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San Francisco Jan 28–Feb 3: Italian Fest, Beer Week & Drugs in the Tenderloin

What to do in and around San Francisco this week

There are two festivals in the Bay Area this week for lovers of the finer things in life. SF Beer Week 2016 is running through end of the month, and down in Palo Alto on Sunday is the Silicon Valley Italian Festival, featuring all things dolce vita. Comedy nerds should check out the Chris Hardwick stand-up at the Palace of Fine Arts, and anyone with an interest in San Francisco subculture should catch a rare screening of Drugs in the Tenderloin at Roxie Theater.

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 January 29 | Comedy
Chris Hardwick
Comedian Chris Hardwick has appeared on multiple television shows and thrived as a stand-up act, but his crowning achievement is probably in making geeks super cool as the founder of Nerdist Industries, which has a well-trafficked website and insanely popular podcast. Hardwick’s two San Francisco performances will be recorded for a new stand-up special that will air on Comedy Central, so you’ll want to practice your best laugh.
7:30 and 10 p.m. | Palace of Fine Arts 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco | (415) 563-6504 | From $39.75 | website

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January 30–31, February 2, 4 | Film
Drugs in the Tenderloin
Robert Zagone’s 1966 vérité documentary Drugs in the Tenderloin offers a crazy time capsule of pharmacological culture in San Francisco via interviews on the streets. It has previously only been screened inside The Tenderloin Museum. Indie theater Roxie is giving it a chance to be seen more widely, but there are no additional plans to show it anywhere else. Additional screenings were added by popular demand but are selling quickly, so you’ll want to act fast if you’re interested.
Times vary | Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco | (415) 863-1087 | From $12 | website

January 31 | Escape the city
Silicon Valley Italian Festival
Celebrate the food, arts, culture, and crafts of Italy with the Silicon Valley Italian Festival in Palo Alto, about 35 miles south of San Francisco. The daylong program includes Italian movies, art exhibitions, talks, and a marketplace for gifts. And plenty to eat, of course. In a display of cross-cultural respect, the event is hosted at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.
10 a.m.–8 p.m.| Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto | Free |website

Tenderloin street scene

Through January 31 | Festival
SF Beer Week 2016
Those who get hot for hops should look for no further stimulation than SF Beer Week 2016. The Bay Area is in the midst of what seems like an unstoppable beer boom and it’s on full sudsy display this week as dozens of bars and restaurants across town host special tastings, education sessions, dinners, and new release parties. Best of all, they range from highbrow (oysters and crudo with your beer) to down home (shrimp boil with your beer). Don’t forget to drink responsibly!
Times & venues vary, San Francisco | From free | website

Now open | Restaurant
Fiorella
From the team behind sweet Italian spot Uva Enoteca emerges Fiorella, a new destination for wood-fired pizza and pasta in the Richmond District, a neighborhood best known for Asian food and which leans heavily on its few pizza options. The 40-seat Fiorella shares Uva’s love of wine, focusing here on local favorites. Lovely leopard-spotted pizzas run the gamut from classic margherita to adventurous clam.
2339 Clement St., San Francisco | (415) 340-3049 | website

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

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