Stay tuned for further SFist coverage of events in response to the maybe-happening alt-right rally at Crissy Field. This week's event round-up includes a smattering of everything else that's going down, from album launch parties to comedy troupes who make fun of your childhood photos. Have fun, be kind, and stay safe, friends.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 22
SHIRE ARTS AND SCIENCES MEETING: Bear with me here, this is interesting. The Shire of Cloondara, the San Francisco chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, meets monthly to either discuss or hear a presentation on the Middle Ages. Why? Because that was a cool time period, I guess. This month's topic is Medieval Chess Variants, taught by Lord Virgile de la Fuente. The meeting (again, attended by a Lord) will be held at the Round Table Pizza on Geary. Were I not currently out of town, I would be the first to arrive and the last to leave because this is extraordinary. "We don't wear garb to meetings," warns the event listing. Round Table Pizza #600, 3567 Geary Boulevard, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., free.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23
HUMP DAY! A PARTY FOR WOMEN: Juicy hosts this ladies' night at OMG to help us all get through the work week. It's a shindig for queer women and friends, and it'll feature a sexy DJ set from San Francisco native (!) and Artist MicahTron spinning R&B, hip-hop, Latin and dancehall music. Anyone who shares the event listing on Facebook will get a free shot (presumably of alcohol.) OMG, 43 6th Street, $2 after 9 p.m., 21-and-over.
METEOR SHOWER: The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occurs annually between July 17 and August 24. Join fellow fans of starry skies and cast your eyes upward for "Just Look Up," a stargazing party suggested by Awesome Events San Francisco. Basically, Awesome Events is like, "You should lay on the Main Parade Ground of the Presidio for a good view" and I agree. Let's! (Or you could drive somewhere with less light pollution...) Presidio, Main Parade Ground, 9 p.m. or so, free.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
THE INCREDIBLES: Dress up (like an Incredible, I presume!) for Alamo Drafthouse's one-night-only special screening of The Incredibles. Fans of this 2004 animated hit can participate in a costume contest, scavenger hunt and a variety of surprises throughout the night, in addition to ' you know watching the movie. Pre-register your scavenger hunt team here. Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission Street, hunt participants meet at 5 p.m. and score free admission to the screening, movie starts at 7 p.m., $15.75.
CHIVALRY CLUB: Are you willing to let a group of comedians tack a whack at an embarrassing childhood picture of you? Want to watch that happen to someone else? Head to Throwback Thursday in which Lexi Diamond, Salvatore Testa, Maggie Beasley-Barret, Sahil Desai, Conor Allen, Alex Choi, Kolby Hatch and David Garcia of the Chivalry Club turn baby pics into improv comedy. Willing participants can submit photos via email or by tagging them on social media with the hashtag #EndgamesTBT. Only one or two pics will be chosen, and it'll be a surprise. Opening Act the Understudies take the stage first. Stage Werx, 446 Valencia Street, 8 p.m., $5.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
JAMES BOND DOUBLE FEATURE: What is better than sinking into a movie seat at the Castro Theatre and settling in for a totally nuts double feature while you forget your problems for a few hours? Nothing. Take in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, both James Bond films from the era when Bond films were fun. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, 2:15 p.m. and 4:35 p.m., or 7 p.m., and 9:15 p.m., $12.
RABBIT QUINN: Celebrate the release party for Rabbit Quinn's new album, Painted Fan. Indie bands Lungs & Limbs and Survival Guide will open for Quinn, who will also be enjoying a birthday. A native of Saratoga down on the Peninsula, pianist, vocalist and songwriter Quinn has a very Tori Amos vibe. Check her out if you're not already a fan. Cafe du Nord, 2174 Market Street, doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m., $15
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
11th ANNUAL PIE CONTEST: Serious and not-so-serious home bakers are invited to submit their most delicious pie into Mission's Pie's 11th Annual Pie Contest. Only the first 20 folks to enter get into the contest, so hurry on over and sign-up by Friday (by calling 415-282-4PIE or emailing [email protected]) You must also submit an accurate ingredients list or your shady pie will not be included in the contest. Pies must be delivered by 2 p.m., winners will be announced (in a variety of categories by 3 p.m. Pie fans and contestants can sample the entries starting at 2:30 p.m., Mission Pie, 2901 Mission Street, 2:30 p.m., free.
420 GAMES: It was only a matter of time before marijuana and the Olympics converged in this day-long event in which folks will run, jog, skate, walk, and bike 4.20 miles before convening at the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse for beer tasting, music, speeches, stand-up comedy, and industry sponsors and exhibitors. This is, ironically, a non-smoking event. (See our coverage from last year here.) The Spreckles Temple of Music Bandshell, Golden Gate Park, run starts at 8 a.m., event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $22 - $53.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
DRAG KING AS GRAND DUKE: Join Madd-Dogg 20/20 in his quest (and rocking' party) to become the first Drag King Grand Duke of San Francisco. The 2-time Mr. San Francisco Drag King and South Bay-based performer is a spectacular entertainer. He's also the Royal Crown Prince of the Ducal Court and an active fundraiser for a variety of charities. Madd Dogg should definitely score that Grand Duke Crown attend this shindig to help make it happen. Aunt Charlies Lounge, 133 Turk Street, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., no cover.
MAVIS STAPLES: Catch the last Stern Grove summer concert and connect for one final time with your fellow free-music-under-trees fans. R&B icon and Grammy-winner Mavis Staples will rock the grove this weekend, with the Oakland-based Kev Choice Ensemble opening. Obviously and always, take the bus. No one wants to park your car. Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat, 2 p.m., free.
MONDAY, AUGUST 28
EAT LIKE A CHEF: Stones Throw's executive chef Jason Halverson will partner with Wayfare Tavern for "Eat like a chef, Drink like a Somm", a 5-course culinary experience with optional drink pairings. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Meals on Wheels, giving all of us a fabulous excuse to down five courses on a Monday night. Another "Eat like a chef" event takes place on September 25 at Nopa. Stones Throw, 1896 Hyde Street, several seatings throughout the night, $60 (plus additional cost for wine pairings)Chivalry Club (Image: Facebook)