by Amy Crocker

FILM: Kicking off the the Mechanic's Institue CinemaLit series for 2010 will be Les Bonnes Femmes. Directed by Claude Chabrol, this 1960 film follows four Parisian shop-girls who harbor "secret and not-too-secret dreams." A salon style discussion will follow the film. For reservations call: (415) 393-0100.
6 p.m. // Mechanics' Institute (57 Post St.) // $10

MUSIC: Mosey on down to Red Poppy Art House and slap your thighs to early 20th century hard time tunes. Jugs - as in heavy pitchers, not boobs - are the musical instrument du jour for Pete Devine's Jug Band.
8 p.m. // Red Poppy Art House // $10-$20

CLUB: Would you like to watch TV tonight but feel compelled to drag yourself out of the house? Well, have we got the perfect event you. At "Strictly Videos" VJs will play music videos along with the dance music. So you can get out, cut a rug, and when you're through demonstrating your youth and vigor, just pull up a bar stool and pretend it's old school MTV.
9 p.m. // 111 Minna Gallery // $10, $5 before 11p.m.