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Get Silly This Week: Comedy, Karaoke, & Drag Kings!

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This week, it’s all about the funny business. First up, we’ve got tickets to give away to three different shows at The Punch Line, a comedy competition in the Haight, and a crazy karaoke night in Berkeley. Follow that with the return of The City’s best drag king cabaret, a two-day pub crawl, and a solo show that’s also a drinking game, and you’ve got a recipe for a week full of shenanigans that would put your favorite quirky sitcom characters to shame! Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 6/29/21…


This Week’s Giveaways

Check Out a Comedy Show – On Us!


We Want to Send You and a Friend to See John Dore @ The Punch Line!


We Want to Give You a Free Copy of Bring Music Home!


We Want to Send You and a Friend to the CJM’s Levi Strauss Exhibit! 


This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 6/29

¿Dónde Esta Mi Gente? – Puro Orgullo

7:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free 

Celebrate queer culture in the Latinx community! Join local luminaries Baruch Porras-Herandez and Raina Leon as they co-host this dynamic show full of queer Latinx performers celebrating and exploring the many facets of their their queerness through poetry, comedy, and music.


Haight’s Debates

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Milk Bar, 1840 Haight Street | $25

Haight’s Debates is the Bay Area’s best (read: one and only) comedy competition! Two comedians go head-to-head in a battle royale of laughter, debating topics from race and religion to farts and freaks. The lineup will include comedians you know from Comedy Central, NBC, and Viceland, so get ready to split your sides and pee your pants laughing!


Wednesday, 6/30

Dive the Bay Pub Trivia @ Standard Deviant

8:00 pm | Standard Deviant Brewing, 280 14th Street | Free

Join your host, Joachim Steinberg, for 5 rounds of trivia goodness, including a music round and the chance to win $50 of fabulous prizes (well, mostly beer… but hey, free beer!!!) Can YOU answer the “Impossible Question?” Gather up your team and find out!


Sisters with Transistors @ The Roxie

6:30 pm | Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street | $8-20

Love electronic music? Find Auto-Tune fascinating? Produce your own dubstep tracks in your bedroom at home? Well, have you ever heard of Clara Rockmore, Bebe Barron, Eliane Radigue, or Suzanne Ciani? If not, get your ass down to the Roxie and get LEARNED! This documentary film, co-presented by the Women’s Audio Mission, tells the untold true story of electronic music’s female pioneers. Come learn about the trailblazing women who’ve been on the front lines of the evolution of electronic music since its first beeps and boops hit the airwaves!


Thursday, 7/1

California Academy of Sciences presents NightSchool: The Color of Life

7:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free 

As Pride month draws to a close, take a closer look at the rainbow and the role it plays in the natural world. At this edition of NightSchool, you’ll hear from scientists who study birds, frogs, and butterfly wings, and will learn how color plays a crucial role in the day-to-day life – and survival – of countless species.


Concert Career Pathways presents: 80s/90s Karaoke Night!

7:00 pm | Out Front Street Bar (Inside the UC Theatre), 2036 University Avenue, Berkeley | $10 

Warm up those pipes and get ready to belt some Bonnie Tyler! Out Front Street Bar is hosting a karaoke night to remember, and it’s for a great cause – proceeds from this event will directly benefit the UC Theatre’s Concert Career Pathways program. Wear your best 80s/90s fashions and pick your favorite pair of power ballads – a $10 donation gets you the chance to sing two songs!


Friday, 7/2

“POLLAN-ators” Opening Reception

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Palette SF, 816 Folsom Street | Free (RSVP required)

Made up of works inspired by Michael Pollan’s 2001 nonfiction book The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, this new group exhibition at Palette Gallery explores the concept of cultivation and the relationship between plants and humans. Pop by the opening reception to mingle with artists Bedelgeuse, Nora Bruhn, Tom Colcord, Velia de Iuliis, and Linda Larson, and enjoy the art along with special floral installations by Max Gill Design.


Pericles, Prince of Tyre: A Hybrid Production

Multiple Dates, Shows at 7:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free

Free Shakespeare in the Park beamed right into your own backyard? Hell yes! The SF Shakespeare Festival has gone above and beyond with this year’s offering of Free Shakespeare in the Park, and the result is a hybrid production of massive proportions. Presented virtually and episodically over a series of weeks, and culminating in a live outdoor finale, this hybrid production of Pericles is sure to break the mold on what we all expect from Shakespeare.


Reload @ Temple

10:00 pm | Temple SF, 540 Howard Street (1st Floor) | $12-20

Temple is back and louder than ever! Tonight’s party features Grammy-winning DJ Cedric Gervais (you know him as the guy behind the earworm-y remix of Lana del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”) and promises to keep you dancing till dawn.


Saturday, 7/3

Dandy Drag King Cabaret

Doors at 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00 pm | Oasis SF, 298 11th Street | $20

Voted the Best Drag King Revue in SF, Dandy Cabaret returns to Oasis tonight in an explosion of machismo – heavy on the cheese! Hosted by Leigh Crow and Ruby Vixen, and featuring performances by Tyson Check’in, Meatflap, and The Yeastie Boys, Dandy promises to tickle your funny bone AND your Daddy fetish.


The San Francisco 4th of July Pub Crawl & Hot Dog Eating Contest (2-Day Event)

Saturday: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Sunday: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Polk Street (Check-in at Mayes Oyster House, 1233 Polk Street) | $5-20, register in advance 

Time to get messy in the name of MURRICA! Check in for the crawl at Mayes Oyster House, then stumble your way down Polk to hit up the rest of the more than a dozen participating bars for awesome drink specials… Then do it all again the next day! Although if you’re planning on competing in the hot dog eating contest on Sunday, maybe save the whiskey shots for afterward? Just a thought.


Sunday, 7/4

San Francisco’s 4th of July Fireworks Show

9:30 pm (ish) | Pier 39 | Free

Mayor Breed has confirmed that The City’s annual 4th of July fireworks show will definitely be happening this year! This show never disappoints, and is a great opportunity to reintroduce family outings post-lockdown. Mosey on down to Pier 39 (or thereabouts – there are plenty of other great views along the waterfront) and make whatever offerings to Karl the Fog you deem necessary to ensure clear skies for viewing! (And big thanks to our friends at SF FunCheap for getting the word out on this one!)


Monday, 7/5

Monday Night Marshstream: Bethany Mitchell’s Box Steps and Beers

7:30 pm | Virtual Event | Free (Donations Encouraged)

In this unique cocktail of song, dance, and storytelling, creator Bethany Mitchell shares the tale of her life as a touring dancer and single female in New York City. Did I mention that it’s also a drinking game? BECAUSE IT’S ALSO A DRINKING GAME! Grab a beer and a few friends, and tune in for this one-of-a-kind solo feature!


Mark your calendar for next week

Thursday, 7/8 – Hear Me Out: Residency Showcase Opening Reception

Saturday, 7/10 – Emperor Norton’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!


Rad Ongoing Events

Every Friday – No-Cover Cabaret

Select Dates – Refuse Refuse Neighborhood Cleanups and Actions

And don’t forget to check out the Big Bad List of Rad Ongoing Events right here!


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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.

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