22 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.17.21)
Get ready to Roxie—the iconic indie theater reopens this week with viewers choice screenings beginning with 'Cinema Paradiso.'

22 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.17.21)


Bye, Netlix. Hello, movie theater! For the first time in over a year, the Roxie, San Francisco's most iconic indie film venue, is opening for IRL showings.

Plus, there are several concerts on this week's lineup—think Dirty Cello at Brooklyn Basin and The Mother Hips in Big Sur; brews on tap at Harmonic Brewing's new waterfront taproom; comedian Lewis Black at Litquake; sweet shoe deals at the Freda Salvador sample sale; and a good old fashioned NoLa-style crawfish boil.

Have a good one!

Sign up to volunteer at the sold-out Taste of Temescal, a COVID-safe culinary crawl featuring live music and stops at bars and restaurants including Roses' Taproom, Artichoke Basille's Pizza, and Co Nam. Proceeds benefit local schools and organizations like Claremont Middle School and La Clínica de La Raza; 5-7pm and 7-9pm Tuesday. // Sign up to volunteer at signupgenius.com.

Discover the earth's often ignored tiny creatures that arefacing habitat loss and extinction in The Small Matter, a new exhibit by Bay Area artist Isabella Kirkland; through June 12th. // Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah St. (Mission), hosfeltgallery.com

Kick it with comedian Lewis Black. The New York Times bestselling author and Grammy winner, known as "America's reigning angry comic," is headlining Litquake's virtual spring fundraiser; Wednesday at 5pm. // Tickets ($100) on flipcause.com

View ArtScapes in the Garden, an outdoor exhibit featuring artful plant works by nine artists from the Sogetsu San Francisco School of Ikebana; Wednesday through Sunday. // Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery, 1552 Bancroft Rd. (Walnut Creek), ruthbancroftgarden.org

See Sowing Agency, a presentation by the Asian-American Women Artists Association and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. The exhibit uses visuals and poems to address environmental justice, corporate greed, and colonization; through May 23rd. // SomArts Cultural Center, Main Gallery, 934 Brannan St. (SoMa), aawaa.net

Head to Redwood City for the Dragon Drive-In Variety Show. Host Bora "Max" Koknar will be joined by Bay Area artists and performances including acrobatics, sketch comedy, opera, and breakdancing; 7:30pm Friday. // 459 Seaport Court (Redwood City); tickets ($25-$50 per car) on aftontickets.com

Rock out with Dirty Cello, a crossover classical-rock band playing everything from Yo Yo Ma to Jimi Hendrix, along with bites from the waterfront venue; Friday at 7pm. // Rocky's Market Brooklyn Basin, 288 9th Ave. (Oakland); tickets ($20) on eventbrite.com

Sip a brew or two at Harmonic Brewing's new waterfront Thrive City taproom. Harmonic's kölsch and IPAs—plus Sicilian pizzas and bagel dogs—are best enjoyed on the 2,000 square foot patio; Wednesdays through Sundays. // Harmonic Brewing Thrive City, 7 Warriors Way Suite 206 (Mission Bay), harmonicbrewing.com

If you're fully vaxed, catch a show at the just-reopened Feinstein's at the Nikko. This week's offering is Funny How it Happens, a musical performance featuring Broadway power couple Kelli Barret and Jarrod Spector. Stay tuned for an appearance by Katya Smirnoff-Skyy; shows at 8pm Thursdays through Saturdays and 2pm Sunday. // Feinstein's at the Nikko, 222 Mason St. (Tenderloin); tickets ($85) on feinsteinssf.com

Take a weekend getaway to Big Sur and catch a concert by The Mother Hips. Two shows include a prix-fixe dinner from Coast Cafe; 5:30pm or 8pm Friday. // Fernwood Campground and Resort, 47200 California 1 (Big Sur); tickets ($270/two, tickets available for up to five) on folkyeah.com

Snag tix to an all-ages outdoor concert featuring John Doe of Punk Band X and Green Day touring guitarist Jason White. If you miss this collab concert between the Ivy Room and Fireside Lounge, look for additional upcoming shows in the Tiny Towns Outdoor Concert Series; Friday at 6pm. // Fireside Lounge, 1435 Webster St. (Alameda); tickets ($45 and up) on eventbrite.com

Challenge your furry friend to some "doga,"45 minutes of relaxing poses with your pup. Proceeds benefit Family Dog Rescue; Saturday at 10am. // Spark Social Field, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. North (Mission Bay); tickets ($10) on eventbrite.com

Spend your weekend at the reopened Roxie. To mark the occasion, the theater will be showing Giuseppe Tornatore's iconic film, Cinema Paradiso, the clear winner of the theater's audience choice voting on Friday. Sisters with Transistors, The Story of a Three Day Pass, Eraserhead, and Punk the Capital will also be screening this weekend. First show is Friday at 2:30pm. // Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (Mission), roxie.com

Take a ride on the mechanical bull at Westwood. The recently reopened country bar in the Marina is offering wings on Wednesdays, live music on Thursdays, and bottomless mimosas on the weekends. // Westwood, 2036 Lombard St. (Marina), enterwestwood.com

Take a virtual tour of SF Decorator Showcase's spectacular Russian Hill penthouse
. The home at 1080 Chestnut Street promises enviable interiors by Bay Area designers; launches Saturday. // decoratorshowcase.org

Get some fresh, discounted kicks at Frēda Salvador's sample sale. You'll have 30 minutes to safely shop one-of-a-kind samples and previous season styles at up to 70 percent off; Friday through May 25th. // 80 Liberty Ship Way Suite 20 (Sausalito); tickets ($10) on eventbrite.com

Catch Golden Hour's oceanfront Sunset Drag Show. The outdoor show will feature performances by Kenya Knott, Mary Vice, and Syzgy; Saturday at 6:30pm. // Lobos Creek, 1781 Gibson Rd. (Presidio); tickets ($10) on eventbrite.com

Get in the spirit of World Goth Day at Menagerie's Transmission
, an outdoor market with dark art, jewelry, apparel, candles, and tarot readings courtesy of local makers. You can also expect DJ beats, drinks by Fireside Lounge, and bites from Webster Street eateries; Saturday from 11am to 7pm. // al Fresco Dining Park Alameda, 1445 Webster St. (Alameda); details on eventbrite.com

Join the Parkinson's Foundation for its annual Moving Day walk event, which unites people around the country living with Parkinson's disease (PD), their care partners, and loved ones to help beat PD; 9am on Saturday. // movingdaysanfrancisco.org

Thank you to our partners at Moving Day San Francisco.

Shop small at the Buck Lucky Market. Expect vintage and locally made art finds from more than 20 vendors; Sunday from 1pm to 6pm. // Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St. (Petaluma), details on Instagram

Pair top-shelf cannabis and gourmet cuisine at the Enlightened Dinner Series, a four-course dinner collaboration between Limewood, the Apothecarium, and Cultivating Spirits; Sunday at 6pm. // Limewood at Claremont Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road (Berkeley); tickets ($200 per person) on eventhi.io

Eat all the crustaceans at Crawstation's crawfish boil. The NoLa-style summertime feast comes with booze and DJ beats; noon to 6pm Sunday. // The Market, 1355 Market St. (SoMa); tickets ($35 per person) on eventbrite.com

Vibe out during Poolside's Daytime Disco in the Vineyard. Held at Napa's picturesque Charles Krug Winery, the dance party show features songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Paradise; 3pm and 7:30pm Sunday. // Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St. (St. Helena); tickets ($45 and up) on apeconcerts.com

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