Notable San Francisco, This Week: 3/7-3/13

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This week in San Francisco, Quiet Lightning moves to North Beach, Janine Brito and Emily Heller get hilarious at the Punchline, Andrew Sean Greer’s The Islanders takes to the stage, and Rumpus Managing Editor, Isaac Fitzgerald, gets his literary Casanova on at Fivepoints Arthouse’s Tales of Tail.

Monday 3/7: Catch Quiet Lightning in North Beach!  Eight readers, art books for sale, and limited audience space at 15 Romolo, so get there early (you can even camp out and stay for dinner).  Free!  21+, 7pm @ 15 Romolo

Tuesday 3/8: Janine Brito and Emily Heller will destroy whatever stereotypes you have about female comedians at their show Girl Talk: A Night of Un-ladylike Stand-up Comedy. Janine and Emily also bring Caitlin Gill, Marcella Arguello, Chris Burns, Beth Stelling, and Aparna Nancherla to the stage at the Punchline.  Tickets $15 (avoid the staggering $5 processing fee by ordering over the phone!) 18+, 8pm @ 444 Battery Street.

Wednesday 3/9: Word for Word is a theatrical organization that puts on adaptations of awesome literature… word for word.  Catch a preview of their latest endeavor, Andrew Sean Greer’s The Islanders, starring Joel Mullennix, Stephanie Hunt, Nancy Shelby, Delia MacDougall and Paul Finocchiaro, and directed by Sheila Balter.  Preview tickets are only $15, 8pm @ Z Space, 450 Florida Street.

Thursday 3/10: Love, heartbreak, and one night stands — hear the stories of talented musicians and authors, including The Rumpus’ own Isaac Fitzgerald, at Fivepoints Arthouse’s Tales of Tail. Catch performances by Pocket Full of Rye, D Haven, Kevin MacCarthy and Mark Joseph, Slow Motion Cowboys, Andrea Stray, Anna Pulley, Caitlin Myer, Benjamin Wachs, Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Andi Pearl, Celina Hodge, and Jacqi Ko. Free and all ages, 6pm @ 72 Tehama Street.

Friday 3/11: Load up on guns and girls at the Castro Theatre. Midnites for Maniacs presents the “GRRRLS WITH FIREPOWER” Triple Feature with The Craft (1996), Thelma & Lousie (1991), and Ms. 45 (1981).  That’s 311 minutes of feminist cinematic ass-kicking (plus themed trailers) for $12.  7:30pm-2am @ 429 Castro Street.

Saturday 3/12: Start your Saturday off with a cultural mashup of Japanese tradition and American pop culture at the Shooting Gallery’s opening reception for Yumiko Kayukawa’s Rock You in a Tatami Room. Free, 7-11pm @ 839 Larkin Street.

Sunday 3/13: Get down on some Mitchell’s ice cream and support a non-profit art program simultaneously at Ruby’s Clay Studio’s Bowliscious Ice Cream Social. Buy a sundae, keep the hand made bowl, and meet some of the 100+ artists who use the non-profit resources that Ruby’s has been providing for over 30 years.  $20-40, 1-4pm @ 522A Noe 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 →