24 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.16.20)
See the light at the end of the tunnel during Oakland Zoo's new holiday experience, Glowfari. (Courtesy of Oakland Zoo)

24 Fun Things to Do This Week (11.16.20)


Give your inner kid a nudge and get ready to beam as you wander through the Oakland Zoo's Glowfari, featuring a collection of larger than life illuminated animals.

Plus, satisfy your sweet tooth at Double Rainbow's new Castro Street ice cream shop; enjoy performances by Joan Baez and Goapele during Glide's virtual Holiday Jam; catch chef Tanya Holland's new OWN Network TV show; and pick up some stocking stuffers at Napa's Open Air Holiday Market.

Explore SomArts' The Black Woman is God: Reclaim, Reconfigure, Re-Remember. The exhibit affirms Black women's roles in building a just society and sustainable future, and features artists including Ajuan Mance, Alise Eastgate, Tiffany Conway, and more; through December 12th. // Tickets (free with suggested donation) are available on Eventbrite.

Watch three new plays about feminism, ethnicity, and religion during New Works Initiative's Next Generation. The three-day virtual festival features Stanford students as actors and PhD students and TheatreWorks artists as directors. After watching the shows via Zoom, stay tuned for Q&As; Monday and Tuesday at 7pm. // RSVP (free) at theatreworks.org.

Hear from "Trump's nemesis", aka environmental activist Mary Nichols who, along with Climate One founder Greg Dalton, will discus the future of California's climate leadership and the national climate agenda; Tuesday at 2pm. // Register (free) at commonwealthclub.org.

Purchase a copy of SFMTA Transit Planner Paul Bignardi's book, A Fleet History of the San Francisco Municipal Railway. Inside, you'll find details about the OG cable car design and Muni logo and more than 400 photographs. // streetcar.org

Grab a cone at Double Rainbow's first ice cream shop since the 1990s. Located just two doors away from the OG Castro outpost from the 1970s, the scoop shop has everything from vegan banana to PB&J. // instagram.com/doublerainbowicecream

Pick up locally designed men's and women's threads plus some home goods at Umber & Ochre's first SF pop-up at Perish_ables gallery; Mondays from 11am to 5pm by appointment only, Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5pm. // 1421 Fulton St., umberandochre.com

Join the Amoeba Vinyl Club. Every month, you'll receive a curated selection of new music ranging from indie rock to electronica pressed onto colorful vinyl, inside a record jacket created by a different visual artist. // Sign up ($30 per box for a monthly membership, $27 per box for an annual membership) on amoebavinylclub.com.

Order Venezuelan holiday dishes delivered via bicycle from Arepas en Bici. Snag an eight-inch long ham, bacon, olive, and raisin stuffed pan de jamon, or hallacas—a banana leaf–wrapped dish made of corn flour, beef, chicken, raisins, olives, pork, and capers. Wash it down with ponche de crema (cinnamon, rum, coconut milk, and condensed milk). // Order on arepasenbici.com.

If you're still sad 3 Fish Studios has closed its Outer Sunset shop, head to Rare Device to view States of Love. The exhibit includes paintings of Annie Galvin's beloved, state-hugging bears, on view through January 18. // Reserve a time slot on raredevice.net.

Sip a latte and play some bocce at Flywheel Coffee Roasters' new Golden Gate Park kiosk, located in the revamped pedestrian-friendly area just across the street from Flywheel's Stanyan Street brick and mortar. // flywheelcoffee.com

Get to know actor and advocate Michael J. Fox. Before the Zoom event, presented by Book Fest in Your Living Room, be sure to pick up a copy of his thoughtful and humorous new memoir, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, which details Fox's personal stories, observations, and experience with Parkinson's disease; Thursday at 5pm. // Tickets (includes a copy of Fox's memoir) can be purchased on showclix.com.

Check out The Walt Disney Family Museum's Veterans' Voices: Painted Realities, featuring original artwork by U.S. military vets now living around the world. Pieces address themes of trauma, citizenship, healing, and race. // Find more details at waltdisney.org.

Attend the virtual Glide Holiday Jam, Rise up for Change. Skip the gala attire and get settled on your couch for an evening filled with storytelling, live music, and appearances by singer-songwriter and activist Joan Baez, R&B Grammy Award winner India.Arie, Goapele, and the Doobie Brothers's Tom Johnston. Be sure to donate to Glide's programs too; Thursday at 7pm. // RSVP (free) on mobilecause.com.

Find illumination at Oakland Zoo's Glowfari. The new holiday experience features a mile-long stroll filled with glowing animal lanterns including full-sized elephants, a 15-foot tall penguin corridor, and butterflies; Friday through January 17 from 5:30pm to 10pm. // Tickets ($18/children, $20/adults) can be purchased at oaklandzoo.org.

Tune in for Wall + Response,in which Bay Area poets respond to the social, political, racial, and justice narratives of the Clarion Alley murals. The series kicks off Friday at 7pm. // Register for free at booksmith.com.

Shop the Open Air Holiday Market on Napa's First Street, stocked with wine-related goods, jewelry, floral arrangements, body products, and home decor from Wine Country makers. There will also be live music and, for every purchase you make, you'll earn a drink ticket redeemable at a nearby wine bar; Saturday from 10am to 5pm. // makersmarket.us

Learn about the vegetarian movement during a chat with Greens Restaurant founding chef Deborah Madison, author of the new memoir An Onion in My Pocket: My Life With Vegetables; Saturday at 4pm. // Details on extendedsession.com

Treat yourself to some plant-based tacos and fry-stuffed burritos from the entirely vegan menu at Señor Sisig's newest food truck, parked in the Cherin's Appliances lot on; 2pm to 8pm Saturdays and 11am to 5pm Sundays. // 701 Valencia St. (Mission), senorsisig.com

Pick up a supper kit from Oakland's Alkali Rye and settle in for Episode 4 of "The Cook In: Live Cooking Class at the Crib," in collaboration with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. You'll make fig-leaf wrapped halibut, autumn veggies, and couscous while you learn about how to create change for women and POCs in the workforce and the community; Saturday at 5pm. // Find more details at last-supper-society.myshopify.com.

Learn to meditate with San Francisco Zen Center priest Shindo Gita Gayatri. During this beginner-friendly virtual session, you'll get a taste of the body- and mind-settling benefits of mediation, and how balanced posture can lead to calmness; Saturday at 10:30am. // RSVP at asianart.org.

Cook with Oakland's celeb chef Tanya Holland during her new Oprah Winfrey Network TV show,"Tanya's Kitchen Table." The chef/owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen will offer plenty of tips plus information about cooking local; Saturdays through December 26. // Watch a preview on youtube.com.

Watch films created by Black queer, trans, and nonbinary youth filmmakers at the BlaQ ArTed Short Film Fest. On Sunday, head to Chabot Space & Science Center for a drive-in screening and Q&A at 5pm, or watch the films at home beginning on Monday, November 23. // Tickets (pay what you can) are available on queerartscenter.com.

Discover the connection between Thanksgiving food and midcentury modern design. During the Contemporary Jewish Museum's Sunday Stories event, you'll learn how the design style of immigrants to postwar America during the 1930s and '40s influenced the look and taste of Thanksgiving; Sunday at 10am. // thecjm.org

Scarf down Kokak Chocolates' Socially Distant Holiday Pumpkin Cake for One. As if you needed an excuse to keep an entire cake for yourself, the LGBTQ- and immigrant-owned artisanal chocolate shop, opened in the Castro mid-pandemic, is offering a special pumpkin-spice dessert with apple-pear jam, white chocolate glaze, and single origin dark chocolate ganache designed specifically not to be shared. // Pickup and local delivery are available at 3901 18th St. (Castro), kokakchocolates.com.

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