While imbibing at an outdoor bar or getting a much needed haircut is no longer an option this week, you can still celebrate the Fourth of July with a socially distanced concert on The Midway's patio or a drive-in movie in Sonoma.
Plus, Dine for Democracy by grabbing takeout at a participating local restaurant and making a donation to the Movement Voter Project and catch Exploratorium's new After Dark Online event.
Make baba ganoush two ways with chef Reem Assil in episode one of the 7x7 Spice-In.(Angelina Hong)
Tune in to episode one of The 7x7 Spice-In and make baba ganoush (two ways!) with Reem's California chef/founder Reem Assil. Produced by 7x7 in partnership with The Spice Hunter, a female-founded California company, this three-part online cooking series promises to add flavor to your shelter-in-place dinner table. Use the promo code 7X7SPICEIN to receive 20 percent off purchases at spicehunter.com. // Find the first video cooking class today at 7x7.com.
Enjoy online performances, conversations, and surprise appearances during Theatre Bay Area's annual fundraiser, Together We Rise. Proceeds will support Theatre Bay Area and the Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund, a resource for performing artists facing a loss of income as a result of the coronavirus; Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm PST. // Details on Facebook
Help support immigrant workers in the food industry and get some cooking tips by participating in the #AskChefsAnything auction. Monday is your last chance to bid on 30-minute Zoom calls with San Francisco culinary experts including Dominique Crenn, Alice Waters, Brandon Jew, and more. All funds raised will go to providing groceries for SF restaurants' immigrant workforce. Bidding closes Monday at 8pm PST. // Bid on 32auctions.com.
Virtually view Jenkins Johnson Gallery's "Figurative Summer" exhibit, featuring the works of four artists: Ludovic Nkoth, Cameron Welch, Raelis Vasquez, and Amani Lewis. The spotlight explores social concerns and radical representations of the body through abstraction and figuration; through August 27th. // View on jenkinsjohnsongallery.com.
Preview three animated vignettes from UNLADYLIKE2020, a series by KQED, he California Historical Society, and Cal Humanities. Learn about little-known heroines including Lois Weber, the first woman to direct a feature-length film; Tye Leung Schulze, the first Chinese-American woman to hold government post and vote; and Charlotta Spears Bass, a civil rights crusader and the first African-American woman to be nominated for Vice President; Tuesday at 6pm PST. // Register (free) on Eventbrite.
Learn how local restaurants have responded to COVID-19 and the future of restaurants as celebratory, community spaces with Lenore Estrada of Three Babes Bakeshop, Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu's, Kristin Houk of All Good Pizza, and Aref Elgaali of Z Zoul Cafe; Thursday at 5pm PST. // Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members, spur.org.
Register for Litquake's Workshop in the Woods with best-selling author Joyce Maynard. August 7th through 9th, you'll workshop your own memoir, learn about the difference between reporting what happened and exploring its meaning, and find out how to establish a daily writing practice. A rustic former inn near Tomales Bay will provide the perfect setting for the creative process. To participate, submit a memoir of no more than 2,000 words or a letter with details about the story you want to tell. // The retreat costs $725 to $1,050; apply on flipcause.com.
Order Delfina's pesto pie—and donate to National Urban League while you're at it. All proceeds from the basil pesto, new potato, burrata, and pecorino pizza will help improve the social and economic outcomes for Black communities nationwide, available through August. // $23, pizzeriadelfina.com
Learn all about California wildflowers and the impact of climate change with internationally acclaimed conservation photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter, who spent 27 years photographing blooms around the state; Thursday at 7:30pm PST. // cnps-yerbabuena.org
Tune in to Exploratorium's After Dark Online. The new virtual version of the popular weekly event designed for adult science enthusiasts kicks off this week with the theme Racism in Science. Learn about the medicalization of civil rights protests and the connections between racism and genetic study. Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm PST. // Details on Facebook
Take a free virtual hip hop class with Outdoor Voices and San Francisco's Uforia Studios. Perfect for dancers of all levels, this 45-minute class will teach you some groovy new moves. When you RSVP, you'll be entered to win an Outdoor Voices kit and free week of virtual Uforia classes; Thursday at 5pm PST. // RSVP on outdoorvoices.com.
Dine for Democracy. Order takeout or delivery from a participating chef or restaurant—think 4505 Burgers & BBQ, Foreign Cinema, Zuni Café, and many more—and make a donation to Movement Voter Project, an organization that funds grassroots organizations fighting to protect voting rights, especially those of youth and people of color; the first Friday of every month until the November 2020 election. // See participating restaurants on dinefordemocracy.com.
Watch a drive-in movie in Sonoma. Choose between Disney Pixar's Up on Friday and The Quiet One, a new documentary about Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones, on Saturday. Plus, before the Friday showing, enjoy live music by John Burdick & Band and preorder gourmet eats—think grilled ahi sandwiches, vegetable chow mein, and salmon Nicoise—from Cuvee Wine Country Catered Events. Arrive at 7pm. // $40 per car (includes free tote bag and goodies), sonomafilmfest.org
Register for a Change Cadet's Power and Privilege Workshop. While you won't be able to get into this week's workshop (they fill up fast), you can secure your spot for a Zoom class later in July with Oakland-based podcaster and diversity coach Dr. Akilah Cadet. You'll learn more about cultivating allyship and using power and privilege to create change and support others. // Register on changecadet.com.
If you need some cuteness overload, stream the Quarantine Cat Film Festival—a compilation reel featuring all types of cats living their best lives in quarantine. Rent from local theaters nationwide—including SF's beloved Roxie Theater. // $12 (three day rental), roxie.com.
Sip a craft hard seltzer from 21st Amendment Brewery's new brand, SoMa Hard Seltzer. Crack open a watermelon, guava & passion fruit, mango, or black cherry flavored can of the summery drink at Dolores Park or Ocean Beach. // Available for pickup; 21st-amendment-brewery.square.site.
Celebrate Independence Day with Perfect Stranger's Intimate Day Party. Reserve a table on The Midway SF's patio with a group of four to six friends for a socially distanced party filled with electronic music by Yuli Fershat of Perfect Stranger, bites from Madam Zola's Fortune, and plenty of drinks. You can also stream the show from home via Twitch, Saturday at 2pm PST. // Reserve a table for 4 people ($80) or 6 people (120) on tixr.com.
Explore bronze sculptures and prints featuring dreamlike scenes by Salvador Dali at Cornerstone Sonoma's SBHG Gallery. After checking out The Dali Universe, stick around for pizza and a cocktail at the Ramekins pop-up, Fridays through Sundays, 11am to 5pm PST. // Details on cornerstonesonoma.com
Support El Rio and local artists by purchasing an "Arts from the Hearts" T-shirt. Each week, the still-closed bar is featuring art by a different artist on a tee—so far, options include Jeffrey Cheung and Alicia McCarthy—with a percentage of sales from the most recent tee benefiting Transgender, Gender-Variant, and Intersex Justice Project. // $40, elriosf.merch.link
Run the eighth annual Bay 2 Bankers 5k or 10k run. Round up your dream team and make your way to 10 to 20 checkpoints around downtown, SoMa, Chinatown, and North Beach, while answering a Q&A with just one clue to work with; 7am on Saturday. // Details on Facebook
Order a live concert straight to your doorstep from local musician, Andrew St. James. Follow his Instagram to find out when he'll be driving around and performing, request a stop outside your home, and gather your neighbors on their porches, balconies, and windows for three to four songs. // Follow @andrewstjames for details.