The de Young Museum's annual Bouquets to Art goes virtual this week. (via Scott R. | Flickr)

23 Fun Things to Do This Week (7.20.20)


The de Young Museum's beloved annual blooming event, Bouquets to Art, goes virtual for the first time ever this week with floral workshops, games, and more.

Plus, celebrate the reopening of Oakland Zoo; tune in for a talk with How to Be an Antiracist author Ibram X. Kendi; stream a live show with Thao Nguyen to benefit the Asian Art Museum; and make reservations for a five-course black truffle meal on the patio at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Learn how to be an antiracist from the guy who wrote the book. Ibram X. Kendi, a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and NYT bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist, will be talking about how to build an antiracist society, rethinking relationships and implicit beliefs, and actively working to create change; Monday at 4pm PST. // Register for free on Eventbrite.

Get blooming with de Young Museum's annual and first virtual Bouquets to Art. Stream floral workshopos, tour the San Francisco Flower Mart, participate in a floral-themed games and more; Monday through Sunday. //

Shop Frēda Salvador's marked-down high tops for charity. The covetable cheetah kicks are already sold out, but you can grab a pair of black leather sneaks for just $125, with 100 percent of sales going to The Loveland Foundation, which helps bring residency programs, fellowships, therapy, and listening tours to women and girls in communities of color. //

Livestream GGP's beloved bison in honor of the park's 150th anniversary. Thanks to two new webcams, you can peek in on the paddock to watch the wooly mammals interact, graze, sleep, and roam. // Stream via

Treat yourself to La Toque's five-course all-black truffle menu. Make a reservation for the Michelin-starred restaurant's alfresco dining experience and enjoy dishes including fresh spaghetti with fontina and Australian black winter truffle; truffle-studded roast New York strip with stone fruit black truffle relish; and black truffle cheesecake. Add on wine pairings or a black truffle grilled cheese; available through Sunday. // $185 ($85 optional wine parings),

Learn about the evolution of Black LGBTQ leadership with the GLBT Historical Society. Activists and movement leaders will discuss revolutionary leaders from the civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and current Black Lives Matter movement, and share their own experiences; 6pm to 7:30pm PST, Wednesday. // Register ($5 suggested donation) on Facebook.

Enjoy a virtual wine and cheese pairing—appropriately held three days before National Wine and Cheese Day—with Mission Cheese founder Sarah Dvorak, who will walk you through three pairings with dried fruit and crackers to go with; 5pm to 7pm PST, Wednesday. // Register ($50 includes four-ounce wine tastings and three cheeses for delivery in SF) on

Tune into ArtSpeaks for stories from Burning Man's Black Rock City artists. During this episode, you'll hear about the building processes and inspiration behind sustainable works by artists who work with discarded materials, including Filipino sculptor Leeroy New; climate scientist and structure artist Emily Nicolosi; and Danish recycled-art activist Thomas Dambo, Wednesday at noon PST. //

Jam out with Thao Nguyen to support the Asian Art Museum; 7pm to 8:15pm PST, Thursday. // Register on

Eat octopus with fermented beef garum and chiles and Wagyu-stuffed morels with Koshihikari rice at Ittoryu Gozu's new outdoor dining concept, Gozu-Chan, in the restaurant's courtyard from 3pm to 8pm, Wednesday through Saturday. Order Japanese highballs, beer, whisky, and wine to go with. // Reserve on Tock.

Catch a drive-in movie at the Village at Corte Madera. Screenings on the Lark Theater's 40-foot blow-up screen this weekend will include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, and Jurassic Park. Enjoy the Lark's popcorn or special takeaway meals from Village restaurants while you watch; Thursday through Saturday nights through October; park by 8:30pm, movie at 9pm. // $30 per car in advance, $35 day of show, $15 for solo drivers,

Make Levant-style meatballs and tomato sauce with chef Reem Assil of Reem's California during episode two of The 7x7 Spice-In, on IGTV and Youtube on Thursday. // Get more details and ingredients on

Order fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, curly fries, and soft-serve for takeout or delivery from Arbor, Arlequin Wine Merchant's new neighbor. Expect organic, local ingredients and plenty of plant-based options. //

Stream Nick Flint's Pieces of the Moon in honor of the 51st anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's moon landing. The new radio play explores the rise of the Black Arts Movement and simultaneous Apollo 11 mission through the perspective of poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron; live at 7pm PST on Monday with rebroadcasts on Thursday at 7pm PST and Sunday 3pm PST. // Register on

Watch Juanita More! and Sister Roma battle to make the best dish using three secret ingredients during Williams-Sonoma's Third Annual Drag Queen Cook-Off. Emcee Liam Mayclem, Top Chef's Melissa King, and Zoom viewers will pick a Cook-Off Queen; proceeds benefit The Trevor Project. Thursday at 6pm PST. // Purchase tickets ($10) on Eventbrite.

Send off ODC/Dance star Natasha Adorlee in style. After the nine years on the stage here, the dancer departs with a Zoom conversation, a performance of Two If By Sea, a highlight reel of her career, and a toast from founding artistic director Brenda Way; Friday at 5pm PST. // $25 suggested donation,

Don your face mask for The Midway's three-day dining, drinking, and live-music-filled Mask'erade. Expect a full stage with takeovers by Trash Fence, Opulent Temple, and Set Underground, and tables extended onto the street. Can't score a reservation? Watch on Twitch, 5pm to 10pm Friday and 2pm to 8pm Saturday and Sunday. // Tickets ($80-$150) are availale at

Watch plays by five female playwrights during Bay Area Playwrights Festival: Be a Part of the Story. Taking place entirely online, the fest explores themes of strength, freedom, self-discovery, family, and love; Friday through Sunday. // Purchase tickets on

Make dinner and cocktails during The Guardsmen's Quarantine Cuisine online event. Chef Seth Brundle of AspireTV's Butter + Brown will teach you how to prepare the perfect strip steak and potatoes au gratin, while Palm House and Foreign Cinema bartenders will help you create cocktail pairings. All proceeds benefit The Guardsman, a nonprofit serving at-risk youth and low income families. If you live in SF, you can get all the ingredients delivered straight to your doorstep; 6pm PST Saturday. // Register ($39-$139) on Eventbrite.

View Comet Neowise via Chabot Space & Science Center's virtual telescope. The three-mile comet will be in the inner solar system for the first time in 6,800 years and, weather permitting, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of it through Nellie, Chabot's most powerful telescope; 9:30 pm PST Saturday. // Details on

Celebrate Oakland Zoo's reopening with LollapaZoola. This virtual party will introduce new animals, zookeepers, and feature performances by Dirty Cello and Steel Jam Plus, bid on auction items all week long and snag tickets to visit the zoo (with enhanced safety protocols) when it opens on July 29th; Saturday at 7pm PST. // Register on

Stream "Dreamer," a multimedia presentation of spoken word, music, dance, and visual art intended to promote allyship and amplify artists of color, put together by Digital Dance Project and SF–based eMotion Arts to benefit Campaign Zero. Catch the watch party 5pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday; stream through July 31. //

Learn about the history of music festivals during the CJM's Sunday Stories. You'll also learn more the about the legendary Bill Graham, a Holocaust survivor and famed local concert promoter; Sunday at 10am PST. //

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