Lots of writers and book nerds are on the list this week, but there's plenty here for everyone — from ballet on Friday to the Trans Film Festival, of which we are only able to highlight opening night. See you out there!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
ADRIAN TOMINE READING: California native Adrian Tomine, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, in conversation with Bay Area novelist Vendela Vida. "Killing and Dying is a collection of interconnected and darkly funny stories told in comic form. Tomine's gift for capturing intimate moments and subtle emotion is on full display in his latest collection of graphic shorts. A California native, Tomine is particularly adept at evoking a sense of place in just a few clean lines—you may recognize Oakland storefronts or BART stations alongside subways and skyscrapers. Dealing with issues of identity and hyperconnectivity, parenthood, mortality, and the daily struggles of contemporary life, Tomine's characters — aging baseball fans, insecure comedians, horticulturists, out-of-touch parents among them — are artfully drawn, a cast of searchers and stumblers who you can't help but recognize." The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, 7:30 p.m., Free, RSVP appreciatedbut not required
PATREON POETRY READING: Patreon, a platform that "connects creators, community and capital via subscription crowdfunding," writes that they are "so excited to continue our Writers Who Read literature series with a special appearance from Derrick Brown who’s coming by to share his poetry, comedy and have good times!" Brown is "known for blending other art forms with poetry, a short film for his poem 'A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me' won over 40 awards on the 2012 film festival circuit." Brown is also the founder of Write Bloody Publishing, an Austin-based independent book publisher. Patreon HQ, 230 9th Street, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Free
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11
FEMINIST PUNK SHOW: Joanna Gruesome, a name that's a punny take off on musician Joanna Newsom, are a 5-piece band from from Wales. They sound like punks to me, and they're on tour after releasing the album Peanut Butter. Here's a song!
Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell Street, 9:30 p.m. advanced tickets $10, door $12
BOOTY CALL: As SFist's Jay Barmann lamented yesterday, drag personality and nightlife impresario Juanita MORE! is ending her weekly party at Q Bar, Booty Call Wednesdays. Get there while you still can, if you can, as "three rotating world-class and local DJ talent keep the dance floor jumping" and check out the Castro's "longest running weekly photo booth" which "offers you the chance to try your hand at modeling" with "a different installation by a local artist... each week."
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12
TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL: An opening night gala heralds much more programming a the Roxie and the Castro. The first night shorts are:
The heartwarming story of a brave, transgender tween! Sammy finds herself at a new school navigating the complex gender politics of adolescence.
Jerre B. Fine
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is a personal and historical narrative of growing up queer and transgender in Oklahoma, and unpacking truths as a direct result of self-discovery.
This lo-fi sci-fi short film is an experimental hybrid of documentary, fiction and performance art. A post-human personification of the desires, fears and possibilities that form who we might be in the future.
The Girl Bunnies. Rocketship.
Two girl bunnies separated by outer space, meet on a block of ice, become romantically smitten and look for a way to cross the galaxy. It is a story of love and transitioning. Songwriter-filmmaker Françoise Doherty presents the 4th entrancing film from her world of queer bunnies.
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, 7:30 p.m. $15, sliding scale, festival passes available
COCKTAIL TALK AT CITY LIGHTS: Duggan McDonnell talks his book Drinking the Devil's Acre: A Love Letter From San Francisco and her Cocktails at City Lights. "During the 1870s and '80s, a single bar-filled block in San Francisco called the Devil's Acre threw what may have been the most enduring party the world has ever seen. Duggan McDonnell is in love with the city of his forefathers and its ever-flowing cocktails, and it shows in this history-packed drinking tour through one of the most beloved cities in the world. Twenty-five iconic cocktail recipes made famous by the City by the Bay—from the legendary Pisco Punch, Mai Tai, and Irish Coffee to the Gold Rush-era Sazerac and more modern-day Lemon Drop—are accompanied by an additional 45 recipes that show the evolution of these classic elixirs, resulting in such contemporary favorites as the Revolver and the Last Word, guaranteeing to keep the party going and the liquor flowing." City Lights, 261 Columbus Avenue, Cocktails at 6:30 p.m., Discussion 7 p.m., Free
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
OUTDOOR MOVIE FILM FESTIVAL FINALE: Wrapping up the outdoor film series at PROXY in Hayes Valley is The Wolfpack, directed by Crystal Moselle, who will appear in person and take questions. This won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize (Documentary) at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival! "Despite growing up on the Lower East Side, the six Angulo brothers know little of New York City or the outside world, having spent most of their lives locked away in their apartment. Nicknamed “The Wolfpack,” most of what they know of the world has been gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously, using elaborate homemade props and costumes. After one of the brothers escapes the apartment, the others soon want to follow, leading to a chance encounter with first-time film director Crystal Moselle, whose extraordinary portrait captures the thrills of The Wolfpack’s discoveries and illustrates the transformative power of movies."
PROXY, Hayes and Octavia Streets, 7 p.m., Free
DRACULA BALLET: Spend a scary Friday the 13th with an adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic "brought to life by Bruce Steivel's innovative choreography." Victoria Theatre
2961 16th Street, 8 p.m, $30 and up
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
CRAFT FAIR: "West Coast Craft is a juried exhibition of artist and designer craftsmen and women inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle." Same hours on Sunday, too. For Mason Festival Pavilion, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Free
WRITERS WITH DRINKS: "Variety... is a Literary Imperative! Which is why Writers With Drinks combines erotica with literature, stand-up comedy with science fiction and poetry with essays. Plus mystery, romance, memoir, rants and 'other.'" All proceeds benefit local non-profits, in this case, the Center for Sex and Culture. And this time it's Sarah Jeong (The Internet of Garbage) Carrie Patel (The Buried Life) and other total geniuses.
At The Make Out Room 3225 22nd Street, 7:30 p.m, to 9:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., $5 to $20, no-one turned away
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15
BIKE COALITION PARTY: "Don’t miss the 20th anniversary of your SF Bicycle Coalition’s largest party of the year! Join more than a thousand of your bike-loving buddies for an evening of festivities. Enjoy the fabulous local art auction, score a new bike and bid on items donated by your favorite bike-supporting businesses. There will also be great tunes from DJs ShOOey and Sinned plus delicious eats from Bicycle Bánh Mì, Sugarfoot Grits and Nopalito." City View at the Metreon, 135 4th Street, $20 members, $35 friend of member, $45 ticket and membership
MEZCAL TASTING: "Music, art, food, and of course mezcal all under one roof - the second annual Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle tasting event. More than 60 mezcals, sips and bites from seven local restaurants, a room of special and rare mezcals, informal guided tastings and more." Public Works, 161 Erie Street, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. $65