This Week's Hottest Events: Woody Allen, Golden Gate Bridge Festivities, Earthquakes, and The Roots


Kevin Taylor
Be inspired by Taylor's warped wilderness paintings.
When: Through Sat. 6/2
Where: Guerrero Gallery, 2700 19th St.

Dita Von Teese
The burlesque queen brings her signature old Hollywood glamour to the Fillmore stage for a cabaret-style revue to titillate men and women of all persuasions. Ladies, prepare to take notes.
When: Mon. 5/21 - Tues. 5/22
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.

Eternal Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
Author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story Susan Freinkel talks about managing the use of this amazingly durable material and ways to combat the harm caused by its easy disposability from the perspectives of short-term business planning to long-term government regulation.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tues. 5/22
Where: Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Pier 2

Philip Glass at 75
Celebrate the famous composer with two screenings accompanied by music from the Philip Glass Ensemble. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, watch Jean Cocteau's La Belle ed la Bête, in which Glass received critical acclaim for his film score. Then on Sunday, you'll see Koyaanisqatsi, an iconic film that changed the face of music and film when it premiered 30 years ago.
When: 8 p.m., Thurs. 5/24 - Sat. 5/26 and 7 p.m., Sun. 5/27
Where: YBCA Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St. and Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.

Woody Allen's "The Kugelmass Episode"
Local performing arts ensemble Word for Word, in collaboration with City Arts & Lectures, takes on Woody Allen with a presentation of this short story about an unhappily married professor who gets transported in time to the plot of Flaubert's Madame Bovary.
When: 8 p.m., Thurs. 5/24
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.

Golden Gate Bridge Festivities
This weekend marks the official 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, and everyone in and around the city is doing something to celebrate. From For-Site's "International Orange" exhibit and Presidio film screenings to special Cavallo Point packages, a Mickey Hart concert on Exploratorium's "Sonified" GG Bridge model, and screenings at the Walt Disney Museum. Check out the official site for a full list of festivities.
When: various times
Where: various venues

Cal Academy's latest exhibit and planetarium show will entertain visitors and seasoned Bay Area folk alike. Look for the shake table and the all-digital recreation of the great 1906 quake. Get tix to the premiere party on Friday, and be the first to see the show. Or, there's a nightlife event around the exhibit on 5/31 featuring experts from the US Geological Survey and SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) and music from Weekend and Violens.  
When: premiere party starts at 7 p.m. on Fri. 5/25; exhibit opens Sat. 5/26; nightlife runs from 6-10 p.m., Thurs. 5/31
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr.

The Roots
The Philly-based hip-hop group is always a must-see. Score tickets to their 5/28 show at the Regency or line up early for a free show at Amoeba this Saturday.  
When: 2 p.m., Sat. 5/26 and 8 p.m., Mon. 5/28
Where: Amoeba, 1855 Haight St. and Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St.

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