When you live in this city, there’s no excuse for boredom just because it’s a weeknight. Any given week, there are hundreds of things to do in San Francisco, from concerts and comedy shows to art exhibits and food events, and that’s really only scratching the surface. We narrowed down the list to a handful of the best happenings. Now put down that TV remote. Off you go.
Things to do in San Francisco this week
These Illinois boys may be young and fresh-faced but fans of early Black Lips and general lo-fi garage rock will approve of their racket, though there's also an indie sheen here which suggests they've got one eye on serious commercial success. They’ve got a brand new release, Terrible Human Beings, that is set to launch them to the big-big time; catch them in this cozy venue while you can.
The self-loathing stand-up known as the Bitter Buddha—he has released a movie of the same name—masterfully navigates his dark comedy in a way that's both silly and brash. Catch him for a special one-night-only San Francisco appearance in honor of the Mission Position’s one year anniversary. The well-loved stand-up showcase has enjoyed success at the Alamo Drafthouse; come out and celebrate with local hosts Irene Tu and Adrian McNair at the helm.
Bimbo’s 365 is almost too perfect a setting for Nouvelle Vague’s terrifically stylish and properly soulful ’60s bossa nova reworkings of classic pop and punk tunes. The Parisian outfit is the brainchild of producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, whose raft of chanteuses has in the past included French vocal experimenter Camille.
The Growlers are one of a growing number of California bands playing modern psychedelic music informed by their locale but minus the whiff of L.A. cheese, favoring instead the West Coast’s hippie-dippy looseness. At its best, the group evokes a smoking late-’60s beach party. Welcome summer’s approach at this gig as the band plays tunes from their latest, City Club.
Four venerable party powerhouses are combining forces this weekend for a massive indie rock and pop dance party at DNA Lounge. A dozen talented DJs from Fringe, Last Night, Harder Better Faster Stronger and The Queen is Dead will be rotating throughout the club playing Justice, The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT… if it was on heavy rotation in your college dorm, expect to hear it tonight. Hit the photo booth early, before you sweat your face off.
Celebrated daytime dance party Hard French is saying “Bon voyage” to San Francisco this summer—come out to El Rio for one last afternoon at the sweaty soul dance party that eschews traditional notions of appropriate grind time in favor of afternoon hip swishin'. DJs from Honey Soundsystem and many more will provide a jubilant soundtrack to this bittersweet gathering; it’s the first of three farewell fêtes.
Children of the ’80s will surely remember Adventures in Babysitting, the 1987 comedy about a teenage babysitter, her charges and the zany night they have in Chicago. (Who didn’t want to sneak out and run amok in a big city—even with all of the mishaps the kids get into—after seeing it?). Reminisce about the goofy flick during this week’s screening in honor of the film’s 30th year anniversary. Special guest Keith Coogan, who played crush-addled Brad, will be on hand to answer all your pressing AIB-related questions.
The organizers behind popular Outdoor Yoga SF are moving into the silent disco game, kicking off with a weekend sunset dance at Ocean Beach this weekend. DJ Umami will be spinning a unique mix of 80's hits, Fleetwood Mac, Biggie and other party favorites, dialed directly into dancer’s individual headsets. Head to the Pacific and get your peaceful groove on—optional closing meditation session included.
Venerable local artists Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall have long been making a splash on the fine arts scene, first individually and more recently in their collaborations. Their work features Tunstall’s ethereal ladylike figures encountering Plock’s silly-slash-scary creatures in cartoonishly surreal settings. The couple is coming off of a residency at the De Young with this more intimate exhibition at the Spoke Art gallery; come by opening night for a closer look at the compelling pieces.
The tabloids love to pitch these two ferocious women against each other, so we might as well take the drama to the dance floor. From the party machine that unleashed the sold-out Drake vs. Kanye party, this Lights & Music Collective presentation promises uncut originals with no vulgar remixing, no ham-fisted mashups. Whether you are a single lady, good girl gone bad or Jay Z, dress to impress.