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 13–15 | Comedy
Jay Pharoah at Cobb’s Comedy Club
Jay Pharoah has honed his comedic talents as a cast member of Saturday Night Live for the past five years, but is often overlooked because he’s so good at being other people. As an impressionist, he can capture both men and women—in particular those with outrageous personalities (think Nicki Minaj, Kanye West). Currently coming into his own as a solo performer and as himself—his first standup special, Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me? debuted earlier this month on Showtime—catch him performing live at North Beach’s famous Cobb’s Comedy Club.
Times vary | Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco | (415) 928-4320 | $25 | website
August 14–15 | Film
Midnight Madness: Vertigo
Stay up late to indulge in a little Midnight Madness—a 12 a.m. movie at the Clay Theatre. This Friday and Saturday, that means Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller set right here in San Francisco and starring Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart. As well as the masterful plot and tension, enjoy the film as a stunning visual time capsule—featuring such city icons as the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Grace Cathedral, and Ferry Building.
Midnight | Clay Theatre | 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco | (415) 561-9921 | $10 | website
San Francisco Street Food Festival
This year, San Francisco Street Food Festival organizer, La Cocina (a nonprofit food business incubator for minority women), has partnered with music festival powerhouse crew Noise Pop and creative braintrust The Midway. For the first time in its 7-year history, therefore, the festival is leaving the streets of the Mission for Pier 70 in Dogpatch. The result is a supercharged gathering of 100 vendors offering affordable global street dishes ranging from dumplings to tacos to oysters. There’s music throughout the day, naturally, including Talk in Tongues and Kendra McKinley, as well as such paid nighttime fun as a Saturday night cocktail hour and a spit-roast dinner.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. | Pier 70, San Francisco | Free (donations encouraged) | website
August 18 | Music, Comedy, Performance
KQED: The Do List Live
Join San Francisco’s top-notch public television and radio broadcasting station for a lively variety show that will be recorded and shared with the world. KQED’s The Do List is a radio program (and website) that focuses on local performers across the arts. KQED: The Do List Live is a “real life” extension of that, presenting a raucous potpourri of entertainment offerings—including music from indie rockers The Dodos and comedy from the quirky Killing My Lobster troupe. Tickets will sell out fast, so make sure to get yours.
7:30 p.m. | The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., San Francisco | (415) 551-5157 | $10 | website
Truffle Tasting in Napa
Pair that overnighter in Napa you’ve long promised yourself with a rare culinary experience from one of the region’s most passionate truffle advocates. Book a stay at the Westin Verasa Napa and make a reservation to dine at the hotel’s award-winning La Toque restaurant, where chef Ken Frank is incorporating fresh black winter truffles—imported from Manjimup, Western Australia—into his summer menu while the delicacy lasts. Current offerings include an artichoke soup with black winter truffle, and shaved foie gras with sweet corn, butter boletes, parmesan, and black winter truffle.
The Westin Verasa Napa, 1314 McKinstry St., Napa | (707) 257-1800 | Rooms from $549 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.
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