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22 Fun Things to Do This Week (5.10.21)

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Ready to hit the town? Light up your nights this week with a spin at Church of 8 Wheels, the return of Cal Academy's NightLife, and midnight dance performances at the top of Salesforce Tower.

Plus, arts lovers will find several new exhibitions and performances this week including CAAMFest, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival's lunchtime pop-up series, and the Local Love Spring Art Festival.


Have a good one!

Lace up your skates and get ready to show off the tricks you've been mastering in Golden Gate Park during the pandemic: the Church of 8 Wheels is officially back. // Church of 8 Wheels, 554 Fillmore St. (Lower Haight), churchof8wheels.com


Look up to to see RawDance perform at 1,070 feet at the top of Salesforce Tower...or at Alamo Square, Twin Peaks, or Dolores Park, nightly from midnight to 1am through May 31st. // Find details and a corresponding playlist on rawdance.org.


Order a copy of
Table With a View: The History and Recipes of Nick's Cove. You'll learn to make dishes from the iconic Tomales Bay restaurant including Dungeness crab mac and cheese and seared duck with blackberry sauce; Tuesday. // Purchase ($30) at nickscove.com.

Make your own floral bouquet at Rust & Flourish. During this in-person workshop hosted by Gather, Ricci Candé will give you the low down on design elements, flower cleaning, color theory, and crafting an impressive arrangement; 1pm to 2pm Saturday. // Rust & Flourish, 326 23rd St. (Oakland); tickets ($100) on gathersf.com


See SF artist Sean Newport's The Garden. Inside Hashimoto Contemporary, discover colorful geometric sculptures including Flower Puzzles, new works that create a kaleidoscope of petal-like patterns; by appointment through May 29th. // Hashimoto Contemporary, 804 Sutter St. (TenderNob), hashimotocontemporary.com


Stop by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival's Lunchtime Pop-Up Series. Whether you're back to work downtown or just itching to escaping your WFH space for a few, Americana singer-songwriter Aireene Espiritu will keep you entertained as you nosh on takeout from Metreon eateries in the gardens; noon to 2pm Thursday. // Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard St. (SoMa), details on ybgfestival.org

Celebrating National Hamburger Month at Causwells is only fitting. Every week this month, expect a specialty burger and cocktail pairing that draws global inspiration from Mexico, Italy, France and, through Sunday this week, Spain. Head over for a double patty loaded with manchego cheese, membrillo mustard jam, and sherry pickled onion with and El Espanola cocktail. // 2346 Chestnut St. (Marina), causwells.com


Go on We Players' Psychopomp Guided Walk
. Embark on a mysterious and meditative journey through McLaren Park with stops at mythical creatures along the way; Thursdays through Sundays through June 27th. // McLaren Park, 2075 Burrows St. (Portola); tickets ($130 for individual or pair) on weplayers.org.


Book a personalized, science-backed skincare treatment at Revea
. During your 35 to 45 minute appointment, you'll get an advanced diagnostics test that examines your skin's dermal fibers and surface, plus unique treatment serums. // Revea, 2167 Union St. (Pacific Heights), myrevea.com


Stop by the Local Love Spring Art Festival
. Terra's expansive gallery space will be filled with installations by 30 artists working in mediums including film, sculpture, music, and more; through Sunday. // Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St. (SoMa); tickets ($30) on locallove.io


Feast on kushiyaki grilled skewers and sushi at the new Bernal izakaya, Shokudou. // Shokudou, 1000 Cortland Ave. (Bernal Heights), yelp.com


Relive the glory of Cal Academy Nightlife IRL. In case you've forgotten, the opportunity to see nearly 40,000 animals is enhanced by live DJ beats, outdoor bars, and vibey lighting sans kids. Don't forget to reserve tix for Shake House and Rainforest; 6pm to 10pm Thursday. // California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Course Dr. (Golden Gate Park); tickets ($15) on calacademy.org


Tune in for an online chat with Stacey Abrams. The politician/activist is also a novelist, and she's releasing her new legal thriller, While Justice Sleeps, set within the U.S. Supreme Court this week; Thursday at 6pm. // Tckets ($49) on cityarts.net


Take a stroll down the illuminated Valencia Corridor. Thanks to roughly 500 community members and 35 neighborhood merchants, 10 blocks of Valencia Street, from 14th to 24th streets, are now lined with temporary lights.

Celebrate Asian American stories by driving up to a CAAMFest showing at Fort Mason FLIX. On opening night, view a screening of Try Harder!, a Sundance 2021 selected documentary about seniors at Lowell High School. The fest also features online screenings and events like a conversation with Margaret Cho. Drive-in films are Thursday through Saturday, festival through May 23rd. // Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), tickets ($50-$90 per car) on caamfest.com


Kick off the weekend with Angels of Bass. Female DJs ViaJay, Tamo, and Haute Mess will be taking over the Public Works Park on Friday from 5:30 to 9pm. // Public Works, 161 Erie St. (Mission), table reservations ($40 and up) on eventbrite.com


Sweat through Saturday with Uforia and Rae Studios. Just by signing up, you'll receive a spot in five back-to-back 30 minute or hour-long classes—think cardio dance, kickboxing, and jazz funk—taught by instructors from the two studios; Saturday from noon to 4pm. // Uforia Studios, 1561 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets ($25 for one class or $65 for the entire day) on eventbrite.com


View urban landscape painter Ben Aronson's Sightlines. Following months of loss and challenges, the exhibit celebrates the beauty of the visible world through transportive paintings, including "Sun on the Bay;" Saturday through July 2nd. // Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 1240 Minnesota St. (Dogpatch), minnesotastreetproject.com

Cure your weekend hangover at Poppy's morning pop-up at Fig & Thistle Wine Bar. The fruit-topped barley waffles that are almost too pretty to eat and brioche buns loaded with eggs, broccoli rabe, and chili cheddar sauce are guaranteed to make you feel better; 10am to 2pm Saturdays and Sundays. // Fig & Thistle Wine Bar, 429 Gough St. (Hayes Valley), poppy-sf.com


Screen The Awakening, the American debut of artist Patricia Piccinini's nine-minute animation centered around the concept of birth, in advance of her upcoming immersive installation of anthropomorphic sculptures that question the definition of human; through June 12. // Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah St. (Mission), hosfeltgallery.com


Ogle glamorous automobiles during The Guardsmen's Cars & Coffee event. All proceeds from the car show will go to scholarships and programming for underprivileged local youth; Saturday from 9am to noon. // Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); details ($10 suggested donation) on facebook.com


Appreciate the connections between six mother-daughter artists at Mother Trees, an exhibit featuring photography, collage, painting, and prose. The opening reception marks Rhythmix Cultural Works' first in-person event since the pandemic began; reception 4pm to 6:30pm on Saturday, view through June 30th. // 2513 Blanding Ave. (Alameda); RSVP (free) on rhythmix.org.

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