On the Cheap Listings
Grant application seminar Independent Film Center, 145 Ninth St., SF. (415) 402-2794, www.creativeworkfund.org. 6-7:30pm, free. The Creative Work Fund is giving out up to $810,000 to local artists -- and it's hosting a series of workshops that will guide potential applicants through the process of submitting their proposal. The program is focusing on media (computer, audio, digital, and film) and performing artists this time around -- if you fit the bill, you might want to look at letting this organization fit out your bills.
Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex reading Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., SF. 7-9pm, free. A ground-breaking new book examines the relationship of queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people and the prison industrial complex. Contributors to the book -- a group that includes past and present prisoners, academics, and activists -- will speak at this reading. The event could be a call to action on an under-reported conflict.
Back to school dog and kid party Wag Hotel, 25 14th St., SF. (415) 876-0700, www.waghotels.com. 5-7pm, $5 suggested donation. The SF SPCA is bringing adoptable woofs to this meet-and-greet (don't bring Junior if you're not trying to walk away with a new best friend?). Kids will also be able to participate in the shelter's Puppy Dog Tales Reading Room program.
Rally in the Alley 100-199 Ames, SF. www.alleyproject.ning.com. 5:30-8pm, free. Ames Alley (between 22nd and 23rd streets and Dolores and Guerrero) has recently been renovated -- the new alleyway features solar lighting, vertical gardens... whoa, water-permeable pavement!? This calls for a celebration, and a celebration is what you've got coming to you. Today, join food vendors, an art exhibit, live music, and more to welcome the newly spruced-up walkway to the neighborhood.
Babylon Salon Cantina, 580 Sutter, SF. www.babylonsalon.com. 7pm, free. ZYZZYVA's longtime editor Howard Junker is a free agent now, so he's got the time to focus on his own projects -- share in their glory at this event, where Junker will be reading from his "proto-memoir-ish blog novel of ideas" tentatively titled An Old Junker. Other readers for the night include authors Nick Krieger, Laura Goode, and magician Robert Strong.
Haight Street Hop Milk, 1840 Haight, SF. www.milksf.com. 9pm, $5 before 10pm, $10 afterwards. Bingo, boobies, DJs, dancing: such is the multi-faceted entertainment that awaits you at this something-for-everyone ho-down. Burlesque bingo? Free hairdos from professional stylists? What is going on here really, this is just getting too crazy.
Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival Ghirardelli Square, SF. www.ghirardellisq.com. Noon-5pm, free. Sure, you've got shell out some dough to sample the goods at this fest in the heart of tourist town, but monkeys come free! Paul Frank -- the company of that iconic Julian monkey face, and all your adolescent nieces favorite cartoon-cute T-shirts -- is coming to town. Representatives from the brand will be holding a contest for "king and queen of puppy prom," and while we hesitate to qualify what the hell that means, it seems safe to say you should bring your dog.
Drum for Peace gathering Numi Tea Garden, 2230 Livingston, Oakl. (877) 686-4832, www.numiteagarden.com. 3-6pm, free. A fundraiser for Altitudinal Healing Connection's ArtEsteem youth arts education program, this gathering is sure to be very "Kumbaya" -- which given this day's recent history, probably isn't the worst thing ever. Love your neighbor and all that, people.
Submit items for the listings at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on how to submit items for the listings, see Picks.