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Garden Railway: 1915 Pan-Pacific at the Conservatory of Flowers
Five of the best things to do in and around San Francisco this week
If you do one thing in San Francisco this week, make it a trip to The Warfield to see both The Cult AND Primal Scream push the boundaries of music together on Tuesday. Actually, make sure you do two things, because you'll also want to catch the hilarious Luenell at Cobb's earlier in the week. There's no rush to explore the exhibition of teensy trains at the Conservatory of Flowers (a celebration the 1915 world's fair that opens this week) or to sample the seafood barbecue at new restaurant, Ke's Seafood BBQ. But on the other hand, why wait? And if you need to escape for the weekend, Cavallo Point is hosting a fall cooking class.
November 12–14 | Comedy
If you’re ready to let loose and laugh impolitely and possibly beyond the bounds of decorum, Luenell may just be the lady for you. Raised in Northern California and now based in Los Angeles, the seasoned standup comedienne and actress is perhaps best known for her years touring with the embattled comic Katt Williams. Onstage she doesn’t mince words and you often have to be quick to catch her wit, but there’s always a payoff in the punchlines.
Times vary | Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco | (415) 928-4320 | From $18.75 | website
November 12–April 10 | Model trains
Garden Railway: 1915 Pan–Pacific
Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers is celebrating the centennial anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco with a tiny (and adorable) exhibit. From now until April, you can experience a slice of this storied world's fair in miniature with a special "garden railway" of model trains that run a course of dwarf plants, water features, and small versions of such San Francisco landmarks as the Palace of Fine Arts. Once you've had your fill of the trains, stay to enjoy the late bloomers at the conservatory including Ethiopian coffee plants and Dracula orchids.
Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.| Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco | (415) 831-2090 | From $6 | website
November 17 | Music
An epic double bill of England’s The Cult and Scotland’s Primal Scream promises to explore the spectrum of rock from shredding to psychedelic. Both bands got their start in the UK in the early ‘80s, but The Cult rose to fame quickly while Primal Scream didn't get their due until the ‘90s. While the two groups would have been an unlikely pairing during those eras, they now makes awesome sonic sense together as both bands explore classic and fresh material.
8 p.m. | The Warfield, 982 Market St., San Francisco | (415) 345-0900 | From $47.50 | website
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New opening | Restaurant
Ke’s Seafood BBQ
Ke’s Seafood BBQ has opened up in a competitive, restaurant-dense part of the Inner Sunset, but it already stands out as a fun spot to play with your food. The menu focuses on seafood offerings like pink scallops, abalone, lobster, and oysters, but you might also find beef or lamb skewers on the specials menu. While you don’t have to grill your own food at the table, you’re missing out if you don’t try it at least once.
1358 Ninth Ave., San Francisco | (415) 742-4877
November 14 | Weekend escape
Farmer’s Market, It’s Harvest Time
If you want to slip away for an evening or a weekend in Sausalito, head to the gorgeous Cavallo Point and enjoy a hands-on cooking class. This Saturday's class is all about the bounty of local farmers' market produce. Students will learn how to make an impressive fall meal of handmade pappardelle with rabbit sugo, chanterelle mushrooms, dried figs, and sauteed broccoli rabe; mustard greens with Asian pears, Pt. Reyes blue cheese, and pumpkin seeds; and pumpkin donuts with chocolate glaze.
5:30–9:30 p.m. | Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito | | From $125 | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.
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