It's a busy one in the Bay Area with IndieFest, Beer Week, Chinese New Year, and constant resistance efforts going on, so here are just a few ways to learn, unwind, and have fun throughout the week. You have to go offline at some point.


INDIEFEST SHORT COMIC FILMS: As part of this year's IndieFest, the Roxie is screening 90 minutes of short films from American and European filmmakers. Expect quick bursts of enjoyment from shorts like "Fanny Pack," which is about an Indian-American woman whose fanny-pack clad father chases her through an airport. The Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th Street, 7:15 p.m., $12 advance, $14 at the door

BEATLES KARAOKE: My favorite monthly karaoke jam is this live band Beatles bash at Rite Spot. Every first Tuesday of the month, they'll play your favorite Beatles tunes, handing you a lyrics book, and accompany you in any key you want. Rite Spot is a treasure. Advertised as "free" and "more fun that it sounds." Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom Street, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m, free but please do tip the band!


DIRTY LADIES BOOK LAUNCH: As the erotica writer Susan Kuchinskas, 67, explains under the psuedonym Lynx Canon in the opening to the new Dirty Old Women Anthology, “I also hope that when we stand up there, with our wrinkles, gray hair and unabashed desire, we reassure young women that it’s not over at 30, or 50, or even 90.” To celebrate the release of that volume, which KQED writes is the product of a two-year-old monthly erotica reading for “women of experience," the gang is getting together for readings and cocktails at, fittingly, the Make-Out Room. As one writer, Nicky Dyal, posts on Facebook, she'll be reading from a new story of hers called "psychic pussy" so, as she says, "you know it's going to be weird." The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, 7:30 p.. to 9:30 p.m, free entry

MAYA ANGELOU NIGHT: KQED presents a nigh of poetry, film, and music celebrating May Angelou including a one-hour preview of American Masters - Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.

Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Avenue Oakland, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., free


ANTIFASCIST BAKE SALE AND FASHION SHOW: Local gender queer feminist art collective The Degenderettes present an extremely San Francisco fundraiser against fascism benefitting Trans Lifeline, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and more. At El Rio, it's a fashion show, a bake sale (with plenty of gluten free and vegan option), and live music from Hose Rips, Forbidden Colors, Unwoman, Los Sirenas, and Shark Week, a group who promises "dangerously irreverent menstrual core by ex-folk musicians who got pushed too far and don't understand that distortion is meant to be used in moderation." El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., $5-20 sliding scale

MISSION POSITION: Having moved on from the Cinecave (or cynic cave) at Lost Weekend, popular independent comedy Showcase the Mission Position brings its monthly talent showcase to the intimate theater space at the Alamo Drafthouse. Hosts are Adrian McNair and Irene Tu, and this month's headliner is Jak Knight, an LA-based stand-up comedian originally from Seattle who was named a 2014 Comedy Central Comic to Watch. Also on the lineup: Karinda Dobbins and Devan Cost. Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission Street, 8:30 p.m. doors, show at 9 p.m., $15


BEER WEEK GALA: SF Beer Week is cause for celebration, and that kicks off with plenty of toasts at the Opening Gala, where 125 breweries will pour their finest wares. The Brewer's Guild released a list of the new and rare brews on tap, including their collaboration beer for the year. It's an all-you-can drink celebration with food trucks on site should you need to consume something absorbent. Pier 48, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., $80-120

BIG LEBOWSKI PARTY: Cheers to the dude with White Russians at the 14th annual Big Lebowski Party, part of this year's IndieFest. The fun abides at Brava Theater as Bawdy Caste, known for their Rocky Horror antics, perform a shadow play onstage while the movie runs on the big screen. Lebowski trivia is also in the mix, as is a costume contest. Brava, 2781 24th Street, 8 p.m., $15 advance, $20 at the door


ROCK & ROLL TAMPON DRIVE: Sea Witch presents Let It Bleed, a Tampon Drive at the Chapel featuring rock bands like Dead Sara, Wax Idols, Kera and the Lesbians, and the Tambo Rays. Bring your unopened feminine hygiene products to donate to Compass Family Services who will give them to those in need, and get raffle tickets at the door to win prizes from sponsors like a feminist book bundle from Green Apple Books on the Park. The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., $18

CHINESE NEW YEAR STREET FAIR AND PARADE: Get amped for the year of the rooster in one of the city's largest cultural celebrations.The Community Street Fair takes on place on Grant from Clay to Broadway, Pacific from Kearny to Stockton, and Jackson from Kearny to Stockton, on both Saturday and Sunday. The parade, with its acrobats, dancing, and dragons, even includes Cirque du Soleil this year. Bleacher seats are already sold out, sadly, and the attendance for the two day fair usually reaches 500,000. Parade starts at 5:15 p.m. at Market and Second and goes to Kearny and Jackson, free


SALSA DANCE ACROSS THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE: It's the fifth year for CODEPINK's Dance across the Golden Gate Bridge, a collaboration with One Billion Rising. The idea is to gather on the San Francisco side of the bridge by the Visitor's Center and to dance, salsa, and sashay to the center of the bridge, then return using the walkway, in an act of resistance to draw attention to the plight of undocumented immigrants living in the US. Golden Gate Bridge, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., free

MAKE VALENTINES AND DRINK BEER: Anchor is taking over the taps at the Madrone Art Bar, which is living up to its name with the help of local letterpress print shop Western Editions, making unique paper goods with a 1960 Vandercook Press. Create your own cards, customized with watercolor painting etc. All beers are $1 off. Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero Street, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., free entry