FUNDRAISER: 826 Valencia presents their first-ever Spelling Bee for Cheaters, a tournament that tests not only the word-wisdom of the contestants, who include Daniel Handler, Tracy Chapman, and Mythbuster's Adam Savage, but also their ability to "sneakily, filthily, and shamelessly cheat". Proceeds benefit 826 Valencia's free student programming.
7:30 p.m. // Herbst Theater (401 Van Ness Avenue) // $25-200
MUSIC/FILM: Tonight's NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences plays host to two festival pre-parties: The Noise Pop Festival, which runs February 22-27 and The Green Film Festival which is happening March 3-6. The Velvet Teen and Scrabbel will be performing live, along with BASSYX on the decks, and innovative short films will be screened, loop-style, throughout the building.
6 p.m. // California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Dr. Golden Gate Park) // $10-12
COMEDY: Truly one-of-a-kind comedy will take place tonight at the Hemlock, featuring absurdist comic from Toronto, Nick Flanagan, reigning champion of the 2011 SF Sketchfest's Iron Comic, Emily Heller, absurdist thespians/sketch comics We Are Nudes, and local fave Beth Lisick.
9 p.m. // Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk Street) // $6