20 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.10.20)
Fancy a pre-fixe sushi dinner? Make reservations for dinner in a bubble at Mint Plaza's Hashiri. (Courtesy of @hashirisf)

20 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.10.20)


Dining pods have already popped up in Los Angeles and Amsterdam; now San Francisco's own Michelin-starred Hashiri is getting in on the bubble action for those willing to fork over $200 for the five-course experience.

This week, you can also explore OMCA's new Dorothea Lange Digital Archive; view SF Ballet's Benjamin Millepied–directed film; check out SF Arts Commission's new poster tribute to healthcare workers along Market Street; and catch some live music at Mill Valley Lumber Yard. Have a great one!

Explore both well-recognized and rarely seen photographs in OMCA's new Dorothea Lange Digital Archive. Organized into four sections—The Depression, World War II at Home, Post-War Projects, and Early Work/Personal Work—the exhibit features photos, field notes, quotes, and more by the world-renowned documentary photographer; on view beginning Monday. // dorothealange.museumca.org

Pick up some new reading material with SFPL to Go. While you still can't browse inside San Francisco Public Libraries, you can request a book (or DVD or audiobook) online, then when it's ready, wait in a socially distanced line to grab it at the door. The program kicks off at the Main Library on Monday and at the Excelsior Branch on Tuesday, with future locations to follow. // Details on sfpl.org

Dine inside a Covid-safe bubble. If you're in the mood to treat yourself to a fancy sushi dinner, score a reservation (5pm and 7:30pm) inside one of Sushi Hashiri's seven-foot-tall clear domes on Mint Plaza. // Reserve ($200 for the five-course meal) on hashirisf.com

Check out San Francisco Arts Commission's COVID-19 poster project: Heroes: San Francisco Thanks Frontline Healthcare Workers, featuring 40 posters by 10 Bay Area artists on kiosks along Market Street from Embarcadero to the Castro; through October 31st. // Details on sfartscommission.org

Buy a Jenny Lemons rainbow tee to support SF's Transgender District. // Order ($35) on jennylemons.com

Channel your inner artist and take an online workshop with Lindsay Stripling. If you can't get into one of the SF based artist's live virtual workshops (pro tip: register now for her September classes before they sell out), take one of her prerecorded classes. Learn the basics during three-part Playing with Watercolor or work on your sketches for thirty days straight with Concept Sketchbook: A Daily Practice. // Classes on lindaystripling.squarespace.com

Watch SF Ballet's Dance of Dreams. Directed by Benjamin Millepied (Black Swan choreographer and Natalie Portman's husband), the six-minute film features SF Ballet dancers performing choreography by Justin Peck, Dwight Rhoden, Janie Taylor, and Christopher Wheeldon in locations around the city including the Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate National Recreation Area; available beginning at noon PST on Wednesday. // Watch the trailer on youtube.com; stream on SF Ballet @ Home, YouTube, Facebook, and IGTV.

Kick back with brews and hot dogs at Fort Point's new Lower Haight taproom. Snag one of 24 seats on the sidewalk and enjoy offerings including Fort Point's new Italian-style pilsner Sfizio; Strawberry Darling, a fruity Berliner Weisse; and Cool, a cold fermented IPA; Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 8pm PST. // fortpointbeer.com

Attend Downtown Berkeley's Summer Online Arts Festival. Through September 24th, enjoy a new hour-long episode of programming from a local arts organization—and donate to help Berkeley's artists survive the pandemic. Offerings include this week's showing of Can You Hear Me, a 1974 film featuring African-American Bay Area teen poets; Thursdays at 1pm PST. // Details and episodes on downtownberkeley.com

If you already picked up a pizza from chef Matthew Kenney's new plant-based Italian spot in, give Woodblock—his vegan sushi pop-up—a try. Choose from an assortment of flavorful, colorful rolls like the Mosaic (red and golden beets), the Nashville Hot "Chicken," and spicy "crab" made of hearts of palm; open daily. // Order for pickup or delivery on woodblocksf.com.

Learn how to blend herbs to make your own herbal teas during a Zoom workshop with Cal's Botanical Garden; Thursday at 11am PST. // Register ($20) on blackbaudhosting.com.

Book a private or semi-private session with a personal trainer on Iron + Mettle's new hot pink parklet on Valencia Street. Social distancing and cleaning precautions are in place. // ironandmettlefitness.com

Pretend you're in Black Rock City and watch the premiere of Art on Fire. The 90-minute documentary explores Burning Man's impressive art installations and the creators behind them. Catch a Q&A with the filmmakers and some artists after the screening; Saturday at 6pm PST and Sunday at 9am PST. // Get tickets on burningman.org.

Virtually attend the 11th Annual Glide Legacy Gala. Expect a Q&A with the award winners—past honorees include Alicia Garza and Dave Eggers—and a digital dance party with DJ KingMost, all to benefit Glide's excellent work; Saturday at 8pm PST. // Donate and register ($25 suggested donation) on mobilecause.com.

Do yoga and drink bubbly at BR Cohn. A 60-minute outdoor vinyasa class will be led by Sonoma County yoga instructor Madeline Schwartz, followed by morning snacks, sparkling wine, and gift bags. BYO mat and mask, and arrive 15 minutes early to set up your own socially distanced space; Saturday from 9am to 10:30am PST. // Tickets ($50) on Eventbrite

Purchase some cardamom at 20 percent off from The Spice Hunter, then prep your ingredients to make a summer custard dessert with chef Reem Assil in the final episode of The 7x7 Spice-In on August 20th. // 7x7.com

Order all things apple from Sebastopol's Grav & Go pop-up to support Sonoma County Farm Trails. Pre-order fresh-picked organic Gravenstein apples in four-, 20-, or 40-pound assortments; Lala's apple butter; Mom's famous apple pies; and hard cider pressed and fermented by Tilted Shed Ciderworks, by Thursday at noon PST. Pick up on Saturday or Sunday from 11am to 3pm at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. // farmtrails.org

Donate to Feed the Hood: Drive-Up Edition. While the East Oakland Collective is not taking new volunteers to distribute hot meals, hygiene, and PPE kits to unhoused people in Oakland, you can still help out by driving up to the EOC office with essential items like non-perishable food items and hygiene products; Saturday from 9am to noon PST. // Details on eastoaklandcollective.coml; RSVP for donation drop off.

Hear some live music and dine outside at Mill Valley Lumber Yard. Eateries including Flour Craft and Bōl, as well as then MVLY shops, are open for socially distanced amusement; Saturdays, noon to 2pm PST. // millvalleylumberyard.com

Catch Stern Grove Festival's season finale. The virtual 83rd season is coming to a close with a specially recorded hour-long performance from Michael Franti, Los Lobos, Ben Gibbard, and more. If you've got some extra time, stream an extended version of the show, Sunday at 4pm PST. // Watch on KPIX-TV/channel 5 or stream on Facebook.

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