Monday, June 23
Pride Month is so much fun and so full of events that it can be exhausting. So take a load off and enjoy the Monsters of Queer Comedy, a lineup of stellar San Francisco comedians guaranteed to be pee-your-pants funny. But let's be serious -- you should really go so you can buttonhole Tom Ammiano. Tell him what he should do if he wins his bid for mayor. It'll be hysterical! Maureen Brownsey hosts, while Janis Lipton, Doug Holsclaw, Lisa Geduldig, and Bridget Schwartz do all the real work. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market (at McCoppin), S.F. Admission is $10; call 865-5555.
Tuesday, June 24
Bitter, arrogant, and judgmental aren't qualities we look for in a friend, but it turns out that those traits make a great sequential artist. Adrian Tomine (pronounced "toe-mee-nay") is living proof of this fact: His graphic novels are critically acclaimed, razor-sharp observances of life as a twentysomething in the Bay Area, even if the characters and the author are crabby. "Comics," in this case, is really the wrong word, but it is technically Tomine's medium. As is true of the work of a lot of his influences -- among them Dan Clowes and the Hernandez brothers -- "cartoon" is also a misnomer, so don't be fooled. Optic Nerve, Tomine's ongoing publication, isn't for kids, and it isn't for Spider-Man fans. It's smart, beautifully drawn storytelling from an artist with a lot to say and a good-looking way to say it. Tomine signs copies of Summer Blonde, a collection of previous work, at 7 p.m. at the Booksmith, 1644 Haight (at Cole), S.F. Admission is free; call 863-8688 or visit www.booksmith.com.