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7-8pm, free. Eric Quezada Center, 518 Valencia, SF. www.sflatinodemclub.com
Dogcatcher - If Dogcatcher was a brand of alcohol, it'd be Jameson - it's that smooth. By crafting tight rhythms and jazzy guitar riffs, the San Jose-based trio provides an almost flawless fusion of jazz and rock. And its simple and soft vocals create an intimate experience on stage. Dogcatcher's songs are well-constructed and the delivery creates a calmer version of traditional jazz.
9pm, $8. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. www.bottomofthehill.com
8pm, $15-$30. Exit Studio, 156 Eddy, SF. www.theapewoman.com
Third Thursday in Yerba Buena - Soak in art and music while wandering the blocks around Yerba Buena Gardens and experiencing total immersion with special installations, performances, and events promoting rich cultural businesses. Participating venues include the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Thirsty Bear Restaurant, Novela Bar, and more.
10pm, free. Yerba Buena Neighborhood, between Market and Folsom and Second St. to Fifth St., SF. www.yerbabuena.org
6:30pm, $15. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF. www.framline.org/festival
Pansy - Why does nightlife hold us in its timeless spell? And, perhaps more topical, will the nostalgia for the necessary craziness and joy of the '90s nightlife ever let us go? Evan Johnson, one of the most intriguing drag performers goes deeper in solo stage Pansy, conceived with Ben Randle. His character, Michael, discovers a time capsule full of VHS tapes, cassettes, and flyers documenting '90s gay club kid Peter Pansy, and finds shivery parallels with his own life emerging. "I want to address the 'shadows' of AIDS and queer history pride... That time period, 1993-95, became the vehicle for me to address the vital nostalgia and escape of the San Francisco queer fantasy," he says.
8pm, $10-$15. New Conservatory Theatre, 25 Van Ness, SF. www.nctcsf.org
9pm, $7. Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph, Oakl. www.rickshawstop.com
San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival - First of all, can we just enjoy this awesome WTF moment? A music festival. Powered by bicycle pedaling. Even in its seventh year, SF's annual Bicycle Music Festival is still a wonder to locals. It offers the chance to listen to great music by folk band Laurie Lewis and the Righthands, Bill McKibben, Justin Ancheta Band, Manicato, and more, in a beautiful setting for free. In fact, it's three beautiful settings, because the event is packed up and deployed throughout Golden Gate Park. The event is known to draw some crazies, the cool kind who perform synchronized dances or twirl around on cycles while playing the trumpet - so be warned.
Noon-5pm, free. Golden Gate Park, Pioneer Log Cabin to Stow Lake Drive at JFK Drive, SF. www.bicyclemusicfestival.com
2pm, free. Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat, SF. www.sterngrove.com
City Lights at 60 - Bookstore, publishing house, Beat writers hub, San Francisco institution. City Lights, founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin in 1953 (and now co-owned by Ferlinghetti and Nancy Peters), has meant a great many things to several generations of San Franciscans and tourists that flock to its North Beach forefront. It's published important tomes, hosted readings and acoustic concerts, political conversations and book release celebrations. In celebrating six decades of life, the bookstore will host "City Lights at 60" lectures and readings through the rest of the year.
2-5pm, free. City Lights, 261 Columbus, SF. www.citylights.com
7:35, $10.50. Century at Tanforan, 1188 El Camino Real, San Bruno. www.cinemark.com
Crazy Mondays - Don't miss Beauty Bar's only all hip-hop night starring the Kidz, a DJ collective that spin new and retro hip-hop who consistently work in the best talent SF has to offer.
10pm, free. Beauty Bar, 2299 Mission, SF. www.thebeautybar.com
6pm, $42, not including drinks and gratuity. Mission Rock Resort, 817 Terry, SF. www.ss-shack.ticketleap.com
The Epicenter: Karen Joy Fowler and Dorothy Allison - During this week-long literary spectacle for book lovers, World Fantast award-winner Karen Joy Fowler promotes her new book, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, and speaks with revered author Dorothy Allison.
7-8:30pm, free. The Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter, SF. www.litquake.org
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