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Fourth of July on the Waterfront, Pier 39, Beach and Embarcadero, SF.www.pier39.com. Noon-9pm, free. Fireworks and festivities, live music in other words fun for the whole, red-white-and-blue family. Make a game of spotting the explosions through the fog, if there's fog (crossing our fingers for no.)
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Faetopia Tower Records building, 2286 Market, SF. www.faetopia.com. Through Fri/22, noon-midnight, (event times vary), $10 suggested donation. What's a radical queer to do in the season of commercialized sexuality? Seize an empty records store and fill with blithe faggotry. The crew behind Faetopia is organizing nights of queer cinema, hip-hop and ecology classes, drag musicals, skillshares, and much more — drop in.Read more »
Meet the brewers: Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery 1398 Haight, SF. (415) 864-7468, www.magnoliapub.com June 20 6-9pm, free. Haight Ashbury's Magnolia is as well-known for its salubrious cask ales and piquant bitter beers as it is for the subtle shades of Grateful Dead in its décor. Hunker down for some Q&A with the minds behind its masterful brews. Next up in this series of monthly meet-and-greets with SF Brewer's Guild members is the Mission's Pi Bar in July.Read more »
Martin McDonagh, Oscar-winning author of the movie In Bruges and the equally dark hit play Pillowman, brings us another demented fable, already receiving rave reviews from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. All we need to know is that protagonist Carmichael has lost his hand, and although it has been more than 30 years, he is still pissed as hell.
LitUp Writers humor reading series presents "Man vs. Wild: Tales of the Great Outdoors!" Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission, SF. www.litupwriters.com. Doors at 7pm, show at 7:30pm, $7. Camel rides across the Sahara Desert, dog sledding in Northern Minnesota, elephant treks through the jungles of Thailand .... six writers will share their most hilarious stories about living as one with the wilderness.