You might be doing Sober January, and if so, kudos! (Commiserate with my thoughts on it from last year, which are playing out again, on schedule, this January.) Here are some non-booze-related, and a few booze-related, events to fill out your week's dance card.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12
SMALL-SCALE COMEDY SHOW: Some People Like Us is the name of a show produced by local comics Casey Ley and Kaseem Bentley, who say their popularity is to do the fact that "they are so funny and likeable and have racial and sexual minority statuses that straight white people feel good about laughing at." Tonight's lineup at the wee Cinecave at Lost Weekend Video includes Steve Hernandez, Julia Loken, and James Fritz. 1034 Valencia Street, 8 p.m. $10
CAT FUNDRAISER: You've probably seen plenty of people seeking help on Kickstarter or GoFundMe when their pets need emergency medical care. Well, one local writer is doing you one better and throwing a rock show fundraiser for her cat Eugin, who was hit by a car and needed some surgery. It's called "Hang In There" and it's at El Rio, and no, the cat won't be there. The cat averse need not attend. 3158 Mission Street, 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13
COMMEMORATIVE FILM SCREENING: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) was clearly a film project that was close to the late David Bowie's heart it inspired him to do his last theatrical collaboration, a piece called Lazarus starring Michael C. Hall that is just finishing a run Off-Broadway now. Join some fans to watch the perversely glam sci-fi film, and be sure to "Bring your own food, drinks, drag personas & otherworldly fashions." The Lab, 2948 16th Street, 7 p.m. Free
BOWIE TRIBUTE SHOW: The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual continues the outpouring of love for Bowie with a tribute concert at Slim's including two sets by the church band and performances by Bernadette Harris, Lauren Cohen, Andi Stardust, Phatima Rude, Beatrix Carr, Bruna Palmeiro, Jordan L'Moore, and more. 333 11th Street, doors at 7:30 p.m. $10, or $35 includes prix fixe dinner.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 14
ART OPENING: ArtHaus is launching their GREAT EXHIBITION OF 2016, which is what they call their latest group show of works in various media by Bay Area and New York artists including Carolyn Meyer, Franc D’Ambrosio, John Wood, Marc Lambrechts, Serena Bocchino, and Andrea Arroyo. 411 Brannan Street, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free
BENEFIT FOR MURALISTS: A group of longtime tenants who are artists responsible for murals throughout the Mission, known as the Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, are in danger of losing their space. The Mission Economic Development Association has agreed to buy the space from the owner on their behalf but they're trying to raise $200K for help with the down payment. The Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Benefit will feature an array of artwork for sale, but you can also just donate to the cause here.
BOWIE SING-ALONG: Fun new movie house Alamo Drafthouse is doing their part for the Bowie memorializing with this late-night event, a music video party with booze, and lots of sing. Whether it's be it "Heroes," "Young Americans," or "Suffragette City," we should hope you know the words. 2550 Mission Street, 10:55 p.m., $5.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 15
GERMAN FILM: The 20th annual "Berlin and Beyond" film fest kicks off Thursday at the Castro, and centerpiece film We Are Young. We Are Strong. from director Burhan Qurbani makes its Northern California premiere. The film recounts some violent xenophobic riots that broke out in 1992 in Rostock from the perspective of three characters, including a Vietnamese immigrant. The full festival guide is here. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street. 6 p.m. $13-$15. Tickets here.
GUERRILLA DYKE BAR: Though the bar is already LGBT friendly, Virgil's Sea Room in the Mission will become a total lesbian bar for one night this week, open to "dykes and all their queer friends" and "always trans-inclusive." 3152 Mission Street, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16
GLAM ROCK CABARET: Speaking of all things Bowie, Berkeley's Shotgun Players are hosting their glam rock-themed Shotgun Cabaret event Hawkmoon this weekend, for two nights only. The performance/party includes live, female-fronted Black Sabbath cover band Bobb Saggeth, and features "three rooms with character-driven environments exploring gender, misogyny, PTSD, and schizophrenia." 1201 University Avenue, Berkeley. 7 p.m. $12/$15
DRAG BIRTHDAY: It's local drag star and Oasis co-owner D'Arcy Drollinger's birthday, which means no cover and some good times. Also, if you stick around a couple hours, the birthday segues into the one-year anniversary of Mother and Oasis itself, with a big show, as usual, around 11:30 or midnight. 298 11th Street, 9 p.m. Free before 10 p.m., $10 after.
HORSE DANCING: The show that somebody at the Miami Herald used the superlative phrase "the most beautiful spectacle ever seen" to describe, Cavalia's Odysseo, closes its latest run in SF this weekend. It's an "equestrian and acrobatic extravaganza," and if you or a young girl in your life loves horses, this show featuring 70 horses and 45 international dancers/acrobats should blow your/her mind. AT&T Park, 1051 3rd Street, 8 p.m. $88
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17
GERMAN FILM & CONCERT: The "Berlin & Beyond" festival is celebrating 20 years with this closing party at the Castro featuring a 1927 film, Berlin, Symphony of a Great City, and live accompaniment by Berlin-based electronic band ALP. The event promises to "take us back in time to a Berlin of a bygone era" through music and archival visuals. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street. 8 p.m. $15