There are some things you'll only see at a Gogol Bordello concert.

For instance: Frontman Eugene Hutz reaching under the legs of another band member to strum on an accordion.…
Author: Willie Clark
Posted: May 30, 2016, 5:11 pm
Performance artist Justin Sayre returns to Oasis on Saturday, May 28, with The Meeting*his acclaimed, ever-evolving show which has run in New York for years. When the curtain rises, audiences are invited to peek in on the monthly meeting of a "secret organization" known as The International Order of Sodomites. 

The Order promotes LGBTQ culture.…
Author: David-Elijah Nahmod
Posted: May 27, 2016, 9:00 pm
Oakland Symphony conductor Michael Morgan has done many of Adolphus Hailstork’s pieces, and he calls him the most accomplished African American composer alive today.

“The most impressive thing about them is how well written they always are,” Morgan said.…
Author: Emily Wilson
Posted: May 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
There’s a new app in the short-term rental marketplace and it arrived in San Francisco this week. What could possibly go wrong?…
Author: Max DeNike
Posted: May 27, 2016, 7:45 pm
Clear your schedule for the end of September because once you see this lineup, chances are you'll want to cancel prior plans to attend this year's Symbiosis Gathering. Held at Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, the four-day music and arts festival features a slew of indie greats, like Hundred Waters, FKA Twigs, Santigold, Gaslamp Killer, and RL Grimes, to name a few.…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: May 27, 2016, 7:26 pm
Back for a fourth year with no signs of slowing down, Campari’s Negroni Week returns even bigger and redder than last year. The charity event, which started in 2013, continues to gain momentum and is now celebrated in over 40 countries and raised over $300,000 for various charities last year.…
Author: The Dapper Diner
Posted: May 27, 2016, 7:00 pm
Plus Esquire includes Whitechapel among its 18 Best Bars, and a lot of beer news to send you on your way this holiday weekend.

Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: May 27, 2016, 6:30 pm
Anyone who's a fan of pop should listen to VÉRITÉ. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter made a splash in the summer of 2014 with her first single, "Strange Enough," which reached No. 1 on Hype Machine and went viral on Twitter.…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: May 27, 2016, 6:19 pm
“I don’t have a background in theater. I’m not a performer,” says David Kleinberg.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: May 27, 2016, 12:00 am
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
The Murlocs
The Independent
May 25, 2016

There were no gizzards and no lizards, but there were definitely wizards at Melbourne psych-rock septet King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's sold-out show at The Independent on Wednesday night. With greasy guitars and yelps galore, the John Dwyer-esque vibes were strong, and it made every organ ache just right.…
Author: Amber Schadewald
Posted: May 26, 2016, 8:31 pm
If millennials are hard to understand, it’s at least easy to grasp why they might be thrifty. The Look at Me Generation is actually the Look, Me Poor Generation.…
Author: Max DeNike
Posted: May 26, 2016, 8:30 pm
New Conservatory Theater Center offers a low-key, lovely production of the classic musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.

On A Clear Day 
has long been a show in search of an audience — though audiences seem to love it, it has never fared well at the box office, not when it opened on Broadway in 1965 or when legendary diva Barbra Streisand starred in a 1970 film version

In NCTC's production, superbly directed by Ed Decker, Streisand's Daisy Gamble is rewritten as David Gamble, a gay man. The songs are all there, and the premise and plot of the show remain the same. 
Author: David-Elijah Nahmod
Posted: May 26, 2016, 8:00 pm
The only thing worse than waking up in an East San Jose carport on New Year's Day is being found dead in one. That's what happened to Ines Sailer, an attractive 23-year-old German kindergarten teacher on Jan. 1, 1981.

Sailer was last seen leaving a New Year's Eve party in the Richmond District.…
Author: Bob Calhoun
Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:19 pm

San Francisco singer-songwriter Nina Grae gets political in the new music video for, "Revolution," premiered here on SF Weekly. The thundering, piano-laced ballad is a powerful indictment against the evils in the world, specifically police brutality and racial profiling, punctuated by Grae's plaintive, visceral singing. 

Footage of the late Sandra Bland and Freddie Gray, the Frisco 5 hunger strikers, and numerous other instances of minorities being mistreated by police punctuate the video, which is at turns striking, depressing, and moving.…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:00 pm
If you’re too low on funds to rent a private plot of grass in Dolores Park this weekend, you might try hitting the streets of the Mission for S.F’s 38th annual Carnaval. This year’s theme is “¡VIVA LA MADRE TIERRA!” or Long Live Mother Earth, and it celebrates "her" manifestations and incarnations in various cultures and how "she" continues to teach humankind and sustain life.…
Author: Christina Li
Posted: May 26, 2016, 5:48 pm
Plus DJ Jazzy Jeff spins a pool party at the Phoenix this Sunday, the Little Saigon Larkin Street Festival is June 4, and a frog species with a literary history gets re-introduced to Yosemite National Park.

Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:00 am
On a weeknight in early March, the safest place in San Francisco was the United Irish Cultural Center, a country barn of a banquet hall (with requisite subterranean bar) out by the zoo in the windswept Outer Sunset. There, on Wawona Street near the ocean, about 250 San Francisco cops — over 10 percent of the city's 2,000-strong department; all active and voting members of the Police Officers Association, the city's (in)famous and influential police union — converged for the purpose of casting judgment on their then-boss, police Chief Greg Suhr.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:30 am
Rodrigo Plá's A Monster with a Thousand Heads is a Kafkaesque tale set in the labyrinthine world of bureaucracy. After her husband's cancer takes a turn for the terminal, and their longtime insurance company declines his much-needed treatment for no discernible reason, Sonia (Jana Raluy) takes matters into her own hands.…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:30 am
With experience working for former Mayor Willie Brown, current California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and District Attorney George Gascón, Rebecca Prozan has a political resume to envy (her third-place finish in a 2010 supervisorial race aside). The Castro District attorney is seeking reelection to San Francisco's Democratic County Central Committee in the June 7 primary election, and the shiny new political mailers used in her campaign for a seat were produced by the boutique consultancy firm 50+1 Strategies.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:30 am
Though it's based on a Lewis Grassic Gibbon novel, Terence Davies' Sunset Song has an Edith Wharton-esque aura of old-timey misery to it — which is appropriate, considering that his best-known movie in the States was an adaptation of Wharton's The House of Mirth. Chris (Agyness Deyn) is a bright young woman in rural Scotland in the early 1900s who hopes to become a teacher, but who keeps getting pulled back into the horribleness of her domestic life.…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:30 am
For decades, being a marijuana advocate required that you be a combination of outlaw, policy wonk, and social-justice warrior. You were pushing illegal conduct, because ending an expensive and racially biased experiment was the right and sensible thing to do — a position backed by data.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:30 am
A near-crisis emerged on Monday after SFist discovered that the Recreation and Park Department was charging Dolores Park–goers up to a few hundred dollars to "reserve" spaces on the grass. Rightly fearful of another Dropbox debacle — in which soccer players in the employ of the tech company tried to boot a group of Mission neighborhood kids off of a field long used for pick-up games — Rec & Park reversed itself less than half a day after the news broke and canceled the grass reservation scheme, with Supervisor Scott Wiener taking credit for the fix on a Medium post.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:30 am
One of the three movies released this week that primarily take place in that most troubled Year of Our Lord 2013, Steve Hoover's documentary Almost Holy is a chilling look at just how not-good things got (and remained) in Ukraine after the Soviet Union collapsed. In the early 2000s, the tough-as-nails Ukrainian minister Gennadiy Mokhnenko — nicknamed "Crocodile" due to his name recalling a popular Russian children's character — established a rehabilitation center for his country's scores of drug-addicted children, which also functioned as an escape from their abusive homes.…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:30 am
Make no mistake: Being San Francisco police chief is a political job. But though public outcry cost former San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr his post, San Francisco's citizens have little say in directly selecting who leads the department, because unlike the offices of sheriff or district attorney, the police chief is appointed by Mayor Ed Lee.…
Author: Max DeNike
Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:30 am
Dumb stupid reality, getting in the way of excellent movie characters! It's no doubt the way it happened in real life, but it's heartbreaking on multiple levels when the protagonist's spitfire of a younger sister, Nour (Hiba Attalah) dies of kidney failure toward the end of the first act of Hany Abu-Assad's biopic The Idol.The picture is the story of how Mohammed Assaf (Kais Attalah as a child, Tawfeek Barhom as an adult) became a folk hero in 2013 as the winner of the Cairo-based Arab Idol, in spite of being a Palestinian not allowed to travel from the bombed-out Gaza to Egypt in the first place.…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:30 am