Try out something uniquely San Francisco in the city this week. First, there’s Deep House Yoga, an event that sets downward dog and child’s pose to electronic music beats. Then check out the city’s new spa, which focuses on Japanese relaxation techniques and is also a tearoom and healthy restaurant. See emerging artists showcase their works at Concentrate, or catch performances by young musicians from the San Francisco Rock Project.
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November 10 | Yoga and music
Deep House Yoga
Bring your yoga practice to one of San Francisco’s favorite nightclubs this week with Deep House Yoga. Roll up with your own yoga mat to Public Works, a place you’d more likely go after midnight than right after work, for a dance music-driven power session soundtracked by DJ Ed Why. You’ll follow up the class with a complimentary mocktail before heading out into the night, which might involve coming back in a few hours to dance along to guest DJs from New York and the United Kingdom.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Public Works, 161 Erie St., San Francisco | From $25 | website
November 11 | Now open: Spa and tearoom
San Francisco’s old City Automotive building has been reinvented in an unexpected new way. Onsen is a holistic spa and a tearoom focused on providing a tranquil experience inspired by onsen bathhouses in Japan. The space offers massages, acupuncture, a communal bath, and a sauna and steam room as well as a restaurant with a menu of light, healthy bites (dishes like rice porridge, a daily sashimi special, and assorted skewers) served with Japanese and Chinese teas and sake. Think of it as a way to take a day of pampering into an evening of indulgence.
466 Eddy St., San Francisco | website
November 12 - 13 | Art festival
More than 200 undergraduate and graduate students from San Francisco Art Institute will exhibit their best works (and offer them for sale) at the school’s annual two-day festival, Concentrate. Do some holiday shopping for the people in your life who appreciate uncommon art in all forms, and take in the juried alumni exhibition to see how the school’s educational efforts are being applied. Light bites and sips will be available as well.
San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., San Francisco | Free | website
November 13 | Escape the city
Brick Palooza LEGO Festival
Head north to Santa Rosa this weekend for the Brick Palooza LEGO Festival. There, you’ll be able to view impressive LEGO art and even build up your own brick-laying skills in a socially acceptable setting. And if you’re truly dedicated to the craft, a marketplace will offer copious memorabilia and—ready for this?—bulk LEGOs, sold by the pound.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Santa Rosa Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa | From $10 | website
November 13 | Music
San Francisco Rock Project Presents Prince
The students of San Francisco Rock Project are ready to funk you up this weekend. They’ll be paying tribute to the lasting musical legacy of Prince by performing his songs as well as their own originals at Thee Parkside. The charming neighborhood bar is also a great spot for brunch or lunch and cheap drinks while you see what the next new power generation is doing.
12:00 PM | Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., San Francisco | From $5 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.