24 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.5.20)
The Mill Valley Film Festival kicks off this week with drive-in and virtual screenings plus tributes to Kate Winslet and Dame Judi Dench. Pictured: Jamie Foxx at MVFF Opening Night 2019. (Reny Huelskamp)

24 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.5.20)


It's going to be a star-studded week as this year's Mill Valley Film Festival features tributes to Dame Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, and Sophia Loren—and, of course, drive-in and virtual movie screenings.

Plus, get ready for 150 Litquake events, an outdoor stencil class with street artist Jeremy Novy, fried chicken at Kin Khao's new Dogpatch location, and keynotes by Janelle Monáe and Malala Yousafzai during Fast Company's Innovation Festival.

Support the #PrintmakersAgainstRacism fundraiser, a weeklong event in which more than international 60 artists will be selling pieces—think prints, zines, and stickers—to benefiting orgs including Color of Change, The Okra Project, and Loveland Foundation; Monday through Oct. 12. // printmakersagainstracism.com

Attend Fast Company's Innovation Festival. Your ticket gets you access to endless virtual panels and workshops; keynote sessions with Susan and Robert Downey Jr. (8am Monday), Janelle Monáe (8am Tuesday), and Malala Yousafzai (8am Thursday) are free; Oct. 5-8. // fastcompany.com

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Willkommen, where groups of up to six can make reservations for a $120 package that includes six liters of Black Hammer Brewing beers, pretzel sticks, and wursts or schnitzel. // Find details on Facebook, reservations at OpenTable.

View Napa Valley Museum's Real/Time: Art of the Moment—Tested By Fire—a free virtual exhibition of images of the Wine Country wildfires by photographer and journalist Tim Carl. // napavalleymuseum.org

Get takeout or dine outside at Kin Khao's new Dogpatch location. The casual spot's offerings include curry-broth khao soi, fried chicken sandwiches, and popsicles; noon to 8pm Wednesday through Sunday. // kinkhao.com

Watch Jennifer Siebel Newsom's new documentary, The Great American Lie. The film examines economic inequalities in the Bay Area and beyond, and explores how, with change and conversations, the American Dream can become a reality for all. // therepresentationproject.org

Stream Cal Performances at Home. Enjoy a live performance every Thursday, starting this week with the Tetzlaff Quartet, comprised of two Beethoven string quartets. Mark your calendar for future shows including Manual Cinema's Frankenstein (just in time for Halloween) and Yo-Yo Ma; Thursdays at 7pm. // Free for Cal Performances subscribers and donors, or $15/viewing, calperformances.org.

Get ready to rumble during Litquake 2020. Things kick off with a conversation between Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan and local legend Amy Tan, co-presented by 7x7. Then choose from daily programming with 150 authors during 60+ events. Plus, don't miss Lit Crawl on Oct. 24—this year's virtual edition is going global; Thursday through Oct. 24. // litquake.org

Spend an evening with rock and roll legend-slash-author Patti Smith. During this online event, Smith will share passages from her memoir, Year of the Monkey, and play some tunes with longtime bandmate Tony Shanahan; 7pm Thursday. // Register ($35, includes a paperback copy) on Eventbrite.

Listen in on "Raising LGBTQ+ Voices in the Media," a discussion moderated by Eye of the Bay host Liam Mayclem with ABC7 Mornings anchor Reggie Aqui; activist and publisher Mark Segal; NYT national food correspondent Kim Severson; and Kara Swisher; 2pm Thursday. // Register (free) on Eventbrite.

Attend the Mill Valley Film Festival. Kick it off with a drive-in screening and world premiere of Edward Hall's Blithe Spirit, or transform your home into a makeshift theater for a variety of virtual screenings. Look for a spotlight on Regina King and tributes to Dame Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, and Kate Winslet; Thursday through Oct. 18. // Get tickets and browse films on mvff.com.

Cross your fingers for nice weather and celebrate San Francisco Fleet Week: The Virtual Experience; Friday through Sunday. // fleetweeksf.org

Attend a Hella Secret Comedy & Tiki Bar Night. While you LOL with five comics (whose credits include Punchline and Cobbs), sip a Mai Tai and munch on Korean deep fried chicken or bibimbap; 5pm and 7pm Saturday. // Purchase tickets in groups of four to allow for social distancing ($15-$25 per ticket, food and drinks available for purchase) on Eventbrite.

Learn all about Bay Area architecture in the 1970s during "The '70s Turn 50 in Northern California." During this virtual walking tour, you'll explore Larkspur, Sea Ranch, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz; 11am Saturday. // Register ($5) on docomomo-us.org.

Catch drag show—plus grab dinner and drinks—at Oasis' newly reopened rooftop deck and parklet. Alternatively, grab cocktails to go or order a mini drag show and meal delivered straight to your door. // Reservations on sfoasis.com

Take an outdoor spin class with Rise Cycle Co., benefiting Sonoma County Pride. Choose between '70s, '80s, and '90s themed rides (bonus points if you dress up) hosted by Santa Rosa drag queen Lolita Hernandez and with tunes by DJ Rotten Robbie; 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm Saturday. // Tickets ($45) on sonomacountypride.org

Attend a socially distanced plant swap in Golden Gate Park. For every plant you bring you'll receive stickers that can be used to bid on other plants; Saturday at 10am PST. // Register on Eventbrite

Dig deep into the vast and thrilling world of conservation during the Virtual Wildlife Conservation Expo. More than 50 conservationists, including Dr. Jane Goodall, will be speaking about their work to protect elephants, lions, penguins, sharks, bears, and many other species during this interactive experience; 8am to 2pm Saturday Oct. 10 and Oct. 17. // Register now at wcnexpo.org.

Thank you to our partners at Wildlife Conservation Network.

Design, cut, and spray your own reusable stencil with street artist Jeremy Novy. Come with ideas and be prepared to get a little dirty during this outdoor workshop slash mini stencil and street art history lesson; 2pm to 4pm Sunday. // Register ($65) on Eventbrite

Snap a pic at Madame Tussauds. The wax museum is reopening at 25 percent capacity with specially priced tickets. The best part? For every guest who shares a photo on social media, Madame Tussauds will donate a ticket to a local healthcare worker; 12:30pm to 6:30pm Friday through Sunday. // Tickets ($20) on madametussauds.com

Get all the loaves, bagel galettes, and crumb cakes at Turkey and Sharkey Bread Company's Sunday sidewalk popup. You'll also find an assortment of offerings including Jar Jar Jams, macrame plant holders, and Flowerhead Tea; Sundays at noon until sold out. // Details on @turkeyandsharkey

See four new murals created by 22 Bay Area youth in the Lower Haight. Painted on walls at CVS, Kate's Kitchen, Nickie's, and KIbatsu, the murals by local high schoolers feature themes of protest and equality.

Roll around Lake Merritt during a funky outdoor roller disco. While you skate (and social distance, of course), groove to hip hop and disco tunes (bring your own FM radio speaker), then stick around for arcade games and competitions; Sunday from noon to 5pm. // BYO skates; details on Facebook.

Receive an adorable kitten in your inbox every day in October, courtesy of Berkeley Humane. // Sign up on berkeleyhumane.org

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