There’s always awesome stuff happening, but I wanted to give a quick heads up about a few nerdy outings happening this week in SF. If I missed anything, leave it in the comments below. Thanks!
Dorkbots are always great events and very inspiring to attend. Tonight’s event includes a talk about LIGHTRAIL, a two mile long piece of public art by one of the creators of the Bay Bridge light project. Space is limited to 60 people, so get there early. You can bring food with you from The Hall downstairs.
April 19th from 7pm-10pm
1028 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Nerd Nite SF
Similar to Dorkbot in many ways, tonight’s Nerd Nite features a forensic pathologist, a scientist who gets involved in politics, and a presentation about the internet and real world locations (ie google maps).
April 19th 8pm
Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St @ Van Ness
$8, all ages
Spaceship Earth Day
A fundraiser for the Buckminster Fuller Institute. Explore immersive planetary and cosmic visualizations. Take your astronaut selfie in the Spaceship Earth photo booth. Win art and experiences in the silent auction and raffle.
The Great Northern
119 Utah Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
The Ask Dr. Hal Show
The basic premise of the Ask Dr. Hal Show is that Hal Robins, an illustrator and co-founder of the Church of the Subgenius, is asked silly questions from the audience and answers them in an earnest and captivating way. When I was first visiting SF 12 years ago, I caught one of these shows at the Odeon Bar and it blew my mind. In fact, it was one of the big reasons I decided to just stay in SF. The show continued for years, but lost it’s forever home when the Odeon closed. Chicken John recently ran a kickstarter to help bring back the show on a temporary basis with two more shows (on the 20th and on the 27th of April). It’s hard to describe how fun these shows are, but most of the appeal comes from hearing Dr Hal give these ridiculous, but super-intelectual answers to silly questions, while Chicken John keeps the energy up with his carnival barker emceeing.
April 20th & 27th at 9pm sharp
3359 Cesar Chavez betwixt Mission and S. Van Ness, San Francisco, CA
I’ve never smoked pot. For serious! Maybe I’ll try it sometime, but probably not anytime soon… so please don’t make it your personal mission to get me high next time you see me. I do not want that.
Sometime next year maybe?
$8? $12? I honestly have no idea
The Parlor Opening Reception
This space used to be a motorcycle shop and it’s going to be condos, but in the interim it’s a pop up art space called The Parlor. They’ll be having an opening night reception, which I think might be worth checking out.
April 20th 6pm-9pm
235 Valencia Street San Francisco CA 94103
A night of experimental sound design in a lovely garden. I don’t know what to expect yet, but this sounds like a fun and weird event to check out. I’m really excited to see what my friends Alex Glow and Ted Scharf have in store for their pieces.
April 21st & 22nd 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT
At a private residence near the 24th ST BART station
Obfuscia: Déjà Vu
A free roaming exploration of immersive art and performance, brought to life by a large and talented cast of local artists, technomancers, psychics, performers, and alchemists. Come have a drink, meet a ghost, have your mind/aura/cards read, or have many more otherworldly experiences.
April 21st & 22nd 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT
The Laundry Gallery and Cafe
3359 26th Street San Francisco, CA 94110
Silent Disco at Curran
Imagine a room filled with a hundred people wearing headphones and dancing together. The event is silent, other than the squeaks of sneakers on the floor. Sounds fun right? There’s one happening at the Curran Theater.
April 22nd 8pm-midnight
445 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Don Buchla Memorial Concerts
A two night festival in celebration and remembrance of electronic music and design pioneer Don Buchla being held at the amazing Grey Area Foundation for the Arts. Buchla’s machines eschewed traditional musical interfaces and design, and inspired a new generation of electronic music.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 – Mon, 24 Apr 2017
2665 Mission St; San Francisco, CA 94110
World’s Largest Nachos
Chirps makes chips with ground up crickets. I backed their Kickstarter and can safely say these chips are yummy and sustainable. This Sunday, which also happens to be Earth Day, they are attempting to break the record for the world’s largest nachos. Love bugs, but don’t want to eat them? They’ll even have a bug zoo on hand.
April 22, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Soma Streat Food Park, 428 11th Street San Francisco, CA 94103