Organ star Cameron Carpenter cuts a figure worthy of a science fiction novel, so it’s of little surprise that his new opera is called “Science Fiction Scenes (Visions of the Organ from Space).” He’ll play part of the work this weekend in S.F. www.sfg.ly/13IlgO9.

Organ star Cameron Carpenter cuts a figure worthy of a science fiction novel, so it’s of little surprise that his new opera is called “Science Fiction Scenes (Visions of the Organ from Space).” He’ll play part of the work this weekend in S.F. www.sfg.ly/13IlgO9.


Monophonics finds inspiration in the sounds of Haight-Ashbury and Sly and the Family Stone. Something must be working: They performed in seven countries last year. The S.F. band will be at Great American Music Hall tonight. www.sfg.ly/XW4IgK
Monophonics finds inspiration in the sounds of Haight-Ashbury and Sly and the Family Stone. Something must be working: They performed in seven countries last year. The S.F. band will be at Great American Music Hall tonight. www.sfg.ly/XW4IgK
Café Colucci’s decor, spices, colors and staff take you straight to Ethiopia. It’s hard to find anything on the menu at this Oakland restaurant that doesn’t make you feel good. http://bit.ly/WYvWXi

CafĂ© Colucci’s decor, spices, colors and staff take you straight to Ethiopia. It’s hard to find anything on the menu at this Oakland restaurant that doesn’t make you feel good. http://bit.ly/WYvWXi

Gordon Parks, who’s been called “the most important black photographer in the history of photojournalism” would’ve turned 100 last year. To celebrate, Jenkins Johnson Gallery is showing nearly 100 of his photos. www.bit.ly/WKJhNe

Gordon Parks, who’s been called “the most important black photographer in the history of photojournalism” would’ve turned 100 last year. To celebrate, Jenkins Johnson Gallery is showing nearly 100 of his photos. www.bit.ly/WKJhNe

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Lawrence Wright is in the news for his new book about Scientology, but he also has a passion for the theater. His new play at Berkeley Repertory Theatre puts Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci on the hot seat. www.sfg.ly/15yD5O4

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Lawrence Wright is in the news for his new book about Scientology, but he also has a passion for the theater. His new play at Berkeley Repertory Theatre puts Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci on the hot seat. www.sfg.ly/15yD5O4

The Coconut Bay empire is expanding. It now consists of two restaurants in downtown Burlingame - the original serving bargain Thai street food, and this new restaurant down the street offering more upscale dishes as well as a full-service bar. www.sfg.ly/VR5PyE

The Coconut Bay empire is expanding. It now consists of two restaurants in downtown Burlingame - the original serving bargain Thai street food, and this new restaurant down the street offering more upscale dishes as well as a full-service bar. www.sfg.ly/VR5PyE

What are your plans for the weekend? We’ll be sure not to miss Carrie Rodriguez at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, the Iranian stencil art show at The Public Works SF or the San Francisco Ballet’s Programs 3 and 4. www.sfg.ly/Wuxti8

What are your plans for the weekend? We’ll be sure not to miss Carrie Rodriguez at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, the Iranian stencil art show at The Public Works SF or the San Francisco Ballet’s Programs 3 and 4. www.sfg.ly/Wuxti8

Director Thomas Farone faced more than a few challenges when making his movie “Aftermath” in 2006 — none greater than the death of star Chris Penn. But Farone’s film is finally making it to the big screen, at the Cinequest festival in San Jose. www.sfg.ly/VQWbvO

Director Thomas Farone faced more than a few challenges when making his movie “Aftermath” in 2006 — none greater than the death of star Chris Penn. But Farone’s film is finally making it to the big screen, at the Cinequest festival in San Jose. www.sfg.ly/VQWbvO

With his nephew fighting in Afghanistan, Canadian playwright George F. Walker began wondering what it would be like when tours of duty ended and soldiers tried readjusting to civilian life and finding gainful employment in a recession economy. The result is his new dark comedy, “Dead Metaphor” at American Conservatory Theater. www.sfg.ly/VQQEFG

With his nephew fighting in Afghanistan, Canadian playwright George F. Walker began wondering what it would be like when tours of duty ended and soldiers tried readjusting to civilian life and finding gainful employment in a recession economy. The result is his new dark comedy, “Dead Metaphor” at American Conservatory Theater. www.sfg.ly/VQQEFG

Amon Tobin doesn’t DJ too often — “I don’t really take performance all that seriously, to be honest. It’s entertainment, and I’m not really an entertainer at the end of the day,” he says — but he’ll perform a rare set Friday at The Public Works SF as part of Noise Pop. www.sfg.ly/WulkcT

Amon Tobin doesn’t DJ too often — “I don’t really take performance all that seriously, to be honest. It’s entertainment, and I’m not really an entertainer at the end of the day,” he says — but he’ll perform a rare set Friday at The Public Works SF as part of Noise Pop. www.sfg.ly/WulkcT