29 Fun Things: Chinatown's First Food Festival, a Wine Country Pool Party + More Events This Week
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29 Fun Things: Chinatown's First Food Festival, a Wine Country Pool Party + More Events This Week


Kickstart the week with yoga and glowing, then get ready for a range of festivals including food, kites, street art, and wine.

Have a good one!

Monday, July 23: Jewish Film Festival

When: Through Aug. 5th

Where: Multiple locations

Why: Kicked off on July 19th, the 38th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues this week with international screenings at theaters Bay Area–wide. Today, go see The Invisibles, set in 1943 Berlin, at the Castro Theatre. // For tickets and information, go to jfi.org.

Monday, July 23: DIY Flower Bar

When: 7:30pm to 9:15pm

Where: Hint Water, 2120 Union St. (Cow Hollow)

Why: Have a wedding coming up? Learn how to style and arrange your own bouquet while also screening The Bachelorette and sipping wine and Hint water at this workshop hosted by Bumble. You'll walk away with a pretty hand-tied arrangement. // eventbrite.com

Monday, July 23: Skincare Workshop

When: 5pm to 7pm

Where: 1648 Pacific Ave. (Nob Hill)

Why: And Comfort and Cocokind will show you how to get your glow on with facial oils for balanced skin. Expect plenty of skincare samples and free tee. // eventbrite.com

Monday, July 23: Free Yoga

When: 7pm to 8pm

Where: Yoga Studio, 399 Fremont St. (Embarcadero)

Why: Stretch your body and quiet your mind with a series of poses for flexibility and core strength in sequences that emphasize breathing and movement. BYO mat and water. // eventbrite.com

Tuesday, July 24: Artists Workshop

When: 6:30pm to 8pm

Where: SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (SoMa), somarts.org

Why: Budding creatives looking to learn how to navigate the San Francisco arts scene can hear from a panel of experts from galleries including Anglim Gilbert, Guerrero, and Art Attack Gallery at this free discussion. //eventbrite.com

Tuesday, July 24: LOL

When: 8pm

Where: Punch Line, 444 Battery St. (FiDi), punchlinecomedyclub.com

Why: Lose yourself in a fit of giggles at comedian Marcella Arguello's live album recording as she talks about dating, life as a tall woman, and more. // Tickets ($19) are available at punchlinecomedyclub.com, facebook.com.

Tuesday, July 24: Do Nothing, Be Happy

When: 11:30am

Where: Mechanics' Institute, 4th Floor Meeting Room, 57 Post St. (FiDi)

Why: Make your lunch break more productive at Litquake's free Comfort Lit event, focused on books that make you feel better. Today, author Roman Maradov discusses his book, On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness. // eventbrite.com

Tuesday, July 24: India-Choreography Dance Class

When: 8pm to 9:30pm

Where: Abada Capeoira Brazilian Art Center, 3221 22nd St. (Mission), abadadc.org

Why: Channel your inner Bollywood star for a dance class that will get you moving, sweating, and laughing. Heard of Non-Stop Bhangra? The cofounder Vicki Virk will be leading the choreographed workshop with Punjab folk rhythms with Bollywood flair. // Tickets ($15) are available at eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, July 24: Latin Funk + Sangria

When: 8pm to 10pm

Where: Cha Cha Cha, 2327 Mission St. (Mission), chachachasf.com

Why: Grab a pitcher of sangria and some tapas and take in a quintet version of Afro-Latin funk tunes from Sang Matiz (who's opened for the likes of Buena Vista Social Club).

Tuesday, July 24: Mushrooms for the Body, Mind and Heart

When: 7pm to 9pm

Where: The Scarlet Sage Herb Co., 1193 Valencia St. (Mission), scarletsage.com

Why: Learn exactly how mushrooms such as cordyceps, reishi, and chaga can support immune function, athletic performance, and overall health. This talk is free to attend, and you'll leave with a free reference book. You may even win a mushroom gift basket.

Tuesday, July 24th : Dinner at Ritu

When: 3pm to 10pm

Where: Ritu, 3111 24th St. (Mission), ritusf.com

Why: Dum Indian Soul Food has a new name and new menu but the same tasty Indian soul food. Go for dinnertime crowd-pleasers including avocado and sprouts bhel; tandoori whole cauliflower; artichoke pakora; lamb rogan josh; and butter chicken.

Wednesday, July 25: Half-off Sundaes

When: Multiple times

Where: Ghirardelli Chocolate locations, ghirardelli.com

Why: It's National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. What better way to celebrate than with 50 percent off a Ghirardelli sundae? Head to any one of their locations to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Wednesday, July 25: Murals and Feminism

When: 6pm to 8pm

Where: California Historical Society, 678 Mission St. (SoMa), californiahistoricalsociety.org

Why: Local muralist Juana Alicia and Chicanx art scholar Guisela Latorre will discuss the disappearance of Alicia's Mission District murals and the relationship between feminism and mural arts in the Bay Area. // facebook.com

Wednesday, July 25th : Feed Your People

When: 5:30pm to 8pm

Where: Airbnb, 888 Brannan St. (SoMa), airbnb.com

Why: Join Feed Your People author Leslie Jonath for a celeb-chef-studded book party and dinner. You'll mingle with Preeti Mistry (Juhu Beach Club), Tanya Holland (Brown Sugar Kitchen), Andrew Nguyen (food writer) and Sam Mogannam (Bi-Rite) as they discuss how to nourish our community. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. // Tickets ($45) are available at airbnb.com.

Wednesday, July 25th: Pie and Vino

When: 7pm to 10pm

Where: Vinyl Wine Bar, 359 Divisadero (Lower Haight), facebook.com

Why: Join local pizzaiolo Marc Schechter (Pizzeria Delfina, PizzaHacker, Del Popolo) as he hosts a special dinner centered around Detroit-style pizza—think square pie with cheese that becomes crispy at the edge with sauce on top. // Tickets ($47) are available at eatfeastly.com.

Thursday, July 26: Gray Area Festival

When: Thursday, 7-10pm; various times through Sun., July 29th

Where: Gray Area Art + Technology, 2665 Mission St. (Mission), http://grayareafestival.io

Why: It's opening night fpr the Gray Area Festival, a conference meets performance fest with workshops and exhibitions traversing art and tech and thrown in. // Tickets ($20-$250) are available at eventbrite.com

Thursday, July 26: Philosophy in Sound

When: 8pm

Where: Cafe du Nord, 2174 Market St. (Upper Market), swedishamericanhall.com

Why: Take in the ethereal, bombastic tunes of Photay where he presents his latest body of music focused on "onism," the frustration of being stuck in a single body that inhabits only one place at a time. It's also cool to dance to. // Tickets ($15-$18) are available at eventbrite.com.

Thursday, July 26: Pod Save America

When: 5pm to 7pm

Where: Scribd, 333 Bush St. (FiDi), scribd.com

Why: Meet Dan Pfeiffer, the New York Times bestselling author of Yes We (Still Can) and co-host of Pod Save America, at this #ScribdChat with drinks. The first 60 Scribd subscribers to arrive will get a free copy of the book. // eventbrite.com

Friday, July 27: Star Wars + Live Orchestra

When: 7:30pm

Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Hayes Valley), sfsymphony.org

Why: See The Empire Strikes Back on the big screen as the SF Symphony performs John Williams' stellar score. // Tickets ($89-$185) are available at sfsymphony.org.

Friday, July 27: Friyay Pool Party + Wine

When: 7pm to 10pm

Where: Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 300 Via Archimedes (Geyserville), francisfordcoppolawinery.com

Why: Kick off the weekend with a silent disco, carnival eats, '80s arcade games, and the new wine collection from Gia Coppola. Get your tickets pronto as these will go quickly. Get general admission for access to the pool, four wine tickets, food, and activities—or go for premium, which includes two tickets, private pool cabine access, two reserved poolside lounge chairs, and four wine tickets. // Tickets ($50 general admission, $150 premium) are available atgiamoodwine.com.

Friday, July 27-29: Lanza Atelier Closing Weekend

When: 10am to 5pm

Where: SF Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St. (SoMa), sfmoma.org

Why: This is your last chance to see the three projects by Mexico City–based architecture firm Lanza Atelier. From furniture to large-scale public works, they traverse concepts the body in relation to furniture, the history of Mexico City's growing population, and urban facilities that once were structures created to monitor neighborhoods in emergencies. // Tickets ($25) are available at sfmoma.org.

Saturday, July 28: Craving Chinatown Food Fest

When: 11am to 2:30pm

Where: Waverly Place (Chinatown)

Why: The first food festival in this community will offer delights targeted around the food cravings that would bring you to Chinatown. Local restaurants will cook up unique dishes and snacks, and will also offer demonstrations in a multi-week festival put on by the Chinese Culture Center of SF. // cycsf.org

Saturday, July 28: Downtown Alameda Art and Wine Faire

When: 10am to 6pm

Where: Park St. & Lincoln Ave. (Alameda)

Why: Explore more than 250 arts and crafts booths at this 34th annual fest where you can also nosh tasty eats, sip local wines and regional beers, and listen to live rock, funk, bluegrass, and jazz. // facebook.com

Saturday, July 28: Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

When: 10am to 5pm

Where: Berkeley Marina, University Ave. and Marina Blvd. (Berkeley)

Why: Head to to the 33rd annual Berkeley kite festival to see kites as big as houses, the kite team of Japan, taiko drummers, a Japanese-Style Rokkaku kite battle, and more. There will also be a free kite making workshop, arts and crafts booth, and of course tasty eats. // highlinekites.com

Saturday, July 28: Pedalfest

When: 11am to 6pm

Where: Jack London Square (Oakland)

Why: Ride over to Jack London Square for a day of cycling and pedal-powered food. There will be a race, stunts, parade, fashion show, and a lounge area from Drake's Brewing; all proceeds will benefit Bike East Bay. // bikeeastbay.org

Saturday, July 28: Street Soccer USA Cup

When: 9am to 5pm

Where: 333 Post St. (Union Square)

Why: Catch the annual Bay Area Cup in Union Square with teams from all ages and backgrounds. // facebook.com

Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29: Gilroy Garlic Festival

When: 10am to 7pm

Where: 7050 Miller Ave. (Gilroy)

Why: Skip town to indulge in all the garlicky treats, including an outdoor kitchen teeming with pyro chefs prepping garlic-laced calamari and scampi in a flame-up show. Also look out for pepper steak sandwiches and even garlic ice cream. // Tickets ($20) are available at gilroygarlicfestival.com.

Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29: Art + Soul Oakland Festival

When: 12pm to 6pm

Where: 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza (Oakland)

Why: Famed headliners including local legends the Pointer Sisters, the Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers, indie rap star Lyrics Born, and hip hop collective Jazz Mafia are just part of the draw at this festival featuring salsa, blues, and gospel beats. There will also be a turf dance competition, world dance, circus stages, and of course food and booze. // artandsouloakland.com

Sunday, July 29: Brigaid Dinner

When: 7pm on Sunday, August 4th

Where: The Restaurant at Meadowood, 900 Meadowood Lane (St. Helena)

Why: You've got less than one week to purchase tickets for this dinner, prepared by boldface names (think Nancy Silverton, Jeremy Fox, James Syhabout, and more) at the Restaurant at Meadowood, to benefit Brigaid, a group of culinary leaders that create healthy meals for schools. The menu will be developed based upon fond food memories from each chef's childhood. // Tickets ($500) are available at exploretock.com; 50 percent of proceeds to be donated to Brigaid.

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