Big name headliners and dog pageants round out this week's list of suggested activities. From the classic band The Who to pop star Betty Who to a play about the drummer from The Who, it'll be tough to choose WHAT to attend.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8
STAMPEDE MUNCH: All human animal role players are welcome to attend this fetish event where people dress up as sexy leather-y animals, namely horses. Wicked Grounds, if you've never been, is a SoMa kink cafe and boutique that hosts a ton of BDSM events and features a full menu including ambrosia salad, tuna melts, and kids' snacks. Wicked Grounds, 289 8th Street, SF, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., free.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9
BETTY WHO: Australian pop sensation Betty Who headlines Mezzanine, bringing her adorable 90s-style brand of music (and platinum pixie) back to San Francisco. The 25-year-old Spotify star aims to be the next big thing, but SF fans already adore her. You may have recently caught Who at this year's San Francisco Pride Celebration, where she performed at the Armory's Jungle party. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, SF, 9 p.m., $34.
HANS ZIMMER: The German-born Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar-winning film composer will bring his live show to the Greek Theater, performing the scores from some of Zimmer's most famous works which include Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. If he doesn't do "Thunderbird" from Thelma and Louise, storm out in a huff. Hearst Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley, 7 p.m., $117.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10
POLK STREET SUMMER WINE WALK: "Experience the flavor of Polk Street" and join the Lower Polk Community Benefit District, The Polk District Merchants Association and Steven Restivo Event Services for the Second Annual Polk Street Summer Wine Walk. Stroll along blocks of participating merchants, sampling classy wines along the way and enjoying sales and specials throughout the night. Polk Street between Post and Jackson Streets, SF, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 cash the night-of at 1475 Polk Street.
LGBTQ PORTRAITS: The GLBT Historical Society will host a reception and panel discussion on why portraiture (as a form of art) remains " important to queer communities in the so-called post-identity era." California College of the Arts' Tirza Latimer, artist Lenore Chinn, Director of the Queer Cultural center Pamela Peniston and artist and curator Rudy Lempke will tackle the night's theme, and Chinn's pieces from "Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community" will be on display. The GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th Street, SF, 7 p.m., $5 or free for society members.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
MUSEUM OF CAPITALISM PUBLICATION RELEASE: Celebrate (or feverishly debate) the concept of capitalism as Oakland's Museum of Capitalism hosts a launch party for its brand new book. The museum contains both documentation and reflection on the founding of capitalism and the book is an extension of the museum's exhibits, featuring art, sketches, quotations, and "speculative essays on the intersections of ecology, race, museology, historiography, economics, and politics." Sounds intense! Contributors Kevin Killian, Jennifer Gonzalez, and T.J. Demos will be on hand to read from the new book, and presumably there will be some sort of refreshment situation. Museum of Capitalism, 55 Harrison Street, Oakland, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., free.
OUTSIDE LANDS: A handful of tickets are (kind of surprisingly) still available for this year's 10th Annual Outside Lands music festival. Metallica, Lorde, Gorillaz, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Who headline this year's Golden Gate Park fest, but it's not all tunes and weed. Don't miss the culinary line-up carefully curated by restaurateur Anna Weinberg, and The Barbary comedy and improv stage with the likes of Nick Kroll, Henry Rollins, and Jeff Goldblum (and his orchestra.) Parking will be impossible and Uber will no doubt "surge" so some folks might consider the Outside Lands shuttle, ferrying festival goers from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for a pre-paid fee. Also, BRING LAYERS. Golden Gate Park, Polo Fields and surrounding environs, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 12 noon to 10 p.m., $149 - $345.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
HOME FRONT FEST AND ROSIE RALLY: Don your best "Rosie the Riveter" ensemble and help keep (or even break) the Guinness World Record for "The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as a Rosie the Riveter" currently holding strong at 2,229 Rosies. This WWII-themed event will also feature FDR's yacht, the USS Hornet, a 1940s bus and era military vehicles, food trucks, a 1940s big band, steel drums, African dancers, and oh so much more. Those wishing to join the Rosie record-breaking can register online, must wear a bandana or headscarf, and NO OVERALLS. Women, men, and children are all welcome to participate. Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park, 1414 Harbour Way S, Richmond, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, free.
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE IN CONCERT: Don't be a Muggle and miss this opportunity to hear the Harry Potter score live at Davies Symphony Hall. This is an SHN event and not a San Francisco Symphony event, but a real live orchestra will perform John Williams' heart-warming (if you're into it) score while the film plays on a screen overhead. Miraculously, a very limited number of tickets are still available. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, SF, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., tickets start at $76.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
KEITH MOON: THE REAL ME: Starting this weekend, Mick Berry will perform his one-man biographical show focused on the life of The Who drummer Keith Moon, aka: Moon the Loon. Complete with music by Pete Townsend, the show will intimately introduce the audience to "the man behind the myth: his acute vulnerability and insecurity, and his struggle to escape the ever-looming rock and roll crash landing." Warning: this event takes place in Marin County, home to old hippies who are comfortable singing along, dusting off their headbands, etc. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, through September 10, Fridays and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., $35.
LADY GAGA: Pa-pa-pa-pokerface herself will take her artsy act to AT&T Park. The Joanne World Tour, probably named after my mother, features topless male dancers and lots of high glamour video screen action. As we know from her infamous Super Bowl exit, Gaga delivers the drama, and she'll be drawing her demo away from Outside Lands. (If she covers herself in raw meat again, please tag us on Insta.) AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, SF, 7 p.m., $64+.
4TH ANNUAL RESCUED DOG PAGEANT: Why on earth would anyone not go to this? Dogs will don costumes and perform a talent while strutting across the stage with their owners to a song of their choosing. Guests pay $1 per vote and raffle ticket. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places, plus look forward to a mobile adoption center, a hot dog bar for kids, and lots of (friendly, leashed) dogs. The pageant is a fundraiser for Berkeley Humane. Those who wish can enter their pageant-ready pup right here. Missouri Lounge, 2600 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., free to attend.