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The Best Stuff to Do While You’re Not at Burning Man!

Updated: Aug 31, 2022 09:20
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The title says it all, baby! We may not be on the Playa, but there’s PLENTY to do in the City – don’t let the naysayers spouting their annual “There’s nothing to do cuz everyone’s at BMan…” nonsense distract you! Here’s what I’m most excited about for the week of 8/30/22…

Our Partners’ Events

 

Sean Patton

Wednesday, 8/31 – Saturday, 9/3 | The Punch Line, 444 Battery Street | $22-35

Sean Patton has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Conan, and he can be seen on @midnight, This Is Not Happening, What’s Your F@#king Deal?! and Viceland’s Flophouse and Party Legends. On screen, he’s appeared on IFC’s Maron, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and TruTV’s Those Who Can’t. Sean’s acclaimed second album, Scuttlebutt, was released in 2019, and his third album ‘King Scorpio’ was released on Christmas Eve 2021.

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 8/30

Marina Comedy Nights (and Wine Giveaway!)

Doors at 7:00 pm, show at 7:30 pm | Essi Wine Bar, 3330 Steiner Street | $10  

Bring a date or a gaggle of your friends to see some of the best comedians in California! This is one of the rowdiest shows in San Francisco so come prepared to have a great time. Essi wine bar has a full menu of food options and plenty of wine and beer to get you ready to laugh, and if you buy tickets in advance, you could win two free drinks AND two free tickets to the next show!

Wednesday, 8/31

Kendrick Lamar

8:00 pm | Oakland Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way | $69+

Indisputably the most acclaimed rap artist of his generation, Kendrick Lamar is one of those rare MCs who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him. Don’t miss your chance to see the visionary himself, live at the Oakland Arena!

Sean Patton

8:00pm | The Punch Line, 444 Battery Street | $22-35

Sean Patton has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Conan, and he can be seen on @midnight, This Is Not Happening, What’s Your F@#king Deal?! and Viceland’s Flophouse and Party Legends. On screen, he’s appeared on IFC’s Maron, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and TruTV’s Those Who Can’t. Sean’s acclaimed second album, Scuttlebutt, was released in 2019, and his third album ‘King Scorpio’ was released on Christmas Eve 2021.

Thursday, 9/1

BACHATANightz w/ DJRon

Doors at 7:30pm, events begin at 8:00 pm | Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley | $15-25

Dance the night away with this Bachata social! Brush up on your technique or learn the basics with a beginner-friendly dance lesson early on in the evening, followed by social dancing and performances. Food and drink will be available for purchase, so you’ll be able to fuel the rhythms all night long!

Friday, 9/2

Glamour Grunge

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

Rock’n’roll has never been so bangin’! Join Bo Vixxen and Alexa Von Kickinface on a smoldering burlesque escapade as they strut through rock’n’roll history! Featuring some of the finest in Bay Area burlesque and beyond, your senses are sure to be titillated! Sultry, steamy, and seductive, join us for an unforgettable evening that will scream to the heavens the timeless truth that rock’n’roll ain’t noise pollution!

Audien

10:00 pm | 1015 Folsom | $17-30

Progressive House Never Died! At least, that’s the name of Audien’s tour, so that’s what he’d have us believe. Make him prove it by coming out to the show and dancing till your face melts off!

Saturday, 9/3

156th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games

Through Sunday, 9/4 | All Day | Alameda County Fairgrounds, 2100 Valley Avenue, Pleasanton| $15-30

California’s largest and longest-running Scottish Festival returns to the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Labor Day Weekend. Celebrate the very best of Scottish culture, competitions, cuisine and entertainment at the 156th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games right here in the Bay!

Alicia Keys

8:00 pm | Chase Center, 300 South Street | $52+

The lady, the legend – LIVE and in person! 15-time Grammy-Winner Alicia Keys had to move this show from the Masonic to the Chase Center due to unprecedented demand – see what all the fuss is about tonight!

Joking in San Francisco

8:00 pm | Milk Bar, 1840 Haight Street | Free

Jokes can be told anywhere, but the Paradise Comedy dedication to the craft of comedy and the intimate setting it creates for performers and audiences, helped them become San Francisco’s top choice for Best Comedy show. Hit up their new, highly-anticipated show at Milk Bar tonight for your chance to see why they’re the best of the best. Plus? It’s FREE!

Sunday, 9/4

Cream of Beat Reunion Day Party

2:00 pm | The Midway, 900 Marin Street | $20+

You know we love a day party, and Cream of Beat is always a fave! Get your day-party on with amazing DJs, delicious drinks, and the Midway’s incredible immersive atmosphere. Spend your Labor Day weekend reuniting with pals, and doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing – PARTYING!

Free Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing

2:00 pm | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre, 40 John F. Shelley Drive | Free

Who doesn’t love a good Shakespearean rom-com? And take it from an English major – this is his BEST one. This beloved classic features the intermingling of two different love stories – Hero and Claudio, whose love is challenged by jealousy, and Beatrice and Benedick who work through their past history with each other to find love again. The villainy of Don John and the malaprop-spouting Constable Dogberry add to the fun!

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, 9/8 – Angry Black Woman 101

Saturday, 9/10 – BART Turns 50!

 

Looking for something to do that’s a little closer to home?

Check out our recent articles listing all the dope new stuff coming to Netflix and Hulu this month!

 

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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