imagine Dragons, and Sting, use your best Craigslist negotiating skills or check out some of this week's other hot events.

CCA's Emerging Talent Award in Fashion Design Goes to Tiśina Parker

For CCA grad Tiśina Parker, fashion design is more than stylish, trend-setting apparel, and her collection—4th Dimension—for CCA's graduation fashion show illustrated just that.

Kickstart SOMArt's Underground Performance Art Marathon

I've come to rely on SOMArts for a running calendar of envelope-pushing events and exhibits (i.e. the Underground Market, monthly Feast of Words literary potlucks, annual Dia de los Muertos extravaganza, not to mention all of the exhibits). A few years ago, curator and gallery director Justin Hoover clued me in to a show idea he was toying with that would make unprecedented use of SOMArt's exhibition space.

This Week's Hottest Events: Goapele, Janelle Monáe, and Art Fairs

James Franco
This is a rare chance to see the Oscar-nominated actor in conversation with his mother, the acclaimed author and actress Betsy Franco. The two will discuss James' new book A California Childhood, a new-age memoir of personal snapshots, sketches, paintings, poems, and stories. Consider it your opp to get up close and personal with the local stud.
When: 7 p.m., Mon. 5/13
Where: Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park


First Look: 2013 Academy of Art Graduation Fashion Show

There's one thing that's certain—the Academy of Art always manages to outdo itself. Last night's graduation fashion show took over the old Exploratorium space at the Palace of Fine Arts, filling the venue's halls with students' portfolios and leading the way to the longer-than-life runway.

SFMade Week Shows Local Love

Next week is your chance to get up close and personal with the city's plethora of local makers.

First Look at The Garage in Fairfax

The Bay Area has long been known as a breeding ground for innovative ideas, and this weekend's opening of The Garage in Fairfax brings that out-of-the-box thinking to retail.

This Week's Hottest Events: SF Int'l Film Fest, Alvin Ailey, and Night Light

Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater makes its much-anticipated, always impressive annual stop at Berkeley's Cal Performances this month. See the company's sinuous dancers in the Bay Area premiere of Kyle Abraham's Another Night, with music by cheeky jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, along with four showings of the Ailey classic Revelations.
When: Tues. 4/23–Sun. 4/28
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft Way (Berkeley)


Winners of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize

With everything terrible going on in the world this week, it's about time for stories that are uplifting and inspiring, ones that restore our faith in humanity and incite us to action ourselves.

A First Look at the New Exploratorium

"Would you like to sample our fresh honeycomb?" asks the woman behind the counter at the new Exploratorium's Seaglass cafeteria overlooking the bay. "We serve it everyday as part of our Bee Aware program."

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