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August Arts

Summertime Scene

August seems to be vacation month, but if you're sticking around to enjoy the late San Francisco summer, there's an art scene with your name on it.

August 5th: First Thursdays Tenderloin Art Walk
Multiple locations in the Tenderloin, 6pm to late
While most galleries play it like the French and take August off, four galleries in the Tenderloin are keeping Art Walk alive. Start your walk at Ever Gold gallery, where the long, narrow space will be filled with intricate cut-out paper works by Jamie Spinello and mixed-media wire contraptions by Kristen Van Patten. Next, bring a children's book to Public Barber Salon & Gallery. The books will be donated to Up on Top, an after school program in the Tenderloin, and each donation gets you a raffle ticket to win a piece from the new show, “Wrenovations.” After good deeds at Public, check out Kokoro Gallery for “Hold It Tight,” featuring works by New York artist Yuri Katori. Finish off your evening with yummy libations while touring the film photography exhibit, “Grain Over Noise,” at Space Gallery.

August 5th to 26th: NightLife Summer Concert Series
Academy of Sciences, Thursdays August 5th to 26th, 6pm to 10pm
The Academy of Sciences' popular after-hours event, NightLife, will be hosting live music every Thursday this August in the Academy East Gardens. The series kicks off on August 5th with PopLife, featuring local artists Rykarda Parasol and the Silver Swans. Rykanda Parasol's haunting voice is often dubbed as “gender-bending,” with Southern, rock, and soul influences. The Silver Swans will close the evening with indie electro-pop — think La Roux, with a rawer edge.

August 8th: 7th Annual SF Theater Festival
Multiple Venues at Yerba Buena Gardens, 11am to 5pm
After record-breaking attendance last year, the SF Theater Festival is back for its 7th year of free theater. The one-day festival is a celebration of all types of theater from boy-burlesque to dramatic monologues. There will be 120 performances on 14 stages (indoor and outdoor), in and around the Yerba Buena Gardens. Each performance is 30 minutes or less. While the Beach Blanket Babylon number is a festival favorite, don't miss PianoFight's, “The Future of Theater” and excerpts from “La Traviata” by the Pocket Opera.

August 17th to 29th: Beauty and the Beast The Musical
Golden Gate Theatre
After 15-years, the original Broadway cast and design team are back on tour to once again present the compelling story of Beauty and the Beast. The quirky home-decor characters ensue much fun while helping Beast and Belle search for true love. The tale-as-old-as-time will take the stage for a two-week run with only 16 performances in San Francisco. Featuring the whimsical sets, elaborate costumes, and the Academy Award-winning score from the Disney's animated film, Beauty and the Beast is a must see.

Dance: House Special 2010
ODC Theater, 8pm
Every year, ODC invites distinct Bay Area dancers to work for two weeks to create the House Special, one of ODC's most anticipated annual events. This year, Pearl Ubungen, Tania Santiago, and Jesselito Bie were chosen for their politically and culturally charged dance styles. Ubungen's choreography looks at urban life while Santiago's expresses her Afro-Brazilian roots. Bie uses her body movement as an emotionally driven visual voice for AIDS activism. The culmination of their work will be shown in a single performance on August 21st. Following the performance, the audience is invited to stay and delve into the creative mind of a choreographer as the three dancers discuss their process.

August 26th to 29th: Patton Oswalt
Cobb's Comedy Club
Comedian, writer, and actor, Patton Oswalt, is best known for his hit Comedy Central and HBO stand-up shows. Back in the day, Oswalt wrote sketches for Mad TV, then hit the stand-up circuit in 1996. More recently, you might remember Oswalt as the voice of Remy, the lovable chef/rat in Pixar's Ratatouille. He also snagged a Grammy nomination for his 2009 comedy album, “My Weakness Is Strong.” Oswalt's mainstream appeal doesn't phase him though — he still pokes fun at middle-America and says Hollywood isn't affecting his comedic edge. See for yourself and end summer with a laugh when Patton Oswalt's takes the stage at Cobb's Comedy Club.