What to do in and around San Francisco this week
It's a packed week in San Francisco. Start out honoring David Bowie's legacy at the Alamo Drafthouse memorial singalong, catch one of the last showings of Janet Cardiff’s epic sound installation, and then head up to Nevada City for The Wild & Scenic Film Festival. You'll be back in plenty of time for the hilariously weird collaboration between New York’s Found Footage Festival and Los Angeles video collective Everything Is Terrible!
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January 14 | Singalong catharsis
The David Bowie Memorial Singalong
A cathartic way to honor the memory of David Bowie’s life and legacy would be to join fellow fans in singing your hearts out to the Thin White Duke’s wonderfully deep and varied music catalog. The David Bowie Memorial Singalong will encourage your most heartfelt belting as his classic videos are screened. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
10:55 p.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 2550 Mission St., San Francisco | (415) 549-5959 | From $5 | website
January 14–18 | Escape the city
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Head up to Nevada City this weekend (it’s about a 2 hour 45 minute drive from San Francisco) for The Wild & Scenic Film Festival. A unique event with an activist slant, Wild & Scenic has created a program of film screenings, workshops, and happy hours focused on energy, adventure, and the environment, spread out across nine different venues. It’s highly recommended to purchase tickets online to be picked up at Will Call since tickets to most events will not be sold at the door.
Times and locations vary, Nevada City | (530) 265-5961 | From $10 | website
January 15–18 | Exhibition
The Forty Part Motet
Don’t miss your last chance to catch Janet Cardiff’s epic sound installation The Forty Part Motet, which winds down this weekend but has added extra viewing times due to popular demand. 40 speakers set around the room broadcast Cardiff’s 40-part choral performance of 16th-century English composer Thomas Tallis’s Spem in Alium on an endless loop. Advance tickets are free, and you’ll want to reserve them online beforehand to avoid disappointment.
Times vary | Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, Gallery 308, Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco | (415) 345-7500 | Free | website
January 20 | Comedy
Found Footage Festival Meets Everything Is Terrible!
Two titans of archival video footage are meeting up for a special evening of video kitsch in honor of this year’s SF Sketchfest comedy festival, which runs in various San Francisco locations through January 24. New York’s Found Footage Festival and Los Angeles video collective Everything Is Terrible! will present everything from weird home movies to regional commercials from their impossibly ridiculous vaults. The results should be side-splittingly funny and anything but predictable.
8 p.m. | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | (415) 621-6350 | From $20 | website
Black Bark BBQ
Chef David Lawrence and his wife Monetta White have just debuted Black Bark BBQ, a more casual alternative to their upscale soul food restaurant 1300 on Fillmore, which is across the street. The menu features platters and sandwiches with Texas-style barbecue, which unlike most American barbecue offerings in town features meat that’s been cooked with dry rubs for flavor instead of served drowning in sauce (though they have seven housemade sauces for those who need that extra boost), making it one of the tidier local options in the genre.
1325 Fillmore St., San Francisco | (415) 848-9055 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.