Tony Bennett's back for his heart 

Tony Bennett is by all means an American classic. The sophisticated entertainer born Anthony Benedetto has had an illustrious career as a traditional pop and jazz vocalist.

His first big break came courtesy of Bob Hope in 1949, when the comedian caught the crooner opening for Pearl Bailey in New York’s Greenwich Village. Shortly after, Bennett hit it big with pop standards such as “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches” and “Cold, Cold, Heart.”

After struggling for a number of years both professionally and personally, Bennett rebounded in the mid-1980s and gained a new and younger following by appearing on late-night talk shows and even as an animated character in “The Simpsons.”

The legendary singer performs at 8 p.m. Sunday at Davies Symphony Hall.

Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

When: 8 p.m. Sunday
Info: www.ticketmaster.com

2. Carrie Rodriguez

Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.

The singer-songwriter was discovered by Chip Douglas at the South by Southwest Music Festival.

When: 8 p.m. Friday
Info: (415) 478-2277, www.bimbos365club.com

3. Nelly

Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.

The rapper’s newest effort, “Brass Knuckles,” features a score with guest stars Akon, Ashanti and Snoop Dogg.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Info: (415) 625-8880, www.mezzaninesf.com

4. Janet Jackson

Oracle Arena, Hegenberger Road and Interstate 880, Oakland

The singer performs songs off her latest album, “Discipline.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Info: (415) 478-2277, www.theoaklandarena.com

5. Tricky

The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.,San Francisco

The artist is known for his dark fusion of hip-hop, rock and art.

When: 9 p.m. Sunday
Info: (415) 771-1421, www.theindependentsf.com

Best stage

1. ‘More Stories By Tobias Wolff’: Word For Word presents three stories by the master storyteller.

When: Friday through Oct. 5
Where: Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.
Info: (415) 441-8822, www.magictheatre.org

2. ‘Spring Awakening’: The Tony-winning musical is a coming-of-age tale of kids trying to break loose and adults trying to hold on.

When: Through Oct. 12
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., S.F.
Info: (415) 512-7770, www.shnsf.com

3. ‘The Widow West’: The play is about two men who marry in San Francisco at the very beginning of The City’s history.

When: Through Sept. 27
Where: Stage Werx Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.
Info: (415) 302-9182, www.widowwest.com

4. ‘The Fantasticks’: The famed classic musical has a poetic text.

When: Through Sept. 28
Where: Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City
Info: (650) 349-6411, www.hillbarntheatre.org

Best gatherings

1. George Lopez: The popular comic and sitcom star does standup.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday-Monday
Where: The Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.
Info: (415) 775-7722, www.ticketmaster.com

2. Author and opera: Amy Tan discusses the translation of “The Bonesetter’s Daughter” into an opera.

When: 8 p.m. Monday
Where: City Arts and Lectures, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
Info: (415) 392-4400, www.cityarts.net

3. ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ tryouts: Auditioners should be prepared to sing one ballad and one up-tempo number.

When: Noon Saturday
Where: Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd., San Francisco
Info: (415) 421-4222, www.beachblanketbabylon.com

4. Guitar Superstar Competition: An international guitar-playing contest.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., San Francisco
Info: (415) 885-0750, www.gamh.com

Best dance

1. Dance for the TV generation

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco

Bay Area choreographer Erika Chong Shuch presents “After All, Part I,” a punchy series of short plays, songs and dances at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Designed with the television generation in mind, the performances span roughly three minutes, offering audiences quick, bite-size theater-infused works.

When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday
Info: (415) 978-2787, www.ybca.org

2. Chitresh Das Dance Co.

Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., S.F.

The company presents an open rehearsal of its new production, “Master of Tradition.”

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday
Info: (415) 647-2822, www.brava.org

3. ‘In Remembrance Of’

St. Gregory Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro St., San Francisco

Mendana Productions presents a multi-disciplinary performance about the women of WWII.

When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Info: (415) 309-2969, www.mendana.org/press.html

Best outdoors

1. Banana Chase: A benefit for the UCSF Children’s Hospital.

When: 9 a.m. Sunday
Where: Kezar Stadium, Golden Gate Park, 755 Stanyan St., S.F.
Info: (415) 759-2690, www.bananachase.com

2. Buchanan at Greenwich Block Party: The ninth annual event features live music and silent auction to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

When: Noon, Sunday
Where: Buchanan Street between Greenwich and Filbert streets, S.F.
Info: (415) 298-6826, www.brazenheadsf.com

3. Brews on the Bay: San Francisco Brewers Guild presents 50 artisan beers from local breweries.

When: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Where: SS Jeremiah O’Brien, Pier 45, San Francisco
Info: (415) 939-1943, www.sfbrewersguild.org

4. AVP Crocs Pro Beach Volleyball Tour: The professional beach volleyball event showcases Kerri Walsh, Matt Fuerbringer, Nicole Branagh and Holly McPeak.

When: Friday-Sunday
Where: Pier 30-32, Embarcadero, S.F.
Info: (415) 972-2233

BEST FOLK ART: “Tinsel and Treasures” is the title of a show and sale featuring fanciful creations by Iva Wilcox, Connie Govea Stuart, Colleen Moody, Donna O’Brien, Ulla Milbrath and Sylvia Anderson. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at  Danville Women’s Club, 242 Linda Mesa Ave., Danville. For details, visit www.tinselandtreasures.com.

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