This Week's Hottest Events: Jean Paul Gaultier, Blue Bear Music Benefit, and Of Montreal


The Island President and Sound of Noise
If you missed the SF Green Film Fest, here's your second chance to catch the amazing documentary about the recently ousted Maldives president who was doing his part to save his country from the inevitable perils of global warming. Or, opt for the "musical" comedy Sound of Noise—a mix of urban symphony, police procedural, and love story.
When: Tues. 3/20 and Fri. 3/23 – Thurs. 3/29
Where: SF Film Society Cinema, 1746 Post St.

Spoken Word
Travel Tavern: Stories from the Road
Hear travel tales from local storytellers in honor of World Storytelling Day: an adventure in the Amazon jungle, a peculiar summer wedding in India, a volunteer trip to help clean up after the Japan earthquake/tsunami disaster, and more.    
When: 7 p.m., Tues. 3/20
Where: Public Works, 161 Erie St.

In Other Words: Balderdash Game Night
Calling all game geeks: Join host and local author Michelle Tea for a mean round of Balderdash.    
When: 7 p.m., Wed. 3/21
Where: Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St.

Jodi Kantor: What You Don't Know About the Obamas
Here's a good one for your lunch break. New York Times editor and author of The Obamas Jodi Kantor reveals what she's learned about Barack and Michelle's relationship and how their partnership affects all Americans.          
When: 12 p.m., Wed. 3/21
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St.

Of Montreal
The uber quirky experimental psych band plays two shows this week, and tickets are still available. They'll be at Slim's on Wednesday with local favorites Deerhoof and touring member Kishi Bashi (who you may know from his tours with Regina Spektor and Sondre Lerche) and then at the Fillmore on Thursday.  
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 3/21 and Thurs. 3/22
Where: Slim's, 333 11th St. and The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.

40th Annual Blue Bear Music Benefit
Local Americana boy Jackie Greene headlines this year's benefit for the Blue Bear School of Music, a music education program for low-income families and underserved communities in the Bay Area.
When: 7:30 p.m., Thurs. 3/22
Where: Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave.

It's about time you hit the dance floor. Grab the girls and get yourself to the Rickshaw Stop for a set of moveable beats by the local duo.
When: 9 p.m., Fri. 3/23
Where: Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St.

"Voyeurism & Intimacy: The Public/Private Divide in Photography"
This group show juried by SF artist Todd Hido—whose work appears in the permanent collections at the Whitney, Guggenheim, SFMOMA, and LACMA—showcases photography's ongoing tensions between what is public and what is private.   
When: Through Fri. 4/6; Opening Reception: Sat. 3/24 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Rayko Photo Center, 428 Third St.

"The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk"
Punk rock meets haute couture in the halls of the fine arts museum for the launch of the much-anticipated retrospective from the French enfant terrible. And if you want to splurge on absolute fabulousness, you can still get tickets to La Grande Fête on Fri. 3/23. It will only set you back about $250-$300 big ones, but for JPG, it's worth it.
When: Sat. 3/24 – Sun. 8/19
Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.

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