October 3, 2008

Weekend Top 10 Entertainment Events


1. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: What madness is this? Three days packed with A-list musical acts including Emmylou Harris (pictured), Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle and -- no joke -- MC Hammer, and it's all free? What can these people be thinking? Details: 5:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Golden Gate Park; go to www.strictlybluegrass.com for transportation information, the schedule and more.

2. Smothers Brothers: Tommy and Dick Smothers have been delivering their unique brand of sneakily subversive comedy for more than 40 years; they are true American entertainment icons. Details: 8 tonight, Bankhead Theater at Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Livermore; $95-$125; 925-373-6100, www.livermore performingarts.org. Note: Only a few tickets remain.

3. "Of Mice and Men": The stage adaptation of Steinbeck's classic angry novel opens Actors Theatre of San Francisco's new season. Details: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Nov. 29; 855 Bush St., S.F.; $20-$34; 415-345-1287, www.ticketweb.com., www.actorstheatresf.org.

4. Branford Marsalis: The versatile sax man kicks off Stanford University's Lively Arts program with members of the Philharmonia Brasileira in a concert celebrating Brazilian composer Heitor Villa- Lobos. Details: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford; $20- $76; 650-723-2300, livelyarts.stanford.edu.

5. "Irma la Douce": 42nd Street Moon, the theater company known for reviving dusty musical gems, strikes again with this forgotten musical about a French streetwalker and the men in her life. Details: Show plays at various times Thursdays-Sundays through Oct. 12 at Eureka Theatre, S.F.; $24-$42; 415-255-8207, www.42ndstmoon.org.

6. Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe: Cooder, the great guitarist and chronicler of American roots music, and Lowe, the famed rock singer and producer, team up for a show that benefits the Richard de Lone Special Housing Fund, which aids those with Prader-Willi syndrome. Details: 9 tonight, Great American Music Hall, S.F.; $100; 800-225- 2277, www.music hallsf.com.

7. "Lying in State": Willows Theatre Company tackles this political comedy based on the premise that just because a candidate is dead doesn't mean he's out of the running. Details: Opens at 8 tonight and plays 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Willows Theatre at Willows shopping center, Concord; $25- $40; 925-798-1300, www.willows theatre.com.

8. Wayne Shorter: This is a rare chance to see one of jazz's top composer/saxophonists and his quartet make improvisational magic in a small club. Details: 8 and 10 tonight and Saturday, 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Yoshi's in Oakland; $30-$50; 510-238-9200, www.yoshis.com.

9. Charlie Musselwhite: The great bluesman brings his passionate sound to Cal Maritime. Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Morrow Cove Lawn off Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo; $10 suggested donation; 707- 869-9403, www.communityconcerts.com.

10. Dandy Warhols: The beloved party brats are back in action with a new retro-rock-fueled CD ("Earth to the Dandy Warhols") and concert tour. Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Warfield, S.F.; $25; 925- 685-8497, 510-625-8497, 415-421-8497, www.ticket master.com.

Reach Randy McMullen at 925- 943-8262 or rmcmul [email protected] group.com.

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