Bay to Breakers will take over the city on Sunday, which should give you a good idea of the marvelously mayhem-filled week ahead. Fans of Elizabeth Berkeley, grilled peaches, and nerdy crafts will be pleased.
TUESDAY, MAY 16
ODD SALON: The theme at tonight's Odd Salon is "Swindle." Listen in on stories of bamboozlers, schemers, and cheats from a collection of storytellers and experts. Arrive early for pre-salon cocktails and games. Public Works: 161 Erie St, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m., $15 to $25.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
HOT OFF THE GRILL: Sizzle up to the grill at Sur La Table for a hands-on grilling class just in time for summer. Over 2(-ish) hours, you'll learn to create an entire meal on the grill, from apps to dessert. Introverts note: The adults-only class of 16 will be broken up into four groups of four, so you might have to cook with strangers. Sur La Table, 2224 Union Street, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $69.
AGES 3 AND UP: Trixie Mattel brings her show "Ages 3 and Up" to Oasis SF. The RuPaul's Drag Race star takes the stage with wit and style not to mention a 2 drink minimum. Oasis SF, 289 11th Street, May 17 through 21, 8 p.m., $25 to $40.
THURSDAY, MAY 18
CARTOON MUSIC: The San Francisco Symphony offers its spin on kids' classics with "Disney & Pixar: A Musical Journey into Animation." Watch clips on the big screen while the Symphony plays the score live and a famous animation producer offers behind the scenes scoops. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness, 8 p.m., $92+.
KAMAU RIGHT NOW: Bay Area favorite and CNN superstar W. Kamau Bell is teaming up with KALW for a second season of KAMAU RIGHT NOW!, a live talk-show broadcast and social media event. Guests at this debate/convo/comedy show include Natasha Muse, Cat Brooks, and Jeff Chang. If you don't want to put on pants, listen for free online. Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $25.
LIVE JAZZ WITH SNACKS: Every first and third Thursday of the month, Hayes Valley food, wine, and cocktail spot Noir Lounge hosts live jazz from Jay Standard's Jazz Trio. This film noir-themed lounge offers a full menu and a Warriors-obsessed owner. Noir Lounge, 581 Hayes St., 8:30 to 12 midnight, no cover.
FRIDAY, MAY 19
TIME TRAVELING PARTY: Hosted by Nostalgia Night, "Back to the Future - A Time Traveling Party" will feature 1985 costumes, themed drinks, movie screenings, and photo ops with a replica of Marty's Statler Toyota pickup (not the vehicle most people think of when they remember Back to the Future but that's okay!) Covo, 981 Mission St., 6 to 11 p.m., $5 - $7.
WORLD GOTH DAY 2017: Join Dancing Ghosts, San Francisco’s Darkwave Dance Party for its 8th annual World Goth Day soiree and dance party. DJs MizMargo and Davey Bones will headline the front room while DJs Xander and Unit 77 will spin post-punk in the back room. The night's dress theme is "spooky" and Tarot by Sean will reveal your future. Cat Club SF, 1190 Folsom St, 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., $5 before 10 p.m., $8 after.
SATURDAY, MAY 20
MAKER FAIRE: Tech nerds, craft geeks (!), teachers, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, writers, artists, and students of all ages are welcome at this weekend's Maker Faire, a two-day festival of weird and wonderful inventions and creativity. San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $25 - $80.
SHOWGIRLS IS OLD: If you can handle it, head to drag icon Peaches Christ's Showgirls 20th Anniversary and final screening. The 1995 cult classic about ice on nipples and pool sex has been screened in soft-core camp style by Peaches annually since 1997, and she's just about done. Saturday's show will be the last. As always, enjoy a free lap dance with the purchase of a large popcorn. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, 8 p.m., $30 - $80.
SUNDAY, MAY 21
BAY TO BREAKERS: Is it here already? Bay to Breakers is on Sunday, people. This alcohol-fueled/forbidden stumble from the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach will pass right by the currently closed Alamo Square Park, so everyone will need to HOLD IT until they find an acceptable bush in Golden Gate Park. Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers, starts at Main St. and Howard St., 8 a.m., $69.99, but do people really pay for this?
SHOTWELL'S BIRTHDAY: In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, the very friendly, slightly hipster Shotwell's will be rolling back pint prices to 2007. Swing by for beer, food trucks, and free t-shirts. Shotwell's Bar, 3349 20th St, 4 to 6 p.m., free to enter, beer costs money.