PARTY RADAR Another devastating tragedy, another round of climate change refugees who will most likely rely on monetized crowdfunding platforms to survive and recover. But while the fires up north continue to destroy so much, the nightlife and arts community is coming together to help those in need by not just raising funds, but also spreading information and gathering actual goods for our friends who have lost so much.
Here’s a brief list of party things happening this week to help Northern California, Puerto Rico, and Mexico — get into it!
UPDATE! Tonight (Wed/11, 7:30pm) is a star-studded tribute to Tom Petty, with proceeds split between Vegas and Puerto Rico Relief at Cafe Du Nord. Check it out here.
THROUGH THURSDAY AFTER 5PM: The Stud is collecting needed goods for victims of the Northern Cali fires (here’s list of what to bring), and if you come for the excellent Nonprofitfeelings happy hour, Wed/11, 5pm-9pm, %10 of your beverage price will go to relief efforts (order a $5 frozé slushy!)
THU/12: COMEDY AT ASHKENAZ The monthly Berkeley comedy extravaganza is donating 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB). Audience members may also bring material donations (toiletries, canned goods, clothing…) to the comedy show. Ashkenaz will transport donations up there this weekend. 8-9:30pm, $15-$20. More info here.
THU/12: 100% – A BENEFIT FOR PUERTO RICO A wonderfully underground-feeling event at ATA. “Readings by La Suzy & Josiah Luis Aldrete. Film by Faith Arazi. Music by NO/YA + The Creatrix. Empanadas for sale!” 7pm-10pm, $10-$20. Artists’ Television Access, SF. More info here.
THU/12: HELP IS ON THE WAY A huge cavalcade of DJs will fill the Starline in Oakland with fantastic hip-hop, dub, reggaeton, reggae, and more sounds! Featuring Rescue, Vinnie Esparza, D-Sharp, Teeko, and dozens more. 8pm-2am, $10-$20. Starline Social Club, Oakland. More details here.
FRI/13: WE LOVE PUERTO RICO “The Great Northern, Monarch, You’re Welcome, Up All Night, YBR, Sunset Soundsystem, Disco Knights, Pink Mammoth, Brass Tax and Housepitalty come together for an amazing night of dance music, food and Puerto Rican culture in response to hurricane Maria. DJ’s, live music, art and vendors! 100% of the net proceeds from the event go to: Unidos por Puerto Rico, CoPRmetidos, and Maria Community Fund. Supported by www.sf4pr.com. 9pm-3am, $5-$20. More info here.
FRI/13: UNIDOS POR MEXICO SF <3 MX HAPPY HOUR Hosted by the incredible www.tablehopper.com! “We have all been feeling powerless watching the horrific aftermath of the most recent quakes in Mexico. It’s heartbreaking. So let’s do something! I partnered up with the wonderful folks at Cambria Gallery in SoMa to hold a happy hour-style fundraiser (bites and drinks) for Mexico earthquake relief. There will be bites from Loló, Copita Tequileria y Comida, Sal de Vida Gourmet, queso from WesBurger ‘N’ More, and others, including Green Chile Kitchen. The bar will be shaking courtesy of Rye On The Road and El Techo, including cervezas provided by Cadillac Bar & Grill and Hard Frescos. This event will be a 100% donation to Omaze and Ambulante, helping Mexico rebuild: http://donate.omaze.com/mexico.” 6:30pm-9pm, $35+. Cambria Gallery, SF. More info here.
FRI/13: ¡WEPA! AN LGBT FUNDRAISER FOR PUERTO RICO! “Come join us at the Lookout for a Happy Hour Fundraiser featuring the musical stylings of Sergio Fedasz and Stefanie Phillips. This event will not have a cover, so money will be raised through direct donations, raffles and Jell-o shots. The boys behind the bar will keep you well-lubricated to facilate your generosity!” I mean, that does sound like fun. 5pm-9pm, donations requested. The LookOut, SF. More info here.
SAT/14 ARTISTS FOR PUERTO RICO BENEFIT SALE “Please join Oakland’s Interface Gallery and Bay Area artists and merchants for an art sale to benefit Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief. 30+ Local artists will offer incredible, affordable works, including original art, art prints, and artist-made goods. Come have a fun day with us, celebrating our creative community and raising money for the people of Puerto Rico! Food and beer will be served! One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund.” 11am-4pm, free but buy some cool art and raffle tickets! Temescal Alleys, Oakland. More info here.
MON/16: NASTY FOR PUERTO RICO! HURRICANE RELIEF BENEFIT This is huge! A ton of restaurants, bars, and institutions — from Mission Chinese Food and the Conservatory of Flowers to Alamo Drafthouse and The Stud – converge at El Rio with goodies for a night of live music and performance from Cassiopeia, Eternal Drag, and Lovesick Deejays. 9pm-1am, $5-$10. El Rio, SF. More info here.
FRI/20: CLARION MUSIC CENTER BENEFIT FOR PUERTO RICO Performances about at this fundraiser, including “players of SF City Theatre Company, the principle singers of Teatro Mistral; award-winning storyteller Charlie Chin and poets Dave Holt, Clara Hsu and Greg Pond. The evening will conclude with a candlelight vigil. The benefit coincides with Galeria Clarion’s opening reception of ‘the Ungroup Show’ which begins at 6 pm. The show features the work of seven local artists. 100% of the proceeds of the evening goes to Unidos, a hurricane relief fund.” 6pm (show at 7pm), $25. Clarion Music Center, SF. More details here.
FRI/20: NIGHTLIGHT DISCO BENEFIT FOR PUERTO RICO The great soul party Hard French and the Stud team up for a queer fiesta, featuring performances by Spice Queers!, Florida Man, Mary Vice, and more. Plus DJs Brown Amy, John Fucking Cartwright, Steve Fabus, and Siobhan Aluvalot. Yay! 10pm-4am, $10+. The Stud, SF. More info here.