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San Francisco’s own sweet September “summertime” is finally at hand, and there’s no excuse not to take advantage of everything the season brings! Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 8/31/21…

This Week’s Giveaways

We Wanna Send You to See Umphrey’s McGee!

We Wanna Send You to See Billy Strings!

We Wanna Send You to Dance Your Face off to Classixx at Public Works!

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 8/31

Yoga on the Labyrinth
Doors at 5:30 pm, class from 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
 | Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street | $15-50

Join yoga teacher Darren Main for this weekly class surrounded by the awe-inspiring architecture of Grace Cathedral. Set to live music from world-renowned musicians, this weekly practice of yoga and meditation looks and feels like the amazing diversity of San Francisco itself.


INTERZONE presents: 80’s Nu-Goth and Industrial Night
8:00 pm – 1:00 am 
| F8, 1192 Folsom | Free

Join DJ Hex Embrace along with Guest DJs Rafael Fierro and Callum McGowan for this throwback party celebrating all the dark, dirty sounds that bring out everyone’s inner goth. Sway to the synth and let the music carry you to your favorite nightmare….


Wednesday, 9/1

Angela Chen and Sherronda J. Brown in Conversation: On Asexual Possibilities
6:00 pm 
| Virtual Event | Free

Angela Chen’s groundbreaking book, Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex took the world by storm. Tonight, Chen will deepen the discussion of one of the world’s least understood sexualities with writer and researcher Sherronda J. Brown. (Don’t forget to order your copy from their official partner, The Booksmith!)

The Paranoyds Live @ Rickshaw Stop
7:00 pm 
| Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street | $15

This LA-based quartet describe their musical style as “Punk wing dong gaze porn pop cop chop proto shoes progs clogs hogs fuzzy wuzzy soaked hugs and slugs.” Make of that what you will, but I’m certainly intrigued! Check ’em out tonight with Oakland-based outfit The Shutups.

Last Planet / Anthony Arya Band / Alex Lucero and Live Again
Doors at 7:00 pm, show at 8:00 pm 
| Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley | $12-14

Three awesome bands, one epic show! Feel the funk and save your soul with a night of blues and Americana-infused rock n’ roll from three incredible musical acts. 


Thursday, 9/2

The Weekly KO Bingo Game
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
| The Knockout, 3223 Mission Street | Free

Hosted by Hubba Hubba Revue’s Alexa Von Kickinface, this weekly bingo night at your favorite Mission Street dive bar is your destination for weeknight fun. DJ Murkle will be on hand with some loud-ass rap to keep you groovin’ – and you could walk away a WINNER!

Drop Top Comedy @ Classic Cars West
Doors at 7:00 pm, show at 7:30 pm | Classic Cars West, 411 26th Street, Oakland | Donations Encouraged

Every Thursday, see a killer lineup of the Bay Area’s best comedians perform at Classic Cars West. You’ll see comics who are regulars at SF Sketchfest, Clusterfest, Cobb’s Comedy Club, the San Francisco Punch Line, and more! Plus, periodic touring acts from Hollywood, New York, Lithuania, Mars, and who knows where else – all in a fantastically open-and-airy, yet intimate performance space.

The Splatterhouse: Retro-Electro Horror Night
9:00 pm – 2:30 am
 | DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street | $10-15

The horrifying theme of this night may be inappropriate for young children – or cowards. Pay tribute to the sights and sounds of classic horror films and games in The Splatterhouse – from chiptune/video game music to synthwave/darksynth, from dark electro to industrial/ebm, you’ll be praying for deliverance from this devilishly good dance party!


Friday, 9/3

Counting Crows @ The Greek
Doors at 5:30 pm, show at 7:00 pm
 | The Greek Theatre, Corner of Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road, Berkeley | $49.50-129.50

Okay but really, who doesn’t love Counting Crows and their insanely sing-along-able pop hits? From “Me and Mr. Jones” to “Accidentally in Love” and their cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” their frat-boy rock is a perfect soundtrack for summer nights under the stars with a PBR and good friends. Check them out tonight at the Greek and get back some of that Glory-Days feeling…

RAWdance presents: Portal (World Premiere)
9/3-9/6, 7:30 pm 
| Salesforce Park, 425 Mission Street | Free

The first site-specific dance performance at Salesforce Park since its inception, RAWdance’s newest creation, Portal, will take audiences on a journey from one end of the public park to the other, illuminating the landscaping and architecture with movement by six stellar Bay Area dance artists. Rooted in our shared recent experiences during the pandemic, Portal strives to offer a space to process and reflect as a community, and recommit ourselves to a future of progress through imagination.

Breathe Carolina @ Temple
10:00 pm | Temple SF, 540 Howard Street | $25

YES PLEASE! The filthy electronic duo are in town for a fantastic set at Temple tonight. You’ll find me there right up front, shaking my ass like it’s 3:00 am in 2011 and I’m gonna be rolling up to class at 8:00 am still drunk, sweaty, and glittery…

Saturday, 9/4

Smoakland Market Daze
9/4 – 9/6, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm 
| Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland | $5-12

Prepare for the DANKNESS! This 3-day, 21+ cannabis festival will feature music, dance battles, food trucks, and more. Check out special offers from your favorite legally licensed brands, like Harborside, Korova, and Smoakland Delivery – buy and try them on the spot, and find your new favorite way to elevate!

The San Francisco Musical Scavenger Hunt
9/4-9/6, all weekend 
| All Across SF | $15-50

Go on a weekend-long musical adventure and raise money for local indie radio station! This new fundraiser features 100+ musical challenges located all around The City, and is sure to delight music lovers of all ages. 

The Red Elvises
9:00 pm | Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission Street | $17-20

The Soviet-surf-rock outfit is here to confuse and excite you with their very own special blend of Eastern-infused Elvis-esque sounds. Shake your ass to weird and wonderful tunes like “I Wanna See You Bellydance” and “She Works for KGB” – and don’t forget the vodka shots!

Neighborhood Brats with Smokers and Fast Execution
9:00 pm | The Golden Bull, 412 14th Street, Oakland | $12

Celebrate the release of the Neighborhood Brats’ newest album with this triple-threat concert, featuring Smokers and Fast Execution.

Sunday, 9/5

Alameda Point Antiques Faire
6:00 am – 3:00 pm
| Alameda Point, 2153 Ferry Point $5-20

The Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the largest antiques show in Northern California. Held on the 1st Sunday of every month, the faire boasts over 800 dealer booths and is the ultimate place to shop for vintage and antique home decorations, clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, pottery, books & collectibles. And everything’s guaranteed vintage – 20 years old, or older!

SF Comedy Showcase
8:00 pm 
The Punch Line, 444 Battery Street | $16-24

Come see the Punch Line’s weekly SF Comedy Showcase, held every Sunday for over 30 years! San Francisco has a rich and vibrant comedy scene, and this weekly show has birthed such comedians as Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho, and Arj Barker, as well as the current flock of up and coming stars like W. Kamau Bell and Moshe Kasher. Come see the comics of tomorrow, today!

Monday, 9/6

The 18th Annual Cowgirl Palooza
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm (show begins at 4:00 pm) 
| El Rio, 3158 Mission Street | $20

Dust off your rhinestone studded western wear and head on down to your favorite dive for the 18th Annual Cowgirl Palooza! With performances by The Muddy Roses, Moonshine Maybelline & Crying Time, this party promises to be a rootin’-tootin’ good time for all! (Cowgirl boots aren’t required, but vaccinations and masks sure are!)

Mark Your Calendar for Next Week

Thursday, 9/9 – Kind of Blue Revue
Saturday, 9/11 – Writers with Drinks

Rad Ongoing Events

Every Sunday – Jack London Square Farmers Market
93 and 9/5 – Final Performances of SF Opera’s Tosca
Every Friday – Live Comedy in the Attic

And don’t forget to check out our 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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