It's that time again, my fellow broke folks. You know the rules: Nothing over $20 here. Ain't nobody got time (or funding) for that. Here are this week's cheap dates.
Thursday, Oct. 15: Comedy Oakland Presents Ben Feldman, Morgan, Keith D'Souza and more. No drink minimums, no attitude, just six of the Bay Area's best up-and-coming comics (including Sketchfest regulars) and storytellers -- all for $10, at the Washington Inn in downtown Oakland. Details here.
Saturday, Oct. 17: LitCrawl. LitQuake gets bigger and more overwhelming every year, but one of its original events -- a freeform, all-ages traipse through the Mission District, in which a lit-lover could duck into upwards of three dozen bars and cafes and encounter wildly different readings over the course of three and a half hours, if she played her cards right -- is still my favorite. Download a map here to plot your course, and be sure to take note of all the non-traditional "venues" -- like Good Vibrations hosting a reading about sex writing. Free; details here.
Saturday, Oct. 17: Joey Cape at Bottom of the Hill. Cape is probably still best known as the lead singer for the punk outfit Lagwagon, but in recent years he's proved most interesting when he lets himself experiment -- like at the helm of side project Bad Astronaut or, as he appears tonight at this intimate venue, solo and acoustic. You never know what you're gonna get, but it's probably gonna be heartfelt. $10; details here.
Saturday, Oct. 17: Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Phoenix Theater. There's nothing like the original: Get all dressed up and prepare to sing "touch-a touch-a touch-a touch me" with a great group of beautiful freaks just like you. This showing's all-ages, so expect maybe a cleaner variety of theater-kid kink than usual, but nothing can rein in Rocky Horror’s particular brand of weirdness. $10; details here.
Sunday, Oct. 18: Yea-Ming and the Rumours at the Make-Out Room. We've been anticipating the full-length from this dreamy East Bay indie-pop four-piece from the moment we heard it was in the works. If you don't want to wait until Dec. 1 to hear the new tunes, this SF show is probably your best bet. $8; details here.
Tuesday, Oct. 20: Everyone Is Dirty at The New Parish. If you've never seen anything that could reasonably be described as grungey, punk-rock violin before, you owe it to yourself to get over to Oakland on a Tuesday night for this four-piece. Frontwoman Sivan wields the string instrument like a weapon; the result is a captivating, eminently watchable show. $6; details here.
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