24 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.31.20)
In the Tenderloin? Look down and you might see one of Rik Lee Leipold's resin art pieces, which have filled neighborhood potholes with symbols of the TL's history. (Courtesy of @resin_eight)

24 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.31.20)


Take a stroll through the Tenderloin and look out for local artist Rik Lee Leipold's "Resin in Pavement" installations—aka potholes filled with resin and objects showcasing the neighborhood's history.

Plus, attend the San Francisco Documentary Fest from home, watch three days of non-stop drag performances during Oaklash, or safely run a 5K during the virtual San Francisco Giant Race. Hungry? Enjoy drinks and dinner with your dog on Alexander's Steakhouse's swanky new patio, a Delfina tribute meal, and popcorn (plus beer to go with) at Balboa Theater's new parklet.

Look for a pigeon playing some jazz. Bay Area artist slash trickster Pablo Rochat's newest 'gramable project sees SF pigeons accidentally posing with tiny strategically placed saxophone stickers. // pablorochat.com

Chat with New York Times bestselling author Eula Biss about her new book of short essays, Having and Being Had, whichaddresses consumerism, women's labor, assumptions about class, time, and more; Tuesday at 6pm PST. // Details and Zoom link on greenapplebooks.com

Pick up a few favorite Cassava dishes from various neighborhood pop-ups dubbed Cassava En Route. // Details on Instagram

Listen to "In Good Company," New Conservatory Theatre Center's relevant dramatic podcast that speaks to the resilience of artists. New episodes on Wednesdays. // Details on nctcsf.org

Dine at The Patio by ASH. At Alexander's Steakhouse's new outdoor-only Folsom Street spot, you'll find fresh pastas by executive chef Eric Upper, Japanese Wagyu, and plenty of specialty cocktails to go with. Bonus points for the dog-friendly Yappy Hour, Wednesdays through Fridays from 2pm to 4:30pm; open Wednesdays through Sundays. // Details and reservations on alexanderssteakhouse.com

Make your own probiotic hot sauce during an online workshop hosted by Preserved Goods. You'll learn how to ferment vegetables, blend hot sauce, and the needed tools and ingredients; Wednesday at 5pm PST. // Register on preservedgoods.com

Check out 49 new documentaries from the Bay Area and beyond during the 19th Annual San Francisco Documentary Fest. In addition to films like Insert Coin and Bleeding Audio, expect pre-recorded Q&As, Filmmaker Feud, and the Bad Art Gallery; Thursday through September 20th. // Buy passes on sfdocfest2020.eventive.org.

Raise money for farm workers facing unsafe working conditions as a result of wildfires and COVID-19. For every $10 you donate to United Farm Workers Union, you'll be entered to win a funky set of strawberry press-on nails. // Details on @heartandsolnail

Celebrate SF culinary talent during Check, Please! Bay Area's virtual Taste & Sip event. Order takeout from a local restaurant, then revisit moments from the show's 15 seasons with host Leslie Sbrocco. Learn about industry relief efforts with Brown Sugar Kitchen's chef Tanya Holland, hear takeout reviews, and make your own cocktails with Range Life; Thursday at 6:30pm. // Tickets on Eventbrite

Consider the terms "recovery" and "reopening" and their connections to different forms of power. Artist Stephanie Dinkins, marine biologist and policy expert Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, and philanthropic innovator Abdiel J. López will each share their opinions; Thursday at 11am PST. // Register on headlands.org

If you miss Delfina, satisfy your cravings and order a special at-home Delfina Night dinner for two. Available for pickup from Delfina Pizzeria, the multi-course menu features summer dishes including grilled king salmon on Friday or Llano Seco porchetta on Saturday—plus fresh-cured anchovies, goat-cheese-nettle francobolli, pancetta and Parmigiano-Reggiano salad, and pink pearl apple crostata. Preorder by Wednesday for Friday or Saturday pickup. // Order ($120 for two) on toasttab.com.

Watch Cinematheque's annual film festival, Crossroads 2020. With 85 experimental on-demand films and videos by 71 artists from around the globe, you've got plenty of content to keep you busy all month long; view through September 30th. // Details on sfcinematheque.org

Visit Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History's first outdoor exhibition, "Community is Collective Care." Tucked into the Secret Garden, this exhibit features new work by muralist Irene Juarez O'Connell and imagines what health and wellness in the community could look like. Opening Friday, noon to 6pm. // Details on santacruzmah.org

Stop by Balboa Theater's Popcorn Parklet. Grab a bag of corn in a quirky artist-designed bag, a beer or two, and some merch, then stick around to see a movie or video playing outside; 4pm to 8pm Friday and 2pm to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. // Details on Instagram

Dream of camping on the moon with retired career aviator Faride Khalaf and Chabot Space & Science Center. You'll chat all about the extreme conditions, plan for your journey, and learn how it would feel to camp off of earth; Friday at 8pm. // Details on chabotspace.org

Shop, dine, and stroll on closed-down Hayes Street. In an effort to help local businesses safely survive the pandemic, the newest Shared Streets closure will transform Hayes, between Laguna and Franklin, into a pedestrian-only street on weekends; 4pm to 10pm Friday and 10am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday.

Stream Oaklash, a Bay Area drag and queer festival, including panel discussions, music and DJ performances, and a five-hour main event with hosts and founders Mama Celeste and Beatrix LaHaine; Friday through Sunday. // Details on oaklash.com

Check out "Resin in Pavement." Nestled into potholes in the Tenderloin, local artist Rik Lee Leipold's resin tiles showcase all sorts of relics tied to the neighborhood's history. Made in collaboration with artists Diego Gomez and Donna Personna, the newest additions feature false eyelashes, Skittles, photos, stickers, and more. While the Saturday tour is full, go out and explore on your own. // Details on tenderloinmuseum.org

Sip drinks at Whitechapel's Barbican Cocktail & Beer Garden. For the next four Saturdays, the cocktail lounge is teaming up with fellow local bars to bring you their popular drinks in a safe outdoor setting. This Saturday, stop by for cocktails from Smuggler's Cove from 3pm to 7:30pm, then get ready for drinks from Wildhawk, Sea Star, and California Gold in coming weeks. // Details on Facebook

Ride in the Golden Gate Park Burner Bike Takeover. After dancing at a socially distant sunset Ocean Beach bonfire, hop on your lit up, decked out bike for a ride around GGP. Dress up and wear a decorated mask, and make a donation to the Red Victorian Hotel's GoFundMe to help them provide queer, trans BIPOC housing; Saturday at 5pm. // Details on Facebook

Spruce up your shelter by taking a Succulence class. During this beginner-friendly Zoom workshop you'll learn all about how to keep fuss-free succulents alive and even plant them yourself. The best part? Everything you need, including plants and a planter, is included (and available for SF pickup or shipping); Sunday from 7pm to 9pm PST. // Purchase tickets ($55) on Eventbrite.

Purchase booze (or non-alcoholic drinks) at Alkali Rye. Founded by Oakland natives, the sleek new specialty beverage shop prioritizes BIPOC producers with offerings including Red Bay Coffee, Crowns & Hops, Flowerhead Tea, and more; Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm. // Details on sipalkalirye.com

Virtually participate in the San Francisco Giant Race. Opt to run a 5K, 10K, or half marathon in a safe location of your choosing and receive virtual race goodies—think a DIY finish line, a race week podcast, and course suggestions—plus a medal, official San Francisco Giant Race runner tee, and more; Sunday. // Details and registration on race-sfgiants.com

Tune in to the "Extra Spicy" podcast to hear Vegan Mob founder Torian Gordon discuss plant-based eating in Black communities. // Details on sfchronicle.com

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