The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week.
Start your week in San Francisco with films from local directors at the Scary Cow Film Festival. Then take your pick of new restaurants—Filipino favorite Elena Una just opened in a semi-permanent location on Fillmore, and director Francis Ford Coppola’s new Werowocomoco restaurant is one worthy of making a trip up to Sonoma County. Finish off the week with a record fair and an election-themed comedy show the night before the real-world finale.
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October 27 | Now open: Restaurant
Pop-up Filipino restaurant Elena Una is now in a semi-permanent location. It’s currently occupying a building that will be torn down in April. Until then, chef Janice Lazaga will be serving elevated takes on dishes like lumpia (with pork, shrimp, and white cheese) and paella (with duck and turmeric). Her last gig was cooking at the presidential palace in the Philippines, so you’ll probably find her food fit for royal tastes.
3347 Fillmore St., San Francisco | website
November 5 | Film festival
Scary Cow Film Festival
Get a window into the cool world of Bay Area filmmaking with the Scary Cow Film Festival, a presentation of short films made by the local Scary Cow collective. Scary Cow counts both amateurs and professionals among its filmmaker ranks, so expect a wide range of films. Viewers will vote on their favorite works, with the top choices receiving funding to make more movies.
2:00 PM | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | From $10 | website
November 5 | Escape the city
Cruise up to Francis Ford Coppola’s Virginia Dare Winery in Sonoma County to check out his curious new restaurant, Werowocomoco, which serves self-described “American Native food.” Named after a word in the language of the Pamunkey tribe (and used with permission from the Tribal Council), the restaurant features bison ribs, a bison burger served on an acorn bun, build-your-own fry bread tacos, and venison chili.
Virginia Dare Winery, 22281 Chianti Rd., Geyserville | website
November 6 | Music
Bay Area Record Fair
The two-year-old Bay Area Record Fair is an all-ages record sale featuring releases from more than 30 independent record labels sold by local stores Amoeba and Western Relics and label 1-2-3-4 Go! Despite the name of the event, this is a place where both collectors and casual listeners can score different music formats, including records, cassettes, and CDs. While the event is free, you can spend $5 to gain access—and first crack at the goodies—an hour early.
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., San Francisco | Free | website
November 7 | Comedy
Will Durst Presents: Election Eve—The Night Before the Nightmare
Comedian Will Durst, who stars in a radio and online show with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, knows politics—and he knows that the best way to digest it is through humor. Decompress from an incredibly stressful election season by laughing through a night of standup with Durst and colleagues Johnny Steele, Nato Green, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, and Francesca Fiorentini. The jokes have been practically writing themselves this year, but this is a show to celebrate that it’s almost over.
8:00 PM | Punch Line SF, 444 Battery St., San Francisco | From $18 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.