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Write Club

Third Tuesday of every month, 8 p.m.
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Write Club is literature-as-bloodsport: Two writers rep opposing ideas over three rounds of seven minutes each. Started in Chicago, this high-energy series now has posts in Atlanta, Athens, Los Angeles, Toronto, and here. On the third Tuesday of every month, hosts Casey Childers and Steven Westdahl ("the cornermen") host an array of writers tackling polar opposites. Crowd response determines the winners (and the winners decide to which charity a-goes the door funds).

647-2888

"High Fantasy": High Fantasy

Tuesdays, 10 p.m.

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Weekends are for amateurs — the really good stuff happens during the week. Well, that might be a little hyperbolic, but it's certainly true in the case of High Fantasy. Going on for several years now, the weekly Tuesday night party at Aunt Charlie's is your midweek destination for a dose of high-concept gender-bending insanity. Madcap promoters Myles Cooper and Vivian Baron host an evening of cheap drinking, dancing, and drag to an impeccably selected soundtrack of underground house and disco classics. Its Facebook page declares, "It's everything you want...." And, for the low price of $5 (or less), it probably is. 415-441-2922

"Porreta!": Porreta!

Third Tuesday of every month, 9 p.m.
Elbo Room 647 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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all night forró party with DJs Carioca & Lucio K 415-552-7788

Lisa Kindred

Third Tuesday of every month, 9:30 p.m.
The Saloon 1232 Grant, San Francisco North Beach/ Chinatown

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415-989-7666

G.G. Amos Duo: G.G. Amos

Tuesdays, 4 p.m.
The Saloon 1232 Grant, San Francisco North Beach/ Chinatown

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415-989-7666

"Sinner's Hour"

Tuesdays-Fridays, 5-7 p.m.
The Chapel 777 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Live music on Thursdays. 415-551-5157

S.F. Game Night

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Folsom Street Foundry 1425 Folsom, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Twice-weekly video game party. 415-795-3644

The Crow Eaters

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Madrone Art Bar 500 Divisadero, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

"Phat Tuesday": Phat Tuesday

Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
Raven 1151 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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w/ DJs Scotty Fox & Clinton Lee 415-431-1151

Badlands Video Dance Club

Ongoing, 8 p.m.
SF Badlands 4121 18th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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415-626-9320

Seisiún: Seisiun

Tuesdays, Sundays, 9 p.m.
Plough & Stars 116 Clement, San Francisco Richmond (Inner)

"Music Therapy": Music Therapy

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Pop's Bar 2800 24th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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w/ DJ Clave 415-872-5160

"Underground Nomads": Underground Nomads

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
F8 1192 Folsom, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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w/ rotating resident DJs Amar, Sep, and Dulce Vita, plus guests 415-857-1192

"Cock Shot": Cock Shot

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Beaux 2344 Market, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

"Bless Up": Bless Up

Tuesdays, 10 p.m.
Milk Bar 1840 Haight, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

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w/ Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi 415-387-6455

Smith Dobson

Tuesdays, 10 p.m.
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

Gaucho, Eric Garland's Jazz Session, The Amnesiacs: Gaucho and The Amnesiacs

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Amnesia 853 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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The term "gaucho" commonly refers to nomadic South American cowboys, which is pretty indicative of how the San Francisco band Gaucho plays its version of Gypsy jazz: in Gaucho's hands, le jazz manouche is left playfully unchained to the genre's European historical foundations, allowing the music to ramble and roam beyond the typically defined borders of Djangoslavia. Of course, Gaucho nails down the genre's staple sounds — e.g., the rhythmic, pumping, almost percussive guitar chordings — but Gaucho's universe is expansive enough that Django Reinhardt is not the only star illuminating its nocturnal wanderings. For example, on the 2009 album Deep Night, Gaucho opens the Hot Club's walls to encompass Tin Pan Alley, New Orleans riverboat swing, and loose blues influences, while its regular Wednesday gig at Amnesia is anything but a staid lesson in Gypsy jazz history. These Mission District regulars (bandleader/guitarist Dave Ricketts, accordionist Rob Reich, reedsman Ralph Carney, et al) always keep the proceedings free and easy. It's easy to imagine Django's own vagabond ghost smiling down in approval.


Gaucho's newest CD, Pearl, was released October 19, 2010, on Porto Franco Records. 415-970-0012

"Housepitality": Housepitality

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
F8 1192 Folsom, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Like hunger, the urge to dance can strike at rather inopportune moments. When you get that midweek itch, Housepitality is something you can turn to for relief. Put on by Miguel Solari and PillowTalk's Michael Tello, it's a weekly affair dedicated to the deeper strains of dance music. Swing by on any Wednesday night, and you'll find the club's main room packed and dancing to sounds provided by big-name guests like Rick Wilhite, Recloose, and Fast Eddie. Yet, while the guests are a part of the draw, it's really the sense of community that makes this party so fun — it features a family-sized crew of resident DJs, and the back room is regularly staffed by fellow travellers from the local scene. Throw in a rotating cast of resident mixologists, and you have almost the perfect antidote to the hump day blues. 415-857-1192

DJ Tragic

Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month, 9 p.m.
Slate Bar 2925 16th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

"Smoked Out Soul": Smoked Out Soul

Fourth and Second Wednesday of every month, 9 p.m.
Monarch 101 Sixth St., San Francisco South of Market

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w/ Zebuel & guests 415-284-9774

Zach Brough & Friends

Wednesdays, 4 p.m.
The Saloon 1232 Grant, San Francisco North Beach/ Chinatown

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415-989-7666

Follies at Oasis

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Oasis 298 11th St., San Francisco South of Market

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Weekly drag cabaret starring Holotta Tymes and guests. 415-985-4442

Musical Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
The Edge 4149 18th St., San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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VJ Brian Kent screens clips of classic movie musicals all night, with drag performances, trivia contests, and drink specials adding a little extra effervescence. 415-863-4027

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