Here are the coolest things to do in and around San Francisco this week
This is a great week for art lovers of all stripes in San Francisco. Autre Ne Veut brings his electro-soul to the newest venue in the Regency Center, and Margaret Cho brings her unique brand of cathartic comedy to the Castro Theatre. The late, great John Lennon would have been 75 this week, and to celebrate, the San Francisco Art Exchange is hosting a collection of Lennon's artwork. And if you're looking for an excuse to escape the city, Basecamp Hotel in Lake Tahoe is putting on an Oktoberfest celebration. Cheers.
October 8–31 | Art
Imagine Peace: The Artwork of John Lennon
The late Beatles icon John Lennon is remembered chiefly as a musical genius, but his artistic talents also spread into the visual realm. Lennon would have turned 75 on October 9, an occasion that the San Francisco Art Exchange is marking with an exhibition comprising more than 60 of his art pieces. Limited edition prints of iconic images such as his Imagine self-portrait and his whimsical sketches of himself with wife Yoko Ono will be for sale, as will a pristine white Imagine Series Limited Edition piano that Steinway & Sons will roll out on October 9.
10 a.m.–6 p.m.| San Francisco Art Exchange, 458 Geary St., San Francisco | (415) 441-8840 | Free | website
October 10 | Music
Autre Ne Veut
Social Hall SF is one of San Francisco’s newest music venues, a fresh and intimate space inside the ornate, multi-level Regency Center, which has built a reputation for hosting superb concerts. It should provide the perfect setting for the ethereal sounds of American singer Autre Ne Veut (a.k.a. Arthur Ashin), who performs songs that hover in the ever-growing space between soul and electronic music.
9 p.m.| The Regency Center Sutter Room, 1270 Sutter St., San Francisco| (888) 929-7849 | $18 | website
October 13 | Comedy
Margaret Cho, The Psycho Tour
Headlines about police brutality and racism in America have inspired the latest provocative standup comedy tour from Margaret Cho, who has never shied away from difficult subjects. The San Francisco native, who has appeared on the television shows 30 Rock, Drop Dead Diva, and Dancing with the Stars, has spent much of the past two years raising money for the city’s homeless, chronicling the effort for a forthcoming documentary called #BeRobin, named after the late Robin Williams.
8 p.m. | Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco | (415) 621-6350 | From $35 | website
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New opening | Restaurant
Grand Fare Market
Despite its name, Grand Fare Market, which makes its debut this week, is more than a grocery store. The ambitious culinary hub serves breakfast and coffee outdoors from a converted 1948 Airstream trailer, while inside you'll find rotisserie meats, salads, hot foods, raw bar nibbles, and grab-and-go options. Pull up a smooth tree-stump seat in the lovely brick-lined outdoor dining garden to eat al fresco.
Grand Fare Market, 3265 Grand Ave., Oakland | (510) 899-9610 | website
Basecamp South Lake Tahoe Oktoberfest Celebration
If you’ve been itching to hit the road for one last drive out to Tahoe before the snowy season hits (with any luck, it’ll be a good one), let Basecamp Hotel’s Oktoberfest Celebration be the incentive you need to go this weekend. Enjoy free brats and beer tastings on the property, which styles itself as a resort with inn-like prices, before taking a five-minute stroll to the lake.
2–8 p.m.| Basecamp Hotel, 4143 Cedar Avenue, South Lake Tahoe | (530) 208-0180 | Free | website
Tamara Palmer is a daily news writer, rapper confidante, DJ, and celebrity chef ghostwriter from San Francisco.