Electrify your week with a list of rip-roaring Bay Area events, including our very own Joan Didion power hour lit crawl.
Monday, October 9th: Laugh and Eat; Eat and Laugh @ Starline Social Club
When: 8pm to 10pm
Where: 2236 Martin Luther King Junior Way (Oakland), facebook.com
Why: Because comedy and queso just go so well together. Eat and laugh away the stressors of Monday at Starline Social Club's Comedy x Pop Up Food showcase. Admission is free, but be sure to RSVP on Eventbrite beforehand; and bring a few bucks to purchase the locavore platings slung by on-site Bay Area food vendors.
Tuesday, October 10th: Jam-out with Damian Marley @ UC Theatre
When: 8pm to 11pm
Where: 2036 University Ave. (Berkeley), theuctheatre.org
Why: Fine-tune your Tuesday evening with Damian Marley—the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley—as he sings a medley of both his past and present musical numbers, including those off the Grammy-buzzed album Stony Hill. Tickets ($161) are available on Event Tickets Center, and they're selling fast—so grab 'em before they're gone!
Wednesday, October 11th: Rock, Paper, and Scissor Yourself to a Free Beer @ Northstar Cafe
When: 9pm to 2am
Where: 1560 Powell St. (Russian Hill), facebook.com
Why: Join the fun at Northstar Cafe's latest installment of their Beer Olympics, Rock Paper Scissors Tournament & Pub Crawl to level-out any woeful Humpday feelings. Winners from each competitive round get bragging rights and, more importantly, complimentary booze. Admission is free, but an RSVP on via the Google Form is required.
Thursday, October 12th: Listen to Opera with an EDM Spin @ Mezzanine
When: 8pm to Midnight
Where: 444 Jessie St. (SoMa), mezzaniesf.com
Why: Ever wonder how operatic belting would sound with a turntable edit? Swing by the Mezzanine for an opera party. SF Opera Lab Pop-up: Opertonica will showcase electrified opera hall numbers; courtesy of The Adler Fellow and co-hosts Aria Umezawa and Anthony Reed. Tickets ($20-$40) can be purchased on Eventbrite.
Friday, October 13th: Grab a Drink and Maybe a Puppy @ SF SPCA
When: 6pm to 9pm
Where: 201 Alabama St. (Mission), sfspca.org
Why: Yes, it may be Friday the 13th—but adoptable puppies and endless cocktails are sure to thwart off any gray superstitions. Stop by the SF SPCA's annual fall cocktail party to peruse (and maybe even play with) puppies and kittens in need of homes; all while sipping your adult beverage of choice. Admission is free with an RSVP on Eventbrite, but a donation ($20+) is highly recommended.
Saturday, October 14: Join Us For a 7x7 Joan Didion Lit Crawl Tribute @ Elbo Room
When: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: 647 Valencia St. (Mission), litcrawlsanfrancisco2017.com
Why: Calling all silver-tongued wordsmiths and soil-stained bookworms! Join the 7x7 clan for this special Lit Crawl tribute to Joan Didion as we listen along to readings from five authors on narratives spanning the contemporary corners of Californian culture to honor of the 50th Anniversary of Didion's ubiquitous Summer of Love essay, Slouching Towards Bethlehem. There is also alcohol to be had. Admission is free for this 21+ event.
Sunday, October 15th: Sweat It Out At Sport Virgin's San Francisco Fitness Stop
When: 7am to Noon
Where: 335 McAllister St. (Civic Center), virginsport.com
Why: Need to purge the caloric guilt amassed from enjoying that second or third cocktail? Stop by the Sport Virgin In San Francisco Fitness Festival at the Civic Center Plaza this Sunday to stretch your legs a bit, sweat-off that aforementioned indulgent episode, and pick-up some fitness-savvy gear and merchandise too. Tickets ($0-$189) can be bought on Virginsport.com; more than half of the day's offerings are free.