We're still sad that the Hunky Jesus Contest got rained out on Easter, but there's another Dolores Park tradition returning to make up for it: movie night. Starting tonight at dusk with the iconic '80s flick Back to the Future, join a mob of Mission moviegoers for a series of free screenings every second Thursday of the month through October. Bring a blanket, a friend and a few bucks for popcorn (or a Tamale Lady treat), and revel in the fact that you're not shelling out $10.50 for the newest Jennifer Aniston chick-flick. Extra points for arriving via floating skateboard or DeLorean.
Starting Apr. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Dolores Park, doloresparkmovie.org
It looks like the popular Shoebox Studio—a dance, fitness and performing arts venue in the Mission—has outgrown its namesake and its digs. This weekend, the body-positive community center moves into a new location on Folsom with more square-footage for classes, rehearsal space and a new artistic residency for emerging choreographers. The payoff: More opportunities to practice your Afro-Brazilian martial arts at a capoeira class or perfect your hip swivel during a belly dancing session. To celebrate your impending smooth moves, join local band Rhubarb Whiskey and a collection of worldly performers for a silent auction and gala on Apr. 3.
864 Folsom St., 415-861-5976, shoeboxsf.com
Integrating a television into a home's decor has been the bane of many a designer's existence for probably as long as the device has been around, resulting in some interesting–and occasionally odd–attempts at concealment or beautification. We've all seen the repurposed bureau-turned-hiding-place and the flat-screen-above-the-mantel, but that's just the tip of the creative iceberg. Catch an episode of Cribs and you might spy a bedroom with what we like to call the "Late Night Creeper", aka a flat screen concealed in a chest at the foot of the bed that rises at the touch of a remote. Or what about the "Destinee's Special"?
Sweet and spooky, "Hearts" and Halloween are happening in our 'hood!
This Thursday, the 10-day long 13th annual Arab Film Festival will kick off with an opening night reception at the Castro Theatre, first with the Noor Awards at 6pm, followed by a special screening of Pomegranates and Myrrh at 7:30pm.
In the week that follows, films and tributes will take place in San Francisco (Oct. 15-18), San Jose (Oct. 17-18), Berkeley (Oct. 23-25) and Los Angeles (Oct. 23-25).
Lots going on this weekend! Start with a gallery show at BellJar, wake up early and make the trek down to Tracy for Restoration Hardware's warhouse sale, then spend Sunday combing through the cream of the American crafting crop at Fort Mason. Check out the deets below:
microHabitat at BellJar: As the name suggests, artist Micke Tong's show features tiny living spaces, from miniscule Victorian facades to wee pre-fabs (who knew they could get any smaller?), but you'll also find drawings and candy-colored taxidermy thrown in too, for good measure. Opening Friday, August 14th from 6 to 9 PM and continuing through September 11th. Details available here.
If you're tired of hitting the town sans pooch, here's your chance to paint the town red with Fido in tow. At the Westin St. Francis' "Dogs Days of Summer" on Aug. 26, canines and their owners will be treated like VIPS (Very Important Pets and Persons) in an event benefitting the San Francisco SPCA.
A few events happening around town this Father's Day weekend:
After a winter hibernation, Indie Mart is back this Sunday with its first outdoor event of the season. They'll be shutting down the street at 17th and Wisconsin for outdoor vendors, food, and crafters galore. Also, local bands The Frail, Shannon and the Clams, and The Red Verse will be performing throughout the day inside Thee Parkside.
Maybe it's the Johnny Depp effect, but there's no denying the universal appeal of pirates. So if Father's Day BBQs and games of catch aren't your bag, we're going to go out on a plank (har har) and suggest the NorCal Pirate Festival, which promises to be a swashbucklin' good time. There will be music, there will be crafts and there will be swordfights (obviously). Also not to miss are the ventriloquist Captain Jack Spareribs (c'mon, you're curious), musical troupe the Seadogs, the dueling Privateers of the Dauntless and the singing vixens Queen Anne's Revenge.
Oh yeah, and it's free.