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San Francisco July 7–13: Flower Piano, Film Fest & Stern Grove Symphony

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"From Afar"

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"From Afar"

The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week

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Get in your groove in San Francisco this week, first with Flower Piano, a pop-up miniature music festival in the city’s botanical garden. Or pack a picnic and head to Stern Grove, where the San Francisco Symphony will play its annual outdoor concert among the trees. Let your taste buds sing with the flavors of new restaurant Corridor, and don’t miss a highly acclaimed new Venezuelan film at RoxCine.

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July 7–18 | Music
Flower Piano
A combination of do-it-yourself experiment and music festival, the 12-day Flower Piano event places 12 pianos inside the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s 55-acre property and invites the public to play whatever they want on them between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. Each weekend features a slate of professionals at the keys for public performances that will span such genres as church music, rock and pop standards, Afro-Cuban, and classical.
Times vary | San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave., San Francisco | $8 | website

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July 8 | Film
From Afar (Desde Allá)
This week, the Roxie Theater is bringing back RoxCine, an annual two-month film program of Spanish language works, many of which will see their U.S. debut here. It kicks off with From Afar (Desde Allá), a Venezuelan film about voyeurism and class collision from first-time director Lorenzo Vigas. The film recently won the Golden Lion Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Times vary | Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco | From $12 | website

July 9 | Escape the city
Wine Country Big Q Barbeque and Festival 2016
Smart move not hitting Sonoma wine country for the Fourth of July madness; surely some people will be too tuckered out to make the drive this weekend for the Big Q Barbeque and Festival, and you’ll get all the ribs and wine without all the hassle. This food and wine fair is actually in Petaluma at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, a much shorter drive from San Francisco than hitting Sonoma proper. If you think you can eat more than the pound of food that comes with a general admission ticket, there are some VIP options that can take the splurge basically as far as you want.
1 p.m. | Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma | From $45 | website

Flower Piano
July 10 | Music
San Francisco Symphony at Stern Grove Festival
We’re smack dab in the middle of the free summer concerts for  this year’s Stern Grove Festival, which continues through August 21. Sunday’s program brings the beloved annual appearance by the San Francisco Symphony, which has performed every year since the festival started in 1938. This year’s edition includes three Americana selections by John Williams, Ferde Grofé’s

Grand Canyon suite, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Opus 95: “From the New World.” Pro tip: Go a few hours early to stake out a prime spot—either close to the action with a good view or tucked among the trees for a more transportive feel. And don’t forget the snacks.
2 p.m. | Stern Grove, Sloat Blvd., at 19th Ave., San Francisco | Free | website 

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Now open | Restaurant
Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group, the company behind Trestle, Stones Throw, and Fat Angel, has finally debuted massive Van Ness restaurant Corridor, a companion to the petite Corridor Cafe next door. Big poppa Corridor combines upscale-casual counter service on the ground floor with reservations-only table service on the mezzanine above. Executive chef and partner, Jason Halverson, is overseeing a large menu of comfort food. Must-try dishes include fried calamari with smoked potato, vegetable pot pie, slow braised beef short ribs, fried chicken, and squid ink conchiglie. The spot also offers a large beer, wine, and cocktail menu.
Corridor, 100 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco | website

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

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