Like a Rainbow
By Tamara Palmer
A decade after completing her successful True Colors World Tour, the no-longer-so-unusual Cyndi Lauper revisits the name and puts together a thoroughly modern revue of LGBT-positive artists. For the True Colors Tour 2007, Lauper reveals a curatorial flair that we didn't know she had with the inclusion of co-headliners Erasure and Deborah Harry (of Blondie fame, for those who have been under a soundproof rock for the last 30 years). Even the supporting acts are worthy of solo-billed status. Comedian and S.F. native Margaret Cho brings the bawdy tales, New York's MisShapes DJ duo curates the dance beats, and Boston's Dresden Dolls offers modern cabaret. And in Beth Ditto, the Gossip has one of the fiercest and most individual female lead singers since, well, Blondie. The tour also supports the positive cause of LGBT equality in the workplace, donating a buck per ticket to the nonprofit Human Rights Campaign.
Date/Time: Fri., June 29, 7:00pm
Event URL: http://www.truecolorstour.com
Event Location: Greek Theater
Piedmont & Hearst
Berkeley, CA 94704
Alert the Muggles
By John Garmon
You can rarely use the phrase "easily satisfied" to describe aficionados of the fantasy realm. It seems that once fans' imaginations are opened to the horizons of Middle Earth or the Trekian frontiers of space, it becomes impossible for the official franchises to keep up with the demand for more product. While Harry Potter fans have fan fiction, live-action role-playing games, and conventions to keep them occupied between book and film releases, one can't underestimate the value of live music after a long day of wizarding. Enter Harry and the Potters. The musical equivalent of slash fiction, the Potters answer the age-old question: What would happen if Harry, year 7, started a band with Harry, year 4? Since 2002, brothers Paul (year 7) and Joe (year 4) DeGeorge have released three albums (with titles like Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock!), rocked out at libraries, spearheaded the "wizard rock" movement, and won the affection of hipsters and young Potter-crazed readers alike. Musically, the group resembles the key-driven pop of the Rentals or fellow nerd-wavers They Might Be Giants. And it has to be the first indie rock act to provide summer reading lists to fans and reward their subsequent book reports with band toothbrushes.
Jurassic Park IV: the Musical opens.
Date/Time: Fri., June 29, 8:00pm
Event Location Slim's
333 11th St. (at Folsom)
San Francisco, CA 94103
By Michael Leaverton
Market Street isn't the most soothing place to look at art -- getting the city to please shut the fuck up while you contemplate can take some doing -- but the setting is ideal for the exhibit "Art on Market Street." Set in 24 kiosks running from Van Ness to the Embarcadero, the 6-foot-tall maplike prints by Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather chart the ebb and flow of city life in ways that are organic, structured, and a touch dizzying, not unlike a journey through a mid-Market sidewalk of horrors. In creating the work, the duo split duties. Using dots, lines, and pinpricks, Starkweather displayed data such as the locations of downtown trees, bike racks, BART tracks, and creeks that once ran through downtown, as well as the movements of tides, energy, and the morning commute. Then Hughen laid down repeating patterns of geometric forms that referenced the information, such as circles, streetlights, BART tiles, and the cellular structure of trees. Although we applaud anyone who makes the walk, there is an easier and even better way: The exhibit "Between Above and Below" shows off not only the prints, but also solo work by both artists.
An opening reception starts with a reading by David Buuck at 5:30 p.m. on June 28.
Date/Time: Daily from Fri., June 29 until Sat., July 14
Event Location: Electric Works
130 Eighth St. (at Minna)
San Francisco, CA 94103
By Nirmala Nataraj
The experimental play Eavesdropper is brought to us by C.A.F.E. Arts, a gadget-loving collective that specializes in seamless "like you're really there" audience experiences. It's also one of Los Angeles' longest-running productions, sandwiched up in the echelons with Layon Gray's Diary of a Catholic School Dropout. It's an intimate show, and by intimate, we mean … well, you know how girls share stories about their boyfriends' naughty parts while primping in the bathroom? The play's kind of like that -- in fact, in the spirit of party confessions, the creators decided to go for the gold and set the entire play in a bathroom. Eavesdropper features a party crasher who hides behind a shower curtain in the bathroom to partake of his creepy pastime: spying on the people who come in, do their business, and dish. Aside from the fact that no two performances or ensembles are the same (40 actors going back and forth between L.A. and S.F. play 15 parts altogether), the play has the pace of a real party; you can even hear the drone of the bass outside the bathroom. It's billed as a dark comedy, and audiences are treated to encounters that run the gamut from believably banal to cheekily funny to downright harrowing. The sleeper sensation, which has already snagged comparisons to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, owes its nascent cult status to word of mouth, but director/producer Andrew Libby's description of the play ("somewhere between an episode of The Real World gone horribly wrong and a modern Greek tragedy") might be more than enough to entice voyeur-loving locals.
Date/Time: Daily from Fri., June 29 until Sat., July 7, 10:00pm
Event URL: http://www.cafearts.com
Event Location: Off-Market Theater
965 Mission (at Fifth St.)
San Francisco, CA 94103