The best things to do in and around San Francisco Dec. 3-9
This is a good week in San Francisco for film fans: There's a screening of the latest Janis Joplin biopic, featuring new interviews with her musical descendants, and a touching film about a Latina mother’s quest to become a Japanese chef. Wine lovers can take advantage of the Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk and of the beginning of the annual Calistoga Winter in the Wineries Passport Series. It's also your last chance to see how Walt Disney imagined the future in Tomorrowland: Walt's Vision for Today.
December 3 | Wine
Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk
The fifth annual Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk offers an opportunity to stroll along 24th Street, from Diamond to Chattanooga Streets, sampling local wines and light bites while you get a jump on your holiday shopping. Meet at a nearby parking lot to procure a tasting glass and a map, and then you’ll be able to explore it all at your own pace. Do note that ticket sales on-site will be cash only and slightly more expensive than grabbing one online in advance.
4–8 p.m. | Start at parking lot at 3865 24th St., San Francisco | From $20 | website
December 4–10 | Film
Janis: Little Girl Blue
The late Janis Joplin remains an iconic figure in the history of San Francisco music and even got her own postage stamp from the U.S. Postal Service last year. But the prevailing narrative is often focused on her addiction to heroin and her untimely death at age 27. This new documentary gives a more well-rounded look at her life and loves with the help of archival footage and new interviews with Joplin’s musical descendants, from Melissa Etheridge to Pink.
Times vary | The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco | (415) 863-1067 | From $10 | website
December 6 | Film & art
East Side Sushi
A delightful fictional film shot in the East Bay and directed by Oakland native Anthony Lucero, East Side Sushi details, with both tenderness and outsider humor, a Latina single mother’s quest to become a Japanese chef. This special screening at the Asian Art Museum will be followed by a Q&A with associate producer Vicki Wong. Go early or stay on after to take in the Asian Art Museum’s current exhibitions, including Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists.
2:30–4:30 p.m. | Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco | (415) 581-3500 | Free | website
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Through December 7 | Exhibition last chance
Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision for Today
There are still a few days left to catch the charming Tomorrowland: Walt's Vision for Today exhibit at The Walt Disney Family Museum. See photos, schematics, and other archival treats that show Walt Disney’s boundless imagination for the land of the future—he predicted space travel even before Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon in 1969. The exhibit was curated by Brad Bird, the Academy Award–winning writer and director of The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Tomorrowland.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. | The Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., San Francisco | (415) 345-6800 | From $20 | website
Winter in the Wineries Passport Series
How about a quick jaunt up to Napa Valley before the holidays? December 5th is the kickoff for the annual Winter in the Wineries Passport Series in Calistoga. Purchase a passport online or at the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce, and you can enjoy visits to 15 participating wineries through February 7, including Castello di Amorosa, which is housed in a replica of a 13th-century Tuscan castle, and Chateau Montelena, which appeared in the 2008 film Bottle Shock. Advance reservations for your individual stops are recommended.
2:30–4:30 p.m. | Calistoga Chamber of Commerce, 1133 Washington Street, Calistoga | (707) 942-6333 | From $50 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.