Two artsy events: one free and one to support the nobel cause of indie filmmaking compete for your attention tonight. First up, local literary concern The Rumpus needs your financial help to make their first movie, an adaptation of Rumper-in-Chief Stephen Elliot's novel Happy Baby, a reality. For your generosity, you will be rewarded with a night of whimsical entertainment. Or, if your artistic taste leans more toward still photography and camera geekery, locally based whimsical online camera shop Photojojo will launch their brick-and-mortar holiday pop-up shop tonight.
At The Rumpus' party, your generous donation to the Happy Baby Kickstarter campaign grants you entry to a night of literary readings form Bucky Sinister and Lorelei Lee, a talk from Josh Bearman about how his Wired Magazine article became the movie Argo, comedy by Caitlin Gill, music by Jill Sobule and yo-yo mastery (yes, yo-yo mastery) by Doctor Popular. (Yes, the same fellow who took this lovely photograph.) The whole event is emceed by the author Stephen Elliot himself and will conclude with a screening of Mr. Gracie a five-minute short based on Happy Baby.
The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street between Mission and Valencia. Doors: 6 p.m., Show: 6:30 p.m. Suggested $20 donation
If you're more inclined to make your own stunning works of art, or just geek out with some other camera nerds, Photojojo will launch their Super Secret Holiday Pop-up Shop tonight on Valencia Street in the same delightful office building as Paxton Gate's Children's store and noted local bike makers at Mission Bicycle. The brick-and-mortar space is the first for the online-only curator of cameras and photography-related items and will be running through the holiday season, but tonight's launch promises to add music, drinks, and a photobooth to the mix.
Photojojo Secret Store Preview Party: 766 Valencia Street between 18th and 19th St.
7 - 10 p.m.