25 Fun Things to Do This Week (9.7.20)
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25 Fun Things to Do This Week (9.7.20)


Celebrate Labor Day from the safety of your very own heart-shaped social-distancing circle in a San Francisco park.

Plus, while summer is coming to a close, you can keep the good vibes going during Bay Area Craft Week, Oakland Cocktail Week, and Oakland Restaurant Week. Bonus points for outdoor haircuts!

Ditch your quarantine look and head to SF's first outdoor barbershop. More than 20 local barbers are workingThe Barber Collective at SoMa StrEat Food Park, where you can also grab brews and bites from food trucks afterward. // Book appointments on getsquire.com

Oakland Restaurant Week continues through September 13th. Eat your way through special menu items at participating restaurants—think Hopscotch, Homeroom, Shakewell, and Drake's—during the fest's Late Summer Edition. // Find details and all participating venues at visitoakland.com

Attend Bay Area Craft Week—virtually. Participate in free workshops—think pop-up paper techniques and finger crochet jam—join maker meetups, and shop from more than 100 local and national artists. American Craft Council members will have early access to shopping via Wednesday's 3pm preview party; Monday through Sunday. // Details on craftcouncil.org

Make and decorate your own sugar skull with artist Diego Marcial over Zoom; 5pm Tuesdays in September. // Register (free) on Eventbrite

Catch a virtual country concert hosted by Sonoma's Three Sticks Wines and Tennessee's Arrington Winery. Get up and dance to Laurence Hobgood, Tim Hockenberry, and Billy Valentine, order some wine to go with, and make a donation to Sweet Relief to support the music industry during the pandemic; Wednesday at 5:30pm. // Registration and details on mailchi.mp

Be transported to the 1930s with ODC/Dance's Drinks & a Dance: Walk Back the Cat. The evening of virtual festivities begins with a cocktail class hosted by Stookey's Club Moderne, followed by a conversation with ODC's founding artistic director and choreographer Brenda Way and composer Paul Dresher. The main event: a livestream viewing of Walk Back the Cat, inspired by Thomas Hart Benton's murals of 1930s life and featuring a jazzy score; 5:15pm Thursday. // Tickets ($35 per household) on odc.dance; cocktail kits sold separately.

Visit Forest Hill's new Nature Exploration Area. Created from repurposed down logs, the Muni station–adjacent space offers social-distancing-friendly outdoor hangout space—plus a new irrigation system set to save 442,494 gallons of water annually. // sfmta.com

View "Bay Lights" artist Leo Villareal's new exhibit, Harmony of the Spheres. The Pace Gallery show features three new LED works plus nine single-panel pieces from Villareal's 2019 series "Instance"; by appointment only. // Book your visit on Eventbrite

Join the livestream webinar Hip Hop for Change. Tune in for a panel discussion about how to create change through art, then catch performances by Ruby Ibarra and more; 5pm Thursday. // Details on Facebook

Celebrate California Wine Month. Online festivities include the Home Wine Series with sommelier Amanda McCrossin (@sommvivant) highlighting a new wine region each week (this week is Central Coast); Facebook Live interviews with food and wine experts on Thursdays; and Instagram Live Fridays with McCrossin and travel influencer Aida Mollenkamp. This Thursday at 3pm, join a virtual harvest party cooking class ($25) with Kate Ramos of ¡Hola! Jalapeño!. // Details on Facebook and Instagram

Take an art history lesson on the role of photography in 1920s, '30s, and 40s American lifewith Crocker Art Museum. You'll investigate photojournalism in popular magazines and brush up on your photo analysis skills; 10am to 11:30am Thursday. // Register ($75 or $55 for Crocker Art Museum members) on crockerart.org

Imbibe during Oakland Cocktail Week—which is really more like month. Work your way through a directory of bars and restaurants, attend virtual events, and donate to the Keep It Spirited COVID Relief Fund, in partnership with the Oakland Indie Alliance Keep it Caring fund. The occasion will help support Oakland's indie bars during the pandemic, with priority given to BIPOC-owned businesses and unopened bars Thursday through October 11. // Details on oaklandcocktailweek.com

Take part in SF Parks Alliance's #HeartYourParks campaign. Find new heart-shaped social-distancing circle in parks across the city and donate $50 to the campaign to receive a special parks bandana designed by artist Orlie Kapitulnik; through September. // Details on @sfparksalliance

Book an appointment to view Transcending Definition: Jay DeFeo in the 1970s at Gagosian San Francisco. A prominent figure in the Bay Area art and Beat scene, DeFeo's works here explore the representational and abstract and include paintings, photographs, and works on paper; Thursday through October 31. // Details on gagosian.com, email sanfrancisco@gagosian.com to make an appointment.

Sample the Sierra. Nosh on dishes made with locally farmed ingredients during Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Week; watch four chefs compete to make dishes with a mystery box of locally grown ingredients; and virtually shop from local vendors; Thursday through September 20. // Details on samplethesierra.com

Attend TedxMarin online. The 11th anniversary show will explore new ideas about life, the planet, technology, a post-COVID world, education, and more with the goal of creating a more compassionate world. Speakers include award-winning actor, Dameion Brown; author James Nestor; USF Law School professor Rhonda Magee; writer/producer Phil Rosenthal; and many more; Saturday at 6pm (also available with 24-hour or one-week viewing windows). // Details on tedxmarin.org

Support Bay Area musicians and tune it to the Music in Place concert series. Up this week? Swing meets blues meets jazz group Alpha Rhythm Kings, followed by Barnaby Palmer and the Social Distance String Orchestra next week; Saturday at 5pm. // Details on musicinplace.org, watch live on Facebook

See San Francisco Art Institute's From the Tower: Transmission. For eight weeks, all four sides of SFAI's Chestnut Street tower will morph into a canvas for weekly video screenings that explore experimental art making. Can't make it IRL? Watch online, through October 23. // Details on transmission.salience.io

"Glamp In" with Outdoor Afro. Join special guests including rapper/producer/activist Boots Riley, hip-hop historian, Davey D and host and Gloryland author Shelton Johnson for a celebration of nature and community during Outdoor Afro's virtual fundraiser; Saturday at 5pm. // Register on one.bidpal.net

Dine alfresco at Kendall-Jackson's farm-to-table dining series. Served under picturesque walnut trees or on the flagstone patio, Saturday's all vegetarian dinner features local, seasonal ingredients and wine pairings from the estate; Saturday at 5:30pm. // Register ($180) on Eventbrite

Watch the 26th Music Festival for Brain Health online. First, watch the Scientific Symposium webinar and Q&A (10am) with brain health leaders, then attend a special donor dinner at Mastro's Steakhouse curated by Hell's Kitchen season 18 winner Ariel Fox or a four-course takeout kit with Staglin Family Vineyard wine. End your evening with an at-home livestream concert (5pm) by 10 time Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval; Saturday. // Details on music-festival.org

Catch a window drag show. Red Victorian's new pandemic-era performance concept features performers including @bussy_dad and @fkasupernovagirl perform from the safety of the Haight Street window in an effort to help the Red Vic raise money to provide housing for Queer, Trans BIPOC—so don't forget to donate, Saturdays at 8pm. // Follow @thefishbowlsf for details

Get ready for SFMOMA's upcoming Diego Rivera exhibit by attending a presentation with mural steward and scholar William Maynez. Maynez will discuss Rivera's artistic endeavors in San Francisco and his largest mural here, housed at City College; Saturday at 11am. // Reserve a space on sfpl.org

Watch Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone. The play tells the story of the famous American composer and features songs including "The Man I Love" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Livestream the show straight from the stage in Florence, Italy or watch it on demand all week; Sunday at 5pm PST. // Tickets on theatreworks.org

Check out Undiscovered Sundays in SoMa. Folsom Street between 6th and 8th streets will be closed to traffic, allowing plenty of space to shop local and dine and drink while social distancing. Precautions include temperature checks and contact tracing, and masks will be required, of course. Get dim sum and cocktails from Cat Club, taco plates from Mestiza Taqueria, wine and beer from Decant SF, and more; 11am to 4pm Sundays. // Details on undiscoveredsf.com

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