Litquake is officially underway and this week is gonna be hella, well, lit. And since 7×7 is a longtime and proud partner of the coolest literary festival ever, we’re bringing you the best of the week, with at least one wordy can’t-miss event each day (including our own delicious Lit Crawl event this Saturday).
But there’s more. The golden boys of the Warriors play their home opener on Tuesday, SHN is serving up Waitress, OMCA’s new Eames exhibit is a can’t-miss for design lovers, and the Soiled Dove is ready to get raunchy in the big top. Have a great week!
Monday, Oct. 15th
When: Lunch and dinner daily
Where: Greens Restaurant, Landmark Bldg. A, Fort Mason Center (Marina), greensrestaurant.com
The popular vegetarian dining destination shuttered after a fire earlier this year. Now, Greens is re-opening and with an upgrade. Go get your veggie fix.
Eames in the East Bay
When: Through Feb. 17, 2019
Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (Oakland), museumca.org
Calling all design buffs! It’s time to head to OMCA for a special exhibit on the lives and works of the legendary husband-wife design duo Charles and Ray Eames. You’ll see rare prototypes, films, photographs, personal artifacts, and furniture of course. // Tickets ($7-1$6) are available on museumca.org.
Andy Weir: From Silicon Valley to Mars
Where: Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St (Mission)
Why: Meet the mind behind the novel The Martian: Computer programmer turned sci-fi connoisseur Andy Weir is in the house for a discussion slash screening of the Matt Damon film. Weir will talk about his roots working in the Silicon Valley and his life since achieving literary fame. Ready the popcorn. // Tickets ($20/advance, $25/door) are available at drafthouse.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 16th
Waitress is served!
When: Through Nov. 11
Where: SHN Golden Gate Theater, 1 Taylor St. (Tenderloin), shnsf.com
Why: From six-time Grammy nominee (hello) Sara Bareilles and her all-female creative team, the Broadway phenomenon Waitress is now dishing up the show tunes on the SHN stage. It’s a do-not-miss. // Tickets ($55 and up) are available at shnsf.com.
Power: John Freeman With Rebecca Solnit
Where: City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave (North Beach), citylights.com
Why: It’s more than just the title of Kanye West’s hit song. Power is a word we hear everyday, even though we may not always understand its gravity. But our voices have never mattered more than they do today. Hear acclaimed political writer Rebecca Solnit in a discussion of the topic with NYU professor John Freeman and writer Jamie Cortez. // Free admission; for more info, go to litquake.org.
Warriors Home Opener!
Where: Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way (Oakland)
Why: Because #DubNation forever! Spring for seats to see the world champs take down the Oklahoma City Thunder. // Tickets ($93 and up) are available at ticketmaster.com.
When: 8pm to midnight
Where: The Well, 5443 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland)
Why: You’ve never been an event like this—Chinese and Japanese tastings, ceremonies, and a live DJ. Unlimited pots of tea from 10-11pm. // Tickets ($10) are available at eventbrite.com.
Wednesday, Oct. 17th
Where: The Gazebo at South Tower, CPMC Davies, 45 Castro St. (Duboce Triangle)
Why: This 7th annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day event hosted by Dr. Karen Horton is a stylish way to spend an afternoon for a good cause. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy a one-of-a-kind fashion show courtesy of the just-launched Bay Area lingerie label Everviolet, which designs thoughtful (and beautiful, hello) underpinnings for breast cancer patients. // For more info, go to drkarenhorton.com/bra-day.
Remembering James Beard
When: 6pm to 7pm
Where: The Stanford Court Hotel, 905 California Stl (Nob Hill), stanfordcourt.com
Why: Join a panel of food industry vets—including former Chronicle food columnist Jacqueline Mallora and James Beard Award–winning cookbook author Marlene Sorosky Gray—as they share their stories and memories of the late, famed culinary leader. Plus, taste some of Beard’s signature recipes. // Tickets ($55) are available at eventbrite.com.
Food for Thought Fundraiser
Where: Various restaurants across SF
Why: If you’re going to dine out just one night this week, this is it. Twenty local restaurants—including Alba Rays, Beretta, Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack, Little Star Pizza, and Serpentine—will be donating 25 percent of their dinner proceeds tonight to support the school and college programs of the nonprofit Mission Graduates. // For the full list of participating restaurants, visit missiongraduates.org.
Lou Reed and Me: Michael Imperioli with Tom Barbash
Where: Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St. (Upper Market)
Why: You know him as Christopher Moltisanti of The Sopranos, but this actor is also a legit writer and he’s here to talk about his debut novel, The Perfume Burned His Eyes. Come learn about the coming-of-age novel—and
feel free to star gaze. // Tickets ($20/advance, $25/door) and more information available at litquake.org.
Thursday, Oct. 18th
An Indian Summer Supper
When: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Seghesio Family Vineyards, 700 Grove St. (Healdsburg), seghesio.com
Head up to Wine Country for a family-style feast on the terrace at Seghesio. Fill up on plates of roasted chicken, vegetables from their garden, mashed potatoes and dessert (wine bottles available for purchase). // Tickets ($30 per person) can be purchased on vinovisit.com.
Autumn Lights Festival
When: 6pm to 11pm, through Saturday, Oct. 20
Where: Gardens at Lake Merritt, 66 Bellevue Ave. (Oakland), autumnlightsoakland.com
Explore lush nighttime gardens illuminated with dizzying light and art installations—think neon, fire, and a silent disco (plus food and beverages). Proceeds from the seventh annual fest will support the Gardens at Lake Merritt. // Tickets ($7-$20) can be purchased on eventbrite.com.
Springfield Confidential: Mike Reiss & The Simpsons
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St (SoMa)
Why: Don’t like The Simpsons? That’s “unpossible!” Thanks to Mike Reiss, a writer at the hit sitcom for over 30 years, this dysfunctional family remains a fixture in pop culture. For an inside look into the lives of Homer and Marge, hear Reiss talk about his new memoir, Springfield Confidential, and get your copy signed. // Tickets ($20) available at thecjm.org.
Monkee Memoir: Michael Nesmith with Beth Lisick
Where: Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St (Upper Market)
Why: Hey hey he’s a Monkee! In case you’re too young to remember ’60s star Michael Nesmith, maybe you’ve heard of cool local writer Beth Lisick, also the cofounder of the popular Porchlight series. The two will be chatting it up about Nesmith’s memoir, Infinite Tuesday. And you can even get his autograph—or hers. // Tickets ($20/advance, $25/door) are available at eventbrite.com.
Rachel Kushner: Voice of Witness
Where: Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St (Mission)
Why: San Francisco author Rachel Kushner is a one-time denizen of the local dive bar scene—she even tended bar with Keith Richards. But Kushner also penned The Mars Room, one of the most-buzzed-about novels of the year. Say hi to her at Litquake tonight. // Tickets ($6/advance, $10/door) are available at flipcause.com.
Friday, Oct. 19th
An Immersive Barbary Coast Circus
When: 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 17
Where: Tortona Big Top, 1911 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), thesoileddove.com
Why: Explore the enchantments of a vaudeville circus beneath a 12,000-square-foot Italian big top tent. Expect a scandalous evening of dinner theater with dancers, singers, heroes, and villains, all while enjoying a four-course feast, libations, and tunes from Oakland’s Jazz Mafia. // Tickets ($59 to $137) are available on tixr.com.
Foreign Cinema Cookbook Celebration
When: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Modern Grange at Healdsburg SHED, 25 North St. (Healdsburg), healdsburgshed.com
Why: We all love this Mission mainstay. Fete The Foreign Cinema Cookbook with delightful recipes from the book, lots and lots of wine, and a classic movie screening, of course. // Tickets ($65; $90 with a book) are available on healdsburgshed.com.
SF Legends: Amy Tan & Armistead Maupin
Where: Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St (Upper Market)
Why: Ever heard of The Joy Luck Club? How about Tales of the City? Duh. These two titles each redefined cultural perceptions of minorities groups in America, and their authors are Bay Area royalty. Close friends Amy Tan and Armistead Maupin have a candid catch-up sesh tonight. // Tickets ($15/advance, $20/door) are available at litquake.org.
Paul Madonna and Glen David Gold Are Drunk
Where: The Bindery, 1727 Haight St (Upper Haight)
Why: These San Francisco writers have captured the incredible weirdness of the Bay Area over the past two decades. Laugh along with the two old friends as they commiserate about their pasts, presents, and futures over a bottle (or two) of wine. // Event is free; for more info, go to facebook.com.
Saturday, Oct. 20th
Chowder Cook-off Competition
When: Noon to 3pm
Where: Pier 43 (Fisherman’s Wharf)
Why: The 5th Annual Wharf Fest is a decent enough reason to be caught at Fisherman’s Wharf—because chowder. You’re mostly going for the food, but there will also be street art, performers, and local vendors. Snag a ticket for the chowder competition to taste the best creamy soups around. // Event is free; tickets for chowder tasting ($20-$25) are available on eventbrite.com.
7×7’s Tasty Lit
Where: The Chapel, 777 Valencia St (Mission)
Why: The whole week has been hella lit. Close out Litquake at 7×7’s annual Lit Crawl event. The theme this year? Ready your tastebuds for Tasty Lit! We’re welcoming to the stage Sarah and Evan Rich—the chef/owners of Rich Table and authors of the eponymous debut cookbook—and food photographer Aubrie Pick, who’s shot cookbooks for Chrissy Teigen, Giada Delaurentis, Cedella Marley, and more. In addition to tantalizing talks, we’ll serve up some mouthwatering Rich Table morsels and perhaps a few surprises. Come on down! // Event is free; for more info, go to litcrawlsanfrancisco2018.sched.com; facebook.com/events.
Sunday, Oct. 21st
Yoga + Mimosas
When: 9am to 2pm (class at 9:30)
Where: Spark Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. N. (Mission Bay)
Why: CorePower Yoga is hosting its popular bend-and-brunch series today with a morning stretch sesh followed by bottomless mimosas and sangrias and food from 10+ trucks. What a way to start the day, eh? // Tickets ($10-$25) are available at eventbrite.com.
Blanchard’s Beer Garden
When: 1pm to 4pm
Where: CIA at Copia, 501 1st Street (Napa), ciaatcopia.com
Why: Spend the afternoon at a pop-up beer garden outside in the Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater at Copia in Napa. Enjoy beers from Mare Island Brewing Co., a special menu of eats, and a live DJ. // Admission is free, beer and food available for purchase; RSVP at eventbrite.com.
Picture Bayview Hunters Point
Where: Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St. (Bayview)
Why: Today’s your last chance to catch this free interdisciplinary performance (dance, video), put on by Imprint.City and Zaccho Dance Theatre, that focuses on the dreams and aspirations of the neighborhood’s residents. // Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations are highly recommended; go to eventbrite.com.