Laugh at (ahem, with) the Parks and Rec goofball during his new standup routine Buried Alive. Ansari promises all new material not previously seen in his Dangerously Delicious special.
When: Wed. 7/18–Fri. 7/20
Where: Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St. (Thursday's show is at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts)
Our friends at Litquake are staging a literary speakeasy, a throwback to the days of yore featuring Prohibition-era cocktails, jazz, readings, and more. Rumpus editor and author Isaac Fitzgerald plays Robert Benchley, poet Robin Ekiss takes on Tallulah Bankhead, and author Joshua Mohr acts as Sinclair Lewis. And that's only the beginning …
When: 8 p.m., Thurs. 7/19
Where: Public Works, 161 Erie St.
Mixology, Mixed Tapes, and Remixes
Think of this weeks' Cal Academy Nightlife as a mashup of mixes. The Cocktail Lab will demo their latest concoctions while the SF Mixtape Society swaps playlists, and well, what happens in the Remix Lounge stays in the Remix Lounge. Music by Heathered Pearls and Dan the Automator presented by Noise Pop.
When: 6-10 p.m., Thurs. 7/19
Where: Cal Academy, 55 Music Concourse Dr.
A Burning Hot Summer
Inspired in part by Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt, this exclusive engagement of Phillipe Garrel's A Burning Hot Summer delves into the tumultuous relationship between and Italian painter and his actress wife through the eyes of another couple. No doubt it will steam up our dense, foggy nights.
When: Fri. 7/20–Thurs. 7/26
Where: SF Film Society Cinema, 1746 Post St.
"Lightning Appears for a Clear Sky"
Part of a new generation of European photographers, this show of work by Swedes Thobias Fäldt and Klara Källström encompasses fine art, photojournalism and commercial art, all in one. The two use flash photography to create abstract, non-linear narratives of otherwise mundane subjects and environments.
When: Opening reception, 6-10 p.m., Fri. 7/20; Exhibit runs through Fri. 9/7
Where: The Popular Workshop, 1173 Sutter St.
Renegade Craft Fair
Shop the wares of more than 250 crafters, including Colleen Mauer jewelry, Ork posters, and Sara Paloma pottery. And if you fancy yourself a DIY-er, check out workshops by Creative Bug, Pebeo, and the Museum of Craft and Design.
When: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 7/21–Sun. 7/22
Where: Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St.
Sonny and the Sunsets, Charlie Musselwhite, and SF Symphony
Local indie janglers Sonny and the Sunsets jam at the Indy on Sat. 7/21. For a different kind of beat, electric blues harmonica genius Charlie Musselwhite takes on Yoshi's Oakland this Saturday as well. And on Sunday, the Symphony plays their annual, free show at Dolores Park. Pack a picnic and get there early.
When: 9 p.m., Sat. 7/21; 8 and 10 p.m., Sat. 7/21; 2 p.m., Sun. 7/22
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.; Yoshi's Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West; Dolores Park
Youth Speaks Brave New Voices
Youth Speaks takes the Bay Area by storm this week for the 15th annual Brave New Voices youth poetry slam festival with workshops, speeches, and semi-finals, culminating in the big grand slam event at the Fox Theatre on Sat. 7/21. As the largest ongoing spoken word event in the world, you'll see the finalists among more than 500 young poets and their mentors from more than 50 cities around the globe. Support our local talent and cheer on 15-year-old grand slam champion Nyabingha McDowell, who will lead the Bay Area's six-member team.
When: 7 p.m., Sat. 7/21
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland