Another week, another seven day's worth of suggestions to help you, as Oprah Winfrey says, "live your best life."
Monday, November 6th: Walk Through Wonkaland @ Tcho: Choloate
When: 10:30am to 2:00pm
Where: 3100 San Pablo Ave. (Berkeley), tcho.com
Why: Celebrate the start of another week by living out the childhood fantasy of rummaging through a chocolate factory; specifically the coco-beam wonderland behind the doors of Tcho: Chocolate in Berkley. Tickets ($10) can be bought on Eventbrite and include a guided tour of the much-celebrated East Bay candy factory with copious samples in tow. Purchase your golden ticket quick before they sell out!
Tuesday, November 7th: Hear Readings from Fiercely Feminist Poets @ City Light Books
When: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: 261 Columbus Ave. (North Beach), citylights.com
Why: This Tuesday evening, hear empowering readings centered around female autonomy. From Oakland-based poet Barbara Jane Reyes' Invocation to Daughters, the night will consist of prayers, psalms, and odes for Filipina girls and women trying to make sense of their own self-faced situations. Admission to the reading is free, but a purchase of Invocation to Daughters is recommended.
Wednesday, November 8th: See All The Colors of the Rainbow @ Harvey Milk Plaza
When: 6:00pm to TBD
Where: 2401 Market St. (Upper Market), facebook.com
Why: Come Wednesday night, Harvey Milk Plaza will gleam for the inaugural lighting ceremony. Take in the grand lighting of Harvey's Halo, and then the unveiling of new installation, Hope Will Never Be Silent, produced by the team behind Bay Lights and the lighting of the Conservatory of Flowers for the Summer of Love. There will also be an array of speakers, performers, artists and activities. Admission into the plaza will be free for the luminous unveiling, but parking will be scarce to say the least—public transit may be your best bet.
Thursday, November 9th: Rekindle the Connection Between Mind and Body @ Cal Academy
When: 6:00pm to 10:00pm (Come and go as you please)
Where: 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org
Why: Embrace all things inner-peace at Cal Academy's NightLife, via a Thursday evening event that explores the brain and body courtesy of mind-expanding talks, cutting edge demos, and yoga sessions (including underwater) around the museum. All workshops presented are in partnership with Yoga Tree and YogaWorks. Tickets ($12-$15) can be bought online at ticketing.calacademy.org
Friday, November 10th: Walk Through a Candlelit Labyrinth @ Grace Cathedral
When: 6pm to 8pm
Where: 1100 California St. (Nob Hill), gracecathedral.org
Why: Get lost in positive thoughts and, simultaneously, send good vibes this Friday evening at Grace Cathedral while walking through the candlelit, stained-glass glown labyrinth on center display. Centering live music will be played throughout the entire experience. Admission to the event is free, just show up with an open-heart.
Saturday, November 11th: See Rare PIctures of Julia Child @ Napa Valley Museum
When: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Where: 55 Presidents Cir. (Yountville), napavalleymuseaum.org
Why: Stop by the Napa Valley Museum Saturday for its opening of France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child. Take in rarely seen black and white photographs taken by Paul Child in France between 1948 and 1954. Tickets ($7-$10) can be purchased at the museum.
Sunday, November 12th: Sip On The Best of Mexico @ Public Works
When: 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: 161 Erie St. (Mission), publicsf.comWhy: Cheers to a weekend well spent at Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle at Public Works this Sunday, and taste and sample some of the best mezcal this side of the Rio Grande. Tickets ($80) can be bought on Eventbrite and include admission into the event and the chance to sample more than 100 different iterations of mezcal; all while nibbling on a bevy of Mexican hors d'oeuvres in the company of live-music and dance breaks.