On the Cheap Listings May 16-22, 2012

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WEDNESDAY 16

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.

 

THURSDAY 17

Broke and Classy, Broke Ass Stuart's 10-year anniversary of living in San Francisco party Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. 8pm-2am, $3. Facebook: Broke Ass Stuart. Just because you're young, broke, and beautiful doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to throw on your nicest duds and have a spectacular night on the town. Tonight, you can fight cancer, drink free booze, and slurp free oysters while listening to some of the best music in the Bay.

"Fair Trade: Harnessing the Power of the Market to Create Economic Opportunities" SF Club Office, 595 Market, SF. www.commonwealthclub.org/events. 5:30pm reception, 6pm program, $7 students (with ID), $12 members, $20 standard. Fair trade began in the 1960s with a few committed individuals who believed that through commerce, people struggling under the crushing hand of poverty in developing countries could realize the benefits of the market we take for granted in the developed world. Now, fair trade is thriving model for positively impacting farming families and protecting the environment in the process. Learn more this evening from the people who started it all.

 

FRIDAY 18

Mugsy's pop-up upscale wine bar at your local dive bar El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF. mugsywinebar.tumblr.com. Alternating Fridays 5pm-8pm, $7 per glass. An odd thing will take place at one of the city's most diverse, welcoming bars tonight: upscale wine tasting. For once, all you closet wine snobs will feel right at home as you drink with your friends on the back patio. And what's more, there will be an infinite batch of free oysters at 5:30pm!

Classic Films of Eric Rohmer, double feature SF Film Society Cinema, New People building, 1746 Post., SF. www.sffs.org/cinema. 2:15pm and 6:45pm showtimes, $9 for SFFS members, $11 general, $10 senior, student, and disabled. Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle pulls you into the romantic dramas of two young women, one from the city and one from the country, who room together in Paris. Directly following, Summer, frequently dubbed the Rohmer's career triumph, follows the independent but insecure Delphine, a newly single young Parisian as she glides and stumbles in her longing for connection.

 

SATURDAY 19

MAKE Magazine's Maker Faire Greatest Show and (Tell) on Earth! San Mateo Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo. (800) 889-8969 or (707) 827-7019, www.makerfaire.com. Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm, $5–$25. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these makers come to Maker Faire to show what they've made and share what they've learned. There will be many giant machines! And there will be cute things you can make, too.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day gathering and knowledge-swap Hult International Business School, 1355 Sansome, SF. (415) 869-2900, www.hult.edu, tedxbayareafoodrev12.eventbrite.com. 11am-4pm, $10. This is a chance for people who love food to share information, talents, and resources and highlight the world's food issues. The event will simultaneously be happening in communities the world-over to help connect schools, restaurants, businesses, and farmers in the interest of changing food habits for the better.

Schools for Salone nonprofit hosts benefit to build schools in Sierra Leone El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF. (415) 648-4767, www.elriosf.com. 4pm, $10 suggested donation. Enjoy an afternoon of dancing, eating African food, and drinking in the (hopefully) sunshine, while you simultaneously assist a nonprofit in its efforts to bring educational facilities to Sierra Leone.

 

SUNDAY 20

Eco-Sexual Hike, the secret and sensual life of the redwood forest Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. www.asyoulikeitpdx.com. 1pm, $25 but on a sliding scale and open to special requests. Take a guided hike through the forest with Bay Area's famed SexEcologist Annie Sprinkle, PhD and Kim Marks, owner of As You Like It eco-friendly sexshop in Portland, Oregon. They'll teach you all you ever wondered about chemical-free sex toys and eco-sexuality.

 

TUESDAY 22

Gay Men Sing at the Capitol for Harvey Milk Day California State Capitol building, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento. www.equalityactionnow.org. 4pm, free. Come let the the Gay Men's Chorus grace your eardrums in celebration of Harvey Milk, as it premiers the new Harvey Milk Day anthem, "Give 'Em Hope!" on the steps of the capitol building.

Eternal Plastic: A Toxic Love Story told by Susan Freinkel Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Pier 2, SF. www.longnow.org. 7:30pm, $10. How many of the things you see from where you are right now are made of plastic? Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story and American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree speaks to this question: "How do we get the benefits of plastic's amazing durability while reducing the harm from its convenient disposability?"

"Grunt's Minutia" Reading on 16 days as a Vietnam soldier Vesuvio, 255 Columbus Ave at Jack Kerouac Alley, SF. www.vesuvio.com. 7pm, free. Jack Yaghubian shares his account of Ruben Dann who is drafted out of a dead-end job delivering furniture. He hopes the army will teach him a useful trade. Instead, he finds himself in another dead-end job, in the infantry, being herded around the battlefield by sergeants and officers searching for an elusive enemy he doesn't want to find.