From the Blogs
"Dream Queens Revue Eighth Anniversary Show" Drag with Collette LeGrande, Ruby Slippers, Sophilya Leggz, Bobby Ashton, and more. 9:30pm; free. Aunt Charlie's Lounge, 133 Turk, SF. www.dreamqueensrevue.com
Oakland Underground Film Festival - The Oakland Underground Film Festival is back for its sixth year, and the programming is, as the East Bay kids say, hella great. Opening night films are Aussie writer-director Hugh Sullivan's sci-fi rom-com The Infinite Man (a hit at South by Southwest and Fantasia), and Brazil-set martial arts saga Falcon Rising — featuring the high-flying Michael Jai White, star of 2009 OAKUFF hit Black Dynamite. There's also ¿Qué Caramba Es La Vida?, a doc about female Mariachi musicians; a late-night screening of 1988 cult classic Heathers (how very!); multiple shorts programs (including "Sick and Twisted Horror Shorts"); Nick Cave docudrama 20,000 Days on Earth, and more. Through Sun/28, $10. Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand, Oakl. Humanist Hall and 390 27th St, Oakl www.oakuff.org
decker. - San Franciscans may think they have the market cornered on psychedelia, but things sound a little different in the desert — dusty, moody, lonely, and super atmospheric. All of these are apt words for decker., a Sedona-based "desert folk" act led by singer-songwriter Brandon Decker that won hearts with its soulful live act at SXSW, among other stages. This show, which serves as a record release party for the band's fifth album, Patsy, will actually be a double-helping of soul: Oakland favorites Whiskerman, with Graham Patzner's whiskey-coated vocals at the helm, will help open the evening. With Whiskerman and Brother Graham. 9pm, $12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, SF. (415) 626-4455 www.bottomofthehill.com
5th Annual SuperHero Street Fair - illain or hero? You decide. For the fifth year, thousands of event-goers will be disguised in their favorite capes, masks, and tights, donning a sword or perhaps a whip, to fulfill their ultimate superhero fantasies. Thanks to the co-creators of How Weird Street Fair, Sea of Dreams NYE, and Decompression Street Fair, this heroic outdoor fetish-fest will bump the costume-ridden streets with seven electronic music stages, light installations, comic exhibits, climbing walls, cartoon art, and a Jack Kirby museum. But the founders challenge each to first ponder one thing: "What creativity and superpowers do you bring to the everyday world?" 1pm-11pm; $15. Waterfront Boardwalk Oasis, 1700 Indiana, SF. www.superherosf.com
Hushfest - How do you get away with throwing a bonkers dance party on public Ocean Beach in broad daylight? Pipe the music directly into the crowd's headphones, that's how. The Silent Frisco crew has found the ultimate underground vibe, above ground. Here's how it works – gather at the party spot (imbibe your libations beforehand, please, no drugs or alcohol on the beach), pay $20 for special wireless headphones, and dance in the sand with a huge gaggle of other wildly, silently gesticulating aficianados. DJs at this annual event around include genius duo Psychmagik, who rejigger deepest funk-rock memories of the 1970s, Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, and Fort Knox Five. Yes, you can still yell "woo!" 11am, $20, Ocean Beach, SF. www.silentfrisco.com
John Darnielle - Mountain Goats devotees know him as the prolific pen and idiosyncratic voice behind the band's complex story-songs — some 14 studio albums of 'em, over the course of 18 years. But with Darnielle's richly imagined and darkly memorable debut novel, Wolf in White Van, the lyricist proves his writing chops go well beyond the CD insert, weaving a mysterious tale through the eyes of a narrator we won't soon forget: All readers know at the novel's outset is that our loner protagonist runs a complex, interactive adventure game from his house, and that he was seriously disfigured at some point in his youth. In the process of uncovering his full story, we find ourselves sympathizing with people we might never expect. At the only Bay Area stop of his book tour, Darnielle will read from the novel and discuss it with author Robin Sloan. 7pm, free. Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave, SF. www.greenapplebooks.com
Royal Blood Up-and-coming UK duo Royal Blood may have formed just last year, but the band is already making quite a name for itself on the basis of awesomely blues-fueled, snarling garage rock, which is showcased on the new, self-titled album that came out last month on Warner Bros. Records. That release debuted at No. 1 on the British charts, and the band is up for a prestigious Mercury Prize. Tonight is your chance to catch the explosive band in an intimate setting — the newly remodeled Masonic — before the pair likely moves on to much bigger venues. Royal Blood opens for The Pixies. T7:30pm, $50-$75. The Masonic, 1111 California, SF.