Catch the Bay Area's own Lalin St. Juste and The Seshen on stage at The Independent this week. (Courtesy of @theseshen)

23 Fun Things to Do This Week (7.12.21)


How many concerts can you see this summer? Even more now that The Independent has reopened! See The Seshen on stage this week.

Plus, check out Samin Nosrat's seasonal 'za at Square Pie Guys; celebrate Bastille Day at Rickshaw Stop's Bardot a Go Go; shop the Fog City Flea; and more ways to enjoy these July days.

Have a good one!

Order Samin's Summer Pizza at Square Pie Guys. Nosrat's seasonal collaboration is topped with ricotta cream, sungold cherry tomatoes, Calabrian chiles, and basil. Five percent of sales will benefit the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive and the chef herself will match donations; through October 3rd. // Square Pie Guys, 499 9th St. (Oakland) and 1077 Mission St. (SoMa),

Support SF's live music scene during Independent Venue Week. Spots including Mr. Tipple's and Amado's will offer special programming this week. Move and shake to the vintage-inspired Cosmo Alleycats or listen to some Americana classics courtesy of Edgar Allen Paul; Monday through Sunday. // Various locations,

Get your game face on at The Detour
. The throwback arcade bar has reopened. Forget home Jenga—go for Wednesday trivia or Thursday drag bingo. // The Detour, 2200A Market St. (Upper Market),

Pair natural wines with charcuterie at Temescal newcomer Snail Bar, open 4pm to 9:30pm Thursday through Monday. // Snail Bar, 4935 Shattuck Ave. (Oakland),

Experienced your fair share of awful virtual dates during the pandemic? Hear some horror stories at Tindervention; Wednesday at 8pm. // Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave. (Russian Hill); tickets ($20) on

Party like you're in 1960s Paris at Rickshaw Stop's Bardot a Go Go. The 23rd annual event will feature retro tunes by Brigitte Bardot, Francoise Hardy, Jacques Dutronc, and more; sounds by DJ Brother Grimm; and drink specials. Bonus points if you arrive fitted in your shagadelic best; Wednesday at 8pm. // Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St. (Hayes Valley), tickets for all ages on

Celebrate Bastille Day with "plats de la révolution," and martinis, and entertainment including a unicyclist, stilt walker, and magician. Don't forget to wear your red, white, and blue; Wednesday. // Left Bank Brasserie locations (Larkspur, Menlo Park, San Jose),

Hear stories from three of roughly 2,000 San Franciscans living in their vehicles. Manny's event also provides an opportunity to learn about how to help those struggling to find housing; Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30pm. // Manny's, 3092 16th St. (Mission); tickets ($5) on

Stretch your definition of photography at the exhibit Photo Based. Works by Paul Sarkisian, Keira Kotler, Tony Berland, Dana Hart-Stone, and more all begin with photography but incorporate painting, collage, drawing, and sculptural elements to fresh dimensional effect; Thursday through August 28th. // Brian Gross Fine Art, 248 Utah St. (Mission),

View Contested Territories, Minnesota Street Project's group exhibit
focusing on the psychological and physical tensions of ideologies and issues of racism, incarceration, violence, and inequity in the country. Expect to see works across mediums, through August 28th. // Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St. (Dogpatch),

Attend San Francisco Performances' Summer Music Sessions. Beginning this Wednesday, catch 12 days of instrumental and vocal performances including one by pianist David Greilsammer on opening day; 7:30pm Wednesdays through July 24th. // Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets on

Hear live music and poetry to benefit the Asian Law Caucus, which serves low-income APA communities. Look for performances by SF Symphony cellist Amos Yang, Josiah Johnson (formerly of The Head and the Heart), and more; Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30pm. // The Palace Theater, 644 Broadway (Russian Hill); tickets ($25-$100) on

Hang out at Sip Shop Eat's Summer in San Francisco pop-up. Your ticket grants you access to shop more than 35 small brands plus complimentary cocktails and treats. Visit the nail bar and get a tarot reading too; Saturday and Sunday. // 3 Embarcadero Center; tickets ($15 and up) on

Get down with The Seshen at The Independent (yep, it's finally reopened!). The Bay Area–based group headed by singer-lyricist Lalin St. Jude will be joined by Oakland rapper Mahawam; Saturday at 9pm. // The Independent, 628 Divisadero St. (Fillmore); tickets ($16/advance or $20/door) on

Say goodbye to sad salads. Pascale Beale, author of Salade II: More Recipes from the Market Table, will be at Omnivore Books signing copies of her best-selling book featuring 40 new and 60 classic salad recipes; 3pm Saturday. // Omnivore Books, 3885 Cesar Chavez (Noe Valley),

Toast the weekend with bubbly and live music at Chandon's Garden Summer Event. Your ticket ($95) will get you access to four tastings, farm to table fare, and a performance by Brett Hunter (as seen on The Voice); noon to 2.30pm Saturday. // Chandon California, 1 California Dr. (Yountville); get tickets t

Thank you to our partners at Chandon.

NSFW! Hear tales of sexcapades and more during Bawdy Storytelling at San Francisco Mint's Courtyard Cabaret. You'll hear from Dixie De La Tour, founder of the multi-city storytelling event; cabaret, burlesque, and former Beach Blanket Babylon performer Alotta Boutté; sex ed trainer Sejay; and more. Custom cocktails will also be on hand; Saturday from 8pm to 10pm. // San Francisco Mint, 88 5th St. (SoMa); tickets ($50) on

Tour the murals of the Tenderloin with CounterPulse and Tenderloin Museum. In this walking tour, you'll weave your way around the neighborhood to see new and legacy murals and also see site-specific dances; Saturday at 1pm. // CounterPulse, 80 Turk St. (Tenderloin); details on

Pick up some fresh summer threads at Fog City Flea
. Rain or shine, the Ferry Building's weekly pop-up is back with curated vintage styles and handcrafted goods; Sundays from 10am to 5pm. // Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building (Embarcadero),

Get tickets to Sonoma International Film Festival's Summerfest Live, which will feature 40 new films including 15 premieres, IRL screenings, and outdoor winery events. Passes are limited, so plan ahead; Aug 5-8. // For the full lineup and tix, go to

Thank you to our partners at SIFF.

Round up your crew for tacos and margs at Barrio's new Ghirardelli Square location. The 50-seat patio has waterfront views. // Barrio, 900 North Point St. (Fisherman's Wharf),

Celebrate National Caviar Day at the Vault Garden. A decadent three-course brunch featuring Caviar Company goods will also include Grey Goose slushies, a DIY bloody mary cart, and live music; Sunday from 11am to 2pm. // The Vault Garden, 555 California St. (FiDi); reservations ($95/person with seatings for parties of two to eight available) on

Catch the Bay Area Playwrights Festival
. This year's fest includes IRL events and virtual readings with Miyoko Conley, Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin, Sam Hamashima, and more; Friday through July 25th. // Tickets (sliding scale all-access pass available) on

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