From left, Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy, pictured at last year’s “RiffTrax-Night of the Shorts,” kick off the 2016 SF Sketchfest at the Castro Theatre with a new installment of the show. (Courtesy Tommy Lau/SF Sketchfest)

From left, Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy, pictured at last year’s “RiffTrax-Night of the Shorts,” kick off the 2016 SF Sketchfest at the Castro Theatre with a new installment of the show. (Courtesy Tommy Lau/SF Sketchfest)

Jan. 7-8: SF Sketchfest, RiffTrax-Night of the Shorts VI, Fresh Festival, Alvon Johnson, Dead Meadow, Steve Hofstetter, Voyager


RiffTrax-Night of the Shorts VI: The 16-day, 15th annual SF Sketchfest begins with Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and guests taking on some of the worst PSA, educational, scientific and promotional short films of yesteryear. [8 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

How-to Nightlife: DIY demos, craft and food workshops and DJ music are on the program of the science museum’s monthly party for ages 21 and older. [6 to 10 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Fresh Festival: The 21-day experimental dance and performance fest presents “Phenomenology & Feminisms, or Ladies Night with Fauxnique,” an exchange with feminist dance and drag artist Monique Jenkinson. [8 p.m., Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., S.F.]

Alvon Johnson: The veteran blues performer sang with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Coasters. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 410 Mason St., S.F.]

Key Largo: The San Francisco Public Library’s First Thursday Movies club screens the 1948 film noir directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Voyager with Lee Fields: Drummer Eric Harland, a SF JAZZ resident, devotes a show to gospel and funk traditions of South Carolina, featuring his power-packed seven-piece band and veteran soul vocalist Fields. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Supply and Demand with Steve Hofstetter: The YouTube comic also is the producer of the comedian showcase ”Laughs” on Fox TV stations. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Dead Meadow: The stoner rock trio (Jason Simon on vocals and guitar, Steve Kille on bass and Mark Laughlin on drums) headlines, with Bay Area psych-garage rock band The Electric Magpie opening. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]


Rhodessa Jones, Lateefah Simon: The Bay Area-based artists and activists discuss justice issues in an evening that also features a reception and performance by The Medea Project: Theatre for Incarcerated Women/HIV. [7 p.m., Glide, 330 Ellis St., S.F.]

CinemaLit Film Series: “Sean Connery: Lights, Camera, Action!” screens 1963’s “From Russia with Love,” the second James Bond flick. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Pamtastic’s Comedy Clubhouse: The weekly underground comedy showcase features Jesse Fernandez, Justin Gomes, Jim McVeigh, Tim Pizza, Jordan Cerminera and Steve Poggi. [8 p.m., Mutiny Radio, 2781 21st St., S.F.]

Cameron Esposito: SF Sketchfest presents the comic, famed for her “Ask a Lesbian” video series and 2014 album called ‘Same Sex Symbol.” [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Todd Barry & Big Jay Oakerson: The SF Sketchfest “Ultimate Crowd Work Show” features comics who interact with the audience using no prewritten material. [10:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Next Wave of Stand-Up Comedy Stars: Maggie Maye, a repeat finalist in “the funniest person in Austin” contest, and Matt McCarthy, who has been on “The Pete Holmes Show” and hosts the “We Watch Wrestling” podcast, appear in a SF Sketchfest show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Burns: The DJ, known for the songs “Y.S.L.M. (You Stopped Loving Me),” “Iced Out” and “Lies,” opened for Deadmau5 every show on his U.S. 30-day tour. [10 p.m., Temple Nightclub, 540 Howard St., S.F.]

Fresh Festival: Hana Lee Erdman, Mica Sigourney and NAKA Dance Theater (José Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama) appear in the first weekend of programming of the seventh annual festival of experimental dance and performance. [8 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

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