Events Around the City: What’s Up This Week

November 2
Occupy SF Open Mic @ Justin Herman Plaza, 8pm

Ingenuity, creativity, and perseverance all lie intermingled among the 99% dwelling in Justin Herman Plaza, and their weekly open mic has proven itself conducive to their cause and rally for change. The platform is open to the general public utilizing the repeat-after-me technique with the advantage of a megaphone. Organized enough to produce a line up, yet innately free form. Voices from every walk and background will express a raw frustration of our social and economic crisis with optimism for hope in the future. The glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel is the spirit in which the demonstrators’ preform so need not shy away in fear of sermon out of anger and disparity, this event is truly uplifting.

November 5
Occupy SF March, 3pm, Starts @ Justin Herman Plaza

Occupy SF aims to start a revolution with their revolt against corporate greed and economic inequality. Demonstrators have been camped out at the Justin Herman Plaza for 5 weeks now, or tent city as the SF police have deemed it. As more and more people are rising in support of the much controversial protest, the marches are getting larger enhancing the demand for change. This Saturday the 99% are planning to march down Market Street in hopes of reaching Civic Center. Our generation holds the power for reform. If we stand together and demand rectification, imagine the upheaval.

November 6
Avant Garde Poetry Nights @ City Lights, 5pm, FREE

A landmark of poetry, City Lights will never stray far from its roots. Freedom of speech is exercised weekly in their small yet historic underground domain. George Albon has composed numerous collections of poetry, award winning novels and has even been featured in the anthology Bay Poetics. Alongside Albon, Denis Phillips, will be reading his new collection of poems titled Navigation. If just for familiarity with the venue alone, come hear the spoken word by two of the most innovative poets of our time.

Oct. 28 – Dec. 11
Cirque Du Soleil – Totem @ AT&T Park, tickets run $50-$150

Cirque Du Soleil conjures up our inner child who is still in search of awe and amazement. Misfits from around the world come together to produce a show featuring jugglers, rapid-fire, helium balloons, trapeze artists, acrobats, and lions and tigers and bears oh my! The dreamy half-dressed men and women who fly overheard draw the audience into the plot with live music, mythological stunts, and gravity defining maneuvers. This tour, called Totem, will showcase “a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind from its primordial, amphibian state towards the aspiration of flight.” Although a student discount is available I know this comes as kind of a splurge, but c’mon, who doesn’t want to see the circus!


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