See and be seen at these select San Francisco shows, parties, and events. You know, because you can't read the Internet all the time.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20
LECTURE: There are still tickets to see writer, filmmaker, and performance artist Miranda July interviewed by Adam Savage as part of the City Arts & Lectures Series. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker, her films include Me and You and Everyone We Know and The Future, and her debut novel is The First Bad Man. $27.
PERFORMANCE: SFJAZZ hosts Lera Auerbach, Russian-American composer, poet, and pianist. She'll perform a program of her own music with violinist Daniel Hope and cellist Joshua Roman. $40-65 tickets are available here.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21
DANCE: Yes, you may have this dance. Get old fashioned at the Verdi Club with the Dancehall of All Things Radiant. You'll learn a step and start punching your dance card for $12. Dancers and non-dancers will enjoy alike.
ART OPENING: Welcome back an iconic Banksy to San Francisco at this 836M opening. The work appeared on The Red Vic during a 2010 Banksy touchdown in SF. If you miss it up close, worry not, because after the opening you'll still be able to check it out through the window at the gallery.
ART FESTIVAL: Check out ideas for the future of Market Street at the Market Street Prototyping festival, where you can voice your input on projects and designs. Some great ideas include a fog plane and an installation of commemorating San Francisco's lost streams and waterways called Ghost Arroyos.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 22
DISCUSSION: On their 50th anniversary, where do we situate great San Francisco band The Grateful Dead? Historian and bestselling author Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead archivist Nicholas Meriwether, and Peter Richardson, author of No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead, will all be there to help, with Dr. Anthea Hartig, California HIstorical Society Executive Director moderating the talk. It's just $4 plus whatever you spend on reefer beforehand.
COMIC PARTY: Haight-launched countercultural Zap Comics, led by Robert Crumb, will celebrate its life and times at City Lights Bookstore. No strangers to obscenity, Zap Comics pushed boundaries and got shopkeepers into trouble with their work, but Lawrence Ferlinghetti, for one, just paid his fines and kept stocking the stuff. Victor Moscoso, Robert Williams, and Paul Mavrides of Zap Comics will be there in conversation with publishers Gary Groth and Ron Turner.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 23
CLUB: It's been a while since the last Direct To Earth Family Night At F8. That's their "thanks" to friends and family event where all are welcome. As they put it, expect "a night where we get together... to celebrate our unique take on TECHNO." Best of all, this is a free event.
SHOW: The Coup comprises Boots Riley out of East Oakland's Funktown neighborhood,
rapper E-roc, and local turntablist Pam the Funkstress, and others and, as per Riley himself in our comments section, he leads a six-piece band. The Coup have been a huge, critically acclaimed act since their 1991 debut album, and they grace The Independent for tickets at $20.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
COOKING DEMO: At Omnivore Books, see how the literal sausage gets made with 4505 Meats' butcher Ryan Farr. No prior experience required for this free demonstration at the Noe Valley bookstore.
DJ: With DJ after DJ for 28 hours, the final ICEE HOT record label show is also its fifth anniversary. Tickets are $20 presale. The genre on the Facebook event reads: "feelings, vibes, pizza, rave rain."
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25
SCREENING: Many were devastated when Lila Thirkield announced that the Lexington Club, a last lesbian bar bastion in San Francisco, would close. This cathartic event may come as some small condolence, then. Elena Oxman, a local filmmaker and teacher, is organizing a screening of local films that have been shot at or featured the Lexington Club. The screening will be followed by an after party at, well, you guess where.