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The Best Bay Area Events for 3/28-4/3

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By Jerucifer, Arts & Events Editor

If you like beer and battle bots, look no further! Or maybe you like getting weird? Check out St. Stupid’s Day! What about drag and documentaries? Got those too! Here’s what I’m most excited about for the week of 3/28…

Our Partners’ Events

San Pancho Launch Party
4/2 | Anchor Public Taps | 495 De Haro St, SF | 1-5 pm | free

Spend the day with San Pancho Mexican Lager with Lime, San Francisco’s newest craft beer from Anchor Brewing Co.

Celebrate with a music set from DJ King Most, Local Food from Frank Grizzly’s and El Pípila!

Time Capsule Opening
4/1 | Mt. Davidson | 2-298 Dalewood Way, SF | 11 am | free

You’re invited to attend the 100th anniversary celebration of Mt. Davidson Cross! We are honored that many public officials, religious leaders and esteemed guests will be attending this historic, community-wide San Francisco event.

The highlight of the ceremony will be the unearthing of a time capsule that was buried by San Francisco Boy Scout Troop #88 exactly a century ago. Following the unearthing, a new time capsule will be placed in the same spot, hopefully to be discovered 100 years from now!

RuPaul’s Drag Race
7/19 | Bill Graham Civic Auditorium | SF | 8 pm | $50+

SAN FRANCISCO! Let’s get to Werq. RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq the World Tour is coming to you on July 19 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium!


This Week’s Giveaways

We Wanna Send You to See Yaeji at the Fox on 4/13!!


We Wanna Send You to Robo Games At Alameda County Fairgrounds April 6-8!


This Week’s Events


Tuesday, 3/28


Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
3/28 | Balboa Theater | 3630 Balboa St, SF | 7 pm | $12.50-15

The remarkable story of iconoclastic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles and her legacy.


Ezra Collective
3/28 | Cornerstone | 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley | 7 pm | $25

Genre-bending British new-jazz outfit playing an eclectic mix of Afrobeat, jazz, grime, and R&B.


The War and Treaty
3/28 | The Independent | 628 Divisadero St, SF | 8 pm | $30-32

The Lover’s Game Tour. Soul music that draws on traditional folk, country and spirituals. The War and Treaty have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 per ticket goes to supporting the Alzheimer’s Association and their work leading the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

3/28 | Bottom of the Hill | 1233 17th St, SF | 8 pm | $15-18

In their last gift to the consciousness of the cosmic manifestation of the Earth and its beings, the Thumpasaurus wrote down the secrets of the Thump in a manuscript of real troof and buried it in a sacredly SECRET location (the appalachian mountains) in hopes that the Thump would survive and benefit future generations with happiness, love and thump. As buildings turned to sand, and memories to dust, so too did the ancient memory of the Thumpasaurus and with them disappeared the philosophy of Thump.


Big Joanie
3/28 | Rickshaw Stop | 155 Fell St, SF | 8 pm | $15-18

Big Joanie are a London-based Black feminist punk band who combine the fury of nineties riot grrrl with synth-heavy post punk. Following their 2018 debut album ‘Sistahs’ on Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz’s label Daydream Library Series, the band secured a coveted run of support slots playing with Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, St Vincent and IDLES. Ahead of their second album, set to come out on Daydream Library in the UK and Kill Rock Stars in the US, Big Joanie are ready to bring their unique brand of feminist punk to the entire world.


Catacomb: An Alt Drag Party
3/28 | The Port Bar | 2023 Broadway, Oakland | 8 pm | free

Celebrating all things goth, punk, metal, emo, and dark-sidedness. Resident DJ No Silence!


Wednesday, 3/29


Adi Oasis
3/29 | The Independent | 628 Divisadero St, SF | 8 pm | $18

Exploring self-identity through socio-political touchpoints, French-Caribbean singer, bassist and producer Adi Oasis permeates their laid-back tracks with charged discussion surrounding authenticity, family and power, which only enhances the groove-laden music. Continuing to make a delightful feature of her signature slapped bass lines and honeyed vocals, this latest single showcases Adi as her most authentic self, fusing soul, jazz, funk and R&B to form her own distinctive, retro-futurist sound.


Emma Ruth Rundle In The Round
3/29 | Swedish American Hall | 2174 Market St, SF | 7:30 pm | $25

Dark and evocative post-folk from the singer and guitarist for California post-rock/psych-metal outfit Marriages, a member of Isis-connected post-rockers Red Sparowes, and frontwoman for atmospheric psych-folk/slowcore collective Nocturnes.


The Pretty Flowers (Double Helix Records) + The Roxies + More
3/29 | The Knockout | 3223 Mission St, SF | 9 pm | $10


Obitchuary Podcast Live!
3/29 | Cobb’s Comedy Club | 915 Columbus Ave, SF | 8 pm | $86

Hosts Spencer Henry (Cult Liter Podcast) and Madison Reyes sit back and read outlandish, hilarious, and sometimes scathing obituaries. Every Thursday they come to the table with bizarre history, strange funeral traditions, and so much more!


Delights: A Midweek Party for QTBIPOC & Loved Ones
3/29 | Crybaby | 1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland | 9 pm | $5-8


Thursday, 3/30


After Dark: Trans Day of Visibility
3/30 | Exploratorium | Pier 15, SF | 6-10 pm | $20

Celebrated March 31st, Transgender Day of Visibility is an international day of awareness that highlights transgender achievements and greatness in response to intentional exclusion of transgender people, voices, and actions in the current societal culture and discourse. Transgender people exist in all corners of the world, so it is important to emphasize their value. In this program, we feature transgender individuals in STEAM fields, offer cultural and scientific context for transgender experiences, and celebrate the diversity of human expression.


All Them Witches
3/30 | Bottom of the Hill | 1233 17th St, SF | 8 pm | $35-90

All Them Witches – desert rock psychedelic stoner metal. No supporting bands.


3/30 | UC Theatre | University Ave, Berkeley | 8 pm | $56-510

You never have to guess what Tink’s thinking, the Chicago-born songstress and rapper says it all in her music. She spits, speaks, and sings straight from the heart without filter or apology. At the same time, she breaks boundaries, dropping off bars with uncontainable charisma and belting out hooks with show-stopping range. This versatility consistently affirms her as a force in her own lane.


Impaled, Cartilage, Penury
3/30 | Elbo Room | 311 Broadway, Oakland | 8 pm | $18-20

The Last Lucifer’s Hammer at Elbo: IMPALED, CARTILAGE, PENURY


Friday, 3/31


Club Guillotine
3/31 | Ivy Room | 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany | 9 pm | $20

“Dance. Lose your head. We’ll treat you like royalty.” Club Guillotine is a dance club with a midnight Guillotine Stage Show complete with beheadings, sing-alongs, performances, and SO MUCH BLOOD. We dare you to wear your finest ivory.


HOT DAMN! A New Funk, Disco & Boogie party!!
3/31 | Slate Bar | 2925 16th St, SF | 9:30 pm | free

Introducing Hot Damn! The newest disco and boogie party to hit San Francisco. The inaugural event will be taking place at Slate Bar in the Mission neighborhood. Expect an eclectic smorgasbord of music percolating disco from all over the world. We’ve got three fine selectors on the line up who you can trust to guide of this boogielicious journey that you won’t wanna miss.


An Evening of Bossa Nova
3/31 | Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio | 39 Fell St, SF | 6 pm | $12-25

An evening of Brazilian Bossa Nova with acclaimed Afro-Brazilian American vocalist, Kenya Moses and her quintet, Bossa e Bossa.


Toubab Krewe
3/31 | Boom Boom Room | 1601 Fillmore St, SF | 9 pm | $20

Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance – free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more.


Sam Divine
3/31 | Halcyon | 314 11th St, SF | 10 pm | $18+

The Diva of DEFECTED returns! NILE + BRIAN AQUA support our favorite lady of HOUSE.


II Funky Shus wit Nu Soles w/ DJ Van
3/31 | Tupelo | 

Killer 7-piece soul/dance band. It’s a 70’s party every time these guys take the stage!


Saturday, 4/1


Saint Stupid’s Day
4/1 | Transamerica Pyramid | 600 Montgomery St, SF | 12 pm | free

The St. Stupid’s Day tradition is coming up on its 45th year in San Francisco, it truly is a Bay Area phenomenon that will dazzle you with its devout crowd of method actors and ill-advised costumes and signs.  If you’d like to get weird with some of the original SF Cacophony Society and do something truly and utterly pointless with your day that will both delight and surprise you, get yourself to the ‘Pointy Building’ on Sunday, wear something idiotic, and march through North Beach!


Easter Celebration
4/1 | Jack London Square, Oakland | 1-3 pm | free

Jack London Square is partnering with Canine Companions to host an Easter Celebration located in the plaza near Plank. This event will include a DJ, Easter Bunny, Mother Goose, face painters, and balloon makers.


4/1 | Oasis | 298 11th St, SF | 10 pm | $20-40

A disco dance party and drag spectacular! Hosted by Kochina Rude + Lisa Frankenstein with Pangina Heals from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World + Drag Race Thailand!


Asha Wells, Hectorine, The Breathing Room
4/1 | Thee Stork Club | 2330 Telegraph Ave, Oakland | 9 pm | $10-20


Emily Nenni
4/1 | Amado’s | 998 Valencia St, SF | 7:30 pm | $15-20

On the Ranch Album Release Tour with Laura Benitez & the Heartache.


Connie Champage as Judy Garland in Fool for Love
4/1 | Martuni’s | 4 Valencia St, SF | 7 pm | $40

Join the incomparable Connie Champagne with JR Kennedy at the keys as she sings lots of Judy’s classic songs mixed with love songs that made her feel like a Fool In Love. So don’t be an April Fool, and get your seat now!  Because even for a fool, there is always hope.


Sanah Kadoura
4/1 | Black Cat | Eddy St, SF | 8 pm | $

JUNO nominated Lebanese-Canadian drummer, composer, educator and producer Sanah Kadoura comes to the fore on her dynamic sophomore album Duality. A follow-up to 2018’s critically-acclaimed Hawk Eyes, Duality focuses thematically on the balance between light and dark. Musically, the album traverses the modern jazz idiom with hints of neo-soul and a strong musical influence from Kadoura’s motherland of Lebanon.


4/1 | Potrero Stage | 1695 18th St, SF | 3 & 8 pm | $16-31

A searing one-act play interrogating the collision between privacy rights and our intimate relationships. Georgia’s husband Corbin has landed his dream job as a product engineer working under a tech superstar. Georgia is thrilled–that is, until she learns that the company demands round-the-clock monitoring of their devices. Mona Pirnot’s dynamic one act relentlessly dissects a relationship brought to the brink of ruin by an exposed lie, and raises the question of how much personal privacy we should expect from our friends, employers, and partners in the digital tech era.


Sunday, 4/2


La Nuit du Dahlia Noir
4/2 | Dahlia | 1799 Mission St, SF | 7pm | $25

La Nuit du Dahlia Noir is a Black burlesque show held at Dahlia Lounge in San Francisco. There will be eight electrifying performances by different performers. Tunes being spun by a fantastic DJ. This will be a night you’ll never forget.


4/2 | The Independent | 628 Divisadero St, SF | 8 pm | $18-20

Overcoats’ sound captivates, combining electronic backdrops with soaring, harmonic intimacy — a sort of Chet Faker meets Simon & Garfunkel. Their songs draw strength from vulnerability, finding uplifting beauty in simple, honest songwriting. More than just a band, Overcoats is a friendship, an artistic duo whose songwriting is musical empathy that verges on telepathy. The two have a clear vision of the sound they want to make together – they operate under one creative impulse.


Good Children Podcast Live
4/2 | Cobb’s Comedy Club | 915 Columbus Ave, SF | 7:30 pm | $25-40

Childhood best friends Joe Hegyes and Andrew Muscarella banter about their shared closeted upbringing on Lawng Island every week on Good Children. The podcast is a high-kicking dance down memory lane, sprinkled with the nostalgia and pop culture of the late 2000s and early 2010s. They cover both the universal and the personal: From voting for their beloved “American Idol” contestants, to analyzing each other’s yearbook messages. On the podcast, Joe and Andrew discuss their own embarrassing moments, favorite memories and reflections from that time, now as young adults living together in Brooklyn.


Apocalypse Sunday
4/2 | Marone Art Bar | 500 Divisadero St, SF | 4:30 pm | free

Continuing in their tradition of dark, gallows humor, the team at Hollins & Hollins Mortuary Entertainment are pleased to present Apocalypse Sunday, a tongue-in-cheek farewell to the world and everything in it. In the face of a pandemic, environmental crises, military conflict, and the questionable agendas of various world leaders, the members of H&HME believe it is important for us to join with our community, raise a glass, and (figuratively) wait for the tsunami to hit. How better to deal with your overwhelming sense of existential dread?


Alicia Eggert’s This Present Moment Neon Sculpture Exhibit
4/2 | Fort Mason Center | 2 Marina Blvd, SF | 10 am | free

The Long Now Foundation presents interdisciplinary artist Alicia Eggert‘s neon sculpture This Present Moment in an exhibit in partnership with Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC). The exhibit features large lenticular prints of Eggert’s work (on display at The Interval in Building A), behind-the-scenes videos of the sign’s journey to the ancient bristlecone pines on Long Now’s property in Nevada, and the artwork itself, sculpted in steel and neon.

Alicia Eggert’s art creates a framework to contemplate our human experience within the seemingly infinite universe. Her sculptures illuminate the passage of time, their physicality embodying the ephemeral through thought-provoking quotes rendered in neon, steel, and time itself.


Kalos – Innovative Celtic Roots Music
4/2 | Ashkenaz | San Pablo Ave, Berkeley | 7:30 pm | $20-25

Kalos features Ryan McKasson (fiddle, viola, vocals), Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, lead vocals), and Jeremiah McLane (accordion, piano, vocals). All three are long-standing touring artists who, as part of their development, learned from masters of traditional music (Ryan with Alasdair Fraser, Eric with John McGann, Jeremiah with Jimmy Keane). Their individual artistry springs from these strong traditional roots. As a trio, Kalos moves beyond this foundation, creating music that is compelling enough to transcend boundaries and appeal to music lovers of all stripes.


Go West by Hunter Harvey

4/2 | Schlomer Haus | 2128 Market St, SF | 12 pm | free

Schlomer Haus Gallery is pleased to debut Hunter Harvey’s Go West, a new solo exhibition that invites viewers on a journey of discovery and queer love through the American West.

The title of this exhibition pays homage to the Village People’s iconic 1979 queer anthem – a song that spreads a message of hope, liberation, and the power of community. As an artist who recently moved westward to California, Hunter asks himself what kind of world he wants to live in, and what kind of world can he build through painting.


Monday, 4/3


Free Cone Day

4/3 | Ben & Jerry’s | all over the Bay Area | 12-8 pm | free

Free Cone Day is being celebrated around the world, and Ben & Jerry’s will be giving away free ice cream at participating locations across the Bay from 12pm to 8pm on April 3. Every time you enjoy a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s, you’re showing us how much you care. We love you too and Free Cone Day is our favorite way to show it! Find participating stores near you + more info on the Ben & Jerry’s website. Enjoy your free scoop!


Neal Francis with The Sextones
4/3 | Sweetwater Music Hall | 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley | 8 pm | $35

Neal Francis is a Chicago-based singer, songwriter, and pianist who plays a cocktail of retro-inspired soul, R&B, and New Orleans rhythms.


Evil Dead II
4/3 | Alamo Drafthouse | 2550 Mission St, SF | 10 pm | $23

Gear up for the grooviest, bloodiest party in town.

Sam Raimi’s gore-filled, lo-fi, hilarious splatterfest is undoubtedly the greatest remakequel of all time (an admittedly short list, but still) and has influenced countless films since first splashing onto screens in 1987. A star-making film for Raimi that cemented Bruce Campbell (his long-time friend, muse, and on-screen punching bag) into the cult superstar that he is today. Filled with blood, guts, demons, witches, chainsaw hands, and the debut of Ash’s legendary boomstick, EVIL DEAD II was made to be a Movie Party.

Join us for an interactive screening complete with games, Necronomicon books, and your very own chainsaw hand. Just do us a favor and make sure not to crack open those Necronomicons until after you leave the show. We’re a movie theater, not a cabin in the woods, and we’d rather not get possessed by demons.


The Cult of Cinema Happy Hour
4/3 | The Knockout | 3223 Mission St, SF | 6 pm | free

The Cult of Cinema Happy Hour: Oddball Films on the big screen for folks with oddball tastes!


Ravi Shankar – Chants of India
4/3 | Envelop SF | 900 Marin St, SF | 7:30 pm | $25

Pioneering Indian musician Ravi Shankar’s musical reach and instrumental mastery has expanded countless ears and minds around the world. Essentially introducing classical Indian music to western audiences, he had a profound influence upon the counterculture movement of the 1960’s, and especially the Beatles. Chants of India was released in 1997 and was produced by his old friend, and former Beatle, George Harrison. This incredibly beautiful album consists of Vedic and other Hindu sacred prayers. Shankar considered Chants of India to be among the best works in his vast 60-year career. Recorded and produced with impeccable respect, attention to detail, and clarity, these ancient sounds resonate as they have for thousands of years.


Rad Upcoming Events 


4/7 – 4/8 | K. Trevor Wilson


Don’t forget to check out our Big Bad List of Rad Ongoing Events right here!

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