Here are the six coolest things to do in and around San Francisco this week
This weekend in San Francisco is beyond immense. Start out on Saturday for the Treasure Island Music Festival, but don't get too comfortable because you want to be in the Mission by 6:00 p.m. for Litcrawl, the culmination to the weeklong words fest that is Litquake. AFAR is reading during stage 2 at Marsh Cafe—see you there! Don't worry, you can return to Treasure Island on Sunday, because you have the first half of the week to recover before Marty McFly visits on October 21. Comedian Doug Benson will be narrating just what is going on at the Castro Theatre, as we go back to the past to get back to the future, too.
October 17 | Literature and alcohol
Litcrawl is the finale to the Litquake festival, a weeklong celebration across San Francisco of all things words related, with readings, workshops, panel discussions, and more. Litcrawl is a kind of bar crawl, with some 100 readings/performances spread around San Francisco's Mission district over three hours and divided into three phases. Venues include bars, cafes, book shops, alleyways, and even a vibrator store, and the readings range from the sublime to the irreverent and include comedy and poetry as well as fiction and nonfiction. AFAR is taking part, too, with readings from Freda Moon, George McCalman, and Amy Standen. We're at Marsh Cafe on Valencia Street at 7:15 p.m. (that's phase 2)—come say hi if you're in the area!
6–9 p.m. | The Mission, San Francisco | Free | website
October 17–18 | Music
Treasure Island Music Festival
The ninth annual Treasure Island Music Festival is where you can quench your thirst for rock, electro, and hip-hop—from atop a giant Ferris wheel overlooking San Francisco! The weekend party attracts about 15,000 revelers per day, and highlights this year include the last U.S. appearance by FKA Twigs on her current tour and the first full live performance from Big Grams, the collaboration between Outkast’s Big Boi and indie-pop duo Phantogram. Both acts were last-minute additions to the lineup. There’s also a new tent curated by Funny or Die called The Blah Blah Blah that will feature stand-up comedy and humor podcast broadcasts each day.
Noon–11 p.m. (10:35 p.m. Sunday) | Treasure Island | From $95 | website
October 17–January 10 | Exhibition
Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition
The Panama-Pacific International Exposition was a world’s fair held in San Francisco in 1906, following the big earthquake. It was a comeback party that remains the stuff of legend some 100 years later. The de Young Museum marks the centennial of PPIE with Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a collection of more than 200 of the 11,000-plus pieces of multimedia art that were on display at the original grand expo.
Tuesday–Sunday 9:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m. | DeYoung Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco | (415) 750-3500 | From $20 | website
October 21 | Comedy
Doug Benson Interruption: Back to the Future Part II
Watch Michael J. Fox’s classic eighties sci-fi comedy Back to the Future Part II in the Castro Theatre. The twist is that Doug Benson—the wonderfully blunt comedian behind the marijuana-focused documentary Super High Me—is narrating the movie, stream-of-consciousness style. Benson and special guests are guaranteed to have you laughing until you’re short of breath. Perhaps coolest of all, this event takes place on the very day that Marty McFly arrives in the future, traveling from October 26, 1985 to October 21, 2015.
8 p.m.| Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco | (415) 621-6120 | From $20 | website
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New opening | Restaurant
Get a sneak peek at forthcoming vegan restaurant Citizen Fox, which will open next year in the Mission, by visiting their new Market Street sandwich annex Kit Fox, the latest addition to the artisanal food court at The Hall. KF offers animal-free versions of such meaty classics as Reuben on rye, plus a convincing cold caprese sandwich made with cashew mozzarella and a tempeh-and-portobello-mushroom Vietnamese banh mi sandwich.
Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. | The Hall, 1028 Market Street, San Francisco | (415) 688-0446 | website
Weekend escape | Wine
Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend
This is a perfect weekend to explore the wine of California’s Central Coast, a 200-mile drive from San Francisco. Winery members of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance have planned at least 140 different activities to celebrate Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend. There are so many that the collective celebration has an iPhone app to help you manage your own customized schedule of grape stomps, winemaker talks, dinners, and tastings.
Times & venues vary | Paso Robles | From free | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.