If your Netflix queue is beginning to bore you, head out and see some of the many films showing about town this week. Or dance, or drink beer, or head to a reading. Look, this is up to you.
TUESDAY, APRIL 19
GREEN FILM: The 6th San Francisco Green Film Festival presents The Anthropologist and a conversation with director Daniel Miller. Margaret Mead and Susie Crate are the film's two anthropologist subjects, and they are studied through the perspective of their daughters.
The Roxie, 3117 16th Street, 6:30 p.m. $15
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20
"HIGHBROW" COMEDY: Comics at the Punchline get stoned and tell jokes. I think they got this backwards somehow? Anyway, no smoking or vaping inside, for the record. Lydia Popovich hosts. Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery Street, 8 p.m., $15
BEER BUS: While it's 4/20, pot may not be your thing. If it's beer you crave, grab this hop-on, hop-off shuttle the Brewers Guild has launched. Ha, get it? Hops. You can see all the stops online — this time its the Mission/Bernal corridor and it runs from 7 p.m. to 11:35 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 21
REFRACTION EXPOSITION AT THE GRAY AREA FESTIVAL: The Gray Area Festival, which lasts from Thursday through Sunday, is the second annual occurrence of this technology and culture festival in the Mission, which asks again the question "How can designers, artists, and technologists work together to articulate a vision for a world beneficial for 100% of humanity?" There are four components of the festival, and tickets are available here for all or each. First, there are conferences, with keynote speakers like filmmaker Tiffany Shlain. Then, there are workshops, and at night, performances. But to kick things off, and also to get a taste for a bit less $$, hit up the opening of the exhibition component, called Refraction, which features lots of LED and computer-generated art, such as a very cool-sounding "Drawing Machine:" a device that analyzes and "draws" wifi, phone signals, etc. Gray Area Art & Technology Theater, 2665 Mission Street, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., $5-$20 sliding-scale entry
LESBIAN SEX BOOK TALK: The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (With Cats!) is a book by Oakland's Anna Pulley, and you guessed it, it is in fact a comprehensive guide to woman-on-woman sex, illustrated with felines. Anna Pulley has written all over the place, from New York Magazine to the Toast, and is really a treasure. The Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, 7:30 p.m., Free
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
LGBT DOC SCREENING: Black gay and trans kids living in DC form a gang to combat the violence and harassment they face. Check It, named for their group, is a feature-length documentary directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer. It's presented at Alamo Drafthouse and also, on Sunday, at the Victoria Theater, as part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival.
Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission Street, 9:30 p.m., $15
DIRTYBIRD QUARTERLY: House music label Dirtybird, est. 2005, got its name in several senses from Claude VonStroke, who drew their silly bird logo in the first place. This time at Mezzanine, they're feting the release of Justin Marti's album Hello Clouds. Tickets will be sold at the door only, and the masses are certain to descend, so expect a line.
Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, 9 p.m., $20 door only
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR: The 21st annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair goes down with skillshares, panel discussions, workshops, and films for radicals and people engaged in radical work. Personally, I love the posters, which you can check out on their site. Oakland Metro Operahouse, 522 2nd Street, Oakland, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., anarchy is free
400 WORDS FROM SHAKESPEARE: Shakespeare made up all sorts of words, and many of them stuck. Now, a quick and dirty San Francisco Shakespeare Festival production takes us through all 400 of those — from "jaded" to "gloomy" — that he loosed upon the English language. Folio Books, 3957 24th Street, 2: p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free.
WERNER HERZOG INTERNET DOCUMENTARY: Werner Herzog (Nosferatu the Vampyre, Grizzyly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) is back with a film about the Internet that he premiered at Sundance, Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, which comes to the Castro Theatre as part of the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival. The Verge called it a "must-see for anyone on social networks" while noting that some aspects are "hurried."
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, 8 p.m., $15
SUNDAY, APRIL 24
HAMILTON SING-ALONG: Our local Hamiltunes chapter are at it again. This group of enthusiasts is bringing their Hamilton the musical sing-along to Oasis, and you can even sign up for parts in advance.
Oasis, 298 11th Street, doors at 5 p.m., singing at 6 p.m.