Love live music? Then August is really heating up. Don your coolest getup and get ready for shows ranging from jazz at the San Francisco venue Black Cat, opera in a Berkeley parklet, and funk and soul at the Petaluma Music Festival.
Plus, see OMCA's new exhibit Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism; adopt a pet at SFSPCA for free; enjoy Shakespeare in the Park; and slurp your way through National Oyster Day.
Have a good one!
Adopt a new furry friend at the SFSPCA. For the next few weeks, you can give an older dog or cat or dog over 30 pounds a forever home without paying the usual fee; through August 15th. // SFSPCA, 201 Alabama St. (Mission), sfspca.org
Grab some cornmeal popovers, gumbo, and a cocktail named for an indie music venue at Rock & Rye, the new restaurant at Mill Valley's Sweetwater Music Hall. Then buy tickets to one of the venue's September shows; open daily starting Monday. // The Rock & Rye, 19 Corte Madera Ave. (Mill Valley), sweetwatermusichall.com
Learn to make impressive cocktails at The Alembic's Seasonal Mixology course. You'll mix up four full-sized drinks and pick up some mixology history tidbits; Monday from 7pm to 9pm. // The Alembic, 1725 Haight St. (Upper Haight); tickets ($85) on eventbrite.com
See Lauren Quin: Vocal Fry, an exhibit of paintings that explore themes of love, power, consumption, and communication; by appointment through September 2nd. // Four One Nine, 419 10th St. (SoMa), friendsindeed.art
Get tix to Black Cat's first-ever Jazz@TheEdge Festival, in celebration of the bar and music venue's post-Covid reopening as well as its fifth birthday. A curated lineup of special guests. The fun kicks off this Wednesday with Grammy Award–nominated trumpeter Theo Croker; through October 10th. // Black Cat, 400 Eddy St. (Tenderloin), lineup and tickets on blackcatsf.com
See the Mission Art and Comic Expo with pieces by more than 60 artists focusing on POC and LGBTQ voices; 3pm to 8pm Wednesdays through Saturdays, through August 28th. // Evolved, 3067 24th St. (Mission), details on Instagram
Enjoy free Shakespeare in the Park. SF Shakes will present a four-part version of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, a story with plenty of adventure and cliff hangers. Catch up with on-demand showings of episodes one and two; watch episode three on YouTube Live this week; and then at the end of the month, see the final act in person at Golden Gate Park. // Find details on sfshakes.org.
Hear Penny Opera perform from the bed of a truck at a Downtown Berkeley parklet, 7pm to 9pm Thursday. Locations to be announced soon. // Find details at downtownberkeley.com.
See Bay Area Walls, a series of commissions by local artists that consider the Covid-19 pandemic and unfolding crises of 2020. Displayed across three floors of the museum, the artworks reveal the far-reaching impact of these events on Bay Area communities; ongoing. // San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), 151 Third St. (SoMa), bit.ly/3bWs1Ei
Thank you to our partners at SFMOMA.
Slurp your way through National Oyster Day with a chef's selection of oysters and specially priced bottles of Delamotte Brut Champagne ($75); Thursday at Waterbar. // Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero, waterbarsf.com
Catch David Martin's House Party playing the kickoff of Night at the Green concert series. Then, see more live bands every week through October 28th. Two drink tickets are included with admission; Thursdays at 7:30pm. // Par 3 at Poplar Creek, 1700 Coyote Point Dr. (San Mateo), par3thelodge.com
LOL because you can relate at the return of About Last Night: A One Night Stand Storytelling Series. Face it, we've all experienced embarrassing and awkward one-night stands; Friday at 7pm. Proof of vaccination will be required at the door. // Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St. (Mission); tickets ($10 and up) on eventbrite.com
Explore Sonoma County Regional Parks with REI's Dirt, Sweat & Beers series. Run a 5K through Shiloh Ranch or a 10K through Spring Lake, and don't forget to give back to these spaces with a DIY cleanup. This race is open from now through September 29th. // Register and check out more events at reidirtsweatandbeers.splashthat.com/7x7.
Thank you to our partners at REI.
Team award-winning film screenings with wine tastings and chef dinners at Sonoma International Film Festival's Summerfest; Thursday through Sunday. // Various locations in Sonoma, eventive.org
Go see Kristina Micotti's whimsical works in Rare Device's in-store gallery (and maybe do some shopping while you're there). You can even book an opening reception timeslot if you want to meet the illustrator, opening on Friday from 7pm to 9pm, show through September 20. // Rare Device, 600 Divisadero St. (Fillmore), raredevice.net
Listen to jazz while imbibing al fresco at Hotel Healdsburg. The Carlitos Medrano Trio kicks off the Jazz Summer Music Series, 5pm to 8pm Saturdays through August 28th. // Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St. (Healdsburg), hotelhealdsburg.com
View Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism, a new exhibit celebrating the past, present, and future through Black imagination. Pieces include a costume from Black Panther and music by jazz artist Sun Ra; opens Saturday, through February 27, 2022. // Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (Oakland), museumca.org
Hang out at the Petaluma Music Festival. Acts include San Francisco soul group Royal Jelly Live, soul band Monophonics, and funk-meets-pop group The Motet. Meander between the four stages with brews by Lagunitas and plenty of specialty food vendors; Saturday from 11:30am to 9pm. // Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive (Petaluma); GA tickets ($55) on petalumamusicfestival.org
Spend a leisurely afternoon at Cornerstone Sonoma. During the weekly Summer Music Series, foodies and wine and cocktails connoisseurs can kick back to live bands while munching on gourmet offerings like wood-fired pizzas; 11am to 3pm Saturdays and Sundays, through August 29th. // Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Drive (Sonoma), details on eventbrite.com
Stop by the opening reception of "Layers." You'll be able to chat with Bay Area artists Trent Thompson and John Osgood and hear more about their street art–inspired works. The opening reception is Friday from 5pm to 9pm; exhibit through August 28th. // Voss Gallery, 3344 24th St. (Mission), details on eventbrite.com
Get groovy at the outdoor All Day I Dream event. Expect live music and art, yoga, clothing and jewelry vendors, and food trucks. Bring a blanket for picnicking with fellow creatives; Saturday from noon to 7pm. // Golden Gate Park, 880 John F. Kennedy Drive (Golden Gate Park), tickets on ra.co
Partake in Balletto Vineyards' Summer Supper. This weekend only, chef Fernando Ruiz (perhaps you've seen him on Chopped or Beat Bobby Flay) will serve a special menu of six courses with wine pairings—think halibut ceviche with sparkling brut rosé; Saturday and Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. // Balletto Vineyards, 5700 Occidental Rd. (Santa Rosa); tickets ($125 for GA) on ballettovineyards.com
Take your pup to Harmonic Brewing. On Sunday, pair your beers with DJ beats, tacos from El Fuego, and special treats for the dogs; noon to 6pm, DJ at 1:30pm. // Harmonic Brewing, 1050 26th St. (Dogpatch), harmonicbrewing.com