Tara Jepsen -- known for her work with the queer cabaret Sister Spit, among other things -- is in town to talk about her new novel “Like a Dog.” (Courtesy photo)

Tara Jepsen -- known for her work with the queer cabaret Sister Spit, among other things -- is in town to talk about her new novel “Like a Dog.” (Courtesy photo)

Oct. 25-26: Tara Jepsen, Curt Weiss, Night of the Living Dead, Frenship, Walter Isaacson, Taking Care of Your Feet, Another Hole in the Head Festival, Lee Ranaldo, Found Footage Festival


Tara Jepsen: The comic and actor (of “Transparent” and “Rods and “Cones” fame) launches her novel “Like a Dog,” described as “a scrappy young skateboarder’s story of underground worlds and fringe existences, confusing family relationships, and the struggle for intimacy.” [7:30 p.m., City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Curt Weiss
: The TV producer, writer and former drummer on the New York music scene (known as Lewis King) talks about his new book, “Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan’s Wild Ride, A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock.” [6 p.m., Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St., S.F.]

Best of RiffTrax Live-Night of the Living Dead: The comedy crew — Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame — provide “hilarious” commentary on the classic horror flick. [ 7:30 p.m., Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave.; Century 9 San Francisco Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Attractive Camp Comedy
: The last Wednesday-of-the-month showcase features standup comedians Nicole Calasich, Francesca Fiorentini and Jesse Hett. [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Frenship: Popscene presents the electronic indie duo (James Sunderland and Brett Hite) with the hit “Capsize.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Walter Isaacson: The renowned biographer, author of “Steve Jobs,” discusses his latest book, “Leonardo da Vinci,” in conversation with Kishore Hari, director of the Bay Area Science Festival. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Taking Care of Your Feet
: Dr. Richard Blake of St. Francis Memorial Hospital, author of “Secrets to Keep Moving: A Guide from a Podiatrist,” talks about non-surgical approaches to injuries, how to treat pain, gait evaluation, general rehabilitation and more. [5:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F. ]

Another Hole in the Head: The 14th festival, a two-week showcase of horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy and exploitation films, opens with “Mohawk,” an action-thriller about the conflict between a band of Native Americans and brutal colonists during the War of 1812. [9 p.m., New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Lee Ranaldo: The Sonic Youth co-founder plays from his latest solo album “Electric Trim.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Mystery Skulls: Los Angeles-based electronic artist Luis Dubuc sounds like “Prince fronting Daft Punk, mixing his inspirations of 1990s R&B and New Jack Swing with EDM”; DJ-producer-drummer-Canadian sensation hey! dw opens. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


Found Footage Festival: The touring showcase of odd and hilarious found VHS tapes curated by Joe Pickett of The Onion and Nick Prueher of “The Colbert Report” opens in The East Bay before a two-night run at San Francisco’s Roxie. [8 p.m., Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland]

RAWdance: The troupe presents an encore of “Double Exposure,” a series of 12 duets each choreographed by a different West Coast choreographer or team. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

J.L. Powers: The author of “Broken Circle,” the first in a five-book young adult series about a 15-year-old who discovers his father is the Grim Reaper, appears in the “Not Your Mother’s Book Club” reading. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Root Division’s Art Auction Benefit: The nonprofit arts orgainzation’s largest annual fundraising event offers an eclectic mix of high quality artwork from over 170 established and emerging Bay Area artists.[7 to 10 p.m., Root Division, 1131 Mission St., S.F.]

Dawn Upshaw: The acclaimed soprano, pianist Gilbert Kalish and the modern ensemble So Percussion perform the local premiere of “Narrow Sea” by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw and George Crumb’s “Winds of Destiny,” based on Civil War folk songs. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Fred Martin Speaks!: The event celebrates the career of the painter, alumnus, professor emeritus, former director, dean and director of exhibitions of San Francisco Art Institute, and his “incredible” impact on the organization. [5 p.m., Osher Lecture Hall, S.F. Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Wormwood: Director Errol Morris appears at a screening of his new film about the mysterious death of Cold War-era military scientist Frank Olson and his son’s efforts to uncover the truth. [6 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Conversations with Gay Elders: San Francisco resident Jack Lasner, 89, appears in the series of interviews and conversational documentaries centering on gay men whose journeys of self-discovery precede Stonewall and gay liberation. [6:30 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]
Another Hole in the Head FestivalCalendarCurt WeissFound Footage FestivalFrenshipLee RanaldoNight of the Living DeadTaking Care of Your FeetTara JepsenWalter Isaacson

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