23 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.12.20)


Relive the magic of Cal Academy of Science when the museum reopens to members and donors this week.

Plus, catch a drive-in screening of Blade Runner: The Final Cut; eat boquerones at The Anchovy Bar; crack up with Sammy Obeid poolside at the Phoenix Hotel; and register to vote while drinking free wine at Ashes & Diamonds Winery.

Drink wine and register to vote during Crush the Vote, held at Ashes & Diamonds. In an effort to bolster voter turnout, especially amid devastating wildfires in Wine Country, A&D—along with Massican, Jolie-Laide, Matthiasson, and more wineries—will be pouring free wines for those who register; 5pm to 8pm Monday. // Sign up on exploretock.com

See The Art of Resilience: Black Artists Surviving and Thriving in the Bay Area, featuring 18 local Blackartists include Le Bohemian Muse, Stephen Bruce, Llane Dominguez, and more; through October 31. // accigallery.com

Stream Half Moon Bay's 47th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Because ogling at some Godzilla gourds will certainly get you in the spooky spirit; 7am to 11am Monday. // Details and livestream on Facebook

Dine at The Anchovy Bar. The team behind the Progress and State Bird Provisions have finally opened their casual Spanish-inspired spot. Dine on boquerones-tomato toasts, Tomales Bay oysters, and halibut ceviche, as well as steak tartare and and spreads like yogurt butter and ricotta with black mission fig; 11:30am to 8pm Wednesday through Sunday. // Reservations (indoor and outdoor seating) available at theanchovybar.com

Visit albino alligator Claude at Cal Academy when it reopens to members and donors this week. Reserve your ticket in advance, wear a mask, and expect 25 percent capacity with plenty of space for social distancing. Not a member? You'll have to wait until October 23rd; reopening Tuesday. // Details on calacademy.org

Pick up Jewish comfort food from Mark 'n' Mike's, One Market's New York–style deli pop-up. Grab cold-smoked salmon Boichik Bagel sandwiches, 12-hour smoked brisket sandwiches, rugelach, and more; Wednesday through Fridays through the end of the month. // Order on Tock.

Listen to master pianist Benny Green perform solo from SFJAZZ's Miner Auditorium stage. The modern jazz expert and Berkeley High alum's set includes "Blues in Lockdown Flat," "No Smokin,'" and more; 7pm Wednesday. // Register ($10 for members) on sfjazz.org.

Stream Asian and Asian American stories during CAAMFest's 40th anniversary. The four-day festival will include nearly 50 on-demand films as well as two drive-in screenings at Fort Mason; Wednesday through Sunday. // Details and tickets on caamfest.com

Watch a live demo with acclaimed chef and bestselling cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi. Ticket-holders will get dibs on signed copies of his new book, Flavor, which features more than 100 plant-based recipes; 12pm Wednesday. // Tickets ($29) on cityarts.net

View SOMArts' Living Legacies: Día de Los Muertos 2020. Curated by Rio Yañez and Carolina Quintanilla, the 21st annual exhibit provides a space for grief, mourning, and resilience for those impacted by systemic oppression. Timed visits are available Wednesdays through Sundays, through November 6. // Reserve a time slot on Eventbrite.

Learn about San Francisco's Chinatown, the third in a series of photography books by Dick Evans that delve into the neighborhoods of SF. Award-winning journalist Kathy Chin Leong contextualizes the colorful photos with text and sidebar stories influenced by more than 100 interviews; 7pm Thursday. // Details on sfpl.org

See the Exploratorium lift its 20-foot, one-ton carbon dioxide buoy out of the Bay for cleaning. You'll get a closeup look at the animals and plants that cling to it, plus insight about the buoy's scientific instruments; 11am Thursday. // Streaming and event details on exploratorium.edu

Make a statement with Lisa Says Gah's Vote tee. Half of all profits from this SF-made top will benefit Higher Heights Leadership Fund, an org working to strengthen civic engagement and leadership among Black women. // Purchase ($40) on lisasaysgah.com

Although it's not quite the same as a Cortland Avenue film crawl, Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema is still going strong for its 17th season with South Slope Cinema, a pop-up drive-in theater at Alemany Market Plaza; 8pm to 10pm Friday. // Register (free, reservations required) and lineup on Eventbrite

If you can't get enough of Queer Eye, attend a live, virtual conversation with 2018 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award winner Karamo Brown; 7:30pm Saturday. // Tickets ($10 or free to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts members) on lutherburbankcenter.org

Spook your friend with a screaming telegram. While following COVID-19 safe protocols, a Terror Vault clown will show up to any address within San Francisco and give your victim a good scream, song, and balloons (and, if you like, Halloween sweets or naughty treats like a cocktail in a paper bag); Saturday 10/17, 10/24, and 10/30), 5pm to 7pm. // Purchase ($50) on intothedarksf.com

Enjoy the oddest private shopping appointment ever at Paxton Gate. As if having the whole succulent-, taxidermy-, and curiosity-filled space to yourself isn't awesome enough, you'll have the undivided attention of expert staff who will answer all your questions before you purchase your new treasures. // Book 25 minute appointments ($20 fee will be applied to your total) on paxtongate.com.

Upgrade your drive-in movie experience courtesy of The Roxie, Balboa, and Vogue theaters. The Dinner and a Drive-In series will include screenings of Blade Runner: The Final Cut (this Saturday) plus Blindspotting and Invasion of the Body Snatchers in the coming weeks. Each ticket includes two meal packages with Mi Morena tacos and a beverage—all proceeds go to La Cocina; Saturday at 8pm. // Tickets ($65/vehicle includes two meals) on ordermytix.com

Snap a pic or two at the traveling Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. Adorable offerings include macarons, a giant cookie, and all the pink merch; 10am to 7pm Saturday at Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza, and Saturday 10/24 at SF's Stonestown Galleria. // Details on sanrio.com

Watch "The Hula Must Go On." Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu's 35th anniversary virtual presentation will showcase both traditional Hawaiian dance and contemporary "hula mua" style that blends traditional movements with non-Hawaiian music; Saturday at 7pm. // Tickets (and donations) on Eventbrite

Stuff yourself at Prubechu's all-you-can-eat outdoor pig roast. Come hungry for pork and endless sides, plus beer courtesy of Standard Deviant Brewing; 5pm to 9pm Sunday. // Tickets ($65; additional $45 for all you can drink) available on exploretock.com

Order CUESA's Farm to Home Feast. While watching a live gala with Liam Mayclem, the Emmy-winning host of "The Foodie Chap," enjoy a four-course, produce-centric menu from SF culinary talent including Melissa Reitz and Craig Stoll of Delfina, Sarah and Evan Rich of Rich Table, and Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu's, along with specially selected wines and hand-crafted cocktails; Sunday at 7pm. // Details and tickets ($250/person, not including delivery) on cuesa.org

Laugh out loud with Netflix's 100 Humans host (and Bay Area native) Sammy Obeid, poolside at the the Phoenix Hotel. Cross your fingers for some sunny October weather and reserve a table to ensure social distancing. Come hungry and thirsty too; Sunday at 7pm. // Tickets ($40/two, $80/four, plus foor) on Eventbrite

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