This week in San Francisco, hear a new take on old hip-hop favorites at Uptown Nightclub’s 45 Sessions party or see action flicks from around the globe in a cool, specially reopened venue. If singing’s your thing, head to the Castro Theatre for a West Side Story sing-along party. Finally, don’t miss out on the city’s Fourth of July fireworks display above the bay.
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June 30 | Music
45 Sessions Presents Prince Paul
If you’ve never attended a 45 Sessions party, prepare to be dazzled by what big-time DJs can do with little 7-inch records (also called 45s, because they spin at 45 revolutions per minute). This week, resident DJs Platurn, Shortkut, and Mr. E welcome special guest Prince Paul, the legendary Grammy Award–winning producer and DJ behind one of hip-hop’s most vital classics, De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising. Check out some old grooves being played in totally fun new ways.
9 p.m. | Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland | From $15 | website
July 1–31 | Film festival
(Not Just) Hong Kong Action Film Series
The folks behind SF IndieFest have reopened the 91-year-old Great Star Theatre to mount a month-long cinematic series of action flicks. The name—(Not Just) Hong Kong Action Film Series—refers to the fact that the screening program includes movies from Hong Kong as well as China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, the United States, and even… Finland? The venue itself was formerly an opera and performance space, and legend has it that Bruce Lee’s parents starred in theater productions here. Take in a movie for $10 or a double feature for $15.
Times vary | The Great Star Theatre, 636 Jackson St., San Francisco | From $10 | website
July 1 & 3 | Film and Sing-Along
Sing-Along West Side Story
The Castro Theatre’s latest live sing-along event throws it way back to 1961 for the Oscar-sweeping musical West Side Story. Dress like a member of the Jets or the Sharks (the movie’s gangs, not the sports teams), grab a goodie bag, and get ready to belt out the tunes, which will be captioned for you on the screen should you not know every single word. Host Sara Moore, local actor and Clown Conservatory Director, will be there to break the ice between rivals.
Times vary | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | From $16 | website
July 4 | Fireworks
City of San Francisco’s Fireworks Show
Hit up Aquatic Park, Pier 39, or Ghirardelli Square for the best views of the city’s official Independence Day fireworks display. Be aware that this beloved holiday event gets people camping out for hours; if you’re into the whole affair, use it as an excuse to bundle up with a nice pre-pyrotechnics picnic!
9:30 p.m. | Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco | Free
Now open | Restaurant
Executive chef Kevin Scott (who previously worked at The Big 4) is at the helm of Tratto, the newest restaurant from Puccini Group at The Marker Hotel. Billed as a “modern trattoria with a rustic soul,” the airy scale of the restaurant is matched with a vast menu of large and small Italian pastas, pizzas, and meats, plus a cocktail program with playful customization options such as a seasonal house-made soda with your choice of spirits. Order show-stopping dishes for the table such as salt-baked whole branzino stuffed with herbs, or nibble on extensive antipasti like Venetian meatballs and fried chicken thighs with prosciutto and lemon.
501 Geary St., San Francisco | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.