This weekend would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, but instead it’s the one-year anniversary of Bowie’s passing to the great beyond. Since San Francisco so adores the Man Who Fell to Earth and Sold the World, a long list of Bowie-themed events, performances, sing-alongs, and movie screenings are scheduled to commemorate his/her/their combined birthday and deathday. For all you China Girls, Young Americans and Absolute Beginners who are inclined to glitter up and paint Aladdin Sane lightning bolts on your face, we’ve compiled this list of Bowie bashes that will wham, bam and thank you ma’am at bars, dance floors and theaters across the Bay Area.


Bowie Tribute Sing-Along with Kitten on the Keys
Screwball chanteuse Kitten On The Keys kicks off the commemorations with a free happy hour cabaret sing-along at the new Bar Fluxus in the Hotel Des Arts. “Bowie's songs translate into excellent cabaret fare for voice and piano,” Ms. On The Keys told SFist. “I wanted to give people a place to mourn yet celebrate Bowie by singing along with me. Sing-alongs can be cathartic. Plus I love songs about outer space.”
447 Bush Street between Grant Avenue and Kearny Street

The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual 6th Annual Bowie Birthday Bash
The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual, the “world's only Bowie worship band”, will be performing a live, track-by-track interpretation of Bowie’s groundbreaking 1972 concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars onstage at The Chapel on Friday and Saturday nights. Their moonage daydreams will be followed by a stardusty drag show featuring Raya Light, Trixxie Carr, Phatima Rude and others.
777 Valencia Street between 18th Street and 19th Street

Labyrinth and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
The Castro Theatre doubles down on the Diamond Dog with screenings of the inspirational, celebrational, muppetational 1986 fantasy flick Labyrinth (7:30 p.m.) and the 1973 concert documentary Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. (9:25 p.m.)
429 Castro Street between 17th Street and 18th Street

Bowie & Elvis Birthday Bash 2017 Edition
Both Bowie and Elvis Presley celebrate birthdays this weekend, and the Edinburgh Castle Pub pays homage with a combined birthday party featuring New Wave City’s DJ Shindog and costume contests. Birthday cake will be served!
950 Geary Street between Polk Street and Larkin Street

'Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars', Miramax, 1973

Club Leisure: The Bowie Birthday Ball
The Cat Club’s Saturday offering Club Leisure goes full Starman with two dance floors of Bowie hits spun by DJs Omar, Aaron and Jez, plus space oddity visual projections by Vis-A-Vis.
1190 Folsom Street between 7th Street and 8th Street

The Hanging Garden's Bowie Night
Oakland’s Uptown Nightclub serves as the new home for the semi-monthly goth, new wave and synth-pop dance party The Hanging Garden which, like Bowie himself, is celebrating its birthday this weekend.
1928 Telegraph Avenue between 19th Street and 20th Street, Oakland

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Bowiemas XIII- Blackstar Edition
On Bowie’s actual birthday, the Beauty Bar pretties up for its annual Bowiemas observance that’s set to spin all Bowie, all night long. Your $5 cover goes directly to Openhouse, a nonprofit that serves low-income LGBT seniors.
2299 Mission Street between 18th Street and 19th Street

The Man Who Fell to Earth and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
Another Bowie double-feature at the Castro Theatre with his 1976 acting debut The Man Who Fell to Earth (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and the 1983 WWI drama Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. (4:35 p.m. and 9:25 p.m.)
429 Castro Street between 17th Street and 18th Street

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