It's a short week, but there's still plenty to do.
An open-mic storytelling competition that encourages the masses to take a whirl with the artform, this week’s Moth StorySlam is calling for any and all tales about karma, be it good or bad. Story times are limited to five minutes, so compose your masterpiece and practice, practice, practice. Ten yarn-spinners will be chosen to compete at random and judged on time, topic and truthfulness.
Organizers are bringing the spirit of Berkeley’s 924 Gilman to SOMA to celebrate the SF DocFest opening night screening of Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk. This live showcase, emcee’d by Jello Biafra, includes The Pathogens, The Love Songs, Kamala and the Karnivores, and Hammerbombs.
Pop-Up Magazine brings together writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, puppeteers, musicians and more, and puts them onstage to share and discuss their work. All pieces performed at the show are new and unpublished, meaning you get a first look at work from some of the biggest names in fiction, photography, film and beyond. Also, nothing is recorded, so everything shared is a one-time only creative experience–so, if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, put that phone away.
Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle wrote the forward to last year's Empty Bottle Book, so he clearly appreciates the lasting influence of a good rock club. Here, the group plays a special show at one of the genre’s legendary venues, showcasing tracks from its new album Goths, a relatively jaunty collection of songs that examine the ways in which we embrace and grow out of communities.
Hosted by Lakers-loyal sports scribe, Dave Schilling (Grantland, Bleacher Report) and lifelong Warriors fans/comedians Sean Keane and Joey Devine, the NBA-obsessed Roundball Rock podcast brings the latest NBA news straight to your earbuds with a casual, brainy bro vibe. Catch them live with guests Zach Harper (ESPN’s TrueHoop podcast), C.J. Toledano (Bleacher Report) and more surprise guests while they cleverly dissect Game 1 of the Finals and speculate about Game 2.
Take yourself out tonight to join other charming men (and women) for a mass video karaoke tribute to The Smiths. If you haven’t committed Morrissey’s entire oeuvre to memory, don’t worry about it — the lyrics are displayed right up on screen!
Lovers of classic hits come out to Motown on Mondays dance parties week after week, and have been doing so for eight years now. Since its humble beginnings at Madrone Lounge, the club night has toured all over the globe. The legion of DJs who drag vinyl from party to party are assembling for an anniversary celebration featuring DJ Cash Money and many more. In honor of the occasion, plan to dance for eight straight hours (The Chapel’s bar kitchen will keep you fueled up).
Legend-in-her-own-time Beyoncé has inspired many club nights during her career and this event at the Rickshaw Stop joins the myriad parties that exist to give superfans opportunity to bow down to the queen. Stripped down promotion by Tribute Night promises all Beyoncé, all night. What more could the Beyhive ask for-slash-demand?
Timeless firebrand Elvis Costello and crew are revisiting 1982’s Imperial Bedroom, performing new twists on old familiar tunes. Don’t expect a note-by-note replay, either. As the bespectacled rocker said, “You’ll hear all the songs that fit the bill; hits and headlines, waifs and strays. In the words of the great Eric Morecambe, ‘I am playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order.'”
San Francisco label Dirtybird started its famed barbecue in Golden Gate Park, but in recent years the ever-expanding party has moved up and out to Treasure Island. This year, the stacked lineup—including daddy bird Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, J.Phlip and Worthy, among others—will perform in a festive county fair set-up with carnival games, killer barbecue and Best of Show contests throughout the day.