15 Fun Things to Do This Week (9.18.23)
Say cheers: It's Negroni Week at venues around the Bay Area. (Photo by Patrick Langwallner on Unsplash)

15 Fun Things to Do This Week (9.18.23)


Spritzes are so last season. Ease your transition into fall with takes on the classic Italian cocktail during Negroni Week around the Bay Area.

Plus, feed your inner bookworm at William Stout Architectural Books' two-week-long warehouse sale; catch a spate of great concerts ranging from Pete Davidson to Stephen Marley; catch up with author Zadie Smith at City Arts; and have a ball at the San Francisco Symphony's opening night gala.

Have a good one!

Bring your reading glasses to leaf through thousands of books on architecture, landscape, photography, art, design, and more: William Stout Architectural Books is holding a giant warehouse sale featuring inventory from the last 50 years. Hardcovers are $2, $1 for paperbacks; 10am to 4pm this Monday through Friday, and also September 25-29. // Stout Books Warehouse, 1312 S. 51st. St. (Richmond), stoutbooks.com

Raise a glass to Negroni Week. Bay Area venues including Nopa, Tony's Pizza Napoletana, Rye, Kona's Street Market, and Terrene are pouring their takes on the Italian classic to benefit Slow Food; Monday through Sunday. // Learn more and find participating locations at negroniweek.com.

Get a little giddy: SNL funny guy Pete Davidson is live from San Francisco on Wednesday night; 7pm. // The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at concerts.livenation.com

Sate your soul when Stephen Marley brings his "Old Soul Unplugged" tour to the Fillmore stage; 8pm Thursday. // 1805 Geary Blvd. (NoPa); GA tickets available at concerts.livenation.com

Take your movies with a side of impact: Glide's Social Justice Film Festival features four documentary shorts "rooted in transformation, empathy, and inclusion"; 6:30pm to 8:30pm Thursday. // Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St (Mission); for info and tickets, visit eventbrite.com.

Meet for family-style dinner at Mr. Digby’s monthly supper club. This week's menu goes to Italy with pizza rolls, ricotta gnocchi, vegetarian lasagna, and meatballs; 5pm to 9pm Thursday. // Mr. Digby's, 1199 Church St. (Noe Valley); reservations at OpenTable.

Break out your black tie and have a ball at SF Symphony's Opening Night Gala on Friday. Led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the performance will feature a mingling of music and tech; 5:30pm red carpet, 7pm concert, 8:30pm supper. // Davies Symphony Hall (Civic Center), sfsymphony.org

Get author Zadie Smith's take (plus a copy of the book) on her new novel The Fraud,a historical fiction "about truth and fiction, Jamaica and Britain, fraudulence, authenticity, and the mystery of 'other people;'" 7:30pm Friday. // Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley), cityarts.net

Keep an open mind and ears for the singular sound of Snarky Puppy, the Texas-born multicultural music collective that defies definition but scoops up the Grammys; 8pm Friday. // Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), thefoxoakland.com

Rave it up old-school-style with Fatboy Slim. The acid house hitmaker of the '80s and '90s plays a secret warehouse location in Oakland; 9pm Friday. // Tickets and info at goldenvoice.com

Spice up the weekend with the sounds of the cajón and the rhythms of bomba, fabulous footwork and flavorful cuisines at the Rhythmix Nuestros Colores Festival, celebrating Latin and Indigenous traditions and featuring an energetic lineup of local artists; noon to 4pm Saturday. // Chochenyo Park (Alameda); more details at rhythmix.org

Embrace Karl and the 36th Annual Pacific Coast Fog Fest. The family-friendly event kicks off with a parade and float contest, followed by live music, local vendors, and plenty of food; 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. // Palmetto Ave. (Pacifica), pacificcoastfogfest.com

See the sunrise at Sensorio, artist Bruce Munro's dazzling light field on the Central Coast. At the first morning events of its kind you can enjoy coffee, pastries, and yoga (BYO mat) while you take in the stunning exhibit at daybreak; 4:30am to 7:30am Sunday. // 4380 CA-46 (Paso Robles), sensoriopaso.com

Pick up your smoked fish, bagels and schmears, matzo balls, latkes, kugels and more from Wise Sons' Yom Kippur pop-ups ; starting at 10am Sunday. // Locations around the Bay Area; for info and ordering, go to wisesonsdeli.com/highholidays.

Add a bit of culture to a day in Sausalito when you catch Project Space: Victoria Shen, an installation that experiments with sound and sonic objects; Sunday through Nov. 5. // Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry (Sausalito), headlands.org

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