Go to a new venue. Create a new event. Read something new. Listen to new bands. Go to SeaweedSway for a detailed list of local shows.

Bad news: this death penalty article tells us why the practice is no good and a money waster. Here's another disheartening but needs attention issue: rape in Haiti.

Here are the worstest companies to work for: seems Dole isn't that delicious. Hexane/petroleum is in your Gardenburger. Cell phones are probably bad for your brains. Good news: My new favorite term is Frugavore: being green, local, organic, and DIY due to economic strain. This eco-logical/-nomical laundry ball has a great write up. And SF Sketchfest rules the city Jan 13 - Feb 5 (Johnny FunCheap gives you discounted tix!)

Thurs, Jan 27:
  • Rent Is Too Damn High party benefit for Housing Rights Committee 6-8.30pm Latin American Club 22nd/Valencia $5-50 sliding scale. Politicos, cheap drinks, live music, auction, grub
  • Vegan Drinks meets up 6-8pm Martuni's Market/Valencia. Buy a drink, mingle with meatlessers, eat some vegan hot dogs and popcorn!
  • Tacos and Fire! street food and concert 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5
Fri, Jan 28:
  • Art happy hour party 6.30-9.30pm Secession Art & Design 3361 Mission/30th. Bring a jar for wine. 20% off everything!
  • Pop Up Empire show 7-10pm Granny's Empire of Art 701 Vermont/19th. Music, installation art, house tours. RSVP
Sat, Jan 29:
  • Land's End shipwreck hunt-hike 1-2.30pm. RSVP for this free adventure
  • A Sea Change: Imagine a World Without Fish screens 2pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • Good Vibrations new store grand opening 6-9pm 899 Mission/5th. Sips, snacks, salaciousness
  • Artists' Television Access 26th anniversary benefit auction and concert 5pm doors 9pm music by Puce Moment and Grass Widow ATA 992 Valencia/21st $6-10
  • Free All Three art auction 7pm SomArts 934 Brannan/8th. Benefit for hikers imprisoned in Iran. Food and drink for sale, plus live performances, maybe a door cover
  • East Bay Free Skool benefit concert 7pm Revolution Cafe 1610 7th St Oakland by West Oakland BART $3-5. Support this kickass org!
  • The Salon group show 8pm Studio Gracia 19 Heron/8th/Harrison $10. "drink.see.nibble.dance"
Sun, Jan 30: Mon, Jan 31:
  • Josh Silver of FreePress speaks on reforming media policy to protect public interest 5.30 reception 6pm speech Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd free/$7/$20
  • Social Network 7.30pm doors 8pm screening Independent 628 Divis/Hayes. 21+ free w/ "2 drink minimum"
Tues, Feb 1:
  • Hella museums around town be free
  • Green Drinks: treelovers 5.30-9pm 111 Minna/2nd. Free mingling, $6 for speed dating/networking and a drink!
  • Clift Sessions present: MEN (JD Samson of Le Tigre) 9pm Clift Hotel 495 Geary/Taylor free. Gotta RSVP
Wed, Feb 2 (hello Puxatawny Phil!):
  • Exploratorium be free
  • Bernal-made films Automorphosis and A Perfect Place screen 6pm doors Bernal Library 500 Cortland/Andover free
  • Neighborhood Parks Council benefit party 6-8pm Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th. Snacks, drinks, sale
  • INFORUM presents: Smart Venture Capital 6.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $12/$20. Hear from PayPal people
Thurs, Feb 3:
  • Gallery crawl downtown. See FecalFace link at right for listings
  • Craftbar with Etsy Labs 6-8pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane/3rd/Mission free. Beer, cardmaking with SF Center for the Book, live music, and celebration of Sister Corita
  • Spacecraft 7-9pm Cellspace 2050 Bryant/19th featuring music by Panic is Perfect and Steve Taylor. Free before 9pm, then $10 for IndieFest opening party with more bands
Fri, Feb 4:
  • Clift Sessions present a cool free show 9pm Clift Hotel 495 Geary/Taylor free. Gotta RSVP
Sat, Feb 5:
  • Underground Market 11am-4pm take-home-ables and workshops 6pm-2am hot food and music SomArts 934 Brannan/8th $5. Gotta become a member
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  • Chris Rock's Good Hair screens 5pm Main Library Grove/Larkin
  • Despicable Me and Futurama Movie benefit screenings 6pm doors 7pm film Hobart Bldg 582 Market/2nd$5 suggested donation, $1 raffle, cash bar
  • Rally to restore KUSF 7pm USF
  • 20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker writers 7-11pm City Lights 261 Columbus/Broadway
  • Before and After the Car: Shaping SF's Transit History 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th free
  • Nerd Nite: Space, Advertising, Zombies 7.30pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $8
  • Young Prisms + Melted Toys and more 8.30pm doors Bottom of the Hill 17th/Missouri $10
Thurs, Jan 20:
  • Open Show 7-9pm Rayko Photo Center 428 3rd St/Harrison7.30pm free, bring snack/drink to share
  • BYOCraft night 7-9.30pm Urban Bazaar 1391 9th/Irving. BYOProjects/Drinks, and snack whilst creating
  • INFORUM's I Heart SF party 7-11pm $15 members $25 non-members (or join now for free entry. Email me for a $5 discount). Come for a showcase of the best stuff in the city, a free drink, wine tastings, dancing, etc
Fri, Jan 21:
  • Timebank Posse Party: potluck orientation swapmeet skillshare event 6pm Blacklight Ventures 1543 Mission/12th 3rd Fl. Awesome org
  • "Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints: 1985 - 2008" opening 6-8pm SF Center for the Book 900 De Haro/16th
  • Ra Ra Riot + Givers 9pm show Great American Music Hall O'Farrell/Polk $18
Sat, Jan 22:
  • Guerrero Park greening workday 10am-2pm Guerrero/28th. Coffee to fuel your flowering!
  • Rally for Pro-Choice 11am Market/Embarcadero
  • SOMANIA: artists gone wild reception 7-10pm Arc Studios 1246 Folsom/9th. Preview party for April Open Studios
Sun, Jan 23: Tues, Jan 25:
  • For Once In My Life screens 5.45pm Main Library Grove/Larkin. Doc about differently able musicians
  • Novella Carpenter and Joan Gussow speak on "Growing Food and Wisdom" 5.30pm doors 6pm program Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7/$8/$20
  • Seaweed Sway presents Sonya Cotton + Ever Isles + Honeycomb 8pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $10
Wed, Jan 26: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Mon, Jan 10:
  • Monthly Rumpus 7pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $10. Usual cast of effervescent local literati, plus Amber Tamblyn
  • Toshio Hirano 8.30pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th. Free and endearing
Tues, Jan 11:
  • Farm to Table panel discussion with local foodie big-wigs 6-7.30pm Main Library Larkin/Grove
  • Pecha Kucha variety infotainment art 7pm doors, 8.20pm show 330 Ritch/3rd/Brannan $5
Wed, Jan 12:
  • Lost Landscapes of Detroit screens 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th free. Short films of urban ruins
Thurs, Jan 13:
  • Grand opening reception of GLBT History Museum 7-9pm 4127 18th/Castro
  • Free the Hikers benefit concert with Lia Rose + Devotionals 9.30pm show Roxie Theatre 16th/Valencia $12
Fri, Jan 14: Sat, Jan 15:
  • Good Food Awards Marketplace 8am-2pm Ferry Bldg. Samples early!
  • Member for a day: get into lots of other museums free if you belong to one of them
  • Underground Market and then dance party 11am-4pm take-home-ables 6pm-2am hot food and music $5. At 11pm, DJs take over til 2am $10. Gotta become a member
  • New Taste Marketplace 12-5pm St. Greg's 500 DeHaro/Mariposa. Lots of local food vendors sell you delicious things
  • SFBC's architecture ride 1.30pm 995 Market/6th free members/$5 non-members. Pedal around the city learnin''bout buildings
  • Shaolin Soccer screens 7pm Peace Plaza Post/Buchanan free
Sun, Jan 16:
  • Big work day and 1-year celebration 10am-4pm Free Farm Gough/Eddy. Bring something vegan to share for lunch!
  • Bluegrass Brunch 12-3pm Hotel Utah 500 4th St/Brannan. Music free, food cheap
  • SeaweedSway Showcase 7.30pm Makeout Room 3225 22nd/Mission $7. Kelly McFarling + Sandy's + Backlit plus Sea of Bees Chasing the Moon podcast premier. Plus antics by MC Jeremy Dalmas
Mon, Jan 17:
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Action. Volunteer events all over, plus Museum of African Diaspora and Jewish Contemporary Museum are free
  • 826 Volunteer 5 minute reading series 7pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th. Free
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World 7.30pm doors 8pm screening Independent 628 Divis/Hayes. 21+ free w/ "2 drink minimum"
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  • Asian Art Museum be free 10am-5pm Larkin/McAllister
  • Kally Price + Emperor Norton's Jazz Band swing in the new year 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5
Tues, Jan 4:
  • Hella museums around town be free
  • Green Drinks 5.30-9.30pm 111 Minna/2nd. Eco networking. Bring something for the food drive and get a free drink
Wed, Jan 5: Thurs, Jan 6:
  • Gallery crawl downtown. See FecalFace link at right
  • Craftbar with Etsy Labs 6-9pm Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane/3rd/Mission $5 gets you snacks and materials
  • INFORUM presents: Tim Ferriss and the 4 hour Workweek 6.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd $7/12/20. Yay, pretirement!
  • "Black and White and Read All Over" group opening 7pm Creativity Explored 3245 16th/Guerrero. Always awesome
  • Little Wings + Prairie Dog + Rustangs 9pm Amnesia 853 Valencia/20th $5
Fri, Jan 7:
  • "Universal Remote" opening 7-9pm Southern Exposure 3030 20th/Alabama. King of Pop art
  • Bike Party Ride 7.30pm meet 8pm ride Giants Stadium Willie Mayes Plaza. Uncritical mass
  • Velveteen + Silian Rail + Low Five 10pm Bottom of the Hill 17th/Missouri $10/$12
Sat, Jan 8: Sun, Jan 9:
  • Help plan the Free University of SF with some cool politicos 10am Viracocha 998 Valencia/21st
  • No Pants BART Ride 12-6pm. Beware, be bare
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