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September Arts

Fall into the Arts

The San Francisco art scene is diving head first into a tremendous fall season. The Indian summer gives San Francisco an extra burst of energy as galleries line their walls, actors take the stage, and authors leave no witticism behind. Kick back, plunge in and enjoy the arts this September.

September 2nd & 11th: Erik Otto's Tomorrow Is Never Promised
Fabric 8, 7pm to 10pm; White Walls, 7pm to 11pm
Erik Otto's largest solo show to date, Tomorrow Is Never Promised, is a two-part art show that will take over Fabric 8 and White Walls Gallery. Otto's controlled, mixed-media street-art style has landed him international recognition. He recently finished the coveted Artist-in-Residence program at Recology San Francisco, where he grew to create a more progressive body of work. Tomorrow Is Never Promised is an abstract collection that illustrates the anxieties behind the uncertainty of life. All of the building materials in the show are salvaged — recycled goods from Recology SF and Craigslist, with mixed paints. The show will will run from September 2nd to October 4th at Fabric8, and from September 11th to October 2nd at White Walls Gallery.

September 4th and 5th: RAWdance's Concept 7
Howell Dance Studio, 8pm on September 4th, Sun 3pm & 8pm
Founded in 2004, RAWdance is a captivating local dance company that is known for intimate performances in hyper-relaxed settings. After 6 years, the company’s mission to create honest, emotional dance is stronger than ever. In the seventh installment, the Concept series will bring in a number of guest artists from around the Bay Area. The informal, pay-what-you-can performances will bound theater and sport together through the beauty of contemporary dance. “Fallout,” an old RAWdance favorite duet, will be performed along with a preview of new work, “Hiding in the Spaces Between.”

September 16th to October 10th: Scapin
A.C.T., See website for times
Two-time Tony Award winner, Bill Irwin, returns to the A.C.T. for Molière's Scapin. Irwin's career boasts performances in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Broadway, and in the award-winning film Rachel Getting Married. In Scapin, Irwin uses his signature physical comedy to play the scheming protagonist. Through clever trickery and diplomatic genius, Scapin helps two pairs of young lovers in this lively comedy. A.C.T. is praising Scapin with a number of exciting events. On September 21st, the public is invited to a free half-hour preshow to discuss the artistic process with Bill Irwin. September 23rd is Bring What You Can/Pay What You Wish night for Scapin. Bring a nonperishable food donation for the San Francisco Food Bank and pay what you wish at the door.

September 17th & 18th: Broken Lizard Live
Cobb's Comedy Club, 8pm and 10:15pm
Broken Lizard, the five-man creative group behind the cult-comedy, Super Troopers, will perform four very special shows at Cobb's Comedy Club. Broken Lizard began as a student sketch comedy group at Colgate University. Now, with five feature films under their belts and a rocking NYC setup, they are bringing things back to their sketch comedy roots. Their set at Cobb's will include heaps of shameless standup, improv, and sketch comedy. The live sketches will even feature special appearances by characters from Super Troopers and Beerfest.

September 22nd: Jonathan Safran Foer in conversation with Vendela Vida
Hearst Theater, 8pm
Hailed as the leading author of his generation, Jonathan Safran Foer is best known for his debut novel, Everything is Illuminated. His work is often seen as love-or-hate, with winding sentences telling even more windy tales. Foer's latest release, Eating Animals, is a nonfiction reflection on his vegetarianism. It also delves into a cultural analysis of food — think Michael Pollan, with a fiction writer's twist. Foer will speak with local author Vendela Vida, a founding board member of 826 Valencia.

Sep 24: Opera in the Park
AT&T Park, 8pm
It's not every day that you gets to eat hot dogs and drink beer while watching the opera. Add lounging on Giant's home field on top of that and you're in for a very special evening. On September 24, Aida, an exciting tale about a captured Egyptian princess, will play via live telecast at AT&T Park. Last year, more than 15,000 attendees braced the cold and watched the opera on the 103-foot-wide high-definition screen.