It's not looking great this week, weather-wise, and the wet grayness is set to extend right on into the weekend. But try to make the most of this respite from sunny days by checking out some of the fun stuff below.
MONDAY, MAY 13
Quentin Tarrantino's Death Proof at Alamo Drafthouse
Tarrantino's half of 2007's kitschy horror double-feature Grindhouse (made with friend Robert Rodriguez) stars Kurt Russell as creepy stalker Stuntman Mike, who stalks and kills women in souped-up 1970s-era stunt cars. Alamo writes, "Quentin Tarantino's obsessions with kitsch, dialogue, and world-building all distill into a fully-formed fetish object" in Death Proof. This screening features a 113-minute extended cut of the film.
Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission Street, 9:30 p.m., $12.75
'Enchanted Forest' at Grace Cathedral
This "sound bath" from the Ghiberti Center for Culture: Opening Doors to Arts and Ideas and musicians Robin Duryea, Timothy Surya Das, Madhu Anziani, and Egemen Sanli promises to be a "one-of-a-kind whole-body experience." In addition to music and chanting from a variety of spiritual traditions, there will be "aromas of the forest," and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and cushions.
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, 7:30 p.m., $20-$60, tickets here
TUESDAY, MAY 14
Taste of Thrones at Twenty Five Lusk
It's the final week before the big Game of Thrones finale, but there's still two full weeks of this dinner-and-drinks pop-up in SoMa. Twenty Five Lusk is all decked out with an Iron Throne and a 27-foot dragon, and it's free to walk in and check it all out — you just have to pay for a drink to be polite. There might also be a seat at one of the dinners, via a waitlist. Broiled oysters from Braavos, anyone?
25 Lusk Street, various times, free to enter
The Faint at The Chapel
American indie rock darlings The Faint are in town doing two small shows at The Chapel as part of (((folkYEAH!))), and tickets remain up for grabs. The band hasn't toured much since releasing a new deluxe version of its 2001 album Danse Macabre in 2012 and re-touring with it, but they're here on their latest Egowerk tour with openers Choir Boy and Closeness.
The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street, 8 p.m., $25, tickets here
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
Learn about the CIA's secret history at The Commonwealth Club
Annie Jacobsen, the author of Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies Operators, and Assassins, will be in conversation with Google Cloud head of editorial Quentin Hardy in this lunch-hour event, discussing the US's most covert operations of the last century.
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, noon to 1 p.m., $8, tickets here
THURSDAY, MAY 16
Robyn Hitchcock at Starline Social Club
Legendary British singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is swinging through the Bay Area as part of (((folkYEAH!))), and anyone who knows who knows his moody, intellectual oeuvre should beat a path to this intimate Oakland show.
Starline Social Club, 2236 MLK Jr. Way, Oakland, 8 p.m., $25, tickets here
FRIDAY, MAY 17
A Club Called Rhonda at Great Northern
This LA-born club night that bills itself as a "pansexual party palace" comes through SF every so often, and this month's edition features local DJs Kelly Naughton and Sinéad, along with LA's GODDOLLARS and Montreal's The Fitness & Pony.
Great Northern, 119 Utah Street, 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., $20, tickets here
SATURDAY, MAY 18
Maker Faire at San Mateo County Event Center
The annual celebration of everything from crafts to cosplay and from robotics to ramen is happening south of the city at the San Mateo County Event Center, spread over three days — with Friday being the "special preview" only open to VIP and "all-access" ticket holders. Check out all the creativity blooming around the Bay Area in all kinds of ways you never even thought of — and FYI there are student day passes for $25.
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., $40
Raul Malo of the Mavericks at Great American Music Hall
Raul Malo, the lead singer and guitarist of the Tex-Mex, Latin-influenced country band The Mavericks, is doing this solo show. It's a seated show (and the majority of fans are probably going to be not so young), but this guy's a legend.
859 O'Farrell Street, 8 p.m., $40, tickets here
SUNDAY, MAY 19
Bay 2 Breakers
You won't be able to avoid it, or its aftermath, as SF's favorite "Straight Pride" takes over the city, at least for a few hours. The walking wounded (or just drunk) will fan out across the city in the afternoon hours following the early morning costumed footrace. But, sadly, this will be the first B2B without KRON4's Stanley Roberts trying to catch people peeing on things — he moved to Arizona last fall.
Starts at 8 a.m. at Howard and Main Street, free to watch, but it's $75 to register to race