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San Francisco May 5–11: Ms. Direction Series, Cinco de Mayo & Whole Earth Fest

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

Eat your way through this week in San Francisco, starting with the food vendors at the city’s annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Then, head to the Castro to taste I’a Poke, a new restaurant that just opened to the public. Settle in for a night of film at the Roxie Theater’s female filmmaker series, or dance to the impressive lineup at the annual Whole Earth Festival in Davis.

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May 6–8 | Escape the city
Whole Earth Festival
First held in 1969, UC Davis’ Whole Earth Festival has risen from a student-only art project to an annual festival that celebrates environmental sustainability and attracts 30,000 revelers from throughout California. Head to Davis to celebrate being kind to the planet and to discover new sounds across a three-day, multi-genre live music lineup that includes The Human Experience, French Cassettes, Monophonics, and Joe Craven & the Sometimers.
10 a.m.–10 p.m. May 6–7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. May 8 | UC Davis Quad, Davis | Free | website

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May 7 | Festival
Cinco de Mayo 2016
The actual Cinco de Mayo, May 5, falls on a Thursday this year, so you’ll have to wait a couple of days to partake in San Francisco’s official celebration. Take BART to the 24th Street station in the Mission District and walk to Valencia Street to get to the heart of festival territory, where live salsa, mariachi bands, Latin hip-hop artists, and plenty of dancers will get you into an immediate groove. You can also expect more than 65 arts, crafts, food, and drink vendors.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. | Valencia between 21st and 24th Streets, San Francisco | (415) 621-6120 | Free | website

May 7 | Comedy
Andrew Dice Clay
Andrew Dice Clay is the star of Dice, a new scripted series for Showtime that takes a semi-autobiographical and totally self-deprecating look at his rise and fall and attempt to get back up in Las Vegas. If you were born after 1989, you would have easily missed Clay’s meteoric moments at the top of the stand-up comedy world as he rode a wave of faux masculine misogyny, but to see him now in a relatively intimate setting as a reflective yet still macho personality will offer you a fascinating tale of the fame machine.
8 p.m. | The Warfield, 982 Market St., San Francisco | (415) 345-0900 | From $35 | website

I'a Poke

May 10 | Film
Ms. Direction: Bay Area Film Fatales Showcase
The Roxie Theater continues its excellent Ms. Direction series—showcasing the work of female filmmakers—with a slate of 11 local and international shorts. Highlights from the program include The Science of Character, which explores how you can shape who you want to be; The Buddhist Bin Laden, about the rise of Buddhist extremism in Burma; and From Baghdad to the Bay, which introduces an Iraqi translator for the military who, after being wrongly accused of being a double agent, tries to start over in the Bay Area.
7 p.m. | Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco | (415) 863-1087 | From $12 | website

Soft opening | Restaurant
I’a Poke
The Hawaiian poke bowl trend that’s spreading like wildfire through San Francisco can now be found in the Castro. I’a Poke has had its soft opening and offers customizable protein bowls with raw tuna, shrimp, salmon, and more. Also on the menu are rice-and-seafood-stuffed, seaweed-wrapped “sushi burritos” in varieties such as the Volcanorrito (which includes tuna, black tiger shrimp, and jalapeño) and the Salmon Lover (with sundried guacamole and salmon).
314 Church Street, San Francisco | website

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

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