ART: Gallery Hijinks presents As It Was Before an exhibition of new works by Martin Machado and Todd Freeman with installations by Aleksandra Zee, who use "nature and science to reinterpret memories, fables and story telling."

6 to 10 p.m. // Gallery Hijinks (2309 Bryant St) // free

LITERARY: Jane Wiedlen, of the Go-Gos and Lady Robotika fame, and Ethan Watters, author Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, headline this month's Writers With Drinks, with guests Jesús Ángel García, Arisa White, and Blake Charlton.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. // The Make Out Room (3225 22nd. St) // $5-10

VARIETY: Get sketch comedy with some hip-hop and short films thrown in at the For The People Variety Show, featuring Frankie Quinones, Cory Loykasek, Chris Storin, Daryus Monday and Rodger Lizaola.

8 and 10 p.m. // The Dark Room Theater (2263 Mission St) // $10