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The *NEW and IMPROVED* BAS Bay Area Events Newsletter is HERE!

The Bay's best newsletter for underground events & news

Spring is here, the City is 61% vaxxed, and it’s finally time to crack open our doors, sniff the air, and see if it’s safe to come out of our hidey-holes. While the Bay Area navigates the gradual return to IRL, we figured there was no better time than the present to launch our all-new, all-improved, all-events newsletter!

Here’s how it works:

1. Every Tuesday our subscribers (become one right here!) will receive an arts and events newsletter that compiles and curates a weekly selection of the best-of-the-best in Bay Area events.

2. Don’t panic though! You’ll still get our regular newsletter chock-full of juicy news and hot goss every Thursday – you just won’t have to work as hard at deciding what to do this weekend.

3. Want to get your event included on the calendar and/or featured in the newsletter? Shoot an email to our new Events Editor, Lizzie Locker, for the hookup at

4. Don’t forget to bookmark our events calendar to keep up with everything going on across The Bay 24/7!

Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of May 18th, 2021….

This Week’s Giveaways

We wanna give you $50 worth of free food from Club Feast! 

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 5/18

Nudie Nubie’s Ultimate Reveal 
6:00 pm | Virtual Event | Tickets available on a sliding scale

The amateur burlesque competition that launched many of the Bay’s striptease stars has gone worldwide! While the pandemic raged on, nine competitors were chosen by audiences around the globe, giving them the right to compete for the title of Ultimate Reveal Champion. Hosted by international brulesque superstars Foxy Tann and RedBone, this final showdown of tease talent is sure to surprise and tantalize. Tickets are available on a sliding scale starting at $0, so don’t miss out!

Wednesday, 5/19

Kapwa Gardens COVID Test and Stretch
10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Kapwa Gardens, 967 Mission Street | Free

Get a little peace of mid every 1st and 3rd Wednesday with Kapwa Yoga Circle’s COVID Test and Stretch events. Walk-up COVID testing is available for all ages (no appointment or ID necessary!), and while you’re there, join one of the free outdoor yoga classes that start every hour on the hour until 2pm. Make sure to bring your own mat!

Bay Area Queer Writers Association Reading
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm | Virtual Event | Free

Perfectly Queer presents an eclectic mix of writers from the BAQWA reading and discussing their work, including Liz Faraim, Wayne Goodman, R.L. Merrill, and M.D. Neu. This virtual event is free, just email to get the Zoom link.

Thursday, 5/20

Libations for Liberation 
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  | Virtual Event | $18 +

18 Reasons, the nonprofit providing healthy food along with cooking and nutrition education to food insecure families throughout the Bay, is hosting this virtual fundraiser in celebration of National Aperitif Day. Learn how to make 10 craft cocktails along with the chefs who created them, and if you’re feeling fancy and generous, splurge on a mix-along Cocktail Kit (they’ll hand-deliver it to your door!)

Thurs. 5/20 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Fri. 5/21 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free (Registration required)

This free two-day virtual convention is for anyone who wants to make events happen in the new post-COVID landscape, either virtually or IRL. The packed lineup includes webinars and conversations on everything from COVID compliance to accessibility design, and promises a wealth of information and networking opportunities for anyone working in the events space.

Friday, 5/21

The Roxie’s Grand Reopening
2:30 pm (6pm showing SOLD OUT)  | Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street | $9 +

The Roxie is back in action! Everyone’s favorite historic theatre will reopen its doors on Friday, and is celebrating with a screening of Cinema Paradiso, chosen by audience vote. Tickets are selling out FAST, so don’t sleep on this one!

Saturday, 5/22

TRANSMISSION: A Celebration of World Goth Day
11:00 am – 7:00 pm  | al Fresco Dining Park, 1445 Webster Street, Alameda | Free

Get ready Alameda – the goths are coming! TRANSMISSION will feature music, fashion, artists, and vendors, all in celebration of all things Goth. The event, presented by the Menagerie Oddities Market, is free, but donations will be accepted to offset the costs of the event.

Sunday, 5/23

TransNational Cabaret
On-Demand through 6/10 | Virtual Event | $5 +

Celebrate the diversity of the Trans experience with NCTC’s new virtual offering, TransNational Cabaret. Hosted by beloved hometown drag sensation Polly Amber Ross (aka Chris Steele), the multi-genre show promises to be a sparkling sampling of innovative art by Trans creators from across the country. The show is running through June 10th, and tickets are pay-what-you-wish starting at just $5.


Mark your calendar for next week:

Wed. 5/26 –  The End of the Golden Gate Reading and Author Conversation


Rad Ongoing Events 

Free Museum Saturdays for Bay Area Residents at the de Young and Legion of Honor

Every Saturday the de Young & Legion of Honor offer free general admission to all residents of the nine Bay Area counties. Saturdays feature engaging art experiences for the entire family, including art making, gallery guides, and tours with discussion and sketching in the permanent galleries.

Presidio Theatre Art & Wellness Classes

The Presidio Theatre is offering art and wellness classes in their outdoor plaza starting May 17. You can use the code NEIGHBOR to receive 50% off any class. Free trials and scholarships are also available.

MUNI is back in action!
New and restored bus and rail services are up and running, so rest easy knowing you’ll be able to get to your favorite events a little more easily!

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Lizzie Locker - Events Editor

Lizzie Locker - Events Editor

Lizzie Locker has been an artist, entertainer, and “glamour girl” since birth. Since 2017, Lizzie has been writing professionally for small businesses, as well as creatively. She has published essays in VIE Magazine, and has written website and social media content for pole dance studios, afterschool programs, and reference sites. At the same time, Lizzie has also continued to develop her performance career at queer nightlife events across the Bay Area. She can be found both onstage and off, reading her stories aloud in bars, emceeing drag and burlesque shows, and producing arts events that defy genre and expectation.