This week in San Francisco, laugh out loud at the Desi Comedy Fest, or rock out to revamped vintage video game tunes at the new Freq.Fest.SF. Then get your fill of great food at one (or both) of the city’s new restaurant openings: the Caribbean-inspired Dabba or the South Chinese Tēo.
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August 11 | Comedy festival
3rd Annual Desi Comedy Fest
Head to San Francisco’s preeminent comedy club this week for a night of laughs. The 3rd Annual Desi Comedy Fest features stand-up comics of South Asian descent offering a perspective not often heard in the Bay Area (despite a large presence of Asian Americans). It’s the largest festival of its kind in the country and sure to give you something to ponder while you’re cracking up.
8 p.m. | Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco | $25 | website
August 11–12 | Music festival
The DNA Lounge plays host to a new and unusual music festival this week as Freq.Fest.SF takes over the club for two days. California acts such as San Jose’s Curious Quail and L.A.’s Casio Dad will explore the surprising sonic possibilities of using old video game music and computer hardware to create something new and now. Expect creative takes on vintage 8-bit tunes you might recognize from your younger years, with a decidedly modern twist.
7:30 p.m. | DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., San Francisco | From $20 | website
August 13 | Film festival
Popcorn for Breakfast: Saturday Morning Cartoons
Families and the young at heart gather on the second Saturday of each month for the Roxie’s Popcorn for Breakfast: Saturday Morning Cartoons. The program changes each time but generally includes a balance of enduring classic characters (like Felix the Cat) and ones that haven’t quite stood the test of time (like Flip the Frog). This weekend, there’s a theme: All of the cartoons will take charming (and, in some cases, predictive) looks at what they think the future will be, including forward-thinking inventions from Betty Boop and space travel from Koko the Clown.
11 a.m. | Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St., San Francisco | From $8 | website
Now open | Restaurant
In another success story for the local street food scene, an eclectic food truck called Dabba has opened a permanent space for serving lunch. The format is simple, with most items on the menu available as tacos, a burrito, or a bowl, and options including Caribbean jerk pork, curry lamb, and blackened chicken, all complemented by wine on tap.
71 Stevenson St., San Francisco | website
Now open | Restaurant
Tēo Restaurant & Bar
It’s an exciting time to eat Chinese food in San Francisco. The nearly 500 options are steadily growing, with new restaurants exposing regional styles that are different from the Americanized standards. Head to the new Tēo restaurant to try fare from Southern China, which is variously known as tēo chew, chiu chow, and chaozhou cuisine. During the day, the menu focuses on soup noodles, fried rice, and rice porridge dishes; at night, the plates move toward family-style dining, including entrees like whole fried crab, marinated goose, and tofu and pork belly stew.
1111 Mission St., San Francisco | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.