The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week
There's plenty to see and taste in San Francisco this week. The de Young Museum showcases the fashion of Oscar de la Renta, while Steve-O, of Jackass fame, hits Cobb's Comedy Club for a stand-up show. Itani Ramen gives hungry customers a sample of its new menu in Oakland, and the winemakers of Livermore offer special tastings at Barrel Tasting Weekend.
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Through May 30 | Art exhibit
Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective
Beloved Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta is the subject of the de Young Museum’s latest epic tribute to fashion royalty. Curated by Andre Leon Talley, it’s a deep dive into the majestic gowns and flawless lines that made de la Renta such an influence on international style. Artifacts include clothing from the designer’s personal collection as well as pieces from private lenders around the world.
Times vary | de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco | (415) 750-3600 | From $30 | website
March 18–20 | Comedy
To hear him recount it, Jackass alum Steve-O should have been dead a few thousand times already, between his superhuman drug consumption and penchant for insanely dangerous risk-taking. But he’s made it through to the sober side, if not the safer side, still defying physics with his physical stunts. It’s impressive and hilarious to hear how much clarity he now has about life and the world around him, which promises to work really well in a stand-up comedy setting.
Times vary | Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco | (415) 928-4320 | From $25 | website
March 19–20 | Restaurant preview
Kyle Itani, the chef/owner of Oakland’s popular Hopscotch restaurant, will soon open Itani Ramen and is previewing service with a series of pop-up dinners that are first come, first served. Choose from pork-based shoyu ramen or a vegetarian version made with miso, which are both expected to be on the final menu. If you miss it this weekend, don’t worry; it’ll be back March 25–27, April 1–3, and April 8–10 before the big opening later this spring.
6 p.m. to midnight | 1736 Telegraph Ave., Oakland | website
March 19–20 | Escape the city
Livermore Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend 2016
Looking for an alternative to a Napa Valley winetasting weekend? Head out to the Livermore Valley to taste wines straight from the barrel and speak directly to the minds that created them at more than 35 wineries. You’ll be able to buy the ones you love before they hit the market and get an in-depth look at one of the Bay Area’s most fertile wine country regions.
Times and locations vary, Livermore | From $42.99 | website
March 23 | Music
The provocative girl group Quaaludes is for all of us who are sick of artists who can't stand their ground. The San Francisco–based quartet are known on a first name basis (Aimee, Morgan, Courtney, and Susie) and are behind empowerment anthems such as “She’s Weird Like Us” and “Hate Mail.” A fixture on the local live scene, on March 23 they’ll be supported at this intimate Hemlock Tavern show by California acts Dreamspoiler and Violence Creeps and Portland’s Smoke Rings.
8:30 p.m. | Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., San Francisco | (415) 923-0923 | From $7 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.