The One About Piano Blues and Playing on The Fringe
Cy Musiker and David Wiegand scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up Molly Ringwald, piano blues, Labor Day fun, and much more!
8pm and 10pm, August 31, 2012
Biscuits and Blues
Named the BMA Horn Instrumentalist of the Year three years in a row, mulit-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart is the real deal. Hear her work the keys tonight at Biscuits and Blues. If you happen to miss out on this performance, fear not! She will be playing Harrah's Lake Tahoe on September 15th, Throckmorton Theatre on 20th, Freight and Salvage on the 21st, the Monterey Jazz Festival on the 22nd, and the Russian River Blues Festival on the 23rd. Phew! For tickets and more information, visit deannabogart.com.
SF Fringe Festival
September 5 - 16, 2012
Exit Theatre has been producing indie theater in downtown San Francisco since 1983 and this year marks the 21st birthday of their baby, the SF Fringe Festival a.k.a. the largest grassroots theater festival in the Bay Area! Performances include Calling America: Don't Hang Up!, the story of what happens when a pot-smoking Jewish lesbian punk-rocker clown from New York goes to work for one of the most conservative think tanks, and the musical Legacy of the Tiger Mother, which deals with a first generation Chinese immigrant and her old school approach to parenting. There's not enough space here to enumerate all the wonderful offerings so do yourself a favor and head over to the festival's website for tickets and more information.
8pm, September 6, 2012
Molly Ringwald, known for representing teen girls everywhere in movies like Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink and being the most fashionable redhead ever, is coming to San Francisco! In addition to being our best friend in our heads, Ringwald is also an author now. She'll discuss her new novel, When It Happens to You with Jane Ganahl on Thursday night at the Verdi Club. Cue OMD's "If You Leave!" For tickets and more information, visit verdiclub.net.
Labor Day Weekend
August 31 - September 3, 2012
Various Bay Area locations
Summer might be over, but the fun is just beginning! This Labor Day weekend has a ridiculous amount of goings-on. Here's a handy list of our faves: the Front Porch Festival on September 1st featuring the Mountain Goats, the Dodos, and others; the 49th annual Kings Mountain Art Fair, a festival in the redwoods featuring 100+ artists, local beer and wine, and more, from September 1st - the 3rd; chamber pop band Foxtails Brigade at the Bottom of the Hill on September 2nd; Henry Purcell's 17th century opera Dido and Aneais at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts from August 31st through September 2nd; the 10th annual Cowgirlpalooza at El Rio on September 3rd, featuring bands like the Rumble Strippers, the Patyschords, among others; dot com Wars, a laser-tag picnic for the techy set in San Bruno on September 3rd; the Golden Gate Park band on Monday at 1pm at the Bandshell; and the 60th annual Sausalito Art Festival tonight through Monday. Got all that? Good.
7pm, Septmeber 6, 2012
Remember when Richard Gere playfully tried to snap Julia Roberts' fingers in that jewelry box in Pretty Woman? That was great, right? Garry Marshall is the man you can thank for that, along with some of television's greatest comedy series such as Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Mork and Mindy. Mosey on over to SF's JCC on Thursday night to see our very own David Wiegand interview the man onstage. For tickets and more information, visit jccsf.org.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Science Site Relaunches
All of KQED's science and environment content is now aggregated in one place on KQED.org. Find everything from Astronomy to Zebras!
Enter the New "ImageMakers" Screening Room
Enjoy films from present and past seasons of KQED's short independent film series, divided into Animation, Comedy, Drama, and Suspense.