24 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.2.20)
Shake up some festive vibes on the parklet at Akna, the new Mayan-Yucaten restaurant pop-up from the Absinthe Group. (Courtesy of Akna)

24 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.2.20)


Election week is upon us. Whether you're looking to eat your stress or, fingers crossed, celebrate with drinks, you'll find plenty to comfort you at Akna, the new pop-up serving Mayan-Yucaten food and margs in the old Barcino space.

Plus, see dance performances in picturesque outdoor places during Smuin Contemporary Ballet's Virtual Fall Dance Series; pay a free visit to the Contemporary Jewish Museum; dance your ass off at a socially distanced DJ set outside Public Works; and do some vintage shopping at Head West Marketplace.

Visit a new waterfront park. Just steps from Chase Center, Crane Cove Park offers seven acres of outdoor space with a beach, two lawns perfect for picnicking, two historic cranes, and a dog park. // sanfranciscoparksalliance.org

In honor of Dia de los Muertos, watch "Lifting the Veil," featuring live performance at the 24th Street BART Plaza and in the windows of Dance Mission, along with a live mural; Monday at 7pm. // dancemissiontheater.org

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with the San Francisco Symphony and host/curator Martha Rodríguez-Salazar during a broadcast concert featuring classical and folk music from Latin America; Saturday at at 11am in Spanish on Telemundo 48 and streaming now in English at sfsymphony.org. // sfsymphony.org/dia

Thank you to our partners at the San Francisco Symphony.

Tune in to San Francisco AIDS Foundation's Electionpalooza Watch Party, complete with local drag queens and virtual laughs; Tuesday from 8pm to 10pm. // Register (free) on Eventbrite

Proudly sport your "I Voted" sticker (or bring your ballot stubs) to any Super Duper location for a free order of fries, Tuesday.

Need something a little stronger? After you vote, purchase a drink for just one cent. All you have to do is post an IG with your proof of voting and tag @palmhousesf or @thedoriansf to receive a boozy slushy at Palm House or a frosé at The Dorian; Tuesday.

Watch Smuin Contemporary Ballet's Virtual Fall Dance Series, kicking off this week. Filmed in outdoor settings around the Bay Area—think Fort Funston and the Point Reyes Shipwreck—the three programs each feature solo and duet works from Michael Smuin's archive, as well as new works choreographed by company artists. Each performance will be followed by a Q&A with Smuin artistic director Celia Fushille and the dancers; Wednesdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 4pm, through November 22. // Details and tickets ($25) on smuinballet.org

Imagine Utopia: A Sensory Experience of the World as It Could Be, a new play by Obie Award–winning playwright Charles L. Mee (Big Love) and told through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl. The work is presented by Cutting Ball Theater in collaboration with RawDance and Creativity Explored. // Tickets are $30 (get 10% off with code 7X7) and available along with viewing at vimeo.com.

Thank you to our partners at Cutting Ball Theater.

Learn more about Gold Beams, an Oakland collective for Black artists, which just launched its second anniversary photo exhibit, Mondays Were Never the Same. Book a 20-minute appointment to view it in person on Wednesday or Friday at Oakstop. // Reserve on calendly.com

Livestream an acoustic show by Zack Rogue. The frontman for the Bay Area–based indie rock band Rogue Wave will play songs from the "Out of the Shadow" album from his home studio; Wednesday at 6pm. // Tickets ($10) on momenthouse.com

Relax with a virtual yoga nidra—aka yogic sleep—class. Subtle breathing and imagery techniques will help you find calm and cultivate clarity during a stressful year and week; Wednesday at 8pm. // Register ($14) on lovestoryyoga.com

Munch on Mayan-Yucatecan dishes at new pop-up, Akna, inside the old Barcino space. Dishes include crispy fish tacos, guacamole, ceviche, and braised chicken tamales; wash it down with a marg on the colorful parklet; Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8pm. // aknasf.com

Stop by car-free Valencia Street to watch Other Cinema's non-stop compilation of musical films (including plenty of '60s and '70s content) centered around the theme Dancing in the Streets. Sip on free bubbly while watching performances by the Grateful Dead, Josie and the Pussycats, Ray Charles, and more Thursday, reception at 6:30pm, show at 7pm. // othercinema.com

LOL on a baseball diamond with local comics Jeff Dean and Pete Ballmer. Random as it sounds, the Moscone Softball Fields offer plenty of space to distance while watching Netflix and Comedy Central comedians; Thursdays at 7:30pm. // Register (free) on Eventbrite

Stop by The Jewish Contemporary Museum's inaugural Free First Friday. Book a ticket in advance, then check out Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years, an exhibit with more thirty photographs and several large installations by Los Angeles-based artist Stephen Berkman; or Levi Strauss: A History of American Style, now extended through 2021; this Friday. // Reserve on blackbaudhosting.com

Improve your iPhone photography skills. Expert Yoni Mayeri will teach you everything you need to know about snapping professional quality pics with your phone—including ways to optimize features, live and advanced editing techniques, and mobile apps you should download; Friday from 1pm to 3:30pm. // Register ($45) on berkeley.edu

Take an online creative writing and art class with Case for Making's Rawley Clark. You'll be guided through a series of three short writing prompts, and then use your own words and thoughts as inspiration for three corresponding art pieces; Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm PST. // Tickets ($35) on caseformakingfriends.com

Catch a set by DJ Dan on Public Works' new parklet. Hosted in partnership with the Camp Charlie Unicorns (the group behind Burning Man's famous pink unicorn car), this disco experience will also feature drinks and eats; Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 7pm. // Reserve tables ($120 for four people or $180 for six people) on Eventbrite.

LOL during an outdoor standup comedy show at Rocky's Market Brooklyn Basin. Headliners include Amy Estes, Becky Lynn, and Shannon Murphy; the Kitchen at Rocky's will provides produce-filled eats and wine to go with); Saturday at 7:30pm. // Tickets (pay what you want at the door or up to $20) on Eventbrite

Taste High West Distillery's bourbon and rye with The Whiskey Shop. You'll learn about three offerings straight from the mountains of Utah; Saturday at 5:30pm. // Tickets ($25 with a tasting set) on whiskyshopusa.com

Learn all about Potrero Hill during the 21st Annual Potrero Hill History Night—Zoom edition; Saturday at 7pm. // potrero-history.com

Shop handmade, eco-friendly, and vintage goods at Head West Marketplace, with offerings from more than 50 local brands and small businesses, live music, brews, and food; 11am Sunday at the Ferry Building. // headwestmarketplace.com

Join the virtual Mermaid Run by signing up for a 5K, 10K, 10-mile or even half marathon run. Bonus points if you follow the 10-mile course across the Golden Gate Bridge; starting Sunday. // Register on mermaidseries.com

Watch Nothing is Eternal. Created by Jeffrey Gibson during the pandemic, the film showcases a transformation of the American flag to reflect contradictory emotions, a need for change, and uncertainty within the country. // Screen on ybca.org through Tuesday, then on wattis.org through December 12th.

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