THEATER: Relationships between couples in crisis and the tensions between noise and silence take center stage at One-Act Fringe, an annual festival of student-penned plays. The festival has a track record for acting as a springboard for star playwrights.

8 p.m. // San Francisco State University (1600 Holloway Ave, Creative Arts Building) // $5-10

BENEFIT: Center for Sex and Culture and Dr. Carol Queen host a benefit in honor of San Francisco gay radical sex photographer Mark I Chester and his 60th birthday. There will be readings and performances by San Francisco underground luminaries such as Dr. Carol Queen, Tom Orr of Dirty Little Show Tunes fame, and Seth Eisen, plus other surprise guests, and Chester's 30-year retrospective of work will be on display.

7 to 11 p.m. // Mark I Chester Studio (1229 Folsom St) // donation suggested

FILM: Pete Gowdy and Oddball Films present an evening of rare Jazz Age Era 16mm films with a live performance by Tin Pan Alley song stylist The Dimestore Dandy, aka Rick Quisol of the Frisky Frolics, at Roaring 20s & Quirky 30s. Films include a Laurel and Hardy classic, a Krazy Kat cartoon, Porky's 5&10, and short films featuring cars getting hit by trains, how make-up is made, and sideshow stunts.

8:30 p.m. // Oddball Films (275 Capp St) // $10