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The Best Bay Area Events for 6/6-6/12

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By Jerucifer, Arts & Events Editor

We’re getting into it in Pride Month! I already spent my last weekend losing sleep in exchange for a couple nights of dancing. Definitely trying to get into some more celebratory queer shit this week too! Here’s what I’m most excited about for the week of 6/6..

Our Partners’ Events

Caitlin Peluffo
6/7-6/10 | Punch Line | 444 Battery St, SF | 7:30, 8 & 9:45 pm shows | $23-33

Originally hailing from San Francisco, CA, Caitlin Peluffo is a New York-based comedian. This year, she was featured on the Late Show with James Corden and was a New Face of Comedy at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Peluffo has opened for comedians like Fortune Feimster, Matteo Lane, Maria Bamford, Gary Gulman, Colin Quinn, and the late Gilbert Gottfried to name a few. She regularly performs everywhere from The Comedy Cellar, The Stand and New York Comedy Club in NYC to clubs nationwide talking about how she came to be such a lovable loose cannon.

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 6/6

The Wizard of Oz
6/6 | A.C.T. Theater | 415 Geary St, SF | 2, 7:30 & 8 pm shows | $15-95

A.C.T. presents the classic musical, The Wizard of Oz, from Tony Award–nominated director/choreographer Sam Pinkleton and Tony Award-winning designer David Zinn. Do you remember the first time you saw L. Frank Baum’s classic tale come to life? The sweeping music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, the beloved characters, and the enthralling journey of a young girl from a grayscale Kansas prairie to a world filled with color, danger, and magic. For decades this enchanting classic musical has been a part of some of the best moments of our lives. When you enter the theater to experience The Wizard of Oz, you’ll connect with rekindled memories—as well as the spark of unexpected surprises and twists!

6/6 | Public Works | 161 Erie St, SF | 6:30 pm | $20-35

Stories from the odd corners of history, science, art, and adventure. Six storytellers bring strange-but-true stories from history, science, art and adventure to the stage, over cocktails. Stories about things like badasses and crackpots, history’s worst ideas and most interesting eccentrics, things that exploded, heists, hoaxes, hidden treasures, epic explorations and upsetting animal facts.

Speaker: Professor Timothy Morton on Queer Ecology
6/6 | online | 5 pm | free

Professor Timothy Morton (they/them) gives a talk on the benefits of a queer ecology framework, and how it continues to make for interesting thought and action. Whether you’ve read up on queer ecology, or want to learn something new and exciting, this program will be great fun. Moderated Q&A to follow their remarks.

Hobo Johnson
6/6 | The Independent | 628 Divisadero St, SF | 8 pm | $25

Johnson was born Frank Lopes in 1996. As a teen, he was kicked out of his family home and lived in his car for a time, adopting the nickname Hobo Johnson. While working at a pizza place, sleeping in his Toyota Corolla, and showering at a nearby gym, Lopes, just 19 at the time, developed his musical persona. He crafted songs with sincere themes about chasing love and relationships and dealing with everyday trials and failures.

SF Snarkfest: A Trans BIPOC Comedy Festival
6/6 | online | 7 pm | $20-50

SF Snarkfest: A Trans BIPOC Comedy Festival is Peacock’s Rebellion’s 10th anniversary celebration, and the birth of our spinoff comedy organization, Snarkzilla! (Yes, we’re accepting baby shower gifts $$$.) We brought a legendary lineup of 8 trans BIPOC comedians who shine so bright, we had to break them up into two nights!

Stand-Up Comedy Show
6/6 | Arepas Latin Cuisine | 3198 16th St, SF |7:45 pm | free

Get ready for an evening of laughter and fun as Far East Comedy presents stand-up comedy at Arepas Latin Cuisine SF. Come and join us for a night filled with entertainment and great food and drinks. We are excited to present some of the Bay Area’s best comics seen at Cobb’s, Punch Line, Punch Line Sacramento, San Jose Improv, and other Bay Area staples.

Wednesday, 6/7

6/7 | The Hub RWC | 2650 Broadway, Redwood City | 7:30 pm | $20-25

We’ve been teasing in Redwood City for one year! Burlesque, drag, circus, comedy, music, and more.

6/7 | Cobb’s Comedy Club | 915 Columbus Ave, SF | 8 pm | $31-66

Sinisterhood has been downloaded over 30 million times across the globe. They have been featured in Marie Claire, Vulture, Women’s Health, and AV Club and were named Best Podcast 2020 by the Dallas Observer. They are a staple on the Top Comedy Podcast Charts across Apple, Stitcher, and Spotify. Their quick wit and effortless banter, combined with well-researched spooky topics, will have you laughing out loud, learning a thing or two, and sleeping with the lights on for days!

Brad Barton, Reality Thief: A Fun Interactive Magic & Mind Reading Show
6/7 | The Lost Church | 988 Columbus Ave, SF | 7:30 pm | $30

Performing for over 30 years, Brad Barton, Reality Thief combines magic, psychology, comedy, mind reading, and audience participation to create an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

Karaoke Night
6/7 | Club 1220 | 1220 Pine St, Walnut Creek | 9 pm | free

Grab the gang and head on out to Club 112.0 to sing your favorite songs! Holotta Tymes will be serving up that liquid courage!

Thursday, 6/8

DocFest: Satan Wants You
6/8 | Roxie Theater | 3117 16th St, SF | 8:45 pm | $17

Satan Wants You tells the untold story of how the Satanic Panic of the 1980s was ignited by Michelle Remembers, a lurid memoir by psychiatrist Larry Pazder and his patient Michelle Smith. This film digs deep into the roots of moral panics and cult conspiracies, showing how these events still affect and distort our reality today.

Bingo Night!
6/8 | Thee Parkside | 1600 17th St, SF | 7 pm | free

Get ready for some BAR BINGO!

Shannon Shaw
6/8 | Thee Stork Club | 2330 Telegraph Ave, Oakland | 8:30 pm | $30

Retro garage punk diva best known as the leader of Shannon & the Clams; also records solo and with Hunx & His Punx.

The Eyesores + Charm World + Supersonic Symbiotic
6/8 | The Golden Bull | 412 14th St, Oakland | 8 pm | $10

The EYESORES. Featuring the talents of Metalhed, Camshaft, and Dogface. Also Starring Stab & Mosh Helmet to deliver the ROCK!!

Friday, 6/9

Glamour Grunge
6/9 | Amado’s | 998 Valencia St, SF | 7:30 pm | $25-40

Bad Baby Productions presents Glamour Grunge! 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!

Reparations: 3 yr Anniversary w/ ANGERIA PARIS VANMICHAELS!
6/9 | Oasis | 298 11th St, SF | 10 pm | $15-30


Sugar: The Nu Metal Party
6/9 | Cornerstone | 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley | 9 pm | $15-18

Now That’s What I Call Music: A 2000s Dance Party
6/9 | Rickshaw Stop | 155 Fell St, SF | 9 pm | $5-15

The Bay’s best banger is bigger and better this summer! As always, we’re bumping your favorite throwbacks all night long. You can expect pop, hip hop, R&B, emo, dance music—everything from Miley to Britney, Luda to Fergie, Weezy to Panic! and everything in between!

T Sisters
6/9 | Freight & Salvage | 2020 Addison St, Berkeley | 8 pm | $26-30

Lauded as “An irresistibly joyful sibling combo steeped in American roots music” by the San Jose Mercury News, this Oakland-born trio of singing sisters combines folk, Americana, gospel, bluegrass, country, and soul with unearthly harmonies that only a lifetime of singing together can create.

Saturday, 6/10

Be Free Festival
6/10 | Kapwa Gardens | 967 Mission St, SF | 12-6 pm | free

Kultivate Labs along with it’s community partners in SOMA Pilipinas are welcoming you to Filipino Cultural District to eat, connect, learn, and get down to celebrate 125 years of decolonization. Enjoy a wide range of activities in different venues along Mission St between 4th and 6th St.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
6/10 | The Cut | 250 Main St, SF | 8 pm | $14-27

A gender-queer punk-rock singer from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

BONG-O BINGO, Drag Cannabis Bingo
6/10 | 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! Sponsored by Selfies/Crumbz, Jetty Extracts and mocktails by Pabst Blue Ribbon!

Juneteenth on the Waterfront
6/10 | Ferry Plaza | 1 Ferry Bldg, SF | 9 am-2 pm | free

Juneteenth on the Waterfront is part of Pop-Ups on the Plaza, a series of events celebrating Bay Area Black-owned food businesses. Juneteenth on the Waterfront is a Port sponsored event brought to you by Foodwise and MegaBlack SF. This program is proudly funded in partnership with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Dream Keeper Initiative. Additional support is provided by the Ferry Building.

SOMA Second Saturdays
6/10 | Eagle Plaza | 398 12th St, SF | 12-5 pm | free

Join us on 12th Street between Eagle Plaza and Folsom Street to shop with some of the finest queer and kink artists, artisans, and craftspeople.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs w/ Perfume Genius
6/10 | Greek Theatre | 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley | 6:30 pm | $65

Musically minimalistic and visually outrageous garage punk revivalists led by the charismatic Karen O.

Game of Shrooms
6/10 | Worldwide | all day | free

Game of Shrooms is a once a year world-wide art N seek event created by Attaboy. The next Game of Shrooms happens on June 10th, 2023. On that day, artists from all over the world hide their original mushroom-themed art works in public places then they give hints (often on social media) for others to find AND KEEP!

Sunday, 6/11

Pride is a Protest: Trans Youth Protest
6/11 | 2nd St & Market St, SF | 12 pm | free

Our mission through protest is to make our voices heard and make lasting changes to the world we live in. The amount of anti-trans legislation being passed all across our country every single week can be disheartening, frightening, and infuriating. Protesting allows an outlet for those emotions with the feeling of making real, lasting change.

Theya, Sweetwater Black, Thadeus Gonzalez
6/11 | Bottom of the Hill | 1233 17th St, SF | 3 pm | $12-15

Jush Sundays Hosted by Jasmine Masters ‘s
6/11 | Fluid510 | 1544 Broadway, Oakland | 9 pm | $8-25

Oakland’s newest drag eleganza event, Jush Sundays hosted by none other than Jush herself, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star Jasmine Masters! All Star Morgan McMichaels kicks off the fun Sunday, June 4th along with resident queens Afrika America & Amoura Teese!

A Vital Form of Rebellion
6/11 | Thee Stork Club | 2330 Telegraph Ave, Oakland | 7 pm | $5 donation

Bay Area bon vivants with an impressive pedigree and playful meld of loopy Syd Barrett flights of fancy; sparse Young Marble Giants-styled quietness & minor-key New Zealand sub-underground dissonance.

Monday, 6/12
Eclectic Nonsense Art Show
6/12 | Baggy’s by the Lake | 288 E 18th St, Oakland | 7 pm | free

This art exhibition showcases work from 4 talented Bay Area creators, each with distinct and unique artistic styles. Complete with snacks and bubbly!

Ladies Soul Revolution 2: The Bay!
6/12 | Yoshi’s | 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland | 7:30 pm | $30-45

Featuring Netta B, Tracy Cruz, and Ryan Nicole.

Check, Please! Taste & Sip
6/12 | KQED Commons | 2601 Mariposa St, SF | 7 pm | $99+

Join host Leslie Sbrocco to celebrate a new season of Check, Please! Bay Area! More than 50 restaurants featured on the show and many of Leslie’s favorite local wineries come together to showcase the flavorful diversity and heart of the Bay Area’s culinary community as you sample their most popular dishes.

Moody Mondays w/ DJ Chatoyance
6/12 | Thee Stork Club | 2330 Telegraph Ave, Oakland | 7 pm | free

DJ Chatoyance, is an Oakland based record collector, roller skater, photographer, and performer. They spin vinyl records for public and private events. Feel good sounds of the 70s and 80s funk, soul, disco, boogie, cumbia, and afrobeats. Let’s take a trip thru the decades! Come dance, sing along, get moody with us, and enjoy our drink specials.

Outside Lands Job Fair 2023
6/12 | Bill Graham Civic | 99 Grove St, SF | 3 pm | free

Outside Lands has furthered their commitment to being great neighbors, so this recruitment process is intended to promote local labor opportunities for residents of the Richmond and Sunset districts. Special consideration will be given to people living in these neighborhoods.

Rad Upcoming Events 

6/18 | DNA Lounge | Hubba Hubba Revue: Burlesque Nation

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

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