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San Francisco August 18–24: 20th Street Block Party & Art + Soul Oakland

The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week

This week in San Francisco, catch a wildly entertaining performance of Showgirls! The Musical. Then hear the best live music in town at Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party, or catch music, dance, and art at Oakland’s Art + Soul festival. Finish your week with a taste of North Beach’s newest restaurant: an authentic take on Thai that’s a welcome palette cleanser in the area known for its Italian meals.

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August 18­–20 | Musical
Showgirls! The Musical
Don’t miss the final days of this high-spirited musical that pays homage to one of the most over the top, ridiculously bad-but-good movies, 1995’s Showgirls. Acclaimed local drag queen Peaches Christ, who has held midnight screenings of the cult classic, is at the helm of this lively performance, which originally debuted “off-off Broadway.” Here’s a chance to dress as your inner Nomi Malone (whether in her cowgirlesque street clothes or sparkly performance outfits) to massive public acceptance.
8 p.m. | Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St., San Francisco | From $32 | website

August 20 | Music and food festival
20th Street Block Party
Noise Pop is back with an even bigger version of its annual music and food festival. This time, the 20th Street Block Party arrives with live headliners including Miami Horror, Chicano Batman, and Hazel English, as well as a larger area to roam around while nibbling on bites from local restaurants. While admission is free, you can choose to upgrade to a Headliner Experience ticket, which includes hanging out with the acts in a private lounge above the popular bar Trick Dog.
12–6 p.m. | 20th St. between Bryant and Harrison, San Francisco | Free | website 

August 20–21 | Music, art, and dance festival
Art + Soul Oakland
Downtown Oakland is the place to be this weekend for sunshine and soul with the sweet 16th edition of this lively music, dance, and art festival. This year, Art + Soul Oakland will present five stages of diverse live music and entertainment (including circus arts!), with headliners such as legendary San Francisco pimp Fillmore Slim, R&B diva Chanté Moore, and Oakland funk heroes Tony Toni Toné.
12–6 p.m. | 11th to 15th Sts. between Broadway and Martin Luther King Jr., Oakland | From $12 | website

August 20 | Escape the city
MAVA 6th Annual Harvest Festival
Head up to Sonoma County to check out wine and food pairings from the 15 wineries that make up the Mexican-American Vintners Association. Collectors will be especially interested in the silent auction portion of this festival, which promises lots of limited production wines. The whole thing takes place at the barn at Robledo Family Winery, which has made merlot, pinot noir, chardonnay, and sauvignon blanc in the area for decades.
2–5 p.m. | Robledo Family Winery, 21977 Bonness Rd., Sonoma | From $100 | website

Now open | Restaurant
Tamarind Hall
A Thai street food specialist has joined the still-mostly-Italian options in North Beach. Tamarind Hall is the new venture from Salisa Skinner, a restaurateur from Bangkok, and the recipes are largely based on generations-old recipes from her own family. Highlights include a Phuket-style crab curry, roast chicken, and salmon ceviche, while a playful cocktail program incorporates exotic fruits from the homeland, including a fresh mango mojito and a tamarind-and-basil-infused bourbon sour.
1268 Grant Ave., San Francisco | website

Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.

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