The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week
This week in San Francisco, get a new angle on film at the Disposable Film Festival, or dance the night away to a genre the artists call "daytime disco." Make sure to eat your heart out at Nacho Typical Festival and the new permanent location of former pop-up WesBurger.
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April 7–10 | Film festival
Disposable Film Festival 2016
Before online video was the dominant way to watch entertainment, the Disposable Film Festival was celebrating it as an emerging art. Ten years later, it remains a premiere showcase for the craft and is now both entertaining and educational thanks to a slate of programming that incorporates engaging shorts with storytelling workshops, a filmmakers' happy hour, and a prescient pairing of films and food.
Times and locations vary | Free | website
April 9 | Food festival
Nacho Typical Festival
Who doesn’t love a humble plate of nachos? The first annual Nacho Typical Festival can do much better than some microwaved Velveeta, though—try nearly a dozen local food trucks all offering up their own international spin on the snack. You can sample nachos with octopus, Korean bulgogi beef, or Philly cheesesteak toppings and find some new favorite variations. There’s also live music and an all-you-can-drink beer option to keep the fest extra festive.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. | SoMa Streat Food Park, 428 11th St., San Francisco | From $5 | website
April 9 | Dance party
After night falls, dance off those nachos with a DJ set from Poolside (a group, not a location). Jeffrey Paradise and Filip Nikolic make what they like to call “daytime disco,” but they’ll certainly help you work off that cheese with their irresistible beats and basslines. The duo, from L.A. via San Francisco and Denmark, will be joined by Rapture DJs Vito & Druzzi from New York and Mojito Boys from SoCal in an evening of chic grooves and non-stop moves.
9 p.m. | Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., San Francisco | (415) 625-8880 | From $15 | website
April 10 | Escape the city
Girls Rock Ride
Bicycling enthusiasts at all levels of skill are invited on the free Girls Rock Ride this weekend in beautiful Santa Cruz. The ride will begin with a light breakfast and coffee, followed by everyone riding together. Participants will then split off into groups based on ability levels to tackle up to 10 miles of scenic terrain. How bumpy and challenging you’d like it to be is entirely up to you.
9 a.m. | Bicycle Trip, 1001 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz | Free | website
Now open | Restaurant
WesBurger ‘n More
Slide up to this brand new, old-school style diner in the Mission District to try burgers such as the Hot Wes (with onion rings, queso, and pickled jalapenos) and the Okie (onions, mustard, pickles, and American cheese), fried chicken burritos, tater tots loaded with a rotation of special toppings, and awesome off-menu milkshakes. Wes Rowe began serving his burgers in pop-ups around the city and now has plunked down roots as the latest pop-up-to-permanent success story.
2240 Mission St., San Francisco | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.