23 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.26.20)
Catch the illumination of the revamped Ghirardelli Square marquee this week.

23 Fun Things to Do This Week (10.26.20)


Safely celebrate Halloween week with an outdoor beer crawl in Bernal, a haunted clubhouse at The Academy, monster cookies with whiskey pairings, and a spooky drag dinner.

Plus, play pool on the Wooden Nickel's parklet, try your hand at a pottery class, and ooh and ahh as the renovated Ghirardelli Square sign lights up again this week.

Chat with the women behind Twin Walls Mural Company about their new work for SFMOMA, "Our Ancestors' Wildest Dreams." The mural explores themes of healing, resistance and COVID-19; pollution; and generational trauma and inequalities; Monday at 5pm. // Register (free) on sfmoma.org

Can't get enough guac? Go for a very mysterious Guac Walk. Kick it off at Harvest Hills Market, then let the difficult-to-decode map guide you on the remainder of this tasty, socially distant treasure hunt. // Map on guacwalk.org

If you're stressing over the election (who isn't?), order one of Charles Chocolates' Election Survival sets. Opt for the "It's Going to be a Long Night" set with filled chocolate and three bars, or ball out with the "It's Going to be a Long Two Weeks" set filled with 20 fleur de sel caramels, chocolate almonds, caramel almond sticks, and chocolate macadamia nuts. // Purchase on charleschocolates.com

Watch the illumination of the revamped Ghirardelli Square sign, either IRL or streamed on Facebook; Tuesday at 6pm. // Facebook

Have a Barbie Mutilation Night at home. Doc's Clock's annual Halloween charity celebration is clearly off this year, but you can still get in on the demented fun with a $25 starter kit—complete with a Barbie, art supplies, and 375ml of Espolon Tequila—to benefit out-of-work bar and restaurant workers. // Details on Instagram

Learn all about killer whales in Monterey Bay with research biologist and whale expert Nancy Black; 7pm to 8:30pm Tuesday. // Register for free on acs-sfbay.org.

Explore perceptions of reality and dark, unseen world's in artist Christopher M. Tandy's solo exhibition, SJÁ:GHØSTS. The immersive installation includes experimental video and sound, a series of charcoal drawings, window-spanning hanging sculpture, and more; through Saturday at Glass Rice (808 Sutter St.). // Details on glassrice.com

Go for a walk at the newly opened Shoreline Park. Built on old Bay Bridge pilings, the 45-acre waterfront park has plenty of space for socially distanced outdoor activities and picturesque views of the bay.

Appreciate San Francisco's lesser known yet special streets and corners during this conversation with authors Gary Kamiya and artist Paul Madonna about their new illustrated book, Spirits of San Francisco; 3:30 to 4:30pm Tuesday. (Learn more about the book in 7x7's first look.) // Register for free at commonwealthclub.org.

Watch Shadow Circus' "The Void Beyond the Veil." Featuring all sorts of bizarre creatures and guest stars, this puppetry show involves an antique and vengeful poltergeist—and is guaranteed to be creepy. Plus, participate in a video costume parade, have your cards read, and more; Wednesday at 7:30pm. // Watch on Twitch; details on Facebook.

JoinLa Cocina's 10th annual (and first virtual) Voices from the Kitchen. Themed "Choices," the event features an all-star lineup of authors, activists, and La Cocina business owners. Order a meal kit for delivery—options include Minnie Bell's fried chicken and Algerian dishes from Kayma; Thursday at 5:30pm. // Tickets and meal kits are available on Eventbrite.

Take a pottery class at Clayroom's SoMa or Potrero Hill studios. Newbies should sign up for the six-week Intro to Clay kicking off this Thursday, while those confident on the wheel can register for the Next Step Wheel series. // Register for classes and see all offerings on clayroomsf.com.

Play pool outside the Wooden Nickel. For $30, you'll get 50 minutes of playtime; play for half price when you order eats and drinks. Rest assured that all sticks, balls, and surfaces are cleaned between reservations. // Book a reservation on square.site.

Kick off the weekend with a Zoom cheese tasting, with Essex Street Cheese's Rachel Juhl and Miss Cheesemonger founder/blogger Vero Kherian; Friday at 6:30pm PST. Pick up cheeses at Cheese Plus on Thursday or Friday. // Tickets ($75, includes enough cheese for two) on Eventbrite

Get spooked at The Academy's Haunted Clubhouse, benefiting the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and featuring plenty of ghoulish surprises; 5-7pm and 8-10pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2-4pm and 5-7pm Sunday. // Tickets on Eventbrite

Learn about American social justice movements over the last seven decades with the authors of Picturing Resistance, Melanie and Ken Light. The Bay Area–based duo's new book features images of social movements taken by 85 photographers; Thursday at 5pm. // Details on berkeley.edu

Check out the group exhibit "To the Person Sitting in Darkness," at Catharine Clark Gallery. On view for just one week, the curation questions monumentality, political theater, and American imperialism; Saturday through November 7th. // Details on cclarkgallery.com

Drink your way through Bernal-Mission during the Bernal Beer Crawl. During this outdoor, boozy trick-or-treating event, grab a passport and collect stamps at venues including Outer Orbit, Old Devil Moon, and Emmy's Spaghetti Shack to win a custom beer koozie; Saturday night, beginning at 4pm. // Details on Facebook

Attend 620 Jones' Spooky Drag Dinner with Princess Poppy and special guests including Galilea Rivera, Krystal Khandelier, and Alpha Andromeda. Show off your wildest getup during the costume contest and sip a variety of seasonal cocktails; Saturday from 7pm to 10pm. // Details (and reservation information) on Eventbrite

Pick up Halloween treats by baker extraordinaire Angela Pinkerton—plus shots to go with. There will be cookie flights, pies, and whiskey pairings to go with; Saturday at Seven Stills' 100 Hooper location. // Order ahead on angelapinkerton.com

Satisfy your sweet tooth with pastries bursting with botanical flavor at Le Dix-Sept. Offerings at Paris-trained pastry chef Michelle Hernandez's new Mission spot include raspberry-rose brioche knots, black sesame topped liege waffles, quiche, and more; open 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. // ledixsept.com

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with The New Parish's Salsa by the Bay event. Round up a group and reserve a table to enjoy tunes courtesy of Salsa DJ Tony O, plus ceviche and tapas courtesy of Yosoyceviche; Saturday from 2pm to 7pm. // Tickets ($80 for table for four or $120 for table for six, food and drink not included) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Curb climate change and get a head start on holiday cooking with six Bay Area chefs—including Brandon Jew, Three Babes Workshop's Lenore Estrada, Tanya Holland—who will teach you how to make their favorite plant-based dishes; Sunday at 4pm. // Register ($45 suggested donation) on Eventbrite.

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