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 27
SHOW: Kelly McFarling strums on the banjo at Amnesia to kick off a weekly residency show. With roots in Atlanta, Georgia and now based in San Francisco, she and her band are poppy and accessible but still authentic and a little gritty. Also, there's talk of bluegrass Whitney Houston cover she does. There's a $7 cover and the fun starts at 9 p.m. right after the weekly comedy show.
TALK: The hilarious (on Twitter and everywhere else) Patton Oswalt will be having a little conversation at the Roxie Theater. The occasion is his new book, an addiction memoir... where the addiction is film. Silver Screen Fiend is the title, and the work just got a rave in the Times. 7:30 p.m., $35 (includes a copy of the book).
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28
DRAG SHOW: Twice a month at the Tenderloin's Aunt Charlie's, The Dream Queens Review is a free show with cheap drinks and a divey, delicious atmosphere. Someone I know who works at Aunt Charlie's only describes the place as "special," and he's definitely not wrong. 9:30 to 11:30.
TALK: Sunsetters, this one's for you. Local historian Lorri Ungaretti introduces her new book, Legendary Locals of the Richmond, Sunset, and Golden Gate Park. Part book reading and a visual presentation, Ungaretti highlights interesting stories of how the area came to be what it is today, with nods to John McLaren and other important local figures. Sunset Branch Library, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29
MUSEUM PARTY: SF Sketchfest, which has more great opportunities to laugh than ever this year, takes over the usual Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences. “What’s So Funny About Love, Sex, and Science?” is the theme, with caricatures of internet dating profiles and an appearance from Peaches Christ. Tickets are $12 and available here. The party goes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
MUSEUM PARTY: Yes, parties in museums are poppin' off this week. The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is closing, but don't worry, they're moving to a new location in a few months. For now, you're invited to a goodbye bash featuring special exhibitions, a DJ, photobooths and free food. Here's the Facebook event.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30
SHOW: Kishi Bashi, who's worked with folks like Of Montreal and Regina Spektor, is an incredible singer and multi-instrumentalist in his own right. His songs, like "Bright Whites," are soaring and anthemic. Tickets to see him are $40, and just a few are left, so grab them here.
COMEDY: The Onion, America's finest news source, arrives at Cobb's Comedy Club. Their self-description is better than anything I could write so here it is. "Since its founding by a Prussian tuber farmer in 1756, The Onion has attracted millions of loyal fans drawn to its fearless reporting and scathing commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention." The show, appropriately called the Onion Past Bedtime, begins at 10:30. Tickets are here.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31
READING/SIGNING: Matt Fraction and Fabio Moon's comic Casanova has a new co-writer in Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay). Fraction and Chabon are signing books at Berkeley's Escapist Comics, which makes a lot of sense when you consider that the store was named for one of the characters from Kavalier & Clay.
ALBUM PARTY/SHOW: Happy Fangs, who describe themselves as a "war-painted and wiry rock trio," are dropping a new album and celebrating the fact with a show at Rickshaw Stop. $10 tickets are here. The new full-length release from the SF-based band is called "Capricorn."
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1
MUSEUM: Free admission at the Asian Art Museum means you get a peek at some of their current exhibits and save $12. In fact, it's free every first Sunday of the month, but go this weekend because the Tetsuya Ishada is supposed to be wonderful.
TAILGATE: It's vegan, which is important to say first. At this awesome sounding Food Truck tailgate at SoMA Sreatfood Park, vegan chicken and waffles and much more start at 11 a.m. It's probably the best bet for vegans/veggies who would otherwise be offered a frozen veggie burger at a friends bbq.