This week in San Francisco, it’s Ladies Night at The Rumpus! Also, Dave Eggers plays ping pong, art for the blind, sitting and lying in protest of the Sit/Lie law, and crafty alternatives to traditional holiday shopping.
Monday 12/13: What do the Jackson Arms Shooting Range and The Rumpus have in common today? It’s Ladies Night! We’ve teamed up with Flavorpill for an evening of readings, comedy, and music by women to celebrate the release of Rumpus Women, Vol. I! Which women? These ones: Kathleen Alcott, Julie Greicius, Antonia Crane, Sarah Fran Wisby, Michelle Tea, Lisa Brown, and Janine Brito! Music by The Yellow Dress! Baked goods by Batter Bakery (that adorable kiosk on the corner outside the 555 California building). Cheap drinks! Good company! Porn raffle! What’s not to love? Tickets $10, 21+, 7pm @ 3225 22nd Street.
Tuesday 12/14: Tables! Tennis! (come to think of it, it’s not actual tennis, but… you know.) That guy from The Talking Heads! Head down to Everything You Know Is Pong‘s San Francisco Fundraiser for 826 Valencia to see Dave Eggers (Zeitoun, What is the What?) , Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers), and Anthony Myint (Mission Chinese Food, Commonwealth) compete for a good cause and the right to call themselves the west coast pong master (that is, unless you can beat them). Come, participate, spectate, donate, and otherwise celebrate the new book by Eli Horowitz and Roger Bennett. $10-20 suggested donation, 7:30pm @ 190 Capp Street.
Wednesday 12/15: How do the visually impaired experience art? Find out at the California College of the Arts’ Glow in the Dark exhibit. CCA has teamed up with Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to bring art to the developing Please Touch Garden, a downtown community space for the visually impaired. Free, 7pm @ 165 Grove Street.
Thursday 12/16: Instead of buying your friends and relatives more hideous sweaters and useless tchotchkes this holiday season, get down with Workshop SF and FluffyCo at their DIY Screen Printing Party and Pop-up Shop. Are you a craft skeptic? The party’s free. Committed to shopping handmade for the holidays? $30 gets you open bar access, a beer kozy, and a FluffyCo shirt, hand-screened by you! Free, all ages, 7pm @ 1798 McAllister Street.
Friday 12/17: So much a part of San Francisco’s literary history, the landmark obscenity trial surrounding Allen Ginsburg’s Howl and Other Stories has been captured in this year’s film, Howl. See it at the Red Vic Movie House and stay after the 7:15 show for a lecture and slide presentation by animator and Ginsburg collaborator, Eric Drooker — The artist behind both the illustrated version of Howl and the animation sequences that span the film. Tickets $6-9, 7:15pm @ 1727 Haight Street.
Saturday 12/18: Sidewalks are for people! Whether you’re politically minded, or just fond of partying in public, join thousands of others as they gather on the sidewalk to protest the passing of Prop L (the much-contested “Sit/Lie” law). Create your own event and put yourself on the map, or see who else is barbecuing, dancing, painting, or debauching in your neighborhood. Completely and totally free, 11am-4pm.
Sunday 12/19: ‘Tis the season for alternative holiday shopping! Finish what you didn’t get done earlier this week at FluffyCo’s Pop-up Shop party at Madrone’s Holiday Craft Bar. Come for the crafts and stay for the drink specials and live music. Free, 21+, 1-8pm @ 500 Divisadero Street.