COMMUNITY CREATING SAFER AND WELCOMING NEIGHBORHOODS “Racial profiling thrives in so-called ‘pursuit of safety’ efforts throughout our communities. From social media spaces to crime watch programs and other policing efforts, people of color are profiled with insidious regularity. Our campaign aims to raise awareness and take action against both implicit and explicit racial bias in San Francisco public spaces. Join us for a presentation from Neighbors for Racial Justice whose work in Oakland has received national attention, and learn how you can join the campaign to take action here in San Francisco.” Wed/15, 6:30pm-8:30pm, free. Cloudflare, SF. More info here.
FILM AMPLIFY HER “This documentary film — and graphic novel and animated motion comic series — explores the rise of female artists in the electronic music scene. Imagined and brought to life by more than 21 female creators across North America – mainly from the West Coast – the 89-minute feature follows seven up-and-coming stars as they find their unique voices within a male-dominated realm.On the surface, it’s a story about women in the electronic music industry, but the film’s deeper message is the resurgence of ‘the feminine’ in Western culture.” Thu/16, 7pm doors (film at 8pm), $15, or $40 for film and graphic novel. Castro Theatre, SF. More info here.
FILM XTH DRUID FILM FEST “Showcasing the best of a decade of unique programming, the 10th annual Druid Underground is a high-powered blast of rebellious cinema hosted by Billy Burgess. A spectacle unlike any other, Druid Underground champions subversive techniques that advance the language of cinema, challenge pre-conceived notions of underground art, and simultaniously blow your mind out of your skull!” Thu/16, 7pm-10pm, $10. Artists Television Access, SF. More info here.
DANCE POST:BALLET PRESENTS LAVENDER COUNTRY “Post:Ballet’s latest creative endeavor, Lavender Country, features live music by Patrick Haggerty (singer/songwriter of Lavender Country) and his exceptional ensemble of Bay Area musicians. Led by Post:Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Dekkers and Resident Choreographer Vanessa Thiessen, this new work for six dancers is set to and inspired by the music of Lavender Country, a self-titled album released in 1973 which was country music’s first openly gay album. Post’s new work reflects on Haggerty’s radically defiant music as Dekkers and Thiessen use ballet’s inherently traditional gender roles as a dramatic tension against queer characters and narratives.” Fri/17 and Sat/18, 8pm, $30-$50. Z Space, SF. More info here.
MUSIC NEGATIVE PRESS PROJECT: JEFF BUCKLEY TRIBUTE I’m a huge Jeff Buckley fan, so this is right up my alley. “San Francisco Bay Area electro-acoustic ensemble Negative Press Project featuring Andrew Lion (bass) and Ruthie Dinnen (piano/keyboards) celebrate their ravishing second album Eternal Life | Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds, a tribute to iconic pop singer Jeff Buckley, with a CD release party.” Fri/17, 9pm, $12-$15. Doc’s Lab, SF. More info here.
DRINK SAN FRANSGIVING BEER BUST “Celebrate Thanksgiving with people you actually like…before your actual thanksgiving with people you barely tolerate!” Broke Ass Stuart is teaming up with folks at Laughing Monk Brewery to bring us a day party with bottomless beer mugs — and more fun stuff, including “a Trump piñata to bang on, the ’90s R&B you know and love, and supersized versions of games from your childhood.” Best of all? Yummy soul food from Old Skool Cafe. Sat/18, 1pm-6pm, $30-$45. Laughing Monk Brewery, SF. More info here.
PANEL/PARTY SHIFTING SPACES: QUEER NIGHTLIFE IN THE CITY An all-star nightlife cavalcade comes together to talk history and parties. “Join us for a night of films, performance, music, food, and a lively panel discussion exploring the social and political importance of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ bars – with an emphasis on queer bars that center women, trans folks, and people of color. Why are they closing here in SF, and internationally? What are the psychological effects of this dislocation? How can we reimagine new modes of building queer community space?” Sat/18, 6pm-9:30pm, $20. Eric Quezada Center, SF. More info here.
LIT HOWARD ZINN BOOK FAIR This year’s theme is “The World We Want.” Over 140 authors, zinesters, bloggers, and publishers will gather for a jam-packed for a day of close to 60 readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we recognize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small. There will also be a big room full of over 75 radical book sellers, publishers, and community organizations. Sun/19, 10pm-6am, free. City College Mission Campus, SF. More info here.
FESTIVAL/SHOPPING 2017 BAY AREA RECORD FAIR An incredible array of record stores, independent labels, and vendors — from Left Hand Path and Gaylord’s Party Music to Vinyl Me, Please and World of Stereo come together for a huge showcase of vinyl encounters. Raffles, demos, and of course lots of flat plastic sounds. Sun/19, noon-5pm, $5. Swedish American Music Hall, SF. More info here.
MUSIC FIRE RELIEF BENEFIT SHOW Featuring Down Dirty Shake, Rupa and the April Fishes, Magic in the Other, and Best of the Bay winner Sam Chase. “All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the victims of this disaster and their families via UndocuFund (http://undocufund.org). An estimated 28,000 undocumented immigrants live and work in Sonoma County. Unlike other victims of the fires that have devastated Sonoma County, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Sun/19, 7pm, $16. Slim’s, SF. More info here.
MUSIC SFS YOUTH ORCHESTRA This wonderful program from the SF Symphony gives young musicians the opportunity, tuition-free, to receive a pre-professional caliber orchestral experience. For this season kick-off, 2017 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition winner Leyla Kabuli will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The afternoon concert also features Elgar’s Enigma Variations and German composer Detlev Glanert’s Prelude No. 1, from “Three American Preludes.” Sun/19, 2pm, $15 general admission. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. More info here.
COMMEMORATION 48TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ALCATRAZ OCCUPATION “Join Indians of All Tribes Co-Founder Dr. LaNada War Jack on Alcatraz Island for the 48th Anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation. Opening Ceremony by Ann Marie Sayers of Indian Canyon Nation. Morning panel: “Why We Took The Rock.” Film: End of the Line with Pearl Means. Afternoon panel: “Legacies of the Occupation.” The program will conclude with an honoring Indigenous Women’s Dance Dancing Earth & Eva Lopez Feat Desirae Harp & Kanyon Sayers-Roods.” Mon/20, 10am-5pm, free. Alcatraz, SF. More info here. Part of the three-day indigenous peoples’ celebration, more info here.
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