Notable San Francisco, This Week: 7/19-7/25


This week: mutant cowboys at the Roxie, The Botany of Desire, a Litquake cocktail party, roller disco, and more film festival goodness!

Monday 7/19: Bounty hunters, vigilante justice, and good old fashioned wild west gun-slinging.  The Dead and the Damned has all that and ravenous mutants, and it’s showing at the Roxie tonight as a part of SF IndieFest’s Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, which features all the underground fantasy, scifi, and horror films you could possibly want.  Tickets $10-11.50, 9pm @ 3117 16th Street.

Tuesday 7/20: See The Botany of Desire at the 2.2 acre Hayes Valley Farm.  Show up early to get the best seats and first pick of homemade baked goods and chocolate from Rainbow Grocery, then settle in for Michael Schwarz’s documentary about the power struggle between plants and humans, based on the book by Michael Pollan.  Free (suggested $5 donation), 7pm @ 450 Laguna Street.

Wednesday 7/21: Get cozy with authors Po Bronson (What Should I Do With My Life?), Pulitzer Prize winners T. J. Stiles and Katherine Ellison, Frances Dinkelspiel (Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California) The Rumpus’ own Stephen Elliott, and Rebecca Solnit (A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster) at author Terry Gamble’s Cole Valley home for an intimate Litquake Cocktail Party.  6:30-9pm, tickets are $125 and capacity is limited to 50 guests, so get your tickets in advance!

Thursday 7/22: Part variety show, part drinking game, part internet Russian Roulette, the Chatroulette Show takes over the Makeout Room tonight.  Presented by the Illuminated Theater, no two shows are ever the same, but knowing the internet, always hilarious.  Tickets $10-15, 21+, 8pm @ 3225 22nd Street.

Friday 7/23: Tired of plain old roller skating?  Up the ante with booze and sweet disco duds at the Black Rock Burning Man Roller Disco Fundraiser at SOMArts.  $7-10, 21+, 8pm @ 934 Brannan Street.

Saturday 7/24: Enjoy a day of Semitic cinema at the Castro Theater for the opening day of the 30th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.  Then, it’s only a short walk down to Café du Nord for the official SFJFF opening night party.  Movies showing @ 11am, 1:30, 4, 7, and 10:15pm, opening party @ 9:30pm.

Sunday 7/25: Spend your Sunday at Dolores Park with DJs, tranny burlesque performances, Alice in Wonderland themed debauchery, and a gurney race to City Hall to raise awareness for those developmentally disabled children and adults living in potentially abusive behavioral centers like the controversial Judge Rottenberg Center.  Starts at 12 noon at the palm tree circle near Dolores and Cumberland Streets.

Melissa Tan is a former runway model, fashion designer, motorcycle enthusiast, and bacon aficionado who has written for The Examiner, The Rumpus, and The Bold Italic. When she’s not sewing or writing, she can be found hunting for new music or the perfect hot dog. Usually at the same time. More from this author →