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.
Newly opened in the Marina (at the former Bin 38 wine bar) is Scotland Yard, a restaurant whose decor and menu is inspired by Victorian-era England, as well as by New Orleans and San Francisco. Look for a locally focused list of small-production beers and wines to pair with such bites as kale Caesar salad, Yorkshire pudding, and burger with bone marrow aioli. The head chef is Jason Raffin.
3232 Scott St., Marina/Cow Hollow, San Francisco | (415) 872-6853 | website
Janeane Garofalo at Punch Line
Janeane Garofalo is currently starring in the mini-series prequel to cult 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, reprising her memorable role as Beth. Her wit in the show is as incisive as ever, but to witness the iconic American comedienne really let loose, be there when she makes a rare local stand-up comedy appearance at Punch Line Comedy Club. San Francisco audiences always seem to connect well with the political savviness she’s honed on stage and as a broadcaster.
Times vary | Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., San Francisco | (415) 397-7573 | $25 | website
Mash It Up: The Music Video Mash Up Show
Indie movie house the Roxie Theater hosts frequent music video karaoke nights, but Mash It Up: The Music Video Mash Up Show is karaoke with a twist. Guests sing along together from their seats—or stand up and dance!—to a wild video collection of mash-ups, remixes that meld different but familiar tunes together for a fun new hybridized sound experience.
9 p.m. | Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 | (415) 863-1087 | $10 | website
Through November 1
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait has made its U.S. debut in San Francisco. The exhibition presents some of the late British singer’s personal effects, loaned by her family and mounted in cooperation with the Jewish Museum London. The companion show, You Know I’m No Good, features contemporary art inspired by Winehouse. Gallery chats, tribute concerts, dance parties, and other special events take place throughout the duration of the exhibit.
Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco | (415) 655-7800 | $12 | website
The Taste of Tea in Wine Country
Drive the 70 miles north to Healdsburg, in Sonoma County, for a day or weekend of winetasting in the seemingly endless tasting rooms and wineries. But this time, also drop in at The Taste of Tea, a combined cafe, tea shop, and spa. Spend a few hours eating lunch (try the homemade ramen), sipping virgin marTEAnis, indulging in green tea foot soaks and face masks, and learning all about this young business’s delicate teas from Japan, China, and Taiwan.
109 North St., Healdsburg | (707) 431-1995 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.
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