Standup comedian Earthquake plays Cobb’s Comedy Club this weekend. (Courtesy photo)

Standup comedian Earthquake plays Cobb’s Comedy Club this weekend. (Courtesy photo)

Feb. 17-18: Earthquake, Infamous Stringdusters, Bootycandy, Frankenstein, Arthur Brown, Escape Velocity, Black Choreographers Festival


Earthquake: The comic actor (“Everybody Hates Chris,” “Clerks II”) born Nathaniel Stroman in Washington D.C. opens a three-night standup engagement. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 925 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Infamous Stringdusters: The group calls itself “the very model of a major modern bluegrass band.” [9 p.m., Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Bootycandy: Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience and Brava present Robert O’Hara’s semi-biographical subversive comedy, which “interrogates the intersection of blackness, queerness and artistry.” [8 p.m., Brava Theatre, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown: The influential U.K. heavy psychedelic progressive eccentrics, led by Arthur Brown (aka The God of Hellfire), are celebrating 50 years since releasing the debut single “Devil’s Grip.” [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Frankenstein: San Francisco Ballet presents the local premiere of Liam Scarlett’s full-length work based on Mary Shelley’s famed book. [8 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Escape Velocity: Those Women Productions, a group established to “stage hidden truths of gender and power and bring marginalized voices to the center of the stage.” presents the collection of fantastical new short plays. [8 p.m., Temescal Art Center, 511 48th St., Oakland]

Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty: The Asian Art Museum opens an exhibition of more than 100 dazzling works recently unearthed from the coastal heartland of classical Chinese culture. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Charles Cumming: The London-based, best-selling novelist has a new Thomas Kell thriller, “A Divided Spy.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Tilt: The standup comedy show in a pinball parlor features Mary Van Note, Chad Opitz, Emily Epstein White, Ashton Tate and Adrienne Price. [8 p.m., Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St., Alameda]


Black Choreographers Festival: Dances by Byb Chanel Bibene; Gregory Dawson with Frankie Lee III, Isaiah Bindel and Donnie Duncan; Maurya Kerr; Robert Moses with Chrystaldawn Bell; and Raissa Simpson are featured. [7:30 p.m., Dance Mission Theatre, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Lisa Hannigan: The Irish singer-songwriter who began her career as a member of Damien Rice’s band plays from her new album “At Swim.” [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

San Francisco Dash & Splash: The 5K run along the Bay, and Polar Plunge, with warm-hearted souls diving into the chilly water, benefits Special Olympics Northern California. [8:30 a.m. (dash) check-in; 10 a.m. (swim check-in), Little Marina Green, 800 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Kitka: The female choral group is joined by Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat in a concert of Bosnian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Georgian, Armenian, Russian and Persian love songs. [8 p.m., $25. St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St., S.F.]

Meatbodies: The group — the psychedelic brainchild of Los Angeles native Chad Ubovich from Ty Segall’s band Fuzz and Mikal Cronin’s backing band — plays from its sophomore release “Alice.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Palo Alto Philharmonic: “East meets West” includes works by John Adams, Camille Saint-Saëns and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. [8 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Game Grumps Live!: Arin Hanson and Dan Avidan appear in an in-person version of their web series to play games, make jokes and answer questions from the audience. [7:30 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Santa Cruz Music Festival: The two-day event boasts more than 200 bands — playing rock, indie, reggae, electronic, hip-hop, metal and “every sound in between” — at more than 15 stages, all within walking distance downtown. [Noon to 1 a.m., for tickets: 1003 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz]

Classical Kids: Trinity Alps Chamber Players appear in a family-friendly program centered around musical arrangements of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories.” [10:30 a.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Peking Duk: The Australian electronic duo of Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles have the hits “High” and “Take Me Over.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F]

Echo Poems: The exhibition of collages by Bay Area artists Catie O’Leary and Vanessa Woods — which explore identity, the body, Surrealism and the subconscious — opens with a reception. [5 p.m., Jack Fischer Gallery/Minnesota Street Projects, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Years in the Hundreds: Central Works opens its premiere by Jesse Potterveld, a mystery about twin sisters whose illicit secrets get exposed. [8 p.m. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley]

Mashrabiya-The Art of Looking Back: The exhibit of works by Middle Eastern artists considering the mashrabiya (an Arabic architectural element consisting of a lattice covered window) opens with a reception. [1 to 3 p.m., Fine Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Arthur BrownBlack Choreographers FestivalBootycandyCalendarEarthquakeEscape VelocityFrankensteinInfamous Stringdusters

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

Students in an after-school community hub move quickly through a social circle as they play a game at the Mission YMCA on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Parents scramble for ‘Summer Together’ spaces

City program offering free camps sees high demand, confusion over enrollment

The San Francisco Giants celebrate team legend Willie Mays' 90th birthday before taking on the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on May 7, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Willie Mays returns to the ballpark for a special birthday bash

Giants celebrate No. 24’s 90th in an intimate party for a few thousand friends

Legislation introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting has expanded the range of people who can request a gun violence restraining order against someone. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Use of gun violence restraining orders continues to rise

For the fourth year in a row, the number of gun violence… Continue reading

The Port of San Francisco, which controls much of the The City’s waterfront, faces potential layoffs due to a financial crisis caused by the pandemic. 
Steven Ho/
Special to S.F. Examiner
In a financial ‘crisis,’ SF Port officials lobby for stimulus funding

Looking to right their financial ship, Port of San Francisco officials are… Continue reading

Police Chief Bill Scott on Wednesday said a rebranding and reoganization of the former Gang Task Force amounts to “more than just the name change.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Faced with surge in shootings, Chief Scott reenvisions SFPD’s Gang Task Force

New Community Violence Reduction Team adds officers with community-policing experience

Most Read