Notable San Francisco, This Week: 2/14-2/20

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This week, Do You Love Me Now? (The Rumpus does), 826 Valencia’s Spelling Bee for Cheaters, all you can eat pancakes, and Will Franken hosts The Grand Opening of a New Baby.

Monday 2/14: Spend Valentine’s Day with your beloved Rumpus-folk at Do You Love Me Now? the February Monthly Rumpus. See readings by Deb Olin Unferth, Matthew Siegel, Chiwan Choi, and Charlie Getter, comedy by Emily Heller, and music by Bond Girl and Annie Bacon. $10 cheap, same as always!  21+, 7pm @ 3225 22nd Street.

Tuesday 2/15: Head down to Amenisa for the Sum Kinda Trouble open mic. Grab your guitar, latest poem, or short story, or just sip a cocktail while watching others put themselves on the line for future bragging rights about how you met that artist before they were famous.  Free, 21+, 7-9pm @ 853 Valencia Street.

Wednesday 2/16: Like the Discovery Channel… With Beer! Nerd Nite brings together education, music, and, of course, booze for an evening that may leave you hung over, but won’t leave you feeling guilty about the brain cells you decimated.  Nerd Nite #9: Real Estate Shenanigans, Dirty Archaeology, and Roller Derby Fundamentals takes over the Rickshaw Stop with readings about the economy, the archeology of vice, and a brief history of sassy girls beating each other up on wheels followed by the sweet sounds of DJ Alpha Bravo.  $8, 8pm @ 155 Fell Street.

Thursday 2/17: Support the amazing efforts of 826 Valencia through good old fashioned swindling at A Spelling Bee for Cheaters. See infamous Bay Area authors and artists Michael Chabon, Daniel Handler, Lisa Brown, and Adam Savage help the cheating contestants bluff their way to the trophy.  Tickets $25-200, 7:30pm @ Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Avenue.

Friday 2/18: Pancakes and Booze are not only two great tastes that taste great together, but the name of an LA-based art show visiting The Artist’s Alley Gallery. Catch live body painting, new art by over 50 local artists, and an all-you-can-eat pancake bar backed by the sounds of DJ Todd P.  $5, 8pm @ 863 Mission Street.

Saturday 2/19: In case you missed him co-hosting Literary Death Match last week with Alia Volz, Will Franken will be at the Purple Onion for his one-night-only one-man-show: Will Franken’s ‘Grand Opening of a New Baby’. It’s a great baby. Like a human pinata, it will be opened to the public this evening…The candy (or guts) inside the pinata (or baby) will spill out into your ears and minds and come back out as laughter. For the guts (or candy)of the baby (or pinata) are comedy bits…new and exciting comedy bits. Tickets $20, 9pm @ 140 Columbus Avenue.

Sunday 2/20: When was the last time you made a mixtape, huh?  Hone your curatorial slow jam skills at the 5th meeting of the SF Mixtape Society at the Makeout Room. Submit your mix ahead of time for a chance at the Judges’ Choice Award, mix your face off for a chance to win the Audience Choice or Best Cover awards, and lay your chosen tracks down on an actual tape cassette (they still make those?!?) for a free drink ticket.  Everyone who shows up with a mix of their own will go home with a mystery mix, Secret Santa style.  May the hippest audiophile win.  Free, 21+, 4-6pm @ 3225 22nd Street.


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 →