Notable San Francisco, This Week: 3/14-3/20

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This week in San Francisco, The Monthly Rumpus puts on its best pasties, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is on, and food culture rocks SFMoMA with Sidebar: Wine! at How Wine Became Modern.

Monday 3/14: Catch some titillating literature — and, oh, Lady Monster: Queen of the Fire Tassels — at March’s Monthly Rumpus. Reading this month are Andrew Altschul, Joshua Mohr, Beverly Parayno, and Timothy Donnelly. Comedy by W. Kamau Bell, and a special cartoon slide show by Elana Pritchard. $10 cheap with chances to win the infamous porn raffle, 21+, 7pm @ 3225 22nd Street.

Tuesday 3/15: The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival is in full swing.  Catch screenings of films like Resident Alien, the documentary by Ross Tuttle that looks at the lives of deported former Cambodian refugees as they adapt to a home that isn’t really theirs.  Tickets $11-12, 4:15pm @ Viz Cinema, 1746 Post Street.

Wednesday 3/16: Have you ever wanted to bang on everything around you in a fit of musical rage?  Steven Schick has, and you can, too, at Z Space’s Schick Machine. Tickets $20, 7pm @ 450 Florida Street.

Thursday 3/17: Fill your museum visit quota by learning about all things beverage.  Meatpaper magazine and Blue Bottle Coffee present Food & Thought and Pop-Up Magazine (which is actually a live performance “magazine”) presents Sidebar: Wine! at SF MoMA’s How Wine Became Modern exhibit.  6-9:45pm @ 151 3rd Street.

Friday 3/18: Party at the library!  Friends of the San Francisco Public Library invite you to become a member and Imbibe. With author appearances, and delicious food and drinks (that you won’t get yelled at for!  In a library!), FSFPL’s quarterly Imbibe events are probably the only chance you’ll ever have to get debauched with the Dewey Decimal System.  6:30-9pm @ Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library, 1 Jose Sarria Court.

Saturday 3/19: See artist Darnel Tasker cover herself with paint and put body to canvas to create…well, we’re not exactly sure what yet.  Taking inspiration from the artist Yves Klein (who, fun fact, has a whole color named after him), she will join grafiti artists and body painters at The Artist’s Alley. Tickets $10-15 (including free drinks!), 7-10pm @ 863 Mission Street.

Sunday 3/20: As the SFIAAFF wraps up, spend a cozy Sunday catching movies around the city.  See Aoki, a documentary about the life and work of third-generation Japanese American and founding member of the Black Panthers, Richard Aoki, or Make Yourself At Home, which turns the Hollywood habit of remaking Asian horror movies on its head, or The People I’ve Slept With — a Sex and The City-esque tale of modern urban living that puts the traditional stereotypes of overly demure Asian women to shame.  See the schedule for more films and show times.


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 →