Thursday, January 31, 2013

What to Do Today: Modern Chinese Dance, Innovation Awards, Ask a Ho

by Kathleen Richards
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Contemporary dance in China is flourishing, apparently. Check out choreographers Nunu Kong and Dai Jian as they give workshops and a public showing of their research, part of the Chinese Contemporary Dance Festival, at Zellerbach Hall. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What to Do Today: Benefit Ride Info, Hitchcock Screening, Local Natives, and Sound Salon

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

The three-day Bike Down in March is a benefit ride for Cycles of Change, which gives bikes to adults in need. Find out more about the fundraising effort and the ride down to Santa Cruz and Monterey at an info session, tonight at the Bikery. 6 p.m., free (RSVP required).

The Bike Down benefits Cycles of Changes Bike-Go-Round program.
  • The Bike Down benefits Cycles of Change's Bike-Go-Round program.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What to Do Today: Talks By a Sex Surrogate and on Zero Dark Thirty, Tower of Power

by Kathleen Richards
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Funk, sex, and science-based self-help. It’s Tuesday!

Cheryl Cohen Greene, the real-life sex surrogate whose relationship with a paralyzed client in Berkeley became the basis of the recent Hollywood movie The Sessions, discusses her memoir, An Intimate Life: Sex, Love and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner. At Books Inc. Berkeley; 7 p.m., free

Helen Hunt starred as Cohen Greene in The Sessions.
  • Helen Hunt starred as Cohen Greene in 'The Sessions.'

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New Music: Local Natives, Tegan and Sara, The Knife, and More

by Whitney Phaneuf
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Out Today

Say what you will about indie folk outfit Local Natives, but these guys can sing. The L.A.-based band won over critics with its 2010 debut Gorilla Manor, and its new album Hummingbird continues the lush harmonies and romantic melodies.

Local Natives plays The Fox Theater on Wednesday, January 30. 8 p.m., $25.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

What to Do Today: Dog Park Meeting, Nerd Nite, Muse, Adam Mansbach

by Kathleen Richards
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

By now, you’re probably aware of how contentious the issue of a dog park at Lake Merritt has become. Voice your opinions of the new proposed location at a meeting today at Lakeside Park Garden Center. 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., free.

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Psst...Pass it On: What We Like Right Now

by Whitney Phaneuf
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM


I freaked out a little bit when I heard the starting lineup for Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl was released. So. Much. Cute. — Lenika Cruz

Animal Planets Puppy Bowl premieres Sunday, February 3.
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  • Animal Planet's 'Puppy Bowl' premieres Sunday, February 3.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Take one look at this slideshow of frozen cities elsewhere in the US, and thank your lucky stars you live in a place that is basically an occasionally foggy paradise in comparison. After taking a moment to revel in this truth, GO OUTSIDE and consider doing these fun things with your weekend:

White Elephant Sale Preview
Those counting down the days until the biggest and best rummage sale of the year might want to spare themselves the headache and show up for the Preview Sale on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the event's 96,000-square-foot warehouse. Each year, attendees snag treasures ordinary and extraordinary, including jewelry, clothing, furniture, bric-a-brac, and, one year, a pony. Show up early to get first dibs on all the goods, avoid long lines, and enjoy an all-around painless experience that is guaranteed to make you a preview-sale convert. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15-20. 510-536-6800 or WhiteElephantSale.orgAzeen Ghorayshi


Joffrey Ballet
The first dance company to appear on television, first to tour the Soviet Union, and only to appear on the cover of Time, Chicago's Joffrey Ballet once wielded profound cultural significance. This American treasure is enjoying a contemporary renaissance under the artistic direction of former San Francisco Ballet principal Ashley Wheater. Making its first appearance since 2007, the Joffrey returns to Zellerbach Hall on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27, with a program linking its heritage and its future: Edwaard Liang's Age of Innocence, an exploration of sexual repression set to music by Philip Glass and Thomas Newman; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain, with sensual duets on an evocative ArvoPärt score; and The Green Table, an antiwar masterpiece created by Kurt Jooss in 1932 and first presented in the US in 1967 by, you guessed it, the Joffrey. Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m.; $30-$92. 510-642-9988 or CalPerformances.orgAlison Peters

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Noise Pop Lineup Additions: Kim Gordon's Body/Head and YACHT

by Whitney Phaneuf
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Noise Pop 2013 is only a month away and individual show tickets are selling fast. Festival organizers today announced additions to the lineup, including a new experimental, noise project from Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and guitarist Bill Nace called Body/Head on Tuesday, February 26 and spazz-dance-pop outfit YACHT on Saturday, March 2. Both shows go on sale tomorrow, Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m.

Noise Pop 2013 lineup additions include Body/Head and YACHT.
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  • Noise Pop 2013 lineup additions include Body/Head and YACHT.

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What to Do Today: Bike Film, Genome Talk, Nels Cline

by Kathleen Richards
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 7:30 AM

What’s the latest development in the fascinating field of genomic medicine? Find out at a Regents’ lecture with biotech pioneer Thomas White, the former chief scientific officer of Celera (an Alameda company that sequenced the genomes of humans, fruit flies, and mosquitos). At UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall; 6:30 p.m., free.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SFJAZZ Center Opens — with a Few Hiccups

by Whitney Phaneuf
Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM

The SFJAZZ Center opened to the public on Monday, January 21, but it's admittedly still working out the kinks — namely, negotiations with the professional stagehands' union, and the delayed opening of its rehearsal room.

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