Here are five of the coolest things to do in and around San Francisco this week
This week in San Francisco has Drew Barrymore signing her second memoir and LA singer Ty Dolla $ign performing at Social Hall. If all that is too contemporary for you, check out the sexy French film noir festival at the Roxie and swoon over the greats. Equally decadent is the duck, snail, and rabbit paella at newly opened La Marcha, in Berkeley. Or enjoy a different kind of indulgence at the Sacramento Motorcycle Show, where you can test-drive racing bikes not normally available to civvies.
November 5 | Book signing
Books Inc. Presents DREW BARRYMORE Introducing Wildflower
Actress, movie exec, and mother of two Drew Barrymore has evolved considerably since the daze of her early life, which was chronicled in her first memoir, 1991's Little Girl Lost (which she wrote at age 14!) Now Barrymore is back with a book called Wildflower, a personal narrative that takes stock of her entire life as well as where she is now as a woman over 40. She’ll appear at the Castro Theatre for a frank and funny conversation followed by a book signing.
7 p.m. | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | (415) 621-6120 | $38 | website
November 6–9 | Film festival
The French Had a Name for It 2: Lovers & Other Strangers
The Roxie Theater is always a wonderfully intimate place to see a flick, but it should feel especially cozy this week during this second annual festival of sexy French film noir selections from the 1950s. Check out sirens like Brigitte Bardot, Simone Signoret, and Lino Ventura as they smolder and burn on screen in such classics as La Lumière d'en Face (The Light across the Street), Manèges (The Cheat), and Trois Jours à Vivre (Three Days to Live) .
Times vary | The Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco | (415) 863-1087 | From $12 | website
November 11 | Music
Ty Dolla $ign
A bright star of LA’s urban music scene, Ty Dolla $ign is an mc who sings about many of the topics favored by rappers. He’s a ladies man who frequently boasts of his sexual exploits, but his darker and more rugged aesthetic also stands in opposition to the stereotypical horny R&B singer. His live stop in San Francisco coincides with the November 13 release of his hotly anticipated debut album Free TC.
8 p.m. | Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St., San Francisco | (415) 777-1715 | From $29.50 | website
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New opening | Restaurant
The talent behind Oakland’s mobile catering company Ñora Cocina Española have just debuted a casual brick-and-mortar tapas bar in Berkeley called La Marcha. Stop in for small nibbles, including dozens of meat, cheese, vegetable, and seafood options. If you and your companions are really hungry, try one of the four paellas, each meant to serve four people. The most decadent is the deluxe Paella Valenciana, made with rabbit, snails, and duck breast. The wine program favors Old World Spanish wines and offers plenty of sherry.
2026 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley | (510) 269-7374 | From $12 | website
Weekend escape | November 6–9
Sacramento Motorcycle Show
The Sacramento Motorcycle Show provides a sprawling overview of engine-powered two-wheeled culture. The three-day event combines live racing with stunt demos and exhibits. You can even test-drive dream racing vehicles from Harley-Davidson, Suzuki, and Yamaha that would normally be out of reach for civilians. It’s also a family-friendly show. In the kids’ zone, little ones aged 18 months to five years can test ride a Strider demo bike, and the young musicians of the School of Rock will be performing.
Times vary | Cal Expo Center, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento | (800) 331-5706 | From $12 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.