Poke Con II returns to SF this week. (Courtesy of @pokibowl)

7 Fun Things: TEDx Comes to Oakland, Poke Con Returns + More Can't-Miss Events

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Here's what's happening beyond your nine-to-five this week.

Monday, October 16th: Broadway Against Bullying @ Feinstein's

When: 7-8:30pm

Where: Feinstein's at the Nikko, 222 Mason St. (Tenderloin), eventbrite.com

Why: Start the week with something to sing about. Broadway stars from shows including Hamilton, Hair, The Book of Mormon and more are warming up their vocal chords for a performance to benefit No Bully. Tickets ($150) are available at Eventbrite.


Tuesday, October 17th: Hear Words of Wisdom @ PianoFight

When: 7-8:30pm

Where: 144 Taylor St. (Tenderloin), pianofight.com

Why: Let the melodic power of spoken word and impromptu jazz melt your Tuesday away at PianoFight's Word Party, where you can eat, drink and just...listen. Admission is free with an RSVP on Eventbrite, but bring some coin for adult beverages and food. Arrive early if you're planning to dine.


Wednesday, October 18th: Free Admission @ de Young Museum

When: 9:30am to 5:15pm

Where: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park), facebook.com

Why: See why Teotihuacan was known as a land of gods as you weave through the Mesoamerican murals and see other installations at the de Young Museum's Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire—without spending a single penny.


Thursday, October 19th: Dance With Dracula @ Conservatory of Flowers

When: 5:30-9:30pm

Where: 100 John F Kennedy Dr. (Golden Gate Park), conservatoryofflowers.org

Why: At the Conservatory's Dracula Ball, you can imbibe, dine, and dance to Aztec drum music to support the Dracula orchid and the renovation of the Conservatory's Cloud Forest and greenhouse. Tickets ($350-$550) are available at Eventbrite.


Friday, October 20th: See Ai Wei Wei's Human Flow @ Clay Theatre

When: 7-9:30pm

Where: 2261 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), landmarktheatres.com

Why: Famed Chinese dissident Ai Wei Wei returns to San Francisco, on the screen that is, with the Embarcadero Center Cinema Theater's screening of Human Flow, his cinematic exploration of the global refugee crisis. Tickets ($10) can be bought online at Landmark Theater.


Saturday, October 21st: Eat Poke @ Soma StrEat Food Park

When: 11am to 5pm

Where: 428 11th St. (SoMa), somastreetfoodpark.com

Why: Gorge yourself on sushi-grade fish and sticky rice at SoMa Streat Food's Poke Con, with various vendors serving Polynesian delights to live music all day. Tickets ($5 for GA, $40 for all-you-can-drink beers) are available at Eventbrite.


Sunday, October 22nd: TEDx @ Oakland Tech High School

When: 8am to 6pm

Where: 4351 Broadway (Oakland), tedexoakland.com

Why: Expose yourself to big, bold, beguiling ideas—and then see how you can incorporate them into your everyday life—in the auditorium at Oakland Tech High School. Featured guests include Latino rights activist Dolores Huerta, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, and spoken word artist Porsche Kelly. Tickets ($100) are available tedxoakland.org.
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