It’s the middle of the month, and the weekend after Open Studios, so opening exhibitions are slim at the moment. But don’t panic! This is the Mission, remember? There’s always something going on.

Litcrawl
The grand finale of Litquake is going down this Saturday in three phases throughout the Mission. Writers, poets and scribes read sections from upcoming books, memoirs, old novels and more at various dive bars and restaurants in the Mission. Don’t forget to catch the block party at Clarion Alley during phase one. Click here for more info. Click here for a detailed map. Sat., Oct. 17, 6-9pm. Free. Various hotspots in the Mission.

sugar_skullsSugar Skull Workshop
Pumpkin carving is cool if you’re from Rhode Island or Michigan, but we  have respect for cultural diversity here in the West … which means no fall holiday display is considered complete without a bunch of Dia de los Muertos skulls. Learn how to make your own at this workshop. Sat., Oct 17, 1-3pm. $25. Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th St. 415.826.8009

SF Doc Fest
The Eighth Annual Documentary Film Festival hits the Mission hard this weekend with dozens of screening at the Roxie Theater. War photography, music, the oil crisis, acid burns, Burning Man freakouts, and more. No topic is off limits for the doc genre. Check here for more info and here to download a schedule. Fri., Oct 16 through Sun., Oct 18. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. 415.863.1087

Southern Exposure Grand Opening/ Inaugural Exhibition/ Block Party
After nearly three years of homelessness, Southern Exposure has finally found a longterm place to be awesome … and just in time for their 35th anniversary. Celebrate the gallery’s success and check out the opening exhibition of “Bellwether.” Drinks, music, film, art, and more. Sat., Oct. 17, 4pm. Free. Southern Exposure, 3030 20th St. 415.863.2141