This week is going to be huge, with Snoop Dogg and Chet Faker joining Bill Nye the Science Guy for the coolest eco-forward fest ever, at Palace of Fine Arts.
Plus, Lauryn Hill and Ceelo Green are among the A-list headliners at this week's Sonoma Harvest Festival; a psychedelic art installation, er, roller rink is free and open to the public at Fort Mason; SomArts is hosting a delicious Bloody Mary Festival; and Madonna is playing the Golden Gate Theatre on Halloween (tix on sale this week).
Have a good one!
Monday, September 9th
Hitachi Wagyu Beef tasting menu
Alexander's Steakhouse, 448 Brannan St. (SoMa), alexanderssteakhouse.com
Pop over to this fancy steakhouse for some decadent pieces of Japanese Hitachi wagyu beef—from Japanese Black cattle, it uses all parts of the animal. Taste your way through different cuts, each paired with wine. // The tasting menu is $261 per person/ $145 drink pairings. Reservations can be made on opentable.com.
"Sessionable" Cocktail Class
7pm to 9pm
The Alembic, 1725 Haight St. (Upper Haight), alembicsf.com
Try your hand at low-octane cocktail crafting with Alembic's expert mixologists, who tonight are playing with vermouths and sherries. Enjoy a brief history lesson in all things mixology, good company, and snacks. At the end of the night you'll leave with four new cocktail recipes under your belt. // Tickets ($85) can be purchased on Eventbrite.
The Vagina Bible
6:30pm to 7:45pm
The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero), commonwealthclub.org
Talk all things female health—and crack up—with author of The Vagina Bible and New York Times women's health columnist, Dr. Jen Gunter, along with author/scientist Mary Roach. Bring your book for the signing and your burning questions. // Tickets ($10-$65) can be purchased on Eventbrite.
Tuesday, September 10th
Books and Wine
6:30pm to 9pm
Verjus, 528 Washington St. (North Beach), verjuscave.comPop into Verjus for a night of wine and good books. James Beard Award–winning wine writer, Alice Feiring, will be discussing her book, Natural Wine for the People: What It Is, Where to Find It, How to Love It. You'll get a copy of the book and get to taste four of the wines showcased in the book. // Tickets ($68) are available on brownpapertickets.com.
Next Gen Chef Talk: Food + Technology
5:30pm to 8pm
Canopy, 595 Pacific Ave., 4th Floor (Jackson Square), canopy.space
Attend a panel discussion that looks at the crossovers between food and technology, and how they hinder and help our society's access to healthy food. Speakers include Alison Mountford, founder and CEO of Ends & Stems; Daniel Scharff, strategy and analytics director of Just; and moderator Dana Peck, cofounder and CEO of Render Foods. // Tickets ($15-$25) can be found on Eventbrite.
6pm to 8pm
Lands End Trail, 600 Point Lobos Ave. (Sea Cliff), nps.gov
Soak in the beauty of the bridge and the bay with improvisational piano music as your soundtrack—and of course no talking—from the stunning Lands End Trail. You'll leave this meditative MindTravel SilentHike relaxed and ready to conquer the rest of your week. // Register for the free hike on Eventbrite.
Madonna's Madame X Tour
Tickets on sale noon at today for Citi cardholders; shows Oct. 31, Nov. 2, Nov. 4
Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St. (Tenderloin), shnsf.com
Madonna is bringing her Madame X Tour to San Francisco for three special nights at the Golden Gate Theatre. Don your cone bra or cowboy hat for her first of three performances on Halloween night. // Citi cardholders can pre-sale tickets from today at noon through 5pm, Thursday, Sept. 12; general tickets will be available for purchase Friday, Sept. 13 at livenation.com and madamex.shnsf.com.
Thank you to our partners at Live Nation.
Wednesday, September 11th
Family-Style Indian Feast
During dinner hours
Besharam, 1275 Minnesota St. (Dogpatch), besharamrestaurant.com
Pop over to Besharam for chef Heena Patel's new Gujarati family-style menu with four courses, sides of rice and paratha bread, and dessert. Bonus for veggie lovers: This one comes vegetarian with dishes like tapioca fritters, corn and chickpea flour pancakes, saag paneer, and bhinda saak. And, if you need your meat, you can order a few of those dishes on the side to round things out. // $50/person; reservations can be made on opentable.com.
Dumpling Time Express
11am to 2:30pm
Dumpling Time Express, 55 Division St. (SoMa), dumplingtimesf.com
If you love Dumpling Time, we've got good news for you. Omakase Restaurant Group is turning its Division Street Udon Time into Dumpling Time Express, which is serving gyoza, baos, and soup dumplings—and even a few udon noodle dishes.
Happier Hour with Gretchen Rubin & Elizabeth Craft
Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. (Presidio), palaceoffinearts.org
Fans of New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin's titles—including The Happiness Project, Better Than Before, and Outer Order, Inner Calm—and those in need of some happy habits will love this this IRL version of the podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, hosted by Rubin and her sister, Elizabeth Craft. // Tickets ($35) can be purchased on ticketmaster.com.
Thursday, September 12th
Flower DIY and Caviar
6pm to 8pm
The Caviar Co., 1954 Union St. (Cow Hollow), thecaviarco.com
Create your own flower arrangement for the perfect fall centerpiece with guidance from the founder of Matilda's Bloombox. Plus, you'll be able to fuel your inspiration with bites of delicious caviar. // Tickets ($50) can be found on Eventbrite.
5K Fun Run
6pm to 8pm
Marina Green, 3950 Scott St. (Marina)
Squeeze in a social sweat sesh at this fun run in the Marina hosted by The Nudge, Public Recreation, and Outdoor Voices. The event will benefit Real Options for City Kids, an organization providing support and activities for at-risk Bay Area children. Plus, reward yourself with a beer at the finish line. // Tickets ($5) can be purchased on Eventbrite.
"Bake the World a Better Place" Bake Sale
5pm to 7pm
Bluestem Brasserie, 1 Yerba Buena Lane (Downtown), bluestembrasserie.com
For 2 hours some of the best Bay Area pastry chefs and dessert extrodianers are taking over the entire Bluestem restaurant for 2 floors of delicious treats. You ticket will let you choose seven treats to take home and three beverages to enjoy. Participating bakers include Dandelion Chocolate, b. Patisserie, Liholiho Yacht Club, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse and Stonemill Matcha. // Tickets ($50) are available here with proceeds benefiting CUESA's Foodwise Teens.
Talking Site & Landscape with Marmol Radziner
6pm to 8pm
Heath Ceramics, 2900 18th St. (Mission), heathceramics.com
Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, founders of the acclaimed architecture firm Marmol Radziner, will be at Heath to discuss their new book, Site: Marmol Radziner in the Landscape. Bites and drinks will be on hand. // Free to attend, RSVP via Eventbrite.
Ben Folds Conversation & Performance
JCCSF Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St. (Presidio Heights), jccsf.org
Musician Ben Folds is coming to town to chat about his new book, A Dream About Lightning Bugs, and his learnings about art, life, and discovering his voice. The night will end him with performing a few choice songs. // Tickets ($35-$65) can be found on jccsf.org.
Friday, September 13th
Skate on Art
Through October 6
Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), fortmason.org
Lace up your roller skates and get groovy at this colorful, pop-art filled roller rink art installation—DJ included—designed by creative collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus and inspired by San Francisco's performance troupe The Cockettes. The best part? Tickets are free! // Opens at noon daily; until 10pm Fridays, 6pm Sundays, and 8pm Wednesdays through Saturdays; skates are available to rent for $5. Register (free) at fortmason.org.
Celeb-Studded Planet Home
5pm today through 5pm on Sunday
Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. (Marina), palaceoffinearts.com
An ecological awareness could sound a little dry, but this inaugural event promises to be hoppin' with interactive experiences (a comedic Carbon Cycle class) art installations (the illuminated Amanita Mysteria), and music and performances by the likes of Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker), DJ Snoopadelic (aka Snoop Dogg), and Wyclef Jean. There will also be a fireside chat with Edward Norton and a keynote address from Bill Nye the Science Guy. // Tickets ($30 and up) are available on Eventbrite.
Off the Grid Mid-Autumn Festival
5pm to 10pm
Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), offthegrid.com
Celebrate the Asian heritage holiday, Mid-Autumn Day, at Off the Grid with duck bao from Mission Street Food; Chinese tamales from Wokitchen; boba from Tepiphany; and mooncakes from Hong Kong–based guest chef Shadow Lau. Beverage specials will include Singapore Slings and beer pouring from tapped mini-pumpkin kegs. Festivities include Chinese lantern decorating and lion dancers. // Free to attend, event details on Eventbrite.
Rare Device Book Party
6pm to 8pm
Rare Device Flagship, 600 Divisadero St. (NoPa), raredevice.net
Bestselling author, artist, and illustrator Lisa Congdon will be onsite to celebrate the launch of her book, Find Your Artistic Voice. Grab a signed copy and learn a bit more about how to discover and develop your true inner artist. // Free to attend, event details on Facebook.
Saturday, September 14th
Wine Tastings on the Lawn
11am to 3pm
Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St. (Saint Helena), charleskrug.com
This wine-tasting lawn party has been a tradition at Charles Krug since 1951. Enjoy live music, chef demonstrations, and comedians, plus taste the newest wine releases and nosh on wood-fired pizza, roast porchetta, cheese, and salumi. // Tickets ($95) can be found on Eventbrite.
Sonoma Harvest Music Festival
11:30am to 6pm
B.R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy. (Glen Ellen), brcohn.com
From the creators of BottleRock comes a new festival at a luxe Napa winery. Rock out to live tunes from Lauryn Hill, Ceelo Green, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Iration, and The Record Company. Can't make it this weekend? Go for Weekend 2 with headliners Death Cab for Cutie, Chvrches, and Silversun Pickups. // Tickets ($129 for 1-day, $259 for 2-day) are available on sonomaharvestmusicfestival.com.
5th Annual SF Cheese Fest
6pm to 9pm Saturday; various hours on Sunday
Social Hall SF, 1270 Sutter St. (TenderNob), socialhallsf.com
This two-day event starts with a tasting with 24+ artisans and tons of locally made Californian cheeses, plus a raclette station. Pairings include Rustic Bakery crackers, INNA Jam, Lemon Bird Preserves, Fabrique Delices charcuterie, and Dandelion Chocolate. Of course, there will be local beer, cider, wine, and vermouth set to the tunes of live gypsy-jazz quartet, Gaucho. On Sunday, pick up some cheesy tips with seminars at The Cheese School of San Francisco. // Tickets for the Saturday festival are $94; Sunday seminars range in price. Find tickets on sfcheesefest.com.
Bloody Mary Festival
10:30am to 6pm
SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (SoMa), somarts.org
Cure Friday night's hangover and kick off your Saturday with endless bloody marys mixed up by some of SF's best bars and eateries—think The Front Porch and Foreign Cinema. Plus, vote for your favorite cocktail creation and enjoy food and drink samples. // Tickets ($45-$55) can be purchased on Eventbrite.
Art + Food Dinner Series
7pm to 10pm
6:30pm to 10pm
Palette SF, 816 Folsom St. (SoMa), palette-sf.com
Taste your way through an eight-course prix fixe menu of seasonal Californian dishes paired with bevvies in the part-art gallery, part-restaurant space, Palette. The series kicks off with an "elemental and natural" concept—a marriage of the chef's dishes and the unique plateware developed by local artisans. // Tickets ($185 per person) include beverage pairings, live entertainment, and gratuity; purchase at exploretock.com.
Sunday, September 15th
A New Brunch Party
11am to 3pm, Sundays
Elements Bar & Lounge at One65, 165 O'Farrell St. (Tenderloin), one65sf.com
Hang out in this swanky fourth-floor lounge complete with bottomless mimosas and DJ music for a pumped-up start to any Sunday Funday. You'll get three courses with options like a crispy onion tart, soju-cured salmon with remoulade, and warm bread pudding. // Tickets ($85) can be purchased on sevenrooms.com.
The Well Known Strangers
4:30pm doors; 6pm show
Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave. (Mill Valley), sweetwatermusichall.comCountry-soul band The Well Known Strangers will perform songs from their new album, TMI, themed around the mass of information we put out into the world. Buffet eats are included for the first attendees. // Free to attend, event details on sweetwatermusichall.com.
Vertical Succulent Garden Workshop
2pm to 4pm
The Assembly, 449 14th St. (Mission), theassembly.com
Work on your green thumb at this succulent workshop. Plants, moss, wireframes, and gardening tips will be provided. // Tickets ($60) can be found on theassembly.com.