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San Francisco Jan 21–27: Back to the '60s & Sketchfest Finale

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Cauliflower toast at new restaurant The Perennial

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Cauliflower toast at new restaurant The Perennial

What to do in San Francisco this week

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Revisit the '60s in San Francisco this week (without going to Haight-Ashbury)  with the California Historical Society, which kicks off its new Halprin exhibition with a series of events at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Hobart Building, and Obscura Digital that marks the 50th anniversary of seminal countercultural happening The Trips Festival. Speaking of festivals, Sketchfest is winding down, but it's not too late to catch such gems as The Black Version movie plot improv. The SF Album Project is back with drag queens covering Grace Jones's Nightclubbing in its entirety. And its Bacon Fest in Sacramento, if  you're looking for an excuse to trot up there.

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January 21–23 | Exhibition
The 1960s Revisited: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
The California Historical Society’s new exhibit, Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971, is a massive time capsule which includes selected films, illustrations, and photos assembled by the show's title holder, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, who passed away in 2009. Collectively, they offer a fascinating window into the developing Bay Area countercultural landscape circa 1966, and are on display at CHS through May 1. The exhibition kicks off with a three-day festival, The 1960s Revisited: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, which marks 50 years since seminal underground arts happening The Trips Festival. There will be selected works on display at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, as well as screenings, discussions, and other events at the Hobart Building and Obscura Digital, including a reception with Stewart Brand, organizer of The Trips Festival.
Times & venues vary, San Francisco | (415) 357-1848 | From $5 | website

January 22 | Comedy
The Black Version
We’re in the final stretches of SF Sketchfest, the epic annual comedy festival that takes place at venues across town, and tickets to shows like The Black Version are still available. The idea is straightforward: Audience members suggest names for big movies and the African American alumni of improvisational troupe The Groundlings will perform the “black version” of that show. Former Saturday Night Live writer Jordan Black leads a cast of comics including Cedric Yarbrough, Gary Anthony Williams, Daniele Gaither, and Nyima Funk.
10 p.m. | Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., San Francisco | (415) 641-7657 | From $25 | website

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January 24 | Music
Nightclubbing: The SF Album Project
Grace Jones’ fifth album, Nightclubbing (1981), is one of her most beloved, a sexy longplayer featuring celebrated reggae duo Sly & Robbie. Songs like “Use Me,” “Pull Up to the Bumper,” and “Demolition Man” also make it an easy target to be covered by drag queens. Tonight an ensemble featuring underground stars such as Carnie Asada, Clammie Faye, and Suppositori Spelling perform Nightclubbing in its entirety, the latest in the occasional yet essential SF Album Project series.
8 p.m. | Oasis, 298 11th St., San Francisco | (415) 795-3180 | From $15 | website

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January 25–31 | Escape the city

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Bacon Fest Sacramento
Organizers of Bacon Fest Sacramento recognize that bacon is special to people and believe it deserves to be celebrated widely. Six whole days of bacon-centric festivities include restaurant theme dinners, cocktail and cooking battles, bacon and beer tours, and even a Kevin Bacon tribute night. It all makes Sacramento a very porky place to visit this week.
Times and venues vary, Sacramento | From free |website

New opening | Restaurant
The Perennial
The debut of The Perennial has been hotly anticipated by a food community eager to see how its groundbreaking, environmentally forward ideas might spread throughout the nation. A constantly changing menu showcases minimal meat and the produce is grown aquaponically, which uses 80% less water than conventional growing methods—perfect for a drought-ridden region. The opening menu features bites such as cauliflower toast, celeriac gnocchi with grilled apples, and lamb with brussels sprouts.
59 Ninth St., San Francisco | (415) 500-7788 | website

Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.

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