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.
August 28–30 | Film
The Little Mermaid Sing-Along
Take in a screening of the Little Mermaid in a uniquely San Francisco way with a participatory sing-along at the majestic Castro Theatre. Don’t worry if you don’t know the words to “Under the Sea”—all the song lyrics have been added to the 1989 Disney film for this special event. Audience members are encouraged to dress up like their favorite character from the film, should you want to take the socially acceptable chance to discover how it feels to be Ariel or Sebastian for one night.
Times vary | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | (415) 621-6350 | $16 | website
August 29 | Music
Erykah Badu at The Warfield
Though Erykah Badu hasn’t dropped an album in five years, she hasn’t stopped being a frequent and welcome presence on Bay Area stages, both as a singer and a DJ. And as memorable as her recorded hits are, including “On & On” and “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop),” even more electric and unforgettable are her concert performances. Badu isn’t bound to her recorded studio arrangements or even to using all her own songs when playing live, ensuring a night of fun and surprises.
7 p.m. | The Warfield Theatre, 982 Market St., San Francisco | (415) 345-0900 | From $57.50 | website
August 29–February 28 | Exhibition
Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i at de Young
Golden Gate Park’s fine arts museum the de Young is launching the first presentation of Hawaiian featherwork in the mainland United States. Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i, which runs through February 28, features vibrant and ornate capes, cloaks, lei, helmets, feathered gods, and other symbols of power and protection employed by ancient chiefs. An added bonus: Museum admission is free on September 1 (and every first Tuesday of the month), though a $5 fee for this special exhibit still applies. It’s a good idea to order those tickets in advance.
9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. | De Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco | (415) 750-3600 | $5 | website
The Mosser Hotel was known as The Keystone Hotel when it first opened in 1913. This week, a new restaurant in that space, called The Keystone, pays tribute to those old roots. Chef Zack Freitas has created a playful and indulgent menu of what he defines as “Bay Area–centric” food, which includes hearty entrees (think pork chops and rib eyes) and such inventive bites as “carbonara fries” topped with egg yolk, bacon, and pecorino and “stuffed angel leg” of pork belly, garlic, and shrimp spread. A well-stocked bar includes 20 beers on tap and a cocktail list of experimental ideas like Negroni with porcini mushroom–infused gin.
The Keystone, 68 Fourth St., San Francisco | (415) 777-1200 | website
Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival
A charming day trip or overnighter awaits in Sonoma County’s Bodega Bay, where the 21st Annual Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival takes the main stage this weekend. The intriguing bites will include key lime calamari, ahi tuna tacos, and crab garlic fries, and can be accompanied by local microbrews and wine from Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. The live music will cover Americana, Latin fusion, blues, and swing jazz. It’s easy to drive there and back in the same day, or consider booking a night on the coast at the recently renovated Bodega Bay Lodge.
Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival, 16855 Bodega Hwy., Bodega | $12 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.
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