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San Francisco This Week: AFAR Instameet, Hip Hop Dance, Bells Atlas

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Photo courtesy San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest

Here are five of the coolest things to do in and around San Francisco this week

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This week in San Francisco there are a couple of can't-miss events. The opening performance of this year's International Hip Hop Dancefest kicks off the weekend at the Palace of Fine Arts on Friday night. Then, on Saturday, AFAR is hosting an InstaMeet in North Beach to celebrate reaching 100,000 followers on Instagram. Come along to meet fellow travelers and the faces behind the feed and to discover some of our favorite photography spots in the neighborhood. Finally, one of the Bay Area's most exciting and innovative bands, Bells Atlas, is playing in Oakland on Tuesday. Enjoy!

November 20–22 | Dance festival
San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest
The 17th annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest, starting this Friday, will include a wealth of live performances as well as some great dance classes. Enjoy watching original choreography from movement artists who hail from the Bay Area, Japan, the Netherlands, England, and beyond. Then, if you’ve got dancing feet yourself (or are itching to learn), you can join one (or all) of three masterclasses dedicated to familiar and underground styles like breakdancing and Memphis jookin that are open to the public.
Times vary | Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco | (415) 563-6504 | From $15 | website

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November 21 | Photography
#AFARHits100K: AFAR InstaMeet
Attention photography and Instagram enthusiasts: AFAR is having an Instagram meetup (an InstaMeet) to celebrate our milestone of reaching 100,000 followers on the photo sharing social network! Meet at 15 Romolo in North Beach at noon, and we'll give you a flyer with a map of our favorite spots to shoot pictures in this vibrant and photogenic neighborhood. As you wander the area, sharing visual insights with likeminded travel enthusiasts, tag any photos you post to Instagram with #AFARHits100K for a chance to be featured in our @afarmedia feed and to win a leather ONA camera bag. 
12 p.m. | 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo Place, San Francisco | (415) 398-1359 | Free | website

November 24 | Music
Bells Atlas
Oakland band Bells Atlas describes itself as sounding like “Missy Elliott meets Björk meets Shadowcats and Jolly Sludge Monsters.” In other words, experimentation and quirkiness drives this four-piece outfit, which released a debut album in 2013. Catch them on their home turf at Oakland’s New Parish before this East Bay secret becomes a world-wide phenomenon.   
9 p.m. | The New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, Ca | (510) 444-7474 | From $12 | website

AFAR Local is published every Wednesday, so check back for insider updates on restaurant openings, festivals, exhibitions, shows, weekend escapes, and more. Planning a trip? The AFAR guide to San Francisco has you covered. 

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New opening | Restaurant
Noe Valley welcomes Hamlet, a new neighborhood restaurant from the owner of the nearby Caskhouse. An approachable menu skews towards hearty American comfort classics, including a burger with bacon, caramelized onions, and Gruyère, and a roasted half chicken with fregola, Brussels sprouts, king trumpet mushrooms, and bacon. Main courses cost $16–28. Hamlet also boasts a full liquor license, and its craft cocktail list includes such tipples as the Hamlet Sour (Bolivian brandy, pineapple, brown sugar, and lemon) and Canons to the Left (vodka, pear, blood orange, and grapefruit).
1199 Church Street, San Francisco | (415) 829-3286 | website

November 21 | Weekend Escape
Holiday in Carneros
Drive an hour north to Vineburg in Sonoma County for Holiday in Carneros, an annual open house for a close-knit community of winemakers who offer new releases, barrel tastings, food and wine pairings, and the opportunity to engage in conversation with winemakers. It’s an easy jaunt to consider making just for the day (hopefully with a designated driver in tow!) or a fun overnight prospect if you stay at a nearby property like The Carneros Inn.
11 a.m.–4 p.m. | The Wineries of Cameros, various locations, Vineburg | (707) 256-0693 | From $50 ($15 designated driver) | website

Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.

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