Flower Piano returns to Golden Gate Park this Friday. (Courtesy of San Francisco Botanical Garden)

22 Fun Things to Do This Week (9.13.21)

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We're already packing our picnic basket for Golden Gate Park where Flower Piano returns to San Francisco Botanical Gardens this week.

Plus, warmer weather has us in just the right mood for festivals like H.E.R.'s Lights On, Porter Robinson's Second Sky, TreasureFest, and West Coast Craft.


Have a good one!

Consider different definitions of what's fashionable at Mode Brut. Designers worked with Creativity Explored artists during the pandemic to make collections exploring accessibility, gender, and identity; view through January 23red. // Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 3rd St. (Dogpatch), sfmcd.org


Feast on affordable omakase and not-so-boring vegetarian sushi at Chīsai Sushi Club. Opt for a 13- or 17-course meal including such dishes as uni carbonara and BLTA handrolls; open daily for dinner. // Chīsai Sushi Club, 3369 Mission St. (Bernal Heights), reservations on resy.com


LOL at the San Francisco Comedy Competition's semifinals rounds. Past participants include Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, and Ellen DeGeneres; shows at 8pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. // Various locations around the Bay Area, details and tickets on sanfranciscocomedycompetition.com

Have a glass of natural wine at Bar Part Time, a pop-up and wine delivery turned permanent spot, open Wednesday through Saturday. // Bar Part Time, 496 14th St. (Mission), barparttime.com


Pamper yourself at holistic wellness shop Floramye. Wednesday's special event with Smudge Wellness will provide you with the chance to sample CBD infused herbal drinks, receive ear seeding from a licensed acupuncturist, participate in a guided sound healing, and try a treat from Moon Cycle Nutrition; Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm. // Floramye, 270 Magnolia Ave. (Larkspur), email help@floramye.com to reserve ($111); floramye.com


If you're vaxed, take your card to Humphry Slocombe for a free pint of Cornflake Crunch; through September. // Various locations, details on instagram.com


Experience blockbuster classics The Princess Bride and Apollo 13 like never before, as the San Francisco Symphony performs these unforgettable scores live to film on the big screen at Davies Symphony Hall; September 22-25. // Find more information and tickets at sfsymphony.org.

Thank you to our partners at SF Symphony.

Consider migration and identity through Maia Cruz Palileo's Long Kwento. You'll see paintings and sculptures that Palileo created, drawing from personal experience, family history, the works of Damían Domingo, and research on the Philippines conducted at Chicago's Newberry Library; reception Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm, view Tuesday through December 4th. // The Wattis Institute, 360 Kansas St. (Potrero Hill), wattis.org


Get to know three Top Chef Season 18 contestants, including chef Nelson German of Oakland's AlaMar Nibble on appetizers made by the chefs and take advantage of drink tickets; Thursday at 9pm. // Sobre Mesa, tickets ($75 per person) on exploretock.com


Play some pong at the finally reopened Spin club. Round up your crew and get a table or pop by on a Friday night to watch the professionals play over a drink or two; open Tuesdays through Saturdays. // Spin, 690 Folsom St. (SoMa), wearespin.com

Take a date to Frances' new pop-up dinner series, showcasing ingredients from local farmers and ranchers. The menu for chef Melissa Perello's feast will be kept a secret until you arrive, and a portion of proceeds will benefit a new charity each month, starting with World Central Kitchen; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October 2nd. // Frances, 3870 17th St. (Castro); reservations ($110 per person) on frances-sf.com


Immerse yourself in Flower Piano. The San Francisco Botanical Garden will be transformed into an interactive alfresco concert experience with pianos tucked between the flora. Listen to the pros play everything from jazz to opera or tickle the keys yourself; Friday through September 21st. // San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave. (Golden Gate Park), sfbg.org

Thank you to our partners at San Francisco Botanical Garden.


Hang at the Almanac 21+ Lounge. Drink locally made beers at the new taproom adjacent space with vintage furnishings and sliding doors onto the outdoor beer garden; noon to 10pm Saturdays and until 8pm Sundays. // Almanac 21+ Lounge, 651 W Tower Ave. (Alameda), details on instagram.com


Explore technology, culture, politics, and human contact in Bay Area artist Tabitha Soren's Surface Tension, featuring images of iPad screens shot on an 8x10 large-format camera. Stop by the opening reception on Saturday evening from 6pm to 8pm; exhibit on view through December 12th. // Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd. (Oakland), mills.edu

Search last minute tickets to H.E.R.'s Lights On Festival. The Bay Area–born artist curated an epic lineup including Erykah Badu, Bryson Tiller, and Ari Lennox; Saturday and Sunday. // Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kicker Pass Rd. (Concord), details on lightsonfest.com


If EDM's more your thing, attend Porter Robinson's Second Sky music festival. At Oakland Area Grounds, the two-day festival also includes DJs Madeon and Jai Wolf; Saturday and Sunday at 11am. // Oakland Arena Grounds, 7000 Coliseum Way (Oakland); tickets and lineup ($150 for one day GA) on secondskyfest.com


Head to the waterfront to see Shimon Attie's Night Watch, a film installation floating on a barge on the Bay. While you're at Fort Mason, enjoy food trucks, outdoor installations like immersive hopscotch art, dance performances, and more. Plus, stop by Attie's solo exhibit, Here, Not Here, at Catharine Clark Gallery; Friday. // Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), details on fortmason.org


Make mooncakes, a Chinese pastry symbolizing family reunion, in celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival. You'll learn to make the skin from scratch, then knead, wrap, and fill it with green tea and ube. Take a box of 12 mooncakes home; Sunday from noon to 3pm. // Biteunite, 600 S Van Ness Ave. (Mission), tickets ($105 per person) on biteunite.com

Shop till you drop at TreasureFest. Having outgrown its former Treasure Island digs, the festival is taking over the Marin Center for a weekend fair of endless vintage threads, home goods, crafts, and more from local vendors. Bring your blanket and pup to enjoy music, food and drinks; Saturday and Sunday. // The Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags (San Rafael), tickets and details on treasurefest.com


Support more than 250 independent artists and designers at West Coast Craft's shopping extravaganza; Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. // Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), westcoastcraft.com


Learn about the history of lowriding in San Francisco. In the 40 years since the San Francisco Lowrider Council was first formed to counter the SFPD's racial profiling, the group has continued to fight injustices. Visit the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts to check out an exhibit featuring memorabilia and art and stop by the Celebration Cruise at 2pm on Saturday; exhibit on view through September 27. // Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St. (Mission), details on instagram.com


Make a traditional Nigerian dish with Eko Kitchen chef/owner Simileoluwa Adebajo. Groove to Afrobeats while you snack on fried plantains, jollof rice, and suya chicken—and learn about the cultural significance of thedishes; 4-6pm and 6-8pm Sunday. // Merkado, 130 Townsend St. (SoMa); details and reservations ($48 per person) on airbnb.com

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