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Arts + CultureArts ForecastArts Forecast: SF International Arts Fest, Litcrawl, Lumpialooza, Bearrison...

Arts Forecast: SF International Arts Fest, Litcrawl, Lumpialooza, Bearrison…

A burlesque Prince tribute, a round of queer horror, Mattilda Sycamore Bernstein, and more great events this week.

The big news is the we are having a party at El Rio tonight, Wed/20, 6pm-9pm to celebrate 8 whole years of 48 Hills and our 2020 and 2021 Best of the Bay winners! Do come if you can (we have tarps for the patio and warming drinks), and congrats to all our Best of the Bay winners this year.


WED/20-SAT/24 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL Basically a bazillion wonderful arts acts in-person at Fort Mason and streaming online. Dance, music, performance, you name it: ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco, Steamroller Dance Company, Theatre Flamenco San Francisco, Purnamasari, many, many more. More info here.

WED/20 “BETWEEN CERTAIN DEATH AND A POSSIBLE FUTURE” One of my favorite authors Mattilda Sycamore Bernstein has only grown in stature and importance with each book released. The latest, Between Certain Death And A Possible Future is a compendium of essays on “Queer Writing on Growing up with the AIDS Crisis” with some incredible contributions from the likes of Robert Birch, Keiko Lane, Aaron Nielsen and Andrew R. Spieldenne. Mattilda will be speaking on the SF Public Library’s Zoom courtesy of Booksmith at 7pm. You can register here.

WED/20 SAN FRANCISCO NEO-FUTURISTS: INFINITE WRENCH The surreal and ridiculously funny Neo-Futurists are not afraid to push improv comedy to its limits — witness this “ongoing, ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes for a live audience.” The troupe is reviving this beloved stunt for Litquake. At Children’s Creativity Museum. More info here.

FRI/22-SUN/24 FRAMELINE FANGS “Now in its third year, FANGS is the newest addition to Frameline’s extensive year-round programming. Happening each Halloween, FANGS features a collection of the best in new queer horror. Equal parts scary, silly, and sexy, FANGS is Frameline like you’ve never experienced it before. If these films don’t make your skin crawl…it’s on too tight!” Three feature films and six shorts streaming online (with one at the Roxie)? Count me and my fright wig in! More info here.  

FRI/22 FILM SCHOOL The California indie shoegaze quintet just released its sixth album, the aptly titled “We Weren’t Here,” relying on remote technology to collaborate on songs during the pandemic. The sound? Bittersweet and wistful, with splashes of psychedelic sunshine. At the Chapel. More info here.

SAT/23 LUMPIAPALOOZA Celebrate Filipino Heritage Month with a fist full of crispy, flaky, buttery, deliciously stuffed, and perfectly golden lumpia, the ultimate traditional pork (or chicken, or serrano pepper, or even cheeseburger) roll. There’ll be dozens of varieties at this outdoor food festival at District Six. More info here.

SAT/23 LITCRAWL 2021 From “Authors Shaken and Stirred” at Martuni’s Bar to “Donde Esta Mi Gente?” at the Chapel and a ZYZZYVA showcase at Dog-Eared Books, this annual literary bonanza caps off Litquake with dozens of readings that fill venues mostly centered on Valencia Street. So much fun. More info here.

Rapper Big Dipper performs at Bearrison

SAT/23 BEARRISON STREET FAIR Gather around, children, as Grandpa Gay regales you with tales of hairy bear festivals past, including “Hairrison”—a roly-poly fur fest that stretched down Harrison Street in the 2000s and featured all kinds of hirsute pursuit. Now another grizzly growl has risen in its place called Bearrison, “a fair for every bear” with dancing, vendors, live acts, and lots of bear hugs. It’s kind of like Folsom, except, well, fulsome. And on Harrison. More info here.

SUN/24 CARLOS SOUFFRONT One of those magical DJs who seems to know every record in existence—and exactly how to play each one perfectly—Carlos is an undersung hero of the Detroit techno scene who has made his home in SF for several years. Catch him at the also undersung Sunday techno party Werd, which takes over Monarch every week. More info here.

MON/25 HUBBA HUBBA REVUE: “DEARLY BELOVED,” A PRINCE TRIBUTE! Watch some of the city’s most beloved burlesque performers—including Sgt. Die Weis, Rosa Robada, Alotta Boutté, Trixxie Carr, and Oscar Velarde—party like it’s 1999 in honor of His Purple Majesty. At DNA Lounge. More info here.

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Marke B.
Marke Bieschke is the publisher and arts and culture editor of 48 Hills. He co-owns the Stud bar in SoMa. Reach him at marke (at) 48hills.org, follow @supermarke on Twitter.

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