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Monday, August 7

“Lost Landscapes of Los Angeles” Experimental Documentary Screening | SF
Monday, August 7 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations gratefully accepted.
| Internet Archive

Lost Landscapes of Los Angeles (2016, 83 minutes) is an experimental documentary tracing the changing city of Los Angeles (1920s-1960s), showing how its landscape expresses an almost infinite collection of mythologies.
Made from home movies and studio-produced “process plates” — background images of the city shot …

Regenerating the Body: The Latest in Tissue Engineering | SF
Monday, August 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| IndieBio
Regenerating the Body: The Latest in Tissue Engineering | SF

Wouldn’t it be nice to replace your diseased or aging organs with a brand new one made from your own stem cells? Science fiction has dreamed of this future, but only in the last few years, this is beginning to become a reality. Many promising …

“The Readymade Thief” Book Discussion | SF
Monday, August 7 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park

Augustus Rose discusses his new novel, The Readymade Thief.
About The Readymade Thief:
Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run, alone on the streets of Philadelphia.
After taking the fall for a rich friend, Lee reluctantly accepts refuge in the Crystal Castle—a cooperative of homeless …

2017 Pint Sized Plays | PianoFight
Monday, August 7 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, with a $10 suggested donation.
| PianoFight
2017 Pint Sized Plays | PianoFight

Pint Sized Plays is made up of short plays set in a bar, written by Bay Area playwrights. The only rule is that each play can’t run longer than it takes a characters to finish a beer. The Pint-Sized Plays will perform four times: August ...

Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room
Monday, August 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Make-Out Room
Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room

Every first Monday of the month, The Make-Out Room presents a free concert with several local bands showing off the cutting edge of jazz and improvised music. Expect progressive sounds with a mix of anything from jazz, folk, rock to electronic music.

Super Smash Bros Tourney: Booze, Comedy & Video Games | SF
Monday, August 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Soda Popinski's
Super Smash Bros Tourney: Booze, Comedy & Video Games | SF

One part nerd, one part slurred, Super Trashed Bros brings together comedy, video games and alcohol every first Monday at Brewcade. Audience participation is essential as a live crowd and online viewers—from the streaming platform Twitch—suggest new rules and new gags. Power-up, throw down and push ...

“Misery Index” Dysfunctional Comedy Night | Mission Dist.
Monday, August 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Rite Spot

“Misery Index” is a free, monthly show that brings together some of the most pessimistic, neurotic and dysfunctional individuals on the face of the planet: stand-up comedians. Take the edge off with cheap drinks and free laughs as these choleric comics direct their disdain towards ...

Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, August 7 – 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway

Come on up and share your creative side at the New Parkway Open Mic – the only late night open mic inside a movie theater. All forms of expression are welcome, be it music, poetry, spoken word, comedy, or getting your weeknight kicks. There will ...

Tuesday, August 8

Sweet ‘n Low: International Show of Cute | Free Admission Day
Tuesday, August 8 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bedford Gallery
Sweet 'n Low: International Show of Cute | Free Admission Day

Sweet ‘n Low features artwork from over 120 local, national, and international artists who extend the genre of cute from cuddly and precious to creepy and ironic. Sweet ‘n Low: International Show of Cute Every First Tuesday Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek FREE From ...

Litquake in the Gardens: Outdoor Lunch Break Poetry | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, August 8 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Litquake in the Gardens: Outdoor Lunch Break Poetry | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Top of the Mark Movie & Wine Night:How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying | Nob Hill
Top of the Mark Movie & Wine Night:How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying | Nob Hill

Wind down every Tuesday night during the summer of 2017 with a free wine or spirit tasting and screening of a classic movie. Summer movie nights are back at Top of the Mark featuring a selection of classic comedy, action, and drama flicks from the 1930s ...

Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael
Tuesday, August 8 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Lotus Cuisine of India
Marin Green Drinks & Free Appetizers | San Rafael

Green is the topic. Drinks the excuse. The San Francisco North Bay comes to this mixer to network with local business folks living and working as green as they can. Check the calendar for their high caliber guest speakers. You’ll love the incredible selection of ...

Rock Band Night: Big Amps & 2,000+ Songs | Oakland
Tuesday, August 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Independent Brewing Company
Rock Band Night: Big Amps & 2,000+ Songs | Oakland

Form a band (guitar, bass, drums, vocals) and rock the world. Rockband 4 will be projected on the wall and connected to a large amp so you can rock out loud. With over 2000 songs to choose from you will surely find an anthem. This ...

Cookies & Comedy Night | SF
Tuesday, August 8 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Brainwash Cafe
Cookies & Comedy Night | SF

Cookies and Comedy is a top notch comedy show highlighted by comics who in addition to having great material also have stage personas with a lot of flavor. This flavor is celebrated by bringing in some oven baked cookies for free. The show takes place at ...

Summertime Outdoor Motown Concert | Orinda
Tuesday, August 8 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Community Park
Summertime Outdoor Motown Concert | Orinda

Bring your family and friends down to Orinda Community Park for Summer Concerts in the Park. This event is free and open to the community. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the evening. 2017 Schedule 6/13 – Lucky Losers (Contemporary Blues) ...

“Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey” Book Discussion | SF Main Library
Tuesday, August 8 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library

Join them when Jean Hastings Ardell discusses her new book Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey. This is the true story of Ila Jane Borders who despite formidable obstacles became a Little League prodigy, MVP of her otherwise all male middle school and high …

“The Last Neanderthal” Book Discussion | SF
Tuesday, August 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park

Claire Cameron discusses her new novel, The Last Neanderthal, with The Millions’ Lydia Kiesling.
About The Last Neanderthal:
40,000 years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just …

“The Clockwork Dynasty” Book Talk | SF
Tuesday, August 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is appreciated but not required.
| The Booksmith

Booksmith is excited to host Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse, as he turns his pen to a new kind of thriller in The Clockwork Dynasty.
Present day: When a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology uncovers a terrible secret concealed in …

Free Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland
Tuesday, August 8 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.
| The Layover
Free Women's Comedy Night | Oakland

Come check out a monthly comedy event at The Layover in Oakland for Women’s Comedy Night sponsored by Feelmore510 and hosted by Lydia Popovich. Get your laughs with a few funny ladies on the second Tuesday of every month. There is no cover, but there ...

Milkin’ It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight
Tuesday, August 8 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
| Milk Bar
Milkin' It: Tuesday Night Free Comedy | Upper Haight

Every second and third Tuesday night of the month, the Milk Bar hosts Milkin’ It, a free night of comedy featuring local and national comics hosted by comedians Andrew Holmgren and Leslie Small. There’s never a cover nor a drink minimum. Doors open at 7:30 pm with comedy ...