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The Polish Ambassador is Playing 2 Sets in 1 Night!

1 NIGHT, 2 SETS! The one and only The Polish Ambassador takes on The UC Theatre on Friday, October 29! What’s better than a set from your favorite artist? 2 sets! Get your tix right here.

 

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This week is one for the brainiacs: the last Nerd Nite of 2021, book launches, art events, and activist opportunities abound. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of options for those of us who’ve burned away all but our last two brain cells! Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 10/19/21…

 

This Week’s Special Offers

 

$10 Off The Oakland & East Bay Beer Passport During October!

To celebrate the great beer drinking month of October, and mourn the fact that Oktoberfest is cancelled this year, we are giving a $10 discount on the Oakland & East Bay Beer Passport! Each one contains 27 coupons to buy one beer, get a second beer FREE at 27 of the finest locally owned bars, breweries, dives, diners and restaurants in Oakland and the East Bay. And the best part? It’s usually $39.95, but this month it’s only $29.95! Use the code “Oktober10” when you check out right here.

 

Our Partners’ Events

 

On Building Transformative Movements: An Evening with Alicia Garza and Honey Mahogany

Wednesday, 10/20, 7:00 pm | Virtual Event | Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested: $20)

Join performer, social worker, and activist Honey Mahogany for a powerful conversation with one of the country’s leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza about her life, her work, and how to build transformative movements to address the challenges of our time.


This Week’s Giveaways

 

We Wanna Send You and Friend to See a Show at Bottom of the Hill!

Win Tickets to See Shallou Live at the Fox!

Win Tickets to See Alina Baraz Live at the Fox!

Win a Free Meal @ Skybridge on Stevenson!

We Wanna Send You to Party with Acid Pauli on Halloween!


Win Tix to See Jungle Live at the Fox!

Win Tix to See Don Toliver Live at the Fox!

We Wanna Give You Some Awesome Art Posters by Rob Goodman!

We Wanna Send You and a Friend to Apothecary Raree: Dark Roots!

 

This Week’s Events

 

Tuesday, 10/19

 

Second Annual Maker’s Mark Pumpkin Carving

3:00 pm | DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street | Free (Registration Required)

It’s time again for the annual Maker’s Mark Pumpkin Carving party – and this year, it’s in-person! Head to DNA Lounge in San Francisco for Maker’s Mark cocktails, snacks, and the opportunity to carve your very own jack-o-latern. Carving materials, pumpkin and stencils will be provided, and costumes are encouraged!

Fotocrime + Haunted Horses

9:00 pm | The Golden Bull, 412 14th Street, Oakland | $12

Fotocrime is the new musical endeavor by R.Pattern (aka Ryan Patterson, formerly of Coliseum). After over a decade as the singer-guitarist of post-hardcore trio Coliseum, Pattern forged ahead on his own with a new vision, sound, and moniker. See them tonight with industrial-punk duo Haunted Horses

 

Wednesday, 10/20

 

On Building Transformative Movements: An Evening with Alicia Garza and Honey Mahogany

7:00 pm | Virtual Event | Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested: $20)

Join performer, social worker, and activist Honey Mahogany for a powerful conversation with one of the country’s leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza, about her life, her work, and how to build transformative movements to address the challenges of our time.

 

Nerd Nite: Jazz, Psychological Mythbusting, and a Rotten City

7:00 pm | Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street | $10-15

Join the Nerd Nite crew for their final show of 2021 and celebrate learning together! Tonight’s program features the history of jazz music’s unsung creators, a boot camp in Psych 101 (minus the tests!) and tales of Emeryville’s vice-ridden past. Come for the stories of scandal, stay for the socializing 🙂

 

Thursday, 10/21

 

22 and Good 4 U

9:00 pm | Milk Bar, 1840 Haight Street | $22

I don’t know about you, but I’m 32 (and loving it)… but sometimes, ya just wanna feel 22, right? Free and easy and cute as hell – just like all the music they’ll be spinning at this pop-princess party! Dance to the sounds of Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, and all the songs you sing at the top of your lungs in your car when you think no one can hear you. (We totally can – but don’t worry, you sound great!)

 

Pilobolus Big Five-Oh!

Thursday 10/21, 7:30 pm; Friday 10/22, 8:00 pm | Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley | $36-57

For five decades, the nimble, zany, seemingly superhuman dancers and acrobats of Pilobolus have entranced audiences with their unique and beguiling version of dance theater. Contorting, bending, and partnering to transform themselves into a phantasmagoria of animals, spirits, and monsters, the Pilobolus dancers tell otherworldly stories through the strength and precision of their bodies, enhanced by magical stage effects. This 50th anniversary celebration includes vintage classics and new favorites from the Pilobolus repertoire.

 

Friday, 10/22

Book Launch: Black Food by Bryant Terry

7:00 pm | Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street | $5-50

Join MoAD and Litquake for a celebration of Bryant Terry’s groundbreaking new cookbook, Black Food: Stories, Art and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora, published by his newly Penguin Random House/Ten Speed Press-backed imprint 4 Color Books. Writer and organizer Shakirah Simley will facilitate a conversation between Terry, the book’s art director George McCalman, and the imprint’s creative director Amanda Yee, about the process of making Black Food as well as 4 Color’s plans to disrupt the publishing industry. 

Terra Nova vs Faith and Pornography

9:00 pm | Cat Club, 1190 Folsom | $5-8

What’s better than your favorite dance party? TWO of your favorite dance parties! In the back room, experience Terra Nova’s Retro vs Modern sound, with echoes of the 80s and Disco/NuDisco. In the front room, get your feet moving to Faith & Pornography’s 45 years of dark dance music, spanning goth, industrial, EBM, post-punk and everything from then to now.

 

Saturday, 10/23

 

Bearrison Street Fair

10:00 am – 6:00 pm | Centered at the intersection of 11th Street and Harrison Street | Donation-based, VIP passes available for $40-45

Come as you are, or in nothing at all! This body-positive faire hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Bears of San Francisco welcomes any and all who wish to be a part of the fun. With live performances, DJs, and even a wrestling match, the very first Bearrison Street Fair promises to be an exciting and fun new addition to the City’s big, gay, sexy culture!

 

Shipyard Open Studios

10/23 and 10/24, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm | SF Shipyards, 451 Galvez Street | Free

It’s that time again! The artists of the SF Shipyards are opening their studios to the public this weekend – more than 100 of them! Wander through each building and peek into the spaces where the art is made, mingle with the artists, browse their work – and maybe go home with a few new treasures!

 

Red Bull Bay Climb 

12:00 pm | Potrero Hill, at the corner of 17th Street and DeHaro Street | $42 +

There’s nothing more exciting in the world of cycling than that last mad dash to the finish line, the all-out leg-clobbering final push that separates the meek from the mighty. Red Bull Bay Climb is a straight line sprint up the historic, near-vertical Potrero Hill in San Francisco that promises to deliver those end-of-race moments for all involved. Two categories of cyclists can participate in this event on October 23rd: Fixed and Open. The Fixed category features a men’s and women’s division but is restricted to a single gear. The Open category has a men’s and a women’s division as well and a “run-what-ya-brung” spirit: If you want to ride a fat bike, a mountain bike or something in between, any two-wheel bike is welcome (as long as it’s human-powered)

 

Sunday, 10/24

 

Rosalie’s Wig Camp

12:00 pm | Rosalie’s Wig Shop, 1419 Stockton Street | $125

Learn all the tips and tricks of wig designing from the legend herself – Rosalie! The four-hour class will come with all the tools of the trade, plus a lace-top wig valued at $125.00. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is perfect for any up-and-coming designer, performer, drag star, or regular human who loves looking fabulous!

 

SF Dance Film Festival: Bay Area Shorts

7:00 pm Brava Theatre, 2781 24th Street $25

“Bay Area Shorts,” SF Dance Film Festival’s annual celebration of local dancers and filmmakers, features seventeen dance films and a live performance from LINES Ballet dancer Babatunji Johnson. The short dance films cover a vast range of topics, reflecting the resilience of Bay Area artists. Highlights include “Hinga,” a ritual time capsule honoring the sacrifices of the local Pilipinx community during the pandemic, “Milongueando en SF,” a tango exploration of locked-down San Francisco’s empty streets, and “Flavedoom,” an allegory about consumption inspired by two classic horror films.

 

Dandy: Halloween!

7:00 pm | Oasis, 298 11th Street | $20-25

Halloween is EVERYONE’S drag birthday! Celebrate the season with Nine Inch Males, Meatflap, Katori Knight, and all your favorite Kings at this superbly spooky show.

 

Monday, 10/25

 

Frazey Ford

8:00 pm | The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street | $22-25

Best known as one of the lead singers of Vancouver-based folk trio Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford has released her solo debut Obadiah to critical acclaim. With a sound that evokes Dolly Parton and Feist, this mountain-music songstress hits the notes and the heartstrings.

 

Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, 10/30 and Sunday, 10/31 – Never a Clown

 

Rad Ongoing Events

Every Wednesday – “Hella Secret” Outdoor Comedy Night @ Secret Beer Garden

Every Saturday – “Hella Secret” Black Laughs Matter

Every Thursday – Mission Community Market

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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