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Dance, Dance, Repeat: This Week’s Shows and Parties

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It’s on like Donkey Kong this week, folks! We’ve got more concerts and parties than I’ve seen in more than a year – maybe even more than we saw pre-pandemic – and all kinds of fun ways to learn, grow, and engage with all the wonderful and weird that The Bay as to offer. Whatever your wish, we’ve got something for you this week – and don’t forget to browse the whole calendar of events, because there’s way more awesome stuff going on than I can fit into this newsletter! Regardless though, here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 8/17/21…

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 8/17

Turnover @ The Chapel

7:30 pm | The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street | $35

Turnover’s newest album, Altogether, was written by the band while they were on opposite coasts. Though separated by space and circumstances, the result is the band’s “most collaborative and connected work to date.” See them perform it live tonight at one of SF’s best outdoor stages!


Fun Garten

6:30 pm – 7:45 pm | ParkLab Community Gardens, 410 China Basin Street, #2198 | $10-35

Every Tuesday evening, Mission Bay becomes home to the funniest & most unique comedians as seen on Netflix, Sketchfest, & Viceland. Dress warmly – the whole show is outdoors. There’ll also be a mix of eclectic food trucks and tasty beverages!


Wednesday, 8/18

Queens at the Crossroads with Susan Stryker

6:30 pm | Virtual Event | Free

One hot August night in 1966, a drag queen under duress from police harassment threw a hot cup of coffee at an officer, setting off a seminal act of militant queer resistance now known as The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. Celebrate the Riot’s anniversary month by joining author Susan Stryker for a film screening and lecture previewing her forthcoming publication, “At the Crossroads of Turk and Taylor: Re-Membering Legacies of Opposition to Carceral Power in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.”


Gray Area’s Artist Showcase Opening Night

7:00 pm | Gray Area, 2665 Mission Street | $5-25

Following the successful opening of Gray Area’s virtual art gallery, the in-person Artist Showcase opening will premiere artworks which critically explore machine learning, glitch, and digital ontology. Works range from a 3D environmental interactive music video to hyperobject photogrammetry, and are custom-made for the space’s 360-degree CineChamber.


Thursday, 8/19

Balto w/ The Live Oaks + Tay and the Jangladahs

Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8:30 pm | The Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley | $12-14

Balto’s style of rock n’ roll is described as, “a boozy, swaggering style of American music rooted at the intersection of Motown, Big Star, Plastic Ono Band-era Lennon, and Jackson Browne” – a winning combo indeed! Check them out live in concert tonight with Americana-soul band The Live Oaks, plus folk-psych quartet Tay and the Jangladahs.

Retra + Pretty Frankenstein

8:30 pm – 11:00 pm | The New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland | $10

Without knowing anything about either of these bands, I already know they’re my new favorites. Queer/women-fronted Retra promises “powerful anthems, glitzy fashion, and gender-bending theatrics,” while queer/nonbinary/POC-fronted Pretty Frankenstein describes themselves as “if Divine from Pink Flamingos and Nick Cave had a strange love child that liked to rap every once in a while.” DO NOT sleep on your chance to snag tickets!

Oscar Myers’ Steppin

Show at 9:00 pm | The Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore Street | $0-10 (free admission before 8:00 pm)

Oscar Myers is a Fillmore Legend, a world-renowned musician and arranger who has performed with a who’s who of RnB, Soul, Blues, Jazz and Funk greats over his five-decade career. Myers’s band, Steppin, is an Old-school Boogaloo, Dirty-Soul Funk Collective that combines Stylin, up-tempo grooves, non-stop rhythms, nasty Funky Dance breaks, James Brown vocals, and big party flavor! And DJ Kevvy Kev will be there too, so get ready to break it down HARD!

Friday, 8/20

Picnic on Telegraph

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Telegraph Avenue between 40th and 51st Streets, Oakland | Free

Discover Temescal outdoors! Spend the afternoon and evening walking, shopping, and dining out, all while supporting Temescal businesses. Enjoy expanded outdoor seating, new parklets, free fitness demos, and sidewalk sales on the newly repaved Telegraph Avenue, and relish in some safe and socially distanced time outdoors while exploring over 12 blocks of Telegraph. (Yes it’s outdoors, but bring that mask anyway!)

Daddy Saddle

9:00 pm – 2:00 am | The Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison Street | Free

Feeling lately like you really need a big hug from a big man? Daddy Saddle is the dance party where you may just get it (with consent, obviously). DJs Tuna, Tamale, and Jimmy Swear will be spinning tunes to keep you grooving all night, so GET THAT VAXX so you can dance the night away in someone’s warm embrace.

Saturday, 8/21

Eidolon Vessel Closing Reception and Workshop

Workshop from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Reception and print release from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Heron Arts, 7 Heron Street | Free (registration required for workshop

As Lauren Ys’ largest solo exhibition to date comes to an end, come and engage with the work on a deeper level. A Chinese Knot Threading workshop will be held in the afternoon (register to reserve your spot!) to give you a deeper intimacy with the creations and the cultural influences that formed them. Later that evening, join the artist for a closing reception at which Ys’ new book and several prints will be released for purchase.

Zen and the Art of Urban Sketching

12:00 pm | Fort Mason Center, Corner of Buchanan Street and Marina Street | $30-60

Join local artist and art entrepreneur Zip Lehnus at FLAX Art + Design Store for this in-person, socially distanced, outdoor workshop. The workshops begin at FLAX, where participants pick up their urban sketching kit (included in the class fee), go over basic urban sketching techniques, and set off to discover beautiful outdoor settings perfect for urban sketching. The $60 class fee includes everything needed to jump-start a passion for urban sketching (more than $45.00 worth of art supplies!), but returning students who already have supplies can attend for $30.


Palace of Trash presents: Phoenix Rising

Doors at 6:00 pm, show at 7:00 pm | Oasis, 298 11th Street | $15-30

They’re baaaack! Palace of Trash returns from the ashes of the pandemic with Phoenix Rising, a show about rebirth, new beginnings and rising up after upheaval. Join them for a night of immortal drag, and give yourself permission to resurrect yourself.

SF Opera presents: Tosca

7:30 pm | War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness | $26-346

Love, lust, intrigue, corruption, jealousy, and power converge in this passionate political thriller by Puccini. Bugs Bunny ain’t got nothin’ on this production of the Italian classic, conducted by Eun Sun Kim and starring Ailyn Perez.


Sunday, 8/22

Mission District Culinary Journey

10:00 am | Various restaurants in the Mission District | $103.95

This is not a typical SF Food Tour – it’s a culinary and storytelling experience! Stroll through the historic Latin neighborhood learning about its culinary history and incredibly colorful murals, while hearing the stories of chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts. This culinary adventure leads guests through a 4-course progressive meal – where each course is served at a different restaurant! Loose up that belt – you’ll want to make room for all this DELICIOUSNESS.


Family Winemakers Tasting

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm | The Midway, 900 Marin Street | $45-65

Give your tastebuds the experience of a lifetime at this exclusive tasting of more than 65 outstanding local(ish) wineries. Each winery will be bringing it’s very best offerings – even some rare bottles – to titillate your tongue and educate your palate.

Blue Sashay: Sunset to Full Moon Party

2:00 pm – 10:00 pm | The Ramp, 855 Terry Francois Street | $10-25

Sunset Sound System is sending their top DJs to this outdoor dance party. Bring your besties to this once-in-a-blue-moon celebration, and dance your cares away beneath the sunset and the moonrise.

Mark your calendar for next week

Saturday, 8/28 – Storefront Market: Upcycle, Recycle, You-Cycle

Saturday, 8/28 – Daft Punk’s Discovery – 20 Year Anniversary Dance Party


Rad Ongoing Events

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday – Karaoke with Dana

Every Saturday – BiteUnite Rooftop Cooking Classes

And hey! We just updated the Big Bad List of Rad Ongoing Events, so be sure to check it out right here! 

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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.