Arts Forecast

Arts Forecast: Green Thursday, Autumn Moon Fest, Comedy Day

ODC's 'Embodying Climate Change" is part of Green Thursday.

ARTS FORECAST One of the great things about the tsunami of environmentalism hitting San Francisco this week is Green Thursday (Thu/13), during which a number of our larger arts organizations like the Contemporary Jewish Museum, SFMOMA, SF Symphony, The Exploratorium, ODC, and more all offer cool climate-based art and activities.

The CJM, whose current exhibits “Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo” and “Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem”  will out on a special Night at the Jewseum happy hour that will focus on the environmental impact of the clothing industry. (Happy Rosh Hashanah!) The California Historical Society will give a how to on making seed bombs and upcycling.

ODC presents “Embodying Climate Change,” which “explores how to manifest the impact and causes of climate change through dance” and presents KT Nelson’s 30-minute work “Dead Reckoning,” which touches on the human role in the transformation of the natural world. Brava Theatre presents MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet’s “Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet,” a “critically-acclaimed multimedia ballet performance that turns climate change into a live emotional experience.”

There’s tons more, see the whole calendar here. And recycle!       


THU/13 FILM “STAND UP, STAND OUT: THE MAKING OF A COMEDY MOVEMENT” This is awesome. David Pavlosky’s documentary Stand Up, Stand Out tells the story of three gay teachers’ fight for equal rights during the Gay Liberation Movement of the 1970’s, that led to the blossoming of the Valencia Rose Cabaret, the first gay-owned and operated comedy club in the USA. This debut event is an evening of film, stand-up comedy and conversation with Tom Ammiano, Karen Ripley, Dirk Alphin and Paul Boneburg. 7pm, $20. SF Oasis. More info here

THU/13 LIT TOMMY PICO AND BRONTEZ PURNELL If it’s been a wee minute since you’ve been to a reading at SFSU’s Poetry Center, this one’s a great double feature to kick back into gear. Whiting Award winners Tommy Pico (“Junk”) and Brontez Purnell (“Since I Laid My Burden Down”) read from their always queerly provocative work. 7-9pm, free. Poetry Center, SF. More info here

THU/13 ART WILL BROWN: ETHER Hey, hey, it’s the blockchain, baby. “In 1986, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) offered for sale the collection of Eadweard Muybridge film and ephemera to finance the creation of what is now the New Genres department. This speculative maneuver wagered the future of media against the history and foundations of the moving image. In a similar speculative action this fall, SFAI presents a project in which the artistic collective Will Brown invests their exhibition budget in Ethereum, a digital cryptocurrency. The value of the Ether investment will be monitored and made visible by an accompanying public mobile application that controls various environmental elements inside the SFAI gallery based on the currency’s micro-fluctuations. The public therefore can experience these real-time changes in the investment’s value within the gallery setting. ” Opening reception 6pm-9pm, free, show runs through November 10. San Francisco Arts Institute. More info here.   

SAT/15 LIT “WILD GEESE SORROW: THE CHINESE WALL INSCRIPTIONS AT ANGEL ISLAND” “The first new translations in almost 40 years, these poems written by Chinese immigrant detainees one hundred years ago tell of their incarceration experience: from the shock of arrival through lengthy stays of up to two years, humiliating medical exams, political outrage, and for some, deportation.” Author Jeffrey Leong’s own parents were detained on Angel Island, will read Sat/15, 2pm at the Richmond Branch Library, October 11, 7pm at the Sunset Branch Library and November 1, 6pm at the Main Library. More info here

Yuja Wang. Photo by Norbert Kniat

THU/13-SUN/16 MUSIC YUJA WANG “Yuja Wang, the most ‘uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today,’ joins MTT and the SF Symphony in Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand—a piece whose dark emotional climate is established in its opening seconds. A Global Climate Action Summit affiliate event, this concert also features two seasonally charged soundscapes: icy vignettes in Castiglioni’s Inverno, in-ver, and expansive vistas in Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Adding to this worldwide conversation on the environment, this atmospheric program opens with a performance of traditional songs by vocalist Abigail Washburn, enhanced by projections from the COAL + ICE photo exhibition, a collection of images that follows the trajectory of climate change from the earth’s coal mines to its vanishing glaciers.” 8pm, $50+. SF Symphony. More info here

FRI/14 MUSIC TROMBONE SHORTY The New Orleans legend returns with a huge, colorful, brassy new “Voodoo Threauxdown” show, featuring his own band Orleans Avenue, plus Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band, and special guests Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins & Walter Wolfman Washington. 6pm, $60. Greek Theatre, Berkeley. More info here

FRI/14-SAT/15 DANCE/MUSIC FURY A Mad Max-inspired ballet/concert sounds pretty darn intriguing. “Local indie-pop group YASSOU and principal dancers from San Francisco Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet will collaborate to present a multimedia concert experience, drawing audiences into a unique sensory journey. Choreographed by SFDanceworks’ Danielle Rowe, dancers will portray a fight for survival, accompanied live on stage by YASSOU—amid rapidly changing sets and visuals that portray a dystopian future.” 7pm, $35. The Midway, SF. More info here.   

SAT/15-SUN/16 FESTIVAL AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL I love this tradition, ushering in the fall. (And of course I stuff my face!). “For two days in San Francisco Chinatown, iconic Grant Avenue will be filled with attractive arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, food, and non-stop entertainment. The festivities open with a grand parade on Saturday at 11am on California and Grant led by civic officials, beauty queens, cultural performers and lion dancers. The famous Dragon appears on Sunday at 5pm as the grand finale of the event.” 11am-6pm, free. Grant Avenue, SF. More info here

SAT/15 FILM/MUSIC CLUB FOOT ORCHESTRA: GREATEST HITS The Silent Film Festival brings this daylong bonanza of silent film greats—Metropolis, Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Felix the Cat short—all with a live score by the legendary Club Foot Orchestra (founded in 1983 and named for a nightclub in the Bayview). So awesome! $20 per film/ $60 daylong pass. Starts at 1pm. Castro Theatre, SF. More info here.   

SUN/16 COMEDY 38TH ANNUAL COMEDY DAY A zillion comedians, live, for free, in Robin Williams Meadow. (You can also livestream it!) Noon-5pm, free. Golden Gate Park, SF. More info here.   

Arts Forecast: Soundwave’s diverse, reverberating visions

XUXA SANTAMARIA perform at the Soundwave festival October 26

ARTS FORECAST The biennial Soundwave festival (Sat/8-October 26) is one of those incredible Bay Area experiences that really connects music and performance with the feeling and history of life here: Soundbus tours have paired composers with eccentric travel routes, site-specific events have activated remote corners of local memory and geography, venues have filled with experimental sounds and acoustic marvels. Throughout it all, the sound art festival has been carefully attuned to what’s going on in the broader culture, undergirding its programming with a fine sense of the present.  

This year’s Soundwave, entitled in full “Soundwave ((8)) Infrastructure” continues that intuitive tradition: “As modern tech culture has infiltrated Bay Area infrastructures––both physical and human––the history and culture of the region is shifting and the biennial explores how individuals and communities are reacting to such systematic changes. Soundwave ((8)) Infrastructure considers such freedoms allotted to citizens in the Bay Area who are currently facing rapid changes within the infrastructure of housing, communities, safe spaces, transit systems, and job opportunities. These infrastructural elements reflect much more than how something is made or moved; they also share a relationship with an individual who is impacted by them.”

This focus on changing infrastructure manifests in the festival in a couple ways. First, the actual structure of it: This is the first one to include guest curators for the performances, under the auspices of chief curator Tanya Gayer. The guest curators “have backgrounds in theater, dance, film, social practice, and music to create a biennial that considers sound from many angles,” and will present unique programs brimming over with fellow performers.

“My idea coming into the festival was that I wanted to branch out into other communities,” Gayer told me. “We didn’t want to just fall into a certain niche. I was so curious about what other curators and artists were doing. Beyond the opportunity to work with people I’ve wanted to work with for a long time, I wanted to know who we weren’t reaching. What communities hadn’t intersected with Soundwave yet?”

Percussionist Marshall Trammell performs as Part of ‘Black Fighting Formations,’ October 13.

That diversification naturally led to a focus on diversity. “A really important mission of the biennial is engaging people of color, and to give value to that engagement.” This shows with the inclusion of guest curators like Ryanaustin Dennis, who’ll be presenting “Black Fighting Formations (BFF): Sonic Narratives of Performing-Political Education” on October 13, and curator Sarita Ocón, whose September 21 “Hidden Refuge :: Refugio Escondido” explores the decolonization of patriarchal infrastructures and environments through performance ritual and sound art.” Both feature a multitude of artists of color. 

 Another thought Gayer had coming into the festival was how to rethink what constituted sound art. There’s no better example of this than curator Sophia Wang’s opening event, Sat/8 at Counterpulse, entitled “HVAC: Thermal Comfort.” Gayer said, “Sophia’s project contemplates ambient systems like heating and air-conditioning and how our bodies reside in the spaces affected by them, by this combination of natural and unnatural effects. How these infrastructures in buildings can dictate the way we exist in and move through a space.”

Gayer, currently the exhibitions manager at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, herself has a showcase, October 26’s “Wall” at the Internet Archives, featuring experimental music and video duo XUXA SANTAMARIA, creating “a video maze stitched together from video games, Second Life, early screensavers, chat rooms, Myspace, and other renditions of physical architecture from a virtual realm that are drawn from the holdings of the Archive.” 

“There’s so much out there from underground club culture, gaming, visual arts, political expression and organizing, that can be seen under the umbrella of sound art. It’s a dynamic area,” Gayer said. “A lot of people when they think of sound art they think of a very serious white guy standing behind a laptop. We’re obviously trying to think beyond that.” More Soundwave ((8)) Infrastructure info here. 


Patrick Dintino, ‘Invitation,’ oil on canvas, 36 x 96 inches

WED/5-OCTOBER 5 ART PATRICK DINTINO: ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ “Patrick Dintino’s current body of work explores the meaning of ‘all-inclusive,’ specifically in modern-day America. He uses color spectrums with elements of visual distortion to represent changing beliefs about ethnic and national identities. Dintino furthers his cultural examination by deploying surprising elements in his artwork, such as pairing conflicting colors that appear stronger together as a way to bring attention to the inherent strengths that come from diversity. Despite the weightiness of the subject matter, his paintings spark with joy and speak to Dintino’s optimism about the human spirit, and his belief that embracing people of diverse backgrounds creates a better world.” Opening reception Wed/5, 5:30-7:30, free. Andrea Schwartz Gallery, SF. More info here

THU/6 MUSIC SEMMARIT A funny Finnish male ensemble? OK! “Semmarit is a one-of-a-kind cross-artistic show group of 18 men from Finland. The show is a mixture of music, humour, dance and drama, spiced with guts and glory. Semmarit is famous for its fun, strong and mind-blowing live performance. The music and lyrics, choreographies, arrangements, basically everything this wild but warm-hearted bunch does on stage is self-made and unique. It’s not a band, not a choir either…. Semmarit phenomenon is something else for you to figure out.” 8pm, $20. Mezzanine, SF. More info here. 

Posted by COAL + ICE on Monday, August 6, 2018

ONGOING ART COAL + ICE “As climate change advocates gather in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit, Coal + Ice premieres in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. A three-week climate festival of film, dance, spoken word, food, family activities, educational programming, and creative dialogue, Coal + Ice showcases immersive collaborations of art and ideas to inspire collective climate action.” Fort Mason, SF. More info here

THU/6 STAGE TOMORROW WE INHERIT THE EARTH “The Muslim body has become one of the most contested spaces in the United States and is both a sight of violence and inquiry. In response to the West’s oversimplified understanding of Islam, this futurist evening uses fashion, performance, video, sound art, and music to explore and challenge the histories of violence, colonialism, and imperialism enacted on Muslim bodies..” Performances by Performances by Faluda Islam, Maryam Rostami, Luke Arroyo Mendoz, Saba Taj, Gabriel Christian and Randy Reyes. 8:30pm-2am, free. The Stud, SF. More info here

THU/6-SEPTEMBER 15 STAGE SF FRINGE FESTIVAL Our version of the 70+ years old Scottish original hits its 27th year, as Exit Theatre and 21 local, national, and international theater companies come together to present a ton of weird, wily, wowing cutting-edge works like “Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard,” “My Preferred Pronoun is We,” and “Naked Zombie.” Cool! Various times and prices, Exit Theatre, SF. More info here.  

THU/6 SPORTS SF SLAM 6: RETRIBUTION! Grab your spandex: “Wrestling For Charity returns to San Francisco at the El Toro Night Club for “Retribution” on the road to the one-year anniversary show! Join the wild antics as stars of WFC seek retribution on their fiercest enemies! NO DQ WFC Heavyweight title match: “Pistolero” Julio Pedroza (c) vs. The Berkeley Brawler w/ Mr. Goldsworth. “The Sexy Swinger” Jheri Gigolo looks for payback against “Wrestling Personified” Rik Luxury and The Bad Boys in the El Toro Title Tournament Finale. Grizzly Kal Jak wants to exact a little revenge on Richard Shhhnary, who cost him his WFC debut match in July!” 7:30pm, $20. El Toro, SF. More info here

FRI/7-SUN/9 MUSIC SF ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL A must for anyone intrigued by recent developments in (and the continued, wonderful popularity here of) this diverse, magical, and sometimes blippity-bloopity sonic world. With “three exciting nights of performances featuring a diverse cadre of internationally renowned and emerging composers, this year’s lineup includes a distinctive group of artists from across the field of electronic music ranging from modular synthesis, concrète experimentalism, psychoacoustics, soundscapes, electro-acoustic environments, ambient noise, and improvisation.” Various times, $17-30 sliding scale. $12 students. Full Festival Pass: $42. Brava Theater and Adobe Books, SF. More info here.   

FRI/7-MARCH 24 ART BAY AREA NOW 8 YBCAS’s triennial survey of local art’s next wave is an institution—and always causes a splash. “The picture that emerges—of both the region and the artists who call it home—presents a resilient Bay Area, where humor and care come together with intimate reflections on individual and personal histories, and where bodies and geographies propose a fluid understanding of race, gender, and nature. Using materials as surrogates for gender and environmental politics, the participants point to an in-between space that, by rejecting rigid dichotomies, suggests a delicate optimism.” Opening celebration Fri/7, 7pm, $10. YBCA, SF. More info here

SUN/9 MUSIC OPERA IN THE PARK Picnic time with the SF Opera. “A truly international roster of artists will appear at this year’s concert including soprano Lianna Haroutounian, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, tenor Marco Berti, baritone Dimitri Platanias and conductor Daniele Callegari from the double bill of Mascanagi’sCavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci; conductor Riccardo Frizza who leads Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux; and, from the upcoming new production of Puccini’s Tosca, introducing soprano Carmen Giannattasio in her first appearance with San Francisco Opera, tenor Brian Jagde and conductor Leo Hussain.” 1:30pm, free. Robin Williams Meadow in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, SF. More info here 

SUN/9 FESTIVAL OAKLAND PRIDE PARADE ABD FESTIVAL Heeeeeeeey, hi Oakland! A vibrant, family-vibed complement to SF’s gargantuan gayapalooza, this event has gone through some twists and turns since it was an awesome if humble community picnic just a few years ago. With big name sponsors, a parade, performers, and tons to do (including a bunch of fun afterparties like Oaklash) it might be bigger, but it’s still an essential rainbow bridge across the bay. 11am-7pm, free. Latham Square, Oakland. More info here

SUN/9 MUSIC CMC SUNDAY SF’s Community Music Center is a legendary delight, offering musical experiences for those who often can’t afford such things, as well as making practice space available to its Mission neighborhood. Its quarterly music program CMC Sundays kicks off: “The open house features music jams for all ages and levels. Grammy Award-Winning percussionist Javier Cabanillas and trumpeter Miguel Govea of La Familia Peña-Govea will co-leading the Latin Music Jam. There will also be a Beatles Jam with some of the Fab Four’s most signable tunes. The new Ukulele Jam gives players a chance to discover music on the most accessible instrument of all!” Plus an instrument petting zoo, a Music for Children class, an array of free lessons, and workshops. 3pm-5pm, free. Community Music Center, SF. More info here

Arts Forecast: Clutter, Zinefest, Wavy Gravy

Italia artist Andrea Ciarlatano brings his "Clutter" to SF, Wed/29

ARTS FORECAST We are in the midst of the glorious “Silence of the Burn” in which the empty streets echo with the emptiness of those who’ve high-tailed it to Burning Man. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of incredible things going on about town. Here’s a juicy selection: 


WED/29 ART/FASHION CLUTTER Andrea Ciarlatano is a brilliant Italian designer with great roots here, whose creations splash into art, and he’ll be filling the legendary M.A.C. boutique with his high fashion, art and swanky clothes”Andrea invariably works with whatever he has at hand: scraps of paper, a home printer, a phone camera, his own body. The objects created in this way are often animated by CIARLA, Andrea’s performative persona. Andrea’s work is rooted in design, exploring the many different reasons why we, as humans, create objects. Objects as ritual tools; objects as instruments for collective creativity; objects as images; bodies as objects.” Not to be missed—for the scene alone! (And expect surprise performances.) 6pm, free. Modern Appeal Clothing, SF. More info here

WED/29 ART MICHAEL JACKSON “ONE OF A KIND” The new Family Affair gallery in Lower Haight has been killing it since they opened, with exhibits of rare Prince and Eric B & Rakim photos. Their latest is a fascinating-sounding exploration into the imagery of the King of Pop, featuring “a selection of fan made artwork of Michael Jackson. It is curated by Family Affair’s founder, Freddy Anzures, and will chronologically feature artwork by unknown artists via oil, watercolor, velvet, and glitter. The artwork showcases Michael Jackson in his various incarnations and highlights identity struggles, the complexity of race, etc.” Opening reception 6pm-10pm, show runs through September 29. Family Affair, SF. More info here.      

WED/29 MUSIC DONALD THE NUT + MORE “All new bands by all-star vets of SF expermental music!” Go hear some of the crazy-inventive stuff still howling from underground. Featuring Madonna-ld the Nut, Anti-Ear, Are Squar2d, Svist, and Chiko. 8pm, $5. Peacock Lounge, SF. More info here

WED/29 MUSIC PAUL YOUNG + MIDGE URE Two huge UK voices of the ’80s that accompanied very different music: Ure, as the stylish frontman for Scotland’s Ultravox, made edgy, guitar-driven abstract anthems while Young helped bring on on a full-blown blue-eyed soul revival. (Young’s No Parlez album, however, anchored by brilliant bassist Pino Palladino and singing duo The Fabulously Wealthy Tarts is a total New Wave classic, and never strays too far from my turntable.) Catch them both as Mezzanine for a dose of nostalgia and singalongs—Ure’s appearance here last year was an absolute treat. 8pm, $25. Mezzanine, SF. More info here.   

THU/30 FILM DRUGS IN THE TENDERLOIN This was a huge hit last time it was screened at the Tenderloin Museum. “A rare opportunity to view Robert Zagone’s guerilla-style documentary that captures the Tenderloin transforming into a center for young queers and drug users. Premiered on KQED in 1966, this visceral flick wasn’t shown again in public until 2015… at the Tenderloin Museum! Zagone’s footage is a revealing time-capsule of ’60s SF, and his camerawork gives a whole new meaning to ‘eyes on the street.'” 7pm, $10. Tenderloin Museum, SF. More info here

“And suddenly froze… by Kytana Winn, 2018

THU/30 ART THE BLACK WOMAN IS GOD: ASSEMBLY OF THE GODS This second installment of the incredible, multidisciplinary series “celebrates the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form. More than 50 intergenerational artists working in sculpture, painting, new media, and photography create new myths to challenge Eurocentric notions of God.” The opening reception, if like last year’s that featured Pam the Funkstress (RIP), will be a fantastic gathering of people of color and allies, a sadly rare vision in today’s SF. 6pm-9pm, free. SOMArts, SF. More info here.  

FRI/31-SAT/1 MUSIC/DANCE SALSA FESTIVAL ON THE FILLMORE Dance, dream, and live salsa at this annual evening event that presents vibrant live bands, DJs, and fun-for-all dance instruction.   “We have had a plethora of entertainers throughout the years and always strive to bring you the best experience. We bring energetic and explosive entertainment that will keep you dancing. This is the REAL deal so come out and experience it!” 6pm-10pm, free. Fillmore Center Plaza, SF. More info here

SUN/2 FESTIVAL ZINEFEST Honestly probably my favorite annual event (I’m a fanzine geek!) to restore my faith in the wild, self-expressive, twee underground of San Francisco. Dozens of creative exhibitors show off their handmade wares, drawing you into artistic universes you never dreamed of. 11am-5pm, free. County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, SF. More info here

SUN/2 FESTIVAL PAN-AFRICAN FESTIVAL “Citizens of the African Diaspora, it’s time to celebrate! Our 8th Annual Pan-African Festival is Sunday September 2nd at Mosswood Park in beautiful Oakland California! This is a great event the whole family can enjoy and everything is FREE!. This event has been carefully curated to be a safe and enriching space for diasporic Africans. We come together as community to heal, recalibrate, relax and celebrate. We improve the holistic health of our community with services to heal mind, body and soul provided by our community.” 8:30am-8pm, free. Mosswood Park, Oakland. More info here

SUN/2 FILM LATIN BOYS GO TO HELL Every month, the my gaze//yr gaze film series at Alley Cat Books presents a historic queer film chosen by a cool queer person. This one’s been chosen by one of our eternal poet laureates Kevin Killian: “Latin Boys Go To Hell is a 1997 film by Ela Troyano (check out her great documentary La Lupe: Queen Of Latin Soul). Imagine Pink Narcissus melted into a telenovela-esque 90’s indie movie and you start to get a sense of what Latin Boys Go To Hell will feel like. In his loving writing on the film Killian he says it’s ‘like a John Hughes movie or better yet, like an Amy Heckerling, the antics of a group of young, mixed-up young adults trying to find meaning in life and get laid in the process.’” 6pm, free. Alley Cat Books, SF. More info here

SUN/2 PERFORMANCE WAVY GRAVY San Francisco’s sacred clown, patron jester of the Summer of Love, and all-around legend, now in his 80s, will make a rare appearance to “share his unique experience of living a life of creative activism in the Bay Area, always with fun as a ruling factor.” This special event is in conjunction with the Berkeley Art Museum’s Way Bay exhibit. 2pm, included with price of admission to Berkeley Art Museum. More info here

Party Radar + Arts Forecast: Double whammy!

Sadie Burnell of Dawsondance, performing Fri/24-Sun/26

ARTS FORECAST + PARTY RADAR Whoops, I started celebrating my birthday week a little early, and now I’m a “little behind.” So? BONUS! I’m combining our arts and nightlife columns into one whole big shebang. Enjoy, and please pass that champagne bong. 


FRI/24 MUSIC KING DREAM As the great critic Emma Silvers writes: “King Dream is an indie psych-rock project from Bay Area songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Lyon. With a soulful voice, roots planted in the golden era of California psychedelia, and a wry energy that places him firmly in the 21st century, Lyon charts a path through timeless themes: disillusionment with oneself, with adulthood, with one’s country — and the discovery, time and again, that somehow there’s still plenty worthy of a love song.” Catch him with Kendra McKinley and special guest Andrew St. James. Doors 8:30pm, $13-$16. The Independent, SF. More info here

FRI/24 NIGHTLIFE LOSING MY EDGE The retro-2000s are still in neon-drenched, shutter-shaded full swing (even if now we look to LCD Soundsystem rather than Daft Punk as the indie dance lodestar). This party, featuring the awesome DJ Omar and the cuties behind the weekly fringe party, will have you waving your walkers in the air to tunes from Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand, MGMT, Cut Copy, and more. 9:30pm-3am, $5-$10. Great Northern, SF. More info here.  

FRI/24-SUN/26 DANCE/MUSIC DAWSONDANCESF + RICHARD HOWELL “With their fifth collaboration, jazz “Jedi Master” Richard Howell and LINES Ballet alum Gregory Dawson continue their journey bridging jazz and contemporary ballet. Borrowing from the title of Howell’s just-released jazz album, Coming of Age—MANGAKU, this program features the world premiere of Mangaku, a work for nine dancers with live musical accompaniment from Howell and guest artists.” 8pm, $25-$65. YBCA Theater, SF. More info here.

FRI/24 NIGHTLIFE KARSH KALE The exemplary Worldly party has been introducing us to new global sounds for years. For this installment, it’s bringing in a real favorite. “Karsh Kale is one of global music’s brightest stars. In the past 12 years as a solo recording artist, producer, composer, live performer and DJ, Karsh has set the world of electronic fusion on fire and has helped to create a genre of new music and culture that continues to influence an entire generation.” With Janaka Selekta featuring Riffat Sultana and more. 9pm-2am, $15. Slate, SF. More info here

FRI/24 NIGHTLIFE CLUB CHAI Oakland’s incredible DJ collective/label/project that focuses on the diasporic roots of contemporary dance music plays Public Works: DJs 8ulentina, Foozool, The Creatrix, and Nihar Bhatt will blow your house down. 9pm-3am, $10-$17. Public Works, SF. More info here.  

FRI/24 MUSIC PETTY THEFT: TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS This North Bay band celebrates the legacy of one of the truly great rockers — expect to see a lot of raise lighters (can you still do that?) At the Chapel. Doors 8pm, $18-$20. the Chapel, SF. More info here.  

FRI/24 NIGHTLIFE STEAM Are you gay and filthy? You need a power shower! Or at least head to this fog-your-glasses monthly party hosted by Walter Gomez (it’s his birthday, too!) that features a wet towel contest, massages, dripping go-gos, and DJ Jordee. 10pm-2am, $5. More info here

FRI/24 NIGHTLIFE KERRI CHANDLER This is an incredible weekend for essential house DJs who have been there from the beginning (see Tony Humphries and David Harness below). Kerri has managed to stay on top of the game into the late 2010s, with festival bookings and young acolytes up the yin-yang. Not to be missed. 10pm-4am, $10-$20. Halcyon, SF. More info here.  

SAT/25-THU/30 FILM BLINDSPOTTING Prime Oakland filmmaking! “Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.” Various times, $12. Roxie, SF. more info here.  

SAT/25 NIGHTLIFE CUMBIATÓN Techno-cumbia! “Cumbiatón is a community-based event that pays homage to the Afro-Latinx cultura, community, and musica. This event has rooted itself in the beautiful barrio of Boyle Heights, CA. Cumbiatón’s vision is to center womxn and queer people of color both on the dancefloor and in the DJ booth.” With DJs Zuri Adia, Sin Amores, Killed By Synth, and Sizzle Fantastic. 9pm-2am, $15. Galleria de la Raza, SF. More info here

SAT/25 NIGHTLIFE FAKE AND GAY A “new party of highly dubious nature and questionable content” that features a boatload of drag and a focus on subversive, future pop—plus a live performance by Dorian Electra and DJ Ariel Zettina. 10pm-4am, $5-$10. The Stud, SF. More info here

SAT/25 NIGHTLIFE TONY HUMPHRIES The New Jersey King of House, whose 1980s Club Zanzibar was one of the progenitors of the East Coast sound, comes through for the As You Like It party. 9pm-4am, $20. Monarch, SF. More info here.  

SAT/25 NIGHTLIFE POLYGLAMOROUS WITH DAVID HARNESS Our very own King of House, the legendary DJ David Harness, swings into the always sparkly queer Polyglamorous party, which will surely be lit up with flaming Burners making their way to the playa, plus people who love good house music. 10pm-4am, $7-$12. F8, SF. More info here

SAT/25 NIGHTLIFE NON-STOP BHANGRA: INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARTY “Ever wanted to take a trip to India? Leave your visa at home and come join Non Stop Bhangra as we take you on a beautiful journey to experience the sounds, rhythms, colors, and flavor of India right here in San Francisco. Featuring dance lesson, dance performances, DJs, dancers, drummers, live singing, henna, visuals, live art, sweets, snacks, endless color, and non-stop dancing.” 9pm-2am, $15-$20. Public Works, SF. More info here

SAT/25-SUN/26 FAMILY/PETS TREASURE FEST “TreasureFest is a unique monthly themed festival that showcases the best of the Bay area. August is our ‘Dog Days of Summer’ event and many of our bars will have a speciality drink cocktails (there will be a doggy safe and approved non-alcoholic Bowzer Beer for your pet). In addition, there will be live music and 40+ food trucks, stations to picnic and fun games for kids.” Also there will be a doggie wedding, which I guess is harmless? 10am-4pm, $5. Treasure Island. More info here

Arts Forecast: Hemlock Tavern closing, Polk Street Blues Fest, Erasure …

Longtime rocker Roy Loney plays hemlock Tavern, Fri/17

ARTS FORECAST More housing is coming to Polk Street, and, despite a Peskin-led effort to preserve it in some fashion, belovedly scruffy rock spot Hemlock Tavern is closing in October. It all be demolished by the Dolmen Property group to make way for a 54-unit mixed-use condominium building, according to Curbed.

In an email sent out today and Facebook post entitled “HEMLOCK TAVERN SOLD AND WILL CLOSE IN EARLY OCTOBER 2018. BUILDING TO BE DEMOLISHED AND REPLACED BY CONDOS” the managers announced:

“The Hemlock Tavern, in its current physical and metaphysical configurations, will cease to exist after the first week of October 2018. We will be operating as usual and featuring a full schedule of live music from now through Sept. 30th, 2018. We will close for good after holding our 17th anniversary party on Saturday, October 6th.

The new owners of the Hemlock Tavern have not yet announced their plans for what will become of the business following the construction of the new building a few years down the road.” 

As one Twitter user pointed out, “Thinking back to when I moved here, Polk Street was bursting with music and art. Hemlock, Kimo’s, Red Devil Lounge, Space Gallery. All gone. What a brutal reminder of how this city has changed.” (They also helpfully linked to this archive of Hemlock-recorded shows for your delectation.

I can attest to a time even before the Hemlock, when it was still a suspiciously large and spectacularly seedy bar called The Giraffe, part of a queer infrastructure along Polk Gulch that has since completely vanished. I was relieved when the Giraffe became the Hemlock, because I like music, and for a long while the Hemlock hit that sweet, rare cultural spot where awesome-filthy indie rockers and gorgeous-filthy street queens (and vice versa) intermingled.

The Hemlock is one of the few live venues in SF that hasn’t been swept up by Live Nation and other corporate behemoths. Until it shuts down, it’s going strong, with shows from Roy Loney and Killer Whale this weekend. Here’s the full schedule—go get some Hemlock before it’s offed. 


ONGOING STAGE SEX AND THE CITY LIVE!  The gals are back—in drag, of course, as D’Arcy Drollinger and her merry band of queens revive the joys, sorrows, and shopping trips of the fab foursome. $27.50, Oasis, SF. More info here

WED/15-FRI/17 MUSIC ERASURE The jaunty synthpop duo whose songs soundtracked contemporary gay lib return for three nights—will they bring the giant sequined snail from previous tours?—to support latest album World Beyond. 7pm, $44+. Masonic, SF. More info here

FRI/17 NIGHTLIFE CLOSING NIGHT PARTY AT NOB HILL THEATRE Another tragic closing: San Francisco is losing its only gay strip club. But it’s going out with a “bang”! An all-star porn star cornucopia of waggling hotties—like “aerial performance artist pornstar Woody Fox”—will help Nob Hill sail off into the sunset. (If the party is sold out, but I know you, you can totally sneak through the backdoor.) Midnight, $30-$50 (splash zone seats!). Nob Hill Theatre, SF. More info here.  

FRI/17-SAT/18 FILM AKIRA The classic, brain-busting anime film paying on the big screen, at midnight? Light one up! 11:55pm, $10. Clay Theater, SF. More info here

FRI/17-SUN/19 FILM PANORAMA COLOMBIA The opening up of Colombia to tourists and commerce after its civil war has led to a huge cultural resurgence and appreciation of this spectacular country. Here’s a great little film fest that shows off some of that artistic verve, showcasing some of the most stimulating works made by a new generation of emerging Colombian filmmakers. Roxie, SF. More info here

SAT/18 MUSIC BRAZIL IN THE GARDENS “No city in the Americas boasts a richer and deeper African cultural presence than Salvador da Bahia in northeastern Brazil, and vocalist Dandara Odara’s ensemble Pragandaia serves as a conduit for sounds from this world-shaking musical hotbed.” 1pm-2:30pm, free. Yerba Buebna Gardens, SF. More info here

SAT/18 MUSIC 20TH STREET BLOCK PARTY Love this free festival from the Noisepop festival, with food, fun, and frothy tunes from the likes of Empress Of, Jeff Rosenstock, The Marias, The She’s, FAN, The Total Bettys and more. Noon-6pm, free ($10 suggested donation). 20th Street, SF. More info here

SAT/18-SUN/19 MUSIC POLK STREET BLUES FESTIVAL The eighth annual installment of this lively block party/music festival, put in by the same folks who do the Fillmore Jazz Fest and the North Beach Festival. Tons of performers, lots of food and vendors, and a little of that old polk Street soul. 10am-6pm, free. Polk between California and Post, SF. More info here

SAT/18 MUSIC GREGORY PORTER SINGS NAT KING COLE Yes! “For this exclusive performance at Davies Symphony Hall, two-time GRAMMY-winner Gregory Porter sings the timeless songs of his greatest influence, Nat “King” Cole, in fresh arrangements by GRAMMY winner Vince Mendoza, accompanied by the Magik*Magik Orchestra.” 8pm, $45+. SFJAZZ. More info here

SUN/19 MUSIC BORIS Thunderous Japanese acid rock from these legends that will melt your feet to the floor. 7:30pm, $23-$25. The independent, SF. More info here.  

SUN/19 DESI COMEDY FEST CLOSING NIGHT A veritable bevy of South Asian comics provides the climax of this annual festival, which takes place all over Northern California but lands in SF tonight. With Abhay, Azhar Usman, Kiran Deol, and more. 7pm, $40-$50. Marines Memorial Theater, SF. More info here.  

Arts Forecast: Pistahan, Salsa Festival, Ronnie Spector …

The Pistahan Parade and Festival always draws a great crowd.

ARTS FORECAST This weekend heralds another massive Outside Lands—the first in its 10-year history to be headlined by a woman, the awesome Janet Jackson. The lineup this year is stacked (Janelle Monae, Tash Sultana, Florence and the Machine, and Perfume Genius will bring some fire). But to survive the crush, you might need a little “mood lightening.”

Bay Area food writer Marcia Gagliardi has just launched a new project called My Milligram, which curates lovey low-dosage cannabis products that will increase your positive outlook, though not bowl you over. She’s put together a cute and kicky My Milligram summer festival pack: “a neon fanny pack filled with curated low-dose products that are ideal for enjoying festival season in #hellavated style.” A perfect lift for when you’re waiting on your favorite act in a sea of thousands, or, say, climbing a fence for a better view 🙂

Look at this adorable My Milligram low-dosage cannabis product festival fannypack!

I’ll be camping in one of the few parts of Cali that currently aren’t on fire right now—shouts out to the firefighters, if not the CA Department of Corrections, which recently bragged about basically using child slave labor in the flame-prevention effort. If you’re not in the mood for Outside Lands, here are a few alternatives, or complements, if you like. 

THU/9 NIGHTLIFE EWE BETTER WURQ It’s almost Burning Man time, and that means the camp fundraisers are coming fast and furious. This one is actually campy: The Big Ass Amazingly Awesome Homosexual Sheep, aka BAAAHS, is, er, a giant sheep art car/sound system that has lasers for eyes and disco balls for testicles. This party will raise funds to help it graze the playa, bringing sheepish techno to all. With lots of fun DJs and surprises. 7pm-midnight. $10 suggested donation. Driftwood, SF. More info here.     

FRI/10 TALK QUEER ECOLOGY “An interactive workshop with Edgar Xochitl, that will look at ecology from a queer lens and examine heteropatriarchy’s role in creating the power and privilege of what is labeled ‘natural & normal.'” Presented by PODER SF, “as we prepare for a week of action in defense of Mama Earth and her resources, Sept 8-15, here in SF.” 5:30-8:30, $15-425 or two hours of volunteer work at Hummingbird Farm. Secret Garden, SF. More info here

FRI/10 MUSIC GLOBAL SOUL: AFROLICIOUS SOUNDYSTEM & BRAZA Wow! Two of our absolute best party crews team up for a sure-to-get-you-dancing experience encompassing Latin, African, and homegrown funk sounds. Live percussion, awesome DJs, diverse and fun crowd. 9:30pm-3:30am, $10-$15. Monarch, SF. More info here

FRI/10-SUN/12 FILM/MUSIC HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS IN CONCERT “Immerse yourself in the magic as you watch a house elf make trouble, a car fly, a giant talking spider, a mysterious diary and much more set to the music you know and love. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event!” Multiple times and prices, Davies Symphony Hall, SF. More info here

SAT/11 NIGHTLIFE DEBASER 10TH ANNIVERSARY “Best crowd-surf wins a ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ 7-inch” is really all you need to know about this raucous, perfect ’90s tribute party. Well, that, and also that this is its 10th anniversary, and DJs Jamie Jams and EmDee are still playing “songs from a time when ‘alternative’ meant ‘not mainstream.'” 10pm-2am, $5-$10. The Knockout, SF. More info here.  

SAT/11 ART “COMIDA ES MEDECINA” OPENING RECEPTION “Galería de la Raza is honored to present the exhibit, Comida es Medicina. Comida es Medicina considers the topic of food justice from Latinx, Chicanx, Central American, indigenous, and immigrant perspectives. This group exhibition contests white supremacy by uplifting the knowledge, traditions, and practices of immigrant and indigenous members of our communities in relation to food, ancestral knowledge, and respect for Mother Earth.” 6pm-9pm, free. (Show runs through November 2). Galeria de la Raza, SF. More info here.  

SAT/11 EMO NIGHT TOUR 2018 A lot sad, a lot happy. “Imagine going to a show and hearing Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, My Chemical Romance and many more, all only playing their best songs! The folks at the Emo Night Tour 2018 are giving you just that. All the sing-a-longs, dancing, jumping, screaming… well basically all the EMO!” 8:30pm, $10. Hotel Utah Saloon, SF. More info here

SAT/11-SUN/12 FESTIVAL PISTAHAN PARADE AND FESTIVAL This is one of my favorite festivals, mostly because I can never stuff enough lumpia into my mouth at one time. I keep trying, though! This celebration of Filipino culture and cuisine features amazing music, dancing, performance, community, and food, food, food. Noon, free. Yerba Buena Gardens, SF. More info here

SAT/11 FESTIVAL SALSA FESTIVAL Salsa dancing and salsa tasting! “Salsa tasting (Find your favorite farmers’ market salsa!) Salsa dancing with a live DJ Mayky 1:30pm-3pm, and with live Cuban Music from 10am-noon with La TropaSon. Live music from local youth bands (including Three O’Clock Rock) from noon-1:30pm. Art and crafts vendors, plus A BOUNCE HOUSE!” 10am-3pm, free. Martin Luther King Jr, Civic Center Park, Berkeley. More info here

SAT/11 LIT WRITERS WITH DRINKS: MARGARET WILKERSON SEXTON Love this tipsy literary salon, hosted by Charlie Jane Andrews! “Born and raised in New Orleans, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was a 2017 National Book Award Nominee, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017 and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.” Also with Hannah Pittard, Laura Antoniou, Marlee Jane Ward, and more. 6:30pm-9:30pm, $5 to $20, all proceeds benefit the Center for Sex & Culture, MakeOut Room, SF. More info here.  

SUN/12 MUSIC RONNIE SPECTOR AND THE RONETTES The one, the only, the queen of rock and roll soul brings her wall of sound to the free Stern Grove Festival. 2pm-5pm, free. Stern Grove, SF. More info here

TUE/14 READING PRIVACY VS. THE RISE OF SURVEILLANCE TECH “Join award-winning tech reporter Cyrus Farivar reading from his newly released Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech. His work shows how the explosive growth of surveillance technology has outpaced our understanding of the ethics, mores, and laws of privacy. The evening will also feature a special performance by activist, organizer, lawyer, DJ, MC, music producer, and recent congressional candidate Shahid Buttar. 7pm-9pm, donation requested. Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland. More info here

Arts Forecast: Hip-hop pioneers, classic punks, Hawaiian fun…

Eric B. and Rakim, 1988, by Drew Carolan at Family Affair gallery.

ARTS FORECAST It’s weird growing older in a media-saturated environment. For years, the only connection I had to my hip-hop-adoring youth was a clutch of vinyl records and a couple t-shirts—one especially ratty one of Eric B. and Rakim (sigh, so dreamy) among them. Now I can wake up, turn to my bedside laptop and see them bring out New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon onstage during a reunion tour date, watch Rakim rap his way through a stellar jazzy-strings set on NPR’s Tiny desk concert series, and get a notification that the legendary duo are featured in a photography show at Lower Haight’s wonderful Family Affair gallery (which recently wrapped up a stunning show of rare early Prince photos).

The show celebrates the 30th anniversary of the release of classic Follow the Leader album—photographer Drew Carolan shot the duo for the cover. “Alternative angles and outtakes from the photoshoot for the iconic Follow The Leader album cover will be on view as a spectacular series of high gloss metal prints—each signed by photographer Drew Carolan in a limited edition of 30 to commemorate the anniversary of the album, the duo’s follow-up to their classic debut Paid In Full (1987). These are majestic images of Eric B. & Rakim that capture a moment in time when hip-hop was evolving from its humble beginnings to a world-wide force that would innovate and eventually dominate culture, both sonically and visually.”

As Rakim raps on the eponymous track, my favorite of theirs, “Follow me into a solo, get in the flow. And you could picture, like a photo….”

ERIC B.AND RAKIM: FOLLOW THE LEADER BY DREW CAROLAN Opening reception Thu/26, 7pm-10pm, free. Show runs through August 18. Family Affair, SF. More info here.   

PS Don’t forget to check out our Screen Grabs and Party Radar columns, too! 


Sat/28 and Sun/29 VERONICA KLAUS The glorious return of one of our homegrown favorites, jazz chanteuse Veronica Klaus, who rose from the raucous SoMa nightlife scene to the big-time cabarets. Here she pours on the charm at Martuni’s with pianist Tammy Lynne Hall-Hawkins and bassist Daniel Fabricant. Martuni’s SF. More info here.  

Sat/28 “KAREN SOLOMON: CURED MEAT, SMOKED FISH & PICKLED EGGS” The former Bay Guardian culture editor turned superstar cookbook author presents her latest. “Food preservation teacher and cook Karen Solomon teaches you how to smoke, pickle, salt-cure, oil-cure, and dehydrate a variety of meats, dairy, fish, eggs, and other proteins economically and at home. Fifty-six creative recipes highlight the range of specialty foods that you can make yourself with these techniques, including smoked salmon, pickled beans, cured sardines, brined cheese, duck breast prosciutto, and, of course, beef jerky (eight varieties!).” Yum! 3pm-4pm, free. Omnivore Books, SF. More info here

Sat/28 FEAR The seminal LA punk band celebrates 40 years of raising hell (and being weirdly obsessed with gay people but that’s a whole other story), holy shit. 7pm, $25-$100. Slim’s SF. More info here. 

Sat/28-Sun/29 TREASUREFEST: HAWAII! Tons of vendors come together for this family friendly, outdoor shopping and entertainment extravaganza. Featuring three tiki bars, a “food truck luau,” scavenger hunts, and “400+ local artists, makers, designers, antique collectors, under ground food start-ups, and more.” 10am-4pm, $5. Treasure Island. More info here

Sun/29 THE DARTS Um, “an all-grrrrl garage-psych-rock supergroup influenced by The Trashwomen, Billy Childish, Death Valley Girls, Thee Tsunamis, Ty Segall, & The Ettes”? Yes, please. With The Atom Age, Mean Motor Scooter, and Harley Rother. 7:30pm, $12-$15. DNA Lounge, SF. More info here

Mon/30 THE FUTURE OF FOOD: RECENTERING OUR ORIGINS” “A reclamation of our deep cultural foodways is in order. Food is at the core of humanity, sustaining our bodies and grounding us in our communities. At a time when the industrial food system continues to negatively impact our health and the planet, the next generation of food activists is calling on us to decolonize our eating habits and ways of growing, preparing, and sharing food.” Engage in conversation with visionary food professionals and activists who are redefining the dialogue around good food, including Mai Nguyen of California Young Farmers Coalition and Edgar Xochitl of PODER. 6pm-8pm, $10. San Francisco Ferry Building, SF. More info here

Tue/31 WATERSEED Who doesn’t need a big, funky, soulful, New Orleans-based band in their life? Should: We need more of it right now, please. 9pm, $5. Boom Boom Room, SF. More info here

Tue/31 ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ Wowee-zowee, the supernova of the social democratic movement comes to the Mission. “As you’ve no doubt heard, Alexandria beat 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in the NY-14 primary last month. In the context of the generational turnover of the Democratic Party, she is showing what it means to pound the pavement (literally), to know your community, and to embrace an economic future grounded in equity. She’s downright inspiring in a moment when it’s in short supply.” 7:30pm-9:30pm, $10-$50. El Rio, SF. More info here

Wed/1 COMMON WITH SF SYMPHONY Even more pioneering hip-hop! One of the masters of conscious rap (and a media savant who’s managed to stay in the spotlight for decades), Common, “joins the SF Symphony for an unforgettable, one-night-only showcase, performing selections from his latest album, Black America Again, along with some of his most memorable hits.” Rad. 7:30pm-10pm, $85. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. More info here

Arts Forecast: Gray Area Festival lineup, Laborfest, Fillmore Jazz Fest…

Performers at last year's Gray Area Festival.

ARTS FORECAST Lots of fests coming at you fast! We’ve got details below, but here’s a future one to put on your radar: The Gray Area Festival in the Mission, Thursday July 26–Sunday July 29. If you’re unfamiliar with Gray Area, it’s an organization that brings some incredible junctures of arts, music, technology, activism, education, and partying together. Once located all over the Tenderloin, Gray Area itself is now housed in the former Grand Theater on Mission Street, beautifully restored, and its annual festival is “a conference, performances, workshops, and an exhibition surveying culture through the lens of art and technology. It brings together art and technology for social, civic, and cultural impact,” according to Gray Area honcho Josette Melchior.

This year’s lineup was just announced, and it’s pretty major, with dream-pop group YACHT, the author of Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women who Made the Internet, Claire L. Evans. Indie electronic-acoustic darlings Hundred Waters, experimental musicians Second Woman with Pfadfinerei, techno delight Machinedrum, and dozens more. It’s a multimedia, mind-expanding experience (I loved last year’s) that, when combined with the Fillmore Jazzfest and Laborfest below, really outlines the current state of the city and its various forms of activism and interaction. More info here


THU/28 MUSIC THE GO-GO’S From their totally unexpected triumph of a whimsical musical, back to their status as “America’s ’80s pop sweethearts,” the frothy California rockers are back at it, and we love them. 8pm, $49.50. Fox Theatre, Oakland. More info here

Film School Dropouts host ‘Pink Flamingos’

THU/28 FILM PINK FLAMINGOS There’s probably no better way to view John Waters’ 1972 trash masterpiece than at the Roxie with a bunch of camp queens, hosted by drag duo the Film School Dropouts. Kill everyone now! 9:30pm, $15. Roxie Cinema, SF. More info here.   

FRI/29 NIGHTLIFE CATZ ‘N DOGZ Bet you didn’t know Poland had a killer techno scene, eh? This duo is phenomenal and fun—plus a couple of real sweethearts. They’re closely associated with our very own dirtybird crew, so expect lots of crowd pleasing bass, but also fastidious students of all sorts of music. (They once opened a set with several minute of jazz goddess Alice Coltrane.) 9:30pm-3:30am, $10-$20. great Northern, SF. More info here.  

FRI/29 PERFORMANCE STEREO ARGENTO: CRONENBERG An insanely clever drag tribute to horror master David Cronenberg? Goretastic! Hosted by Meredeath + Jillian Gnarling, with dancing and drinks, too. 10pm-3am, $10. the Stud, SF. More info here.  

SAT/30 NIGHTLIFE VOLVOX Volvox (Discwoman) finally makes her triumphant return to headline Lights Down Low and bring it hardcore with a special night of blistering techno bliss, foot-stomping electro, and pure sonic satisfaction. Every time she slides behind the decks is a pulse-racing, hands-raised and room-detonating affair.” Well, then! 10pm-3am, $15. Monarch, SF. More info here

SAT/30 AND SUN/1 FESTIVAL FILLMORE JAZZFEST This storied celebration is so ingrained in the city’s cultural fabric that it’s hard to believe this is only the 34th installment. While the latest attempt to revive the historic jazz district didn’t exactly pan out, and the black exodus from San Francisco continues, at least the hometown spirit of love and music (and great food and shopping!) is still going on. This year’s theme is “’90s Throwback,” with Kim Nalley, The Mo’Fessionals, Alphabet Soup, Jungle Biskit, Dogslyde, Marshall Arts, plus Lavay Smith, the Broun Felinis and many more performing. Come support. More info here

SAT/30 PROTEST FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER RALLY This Arts Forecast is getting taken over by politics because this week has been absolutely awful (except for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s wonderful win), but here’s a good way to feel useful: Rally with others against the fact that our government is forcibly separating children from their families and putting them in cages. I cannot believe I just wrote the last part of that sentence. 10am-1pm, free. Dolores Park, SF. More info here

SAT/30 FESTIVAL ALL DAY I DREAM + WAKING HOUR  The All Day I Dream outdoor party is a traveling fiesta of techno and house tunes, coming to Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park with bigtime burner-favorite DJs Lee Burridge and Oona Dahl— and in which “mystical melodies hang on the evening breeze as a setting sun illuminates the Golden Gateway which sparkles seductively, far off in the distance.” You don’t want to kickstart anything this magickal without 12:30pm-2pm’s The Waking Hour, “the opening ceremony of guided yoga, meditation, and sound healing” lead by yoga instructor Hayley Ebersole and sound healer Cheryl Bowers. 12:30pm-7pm, $35. Golden Gate Park, SF. More info here

SUN/1 FESTIVAL CIVIC CENTER COMMONS BLOCK PARTY  Every 1st Sunday starting July 1 through November 4, there’s going to be a big block party on Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library, and it looks like tons of family fun. The inaugural one features beloved Circus Bella in performance, followed by a juggling workshop, and some fun movement excercises from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, plus tons more, including craft vendors and refreshments. 11am-3pm, free! Civic Center Commons, SF. More info here.  

SUN/1 FESTIVAL LABORFEST “Surviving The Billionaire Robot Assault in the 21st Century”. is the vital theme of this year’s sprawling Laborfest—especially urgent in light of the Supreme Court’s crushing blow to unions this week. Films, arts, speakers, and great events. “This year LaborFest continues to commemorate the San Francisco General Strike of 1934 with a series of lectures and walks. LaborFest will also focus on the role of technology on workers from Silicon Valley to UBER, Lyft and taxi drivers, workers in the so-called ‘gig economy’ as well the role of Airbnb on hotel workers and communities and neighborhoods in San Francisco.” July 1-31. More info here. 

ONGOING VISUAL ART URBAN ABSTRACTS: PHOTOS BY RONALD B. RICHARDSON My friend, Ron Richardson, is a university professor, but every moment he can spare he’s been taking gorgeous pictures of tiny details of the Bay Area (which he once walked all the way around). This is his first show, up at Madrone Art Bar; you should go to the bar ad garb a drink and a dance, and check our these lively, colorful shots. Show runs through August 26. Madrone Arts Bar, SF. More info here.  

ONGOING THEATER SOFT POWER The creators of two of my favorite shows—David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home)‚ come together together for this “play and a musical” that “rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens.” Looks nifty, and hey: 48 Hills readers can get 20% off tickets with the code 48HILLS20 at checkout. Through July 8. Curran Theatre, SF. More info here.

Arts Forecast: Fresh Meat, North Beach Festival, Corgi Con…

Jahaira Fajardo and Angelica Medina perform at the Fresh Meat Festival.

ARTS FORECAST Pride is looming in the distance like a monstrous, rainbow-bedecked Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man—look for my guide to drop soon—but alongside the parades and parties, and, hey, even a little politics, lies a vibrant time for queer arts in the city, mostly courtesy of the 21st Annual National Queer Arts Festival (through June 28). You’ll find a plethora, nay, a panoply of Pride-related (and not so much) performances and activities that will amaze and astound. 

Take the centerpiece Fresh Meat Festival (Fri/14-Sun/16): three days of incredible trans and queer dance, storytelling, music, art, and everything else you can think, with an emphasis on the new. Hosted by the local legend Shawna Virago and Sean Dorsey, this 12th annual edition includes “a transgender superhero rock opera, world champion gay ballroom, award-winning queer disabled dance pioneers, gender-bending dance-theater, trans comedy, and more.” Boo-ya! More info here


THU/14 WTF SUPER SEINFELD TRIVIA AND VARIETY SHOW From the creators of the wildly popular Simpsons Trivia Night comes “a Seinfeld trivia night with awesome prizes, plus a comedy showcase, plus a themed food menu, with themed cocktails, and more fun stuff!” Comics include Aviva Siegel, Drew Harmon, Sam DiSalvo and Alexandria Love, and it’s hosted by local music writer wiz Adrian Spinelli. I am dying to know what the Seinfeld menu is, and it better include a big salad. 6pm, $5-$8. Cafe Du Nord, SF. More info here.

THU/14 NIGHTLIFE PUFF 48 Hills sponsors this super-fun and lively queer cannabis appreciation evening at the Stud, with burlesque, cabaret, and live music performances, as well as giveaways and showcases of the most innovative local products coming out today! With DJ Sergio Fedasz and rock goddess Maria Konner. 7pm-10pm, $10 suggested donation. the Stud, SF. More info here

THU/14, FRI/15 + MON/17 MUSIC BORIS GODUNOV A semi-staged production of Mussorgsky’s classic at SF Symphony, with all its dramatic bombast and poetry. “Inspired by Pushkin’s Shakespearean tragedy, the work follows the rise and fall of the 16th-century Tsar Boris Godunov in a story underpinned by ambition, power, and betrayal.” 8pm (2pm Sunday), $35. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. More info here

FRI/14 STAGE SHORT-LIVED IV “It’s the country’s largest audience-judged theater competition, with thousands of audience members scoring hundreds of artists who put together 48 plays over 9 weeks—all competing for a $5,000 cash prize.” Phew, ought to be a riot! The massive competition runs in rounds until August 4, get in on the ground floor with your theater critic skills. 8pm, $20-$40. Piano Fight, SF. More info here.  

FRI/15 MUSIC FANTASTIC NEGRITO “Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song a real story about a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that left him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth — despite his playing hand being mangled.” We love him. 8pm, $22.50. The Fillmore, SF. More info here. 

FRI/15 NIGHTLIFE FATIMA YAMAHA The Dutch DJ, producer, and musical polymath Bas Bron scored a massive re-hit a couple years ago when a record he released in 2004 as Fatime Yamaha, called “What’s a Girl to Do,” was re-released and spoke to an entire generation eager for laidback beauty and sultry yet desultory noodling (not to mention a queer subtext). His DJ sets, usually consisting His DJ sets, usually consisting of his own expansive, unhurried tracks, are just lovely. This is a Lights Down Low party, so be prepared for excellently rave-y vibes. 10pm-3am, $20. Audio, SF. More info here

SAT/16 NIGHTLIFE CIEL Dance music was really so incredibly boring without women at the forefront! Toronto’s incredibly talented, outspoken Ciel is leading the charge to diversify the Canadian (and worldwide) scene, while bringing some excellent music with her. She’s playing the Mixed Forms party, which brings together one of the most colorful and vibing crowds in the city. With Chicago’s SOLD, whose singular ASMR approach to techno will have you feeling yourself, and local kids Sepehr (live) and Trevor Sigler. 10pm-4am, $15-$20. the Stud, SF. More info here.  

SAT/16 ART DOMESTIC. POLITICS. Artist Philip Hua imbues everyday items with intense meaning that reflects our violent and frenzied moment. “Recalling day-of-the-week underwear, photographs of neighbors and loved ones in armored vests for each day of the week imagine a world in which protection against gun violence is just another article of daily wear.  Duvet covers depicting snippets of articles from the marriage equality movement symbolize the private nature of marriage and the public victory for love and equality. And a hand towel designed using a man’s fingerprints to let women wipe away the stain of men’s unwanted advances draws inspiration from the #MeToo movement are just some of the items that are included in the exhibition.” Opening reception 3pm-5pm, free. Show runs through June 31. Ruth’s Table, SF. More info here

SAT/16 FESTIVAL CORGI CON: SUMMER EDITION I once stumbled upon this congregation of Corgi-lovers unawares while strolling down Ocean Beach, and it was one of those perfectly surreal SF moments. Corgis in little superhero outfits! Corgis racing for prizes! Hot Corgi dads! So many tiny legs and waggling backsides! It was all very overwhelming. 10am-2pm, free. Ocean Beach, SF. More info here

SAT/16 AND SUN/17 FESTIVAL 64TH ANNUAL NORTH BEACH FESTIVAL “Featuring over 125 arts and crafts booths, dozens of gourmet food booths, live entertainment, Italian street painting, kids’ chalk area, poetry readings, beverage gardens, local non-profit organizations and the blessing of the animals in The Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi.” If your animal has sneezed, get it blessed! 

Arts Forecast: A Princely debut, the Science of Rhythm, Haight Street Fair, more …

Photo by Robert Whitman, part of the 'PRINCE Pre-Fame' show at the new Family Affair gallery.

ARTS FORECAST It’s not every day a new art gallery opens up in this SF economic climate, especially one in tune with the laidback, music-loving, funky groove of Lower Haight. So I was stoked when I heard about Family Affair, next door to Groove Merchant Records, opening this Thursday. 

I was even more stoked that its first exhibit will celebrate the 40th anniversary(!) of the release Prince’s first album For You—and that it would feature photos of the 19-year-old Purple One by photographer Robert Whitman. Called PRINCE Pre-fame, it illustrates the tale of the young genius coming to California to record the album at Sausalito’s famous/infamous Record Plant studios in 1977.

The opening party is on June 7 (Prince’s birthday, natch), 7pm-10pm, and features a Q&A between photographer Robert Whitman and Family Affair Creative Director Freddy Anzures. Also featured: a special guest appearance by Owen Husney, “the man who discovered Prince,” plus demos and tracks from For You providing the soundtrack for the evening. The show runs through July 7. More info here.  


THU/7-JUNE 28 ART A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE Tis the season for queer-themed exhibits, and this one, curated by local artist Rudy Lemcke, springboards off the work of that great ’80s lightning rod of queer rage against AIDS, David Wojnarowicz. An astounding collection of artists contribute, from Jamil Hellu and Sandra Ibarra, to Arthur Dong and Wojnarowicz himself. Opening reception 6pm-9pm, free. SOMArts, SF. More info here.  

THU/7 NIGHTLIFE SCIENCE OF RHYTHM The Nightlife Thursdays events at Cal Academy remain unbeatable as both wildly fun educational experiences and total meat markets for hot, smart singles. This installment is particularly nice: Legendary nightlife writer Bill Brewster (“Last Night a DJ Saved My Life”) gives a talk and spins underground records with local fave Chris Orr. Plus you can play with vintage synthesizers! 6pm-9pm, $15. Cal Academy, SF. More info here

FRI/8 MUSIC MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO The giants of driving yet quirky electronic music beat their way to Mezzanine with opener (and legend in his own right) MC 900 Ft Jesus. 9pm, $31. Mezzanine, SF. More info here

SAT/9 PERFORMANCE TENDERLOIN MUSEUM THIRD ANNIVERSARY Vietnamese folk music! Drag history! Dancing on buildings! “2018 marks year number 3 for the Tenderloin Museum! Please join us for our Anniversary Party, a full day of free, family-friendly programming at the Museum that celebrates the diverse and impactful efforts of the Tenderloin community both past and present. In a time marked by an urgent and invigorating surge in advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement, the Tenderloin’s history is more relevant and inspiring than ever.” Noon-10pm, free. Tenderloin Museum, SF. More info here

SAT/9 MUSIC LYDIA LUNCH RETROVIRUS “An all-star cast of sonic brutarians in a no-holds-barred survey of the great punk/No Wave poet’s musical output from 1977 to the present, Including music from Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8 Eyed Spy, Queen of Siam, 1313 and Shotgun Wedding.” 9pm, all ages, $15. Rickshaw Stop, SF. More info here

SUN/10 FESTIVAL HAIGHT STREET FAIR Hey, it’s the Haight Street Fair, y’all. 

SUN/10 MUSIC SPEEDY ORTIZ The indie darlings return, with “Massachusetts-based songwriter/guitarist Sadie Dupuis’ knotty, lyrically dense songs fully realized by her bandmates: intricate guitar lines crisscrossing over Darl Ferm’s fluid bass and Mike Falcone’s precisely executed drumming in a way that’s simultaneously catchy and jarring.” 7pm, $20. Cafe Du Nord, SF. More info here

SUN/10 VISUAL ART THE ART OF ROMANOWSKI More Lower Haight love (hey, it’s my hood), with this iconic LH artist’s show in Oakland, which is full of his idiosyncratic way with found objects and stencils and brilliant eye for color. Oh hey, and it’s the Temescal Street Fair that day, so walk around. Opening reception 3pm-7pm, free. Concept 47, Oakland. More info here

SAT/10 CELEBRATION JUNETEENTH RITUAL OF REMEMBERING “Unlike most Juneteenth celebrations, this one honors our ancestors through the faith traditions they held before they were enslaved. Prayers will be offered by people of the First Nation; traditional African belief systems known as Khemet, Vodun, Ifa, Palo Mayombe; Abrahmic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and Eastern traditions including Bhuddhism and Hinduism. The First Nation drum is brought by members of the Black Native American Association and the African Bata drums are brought by members of Awon Ohun Omnira (Voices of Freedom) who are the performing arm of the the event host, Omnira Institute. The Emancipation Proclamation will be read and the audience will be asked to join in some freedom and ring shout songs.” 11am-1pm, free. Lake Merritt Boathouse picnic area, Oakland. More info here

MON/11 TALK JANET MOCK The transgender powerhouse, one of Time’s “most influential people,” is currently a big part of new FX show about voguing called “Pose”—continuing to fulfill her mission of bringing transgender people of color more visibility. She’ll talk about her life, work, and a lot of things besides at the Nourse. 7:30pm-9:30pm, $30. Course Theatre, SF. More info here