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, SEPTEMBER 22
HIGH SCHOOL DANCE-THEMED PODCAST TAPING: "Did you hate your high school formal or just want to relive your teenage glory? Well, you’re in luck! Bust out your corsages and boutonnieres... at the Chapel, where KQED Pop will be throwing a high school dance in honor of a brand new pop culture podcast called The Cooler." That's with hosts "Jamedra Brown, Emmanuel Hapsis and Carly Severn" and guests like W. Kamau Bell, Jocquese Whitfield. Also count on music from Brontez Purnell and the Younger Lovers and live drawing by Thien Pham. Last but not least, "[t]here will also be an awkward photo booth for you and your date, and a night of dancing to the best high school dance music from 1990-2005!" 777 Valencia Street, 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show, $10
NEON INDIAN SHOW: If you're looking to welcome a new venue to the scene, swing over to Social Hall, "nestled in the foundation of the historic Scottish Rites Bodies Regency Center building" where "upgrades include a brand new sound system, a concert stage, a lighting system and a redesigned entryway." There, enjoy dream-synth-popper Neon Indian (from composer Alan Palom). If you miss this one, there's a Wednesday show, too. 1270 Sutter Street, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $27
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
TONGA ROOM ANNIVERSARY PARTY: The timeless Tiki institution in the basement of the Fairmont turns 70 this month. Saved several times by its loyal fans, show your support with cocktails, food, and of course, music in the middle of their lagoon. "Festive cocktail attire suggested!" 950 Mason Street, 7 p.m., $99
BEST COAST SHOW: Fittingly at the historic Fillmore, California's unofficial PR band Best Coast will be playing songs from California Nights, another album of Golden State ballads from Bethany Cosentino. 1805 Geary Boulevard, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $25
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
PUNK ROCK SEWING CIRCLE: Following a record fair swap and share from 1-5:30 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall, learn a thing or two with "Shut & Listen" panel discussions. From 6-10 p.m., talk turns to the "Intersection of Queer and Punk Cultures" and "What Went Wrong... or Right" in the movement. 26 7th Street, 1-10 p.m., "Free Tables, resere in advance, [email protected], Please bring donations to our tampon drive"
SOUL SHOW: Big Blu Soul, "will debuting some brand new material, a mix of funk, jazz, soul and rhythm & blues" at Club Deluxe. "With an extreme passion for the music of 60’s and 70’s soul, funk and jazz, the band shares music influences ranging from soul legends like Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers to funk and jazz artists like The Meters, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green and many more. Their fresh approach brings a wide array of infectious dance grooves to their high-energy live show." 1511 Haight St, San Francisco, 6 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Free
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
OKTOBERFEST: "Celebrating in the true tradition of Munich's famed festival, Oktoberfest by the Bay will include nonstop music, singing, dancing and the very best in German food and drink." Expect "sizzling oompah music" and cold beer all weekend and kicking off Friday. Pier 48, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., $25
A-1 SHOW: "Adam Traore is the brainchild behind Bay Area rap phenom A-1. First generation American, half Italian, half Senegalese, A-1's roots run deepest in San Francisco. But his emotionally charged rap lyrics—social critique set to a beat—reverberate beyond his raw testimony of the Bay. Underneath his funny, party-ready anthems is a message from the future on how people can evolve into THURLIANS, a positive incarnation of the post-modern human." He plays the Chapel with openers Dregs One, Mikos Da Gawd, Mars Today, iyala, Tia Nomore. 777 Valencia Street, 8 p.m. doors, 9:00 p.m. show, $19 advance, $21 door, all ages
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
COLE PORTER TRIBUTE: Where literature meets jazz at Glen Park's Bird & Beckett books and records, "[drummer] Vinnie Rodriguez leads a fine quartet" through the Cole Porter songbook. Porter, if you are tragically unaware, "wrote a good portion of the most elegantly clever songs in the halcyon days of Tin Pan Alley. Expect "his most memorable numbers... and a few rediscovered chestnuts." Also note that earlier on Saturday you can "come out from 4-6 pm, when pianist Grant Levin and drummer Pepe Jacobo play in duo format." That first bit is free, to boot. 653 Chenery Street, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., $10
TREASURE ISLAND FLEA: "Launched with a mission to support local artists and entrepreneurs, the Treasure Island Flea debuted Memorial Day 2011. Three years later the monthly event (every last full weekend) has become a Bay Area hallmark and is Northern California’s largest monthly gathering of artists, collectors, designers, crafters and food trucks. In addition the event showcases local musicians, entertainers and hosts a full bar with local wines, beers, and spirits. The event has been coined “the Festival of the Bay” and attracts an average attendance of 15,000." Ave. of the Palms, Treasure Island, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $3 Entry - Free Parking, Kids 12 & Under Free, Pet Friendly
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
NYC (STYLE) BAGEL POP-UP: The shegetzim of Shegetz Bagel "don't believe that it takes a New York City zip code (or water supply) to make a killer bagel, and we intend to prove it by boiling and baking them up, right here on the West Coast." Yep, these guys could be our bagel messiahs, so check out their pop-up at PizzaHacker, and knowing how lines can get in this town, maybe consider heading over early! 3299 Mission Street, 10 a.m. until sold out, $5ish per bagel
FOLSOM STREET FAIR: "Bigger IS better at this ‘only in San Francisco’ event! With 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks, there is something for everyone. Located on historic Folsom Street, leather and fetish players from all over the world converge. With over 200 exhibitor booths showcasing fetish gear and toys, it’s a pig’s dream. Check out our massive live stage with top-name indie, electronic and alternative acts, our two huge dance areas spinning underground EDM, public play stations, and an erotic artists’ area with a sick and twisted performance stage. And, yes, you can still be naked, so avail yourself of our coat and clothes check areas as well! Donate $10 or more at the gates and get a sticker that entitles you to $2 off each drink you buy from us ALL DAY LONG!" Folsom St. from 8th to 13th Streets, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.