21 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.24.20)
Revisit the Rock! Alcatraz is once again open for day tours of its outdoor spaces. (Pixabay)

21 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.24.20)


As crappy air quality drives us even further indoors this week, we must all find more ways to entertain ourselves at home.

Good thing Outside Lands is turning into Inside Lands, with two days of virtual concerts and artist interviews. Plus, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase is launching its first online home tour featuring fabulous rooms by 27 local designers. You can also grab takeout from B. Patisserie's new French restaurant, Routier.

If you do venture out, check out Berkeley's So-So Vintage Market, treat yourself to a Korean pig roast, or take a day tour of Alcatraz. Have a great week.

Master the art of baking bread with Getting Started with Sourdough, a mini master class slash audiobook from Tartine's Jennifer Latham and Chad Robertso. You'll learn how to establish and tend to starter, bake a four-ingredient rustic loaf, and more. // Purchase ($8) on penguinrandomhouseaudio.com.

Explore the Black Music History Library, with more than a thousand resources organized by genre—books, podcasts, films, articles, docuseries—about the Black origins of traditional and pop music. // blackmusiclibrary.com

Shop Credo Beauty's new Hayes Valley store. Sate all your clean beauty needs—the store is open for limited capacity or by private appointment, noon to 5pm daily. // credobeauty.com

Revisit Alcatraz. The Rock is open once again for day tours of its outdoor spaces. Expect safety precautions including a screening at Pier 33 before you board the ferry, temperature checks, mask requirement, and social distancing markers. // Purchase tickets ($40) on alcatrazcruises.com.

Screen Patagonia Films' documentary Public Trust, which examines the threat of American industry and politics to public lands from Utah to Alaska. After the flick, discuss the film and ways to enact change; 8pm Tuesday. // Register for the free event on Eventbrite.

Live stream Rickshaw Stop's "Fast Times for Slow Times," a celebration of Fast Times' new single, "Girlfriend," and a benefit for the live music venue as well as for Spread the Vote; 8pm Wednesday. // Details on Instagram

Celebrate Japan Day.Hosted by the Asian Art Museum as part of Japan Week SF (Aug. 9-31), this live stream festival will feature music, dance performances, and craft demonstrations (origami and Japanese paper doll making); 4pm Thursday. // RSVP for the free fest at asianart.org.

Join a convo about cooperative governance in the dramatic arts moderated by KQED Arts theater critic Nicole Gluckstern; 7pm Thursday. // Register for free on Eventbrite.

Pretend you're at Outside Lands and watch Inside Lands on Twitch. While it's not exactly the same thing, the two-day free virtual festival will feature live and archival performances and artist interviews with the likes of Alt-J, Brittany Howard, Cage the Elephant, and many more. Plus, order exclusive food offerings from local restaurants while you watch and take the opportunity to snag tickets to Outside Lands 2021; Friday and Saturday. // Details on sfoutsidelands.com.

Take a Hamilton-inspired hip-hop class. Led by Smuin alums and BaseBallet's co-creators, this Class for a Cause benefits the ACLU; 4pm Friday. // Register ($5-$20) on smuinclasses.org.

Kick off the weekend at Oakland Chinatown's StreetFest Friday. Pick up food from local restaurants, then grab one of 35 tables on Ninth Street between Franklin and Webster streets; 4pm to 8pm Friday. // Details on eastbaytimes.com

Order decadent French fare from Routier, the new restaurant from the B. Patisserie team. The glamorous spot is clearly closed for dine in, but their three-course dinner of beet salad, caramelized brisket, and chocolate mousse—as well as a la carte options including braised lamb shoulder, tomato tonnato, lobster grand aioli, and financiers—makes for a special at-home dinner. // Order Friday through Sunday, 5pm to 8:30pm on toasttab.com.

Stretch and sip during Duckhorn Vineyard's yoga and rosé brunch. The 45-minute yoga session will be followed by a tasting of rosés along with seasonal brunch recipes; 9am Saturday. // Tickets ($135 + wine shipping/tax, $110 for members) on duckhorn.com.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. Pick up reading material from your favorite indie bookstore, then participate in a full day of virtual author events including Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19. // Saturday; details on indiebookstoreday.com.

Listen to live music from your car at Solano County Fairgrounds' new Cruise-In Concert Series. The series kicks off this Saturday with two sets of Jerry Garcia Band tunes, performed live by Jerry's Middle Finger, along with a psychedelic liquid light show. Put on a mask and dance on the driver's side of your car—or get Mexican food, Korean barbecue, and drinks delivered straight to your trunk or rear window; 7:30pm (gates at 6:50pm) Saturday. // Tickets ($99 per vehicle) on sparxo.com.

Virtually visit the SF Decorator Showcase. While you sadly can't meander through the 6,500-square-foot West Clay Park Mediterranean-style house IRL, you can still ogle 27 impeccably designed spaces via a 3-D self-guided video tour and catch interviews with the designers; launches Saturday. // Tickets ($25) benefit the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program and can be purchased on decoratorshowcase.org. *UPDATE: Due to staff impacted by North Bay wildfires, the Decorator Showcase has been postponed to next week.*

Make a reservation for The Vault Garden's one-day-only Korean pig roast featuring dishes from chef Robin Song. Go all out with the Emperor's Feast ($85/person) and munch on housemade chicharrons, bone-in pork belly, spiced pulled pork, soy and garlic pork sausage, and spicy Korean pork stew. Save room for shaved ice with soju-marinated berries for dessert. A lighter lunch ($45) is also available; Saturday. // Book reservations on Tock.

Support WildCare's work with injured wildlife by attending their virtual gala. Bid on auction items, and even purchase a Gala To-Go box filled with wine, a cocktail, and vegan hors d'oeuvres; 6:30pm Saturday. // Find tickets ($150) and more details on discoverwildcare.org.

Watch S&M2. Whether you caught Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony's live collab concert at Chase Center last year or not, you can relive the experience with a remixed and remastered version, featuring 20 songs and over two and a half hours of music, at home; available Friday. // Details and purchase options on metallica.com.

Shop the So-So Vintage Market at the Graduate Hotel in Berkeley. Hosted by Indigo Vintage, the fair will have plenty of local art and vintage clothing vendors, in a socially distanced, outdoor setting; 11am to 5pm Sunday. // Details on Instagram

Purchase books for the Prisoners Literature Project. For the rest of the month, Green Apple Books on Ninth Avenue is collecting books for incarcerated people. Purchase one for the cause in person or one to your online order with a note that says "Prisoners Literature Project." // Find details on Instagram.

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