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Diva Dare tour Books Inc., 2275 Market, SF; (415) 864-6777, www.thedivadoctrine.com. 7:30-9:30pm, free. Drag starlet Chlamydia Killroy joins author Patricia Davis – who challenges all women to channel their inner diva in her new book, The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know – for a book signing and costume contest. Dress like a diva and enter to win a basket of goodies while you sip bubbly and nibble the food of the goddesses (a.k.a., strawberries and chocolates.)
Slow Sex premier Minna Street Gallery, 111 Minna, SF; (415) 974-1719, www.111minnagallery.com. 7-10pm, free. Join OneTaste founder Nicole Daedone for a soiree celebrating the publication of her new book, Slow sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm, with a burlesque show, cocktails, and beats by DJ Gray. Of course their will be readings from the book and a chance to go home with an autographed copy, as well as sexy surprises that you won’t want to miss.
“Retelling Stories” Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia, SF; www.atasite.org. 7pm, $6. Enjoy A night of not-totally-depressing film storytelling in conjunction with the current window installation “Necrocapital: AIDS in the Age of Surplus Value” – a chandelier made of hundreds of pill bottles created in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s cuts to AIDS patient funding. The films are intended to be a lighter, more tongue-in-cheek route to addressing an intense issue, like a re-scripted biography of the closeted Liberace as a young AIDS activist in the short film LIBERACEÓN.
Cultural encounters de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, SF; (415) 750-3600, www.deyoungmuseum.org, 6-8:45pm, free. Save your Anthropology tuition and attend this special presentation of the “two spirits” tradition – a modern term for ancient gender-bending that describes Native Americans who express both masculine and feminine qualities. Performers and artists from a variety or tribes will provide an evening of cultural immersion for the whole family with poetry and dance performances, discussions, percussive instrument-making, and more.
Smart night out Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF; (415) 321-1383, www.ybca.org. 7-11:30pm, free with RSVP. Explore the concept of quiet as it relates to contemporary art and performance with a silent dance party that interacts with the gallery artwork and architecture, ambient sound art, workshops led by the artists of the “Daily Lives” exhibit, and more. Later on in the evening, Kid Kameleon and the Hard French DJs will pump up the volume for a more traditional and less conceptual dance floor affair.
“Chop Shop” Plug and Play, 1353 Bush St., SF; firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook: Chop Shop. 3:30-7pm, $5. Realize your dreams of becoming a rock star at this open audition for musicians – a one-stop chop shop for mingling and meeting your future band-mates. Here’s how it works: you bring your guitars, drumsticks, and vocal chords (they provide all the big stuff) and get yourself video-recorded and uploaded on to the event’s YouTube channel. All auditions will be available for viewing for a month. Even if you can’t make it to the event, you can still upload a video of your own, or simply peruse the auditions on the YouTube channel. Smart!
Trash Mash-Up at Carnaval Mission and 17th St., SF; (415) 752-5537, www.trashmashup.org. 9:30am, free. The Mission District celebrates Carnaval with music, food, dance, crafts, and a parade featuring lavish floats, costumed dancers, international musicians, and colorful paraders. Follow the spectacle from Bryant and 24th Street to Mission and 17th Street. The parade will flow into a festival area featuring the Trash Mash-Up community art project where participants can make their own splendid costumes out of – you guessed it – trash!
A Clockwork Orange party The Edinburgh Castle, 950 Geary St., SF; (415) 885-4074, www.castlenews.com. 2pm, $7. Get a group of your favorite droogs together and brush up on your Nadsat slang – This month marks the 40th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, a film that Steven Spielberg once called “the most dangerous film” and Burgess himself claimed was misinterpreted, yet brilliant. You can surely expect Moloko Milkbar-themed cocktails, viddys on the screen, raffle prizes, readings, and spooky selections from the intense soundtrack.