The Best of this Week: Block Parties, Battles, and Bangers!

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This week, the Bay is bursting with music and mad parties, and we can’t wait to dive right into the thick of it all! Here’s what we’re most excited about for the week of 4/5-4/10…


This Week’s Events


Tuesday, 4/5


SF Restaurant Week

Through Sunday, 4/10 | Various restaurants in SF | $10-75

Spring 2022 brings us yet another SF Restaurant Week, and that means another week of fabulous prix-fixe deals at dozens of restaurants in the City. Lunch and dinner specials will be available at all kind of eateries, from upscale joints to humble holes-in-the-wall. Personally, I’m looking forward to the $15 lunch special at Onigilly, my favorite casual takeout spot – if you haven’t had their miso tuna onigiri, you haven’t LIVED!

Wednesday, 4/6

Crying Time

7:00 pm | Zeitgeist, 199 Valencia Street | Free

Mosey on down to Zeitgeist and jam with honkytonk band Crying Game! Soothe your soul with their heartfelt country tunes, and heal your heart with a cheeseburger and a Bloody Mary in the sunshine. Who knows, maybe these free shows at Zeitgeist will become your weekly self-care routine?

Thursday, 4/7

Muni Diaries Live!

7:00 pm | Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street | $16

Celebrate the return of Muni Diaries after nearly two full pandemic years – AND the show’s 14th birthday! Muni has always been a litmus test for what’s happening more broadly in San Francisco, and ridership hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic levels – but people are still moving and shaking around town, and this show is still here to celebrate that transit life. With performances by Wonder Dave, Janice Li, and many more hometown favorites, this show aims to share the ups and downs of public transit – and you know there are LOTS of those in a city with this many hills!

Zelma Stone + Babehoven + Spacemoth

7:30 pm | Amado’s, 998 Valencia Street | $15-20

Fresh off a new EP, Zelma Stone is at her very best – no wonder “The Best” is the name of the EP! Catch her tonight with support from Spacemoth (who also collaborated on The Best as a producer) and Portland-based Babehoven.

Friday, 4/8

Battle of the Decades Dance Party

5:00 pm | Monroe, 473 Broadway Street | Free with RSVP

Every Friday, fly down memory lane while sipping on the happiest drink prices in SF! The earlier you get there, the cheaper the drinks: from 5pm-6pm the DJs will be spinning 60s tunes, and drinks will be $1 each, then from 6pm-7pm it’ll be 70s music and $2 drinks, and so on! Come experience some musical nostalgia with your best friends, and stick around all night for your current favorite dance hits!

Tank and the Bangas + Big Freedia

8:00 pm | August Hall, 420 Mason Street | $35.50

Tank and The Bangas don’t go anywhere quietly, and I can’t imagine Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce Music herself, does either. Catch this powerhouse coupling of big sound and big style before they disappear back to New Orleans!

Saturday, 4/9


Duck Sauce + Friends Block Party

2:00 pm | The Midway, 900 Marin Street | $55-60

Responsible for the impossibly infectious Boney M.-sampling party anthem “Barbra Streisand,” Duck Sauce are the side project of Boston superstar DJ Armand Van Helden and Montreal turntablist A-Trak. Party all day and into the night with one of the most commercially successful dance-music duos in the world with all your pals at the Midway!

Beats Antique + Balkan Bump

7:00 pm | The Fox Theatre, 1807 Telegraph Avenue | $37.50

Oakland-based Beats Antique’s music incorporates Middle Eastern grooves, Balkan wedding music, flamenco, French jazz, hip-hop, dub reggae, and other Eastern tonalities, all pulled together with electronica that won’t put off club kids, but will appeal to world music lovers as well. Catch this otherworldly favorite along with support from Balkan Bump tonight at the Fox!


Sunday, 4/10


Sunday Streets – The Tenderloin

11:00 am | The Tenderloin, SF | Free

Celebrate the return of SF’s favorite community block party, Sunday Streets! This first installment of the weekly event will be held in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Featuring all sorts of fun events, such as a Thai New Year celebration, a brass band procession, and a local flea market, there’s something for the whole family. Get out into the sunshine, meet your neighbors, and enjoy something surprising and new in your own hometown!

SF Gay Men’s Chorus presents: Voices Rising – Songs of the Phoenix

7:30 pm | SFGMC – LGBTQ Center, 170 Valencia Street | $25-125

Curated by Tony-nominated Broadway composer Andrew Lippa and produced by Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen, Songs of the Phoenix includes 10 songs by 13 composers and lyricists representing an extraordinary diversity of voices. With a special guest appearance from Tony Award winner BD Wong and featuring narration and choreography created by the SF Bay Area Theatre Company, this production will transcend your expectations of choral music.

Mark Your Calendar

Saturday, 4/16 – Hubba Hubba Revue presents: Undersea Burlesque!

Rad Ongoing Events

Every Monday – Death Guild @ DNA Lounge

Every Saturday and Sunday – Berkeley Flea 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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