The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week
Laugh, sing, and dance in San Francisco this week. Writer and comedian Brian Posehn will have you laughing out loud, while the Castro Theatre hosts The Little Mermaid as the latest in their sing-along series. Try a different kind of nightclub in Public Works's House of Bhangra night, or catch a DJ-slash-songstress at 1015 Folsom.
AFAR Local is our weekly insider guide to the best of what's happening in cities around the U.S.
March 24–26 | Comedy
You may recognize comedian and actor Brian Posehn from his role in Judd Apatow’s The Five-Year Engagement or The Sarah Silverman Show, where he also served as writer. Posehn has a formidable resume as a writer for Silverman’s series as well as for the former cult hit Mr. Show. With a sharp wit and a flair for the musical (he’s producing a comedy metal album with Anthrax frontman Scott Ian), his stand-up show is an assured way to get some needed laugh therapy in your life.
Times vary | Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco | (415) 928-4320 | From $23.50 | website
March 24–29 | Film and sing-along
The Little Mermaid Sing-along
Disney’s 1989 classic The Little Mermaid is the latest focus of the Castro Theatre’s guaranteed-to-be-fun sing-along series. Don’t worry if you don’t know the words to “Under the Sea”; the lyrics will be up there on the screen, and with a room full of your peers belting out the lyrics, you’ll find it hard to be shy. Costumes are encouraged and goodie bags will be given.
Times vary | 429 Castro St., San Francisco | (415) 621-6120 | From $16 | website
March 25 | Music
DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown + Moodymann
Did you know that singer Erykah Badu is also a fierce DJ? She goes by DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, and she is always fun to dance to. Tonight she’s sharing the evening with a mysterious and also incomparably funky Detroit-based DJ/producer named Kenny Dixon Jr., who answers to the name of Moodymann. This is no less than the beginning of a new entry into musical history, and you should be there if you love to move your feet to soulful beats.
10 p.m. | 1015 Folsom St., San Francisco | (415) 431-1200 | From $50 | website
March 26 | Music
House of Bhangra
The 122nd edition of this modern Indian dance party promises to be a thrilling cross-pollination experiment in music. Resident movers from the Dholrhythm Dance Company and live drummers will perform to soulful house music from DJ Jimmy Love and guests. Meanwhile, you and your fellow audience members should be prepared to shake it up on the dance floor. This is one mash-up you don’t want to miss.
9 p.m.–2 a.m. | Public Works, 161 Erie St., San Francisco |(415) 496-6738 | From $15 | website
Now open | Restaurant
New York restaurateur Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto), a Berkeley native and former Chez Panisse chef, has debuted his first Bay Area restaurant in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square. The massive Waxman’s combines a 120-seat, full-service restaurant (open now) and a 120-seat cafe (which will open soon). Each focuses on Italian fare cooked in wood-fired ovens and grills as well as handmade pastas. Waxman is hoping to restore local interest in the area as a dining destination, which he remembers it being when he was growing up.
900 North Point St., San Francisco | (415) 636-9700 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.