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...
10:00 p.m. last Fri. of every month - We're just dreaming, but here is our dream: to see dive-bar dancers whose attention to detail matches the obsession of Bay Area vintage-music DJs. For example, at Lonely Teardrops' doo-wop night about a year ago, we lost our composure and requested a Claudine Clark song. "I have one," the DJ said, l...
7:30 p.m. April 23 - If you haven't seen Dillinger Escape Plan live, you remain unaware of the true technical heaviness of which human musicians are capable. When we say this New Jersey mathcore quintet is powerful live, we mean that you will probably spend half the set w...
9:15 p.m. April 23 - Canadian punk act Proxy nods heavily to Oi! bombast, with walloping, mid-tempo backbeats that propel anthemic guitar leads and gruff vocals through lengthy and uproarious songs. Laden with the imagery of combat and civil strife, Proxy's lyrics evoke the Arab ...
7:00 p.m. April 24 -

Since WWII, only a handful of war tax resistors have been jailed; one of them is civil rights lawyer Tony Serra. After one of his several stints, Serra filed a class-action suit demanding minimum wage for convict labor; he also wrote a book, Tony Serra: The Green, Yellow and Purple Years i...

8:30 p.m. April 24 - You know the opening credits of That '70s Show, where the cast of characters shout along to the Todd Griffin cover of Cheap Trick's "In the Street" while crammed in a car? It's an instant flashback to the heyday of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, and a sound and attitude embodied by San Franci...
9:00 p.m. April 24 - A resurgence of interest in Afrobeat music in recent years has produced a Broadway show about Fela Kuti, revived long-retired West African bands, and produced a slew of new, Afrobeat-inspired bands. The four-piece Bandalabra conjures elements ...
7:00 p.m. April 26 -

For some Bay Area dwellers, this is about as religious as it gets. Carnaval San Francisco has, for the past 36 years, showcased amazing global cuisine, arts and crafts, about a million scantily-clad women, and a massive parade down the Mission's Harrison Street. Every festival this over-the-top ...

7:00 p.m. April 26 -

Ain't no party like a Rumpus party because a Rumpus party has your literary and it has your sexy; at The Rumpus, these two are built into each other. Longtime columnist Antonia Crane celebrates the release of her memoir, Spent, which documents her teenage move to San Francisco's se...

9:30 p.m. April 26 - A resurgence of interest in Afrobeat music in recent years has produced a Broadway show about Fela Kuti, revived long-retired West African bands, and produced a slew of new, Afrobeat-inspired bands. The four-piece Bandalabra conjures elements ...
1:00 p.m. April 27 -

Every year an open panel called the Northern California Book Reviewers selects the best work by NorCal authors, published over the previous year, in the following categories: fiction, general and creative nonfiction, poetry, translation, and children's literature. The winners are announced at th...

8:00 p.m. April 27 -

CollegeHumor, the website geared toward the ad-friendly demographic of college-aged individuals, is doing a three-day comedy tour, and it's coming to the Rickshaw Stop. The show will feature Internet funny guys Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld doing their award-winning Jake and Amir shtic...

7:00 p.m. April 30 -

Sylvie Simmons' marvelous biography I'm Your Man: the Life of Leonard Cohen is written like a love letter, not with the servile fawning of a young devotee but the worldly temper of one who knows what is at stake. The British-born San Franciscan teases Cohen out of seclusion with her subtl...

7:00 p.m. April 30 -

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of those rare bands that can please just about any crowd. It is known for getting down and dirty with the deepest of funky jams, but can also keep it light and classy with mainstream hits. It was the house band for Melvin Van Peebles' 1971 revolutionary film epic Swe...

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until May 25 -

Yoga: The Art of Transformation comes to the Asian Art Museum with about 130 paintings, statues, manuscripts and videos from private collections and museums in India, the United States, and Europe. Together, the artworks tell the 2,500-year history of yoga. Highlights include folio...

8:00 p.m. daily from April 23 until April 24 -

Shakespeare's The Tempest is a story of revenge and manipulation, with the sorcerer Prospero scheming to reclaim the throne from his brother by marrying his daughter Miranda to Prince Ferdinand, the son of the King of Naples. Central to his machinations is the conjuring of a storm that wr...

8:00 p.m. daily from April 24 until April 26 -

Recently honored with an Isadora Duncan Award for The Secret History of Love, a dance theater piece about the underground struggle to find and express love in the LGBT community, Sean Dorsey Dance takes a break from its 20-city American tour to say hello to the town where it all began &md...

8:00 p.m. daily from April 23 until April 26 -

In 1537, combining two melodies together was banned by Cardinal Giovanni Morone, as he believed it would distract from God. Centuries later, those same pesky melodies combined with drums and hip swiveling was labeled by some as "The Devil's Music." For the new millennium comes The Seven De...

9:00 p.m. daily from April 23 until April 24 - "Everyone's so mad at me," says Henry Laufer, better known as Shlohmo, from his couch in L.A. "Everyone tweets at me all the time: 'Did you forget about the record?' And it's like, 'Nope, I'm listening to the masters everyday."

Laufer has a problem ma...

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. April 25 -

Most San Franciscans would recognize the phrase "Baghdad by the Bay" as one of the city's many nicknames. What they might not know, especially in today's war-torn political climate, is why Herb Caen made the phrase popular in the first place. It was meant as a compliment. The real Baghdad was on...

8:00 p.m. daily from April 25 until April 26 -

If a jealous one-eyed monster heaved a boulder at your lover, resulting in his mortal injury, a modern girl might engage a lawyer or a hit man. But the fair Nereid Galatea does not resort to restraining orders or threats of vengeance, instead turning spilled blood into a deathless river that flo...

8:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. from April 23 until May 18 -

Peter Brooks, Marie-Hélène Estienne, and Franck Krawczyk — the trinity that achieved 2011's splendidly frugal A Magic Flute — brings another musical restorative across the pond. Set in apartheid-era South Africa, The Suit tells the deceptively simpl...

9:45 a.m. every Fri., Sun. - To our recurring surprise, many locals never get the idea to visit Alcatraz, because traveling by boat to an island to walk around cellblocks is just something they don't like do. How come? Because tourists get that idea, every day, by the shorts-wearing boatloads. Here's your solution: The Garde...
7:00 p.m. last Tue. of every month - Most of what we know about Poetry at the 33 is that Kim Addonizio either used to hang out there or still does. That may sound like it isn't very much to go on, but Addonizio is one of the city's most underrated talents. She's a fucking genius, if you want to know the truth. If there's any jus...