San Francisco is showing several of its sides this week. First there's the eco-friendly Green Film Festival, which highlights environmental documentaries. Later, drag mega-queen Peaches Christ puts on a Spice Girls–themed show, and rapper Berner invites you to celebrate his favorite holiday—4/20—at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Once you've worked up an appetite, head to Mister Jiu's, Chinatown's newest fine dining establishment.
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April 14–20 | Film festival
San Francisco Green Film Festival
This week brings 70 environmental films from around the world and more than 90 filmmakers to San Francisco for an annual celebration of a vital corner of the movie industry. Among the many certain highlights of the program are 5 Blocks, a work-in-progress documentary on the transformation of the central portion of San Francisco’s Market Street, and An Acquired Taste, a piece on locavore hunters in the Bay Area. San Francisco Green Film Festival is also a non-profit organization offering screenings throughout the year.
Times and locations vary | From $15 | website
April 16 | Film and drag
Peaches Christ’s Spice World
One of San Francisco’s leading ladies of drag is Peaches Christ. Her film screening slash performance events are followed with a fierce passion, but even she probably isn’t prepared for how much people will love her latest project. She’ll pair screenings of Spice World, the seminal 1997 film starring the Spice Girls, with a parody performance called “Spice Racks” that stars Christ alongside drag queens including Cheddar Gorgeous, Peggy L’Eggs, Honey Mahogany, and Anna Phylactic.
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | (415) 621-6350 | From $32 | website
April 16–17 | Escape the city
Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival
Take a trip up to apple country this weekend for the Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival in Sonoma County, which begins with a parade on the morning of April 16 and a “blues explosion” concert on April 17. The quaint event includes arts and crafts exhibitors and a wide variety of street food options as well as local wine and craft beer tastings.
Times vary | 282 S. High St., Sebastopol | From $9.43 | website
April 20 | Concert
Berner Presents Hippie Hill
April 20 is an unofficial holiday for cannabis enthusiasts that is ardently celebrated in San Francisco. Berner, a rapper with a cult following who operates what one might call a marijuana lifestyle clothing store (Cookies on Haight Street) and is a noted cultivator, is promoting a huge multi-artist concert to celebrate. Starring hip-hop legends Cypress Hill, the event will be called Hippie Hill, a name taken in honor of the city’s outdoor area that is traditionally home to some of the day’s biggest revelry. Even seasoned smokers may find Berner’s event over the top, but come with a sense of humor and a willingness to be levitated and you’ll have fun in a uniquely Bay Area experience.
5:30 p.m. | Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., San Francisco | (415) 624-8900 | From $49.50 | website
Now open | Restaurant
A highly anticipated new restaurant that's been several years in the making is Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown. Chef/owner Brandon Jew is only the third restaurateur to occupy the beautiful space since the late 19th century, and he has given it a clean and elegant makeover to befit his refined menu, which is served family-style over five courses for $69 per person. Jew is determined to put Chinese food on the fine dining map of San Francisco with this project, and with opening dishes utilizing exquisite local produce and proteins like tea-smoked Liberty Farm duck, salt-baked McFarland Springs trout, and housemade silken tofu with green almonds, he’s well on his way.
28 Waverly Place, San Francisco | (415)857-9688 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.