Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. - Eric Kipp may be brilliant. Without a doubt, the spirit of San Francisco itself pulses quickly in his veins, because he is the creator of Hiking Yoga. It's exactly what it sounds like; you follow the charge up one of our butt-bustin' hills, and once you're up there, the organizer/sherpas hand...
7:30 p.m. fourth Wed. of every month - Finding your voice as a writer is hard. Finding your voice as an erotic writer is all but impossible. In one direction is "awkward and clinical." In another is "Anne Rice." And there's literally hundreds of others that result in the rough equivalent of "I have a headache." Further complicating matte...
9:00 p.m. July 19 - At what point does sampling go too far? This question has so far defined the career of Berlin house producer Oliver $ (Oliver Siebert). In 2011, after a decade spent below the radar producing a minimalist strain of house, he rocketed to success on th...
9:00 p.m. July 19 -

Gallery-goers, prepare to wash away your four-wall fatigue in shimmering torrents and luminescent eddies; chase sparks across the street, garden, loading bay, stage, outside walls, and inside galleries. Because every surface at Night Light can become an exhibition space or canvas for thos...

9:30 p.m. July 19 - In the late '90s and early '00s, disco was reborn in New York City. Justin Van Der Volgen was there at the beginning of this movement and has stayed with it since. A one-time member of dance punk outfits !!! and Out Hud, he now specializes i...
2:00 p.m. July 20 -

Poet and veteran spoken word performer Janet Hamill, who has done shows everywhere from The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church to the Andy Warhol Museum, Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival and Liverpool's Heartbeats series, is in town from New York to read from her new book Tales from the ...

7:00 p.m. July 20 -

Michael Bay, the director of Transformers: Age of Extinction, got his start making music videos — but so did David Fincher, director of Fight Club and The Social Network, so that's not necessarily bad thing. You can witness tomorrow's Finchers (and probably a few Bays)...

7:30 p.m. July 20 -

San Francisco is likely the capital for sing-alongs. The Castro Theatre alone hosts them frequently, but the Castro isn't the only place where you'll find half of the city joining together to sing their hearts out. San Francisco Symphony presents its own sing-along, and it's the 1978 super-hit <...>

8:00 p.m. July 21 - The worlds of indie rock and sprawling, bloodthirsty pseudo-medieval epics rarely overlap. But an episode last year of HBO's Game of Thrones closed with the Hold Steady's rendition of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," a song whose lyrics appear in the book...
8:00 p.m. July 21 - Over her long and storied career, Tori Amos has worn as many faces as musical styles. After all this time, the core of her multi-instrumental, narrative-driven style persists on her latest album, Unrepentant Geraldines.

Amos' Geraldines are the...

6:15 p.m. July 22 -

The 1960s were a golden era for rock climbing, and climber/photographer Glen Denny hung out in Yosemite capturing some of the most iconic images of the day. Climbing pioneers Chuck Pratt, Warren Harding, and others were featured in Denny's work performing death-defying, breathtaking climb...

7:00 p.m. July 22 -

The debut novel of Stanford fiction teacher Angela Pneuman (author of the short story collection Home Remedies) is set in the south and narrated by the thirteen-year-old daughter of a man who makes a living writing spiritual essays on fasting and endless praying. When he gives this...

8:00 p.m. July 22 - Vancouver punk quartet White Lung released its third LP, Deep Fantasy, last month to what the smart money says will be universal acclaim: It's a 23-minute wallop of stridently in-your-face riot-grrrl paranoia, superficially led by Mish Way's de...
6:00 p.m. July 23 -

Journalist and San Francisco Grottoite James Nestor reads from his new book, Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves, for which he learned to freedive and traveled to Honduras (where the laws aren't as strict) to take a DIY submarine as far d...

Daily until August 1 - Opening Friday, July 11, is an art exhibit titled "Punk: Convulsive Beauty," which doubles as the launch for a new book from local publishers PM Press, called Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, The Early Years, by
12:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 16 -

Remember that age-old question: Is advertising art? The two have a strained relationship and San Francisco has never been immune to the tug-of-war between expression and capitalism. Now try to remember a music festival called Wild West in Golden Gate Park during the late 1960s. You probably can'...

6:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 9 -

In 2008, painter and illustrator James Roper took a short break from his work to try his hand at screenwriting and film-making. A few short films later, he had collected several awards, a modest following, and, more importantly, a new found love for storytelling. In his newest piece, The I...

8:00 p.m. every Mon., Fri., Sat. until July 26 -

SF Weekly Mastermind award winner and Bay Area magician Christian Cagigal's show Now and At the Hour begins its final run this week. The one-of-a-kind show combines Cagigal's very personal storytelling with his "slightly creepy" style of magic. It's kind of like Spalding Gra...

8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until July 27 -

Lorena Hickok was the daughter of a dressmaker and a troubled Wisconsin butter maker. She left home at the age of 14, then managed to graduate high school and enroll in college. When she failed out — we like this bit — she took up journalism, becoming a trailblazer for women in the f...

10:15 a.m. every Sat. - Many of us remember coming home from our elementary schools with freshly glazed pinchpots, cups, or whatever else our young imaginations could conjure up. Saturday mornings at the Randall Museum can bring that memory back, or create a new one for the youngsters. Ceramics make great gifts -- especial...
2:00 p.m. first Sat. of every month - At this point in time, Hard French might as well be a local institution. Now into its third season, the Motown-heavy queer day party presents itself as a viable alternative to the usual Saturday hangover damage control. Head down to the El Rio and...
9:30 p.m. every Tue. - While most '60s soul parties are dedicated to uptempo bangers, Lost & Found takes a different tack. Thrown Tuesday nights at the Make-Out Room, it's an evening dedicated to the slower side of soul with a playlist that sounds tailor-made for some hip '60s prom. Veteran DJs Lucky and Primo preside ove...
9:30 p.m. every Mon. - Dying to dance, brood, or peel the yellow wallpaper off the wall? Well, so are these fun freaks. Join them at Death Guild, won't you? Every Monday night at DNA Lounge, gaggles of 18-and-over moody bastards come to show off their blackest attire and eyeliner wh...
Daily - In ancient Rome, the god of fertility was honored in February, with ceremonial love lotteries and mock-floggings with a bloody goatskin. Even those are a pale reflection of truly bizarre courtships that unfold in the natural world. For example, the common garden snail is a hermaphrodite that carries...
6:00 p.m. fourth Tue. of every month - Sketch Tuesdays, founded in 2006, is a monthly event where 20 or so local artists hang out and make their art on a small scale. When the artwork is completed it becomes available to purchase by the audience mingling nearby -- and often for cheap! If you like the funky fresh art up on the wall...