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The Best Bay Area Events for 3/14-3/20

Updated: Mar 21, 2023 11:44
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By Jerucifer, Arts & Events Editor

St Patrick’s Day! Shrek Rave! Pi Day! Lots of great comedy, cabaret and concerts! So much good shit all I can do is over-use exclamation points!!! Here’s what I’m most excited about for the week of 3/14…

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TJ Miller: The Gentle Giant

3/17-3/18 | Cobb’s Comedy Club | 915 Columbus Ave, SF | 7:30, 8, & 10 pm shows | $30-40

T.J. MILLER is one of the most sought-after comedians in the world, certainly the northern part of the western hemisphere. He has been diligently working to make people laugh for over fifteen years, and is driven by the altruistic mission statement that life is fundamentally tragic and the best thing he can do is provide an ephemeral escapism from that tragedy by doing comedy. He has been performing his absurdist observational standup act worldwide and has never gone to the bathroom in his pantaloons on stage. His act has been described as “a one man philosophy circus.”


Hubba Hubba Revue: Damsels & Dragons
3/19 | DNA Lounge | 375 11th St, SF | 7:30 pm | $15-30

The world-famous Hubba Hubba Revue burlesque & variety show, and special guests, DAM Circus, invite you to a chaotic good time in the main room at DNA Lounge! — Don’t roll the dice on your entertainment dollar! Join us on a burlesque-quest that’s guaranteed to be a critical hit!

Hosted by Sir Kingfish & Alexa Von Wizardface


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This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 3/14

Pi Day
3/14 | Exploratorium | Pier 15, SF | 11 am | $30-40
Join the 36th annual celebration of our own homegrown holiday! March 14th (3/14) commemorates the irrational, transcendent, and never-ending ratio that helps describe circles of all sizes. Explore math-inspired activities and presentations, grab your digit and get in line for the annual Pi Procession! A high-spirited crowd parades through the museum and circles the Pi Shrine 3.14 times, waving the digits of pi and dancing along to a brass band. All participants can enjoy a free slice of pie following the parade!

Emily Wolfe, Big Mother Gig, Mutt
3/14 | Bottom of the Hill | 1233 17th St, SF | 8 pm | $15-18

Emily Wolfe is an American rock and roll musician based out of Austin, TX. Wolfe was born in Raleigh, NC, and moved to Texas when she was 8 years old. She started playing guitar at the age of 5 and also started to play drums at an early age. In her college years, she began to perform live.

3/14 | SF Jazz Center | 201 Franklin St, SF | 7:30 pm | $30-70

Their name (ДахаБраха) translates as “give/take” in old Ukrainian, the quartet began over a decade ago as the musical component of avant-garde stage performances at the DAKH Theater in Kyiv, cementing the group’s arresting visual image and signature theatrics. Over the course of six increasingly accomplished releases, DahkaBrakha has honed a haunting musical approach based around unearthly vocal harmonies and thunderous percussion, augmented by floating cello and accordion sonorities.

Standing Strong for Inclusion
3/14 | Fort Mason Center | 2 Marina Blvd, SF | 7 pm | free

Join the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, the Chinese Culture Center Of San Francisco, and other partners for “Exclusion/Inclusion,” a site-based, large-scale video installation outdoors at Fort Mason Center For Arts & Culture (FMCAC). Filmmaker Felicia Lowe and visual installation artist Ben Wood created “Exclusion/Inclusion” using videos of the Angel Island Immigration Station to observe the 140th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act. “Exclusion/Inclusion” is projected onto the walls of the flyover passageway and walls between FMCAC’s Buildings B and C and also at the Guardhouse near the FMCAC entrance.

Mobile MakeArt: Tenderloin SPark
3/14 | Museum of Craft and Design | off-site, 200 block of Turk St, SF | 3-5 pm | free

MCD is partnering with the Tenderloin Community Benefit District (TLCBD) to increase consistent, local access to creativity through hands-on art projects. Visit Boeddeker Park, Macaulay Park, Turk-Hyde Mini Park, or SPark throughout the month and look for a TLCBD staff member to pick up a take-home MakeArt Kit. 

Best In Show
3/14 | Balboa Theatre | 3630 Balboa St, SF | 7:30 pm | $12.50+

2000, Directed by Christopher Guest

Some pets deserve a little more respect than others.

The tension is palpable, the excitement is mounting and the heady scent of competition is in the air as hundreds of eager contestants from across America prepare to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest events of their lives – the Mayflower Dog Show. The canine contestants and their owners are as wondrously diverse as the great country that has bred them.


Wednesday, 3/15

Titus Andronicus
3/15 | Brick & Mortar | 1710 Mission St, SF | 7 pm | $30

Releasing their seventh studio album, revered rock institution Titus Andronicus invite you on a journey from fear to faith, from anger to acceptance, from grief to gratitude, chasing the mythical ideal of Ultimate Rock, all in hopes that you will find The Will to Live.

Queered San Francisco!!
3/15 | El Rio | 3158 Mission St, SF | 9 pm | $15


A Conversation with Dave Iverson
3/15 | Zoom | 11 am – noon | free

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a conversation with author, documentary/film producer, and retired broadcast journalist, Dave Iverson. You may recognize Dave’s name from his time with KQED or his documentary specials for PBS and Frontline. Dave’s new memoir, Winter Stars: An Elderly Mother, An Aging Son and Life’s Final Journey, tells the story of the 10 year caregiving odyssey he shared with his mom until her passing at the age of 105.


Chill Sketching: Learn to Sketch What You See
3/15 | Workshop | 1798 McAllister St, SF | 7-10 pm | $58

In this class, fine artist Becca Schillinger will help you put your pencil to paper and develop your own chill sketching practice. You will learn a variety of mark-making and rendering techniques, focusing on drawing methods that are fun, easy, accessible, and require NO previous fine art experience.

Open Improv: Back from the Dead
3/15 | Pianofight | 144 Taylor St, SF | 7:30 pm | $15-20

Low pressure all experiences welcome short form jam extravaganza.

Thursday, 3/16

Light Asylum w/ Jeweled Snakes + Miz Margo
3/16 | Elbo Room | 311 Broadway, Oakland | 9 pm | $15+ 

Open Mic Night Ft. Fahima Ife
3/16 | MoAD | online | 6 pm | free

Join us on Zoom for our monthly virtual Open Mic. Hosted by poet Nia McAllister, participate in an evening of spoken word, featuring amazing local, national, and international poets. All are welcome to either perform or just watch.

fahima ife (they/she, any or no pronoun) is a poet, professor, and editor living in a village on the Northern California coast. She is associate professor of Black Studies in the department of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at University of California Santa Cruz. In her creative/critical work and in the classes she teaches, fahima considers 20th and 21st century experimental black aesthetics, ecological poetry and poetics, performance art, intimacy, and pleasure. fahima produces poems, lyrical essays, and hybrid works.

Bad Bunny & J Balvin Reggaeton Music Video Dance Party
3/16 | Temple | 540 Howard St, SF | 9 pm | $10+

Hosted by Pop Music Video Night: A dance event with DJs and VJs spinning the music videos of all the biggest songs on a giant screen. Music videos didn’t die when MTV and VH1 stopped playing them, so think of us as the new TRL.

Gone Gone Beyond
3/16 | The Independent | 628 Divisadero St, SF | 8 pm | $20+

I Hope To See You In The Year 2030 Tour

Psychedelic Beit Midrash
3/16 | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center | 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael | 6:30 pm | free

As a follow up to our popular Psychedelics & the Future of Judaism lecture with Rabbi Zac Kamenetz, join us to delve further into Judiasm’s foundational psychedelic texts. From the torah to post-Holocaust theology, the Zohar to Hassidut, we’ll get into the meat of these psychedelic Jewish texts. No prior Jewish learning or Hebrew experience required!

Emo vs. Pop-Punk: Myspace Music Video Tribute Night

3/16 | Madrone Art Bar | 500 Divisadero St, SF | 9:30 pm | $5


It’s the ultimate battle for your Top 8! Who will take the spot of being your coveted profile song? RAWR xD


Friday, 3/17

3/17 | Oasis | 298 11th St, SF | 10 pm | $10+

Club MONA: A dance party for queer women (and those that love them!)

Mona’s 440 Club was the first lesbian bar to open in San Francisco in 1936. Club MONA is a space for queer women, lesbians, and those that love them to meet, dance, and party! While Club MONA centers women in their events, everyone is welcome at Club MONA!

3/17 | The Cut | 250 Main St, SF | 8 pm | $14+

The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.

Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, The Cut Outdoor Cinema at The Crossing is the Bay’s first year-round outdoor cinema. Come by with family and friends for an unforgettable open-air theater experience featuring a handpicked selection of iconic favorites, cult classics, and local community film programming.

ABBA Glitter Disco St. Patrick’s Day
3/17 | The Great Northern | 119 Utah St, SF | 9 pm | $15+

Live the golden age of Studio 54 and all of your Mamma Mia dreams with a huge disco party tribute, spinning everything from ABBA to the Bee Gees to the Village People to the Grease soundtrack and plenty of 70s & 80s party anthems including lots of Queen! The Ultimate ABBA Glitter Disco goes green for Saint Patrick’s Day with a massive emerald disco dance party filled with glitter, glitz, glamour, & tons of ABBA!

Attire: Green! Or Full-on 70s Disco Fever encouraged!

Crave: St. Patrick’s Day Edition w/ Forest Green, re:run & Goddy
3/17 | Atlas Lounge | 637 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno | 8 pm | $10+

Join us for an exciting House and Techno experience, meet other passionate members of the underground EDM community on the peninsula, and discover a few surprises on the way. We encourage everyone to dress in as much green as possible! The person dressed in the most amount of green doesn’t win any prizes, but they do get the self-satisfaction in knowing they took things way too far for their own reasons. And for that level of tenacity, we salute you!


Mz Worthy: A St. Patrick’s Day Benefit Party for the Ecology
3/17 | Drop 84 | 2284 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley | 9 pm | $15+

Bay Area based artist collective Sound & Society invites you to ~go green~ this St. Paddy’s Day as we throw a benefit party for Berkeley’s Ecology Center!
We’re taking over Berkeley’s newest night club, Drop 84, for the first time! Not only do we have an all-star lineup of local DJs, but we’ve also invited Bay Area Dirtybird house legend Mz Worthy to headline the show! All profits will be donated to the Berkeley Ecology Center.

Daft Punk Night
3/17 | Rickshaw Stop | 155 Fell St, SF | 9 pm | $10+

1720 Presents a Daft Punk and Friends Tribute Party, playing the classics – french electro, indie-dance, disco – and More!

Petty Theft
3/17 | Cornerstone | 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley | 9 pm | $20

Petty Theft (a San Francisco Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) with The Runaway Grooms.

Saturday, 3/18

Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence
3/18 | de Young | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, SF | 7 pm | $6-15

American artist Kehinde Wiley’s new body of paintings and sculptures confronts the silence surrounding systemic violence against Black people through the visual language of the fallen figure. Wiley investigates the iconography of death and sacrifice in Western art, tracing it across religious, mythological, and historical subjects. In An Archaeology of Silence, the senseless deaths of men and women around the world are transformed into a powerful elegy of resistance. The resulting paintings of figures struck down, wounded, or dead, referencing iconic paintings of mythical heroes, martyrs, and saints, offer a haunting meditation on the legacies of colonialism and systemic racism.

3/18 | Mayes Oyster House | 1233 Polk St, SF | $24+

MANEATER! A Hall and Oates Tribute
3/18 | Oasis | 298 11th St, SF | 7pm | $20-40
It’s time for a sexy Hall and Oates tribute – YOU READ THAT RIGHT! Trixxie Carr pays tribute to Hall and Oates with a cabaret spectacular, mixing live vocals and drag queen antics into a truly San Franciscan cocktail! With special guests and stories galore, one night only at OASIS!

Shrek Rave
3/18 | Regency Ballroom | Van Ness Ave, SF | 9 pm | $20+
The party’s host, Jordan Craig, a Los Angeles-based artist, content creator and screenwriter known as Ka5sh (the 5 is silent), first got the idea to host the rave in 2020. He said that Shrek, like SpongeBob SquarePants, continued to age well online and that this was reason enough to throw the party.


Wai Ola: ʻAukele and the Waters of Life

3/18 | Rhythmix | 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda | 2-4 pm | $25

Hula Kiʻi is a critically endangered tradition of Hawaiʻi which features the use of carved or crafted images in the story telling and movements of hula. The Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance (MUCID), in association with Kumu Hula Kiʻi Mauli Ola Cook and Kumu Hula Maile Loo of the Hula Preservation Society, introduce this unique art form in the Bay Area through a project sponsored by the 2021 Choreography Award granted by the Gerbode Foundation. The project encompasses the research of classical themes, the construction of hula puppets, and the development of a dedicated hula ki’i practice within MUCID’s resident hālau.

David Harness
3/18 | Cafe du Nord | 2170 Market St, SF | 10 pm $18+

David Harness is one of the most popular DJ/producers in the San Francisco Bay Area club scene. He has been described as ‘a man who lives, breathes and emanates everything that is beautiful about deep house music and classic garage.’ David is considered a ‘rising star’ within the dance community.

Passionfruit: Queer Dance Party!
3/18 | Crybaby | 1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland | 10 pm | $10+

Passionfruit Oakland is back for another queer dance party!! Join us for selections from honeybear, DJ Keezy & Dreams! Come shake sumn with your Passionfruit fam.

Blues Lawyer, Umbrellas, Hits
3/18 | Thee Stork Club | 2330 Telegraph Ave, Oakland | 8:30 pm | $10+

Blues Lawyer – Oakland band Blues Lawyer joins Dark Entries for their third full-length, All in Good Time, a record of pop-rock songs about living in a world that wants to put your existence on the clock.

Umbrellas – The Umbrellas are a 4-piece jangle-pop group who made their debut into the SF diy pop scene in 2019 with their self-recorded and released tape, the “Maritime E.P.”

Hits – A new album by the Oakland trio: warbled post-punk meets oozing art pop. Max says, “Half the album was recorded in reclusive fear (via email). Another quiver of songs was crafted live, within the relative safety of the Band Pod. Both sets of songs share a common throughline, Jen Weisberg’s voice.

Pianist Sarah Cahill: The Future is Female
3/18 | St. John’s | 2727 College Ave, Berkeley | 3-5 pm | $42

Pianist Sarah Cahill, described as “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times, will give a performance of her ongoing project, The Future is Female, presented by Four Seasons Arts. Cahill will perform a riveting program of music by historical women composers, including Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Hélène de Montgeroult, Louise Farrenc, Maria Szymanowska, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Margaret Bonds.


So, You Think You Can Drag?
3/18 | The Cafe | 2369 Market St, SF | 5 pm | $25+

So You Think You Can Drag? is a competition and drag show fundraiser for Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy. Starring many of the Bay Area’s best entertainers. VIP tickets include meet and greet with THORGY THOR of RuPaul’s Drag Race! and a personalized greeting video by local drag queen Kylie Minono.

Who will be crowned San Francisco’s Drag Superstar? In addition to our seasoned performers, community members have signed up to raise funds for the school and the top five fundraisers will be put in drag to compete for the crown! Contestants will have to slay it in their performance, and charm the judges in the interview portion.

Performances by many of the best Bay Area Performers!

Sunday, 3/19

Tarot in Pandemic & Revolution
3/17-4/15 | 447 Minna St, SF | 12 pm | free, by appt

Guests are invited to experience the creative process and engage in the artistic collaboration through live music, painting, drawing, and poetry.

Public Opening: March 25 | 12pm – 4pm

Exhibition On View: Floor 2 @ 447 Minna from March 17 – April 15 (by appt)

Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday only, 12 PM – 3 PM

David Bowie and The Cramps: LIVE TRIBUTE
3/19 | Make-Out Room | 3225 22nd St, SF | 7 pm | $10

The Jean Genies will be playing “Bowie’s Best!” Come on by and hoist a drink or two while we take you on Cosmic Journey from the Starman himself, going back in the Past to the Present Day, where Time is always waiting in the wings with Baited Breath. Lets Dance with the Diamond Dogs till they’re drenched with Sweat! Then, All you Mad Daddy’s and Bikini girls with Machine Guns, get ready to reload and Stay Sick while the Cramp-Ons deliver you from Lonesome Town on a wing tipped Human Fly to Beautiful Gardens!

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
3/19 | The Cut | 250 Main St, SF | 7:30 pm | $14+

A divorced couple teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago.

Get It?! Gameshow
3/19 | Cobb’s Comedy Club | 915 Columbus Ave, SF | 7:30 pm | $26

Meet Me @ The Altar
3/19 | Cornerstone | 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley | 6:30 pm | $20

Meet Me @ The Alter live with Young Culture & Daisy Grenade.

Toy Box: A Drag Show
3/19 | Eli’s Mile High Club | Oakland | 7 pm | $10

Miss Monstrosity’s Toy Box: The Cutest, Creepiest Drag Show in the Bay!

Monday, 3/20

Shape Shifters: Queering the Metaverse
3/20 | Schlomer Haus Gallery | 2128 Market St, SF | 12-6 pm | free

Schlomer Haus Gallery is excited to present Joseph Abbati’s solo exhibit, Shape Shifters: Queering the Metaverse. This exhibition is a portal into Abbati’s own metaverse, where his avatars and queer identity transcend the chains of heteronormativity and reclaims its power.

Hide w/ Harpy and Moira Scar
3/20 | Elbo Room | 311 Broadway, Oakland | 8 pm | $15

HIDE are an electronic / dark industrial duo based in Chicago, made up of fine artist Heather Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher. Seething with textured yet minimal tracks, HIDE gives raw vulnerability an opportunity to unfurl, yielding an album that calls for personal autonomy and the destruction of anything barring the way. A single on Sub-pop for the label’s singles club followed, with two unhinged tracks touching on the phenomenon of internalized misogyny and aspects of motherhood.

3/20 | Brick & Mortar | 1710 Mission St, SF | 8 pm | $15+

Born in Wales, Charlotte Grace Victoria Lee moved with her family from Swansea to Toronto when she was nine. It was there that that she began writing songs. After playing in a shoegaze-influenced band in high school, she shifted her focus to pop music while at university. Timothée Chalamet’s character in the film Call Me by Your Name inspired her stage alias.

Queenadilla + Theya + Mother Muerte
3/20 | The Golden Bull | 412 14th St, Oakland | 8 pm | $12


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