FRIDAY

Feb. 23

VISUAL ART/EVENT

Monster Drawing Rally

Better bring your artistic A game to Southern Exposure’s seventh annual Monster Drawing Rally at the Verdi Club. Monster Drawing champs and alums will draw it out next to newbies in a series of four one-hour shifts. Drawing utensils, including paper, ink, and charcoal, will be provided for all contestants. Afterward completed drawings will be on sale for $50 each. All proceeds from the event benefit Southern Exposure’s exhibitions and support their art education programs. (Elaine Santore)

6 p.m., $5 suggested donation
Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa, SF
(415) 863-2141
www.soex.com

DANCE

“Black Choreographers Festival: Next Wave”

It’s fitting that the Black Choreographers Festival closes its third incarnation and three-weekend run of performances and workshops with a showcase devoted to new companies. Make no mistake, though: many of Next Wave’s featured choreographers are far from neophytes. Deep Waters Dance Theater leader Amara Tabor-Smith has been performing for 20 years. Ramon Ramos Alayo of the Alayo Dance Company is well-known for his dancing as a member of Robert Moses’ Kin, and he’s honed his fusion of modern and Afro-Cuban forms while teaching in Cuba, Hawaii, and the site where these shows take place, Dance Mission. (Johnny Ray Huston)

Also Sat/24
8 p.m., $10-$15
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St., SF
(415) 826-4441
www.bcfhereandnow.com