20 fun things to do this week (5.30.22)


Happy Memorial Day and welcome to halfway through 2022!

This week, Instapo and Rupi Kaur bring his verses to life on stage, the Castro Theater celebrates 100 years with 11 days of back-to-back movie screenings, Escape from Alcatraz is causing a stir, and Oakland is heating up with Caribbean Carnival.

Plus, buy tickets to the Bridgerton Experience before it sells out. Had a good time.

Secure your invitation to the most coveted ball of the season: The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience is coming to the town by the bay. Guests will be transported to a beautiful ballroom set in 1813 London to share cocktails and mingle with actors dressed in period costumes and listen to live music inspired by the Bridgerton soundtrack. Additionally, there will be acrobatic and dance performances, interactive experiences and surprises; July and August // Tickets on sale now at feverup.com.

Spice up your week at the Sazon Latin Food Festival. Get flavors from Haiti to Peru at this free, curated foodie event with music to match; Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. // Speakesy Ales & Lagers, 1195 Evans Ave. (Bayview); RSVP to eventbrite.com.

Find your new late-night spot. Members Only is a new bar-restaurant that, despite its name, is open to everyone for dinner (peekaboo, parmesan truffle fries and mini fried chicken burgers) until 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends. Head down the stairs for a cocktail at the partner Finders Keepers spot. Goes to bed early? Go for a dozen oysters and a bottle of Poema cava ($45) at happy hour (4:30-6 p.m.). // Members only, 1000 Larkin St. (TenderNob); reservations on membersonlysf.com

Listen to Rupi Kaur (milk and honey) poetry about life, love, mental health and relationships. The writer stopped by the Paramount in Oakland on Wednesday at 8 p.m. // Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway (Oakland); tickets at paramountoakland.org

Celebrate SF Icons The Cockettes in a colorful multimedia review by Cockette Scrumbly Koldewyn and DJ Dank. Expect elaborate costumes and reckless mayhem; 7 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday. // Oasis, 298 11th Street (SoMa); tickets on eventbrite.com

Pull out your psychedelic best for Black Tie & Tie Dye, a fundraising event with apps, drinks, music and a fashion show to benefit Haight Ashbury Medical Clinics and HealthRight 360; Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. // The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero); tickets on classy.org

Aren’t you afraid of things that crawl, crawl and fly? Don’t miss NightLife: Buggin’ Out. See and learn about some of the world’s most fascinating insects; Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. // California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park); tickets on calacademy.org

To celebratethe Castro Theater 100th anniversary with 11 days of iconic films from every decade since the 1920s; From Thursday to June 12. // Castro Theater, 429 Castro Street (Castro); tickets on apeconcerts.com.

Ditch your center part for side bangs and pile on the eyeliner – it’s the We Write Sins! Emo Prom. Hella Emo San Francisco returns to the Cat Club with two music rooms, multiple DJs, Myspace-worthy ballroom decor, and more; Friday, 9:30 p.m. // Cat Club, 1190 Folsom Street (SoMa); tickets on eventbrite.com

Embrace courtesy at the Summer San Francisco Crystal Fair. Recharge with crystals, minerals, beads, and jewelry, plus massages, psychic readings, singing bowls, and more; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. // Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets on eventbrite.com

Watch over 2,000 triathletes from around the world take to the streets and waters of SF for the 2022 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.If you’re not brave enough to go swimming 1.5 miles from Alcatraz to Marina Green, plus a winding 18-mile bike ride through the Presidio and an 8-mile trail to Baker Beach, watch from Marina Green. So participate for freeEscape Fitness Festival & Expo with festivities, interactive exhibits, food trucks, beer garden and more; From Friday to Sunday. // Details and schedules on escapealcatraztri.com

Pawty for a good cause at Berkeley Humane’s Pints ​​for Paws event. The concept is simple: drink beer, save the animals. Moreover, you can also bring your puppy; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. // Berkeley Humane, 2700 Ninth St. (Berkeley); tickets on eventbrite.com.

Be sassy at Oakland’s Caribbean Carnival with multiple curated stages and activity zones representing culture, community and wellness. Expect local and international talent, art, food and music all day; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. // Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster Street (Oakland); RSVP to eventbrite.com.

Experience the redwoods like never before. Hours north of San Francisco, the historic Skunk Train has made weekly trips from Fort Bragg and Willits since 1885 and continues to ferry visitors along the famous Redwood Route over historic trestle bridges, past tributaries gently sinuous and deep. in primeval redwood canyons. Don’t miss their experience of new custom rail bikes. // For more information, visit skunktrain.com.

Thanks to our partners at Skunk Train.

Calling all potheads, the Hella Plants Market is back. Shop the market for ephemeral plants, as well as vegan food this weekend; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. // 5699 Bay Street (Emeryville); tickets on eventbrite.com.

A garden party, but do it indoors with air conditioning. Monarch will once again transform the club into a modern Garden of Eden filled with greenery and soft sounds from local DJs; Saturday at 9 p.m.. // Monarch, 101 6th St. (SoMa); tickets on eventbrite.com.

Celebrate the 17th anniversary of Cheese Plus with ooey goodness at an outdoor tasting event in the parklet; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. // Cheese Plus, 2001 Polk Street (Nob Hill); details at eventbrite.com.

After a two-year closure due to the pandemicAshkenaz reopens with a free all-day event. The popular non-profit venue, designed to look like an Eastern European synagogue, is once again welcoming dancers and roots music fans with an open house featuring live music from around the world as well as a raffle for free dance lessons and shows; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. // Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave (Berkeley); tickets on ashkenaz.com.

You’re invited to the 100th anniversary of the Oakland Zoo! Celebrate the centennial with a day of free, family-friendly fun at the zoo’s birthplace, Snow Park at Lake Merritt. There will be performances from Children’s Fairyland, juggling and comedy with EarthCapades, and a special performance from Alphabet Rockers; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. // Snow Park, Harrison & 20th St. (Oakland); details at oaklandzoo.org.

Designed specifically for Haines’ new Fort Mason Gallery, Ai Weiwei’s new exhibition, Everyday monuments, is composed of 18 works in materials such as Legos, marble and wood. Each work is a synthesis of complex historical, cultural and political references. Exhibition marks Ai’s San Francisco debut Zodiac (2018), a series of 12 panels representing the mythical animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac, created from thousands of Lego blocks; opening on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. // Haines Gallery, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); details on hatesgallery.com.


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