The best of what to do in and around San Francisco this week.
The fog has finally lifted, and it’s time to celebrate a San Francisco summer. Do it with a party in honor of the work of director Stanley Kubrick at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, or check out Oakland’s Eat Real Fest for great food and drinks. Head north to Marin County for a refreshing beer festival, and don’t miss a film from the annual Banned Film Festival. Then cool off with a sweet treat from new dessert shop Powder.
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September 22 | Exhibit
Night at the Jewseum: Odyssey
The Contemporary Jewish Museum is hosting a special evening event for the over-21 crowd as part of its quarterly Night at the Jewseum series. The event will celebrate Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, a comprehensive retrospective of the work of the late Hollywood director and screenwriter known for such classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining. Expect inspired dance, live music, and DJ performances for this night only. If you miss this event, you can still catch the whole Kubrick exhibit during normal CJM business hours through October 30.
6-9 p.m. | Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco | From $8 | website
September 23–25 | Food festival
Eat Real Fest
The East Bay’s premier free food festival returns for the eighth year this weekend. If you’ve never attended, you’ve missed out on delicious, affordable, and creative bites; craft beer, wine, and cocktails; and consistently beautiful weather and compelling people-watching. This year’s schedule includes all that as well as workshops and live music from local favorites like the Oakland Symphony Ensemble and Grand Avenue Soul. Proceeds from the event fuel Oakland’s noteworthy Food Craft Institute, where you can ignite your entrepreneurial dreams in the culinary world.
Times vary | Jack London Square, Embarcadero West, Oakland | Free | website
September 24 | Escape the city
Tiburon Taps Beer Festival 2016
Head up to Marin County to make this weekend a sudsy one at Tiburon Taps Beer Festival. There you’ll become acquainted (or better friends) with Bay Area brewers such as Oakland’s Black Medicine, Sebastopol’s Golden State Cider, and Mill Valley’s Headlands Brewing Company. Pair it with bites from local food vendors and sway to the gentle yacht rock stylings of local act Mustache Harbor. This is the makings of an incredibly chill Saturday.
1–4 p.m. | Shoreline Park, Tiburon Blvd. and Paradise Dr., Tiburon | From $20 | website
September 25–28 | Film festival
Banned Film Festival
The Roxie Theatre’s Banned Film Festival was inspired by the annual Banned Books Week, which takes place between September 25 and October 1. Both humorously highlight the absurdity of old-school censorship in modern times. In the case of the film fest, the objections have evaporated over time and what’s left is rather fun, kitschy, and comparably tame. The lineup includes would-be classics like W.R. Mysteries of the Organism (1971), a racy love story about a Yugoslavian woman and a Soviet female ice skater, and I Am Curious Yellow (1967), a Swedish feature film about social justice that features a rare Martin Luther King interview.
Times vary | Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco | From $15 | website
Now open | Dessert
Taiwanese shaved snow is a more sophisticated alternative to Hawaiian shaved ice and a convincing substitute for ice cream once you pile on a myriad of sweet toppings (and throw copious amounts of organic and local Straus Cream into the mix). It’s an Asian dessert sensation that has been slow to be picked up in often-chilly San Francisco, but Powder started building a Bay Area following through appearances at Off the Grid events. The company is now ready to show off its cool stuff at this brand new brick and mortar location.
260 Divisadero St., San Francisco | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.