21 Fun Things: The Bacon & Beer Classic, Union Square's Holiday Ice Rink, SF Open Studios + More Bay Area Events
The Bacon & Beer Classic cometh. (Courtesy of @bandbclassic)

21 Fun Things: The Bacon & Beer Classic, Union Square's Holiday Ice Rink, SF Open Studios + More Bay Area Events


It's election week! If you're looking to celebrate or commiserate among like-minded voters, we've got some events for you.

Plus, the holiday ice rink opens at Union Square this week, Magnolia Brewery celebrates a big anniversary, Goo Goo Dolls play the Fillmore, and Sports Basement hosts its annual SnowFest. Have a good one!

Monday, Nov. 5th

"Still They Persist: Protest Art of the 2017 Women's Marches"

When: Through Nov. 30th

Where: Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (Oakland), proartsgallery.org

Why: The national touring exhibit makes its only Bay Area stop in Oakland with a curated archive of posters, sculptures, textiles, and photos that capture the climate surrounding the 2017 Inauguration Day Women's Marches around the country.

Hot, Fresh Omakase

When: Dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday

Where: The Shota, 115 Sansome St. (FiDi), theshotasf.com

Why: Chef Ingi "Shota" Son, who has hung his toque at both Morimoto in Napa and Omakase SF, leads the kitchen at just-opened restaurant The Shota, deftly slicing the catch flown in daily from Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market for high-quality sushi and Kaiseki-style cuisine. Two seatings are offered nightly at 5:30pm and 8pm.

Tuesday, Nov. 6th

Ralph Steadman Retrospective

When: Artist talk 5pm; reception 6:30 to 8:30pm

Where: Haight Street Art Center (215 Haight St.), haightstreetart.org

Why: More than 100 original artworks will take you on a trip through the 60-year career of renegade artist Ralph Steadman, a longtime collaborator of Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and whose illustrated version of Alice in Wonderland (which we picked up in our college days) remains one of the coolest books on our shelf. Steadman—who still regularly contributes work to publications including The New Yorker—will be in the house for tonight's opening. // The reception is free and open to the public. Seats are limited for the talk; make a free reservation at haightstreetart.org.

Election Night

When: 7pm to 10pm

Where: The Wing, 115 Sansome St., Suite #200 (FiDi), the-wing.com

Why: Kill two birds with a fly-by at this well-feathered new women's coworking space that will be screening live election results—with wine. // Event is free and open to all; RSVP required at eventbrite.com.

League of Pissed Off Voters Election Night Party

When: 8pm

Where: El Rio, 3158 Mission St. (Mission)

Why: Get real-time election results in the company of drunk and similarly disgruntled Democrats.

Goo Goo Dolls

When: 8pm

Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary St. (Fillmore)

Why: Can you believe its been 20 years since Dizzy Up the Girl? (We're not talking to you, Millennials.) Relive your glory days tonight at The Fillmore as the Goo Goo Dolls celebrate the anniversary of their career-launching album. // Tickets ($168) are available at concerts1.livenation.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 7th

OMG the holiday ice rink is here!

When: 10am to 11:30pm daily, through January 21st

Where: Union Square, visitunionsquaresf.com

Why: Halloween is so last week. Tonight, get in the winter holiday spirit by lacing up your skates at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink at Union Square. The opening ceremony goes down at 9:30am with appearances by Olympic ice skating champion Brian Boitano, assembly member David Chiu, drag royalty Donna Sachet, and San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal. // Tickets ($18/adults, $13/children) can be purchased in person or in advance at unionsquareicerink.com.

A Chocolate-y Dinner at Cala

When: 7pm to 9:30pm

Where: Cala, 149 Fell St. (Hayes Valley), calasf.com

Why: We don't need an excuse to eat too much and spend too much money at chef Gabriela Camara's Cala—the Hayes Valley Mexican restaurant is one of our favorites in town. But tonight, Cala's dishing out a multi-course savory feast to celebrate the 150th anniversary of SF's own Guittard Chocolate. You know what that means? Sweets! // Tickets ($90) are available on eventbrite.com.

Hump! Film Festival

When: Nov. 7-10, and Nov. 14-17

Where: Victoria Theatre, 296116th St. (Mission)

Why: You want to like porn. Well, kinda sorta—but it's just so...porn-y. Check out sex columnist Dan Savage's modern porn fest—Hump!—which brings its short-film series starring real people of all genders, ages, shapes, sizes, colors, and fetishes (no porn stars here) getting it on in San Francisco for the first time ever. // Must be 21+ to attend. For more info, schedule, and tickets ($25), go to humpfilmfest.com.

Thursday, Nov. 8th

Fort Point's Manzanita Launch Party

When: 6pm to 10pm

Where: Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St. (NoPa), madroneartbar.com

Why: You're sick of pumpkin-spiced bevos. Gather around for something a little different yet equally autumnal: Manzanita, a smoky fall beer from Fort Point Beer Company. Join their team for a special release party and get down to live piano music, snag some swag, and meet the head brewer who'll be on hand to discuss the finer points of this nutty, herbal altbier. (We know what we'll be drinking on our camping trips this month.) // Event is free to attend, beer is $5; for more details, go to facebook.com.

Girls in Tech Speaker Series

When: 6 to 8:30pm

Where: Warby Parker, 216 Stockton St. (Union Square)

Why: Rub elbows with boss women in tech—including Megan Cartwright, ThirdLove's Head of Data Science—at the hipster spectacles brand's new Union Square store tonight. You'll hear talks from three speakers, mingle, and shop. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a Warby gift card. // For more info, go to facebook.com.

Friday, Nov. 9th

SF Transgender Film Festival

When: Starting 8pm Friday

Where: The Roxie, 3117 16th St. (Mission)

Why: Running through Sunday, Nov. 11, the fest brings international films by and about transgender people to the Mission. // Tickets (sliding scale) are available at brownpapertickets.com.

A '20s-Style Glam Fest

When: 8pm to 2am, Friday and Saturday

Where: Barbarossa Lounge, 714 Montgomery St. (Jackson Square), barbarossalounge.com

Why: Don your glitter headbands and fringe for a Gatsby-themed fete—featuring a contortionist, a magician, DJs, dancing, and specialty themed cocktails—to celebrate the third anniversary of Barbarossa. // Register for free at eventbrite.com.

Prohibition Pong

When: 9pm to 1:30am

Where: Spin, 690 Folsom St., #100

Why: Keep the Gatsby vibes going all night long with another 1920s-themed outing at Spin, which is hosting a private ping pong party. Say five little words at the door to gain access. // Register for free at eventbrite.com.

Saturday, Nov. 10th

Truffle Cooking Class

When: 3pm to 7pm

Where: Civic Kitchen, 2961 Mission St. (Mission)

Why: Fall means earthy, foraged goodness. Learn to cook with fungi at this hands-on Italian cooking class where you'll make porcini risotto, creamed eggs with white truffles, and mushroom flan with cheese fondue and black truffles. // Tickets ($145) are available at civickitchensf.com.

SF Bacon + Beer Classic

When: Noon to 10pm

Where: AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (Embarcadero)

WhY; Because bacon. And beer. Dive into a day full of lawn games, live music, 30+ bacon dishes, 100+ regional breweries, and even a bacon eating contest. Oh yeah. // Tickets ($56-$119) are available on eventbrite.com.

SF Open Studios

When: 11am to 6pm

Where: Mission, Castro, Noe Valley, and Duboce Triangle

Why: Catch the last weekend of the month-long artist studio tour organized by ArtSpan and discover (and collect!) the works of various painters, photographers, printmakers, glassblowers, sculptors, and more. // Event is free; more info is available at artspan.org.

Sunday, Nov. 11th

Magnolia Brewing's 21st Anniversary

When: 10am to 10pm

Where: Magnolia Haight, 1398 Haight St. (Haight-Ashbury); and Magnolia Dogpatch, 2505 3rd St. (Dogpatch); magnoliabrewing.com

Why: Magnolia Brewing is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a special deal: Buy a house beer for $3.25—the same price it was on Magnolia's opening day in 1997. While you're there, try one of their 12 new IPAs made in collaboration with 21st Amendment Brewing for the month of November.

New Patio Alert!

When: During business hours

Where: Birba Wine Bar, 458 Grove St. (Hayes Valley), birbawine.com

Why: The cute neighborhood wine bar Birba has finally opened its back patio. Nestle yourself into the garden greenery, order up a cheese plate and some bubbles, and toast to Sunday Funday.

White Truffle + Barolo Dinner

When: Two seatings, 5:30pm and 8pm

Where: Sorrel, 3228 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), sorrelrestaurant.com

Why: Tis the season for truffles. Indulge in a rich, eight-course dinner starring the beloved autumn ingredient, prepared by Sorrel chef Alex Hong. // Tickets ($295/person, $150/wine pairings) are available at brownpapertickets.com.

Sports Basement SnowFest

When: 11am to 4pm

Where: Sports Basement, 610 Mason St. (Presidio), sportsbasement.com

Why: Gear up for ski season at Sports Basement's annual winter shopping fair, stocked with merch from more than 30 primo brands. You can also pick up some lift tickets, enter their raffle, and enjoy a few beers. When you spend $100, you'll snag a 2-for-1 voucher to Squaw Alpine or a lift ticket to Bear Valley, while supplies last. // Event is free to attend; RSVP at eventbrite.com.

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