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: At City Lights Bookstore, experience an evening of word and song with Banning Eyre as he celebrates and discusses new book Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe, the product of a twenty-five year friendship and professional relationship between Eyre and Mapfumo illustrating "Mapfumo’s musical and political importance to his nation, its freedom struggle, and its culture." 261 Columbus Avenue, 7 p.m., Free

FUNK: A soirée with choice funk cuts from 1976 to 1995 awaits at Oakland's The Rock Steady. No cover, no mercy. 1741 San Pablo Avenue, 7 p.m., Free


SHOW: Catch Alice Smith at the Independent where she sings her bluesy heart out. The Grammy award nominated chanteuse is known for her broad vocal and stylistic ranges.628 Divisadero Street, 8 p.m., $25

SELL STUFF: Twice is a startup that buys your clutter, from clothes to tools to instruments, and they're promoting themselves and helping you lose your junk with a pop-up in the Castro. 410 Castro Street, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Free


FREE SHOW: Geographer plays the Chapel for free with RSVP, so showing some love for the SF-based indie rock band won't cost you a dime. 777 Valencia Street, 7 p.m., Free

FREE SHOW: Join Philadelphia five-piece mewithoutYou at SF's beloved Amoeba for a special early show and signing. Why pay for their show at the Independent when you can play hooky and see them in the afternoon? 1855 Haight Street, 2 p.m., Free


DEAD DRAG PROM: Come to Rickshaw Stop in your finest drag as a dead celebrity. Sounds tasteful and fun, and includes DJ B.Urmanita on beats, a photo booth upstairs till midnight. 155 Fell Street, 9:30 p.m., $20

TEMPLE UNVEILING: The new burning man temple thing in Hayes Valley that's coming together nicely will be unveiled to the public in its completed form. 499 Octavia Street, 11 a.m., Free


CIRCUS: It's back in town, or it never really left. "Circus Bella, San Francisco’s favorite one-ring circus, returns with Mighty!, an entirely new show conceived and directed by Abigail Munn and David Hunt and commissioned by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival." 773 Mission Street, 12 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., Free

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: The Exploratorium closes at 5:00 p.m. but the after-hours interactive fun continues. Take an excursion through total darkness in the famed Tactile Dome, where you "crawl, slide, and bump your way through the pitch-dark... using your sense of touch as your only guide through its chambers and mazes." Pier 15, 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $12-15


SHOW: At Brick & Mortar, take in the East Bay Brass Band, a New Orleans-style ensemble that specializes in mash-ups of popular artists from Jelly Roll Morton to AC/DC to Raymond Scott to Paula Abdul to Shostakovich to R.E.M. 1710 Mission Street, 7 p.m., $6-10

PARADE: You know the one. Market and Beale Streets, 10:30 a.m., Free