Arts and CultureNews

The Best Bay Area Events for 5/23-5/29

The Bay's best newsletter for underground events & news

By Jerucifer, Arts & Events Editor


The events this week make me wanna rip myself into pieces so I can go to everything! I will be out catching some comedy, a movie, and definitely some music! Here’s what I’m most excited about for the week of 5/23..


This Week’s Giveaway

We Wanna Send you to the Portola Festival!

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 5/23

The Future of Film & Media
5/23 | 518 Valencia | 518 Valencia St, SF | 5-8 pm | $10 (50% off with code BAS)

Join WeXL and Bay Area Film Mixer for a panel discussion and Q&A on “The Future of Film and Media.” We will consider trends, technologies, and societal changes affecting the industry in the Bay Area and beyond.

Broke Ass Stuart readers get 50% of the ticket price. Just enter the promo code BAS at check-out. 

Rock Paper Scissors
5/23 | Landmark Musical Theatre | 533 Sutter St, SF | 8 pm | donations accepted

Official anthology release with live performances, and a screening of “Rock Paper Scissors.”

Killer Klowns from Outer Space
5/23 | Alamo Drafthouse | 2550 Mission St, SF | 9:30 pm | $10

Horrific harlequins with an appetite for close encounters!


Glacier Veins (Pdx) + Salt Creek
5/23 | The Knockout | 3223 Mission St, SF | 8 pm | $10

Rock N Roll from middle America.

Wednesday, 5/24

SKETCH TUESDAY – ‘THE BAY AREA 5’ – Amanda Lynn Benefit

5/24 | 111 Minna Gallery | 111 Minna St, SF | 5-9 pm | free

The idea of Sketch Tuesday is to bring together artists of various media and career levels under one roof to create work for sale in front of a live audience. Typically – all sales go directly to the artists themselves – but in this case, all participating artists have come together to support prolific artist and muralist Amanda Lynn who is recovering from a recent injury.

Blackout Bingo Night
5/24 | Madrone Art Bar | 500 Divisadero St, SF | 6 pm | $25 donation

Join us for 10 rounds of bingo featuring hot prizes, sexy bingo callers, and heady drinks by Jumbo Times Wines, Tolago Hard Seltzer, and Madre Mezcal! We love bingo and we love our city. A percentage of every dollar made will go to our community staple SF LGBT Center.

Meg Myers
5/24 | The Independent | 628 Divisadero St, SF | 8 pm | $25

Nashville singer/songwriter who blends confessional lyrics with music informed by accessible pop and dour, emotionally forceful rock.

5/24 | DNA Lounge | 375 11th St, SF | 7 pm | $15-20

Lovecolor is Singer, Songwriter and Record Producer Vanessa Silberman and Musician and Actor Ryan Carnes. Together, they are a musical force of sultry alt pop, dark synth, dance and rock sounds centered around exploring the many aspects of love, creating undeniably catchy songs and deliver energetic powerful live shows. This show is all ages!

Thursday, 5/25

Irene Tu
5/25 | SJ Improv | 62 S 2nd St, SJ | 8 pm | $20-75

The next (Asian) Ellen DeGeneres.

Beach Weather
5/25 | Cafe du Nord | 2174 Market St, SF | 8 pm | $24

Beach Weather catch a vibe somewhere between the most disparate of extremes. They write hooks universal enough for even the biggest arena full of people, yet introspective enough for even the most introverted wallflower to ponder. Their breezy guitars and sun-soaked choruses barely veil an honest exploration of emotional tumult, anxiety, and loneliness.

Homixide Gang
5/25 | The New Parish | 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland | 8 pm | $20

Homixide Gang is a duo consisting of Atlanta-based rappers Homixide Meechie and Homixide Beno. The two issued their debut EP, Snotty World, in 2021, and later that year broke through with “SSN,” a single that led to a deal with Playboi Carti’s Opium label. Homixide Lifestyle, Meechie and Beno’s debut album, arrived on Opium in November 2022.

5/25 | Brick & Mortar | 1710 Mission St, SF | 10 pm | $10-15

Wastrel Society presents SGRKANE album release party. Free RSVP guestlist before 10 pm!

5/25 | Freight & Salvage | 2020 Addison St, Berkeley | 8 pm | $22-26

Daimh have always had the renown and notoriety of working with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland and the current line up only serves to cement that distinction with the addition of the rapidly rising star in the Gaelic firmament, Ellen Macdonald on vocals.

Friday, 5/26

Behind the Golden Curtain
5/26 | Orinda Theatre | 4 Theater Square, Orinda | please check event schedule | $25-375

Behind the Golden Curtain is an intimate weekend with the people who worked on the classic television show, The Golden Girls. This runs May 26th-28th. Panels, shows, hangouts, and more!

Sunny War, Ismay, Elizabeth Lubin
5/26 | Bottom of the Hill | 1233 17th St, SF | 8 pm | $15 

Sunny War – blues/folk/punk
Ismay – indie/folk
Elizabeth Lubin – folk/blues roots/soul

Pretty in Pink
5/26 | The Cut | 250 Main St, SF | 8 pm | $14-27

A poor girl must choose between the affections of dating her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy.

5/26 | Ivy Room | 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany | 9 pm | $18-20

One of the wilder bands operating in the psychobilly genre, Nekromantix employ a lethal blend of punk rock and rockabilly with a horror-themed twist. Emerging in the late 1980s, the Danish-American rockers led by founder, frontman, and sole constant member Kim Nekroman delighted European audiences in the ’90s with their monster-fueled antics, before bringing their unique sound and style overseas in the 2000s. Since debuting in 1989 with the punishing Hellbound, the band have found success both at home and abroad via sinister releases.

The Unofficial EDC After Party
5/26 | Monarch | 101 6th St, SF | 9 pm | $10-15

Whether you were able to make it to EDC this year or not, we welcome you to our 2 room party paying tribute to all the different EDM artists that played at EDC this year, as well as some of the top acts from previous years. Video DJs will be dropping all the biggest music videos from the biggest EDM songs on a giant LED wall, so be prepared for some gems you may have never seen before.

Saturday, 5/27

Bong-o Bingo
5/27 | Mission Cannabis Club | 2441 Mission St, SF | 6-9 pm | $15

Join DJ Dank, Brandelicious and Thee Pristine Condition for a night of drag, bingo and cannabis prizes!

A Tribute to Selena
5/27 | Art Boutiki | 44 Race St, SJ | 8 pm | $18-20

Conjunto Trujillo, under the direction of bassist Ryan Trujillo, will be celebrating the lasting musical legacy of the late queen of Tejano music Selena Quintanilla; who at 23 years old and the height of her career was tragically murdered. Featuring powerhouse vocalist Melissa Garay, the Conjunto will bring new life to the hits of Selena with a full live band. It will be an unforgettable tribute to one of the most celebrated latina artists of our time!

Breathwork and Seven Chakras Immersion
5/27 | The Womb Room | 2858 Diamond St, SF | 2-6 pm | $200 ($135 off with code BAS65!)

Breathwork and Seven Chakras Immersion. An intimate, in person, wellness experience where you’ll learn how to align your chakras with breathwork, writing prompts, and peer sharing. Join us (35 ppl max) as we honor ourselves during Mental Health Awareness Month with a comprehensive discussion on what chakras are, indications when they are functioning optimally, and markers when they’re imbalanced. Apply code BAS65 at checkout for a generous discount ($135 savings!).

10 Years of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories — The Dance Party

5/27 | The Great Northern | 119 Utah St, SF | 10 pm | $25


A massive tribute dance party to Daft Punk and the 10th anniversary of their iconic Random Access Memories album. “Get Lucky” and dance to the masterpiece “Random Access Memories” throughout the night as well as Daft Punk’s full discography, and a generous dose of French Touch, EDM, Electronica, and Indie Dance of the era.

5/27 | Freight & Salvage | 2020 Addison St, Berkeley | 8 pm | $24-28


Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, songwriter and composer known for her electric stage presence, innovative sound and vibrant cultural activism. She debuts a body of traditional Ethiopian songs from across her home country, arranged with the shimmering pentatonic ethos of Ethio-Jazz. This project is supported by the Creative Work Fund and Women’s Audio Mission.

May 2023 QuaranPalooza Livestream Music Fest
5/27 | online | 11:30 am | $15


A  ticket gets you into the fest and onto The Zoom with us + we donate 25% of ticket sales to Bay Area Cancer Connections!

Sunday, 5/28

Summertime Radness: Sango
5/28 | Phoenix Hotel | 601 Eddy St, SF | 1-6 pm | $15-150

Sango started producing music alongside his older brother and his friends. His work mainly focuses on hip-hop, and soul influenced beats that over the years have been able to come together as his own distinctive innovative sound. Apart from producing, Sango is a graphic designer. He has designed all of his releases up to date, which has shown that he is more than just a producer, but an artist in his own right.

Stone Soul Concert

5/28 | Concord Pavilion | 2000 Kirker Pass Wy, Concord | 12 pm | $60-190

Don’t miss the STONE SOUL CONCERT! The starring line up: KEM, Fantasia, Robin Thicke, Joe, Vivian Green, Kurtis Blow & The World-Famous Show (Big Russ & CJ Flash).

Polyglamorous: Keenan Orr & Dangerous Rose

5/28 | Public Works | 161 Erie St, SF | 10 pm | $15-25

Your eyes donut deceive you! Polyglamorous is back for another holiday weekend banger at Public Works! Sunday, May 29 we present Keenan Orr and Dangerous Rose for a night of slamming house and techno. San Francisco sweetheart Brian Maier is playing upstairs in the loft. Polyglamorous residents BEYA and Mark O’Brien round out the lineup. Full venue takeover with plenty of surprises. Grab a ticket now and skip the line. See you soon, sweets!

The Perreo Pari Day Party – Memorial Weekend
5/28 | The Midway | 900 Marin St, SF | 3 pm | $30

Playboi Presents: The Perreo Pari Day Party


2 Full Bars & Tacos from The Midway’s on-site cafe Madam Zola’s Fortune.

Death Guild vs Club Gossip
5/28 | Cat Club | 1190 Folsom St, SF | 9 pm | $10

Join us as Death Guild & Club Gossip host a 3 day weekend holiday party. Come and listen to the music, dance and watch pretty videos on our displays. Party host Randy Maupin makes everything better for us in all the ways at this special event.

Monday, 5/29

28th Annual Shit Kickin Memorial Day
5/29 | El Rio | 3158 Mission St, SF | 3-8:30 pm | $10-20

Becklyn & Her Druthers (7pm- 7:45)
* Trans Pecos Department of Dust and Wire ( 6pm- 6:45)
* Glen Earl Brown Jr. (5pm-5:45)
* Dogweed String Band (4pm- 4:45)
PLUS DJ GRITZ spinning all the HITZ and delicious food from MEXIQ

Darksoft + Paradise Blossom + Books On Fate

5/29 | The Golden Bull | 412 14th St, Oakland | 8-11 pm | $12


Chile ’76
5/29 | Roxie Theatre | 3117 16th St, SF | 6:40 pm | $5-21

Set during the early days of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, Chile ‘76 builds from quiet character study to gripping suspense thriller as it explores one woman’s precarious flirtation with political engagement. Carmen (Aline Kuppenheim) leads a sheltered upper middle class existence. She heads to her summer house in the off-season to supervise its renovation, while also performing local charitable works through her church. Her husband, children, and grandchildren come back and forth during the winter vacation, bringing reminders of the world beyond. When the family priest asks her to take care of an injured young man he has been sheltering in secret, Carmen is inadvertently drawn into the world of the Chilean political opposition and must face real-world threats she is unprepared to handle, with potentially disastrous consequences for her and her entire family.

Mixtape Mondays: Karaoke & Pop-Up Drag with Polly & Chester
5/29 | Amado’s | 998 Valencia St, SF | 8:30 pm | free

Join mixtape mistress Polly Amber Ross and a band of drag misfits and party like it’s 1999. Come for the delicious drinks and fantastic food, and stay for the Drag Roulette: where your song request might be randomly performed by our cast. Mix it up with us in 2023 at the happiest happy hour around!

Rad Upcoming Events

6/7-6/10 | Punch Line | Caitlin Peluffo

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

Broke-Ass Stuart works because of reader support. Join us now.

Howdy! My name is Katy Atchison and I'm an Associate Editor for Broke-Ass Stuart.

I want to take the time to say thank you for supporting independent news media by reading Supporting independent news sources like Broke-Ass Stuart is vital to supporting our community because it amplifies the voices of a wide variety of diverse opinions. You also help support small businesses and local artists by sharing stories from Broke-Ass Stuart.

Because you're one of our supporters, I wanted to send over a pro-tip.

Our bi-weekly newsletter is a great way to get round ups of Broke-Ass Stuart stories, learn about new businesses in The Bay Area, find out about fun local events and be first in line for giveaways.

If you’d like to get our newsletter, signup right here, it takes 5 seconds.

Previous post

We Wanna Send You to the Portola Festival!

Next post

California’s Fentanyl Problem Is Getting Worse



Arts & Events Editor. Single parent. Lover of Star Trek, Satan, live shows, and queer community! Wicked RBF. Bookworm.