The five best things to do in and around SF this week
Sure, it may be Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean San Francisco is letting up on the fun. The Castro Theatre's beloved Sound of Music sing-along is back Friday through Sunday, and comedian and author Greg Behrendt is performing stand-up at Cobb's at the same time. If you go to one on Friday and the other on Sunday, you can also catch the Outkast tribute show on Saturday at Mighty. And once you've had enough of turkey leftovers, go for pizza (and more) at the new Del Popolo brick-and-mortar restaurant.
November 27–29 | Film & sing-along
Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
Each year, the Castro Street hill is alive with the sound of the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, perhaps the most beloved of all the sing-along events that happen throughout the year at the Castro Theatre. Watch the 240-minute 1965 film in widescreen with subtitles, so you can know the lyrics even if you don’t actually know the lyrics. If you identify enough with any of the von Trapp family members, dress up as one for a chance to slay the costume contest. (And if you miss the fun this weekend, it's taking place again December 3, 4 & 6.)
Times vary | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | (415) 621-6350| From $16 | website
November 27–29 | Comedy
Comedian and author Greg Behrendt cut his improvisational teeth in San Francisco in the early '90s, when he worked with Margaret Cho in a group called Crash and Burn. He later became a talk show host and a bestselling author with He’s Just Not That Into You, a book that started as a memorable catchphrase on Sex and the City, where he consulted on scripts. Catch one of his stand-up appearances to hear astute observations on the differences between sexes.
Times vary | Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco | (415) 928-4320| From $18.75 | website
November 28 | Music
Da Art of Storytellin' w/ DJ Sake One
Legendary Atlanta hip-hop act Outkast, one of the few groups to sell more than 10 million albums and receive the elusive diamond certification, is the center of attention for this tribute night led by local DJ Sake One, with an opening set by fellow spin king Cutso. They’ll play songs by or featuring the dynamic duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi, as well as their larger collective, Dungeon Family, which includes artists such as Killer Mike, Goodie Mob, and Future. Expect a night of creative, funky surprises.
9 p.m.–2 a.m. | Mighty, 119 Utah St., San Francisco | (415) 626-7001 | From $5 (free before 11 p.m.) | website
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New opening | Restaurant
The pizzeria that began life as a mobile business, slinging pies out of the most impressive monster food truck you’ve ever seen, has taken root with a new brick-and-mortar restaurant located in the Tenderloin, just a few blocks from Union Square. No longer will you have to wait outside in a line to experience the marvelously leopard-spotted pizzas created by pizzaiolo Jon Darsky. He also has a new menu of smaller dishes that he plans to change frequently, plus beer and wine. Current offerings include Monterey Bay squid with chili, fennel, and Castelvetrano olives, and a fritto misto of rock cod and lemons with pickled winter squash and aioli.
855 Bush St., San Francisco | (415) 589-7940 | website
November 27–28 | Weekend escape
San Rafael Parade of Lights
Take a mini jaunt over the Golden Gate Bridge to San Rafael in Marin County, where a winter wonderland will take over a stretch of Fourth Street on Friday and Saturday, beginning with snow sledding, a marketplace, and a parade on Friday. If Friday isn’t an option, nip up there on Saturday morning, which will bring more snow and kids’ activities until noon. Follow up with a nice lunch at Puerto Rican hot spot Sol Food.
Times vary (parade is at 5:30 p.m. on Fri) | Fourth Street between B Street and Lootens, San Rafael | Free | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.