This Week's Hottest Events: Turkey Trot, Macy's Tree Lighting, and Americana Music Feast
Diane Keaton and Tom Brokaw
Woody Allen's leading lady and rom com queen, the timeless Diane Keaton takes the stage at Herbst Theatre tonight for a City Arts & Lectures conversation. Also on the bill is broadcast legend Tom Brokaw who will be speaking about his new book, Boom! Both talks are technically sold out, but there's always at least one person trying to get rid of an extra ticket before the show.
When: 8 p.m., Mon. 11/21 and 7 p.m., Mon. 11/21, respectively
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. and 3200 California St.
Cinema Visionaires: An Evening with Barry Jenkins
Award-winning local filmmaker and 2010 Hot 20 Barry Jenkins will host a screening of his short films and will be on hand for a post-show Q&A. Brush up on his highly regarded debut feature film, Medicine for Melancholy, before you go.
When: 7 p.m., Tues. 11/22
Where: Timken Lecture Hall, CCA SF Campus, 1111 Eighth St.
tUnE-YarDs, Nicki Bluhm, and K. Flay
Spend the night before Thanksgiving bouncing around to shows. The brainchild of Merrill Garbus, tUnE-YarDs' experimental sounds are best listened to live. Folk-inspired local singer-songwriters (and husband and wife duo) Nicki and Tim Bluhm share the stage with West Coast artists Lebo, Scott Law, Steven Adams, and Dave Brogan for a mellow show at Slim's (The California Honeydrops open). Stanford rapper K. Flay brings her beats to the Independent.
When: Wed. 11/23
Where: The Regency, 1290 Sutter St.; Slim's, 333 11th St.; The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.
Turkey Trot Trail Run + Americana Music Feast
Registration for the 9th annual turkey trot is officially closed, so you're off the hook to run in this year's race. But they're still looking for volunteers to help out along the course. But if that's still too much of a commitment, grab a coffee and stand by to watch the show. On Friday, Cafe Du Nord is hosting its own turkey trot of sorts in the form of an all-American music feast with The Whisky Richards, the Windy Hill Bluegrass Band, The B-Stars, and Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players.
When: 8:30 a.m., Thurs. 11/24 and 8 p.m., Fri. 11/25
Where: Golden Gate Park Polo Field and Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St.
Macy's Tree Lighting
'Tis the season—what better to do the day after Thanksgiving than cheese it up and watch the tree lighting in Union Square? Olympic skating star Johnny Weir hosts the ceremony (he'll also be giving a skating performance), which will culminate in the lighting of this year's 83-foot tree. The evening's musical guests include the renowned Glide Ensemble, the UC Men's Octet, and more. Afterwards, head up to the seventh floor of Macy's to check out Holiday Lane, a feast of elaborately decorated Christmas trees.
When: 6 p.m., Fri. 11/25
Where: Union Square and Macy's
It's all about Americana this week—catch local sensation Jackie Greene at the Fillmore where he'll be playing a two-night stint.
When: 9 p.m., Fri. 11/25 and 9 p.m., Sat. 11/26
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.
FAM BAM premiere with Filmmaker Kevin Epps
Bay Area activist and award-winning filmmaker Kevin Epps premieres his latest documentary FAM BAM, which turns a critical eye to the structure of black family in America. Stick around for a Q&A, and then have a drink while you dance to the live music of Pure Ecstasy at this week's de Young Friday night party.
When: 6:30 and 7:10 p.m., Fri. 11/25
Where: Koret Auditorium at the de Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.