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It feels almost like a bingo parlor at the community church. Fortunately, the quirky Midwestern atmosphere of this bar lends itself to the mostly folk and country acts that perform here. Regular DJ nights also expand the soundtrack to include everything from Latin funk and Jamaican ska to New Wave and indie dance hits.
Write Club is literature-as-bloodsport: Two writers rep opposing ideas over three rounds of seven minutes each. Started in Chicago, this high-ener...
While most '60s soul parties are dedicated to uptempo bangers, Lost & Found takes a different tack. Thrown Tuesday nights at the Make-Out Room, it'...
w/ DJs 2shy-shy & Melt w/U
Since 2007, the DJ trio of Tom Thump, Damon Bell, and DJ Centipede has offered up Loose Joints, the most ass-shakingest weekly survey of African-ro...
Writers read thematic new works with curators Amick Boone and Kevin Hobson.
Paris Hilton, Elijah Wood, Thom Yorke, maybe even your 70-year-old grandmother -- everyone is trying to be a DJ these days. But while the desire is there, many lack that all-consuming passion for music that lies in the heart of the craft. Not so with local selector DJ Primo, who, since time immemorial, has been a prolific force in turning people on to a world of new and rediscovered sounds: '60s R&B (Oldies Nite, first and third Fridays at the Knockout, 3223 Mission St., 550-6994,... More »
"Variety is more than just having sex dressed as Alien Greenspan every once in a while," declares the website for Writers With Drinks, the once-monthly literary variety hour at the Make-Out Room. Our host, the astonishingly vivacious Charlie Jane Anders, writes about science fiction for io9.com. But Charlie doesn't hold with genre limitations. WWD features writers from all walks of life ... although sometimes you have to check their websites to figure them out, because Charlie's brilliant... More »
There's retro kitsch ... and then there's just plain weird. The Make-Out Room's choice of interior design most definitely falls into the latter category. With its prom-gone-wrong decor (streamers hang from the ceiling like innards from a piñata that was gutted in the late '50s, then forgotten and left to rot in grandma's basement), the Make-Out could almost be a rented party hall that got miraculously frozen in time. In a frosty-yet-hip part of hell. With PBR on tap. It doesn't matter... More »
Somebody else's humiliation never felt so much like catharsis. At this event, which happens more or less monthly at the Make-Out Room, willing subjects climb up on stage with their old diaries, love letters, and teenaged attempts at poetry clutched in their clammy fists. Before an eager, voyeuristic crowd, the readers rewind history and let their younger selves spill their guts -- they profess undying love for that curly-haired guy in math class, tell of horribly fumbled sex acts, and... More »
Ah, the reading series, that venerable Bay Area institution. Just stick some writers in front of a mike and watch the fireworks detonate, right? Wrong, so wrong. Many a literary event has fallen by the wayside from a lack of good TNT. But Other magazine editor Charlie Anders' "Writers With Drinks" continues on, five years strong. What's her secret? Variety! As she writes on her Web site, "Variety is more than just the name of Prince's favorite girl-singer sidekick." You're bound to stay... More »
Event Review: Chronic Town
R.E.M. tribute band Chronic Town have channeled the look and sound of Athens, GA's favorite sons since 2004, playing hits and album favorites to fans all over the Bay Area.
Chronic Town plays an early, special 80's-only set list at the Make-Out-Room at 7:30 pm for an after-work release from the holiday shopping frenzy. After Chronic Town's performance, "Burn Down the Disco" 80's dance party takes you into the wee hours...
We are now three years into the loud history of the S.F Mixtape Society, a quarterly gathering where cassette aficionados trade tapes, sip drinks, and give each other awards for doing things that peop... More »
The Rumpus, brainchild of local author Stephen Elliott, has always been a literary darling, publishing top-notch essays and interviews, incubating the Dear Sugar phenomenon, and single-handedly bringing written correspondences back en vogue with... More »
We're not sure how The Believer still has time to run a magazine, it seems so busy printing parties lately. From the rockin' Tumbeliever (Tumblr/Believer) celebration to the Calvin Johnson mixtape roa... More »
We’re not sure how The Believer still has time to run a magazine, it seems so busy printing parties lately. From the rockin’ Tumbeliever (Tumblr/Believer) celebration to the Calvin Johnson mixtape road show, you can anticipate any of their events... More »
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