Castro Weekend To Dos: Science Fiction/Fact, Barbary Lane And More

Castro Weekend To Dos: Science Fiction/Fact, Barbary Lane And More
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By Roy - Published on October 24, 2014.
Whoever said there was never anything to do in the Castro was lying to you: we've got a full lineup of weekend events that you won't want to miss, especially if you like science fiction, Armistead Maupin, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Tonight (Friday, Oct. 24th)

Stalkers of 28 Barbary Lane should be pleased. Armistead Maupin, author of the iconic Tales of the City, will be at Books, Inc. (2275 Market Street) in the Castro at 7:30pm this evening to talk about his most famous work and life back in the city (Maupin and his husband recently moved back to San Francisco after moving to Santa Fe two years ago). Tales of the City is recognized as this year's One City One Book literary event sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library. The annual event encourages readers in San Francisco to all read one book at one time each year.

The Castro Theatre be featuring a science-fact and science-fiction focused weekend starting tonight with a double feature science-fiction evening. At 7:30pm, go check out the cult-classic Ghostbusters and stay for Innerspace, a film set in San Francisco featuring Dennis Quaid (he gets miniaturized in a secret experiment and accidentally injected into Martin Short).

Want more movie action? Head out to the Midnight Sun at 10pm for a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show complete with live acting and lip-syncing from drag queens and performers.

Saturday, Oct. 25th

Science and tech gadget geeks won't want to miss the shenanigans going on at the Bay Area Science Festival's Tested.com live event (1pm at the Castro Theatre). Tested.com's Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman (both masters of MythBusters) will be on stage with fellow Tested.com crew members Will Smith and Norman Chan to diffuse a bomb with the Oculus Rift, 3D-print an audience member, mess around with a mechanical spider and more. Tickets are still available here.

The science continues at 7pm at the Castro Theatre with an evolutionary theory whack-a-mole from Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAH!). Six speakers will present their bad evolutionary theories and have a live panel of actual scientists judging them (harshly). Oatmeal comic writer Matthew Inman will offer the invocation (jk, keynote) and one of the lucky six will take home a statue of Darwin shrugging skeptically. If you don't want to miss the "truthiness", get tickets here.

Sunday, Oct. 26th

Head back to the Castro Theatre this Sunday for a science fiction double-feature with Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (2:30pm, 8pm) and Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (5pm).

Anything else going on in the neighborhood this weekend? Let us know in the comments.