The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week
This week in San Francisco, hear from the 800 authors who’ve gathered in the Bay Area for Litquake. Then stop by SOMArts Cultural Center to peruse A Promise Not to Forget, an exhibition dedicated to Día de los Muertos. Catch the Arab Film Fest in venues across San Francisco and Oakland, and finish off with dinner at Eve’s Waterfront.
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October 7–15 | Literary festival
2016 Litquake Festival
Litquake is one of the most engaging festivals held in the Bay Area each year, with multiple daily events covering a huge spectrum of styles. Because it takes place in San Francisco, the East Bay, North Bay, and South Bay, you’ll want to scrutinize this year’s schedule of more than 800 authors to come up with your ideal itinerary. If you’re going to pick one day to check it all out, consider the Lit Crawl (October 15); it’s a great way to be exposed to vastly different art expressions, socialize, and try out a bunch of watering holes and art spaces in a short time.
Times, locations & prices vary | website
October 7–November 5 | Art
A Promise Not to Forget: Día de los Muertos Exhibition
SOMArts Cultural Center celebrates the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday each year with a vibrant art exhibit. This spin around the sun, the exhibit is dedicated to victims of violence, including a section of the show specifically honoring those who were tragically killed at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The monthlong tribute includes opening and closing events with live music as well as a drawing circle on October 21. The exhibit is free on regular afternoons, while the special events will operate on a sliding scale, with no one turned away for lack of funds.
Times vary | SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco | Free | website
October 8 | Escape the city
The 58th edition of Petaluma Whiskerino may sound like a day of hard alcohol, but we’re actually talking about whiskers rather than whiskey! This is a contest of maximally impressive facial hair—enter it yourself, or just enjoy as an onlooker (or “gawker,” as the organizers call it). If you’ve got a designated driver or want to stay the night in Sonoma County, there’s also an after-party sponsored by Lagunitas.
3–6 p.m.| The Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma | From $5 | website
October 7–16 | Film festival
Arab Film Festival
The Arab Film Festival began in 1996 with a vision to bring a greater understanding of Arab culture and life through the big screen. This year’s edition, which takes place at movie theaters in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, mingles shorts with feature-length films and documentaries, including Houses Without Doors, a doc that brings you right onto the frontlines of Aleppo. And the Opening Night After Party at intimate club Mercer features DJ Emancipacion spinning beats straight from Egypt.
Times and locations vary | From $12 | website
Now open | Restaurant
Just north of Oakland’s Jack London Square sits a new casual seafood-centric restaurant with beautiful bay views called Eve’s Waterfront. Dishes on the opening menu include clam chowder with bacon, deviled eggs with Dungeness crab, a catch of the day, and slow-roasted duck with mascarpone grits and fries. The restaurant has debuted with limited hours, open from Thursday through Sunday for dinner and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, where eggnog French toast is expected to be a sweet highlight. It’s also available as a banquet space or for special events.
15 Embarcadero West, Oakland | website
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