Music, movies, food, film—this week, San Francisco proves it's a pro at them all. From a tribute to David Bowie and a free Day Wave concert to a tantalizing new pop-up menu from the MINA Group and an Asian-American film fest, there's an indulgence for everyone.
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March 12 | Film
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Candy Clark, David Bowie's co-star in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, will appear at a screening and tribute to the late icon and this strange tale of Bowie as a humanoid alien that has continued to captivate viewers 40 years after its release. Pick your favorite Bowie look and dress up for the event. You’ll then be properly dressed for the after-party at the Oasis Nightclub.
6:30 p.m. | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | (415)621-6120 | From $20 | website
March 13 | Music
Amoeba Music is the city’s pivotal record store and so much more (including a medical marijuana evaluation clinic upstairs). Get in the habit of checking out the event calendar, which is consistently full with a diverse slate of free in-store live performances. This weekend, Oakland-based artist Jackson Phillips will present songs from his Day Wave project, an eclectic assemblage of sounds drawing influence from indie rock and synth pop.
2 p.m. | 1855 Haight St., San Francisco | (415) 831-1200 | Free | website
March 10–20 | Film festival
The 34th annual edition of CAAMFest has mounted an ambitious schedule. Get ready for 11 days of diverse Asian-American films screening across town with significant programming in music, culture, and food, paired with events including a cocktail gathering and a culinary awards show that benefits the host organization CAAM (the Center for Asian-American Media). There will also be panel discussions and a closing party at Oakland's SomaR Bar.
Times and locations vary | San Francisco | From $14 | website
March 16–20 | Escape the city
Flavor! Napa Valley
Spring has practically sprung, and the 40 events that make up Flavor! Napa Valley should be more than enough to entice you to take a drive up to Napa County this week, whether your personal eating-and-drinking style screams brunch party or “Terroir to Table.” The events, which include cooking demos, panels and even a chef and winemaker golf tourney, all go to a great cause, too: supporting the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and its programs.
Times and locations vary | Napa County | Free | website
Now open | Restaurant
Popular San Francisco restaurateur Michael Mina has been presenting a rotating selection of pop-up restaurant concepts for a few months at a time in his Cow Hollow test kitchen. His latest is The Company, a long-brewing exploration of Northern Indian cuisine with the potential to spin-off into a permanent project. Indulge in a multi-course feast served family-style, with large dishes such as a Punjabi fish fry with red chili and curry leaf or Sonoma lamb simmered in yogurt with cloves and stinging nettles.
2120 Greenwich St., San Francisco | From $49 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.