This week in San Francisco, release your inner kid with Saturday morning cartoons at the Roxie Theatre, or dance the night away to Motown classics and remixes. Head north to Sonoma for wine and celebrity chefs, or stay close to home and check out a couple new openings that are sure to become city mainstays.
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May 13 | Music
Cut Chemist: MOM DJ's 7 Year Anniversary
The DJs behind the nationally roaming party Motown on Mondays (or MOM) are celebrating seven years of soul in San Francisco with the help of special guest DJ Cut Chemist and a live performance from a funk supergroup called Alligator Spacewalk. Dance the night away to Motown classics, remixes, edits, and what they call “close relatives”—songs that were inspired by the mighty musical movement from Motor City.
9 p.m. | Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco | (415) 625-8880 | From $10 | website
May 14 | Film
Popcorn for Breakfast: Saturday Morning Cartoons
Saturday morning cartoons are now, sadly, a thing of the past when it comes to network television. But the excitement of watching them survives in the hearts of childlike adults who grew up with the tradition (and who want to share it with their own children, too). Start a new ritual with Popcorn for Breakfast at the Roxie Theatre, which this month is showing classic old cartoons with well-known characters like Betty Boop and Popeye, as well as lesser-known ones like Roxy the Fox. If you can’t make it this weekend, the Roxie screens a fresh slate of Saturday morning cartoons on the second Saturday of each month.
11 a.m. | Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St., San Francisco | (415) 863-1087 | From $8 | website
May 14–15 | Escape the city
Sunset Celebration Weekend
Sunset magazine’s annual festival moves from Menlo Park to Sonoma this year, making this an ideal weekend to take in some western wine country. Sample from a full slate of home and garden exhibits, wine seminars, dinners, and cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs like L.A.’s Ludo Lefebvre, Portland’s Andy Ricker, and the Bay Area’s own Ayesha Curry (wife of NBA star Steph and a future Food Network star herself).
Times vary | Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma | From $17 | website
Now open | Bar
Now’s the time to drop in for a drink, a bite, and some beats at Laszlo Bar, the neighboring sister lounge to Foreign Cinema that has recently undergone a major revamp. Laszlo has always been supportive of the local DJ scene, and has its own impressive record collection that spans 50 years. Now, in an homage to our Bay Area mix masters and the sounds that inspire them, Laszlo also has a new sound system, seating, and lighting, and you’ll find seasoned vets and up-and-comers spinning here. There’s also a new bar bites menu (highlights include fried pickled mushrooms and madras curry fried chicken sandwiches), and you can continue to order from Foreign Cinema’s menu, which is a great tip when the restaurant gets crowded.
2526 Mission St., San Francisco | (415) 401-0810 | website
Now open | Restaurant
Rising from the ashes of an unfortunate fire in the restaurant space formerly known as TBD is Fénix, a fun new concept from the same owners, Matt Semmelhack and chef Mark Liberman. The duo are also behind AQ Restaurant, which is just a few doors down. Fénix has a bright new look to match the menu of large Mexican plates (including carne asada, a fish of the day, and chicken tinga). Each comes with a lovely array of complementary “little tastes,” which currently include revelations like grilled pineapple adobo and sweet and hot preserved pumpkin. Pair them with seasonal sangrias such as La Ginger Rogers (white wine with orange juice and fresh ginger) and you’ll be feeling festive in no time.
1077 Mission St., San Francisco | (415) 431-1826 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.