20 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.23.21)
Reminisce on days spent sipping Samovar Tea over a couple of rectangular pies at Joyride. (Courtesy of @samovartea)

20 Fun Things to Do This Week (8.23.21)


The square pizza trend doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. What did go away, however, is Samovar Tea's San Francisco shops. In their place is an all-new brand: Joyride Pizza. With this and the opening of the Marina's Norcina, you can eat all the cheesy Italian food this week.

Plus, there's a new waterfront garden in SF; Cavallo Point hosts a luxe culinary fest; outdoor movies return to Dolores Park; and more fun ways to spend the last days of summer.

Have a good one!

Check out Afro Hippie, a solo exhibition by David Huffman. The artist, whose own mother designed the Black Panther Party's Free Huey flag, explores themes of Black power and belonging, Berkeley's history, free love, and family legacy through "psychic portraits" and mementos; through October 16th. // Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St. (Berkeley), berkeleyartcenter.org

Do some sun salutations with Mark Morford. Remember way back pre-COVID when local icon Morford would pack in the Yoga Tree Castro studio for his sweaty vinyasa classes? Though Yoga Tree locations have shuttered, he's teaching IRL once again at Yoga Flow SF's Ocean studio, multiple times per week. // Yoga Flow SF, 385 Ashton Ave. (Ingleside), yogaflowsf.com

Feast on Detroit style 'za at Joyride Pizza, housed inside Samovar Tea's former outposts. Head to the Yerba Buena Gardens restaurant for expansive outdoor seating (or picnicking space if you take your pies to go) and order some cocktails—think Pizza-Bloody Mary or Pineapple Smash—to go with your Zoe 'Roni Pepperoni or Eat Your Veggies square pizza or fresh pastas; open daily. // 411 Valencia St. (Mission) and 730 Howard St. (SoMa), order online at joyridepizza.com

Name a California landmark. Sign up to receive challenges via text that will help fight climate change and save energy in California—and you'll be automatically entered to name a lake, meadow, and trail. // Details on renamecalifornia.com

Join What to Drink, a new sustainable wine club by Joe Catalino, former sommelier at the Slanted Door and Celia Catalino. Each month, you'll receive two bottles of wine for $50 delivered straight to your doorstep from winemakers from California and beyond. Plus, $1 from each bottle will go toward a different charitable organization each month, like AAPI Women Lead or CALMA. // Order on whattodrinkclub.com

Explore Black Point Historic Gardens. Sandwiched between Fort Mason and Aquatic Park, the terraced gardens are opening to the public for the first time with native plants, paths, and Bay views; opening Wednesday. // 2 Fort Mason 11 (Marina), parksconservancy.org

Surround yourself in sound
. Don an eye mask, settle onto a cushion, amidst a ring of speakers, and soak in the sounds of everything from walruses to hair dryers to rowboats. Sound familiar? Maybe you've heard the 90-second radio show "The World According to Sound" on NPR's "All Things Considered"; Thursday at 8pm. // Gray Area, 2665 Mission St. (Mission), tickets ($25) on withfriends.co

In a Covid clothing rut? Join the "Your Personal Style, Post-Pandemic" workshop, withlocal stylist Michelle Moquin who will fill you in on meaningful self-expression and help you rework pieces from your closet; Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm. // The Hivery, 38 Miller Ave. (Mill Valley), tickets ($25 for non-members) on thehivery.com

Attend a Far Niente Wine Estates Dinner. The menu includes halibut crudo, Chilean sea bass, Creekstone filet, and tropical tacos, with pairings such as Nickel & Nickel's DeCarle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and EnRoute Pinot Noir; Thursday at 6pm. // Alexander's Steakhouse, 448 Brannan St. (SoMa), tickets ($195 per person) on exploretock.com

Celebrate a dozen San Francisco Art Institute grads by viewing Harbinger: 12 Graduates. Curated by Catherine Opie, the exhibit features select 2021 BFA and MFA grads whose works reflect the collective moment that has emerged from recent shared trauma; opens Thursday, through September 24th. // Walter and McBean Galleries, 800 Chestnut St. (Fisherman's Wharf), sfai.edu

Catch a waterfront film at Jack London Square
. Pixar favorite Up will be playing on the big screen this week. Look for showings every third Thursday through October, at dusk. // Ferry Lawn, Jack London Square, 472 Water St. (Oakland), jacklondonsquare.com

Watch the Oakland A's take on the New York Yankees, then find a seat on the outfield grass for an impressive Star Wars Light Show; game Friday at 6:40pm, show following. // Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way (Oakland), mlb.com

Celebrate August Hall's reopening with two nights of Sublime with Rome shows
, Friday and Saturday. // August Hall, 420 Mason St. (TenderNob), augusthallsf.com

Take a virtual trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by screening online "Three Chords and the Truth," a rock-and-roll-themed play by Lynn Aylward with Bay Area roots. // Get tickets at tickets.edfringe.com.

If you're still in the mood for Italian, stop by stylish Marina spot Norcina. With spritz flights, Neapolitan style pies, fresh pastas, and DIY s'mores, we're completely sold; open daily. // Norcina, 3251 Pierce St. (Marina), norcina.com

Escape to Cavallo Point for the Lexus Culinary Classic. The three-day food and drink experience a Franco-Spanish meal paired with Skywalker Vineyard wines at Summit Skywalker Ranch (bonus points for chauffeured luxury Lexus transport) and a Wine and Watercolor workshop. Skip the commute and book a hotel room; Friday through Sunday. // Cavallo Point Lodge, 601 Murray Circle (Sausalito); tickets ($795 for the weekend package, individual event tickets available) on lexusculinaryclassic.com

Watch "Sketch 11: Interrupted" for a glimpse into the ballet creation process. Artistic director Amy Seiwert and artistic fellow Ben Needham-Wood will exchange active feedback to uncover the complexities of choreography creation, habits, and possibility; 8pm Friday and Saturday and 7pm Sunday; broadcast on Sunday at 7:30pm. // ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. (Mission), odc.dance

Cozy up in Dolores Park for a screening of '90s comedy Sister Act. You'll also see a performance by Grace Cathedral's Vine choir and be joined by Sister Roma of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Come hungry for food truck bites. Want to reserve a seat? Donate to SF Parks Alliance; 6pm Friday, film at sunset. // Mission Dolores Park, Dolores St. and 19th St. (Mission), dothebay.com

SeeShit & Champagne, a cinematic adaptation of D'Arcy Drollinger's Oasis's drag show of the same name. Expect lots of special guests of course; Saturday at 8pm. // The Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. (Castro); tickets ($20 and up) on eventbrite.com

Stop by Birds in the Moon & Friends, a two-day outdoor celebration of opera, spoken word, and dance. Choose from six different performances by Bay Area Creative poets, the Latin fusion band Calmao, and more; Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 8pm. // 2070 Allston Way (Berkeley), lapena.org

Close out your week with Berber's Got Talent, a three-hour variety show with 10 performers including aerialists, magicians, and dancers, plus delish Moroccan food; Sunday at 6pm. // Berber, 1516 Broadway St. (Russian Hill); reservations ($20 entry fee) on exploretock.com

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