14 Fun Things: Presidio Picnic returns, join BBC's Arts Hour + more events this week

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This week is loaded with cool stuff to do, whether you eat like a Parisian at the newly opened Bar Crenn, party like the Irish, or participate in a national school walk-out.


Monday, March 12 + 19: A Mediterranean Feast a la Stockhome

When: 6pm to 10pm

Where: Pläj Restaurant, 333 Fulton St. (Hayes Valley), plajrestaurant.com

Why: Taste a preview of Stockhome, the forthcoming fast-casual restaurant in Petaluma from the Plaj folks that focuses on Stockholm streetfood. There'll be a four-course menu that will feature a mezze spread with hummus and babaganoush, a salad course of little gems with a buttermilk tahini dressing, chicken shwarma and falafel over saffron rice, a coconut chocolate cake for dessert, and more. // Tickets ($40) are available at eventbrite.com.


Monday, March 12: Sausage Fest at Wursthall Opens

When: 5pm to 12am

Where: 310 Baldwin Ave (San Mateo), wursthall.com

Why: Foodwriter turned restaurateur Kenji Lopez-Alt opens his highly anticipated sausage-centric beer hall in San Mateo. Enjoy pints and stines of local and imported beers on tap, as well as sausages, currywurst, schnitzel sandwiches, vegan doner kebabs, and more.


Tuesday, March 13th: Eat Like a Parisian

When: 4:30pm to 12am

Where: Bar Crenn, 3131 Fillmore St. (Marina), barcrenn.com

Why: Take a step into Dominique Crenn's new wine bar to find yourself transported to a living room in France. Adjacent to her two Michelin-Star restaurant, Atelier Crenn, the luxe escape has an elegant menu with dishes like pate en croûte, tarte tatin, canele, and more while also focusing on biodynamic wine. Menus are a la carte, and there'll also be a three course carte blanche menu available by reservation only.


Tuesday, March 13: Catch Lorde With Run the Jewels

When: 7pm

Where: Oracle Arena, (Oakland), coliseum.com

Why: You've made it this far into the workweek. Congratulate yourself with a night out and get crunk with Run the Jewels and then listen to bangers from Lorde's sophomore album Melodrama. // Tickets (starting at $39) are available at ticketmaster.com.


Wednesday, March 14: Shop Glossier in a Mission Sandwich Shop

When: 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday; 11am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday

Where: Rhea's Cafe, 2200 Bryant Street (Mission), yelp.com

Why: Because you've been dying to try Boy Brow in person. The ultra-hip, millennial pink cosmetic line, borne out of beauty blog Into the Gloss is going to hit the Mission District at Rhea's. Pop in to touch, see, and try all of the products you've been lusting over on their Instagram. Drinks only are available 5pm to 8pm daily. // glossier.com


Wednesday, March 14: Join a National School Walkout

When: 10am to 10:17am

Where: Multiple locations, womensmarch.com/enough

Why: Enough (#NationalSchoolWalkout) is a national protest in response to gun violence in school and neighborhoods. Organized by Women's March Youth, the 17 minute walk-out will consist of students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and allies demanding Congress to pass legislation to keep schools, streets, homes and places of worship safe.


Thursday, March 15: See an SF-Based Recording of BBC's Arts Hour on Tour

When: 7pm to 9:30pm

Where: Gray Area Theater, 2665 Mission St. (Mission), grayarea.org

Why: Hear about new forms of culture that are emerging out of SF tech and how it's impacting local artists. KQED and BBC will be joined by NPR's tech correspondent Aarti Shahani, Eugene Chung the founder of VR film company Penrose Studios, and Douglas Eck from Google AI, who investigating machines can make music and art. There will also be live music from Fantastic Negrito, Reed & Caroline, and stand-up from Francesca Fiorentini. // Free, register at eventbrite.com.


Thursday, March 15: Words From the "Millennial Oprah"

When: 6:30pm

Where: The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium (Embarcadero)

Why: Channel your inner activist and tune into the words of poet Cleo Wade as she traverses women's issues, reproductive health or LGBTQ rights through the power of the pen. She'll be delving into her collection Heart Talk, a collection of poems, mantras, affirmations and pep talks. Join the conversation. // Tickets (starting at $35) are available at commonwealthclub.org.


Thursday, March 15: Nosh on Handmade Pasta and Italian Vino

When: 5:30pm to 11pm

Where: 1358 Mason St. (Nob Hill), altovinosf.com

Why: There's no better way to spend an evening than with pasta and wine. A new Italian spot from the folks behind Perbacco and Barbacco is opening up in the former Mason Pacific space. Heading up the kitchen is Nick Kelly, who will be making handmade pastas like mushroom-radicchio filled piramide, lemon taglierini and farro campanelle; and Tuscan-born somm Claudio Villani will be pouring affordable glasses of delicious Italian wines—there'll be 30 wines by the glass starting at just $8/glass.


Thursday, March 15-18: Find Respite in Dance

When: 7:30pm

Where: YBCA Theater, 700 Howard St. (SoMa)

Why: It's a turbulent world out there. ODC/Dance responds to the chaos with artistic expression in a premier of Brenda Way's News of the World with music by David Lang and mise en scène by painter Doug Argue and set designer Alexander V. Nichols. Taking place in a contemporary setting, the works will delve into the strength of women and the perceived threat they carry for those with misogynist notions and ideals. // Tickets (starting at $30) are available at ybca.org.



Friday, March 16-19: Bacon Jam Burger to Your Door

When: 5pm to 9pm

Where: Delivery via Caviar, trycaviar.com/san-francisco

Why: Once upon a time Rich Table had a bar-only burger, and it was delicious. It's now back in a refreshed form, and you can eat it in the comfort of your own home with the Caviar only delivery special. The burger will feature a dry-aged patty, bacon jam, pickled onions, shredded cabbage, and a special Rich Table sauce.


Saturday, March 17: All Things Green

When: Multiple times

Where: Multiple locations

Why: No one parties as hard as the Irish. Not looking to sip on some green beer? We've put together a list of St. Paddy's events to do outside of the pub from seeing skydiving leprechauns to making your own ceramic beer mug. // 7x7.com/st-patricks-day


Sunday, March 18 through October 21: Presidio Picnic

When: Every Sunday, 11am to 4pm

Where: Main Parade Ground, Sheridan Ave. (Presidio), presidio.gov

Why: What better way to spend a Sunday than noshing in one of our most beautiful parks? Head to Presidio Picnic for eats from more than 25 international food trucks from Off the Grid including Senor Sisig, Little Green Cyclo, Del Popolo, and more, cultural dance performances, music, yoga, lawn games and more. This Sunday, the Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe will perform a traditional welcome blessing to kick off the season.


Sunday, March 18: Go on a Walking Brunch Tour

When: 11am to 2pm

Where: Multiple locations in Downtown Berkeley

Why: Cure that hangover with a series of brunches and a walk. Indulge in half a dozen hearty dishes, cocktails and coffee with behind-the-scenes access to local chefs and restaurateurs. Some of the tasty offerings include freshly-brewed chicory coffee and authentic beignets from Angelines Kitchen, the story behind avocado toast from Babette Café, crispy fried Brussels sprouts and cocktails from Revival, breakfast pizza and mimosas from Gather, delicate crepes and more from Maison Bleue, and an amaro flight from Gio's Pizza and Bocce. // Tickets ($90 with code 'brunch20') are available at edibleexcursions.net.

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