With August being notably chillier than usual, sometimes it takes a little nudge to get out of the house. Lucky for you, this is San Francisco and there's always stuff to do right outside of your door. Here are just a few of the many options this week:


FREE ROCK SHOW: Live music is that much cooler when it's free and the beer is cheap. Tonight at The Make-Out Room, The Tambo Rays play a set sponsored by Anchor Steam, which means all Anchor beers are a dollar off. Opening band Dinosaurs will get things going. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, 7:00 p.m., Free

EMBARRASSING STORIES: The Octopus Literary Salon offers up an opportunity to relive all those horrifically embarrassing middle-school memories with Cringeworthy! The show features performers (not you!) recounting some of their most hilarious moments in a 90s back-to-school themed special event. Nineties attire is encouraged. 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, 7:00 p.m., $1 to $20 sliding scale


PERMUTING THEATER: Live theater is fun for a number of reasons, one of which being that even with the same show each and every performance is just a little bit different from the next. "FORKING!," the comedy from PianoFight, takes that to the extreme and presents a piece that changes radically based on the whims of the audience. Attendees are asked to vote throughout the evening on what should happen next — meaning that no two performances are alike. PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street, 9:30 p.m., $15 to $30

ROVING BEER TOUR: Why go to just one of the many wonderful breweries that San Francisco has to offer when you can go to many? That seems to be the idea behind the Drink SF Beer Shuttle. The shuttle is exactly what is sounds like: A free ride throughout the night that stops off at various breweries and gives you (and friends) a chance to sample some of the good stuff our city has to offer — no cars, cabs, or Muni required. Hop on at Triple Voodoo, 2245 3rd Street, shuttle runs 7:00 p.m. to 11:35 p.m., Free


PERFORMANCE ART: Mugwumpin has been making delightfully interactive and weird art for years now, and this Thursday's showing turns the process of creating those works into the product itself. A bunch of different artists from different fields are coming together to make a new piece of performed work in front of the audience in real time. Pro Arts, 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 7:00 p.m., Free

IMPROVISED TED TALK: By this time the TED Talk from the turtleneck-wearing CEO is a played-out stereotype, but the folks over at Speechless manage to turn the entire thing on its head. The comedians are presented with a random slideshow and improv a presentation based on whatever slides happen to be projected on screen. It's hilarious, and can take incredibly bizarre turns. Public Works, 161 Erie Street, 7:30 p.m., $20


TONY BENNETT'S 90TH BIRTHDAY: In honor of great American crooner Tony Bennett, who's signature song, after all, is about San Francisco, the Fairmont Hotel is dedicating a statue in his honor on the lawn outside — Bennett first performed "I Left My Heart in San Francisco in the hotel's Venetian Room, and returned there many times to reprise it — and the SF Giants will be hosting "Tony Bennett Night" at AT&T Park this evening too, before Bennett heads to a benefit dinner back at the Venetian Room on Saturday. Attending the dedication, though, is free. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ART DOCUMENTARY: Focusing on the work of famed 60s artist Eva Hesse, the documentary is the first feature-length look at the career of the postwar artist whose life was cut short by a brain tumor at age 34. Come to learn about the post-minimalist movement, stay for the in-depth look at Hesse's life. Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street, 7:00 p.m., $12

MALI BLUES: The Red Poppy Art House is one of the best spots in the city to see a truly intimate show, and this Friday's performance from Mamadou and Vanessa is a great opportunity to rock out to a combination of West African rhythms and southern American blues up close and personal. The two play Mali blues with the traditional 14-stringed kamele ngoni and the karinye, and mix their own style into the show. Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom Street, 7:00 p.m., $15 to $20


DOLLY PARTON PARTY: Everyone loves Dolly Parton, right? The folks at El Rio certainly do, and plan on celebrating that love with lip-syncing contests, look-a-likes, and a Dolly vinyl set for the annual Dolly Parton HOOT. Oh yeah, and there are tons of Dolly-themed prizes and a live Dolly Parton cover set from The Muddy Roses. El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, 3:00 p.m., Free

BLOCK PARTY: The annual 20th Street Block Party is back, and like always, organizers are bringing numerous bands to a main stage on the Mission's 20th Street. Chicano Batman, Miami Horror, and Boulevards are just some of the musicians rocking what has, over the years, turned into a mini free festival. There are also tons of vendors, food and otherwise, so there will be plenty of opportunities to snack and shop. 20th Street at Florida Street, 12:00 p.m., $5 Suggested Donation


DANCE PARTY FUNDRAISER: The "Soirée Not Sorry!" party is the perfect chance to go wild for a good cause. The night of dancing and socializing is a fundraiser both for Project Homeless Connect and the Hillary Clinton campaign, and will feature performances from DJ Brian and Mass Effect. Classy outfits are encouraged, so you can be sure to do good while looking good. Codeword, 917 Folsom Street, 6:00 p.m., $10

FREE OUTDOOR ROCK SHOW IN THE FOG: A Sunday in Stern Grove is one of those things that reminds you why you love San Francisco. The free shows in the natural amphitheater draw children and adults alike, and this weekend's performance from indie pop group The New Pornographers is likely to please all. Grab a blanket, some wine, and lots of snacks and make your way over for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, Sloat Boulevard at 19th Avenue, 2:00 p.m., Free