The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week.
This week in San Francisco, you can eat cuisine from around the world at In Situ, the new restaurant at the newly reopened SFMOMA. Watch the screenings and attend the parties of Frameline40, perhaps the nation’s largest queer film festival, or celebrate the abolition of slavery with a parade and live music for Juneteenth.
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June 16–26 | Film
Frameline40: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
Billed as “the king of queer film festivals,” Frameline40’s screenings, parties, and panels arrive at a time when San Francisco is already extra compassionate and keen to celebrate our city of diverse individuals. The lineup of events take place across various venues such as the Roxie, Castro Theatre, and Oasis, and it includes features and documentaries that illuminate LGBTQ communities around the world.
Times and locations vary | From $10 | website
June 17–September 18 | Exhibit
Priceless Pork Belly
A prized stone from China’s Qing dynasty (1644–1911) has become famous for looking remarkably like a slab of juicy braised pork belly. Now, it’s traveling outside of Asia (where it’s drawn up to 6,000 viewers a day) for the first time ever and will be on display starting this week at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Several local chefs have created fleeting pork belly specials (through July 17) at their restaurants as part of a promotion called Priceless Pork Belly, Plated. For instance, you can stop in at Dirty Habit near Union Square for confit and fried pork belly with stone-fruit caponata and Fresno chili or head to the Mission for thinly sliced, soy-cured pork belly layered with blanched Napa cabbage on a bed of golden noodles at Namu Gaji.
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco | From $15 | website
June 17–September 11 | Escape the city
Broadway Under the Stars
Every weekend from June 17 through September 11, you’ll get the chance to treat yourself to a Sonoma County getaway built around the annual local tradition of Broadway under the Stars. Choose among a full slate of outdoor performances in the handsome “ruins” of a 100-year-old winery at Jack London State Historic Park. The first few weeks will feature This Magic Moment, a live singing revue that blends Broadway standards with current pop music.
Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen | website
The country’s oldest celebration of the abolition of slavery has been marked with a local African American community festival for decades. This year’s 66th edition features a parade kicking off at 10 a.m., followed by an afternoon of live music and entertainment on five stages. Highlights include performances by R&B up-and-comer Adrian Marcel, #Frisco5 activist and rapper Sellassie, and a Prince tribute featuring at least one guest who performed with the late icon.
10 a.m. | Fillmore Street between Turk and Sutter Streets, San Francisco | Free | website
Now open | Restaurant
As if you weren’t already excited enough about the revitalized SFMOMA, this week the venerable institution debuts its “exhibition restaurant,” In Situ. The brainchild of Corey Lee of nearby Benu (also an alumni of The French Laundry in Yountville), In Situ serves dishes conceived by some of the world’s most acclaimed culinary voices, including such local luminaries as Alice Waters and celebrated European chefs like René Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen. You can choose from a lounge or dinner menu depending on what your budget allows, but regardless it’s an opportunity to travel the world via your plate.
151 Third St., San Francisco | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.