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This week we’re trying to get YOU on the guest list to some of the hottest live events happening all over The Bay! We’ve got live music, dance parties, comedy – and there’s plenty more where that came from. Check out what you could win – AND all the other good shenanigans you can get into this week! Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 9/7/21…

Our Partners’ Events

The 22nd Annual How Weird Street Faire

Noon – 8:00 pm | Centered at the corner of Howard Street and 2nd Street | $11.11-30

How Weird returns with a special late summer edition to fill the streets of SoMa with colorful costumes and dancing. Eight awesome music stages, an expanded Art Alley, an eclectic marketplace, and so much more! Come celebrate creativity, weirdness, and peace and the chance to see your friends after a long break. Info and tickets at


This Week’s Giveaways

We Want to Give You a One-Year Subscription to The San Franciscan!

We Want to Send You to See Billy Strings!

We Wanna Send You to Dance Your Face Off to Classixx!

We Wanna Send You to See James Blake!

We Wanna Send You to See St. Vincent!

We Wanna Send You to See Michael Che!

We Wanna Send You to See City and Colour!

This Week’s Events


Tuesday, 9/7


Archive Fever w/ DJ Andy and Guests

6:00 pm | The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street | Free

Indie pop. C86. Punk. New Wave. Power pop. Rock n’ roll. DJ Andy and his friends have a fever, and the only cure is throwbacks from the Make-Out Room’s vinyl archives. Come chill with a cocktail and groove to the beat with your pals, and let your workday stress float away with the music….


Wednesday, 9/8


Big Freedia w/ Special Guest Dirtwire

8:00 pm | The UC Theatre, 2036 University Avenue, Berkeley | $30

The “Queen of Bounce” and the “swamptronica, electro-twang” trio are here to shake up your world! With a blend of theatrics, incredible vocals, and lots of personality, these two wildly unique acts will combine to create a one-night-only experience that promises to blow minds!


Diversity Hires: Live Comedy

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm | PianoFight Oakland, 1540 Broadway, Oakland | $15-20, NOTAFLOF

Every other Wednesday, Sureni Weerasekera and Luisa Isbell bring you the hottest lineups featuring BIPOC, queer, disabled, female, and non-binary comics from the Bay Area and beyond. Come on out and catch your local favs, as well as comics featured on late night, Comedy Central, and more!


Maurice Brown and Talib Kweli @ Black Cat

Doors at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, seatings at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm | Black Cat, 400 Eddy Street | $50-60

Trumpet sensation Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and mesmerizing hip-hop artist Talib Kweli will come together in concert tonight in an explosive evening of jazz, blues, hip-hop, and rock. 


Thursday, 9/9


Kind of Blue Revue

Doors at 7:00 pm, show at 8:00 pm | The Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell Street | $20-30

The Bay Area’s hottest Blues-and-Burlesque show is back! Join Kind of Blue Revue for their triumphant return from hibernation with their signature night of live blues, amazing performers, and one of the best dance parties you’ve ever been a part of. Featuring music by Big Blu Soul Revue and performances by Santa Cruz’s Wily Minxes, San Francisco’s RedBone, and many more, you won’t want to miss out on this decadent delight!


Fast Times! Light After Darkness

8:00 pm | The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street | $16

Right now, we’re all just beginning to find our light at the end of the pandemic tunnel – so let’s celebrate all the light that’s still to come with live music and good times! The party will feature James Wavey spinning records, French Cassettes, Zelma Stone (celebrating her new record), and Andrew St. James. Our headliners will be joined by an array of friends & special guests, performing songs new and old.



9:00 pm – 12:00 am | The Great Northern, 119 Utah Street | $15

Glam pop artist BONAVEGA creates music that unites retro rock with futuristic pop. His Los Angeles club shows are known to be packed full of energy, disco beats, chanting crowds, shredding guitars and theatrical entertainment.


Sherry Vine: I love Being a Whore

7:00 pm | Oasis, 298 11th Street | $20-30

International drag legend, Sherry Vine, has a new show stuffed with filthy parodies and hilarious comedy. 2021 marks Sherry’s 30 year anniversary of drag and she’s celebrating with new deliciously dirty takes on Journey, Laura Branigan, Gaga and more – plus the classic “hits” she’s been churning out since 1991!


Friday, 9/10


Sequence: Lil Texas

9:30 pm – 2:30 am | DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street | $10-20 

If you’re a voyeur, or are just interested in dancing until you drop, the uptempo hardcore stylings of Lil Texas are for you. You see a lot of cool costumes and gimmicks in electronic music, but it’s almost a sure bet that you’ve never seen anything like Lil Texas! Lightspeed beats and samples from horror films are just a few signatures of Lil Texas’ signature style (which he calls “Texcore”) – perfect for old school ravers and modern EDM fans alike!


The First Church of the Sacred Silverseual Presents: The 10th Annual Bowie Birthday Bash

9/10 and 9/11, doors at 8:00pm, shows at 9:00 pm | The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street | $30-50

Reverend Father Lysol Tony-Romeo and the First Church of the Sacred Silversexual, San Francisco, bring you their 10th Annual Bowie Birthday Bash! The world’s only Bowie Worship Band will be performing Two of His seminal albums: on Friday, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; and on Saturday, Hunky Dory (plus a special encore set and midnight mass both nights). On top of that, there will also be a stage show featuring some of SF’s favorite drag performers and burlesque stars as the Spirit of Ziggy flows throughout the performance!


Lisbona Sisters + Silky Thunder + Who Are We Crew

9:00 pm – 2:00 am | Monarch, 101 6th Street | $0-20

It’s a dance party to blow your mind! Featuring three incredible acts, all of whom are well-known for their high-energy, funky, dance-inducing bops, tonight’s show will have you grooving till dawn.


Saturday, 9/11


Sound Summit

10:00 am | Mountain Theatre, Mount Tamalpais State Park | $65-115

Live music at the top of Mount Tam? What on Earth could be better than THAT? Topped by dynamic Americana group Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real and indie sensation Father John Misty, the eclectic lineup of this year’s Sound Summit Festival will also feature soulful Southern California-based band Allah-Las, high-energy New Orleans brass ensemble Cha Wa, and local powerhouse vocalist Teal Collins.


Secondhand Saturdays

10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Sunset Community Mercantile, corner of 37th Avenue and Ortega | Free 

Every 2nd Saturday of the month from 10-4 pm, Secondhand Saturdays takes over the Sunset Community Mercantile Space located at 37th Ave and Ortega. This vintage market is THE place to shop and support local secondhand vendors, buy wares from neighbors in the Yard Sale Zone, and enjoy a delicious bite from local restaurants and cafes. There’s also a fantastic lineup of live music!


The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition

Today through 10/3, 12:00 pm | SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street | Free

SOMArts and the San Francisco Foundation present The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual arts. The show features 16 promising visual artists working across disciplines, and highlights young artists from MFA programs throughout the Bay Area whose work intersects with emerging trends.


Reggae Gold XI

10:00 pm | The New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland | $20

Reggae Gold XI is your destination for the best in reggae and dancehall music! Vibe with DJs Henroc & Polo rocking classics on the outdoor patio; or, chill in the main room with Daddy Rolo, King I-Vier & Young Fyah, who’ll be providing the Soca & Afro Beats.


Saturday, 9/12


The 22nd Annual How Weird Street Faire

10:00 am – 8:00 pm | Centered at the corner of Howard Street and 2nd Street | $11.11-30

How Weird returns with a special late summer edition to fill the streets of SoMa with colorful costumes and dancing. Eight awesome music stages, an expanded Art Alley, an eclectic marketplace, and so much more! Come celebrate creativity, weirdness, and peace and the chance to see your friends after a long break. Info and tickets at


Sunday Stories: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

10:00 am – 10:30 am | Virtual Event | Free

From the story woven into letter form in “So Long Marianne” to the atmosphere of New York City bohemia that permeates “Chelsea Hotel,” the songs of Leonard Cohen reveal endless facets of the human experience. In honor of the exhibition Experience Leonard Cohen, join us for another installment of Sunday Stories to uncover new insights into some of Cohen’s most iconic songs.


Monday, 9/13


Cyber Punk Cinema

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | The Knockout, 3223 Mission Street | Free

The Knockout and Thrillhouse Record Shop are partnering to bring you this monthly celebration of cyber punk on the big screen. Enjoy free popcorn along with the best in dystopian destruction with your host and DJ Mr. Tosh. 

Author Talk and Reading: Susan Nguyen’s Dear Diaspora

6:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free 

Join author Susan Nguyen in conversation with Mai Der Vang and Felicia Zamora for a conversation and reading celebrating Nguyen’s debut collection, Dear Diaspora.


Mark Your Calendar for Next Week

Saturday, 9/18 – Hubba Hubba Revue’s 15th Anniversary Show!


Rad Ongoing Events

Every 2nd Friday – Unnie: An Eastern Pop Drag and Dance Party
Every Thursday – Class of 1984
Every Friday – Players’ Night @ SPIN

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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