King Khan and BBQ Show
King Khan is perhaps best known for his work with his garage-soul-punk outfit The Shrines, a tremendously noisy and riotously fun group of talented musicians. But it is his collaborations with Mark Sultan, a.k.a. BBQ, that will make you laugh, mist up, shake your groove thang, and fall in love. The pair has been working together since the late '90s, first in Canadian punk band the space Spaceshits, and then again as a rock duo. Though the relationship has been tumultuous, there's no denying that King Khan and BBQ are musical soul mates. Their (extremely) unique blend of doo-wop, punk, garage rock, and potty humor will steal your heart and sell your soul. (Haley Zaremba)
With Isaac Rother, The Phantoms
Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell St
Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Débutante
Horror and carnage! Songs and...chuckles? Local theater menagerie Thrillpeddlers — beloved for its hugely successful revivals of Cockettes musicals — never disappoints when it comes to putting a uniquely bawdy yet gore-gushing spin on Halloween entertainment. In addition to the trademark "Spook-Show Finale" (you may laugh yourself silly during the prior acts, but this part is genuinely freaky), the 15th Shocktoberfest boasts a titillating quartet of short plays. The title entry is by composer and music director (and original Cockette) Scrumbly Koldewyn; there's also a circa-1903 entry from Paris' legendary Grand Guignol, the Poe adaptation The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Feather, and two black comedies: Deathwrite and The Taxidermist's Revenge. (Cheryl Eddy)
Through Nov 22
Opens Thu/9, 8pm; runs Thu-Sat and Oct 28-29, 8pm, $30-35
575 10th St, SF
Taking the sounds of traditional rockabilly, blues and jazz and giving them an injection of her own infectious energy and style, Irish chanteuse Imelda May's sultry and sumptuous voice can make listeners swoon at a ballad or jump up to the searing rockers that pepper her excellent new album Tribal (Verve), which was released last month in the United States. May has been rocking stages for well over a decade in the UK, and is finally gaining the popularity here that she and her talented band so rightly deserve — this is your chance to see the Dublin-born singer belt it out in a venue truly befitting her timeless tunes. (Sean McCourt)
With The Rhythm Shakers
1805 Geary, SF
Arab Film Festival
The 18th annual Arab Film Festival, which focuses on independent films from the Arab world, opens tonight at the Castro Theatre with writer-director-star Cherien Dabis' May in the Summer, about a Jordanian American writer whose impending marriage to a Palestinian shakes up her family. Alia Shawkat — yep, Maeby Fünke from Arrested Development — co-stars as her straight-talking sister. The rest of the fest sprawls across the Bay Area, with documentaries, shorts, and more; Tangiers-set drama Rock the Casbah closes it out Oct. 23 at Oakland's Grand Lake Theater. (Cheryl Eddy)
Through Oct 23, most shows $12
Various venues in SF, Oakl, Berk, and Palo Alto
Shonen Knife first materialized in Osaka in the early '80s. Working against the backdrop of J-pop, at the time a burgeoning movement, Shonen Knife drew equally from sunny '60s-style pop and raw, '70s punk. Using simple, solid songwriting and light-hearted lyrics in both English and Japanese, Shonen Knife have managed to remain a beloved mainstay in DIY and punk scenes around the world. Fans included Fugazi and Kurt Cobain, both of whom invited the band to open for them. (Shonen Knife did a whole European tour with Nirvana just before the band released Nevermind.) One of very few all-girl bands to come out of Japan in their era, not only are Shonen Knife (literally translated as Boy Knife) girl-punk pioneers, they are musical and feminist role models — with kickass haircuts and killer riffs. (Zaremba)
Death Valley Girls, Great Apes
Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th St, SF
Bay Area Book & Cover Design Exhibition
Litquake will sprawl across the city for another year of festivities to appreciate the written word, where, "against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers [are] still drawn to the city." For the 12th year, book lovers will have their cravings met, and this week-long exhibition will showcase the best in book and cover design from Bay Area publishers with books published between 2010 and mid-2014. This is a unique chance to take a closer look at the art and design that enclose masterpieces of text. The designs will be displayed at Chronicle Book's Metreon store as well the SF Public Library Main branch.
165 4th St, SF
SF Public Library
100 Larkin, SF
The 9th annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival will debut Spain's own Carmen Ledesma to the Bay Area as she celebrates the unique Gypsy flamenco traditions of Utera. Her performance is a representation of Sevilla's legacy of female dancers and will be accompanied by a group of professional flamenco artists — including guitarist Antonio Moya and singer Mari Peña of the legendary "Pinini Clan." Ledesma has performed with Spain's National Ballet and is known as one of the "best flamenco dance teachers in Andalucía today," so take advantage of her workshops during the festival, where you will get your chance to learn from one of the best.
2 Marina, SF
Berlin and Beyond Autumn Showcase
Hot on the heels of the SF Silent Film Festival's "Silent Autumn" comes another seasonal mini-fest: the Berlin and Beyond Autumn Showcase, showcasing a quintet of films ahead of the main B&B fest in January. First up is a 35mm screening of documentary Megacities, a tribute to its Austrian filmmaker, Michael Glawogger, who died of malaria earlier this year while working on a new project in Africa. Another doc, Enemies/Friends: German Prisoners of War, makes its North American debut, as does Dreamland, a Zurich-set ensemble drama. There's also a repeat from the ongoing Mill Valley Film Festival — Volker Schlöndorff's World War II nailbiter, Diplomacy — and Banklady, a based-on-true-events tale of a young woman who hones her bank-robbing skills in 1960s West Germany. (CherylEddy)
First film at 11am, $12 (full day pass, $50)
New People Cinema
1746 Post, SF
4th Annual Yerba Buena Night
Wander the streets in the heart of San Francisco's Yerba Buena district and see it come alive for just this night. Music, video, art, and dance — you name it. The festival is back and better than ever with over 40 performances scattered across five stages. Kicking off the night will be the Yerba Buena Alliance Artwalk, where you can look in awe upon giant video projections, interactive installations, and explore galleries and exhibits for free. And later, if you've never seen live aerialists perform, now is your chance. Not to mention local buzzworthy bands like Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Roem and The Revival, Rin Tin Tiger, Robot Dance Party...the list goes on. For the first time, Off the Grid will make an appearance; you can also keep the festivities going late into the night — long after the streets have emptied — as neighboring businesses will offer all kinds of food and drink specials.
760 Mission, SF
Bay Area Ladyfest Presents: Feminist Porn
Bay Area Ladyfest, a four-day smorgasbord of performances, DIY workshops, film screenings, and house shows celebrating the art and work of all self-identified women, will close out the festivities Sunday evening with um, a bang. "Feminist Porn and Self Pleasure: A Dialogue and Screening," co-presented with Fucking Sculptures (which creates sex toys that double as fine art), will include a discussion with Fucking Sculptures' owner, followed by screenings from local independent queer and feminist porn purveyors. Afterward, meet the performers and tell them just how much you enjoyed their work! (Emma Silvers)
18+, 6pm-10pm, $5 suggested donation
701 Bancroft, Berk.
Culture Collide SF
For the first time in SF, the originally LA-based Culture Collide is bringing more than 35 bands from all over the world — Peru, Israel,the Netherlands, Turkey, Japan, in addition to the US — to venues throughout the Mission, all for a very-easy-on-your-wallet $20. This 21+ fest has bigshots like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Cloud Nothings, locals who are in the process of blowing up like GRMLN, and a whole slew of buzzy international folks we've been hearing about — the Netherlands' Go Back to the Zoo, the UK's Nothing But Thieves, Costa Rica's Alphabetics, at Mission venues the Chapel, the Elbo Room, Mission Workshop, and Amnesia. Plus, comedy, music industry panels (SF's Different Fur will host the Elbo Room stage), and events billed as "Beers of the World," "Spirits of the World," and "Best Mission Burrito" (if you don't want to take the NYT's word for it.) Best of all — no passport necessary.
Through Wed/15 3pm-12am, $20-$30
Venues through the Mission, SF
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