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.


READING: Joyce Carol Oates, the acclaimed author of more than 40 novels, is appearing at City Lights. She'll be reading from The Sacrifice. If you're one of many who is annoyed by her on Twitter, let her impress you IRL. 261 Columbus Ave. between Broadway St. and Pacific Ave., 7 p.m., Free

DANCING AND WAFFLES:The club's going up on a Tuesday. Over at SoMa's Monarch, which we highlighted in SFist's 13 Coolest Dance Parties In The Bay Area, Waffle Hou$e is taking over to serve their signature vegan waffles and some free beer (while supplies last... so get there early). DJ's include Meow and InSpKt-HeR-GaDgts. 101 6th St between Minna and Mission Streets, 10 p.m., $5-10


DRINK AND DRAW: Every first Wednesday, drunk artists, which is to say artists, gather at The Knockout. Patrons draw on a particular theme, then submit their work into a raffle for cocktails and other prizes. Be forewarned: the artwork then gets scanned and put on the interwebs. 3223 Mission St. between Fair and Virginia Avenues, 6:30 p.m., Free

HISTORY: Learn all about the history of San Francisco's wild life, past and present, with an emphasis on our "wild menu," or the stuff we used to and still do eat. Part of Shaping San Francisco, a series of free lectures, It's with Mark Heath, Kirk Lombard, and Chris Carlsson and it's co-hosted by Wild Equity Institute and Nature in the City. Hosted in the Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics. 518 Valencia St. between 16th and 17th Streets, 7:30 p.m., Free


INDIE FLICK: Kick of SF Indiefest (February 5-19) at Brava! for Women in the Arts! with a screening of David Cross's Hits . The show starts off with an all male Leonard Cohen Tribute Choir called Conspiracy Of Beards. 24th St. between York and Hampshire Streets, 7:30 p.m., $10-20

COMEDY: Mystery Science Theater 3000 alums Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett have returned with RiffTrax, and they're taking the jokes to the Castro Theatre. In fact, it's RiffTrax's fifth program of shorts for SF Sketchfest, which yes, is still happening! The core group will be joined by frequent players Cole Stratton and Janet Varney, as well as guests John Hodgman, Todd Barry (Louie), and Paul F. Tompkins (Best Week Ever). Tickets are here. 429 Castro St. between 17th and 18th Streets, 8 p.m., $30


DANCING AND MORE DANCING: Grammy nominated Paul van Dyk is bringing his German DJ skills to Public Works. The "After Dark" party goes until 4 a.m. and tickets are here. 161 Erie St. between 14th St. and Duboce Ave., 10 p.m., $25

ART MURMUR: First fridays of the month means everyone's in Oakland at Art Murmur. Participating venues include Classic Cars West, Manna Gallery, Mercury 20, Vessel Gallery, and more. And obviously you won't miss the crafts and food vendors. 25th Street between Telegraph and Broadway Avenues, 6 p.m., Free


BEER PICNIC: It being beer week, head over to SoMa Streatfood for the best in food trucks and some great beer from Magnolia, Headlands, and more. Bacon Bacon will be in attendance. It's a fixed price ticket for all the beer you want. 428 11th St. at Harrison St., 11 a.m., $35

CULT CLASSIC: Get in your element and into your finest Dude costume with the 12th annual Big Lebowski Party, party of SF Indiefest. This year's party is in the soon to reopen Grand Theater on Mission — which is opening its doors while under construction for one night only — and it features a costume contest, a beach bonfire trampoline, mini bowling, and White Russians, all while the Coen Brothers' classic plays along. 2665 Mission St. between 22nd and 23rd Streets, 8 p.m., $10


NOIR FILM: Another Indiefest jam, this one a new noir film set in the Mission. The film, directed by Dante Betteo and starying Richard Montoya, is getting a lot of hype and includes evictions, murder, SROs, institutional corruption, and local landmarks. Popularity was such that they've added a second screening at Brava! for Women In The Arts. 24th St. between York and Hampshire Streets, 3 p.m., $15

ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR: If you love books — the physical objects and everything about them — this is the fair you've been waiting for or probably already knew about. The 48th installment of the California International Antiquarian Book Fair at Oakland Marriott City Center is a unique and wonderful opportunity to peruse books from over 200 sellers. 1001 Broadway at 11th St., 11 a.m., $13