The old Jardiniere space is cooking again with the opening of Baia, a plant-based Italian eatery serving elevated pastas and pizzas. Plus, head over to Mill Valley where an epic outdoor beer garden is serving local brews, hard kombucha, and wines on tap.
You'll also crack up while watching Quack, Shotgun Player's new show on themes such as cancel culture and white male privilege; catch skyline and bridge views from a new stretch of the Bay Trail; and buy birthday cake cookies at a pop-up that aims to feed kids while schools are closed.
Whether you're vegan or not, order plant-based Italian food for pickup or delivery from Baia. The new eatery—housed inside Jardiniere's former space—offers animal-product-free dishes like cacio e pepe pizza, caprese salad, garlic knots, and gnocchi. Bring your order to nearby Patricia's Green for a picnic, daily from 4pm to 10pm. // baiasf.com
Buy a raffle ticket to support women and communities of color, and win a curated box of Bay Area–made artisanal goods if you're lucky. The Essential Kit for Uncertain times includes a mug from @peopleiveloved, pain alleviating fragrant tea from @flowerheadtea, earrings from @annamonetjewelry, a silk bracelet from @stellafluorescent, and moisturizer from @rootsblooms. Raffle proceeds benefit The Adabi Healing Shelter and The Loveland Foundation. // Enter and donate on theessentialkitforuncertaintimes.com.
Learn about urgent societal issues—think immigration, women's liberation, mass incarceration, climate anxiety, and coerced labor—during the new weekly series UC Press Now: Urgent Conversations, kicking off this Monday. 11am PST, through September 7. // Register on gopassage.com.
Virtually view Root Division's Diasporic Futurism - Part 1 The Present Future. Curated by GLTTR Collective, the multidisciplinary exhibit explores imagination, identity, and finding joy during systemic upheaval with the goal of centering and celebrating Black voices, experiences, and art; online through Saturday. // rootdivision.org
Hear about "doctor dogs" from New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage. During this Rotary Club of San Francisco meeting, you'll learn how dogs can detect disease and help people suffering from physical and mental conditions, and even get an update on research into if dogs can detect COVID-19; Tuesday noon to 1:30pm PST. // sfrotary.com
Catch a panel discussion and screening of Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman's Emmy Award–winning 2005 documentary, "Screaming Queens" to commemorate the 1966 Compton's Cafeteria riot; Wednesday 6pm PST. // Details on Facebook
Enjoy Golden Gate and Bay Bridge views on a new mile-long Bay Trail expansion. The scenic stretch, opened in late July, connects Oakland to Richmond and is the perfect place for a socially distanced walk, run, or bike ride. // baytrail.org
Attend Magic Theatre's virtual gala fundraiser, Springing Forward. After the virtual happy hour and cocktail demo, watch performances and guest appearances, enter a raffle, and honor the recipients of this year's Sam Shepard Legacy Award; Thursday at 6pm PST. // Register and donate at mobilecause.com.
Stream Quack, Shotgun Players' production that addresses cancel culture, anti-vaxxers, white male privilege, toxic diet culture, and fame; live virtual shows Thursday through Sunday. // Pay what you can, tickets on shotgunplayers.org.
After hiking on Mount Tam, stop by the Junction, a new Mill Valley beer garden serving up local brews, hard kombucha, wine on tap—and PizzaHacker pies on a 5,000-square-foot patio. Weekdays from 3pm to 9pm, weekends 11am to 9pm. // thejunc.com
Watch "Rebuilding Paradise," a new documentary by Academy Award–winning director Ron Howard that tells the story of the 2018 wildfire in Paradise, California and explores themes of community and resilience. // Stream through the Roxie Theater.
Join choreographer Alonzo King for a conversation on Climate Change Through the Artist's Eyes. Thursday at 4pm PST. // Register on climateone.org
Join The Walt Disney Family Museum for an evening with award-winning composer and songwriter Alan Menken, and sing along during a free performance of hits such as "Under the Sea" and "Be Our Guest" featuring Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Proceeds will benefit the museum's youth initiatives. VIP chat 5pm to 5:30pm PST, performance 5:30 to 6pm PST Thursday. // Register on mobilecause.com.
Support 111 Minna Gallery by RSVPing for their three-day live streamed Fun-Raiser. Expect live music, 80s DJ sets, comedy, cooking and cocktail making classes, yoga, political discourse, and plenty of art, of course; Thursday through Saturday. Donate at gofundme.com. // Details on 111minnagallery.com and @111minnagallery
Tour Napa Valley Museum's virtual exhibition, "Lucy Liu: One of These Things Is Not Like the Others," featuring the actress' wood sculptures, silkscreens, and large paintings inspired by Shunga, a form of erotic Japanese art; through September 27. // $5 suggested minimum donation, napavalleymuseum.org
Get your groove on outdoors with Discology, a socially distanced DJd dance sesh happening in gorgeous natural environments in cities nationwide. In SF this week, parties will. go down at the Sutro Baths Cave, atop Strawberry Hill, Mount Davidson, and the Rose Garden in Golden Gate Park; Thursdays at 6:15pm PST. // Register on discology.io
Tour Creativity Explored's new exhibit, The park "a darling walk for the mind," featuring works by more than 20 artists; Thursday at 1pm PST. // Register and find details on creativityexplored.org.
Order up espresso drinks, Neighbor Bakehouse pastries, and Dynamo Donuts at Linea Coffee Roasting's new Potrero Hill Cafe. Wednesday through Sunday, 7am to 3pm. // Details on Instagram.
The Vault Garden and Four Star Seafood are having a lobster boil this Friday, and you're invited! The $125 ticket gets you access to an epic outdoor seafood experience complete with Champagne, oysters, your own Maine lobster, family-style sides, peach cobbler, and more. Bonus points for social distancing and free parking! Make reservations at exploretock.com. (Thank you to our partners at The Vault Garden.)
Grab cookies from Frolic and Detour's pop-up at Deli Board. Order ahead for 'grammable boxes of flavors as birthday cake, chocolate espresso passionfruit, and masala chai molasses. Ten percent of birthday cake cookie sales will help provide meals to children during the school closure; Saturday from noon to 2pm. // Order ahead on frolicanddetourbakery.com
Zoom The Playwrights Center of San Francisco's 5th annual PCSF Playoffs. Watch two rounds of four staged readings on Saturdays of August, then vote for your two favorite plays in each round. 3pm and 4:30pm PST Saturday. // Register (free) on playwrightscentersf.org.
On your way to the beach, check out the window installation at The Great Highway art gallery in the Outer Sunset—or make an appointment to go inside and see the gallery's first significant art collab, "Restructuring in Progress", which showcases color and line painting installations by Mel Prest and machine-made sculptural work by Andrew Kleindolph. Twenty-five percent of sales will benefit SURJ Bay Area; through August 16. // thegreathighway.com
Volunteer during car-free Valencia Street. If you've already taken advantage of alfresco dining and extra outdoor space on Thursday through Sunday evenings, why not help keep the shared space safe? DM @welcometomannys to help enforce distancing and mask-wearing; Thursday through Sunday from 4pm tp 10pm. // Details on Instagram