Noise Pop, various locations, times and prices. Feb 20–Mar 1.
Catch rock staples and up-and-comers at venues across the city during this 10-day indie-music fest, from headliners like the New Pornographers and Best Coast to local girl band the She’s. It’s not all ear candy, though: Check out a premiere of Spike Jonze’s skate videos, and multimedia artist Christopher Willits’s photos and videos accompanied by a live score. Stop by happy hour at Bender’s dive bar at least once for drink specials and the chance to rub elbows with some of the bands.
Craig Ferguson at The Warfield, 982 Market St at Taylor St. Feb 20 9pm. $47–$57.
The Scottish funnyman takes the mic after his December Late Late Show departure in the latest leg of his long-running Hot & Grumpy tour. Off-screen, he has carte blanche to let rip with bawdy tales from his sordid past—so prepare to be at least a wee bit offended.
Dance and Diaspora at ODC Theater, 3153 17th St at Shotwell St. Feb 20–21 8pm. $25–$35.
Hips don’t lie: Discover just how powerful Egyptian dance and music can be when world-renowned belly dancer Jill Parker and her troupe, the Foxglove Sweethearts, perform the ceremonial Zaar trance ritual. Also riveting, acclaimed flamenco artist Danica Sena will show off her hypnotic footwork to sizzling Andalusian rhythms.
Black Choreographers Festival at Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St at Mission St. Feb 21–22, Feb 28–Mar 1 7:30pm. $10–$20.
Experience the diversity of African and African-American dance over two weekends. Choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene channels personal experience—rooted in the history and war stories of his native Congo—to highlight global issues. After marveling at Raissa Simpson’s contemporary moves, join the local Push dance company artistic director (and UC Davis teacher) for a post-show chat with cake.
Up the Oscars at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St between Valencia and Guerrero Sts. Feb 22 3:45pm. $12–$15.
Pack a flask and some popcorn for the Roxie’s raucous Oscar viewing party (soft drinks and limited snacks will be available). Tailor made for snarky film buffs, it’s the Kanye West of Academy Awards affairs with plenty of heckling at red-carpet train wrecks and sappy acceptance speeches. Skipping the commercials is another bonus—the slots are filled with shorts, music videos and funny banned ads. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be prizes for the most prescient predictions.