Here are the five coolest things to do in and around San Francisco this week. We publish a new list every Wednesday, covering Thursday through Wednesday. Stay tuned for insider updates on restaurant openings, festivals, exhibitions, shows, weekend escapes, and more.
September 3 | Comedy
An Evening with Scharpling & Wurster
Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are the popular comedic duo behind The Best Show, a 10-month-old podcast that emerged from a weekly radio show that aired on New Jersey’s WFMU from 2000 to 2013. The pair are currently promoting their full-length album release, Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of the Best Show, by bringing some of the characters they’ve developed to the stage, including an almost too-apt version of Kiss front man Gene Simmons as owner of an auto dealership. 9 p.m. | Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell Street | (415) 885-0750 | $25 | website
September 5 | Music
Billy Joel at AT&T Park
It takes nothing less than a marquee musician to fill the house at AT&T Park during one of the sports stadium’s rare concerts, but “Piano Man” (and brand new father) Billy Joel certainly fits the bill. These days, he seems to delight in being unpredictable on stage. His recent performances have all had different set lists, spanning his career, and he often asks the audience to vote, right then and there, for one song versus another. Bundle up and prepare to be surprised by whatever unfolds. 8 p.m. | AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza | (415) 972-2000 | From $49.50 | website
Through September 7 | Art
There are still a few days left to catch illustrator and painter Andy Stattmiller’s impressive Matryoshka Mania! exhibit at Luna Rienne Gallery in the Mission District. Stattmiller has created vibrant pop culture remixes on sets of classic Russian nesting dolls, or matryoshki. Highlights from his show include sets that represent such popular Robin Williams characters as Mrs. Doubtfire and Mork from Ork, as well as the casts of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. Mon–Wed by appointment, Thurs–Sun, 12–6 p.m. | Luna Rienne Gallery, 3318 22nd Street | (415) 647-5888 | website
Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar
Mercer Restaurant Group (the team behind popular restaurants AQ, TBD, and Mélange Market) has installed a taste of Paris right in the middle of San Francisco’s Market Street, opening Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar in the food-friendly Twitter building. Open for lunch and dinner, the grand space incorporates a coffee shop, dining room, oyster bar, craft brewery, lounge, flower shop, and more. Quaff some oysters and a glass of wine or settle in for a more leisurely meal of steak frites or duck au poivre. 1355 Market Street | (415) 802-1700 | website
Harvest Wine Celebration, Livermore Valley
The 34th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration on September 6 is the perfect opportunity to explore wineries in the Livermore Valley, about 45 miles southeast of San Francisco. More than 40 wineries will be ready to show off their picturesque properties and ply you with wine as part of the event. Several wineries will honor wristbands on Labor Day, too, if you decide to make a weekend of it and stay at an area hotel like Courtyard Livermore. Note that online ticket sales, which are your last chance to save $10 on the price of admission, end at 11 a.m. on September 5. 12–5 p.m. | Locations vary | From $45 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.
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