A Week’s Worth of Ways to Get Out of the House

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Listen, if you’re anything like me, this is a time of cautious optimism: yes, I can look forward to an event, but I must be zen if it gets canceled; yes, I can go out and party, but not every night, and probably not even every weekend, and DEFINITELY not without a mask. But still, there’s fun to be had – and for those of us who’ve needed to quarantine for one reason or another, there are still lots of lovely ways to peek our heads out of the sand when we’re ready. Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 1/11/22…

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SZYGYX + Rare DM + Violator

9:00 pm | DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street | $15-20

Fueled by bleak, post-apocalyptic soundscapes, powered by retro punk biting synth lines and minor scale hooks, SZYGYX has evolved from mostly instrumental pieces with heavy distortion, to more recent work that weaves together catchy vocals and melodies. Catch her tonight, along with the dance music, dark matter, direct message, dungeon master, distant memory that is Rare DM!


This Week’s Events


Tuesday, 1/11 – All About the Art Shows

What better way to kill a dull weekend afternoon? Get out of that house you’ve been cooped up in and check out some amazing art! The plus side to checking out a gallery show versus one of the larger museums: WAY fewer folks to try and stay six feet away from!

SF/Arts presents: Sharks are ____.

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through 1/30 | 1:00 am – 5:00 pm | Bolinas Gallery, 52 Wharf Road, Bolinas | Free

Artist Tara Knutson’s solo show at the Bolinas Gallery is a whimsical celebration of everyone’s favorite sea creature, the shark! Featuring an array of ocean-inspired wire and metal sculptures, the show doubles as a fundraiser for Sea Shepherd, with 30% of all sales going to the nonprofit conservation group. Support a fantastic artist, and support the preservation of our ocean ecosystems at the same time!


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Masterpiece Gallery

Through Tuesday, 1/25 | Cartoon Art Museum, 781 Beach Street | $0-10 for museum entry

The Last Week Tonight Masterpiece Gallery will complete its national tour in San Francisco at the Cartoon Art Museum as part of John Oliver’s effort to showcase his unique art collection and to highlight museums that have been impacted by the global pandemic. The Cartoon Art Museum has been awarded a $10,000 donation from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to facilitate the exhibition, and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank will receive a $10,000 matching donation.


Wednesday, 1/12 – Hump Day = Hope Day

Wednesdays are always a little more optimistic once quitting time comes and you’ve officially made it over the Hump. Share that optimism and goodwill with your fellow man at these super-cool, future-forward evening events!

Fringe on Folsom

6:00 pm – Midnight | 1015 Folsom | Free before 7:00 pm with RSVP; $5-10 sliding scale

Party for a purpose via an avant-garde happy hour experience including local art, music, and more! Join the crew at 1015 Folsom for some delicious drinks, experimental art and sounds, and a marketplace of fascinating makers and vendors. Proceeds from the event will go to support the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center.


Black Cinema and Social Change: Lecture Series

6:00 pm | Virtual Event | Free

Presented by the Museum of the African Diaspora, this four-session seminar led by Dr. Artel Great, the SFSU George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in African American Cinema Studies, explores the hidden histories of Black cinema and social change. Analyze a range of feature films, both documentary and narrative, that highlight the intellectual history, aesthetic practices, and cultural politics of Black cinema, and examine how these films have managed to forecast, initiate, and visualize social change in a wide variety of contexts. From Black silent-era films to Blaxploitation, the L.A. Rebellion and beyond, this free webinar course is a must-attend for anyone who loves Black cinema.


Thursday, 1/13 – Music, Man!

Thirsty Thursday, sure… but doesn’t a beer taste better with a badass band playing in the background?

Analog Dog + Goodworld + The Breathing Room

8:00 pm | Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street | $10-16

Rock out with psychedelic fusion band Analog Dog, blues duo Good world, and Berkeley-based outfit The Breathing Room – and don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a free pair of tickets to the show!

Ten Ton Chicken

8:00 pm | The Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany | $12

Ten Ton Chicken has been a Bay Area mainstay since 1998, blending rock, jam, and funky elements into a tasty vegan gumbo. They released their first three albums on the Harmonized label, and are preparing another three for 2022 release. See them tonight at this East Bay institution!


Friday, 1/14 – Party. Party. PARTY.

Friday nights are for the dancefloor. You bring the funk, and I’ll bring the groove.

SZYGYX + Rare DM + Violator

9:00 pm | DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street | $15-20

Fueled by bleak, post-apocalyptic soundscapes, powered by retro punk biting synth lines and minor scale hooks, SZYGYX has evolved from mostly instrumental pieces with heavy distortion, to more recent work that weaves together catchy vocals and melodies. Catch her tonight, along with the dance music, dark matter, direct message, dungeon master, distant memory that is Rare DM!


Bob Sinclair @ Love + Propaganda

10:00 pm | Love + Propaganda, 85 Campton Place | $20-40

Bob Sinclair, the man behind global hits like “World Hold On” and “Love Generation” is an icon in the dance music scene – his SF shows always sell out, so don’t miss your chance to dance your face off to beats provided by the legendary French DJ!


Saturday, 1/15 – Movie Madness

IMO, there’s no better way to spend a lazy Saturday than watching a cool new movie – or even an old favorite. It’s even better when you get to share it with a room full of nerds who are just as excited as you are!

2021 Sundance Shorts Tour

9:30 pm | Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street  | $8-13

This 92-minute theatrical program of 7 short films selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for close to 40 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2021 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers and shows that short films transcend traditional storytelling.


Bey Day: “Lemonade” + “Black is King” Viewing Party

Doors at 6:00 pm, first film at 6:30 pm, and second film at 7:30 pm | Oasis, 298 11th Street | Free

Start your year off right with honoring our lord and savior – BEYONCE! Join Oasis and their beautiful video wall for two of Beyonce’s most iconic visual albums.



Sunday, 1/16 – More Music, Mama!

Don’t worry, I’m listening to what our Patreon polls are telling us! I know you want more live music, and I’m here to DELIVER!

Devin the Dude

9:00 pm | Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission Street | $20-40

Critically acclaimed rapper Devin The Dude is considered one of the pioneers of hip-hop and a veteran urban lyricist. With a knack for humorous rhymes and light-hearted storytelling he earned his reputation as “your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper” and Complex Magazine even dubbed him, “the Richard Pryor of rap.” See him tonight at Brick and Mortar in the Mission!


(((folkYEAH!))) Presents: Black Joe Lewis & Cedric Burnside

8:00 pm | The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street | $30

Black Joe Lewis is the realest motherfucker there is. When COVID sidelined his touring this past year, he started laying concrete to help support his baby mama and his kid. That’s real. Through this all, Joe’s only honed his mastery over gut bucket blues guitar and his true voice. Catch him tonight with Grammy nominee Cedric Burnside!


Monday, 1/17 – A New National Holiday

We lost the Queen of Comedy, America’s sweetest treasure, Betty White, just two weeks shy of her 100th birthday. We here at BAS feel that means all events on this date, her birthday, shall forever hence be Betty White-themed, and the day shall be known as Betty White is a Badass Bitch Day.


Betty White’s Birthday @ The Balboa

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street | Free

As far as we’re all concerned, Betty White made it to 100. Celebrate the life and legacy of the First Lady of television with an all-day marathon of Golden Girls. Enjoy a little popcorn, shed a tear of mourning, and laugh along to your favorite episodes. Thanks, Betty, for being a friend to all of us.


Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, 1/26 – Drop_D @ Specs

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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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