The List: Best Entertainment Bets 

As a singer, actress, rapper and Cover Girl spokeswoman, it’s clear that Dana Owens — better known by her stage name, Queen Latifah — deserves the royal moniker. The multifaceted performer has held court in a number of arenas, including film and TV, but music was where the Queen first rose to prominence.

In 1989, at age 19, Latifah released the rap album"All Hail the Queen," which earned rave reviews from critics and was selected by Source Magazine in 1998 as one of the 100 best rap albums. As the early ’90s approached, Latifah ventured into acting and starred in the Fox sitcom "Living Single," but continued to keep active musically. In 1994 she received a Grammy for Best Solo Rap Performance for the song "U.N.I.T.Y." off the album "Black Reign."

The female rap icon eventually ventured into jazz-infused R&B territory with the release of "The Dana Owens Album," which went on to become her best-selling album to date. The Queen’s latest, "Trav’lin’ Light," follows suit with jazz, soul and blues numbers from some of her favorite female vocalists. On Sunday, she performs familiar classics from the likes of Etta James and Nina Simone as part of her "Trav’lin’ Light Tour" at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Info: (415) 864-6000

Other BEST MUSIC picks:

2 Babyface: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. The R&B crooner covers Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan tunes on his latest album, "Playlist." 8 p.m. Friday. Info: (510) 465-6400

3 The Drones: Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco. The Australian rockers cite Neil Young and the Velvet Underground as influences. 9 p.m. Friday. Info: (415) 346-6000

4 Mike Doughty : Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., San Francisco. The singer-songwriter will answer questions fans place in a jar at the club — no topic is taboo. 9 p.m. Wednesday. Info: (415) 861-2011

5 As I Lay Dying: Slim’s, 333 11th St., San Francisco. The metal band draws its name from the novel written by William Faulkner. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday. Info: (415) 255-0333, www.slims-sf.com 

BEST STAGE

1 Next Stage: "Anatomy" is an adult drama about an Episcopal priest, his teen daughter and some suggestive photos. Info: www.wwehavemet.org  

2 "Jersey Boys": The hit show features the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Info: (415) 512-7770

3 "No Such Thing": Naked Masks presents a world-premiere about a low-level corporate employee. Info: www.nakedmasks.org  

4 Custom Made Theatre Co.: "Dodo for President’’ looks at friendships, female presidential campaigns and a peach sweater. Info: www.custommade.org  

5 RAW (Resident Artists’ Workshop): Alicia Dattner appears in "The Punchline." Info: www.975howard.com

BEST GATHERINGS

1 Great Dickens Christmas Fair: It’s a Victorian Christmas card come to life at the Cow Palace. Info: www.dickensfair.com  

2 Snow Village: Len Connacher showcases 3,000 ceramic pieces at the Hyatt Regency. Info: (415) 788-1234

3 S.F. International Auto Show: More than 800 vehicles are in the spotlight. Info: www.sfautoshow.com

4 "Thanks for Dancing": It’s a fundraiser for 826 Valencia. Info: (415) 974-1719

5 "Really Really Free Market": Potluck-style event in Dolores Park celebrates International Buy Nothing Day. Info: www.reallyreallyfree.org

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