What if Armageddon was nice? Tickle fights, rainbows the size of Texas, a compulsive-hugging disease? The new world would require gentler survival skills than stuff-sharpening. In this event, begin preparing for the clapocalypse by learning campfire songsevery Wednesday at The Happiness Institute (1720 Market, meetup.com/SF-Free-School, free). Or by drawing birds with John Muir Laws, bird artist, Wed., Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at the California Historical Society (678 Mission St., 357-1848, free). When you need to eat, harvest your bunkerful of pickles collected from Ritlab: Pickle, Preserve, and Molly Picon, a workshop and screening of silent comedy East and West on Thursday, Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m. at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (736 Mission, 655-7800 or thecjm.org, $5 plus movie ticket). Or, at Noisebridge (2169 Mission), retrofit meat dishes at Vegan Hacker NightTuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. (veganhackersf.com, free) and retrofit your favorite Kumbaya stool by learning to solder at Circuit Hacking Mondayat 7:30 p.m. (noisebridge.net).
Wed., Sept. 26, 2012