ARTS FORECAST Everyone’s pretty much been forced indoors by the smoke, so it’s a good time to see a show—and I’ll be keeping an eye out for fire fundraisers. If you know of any, email [email protected]ills.org and we’ll try to feature them moving forward.
WED/14 MUSIC SSION The wonderfully gender-fluid rock star joins Scissor Sister Jake Shears at the Fillmore for a night of fab looks and sharp tunes. 7pm, $30. The Fillmore, SF. More info here.
THU/15 MUSIC THE ORB The inventors of ambient house (along with KLF) have always been spacey tricksters, and they continue to tickle cosmic fancies into their third decade with their signature dubby sound. 7:30pm, $25-$30. The Independent, SF. More info here.
THU/15 MUSIC/PERFORMANCE THE LIVING EARTH SHOW; ‘AMERICAN MUSIC’ Can’t really describe my love for this local experimental duo enough, but here’s one big thing: They have gathered an incredibly diverse group of performers for this event to showcase the depth and breadth of, yes, American music: Raven Chacon, Timo Andres, Sahba Aminikia, Nicole Lizée, Luciano Chessa, Dennis Aman, and Christopher Cerrone, alongside collaborations with COMMANDO (featuring Lynnee Breedlove and Van Jackson-Weaver) and Ashley Smiley. 8pm-10pm, $20. ODC, SF. More info here.
FRI/16-SUN/18 DANCE SF INTERNATIONAL HIP HOP DANCE FESTIVAL An absolute must, with crews from around the world! “So many SF/Bay Area dance institutions are marking significant milestones this year, and one of these longtime players is the San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest (turning 20), produced and curated by Micaya. Enjoy two distinct programs of work from local, national and international hip hop artists and experience the range of dance forms and lineage that make up the larger hip-hop genre.” Various times and prices, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, SF. More info here.
FRI/16 ART“LUMENOUS: JD BELTRAN + SCOTT MINNEMAN” Art at the Writers’ Grotto? Sounds cool. “Unconventional and not easily classified, Beltran + Minneman’s award-winning collaborative work, begun in 2007, blends narrative and the abstract through painting, sculpture, film, time, light, and audience interaction to investigate how materials can tell stories. Lumenous includes pieces from several bodies of their work spanning the past eight years.” Opening reception 5pm-8pm, free. Show through March 29. SF Writers’ Grotto. More info here.
FRI/16 ART ‘FEVER’ “‘Fever’ is a group photography show documenting the human sexual experience, featuring more than a dozen artists. Additionally, the show asks both how the work is shared and viewed, and also explores the question of potential longevity and archival preservation of this type of artwork. derives its name and concepts from the book, Archive Fever by Jacques Derrida, which argues that while an archive is a public realm, it is also a repository of the private and personal, including the intimate. Published in 1996, Archive Fever also examines the role technology has played in transforming the entire public and private space of humanity. Opening reception 6pm-10pm, show runs though December 28. Center for Sex and Culture, SF. More info here.
SAT/17 STAGE “TROOP BEVERLY HEELS” Our wacky drag goddess of parody, Peaches Christ, is at it again, this time with RuPaul Drag Race’s Trixie Matel, dressing up that eternal Shelly Long classic, Troop Beverly Hills. A luminous cast will bring the camp ’80s romp to life, in Peaches’ own inimitable way. 4pm and 8pm, $30-$45. Castro Theatre, SF. More info here.
SAT/17 LIT BILL BERKSON TRIBUTE “A group of writers and artists pays tribute to the beloved poet and critic Bill Berkson upon the publication of Since When: A Memoir in Pieces (Coffee House). Berkson was active in both the art and literary worlds throughout his life, from his early twenties in Manhattan, where he became close friends with Frank O’Hara and a constellation of other influential thinkers, to his later years in San Francisco.” With Constance Lewallen, Chou Chou, Gordon Knos, Jonathan Lewallen, Siobhan Mora-Lopez, Amanda Eicher, Mac McGinnes. 4pm, free. San Francisco Art Institute. More info here.
SAT/17 FESTIVAL 36TH ANNUAL GREAT DICKENS CHRISTMAS FAIR I love this thing! I thought I would be naturally allergic, but then I went and it is so huge and insane that I was fascinated. “An elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. It’s a twilight evening in Charles Dickens’ London Town—a city of winding lanes filled with colorful characters from both literature and history.” 10am-7pm through December 23. Cow Palace, SF. More info here.
SUN/18 FUN CLASSIC SIMPSONS TRIVIA: SPACE COYOTE EDITION This is no mere TV trivia night! The Everything Ecstatic crew go all out, with themed drinks, local celebs, and a matching menu that includes carnitas tacos with merciless pepper sauce from Quetzalacatenango. Plus there’s a “Find your soulmate, Homer” section. In your face, Space Coyote! 6pm-9pm, $5-$20. Cafe Du Nord, SF. More info here.
ARTS FORECAST Hey, hey! Maybe you have heard that we released a little thing called Best of the Bay last week, with a whole section dedicated to Arts and Entertainment? Please check it out if you haven’t (I worked really hard on it!), and also please support the local arts and entertainment scene. Go see a show, dangit. We need your cute butt in the seats!
GALERIA DE LA RAZA UPDATE The 48-year-old Mission arts mainstay—which was issued a three-day eviction notice by a shady landlord last week—took their fight to remain in their space right to the landlord’s house in Nob Hill this weekend. Check out Mission Local’s excellent write-up, and stay tuned for more updates on the story. Meanwhile, the Galeria is still asking for people to call or write the property management company and request they withdraw the notice. More info on that here.
WED/7 HOLIDAY ICEBREAKER CEREMONY AT UNION SQUARE RINK A beloved seal, a drag queen, an Olympian skater, and a state senator meet on an ice rink. No, this isn’t the set-up to an international thriller (but somebody please get on that), it’s the roster of talent coming to help open the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square for this celebration. Guess which is which: Donna Sachet, David Chiu, Brian Boitano, and the San Francisco Giants’ Lou. A little holiday cheer on ice right after the elections (you can grab an adult beverage nearby) sounds just right! 9:30-10am, rink admission is $18 and $13 for children eight years old and under. Union Square, SF. More info here.
WED/7-SUN/11 FILM/FESTIVAL 43RD ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL “Our festival is an annual forum, which brings artists, filmmakers, musicians, talent and the general local public together to celebrate, support and experience work produced by native and non-native peoples while advocating for authentic representation of native people in the media.” With an astounding number of films over several days of programming. Various times and prices. Brava Theatre, SF. More info here.
THU/8-DEC 1 STAGE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS LIVE! This is a bit of drag Inception: It’s hard to watch British comedy classic “Absolutely Fabulous” without imagining drag queens in the plum roles of Patsy and Edina. So seeing them and the rest of the cast embodied by some of our premiere drag performers—Peggy L’Eggs, Raza Light, D’Arcy Drolinger—will be a dizzyingly hilarious trip. Various times, $27.50-$50. SF Oasis. More info here.
THU/8 FILM/MUSIC CRIME 1978 A new documentary about legendary local punk outfit Crime (“San Francisco Is Doomed”) by director Jon Bastian, including some primo footage from Mabuhay Gardens screens at Balboa Theatre—alongside the world premiere of Michael Lucas’s Go Baby Go!…Or Go To Hell (1992) starring Bay Area surf band The Trashwomen, a sneek-peek at the upcoming Mummies movie, and more musical mayhem on film. 7pm, $10-$12.50. Balboa Theatre, SF. More info here.
THU/8 MUSIC EVERYTHING ECSTATIC PRESENTS NRVS LVRS + MRCH With the demise of the Hemlock, we’re really on the dwindling end of independent venues that host live shows, which sucks. Fortunately, we still have the Amnesia bar, which takes chances on new sounds, new voices, new scenes. Music outlet Everything Ecstatic is presenting a night there featuring local band NRVS LVRS headlining alongside MRCH (Phoenix) and Fringe Class (Portland). “Bands skew to dark, but shimmering electro rock, and all bands are fronted by bad ass women” exclaims promoter and local music writer great Adrian Spinelli, “plus Amnesia has the best beer list of any music venue in the city!” 8:30-11:30, $8. Amnesia, SF. More info here.
FRI/9-SAT/10 PERFORMANCE BOOTY CALL A pirate-themed circus evening for adults, ahoy. “Featuring the best of Bay Area circus talent, The Circus Center Cabaret distills humor, elegance, and grandeur into a circus fête hosted in a uniquely intimate venue. Underscored with live music performed by Cabaret Chanteuse Madame Leanne Borghesi and the Roger Glenn Trio.” $15-$75. Circus Center, SF. More info here.
FRI/9-SUN/11 DANCE AURA FISHBECK DANCE: DUSK “A dance for the time when the light is fading to mark the company’s 10th year anniversary. Featuring performances by Arletta Anderson, Aura Fischbeck, Karla Quintero and Phoenicia Pettyjohn, and an original sound score by Alex Lough. The dance, sound and real time quality of changing and ultimately fading light of each day will coexist as an experience of transformation from dusk to dark.” 4:30pm, $10-$20. Joe Goode Annex, SF. More info here.
FRI/9-SUN/11 PERFORMANCE ROMANTIC SONGS OF THE PATRIARCHY Ragnar Kjartansson, a “multidisciplinary artist known for his humor, irony, and pathos” bings this three-day durational performance to the Women’s Building. “‘Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy,’ curated by Tom Eccles, will be a three-day durational musical performance on view November 9-11 at the Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission District. The work will feature musicians performing familiar and what at first appear to be innocuous love songs on repeat. When listened to more carefully, however, the songs reveal more complex and often more disturbing attitudes towards women, exposing the way the intentions these songs convey are deeply embedded in even the most frivolous aspects of our culture.” Free with registration, Women’s Building, SF. More info here.
SAT/10 TOUR EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE BAY AREA: SEASONAL HERB WALK “From the mist shrouded sea cliffs to the sun-baked arid expanse of its eastern most regions, the San Francisco Bay area provides us with a chance to view a large variety of botanical specimens all within a relatively small geographical range. Join us as we discover together the diverse array of both edible and medicinal plants found growing within these contrasting yet closely interconnected micro-climates.” 10am-4pm, $50. More info here.
SAT/10-SUN/11 SHOPPING RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR The ninth year of this cute SF tradition. “Shop emerging and established makers’ goods, discover rarities and remixes from local DJs, get creative while workshopping, eat from exceptional food trucks, and end the day with a cocktail.” Really what more is there? 11am-5pm, free. Fort Mason, SF. More info here.
SUN/11 MUSIC BEAUX CHEVAUX What happens when two powerhouse performers with all-female rock tribute bands come together to form a super duo? Surprise—the answer is wistfully catchy dream pop, full of sunny melodies and beachy vibes. Zepparella’s Clementine and “Angus” aka Adrian Conner play songs from their new album, headlining the Ivy Room with local band Louda. 4:30pm, $10. Ivy Room, Albany. More info here.
SUN/11 SHOPPING/MUSIC THIRD ANNUAL PUNK-METAL FLEA MARKET Tons of bands, including Blind Illusion, Pablo Escobar, Hemorage, and Thought Vomit plus records, comic books, zines, DIY arts and crafts from oodles of local vendors. All this and DJ Katon? TURN IT UP! 1pm-9pm, free. Oakland Metro Opera House. More info here.
ARTS FORECAST “InSanFrancisco, DayoftheDeadhasbeencelebratedintheMissiondistrictsincetheearly 70’s. TheMarigoldProjectwascreatedin 1990 for participantstobuildaltars, leaveofferings, heal, andcelebratethelivesof ourancestors, inGarfield Park. Itservesasacommunitygraveyardforthenightwithexpressionsofart, music, liveperformances, andawalkingprocessionthroughSanFrancisco’s historicalMissionDistrict.” That invaluable info comes from the official Day of the Dead SF website, with info about Fri/2’s procession and altar display.
Adds the inimitable Johnny Funcheap: “Remember, this isn’t just an excuse to get loaded and party in the streets like Halloween. This is a traditional and respectful cultural celebration and please note, it’s alcohol-free.” Amen. And especially in light of recent horrific events in this country (and shockinglysaddesecrations of Mission community history) and the upcoming elections, I think we could use a little otherworldly wisdom of our ancestors and celebration of the good in life (and death).
THU/1-SAT/3 + TUE/6 MUSIC/FILMJURASSIC PARK AT SF SYMPHONY Election jitters? Post-Halloween spooked? Nothing like a classic monster movie to take your mind off things/ride the season out. Steven Spielberg’s 1993 science fiction blockbuster Jurassic Park gets the full orchestra treatment as Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts John Williams’ score, and the movie plays above. 8pm, $50+. Davies Symphony Hall, SF. More info here.
THU/1-SAT/3 FILM BERLIN AND BEYOND AUTUMN SHOWCASE “America’s premiere festival of contemporary German cinema kicks off its 23rd season with new works making the fall festival circuit, including Christian Petzold’s Transit, Ken Duken’s thrilling Berlin Falling, and Swiss drama Goliath.” Roxie and Goethe Insitut, SF. More info here.
THU/1-SUN/4 MUSIC DIEGO EL CIGALA “With a voice the late guitar icon Paco de Lucía called “one of the most beautiful flamenco voices of our time,” innovative Spanish Gypsy flamenco singer Diego El Cigala returns with an intimate voice-and-piano duet performance titled “An Evening with Cigala” focused on the many highlights from across his amazing career.” 7:30pm (Sun 7pm), $35-$75. SFJAZZ. More info here.
FRI/2 and SAT/3 PERFORMANCE INCIVILITYSF/ELECT TO DISSENT “IncivilitySF returns for a second year, with a fresh slate of some of the Bay Area’s best underground performers, for a showcase of original work riffing on the timely theme of elections and electoral politics. Whether you’re an impassioned advocate of the ballot box, an undecided fence-sitter, or a burn-it-all-down radical, we’ve got you covered, bringing comedy, drama, storytelling, satire, and an eight-foot tall politicized Golem, to the Lost Church’s intimate, Mission district stage.” 7:30pm, $10-$15. Lost Church, SF. More info here.
SAT/3 NIGHTLIFE/FESTIVAL NON STOP BHANGRA DIWALI CELEBRATION “Ever wanted to visit India?! Here’s your chance to experience the colors, sounds, rhythms, and flavors of India right here in the Bay with Non Stop Bhangra to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, one of the most widely celebrated Indian holidays around the globe. Diwali is known not only for the illumination of lights, but also as a time to reflect upon and celebrate the good fortune and relationships of the passing year while spreading positive energy for the coming year. Join the NSB crew as we take you on a colorful journey featuring dance lesson, dance performances, live drummers, djs, visuals, lights, henna, snacks, sweets, beautifully dressed people and positive vibes.” Oh, and amazing dance music! 9pm-2am, $15. Public Works, SF. More info here.
SAT/3 MUSIC/NIGHTLIFE KRUDER & DORFMEISTER The soundtrackers to a generation’s coming-down-after-the-rave mornings are coming back around. “One of the biggest names of electronic dance music, icons of the nineties of the last century, the godfathers of the downtempo music genre and the founders of the legendary G-STONE RECORDINGS, Kruder & Dorfmeister are stopping at The Midway SF on their 25th anniversary tour.” 9pm-late, $25-$45. The Midway, SF. More info here.
SAT/3-SUN/4 FESTIVAL SF INTERNATIONAL TEA FESTIVAL For all the tea addicts out there (I am one!), this two day celebration of the beloved leaf features some very interesting lectures (“Journey into Pu-Erh”), workshops, and of course plenty of cuppas to savor. 11am-5pm, $25/day. Ferry Building Marketplace, SF. More info here.
SUN/4 MUSIC BLACKALICIOUS True regional hip-hop heroes Gift of Gab (phenomenal emcee) and Chief Xcel step up to bring out all the heads, and anyone into the power of lyrical genius and classic beats. (Or, for that matter Bay Area hip-hop history.) I love these guys so much. 7pm, $22-$25. the Chapel, SF. More info here.
SUN/4 A LOT GOING ON HERE KEPLER 452b-INTERSTELLAR REBIRTH! I, for one, welcome the return of multi-sensory cosmic-spiritual day raves—especially if they feature music by local great Solar. “Kepler 452b is a Berlin based art collective who create interdisciplinary projects in major cities using space migration as a metaphor. Through fusing art, music, fashion, workshop and performance their intergalactic events create a fully interactive experience, blurring the lines between the audiences and performers, and provides a venue for envisioning possible futures full of openness, collective action, inclusion and self-expression. Join us on our journey guided by the Kepler crew for a personal and collective transformation!” 2pm-midnight, $20-$30. Great Northern, SF. More info here.
MON/5 COMMUNITY DISCUSSION WE WILL NOT BE ERASED “The Trump administration recently unleashed what’s been criticized as another attack on transgender Americans by calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to redefine sex as biological under Title IX, which prevents gender-based discrimination. In response, LGBTQ communities and allies have mobilized community actions calling out the administration for what they’re calling a blatant attempt to erase trans and gender nonconforming communities. Join us for an informational discussion with community experts on strategies to address this latest attack and the impact of the upcoming November 6 election. Learn more on what this memo means, what people can do next.” 6:30pm, free. Commonwealth Club, SF. More info here.
ARTS FORECAST It’s Litquake time again (October 11-20), when the enormous literary festival takes over the city’s venues—and, for Litcrawl on October 20, basically any available space on Valencia Street—filling the city with glorious words, words, words. (And perhaps a timely reminder that it’s OK, necessary, life-affirming, to love books.)
First I want to mention the naughty side: 48 Hills is pairing with Litquake to present a pretty outrageous tribute to homosexual erotic artist Tom of Finland, celebrating his 50th year of publication in the US: Beefcake, Wednesday, October 17, 7pm-10pm, at the SF Eagle. Taschen Books editor (and famous pornography publisher) Dian Hanson will be on hand, as will DJ Bus Station John, Jon Ginoli of Pansy Division playing live, emcee Honey Mahogany of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Stud Collective, and tons more. Come out and support! (It’s a fundraiser.) All are welcome!
Beyond that, there is waaaaaaay much going on, including the World Series of Poetry, Literary Death Match, a “Poetry Nap” in Berkeley, an Ursula K. LeGuin tribute, “Bad Poetry & Bad Stories,” “The Secret History of Silicon Valley,” “Zombies in Nature,” North Beach Beat Walking Tour, “New Native Voices,” Bay Area Pun-Off, Rebecca Solnit, The Residents, Michael Imperioli, Akwaeke Emezi, and tons more. Just look at this schedule and try not to shiver with anticipation.
See you there, peering over my hot pink piece-nez and scribbling in my tiny Moleskine, inscribed “Patty Cakes.”
MORE ARTS HAPPENINGS
THU/11-OCTOBER 20 STAGE GIRL Monique Jenkinson, aka drag performance artist and dancer Fauxnique, presents a very timely work, an evening-length collaboration between contemporary choreographer herself and electronic composer Marc Kate. “Speaking to the feminine in everyone, ‘Girl’ asks: ‘Who is the girl in you?, What could you tell her?’ The work draws on the ‘final girl’ heroine in horror, and her will to survive amidst misogyny, rage and violence through to redemption.” Joe Goode Annex, SF. More info here.
THU/11-OCTOBER 20 STAGE FORBIDDEN FUTURES Bindlestiff, the groundbreaking all-Filipino theater company, presents “Three original short plays that dare to explore Filipino Diaspora in a brutal, dystopian future. The Earth is a third world planet. Technology has advanced, but society has deteriorated. When we immigrate into the stars, it’s nearly impossible to remember we were once Island People, but something deep within us refuses to forget. A meditation on diluted identity vs. ancestral memory, wrapped in a love letter to sci-fi pulp fiction, cyberpunk/post apocalyptic media, and Heavy Metal Magazine.” Bindlestiff Studio, SF. More info here.
FRI/12 MUSIC EARTH The Olympian pioneers of drone metal—wonderfully labeled by one writer as “the inevitable result of the damage done by downers to perception of time”—buzz in for a heady blast, performing their classic, psychedelic 2008 album “The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull.” (Oof was that a decade ago?) Doors 8pm, $20/$25. The Chapel, SF. More info here.
FRI/12-SUN/14 LIT/FESTIVAL IRISH ARTS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL Some giants in town for this, including poet Paul Muldoon and critic Fintan O’Toole, plus programs on “Frederick Douglass’s visit to Ireland,” “Irish Eyes on Trump’s America,” “Bullets into Bells,” “Lifeboat: New Voices in Irish Poetry,” and much more. Various venues throughout the Bay Area. More info here.
SAT/13-SUN/14 VISUAL ART OPEN STUDIOS KICK-OFF WEEKEND “More intimate than a gallery and certainly less imposing than a museum, more than 800 painters, photographers, sculptors, furniture designers & makers, and those working with glass, jewelry and other materials will throw open the doors to their studios throughout the city, so the general public can enjoy firsthand what they do and how they do it, all as the gorgeous autumn weather finds its footing.” And of course there’s a fabulous launch party to kick five weekends of studio visits off (Sat/13, 6:30pm-11pm, at SOMArts). All over San Francisco. More info here.
SAT/13-SUN/14 MUSIC TREASURE ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL Now moved to Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland due to Treasure Island’s massive development project, the little cousin to Outside Lands boasts plenty of hipster credibility after 11 years. Headliners Tame Impala and A$AP Rocky provide broad appeal, with live gems like Jungle, Hiatus Kaiyote, Soccer Mommy, and Serpentwithfeet giing you offbeat indie sounds. More info here.
SAT/13 LIT BIKES TO BOOKS Five-year anniversary ride, with special surprises! And it’s free! “Combining San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration, Bikes to Books began as an homage to the 1988 street-naming project spearheaded by City Lights founder and former San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in which 12 San Francisco streets were renamed for famous artists and authors who had once made San Francisco their home. The resulting 7.1-mile tour is a diverting and unique way to celebrate both the literary and the adventurous spirit of San Francisco.” Meet on the north side of Jack London in South Park at 12:45, SF. More info here.
SAT/13-SUN/14 LIT/FESTIVAL SF MOBY DICK MARATHON A whale of a time (Sorry! I don’t get to use that often!) “Food trucks and abundant coffee at Aquatic Park will fuel the audience and over 100 voices who plan to participate in the marathon weekend reading of “Moby Dick,” Melville’s magnificent tale of a whale, fate, destiny, race and racism, not to mention madness and obsession.” Aquatic Park, SF. More info here.
SAT/13 EAT/FESTIVAL SF STREET FOOD FESTIVAL Last year’s edition of this incredible fest was a bit of a disaster: Popularity outran ticket sales, and there were hours-long waits at the gate. It was the first time the festival was at its new location, the Potrero Power Plant, after outgrowing its charming Folsom Street in the Mission roots (with a dip into Pier 70, before development concerns turned everyone out). I bet they’ve figured it out this year—and what a testament to the power of La Cocina, our superheroine food-business incubator, to draw dozens of awesome restaurants and start-up vendors together for this massive benefit. 11am-7pm. Potrero Power Plant, SF. More info here.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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?”
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, featuringexperimental 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.
MORE UPCOMING EVENTS
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.
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 electronicmusic 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 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.
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.
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.
UPCOMING EVENTS OF NOTE
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 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.”
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.
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 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 🙂
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/MUSICHARRY 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.