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San Francisco seems to be going for a “so much to do, so little time” theme this weekend. I guess we’d all better make the most of our last couple days before the world ends, right?


There are not one, not two, but three different art fairs going on this weekend. ArtMRKT brings together 65 galleries at the Concourse Exhibition Center (620 Seventh Street), including local galleries and galleries from London and New York, and focuses on contemporary art. Fri-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm.

ArtPadSF focuses on emerging contemporary galleries and Bay Area artists, and will showcase 30 galleries at the Phoenix Hotel (601 Eddy Street) in addition to video installations, DJs, live music, and performances. Fri-Sat 12pm-1pm, Sun 11am-6pm.

The SF Fine Art Fair hosts over 60 post-war and contemporary galleries at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, and caters to the high-end set. Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm.

If you’re just looking to peruse, not to purchase, head to SFMOMA for the opening day of the new exhibit “The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde”, featuring famous works by Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Renoir and more.


Check out the free screenings of USA Network’s Character Project Short Film Series. USA teamed up with RSA Films and Ridley and Tony Scott to produce a series of seven short character-driven films, which are being shown across the nation as part of a multi-city screening exhibition, with each film shown in a modern-art style “screening capsule.” This weekend brings the exhibition to San Francisco, so head on down to Justin Herman Plaza anytime between 10am and 8pm, Friday through Sunday.

You can still get tickets to Prince! The concert is at 7:30pm at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Buy tickets here.

Go a bit further afield and hit up the Sonoma Jazz+ Festival, which is going on all weekend at Sonoma Plaza. Stroll through beautiful Sonoma while listening to live jazz performances, along with performances by headliners such as Sheryl Crow and the Gipsy Kings. There will be local wineries and breweries pouring all day, and you can snack on traditional New Orleans fare (beignets, anyone?).


La Cocina is hosting a neighborhood dinner tonight at their facilities in the Mission, as part of their plans for the Street Food Festival on August 20. Dinner is from 4-7pm. RSVP to

The Uncorked! Wine Fest at Ghirardelli Square on Saturday (1pm-6pm) will feature pours from over 40 wineries, cooking demonstrations, and live music. Tickets go for $50 and get you unlimited tastes and a souvenir glass. Portions of the proceeds will go to Save the Bay.

It that’s not enough wine for you, the Wine 4 Japan Fundraiser at Commonwealth Club is from 5:30pm-8pm. Tickets are $30, and all proceeds benefit the Red Cross’ relief efforts in Japan.

Alternatively, if wine’s not your thing, there will be plenty of other options at the First Annual Haight Street Pub Crawl, also on Saturday. The pub crawl starts at Martin Mack’s, and check in is from 2pm-4:30pm.

Enjoy! And good luck surviving the Rapture. On the off chance that it doesn’t happen, see you next week.

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Tuesday, May 10: Go check out Snakes & Lizards: The Summer of Slither at the California Academy of Sciences. This exhibit just opened yesterday and features over 60 live snakes and lizards from five different continents, including a 15-foot long albino python, a Gila Monster, and an Eastern Water Dragon.

Wednesday, May 11: Head to Cobb’s Comedy Club at 8pm for the Cobb’s Comedy Showcase, where for just $10 you can see acts by 10 of the best rising comedians from the area.

Thursday, May 12: It’s Bike to Work Day, so pull on your padded shorts and strap on your helmet! At night, head to the afterparty at DNA Lounge from 6pm-9pm, where there will be DJs, raffle prizes, and a cycling fashion show.

If biking isn’t your thing, you can instead go to the Reader’s Cafe at Fort Mason at 6:30pm for this week’s installment of the 2011 Poetry Series, and enjoy discounted snacks and drinks while listening to readings by Jorge Argueta and Dottie Payne. Alternatively, make your way to Dogpatch Studios at 7pm for Taste of Potrero, a gala event where you can sample small bites from Potrero Hill restaurants, as well as bid in a silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting the Daniel Webster Elementary School.

Friday, May 13: Go see Hugh Jackman’s show at 8pm at The Curran Theatre. You can expect Broadway-style Hugh, not Wolverine.

Saturday, May 14: It’s the 12th annual SF Oyster Fest at the Great Meadow at Fort Mason from 11:30am-7pm. Enjoy oyster cooking demos, a “Shuck and Suck” competition, and exhibits on the history of oysters, all while listening to live music from Rodrigo y Gabriela, Guster, Pepper, and more. Tickets go for $35, and proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Sunday, May 15: Bay to Breakers. Need I say more?

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Feliz Cinco de Mayo! The day of tacos and margaritas is almost upon us. What will you be doing to celebrate? As mentioned previously, there’s the Big Bang Party After Dark at the California Academy of Sciences or the Hecho En San Francisco benefit at the Ferry Building, and your best bet may be to just wander around the Mission, which promises to be in full-on fiesta mode. However, you can also consider these options…

Taverna Aventine’s Cinco de Mayo Block Party: Make your way to Aventine Alley for a free block party starting at 5pm. Enjoy the Afro-Cuban jams of live performer Chico Mann and the disco-heavy spinning by DJ Dukes, and munch on tacos from former Top Chef contestant Ryan Scott. Of course, there will be free-flowing specials on Mexican beer, tequila and margaritas.

Cinco de Mayo at Mijita and Public House: Head to Mijita at AT&T Park for all-day $5 margaritas, and half-price tacos from 2pm-4pm. While you celebrate, you can watch the Giants take on the New York Mets (game time is 10:10am). After Mijita closes, you can stroll next door to Public House, which will be serving the same specials into the night.

Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour at Tropisueno: Perfect for the FiDi set, Tropisueno will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo fiesta starting at 4pm. You can expect free chips and salsa, $3 guacamole, $2 Tecates, $3 draft beers, and $5 margaritas and other well drinks.

Cinco de Mayo at Don Pisto’s: This delicious North Beach joint will be open all day from 11am-midnight, and will be serving their usual Mexican street food along with beer and sangria specials.

Cinco de Mayo at Nick’s Crispy Tacos: What could be better than celebrating with a few orders of pescado tacos (Nick’s Way, of course)? Hit up Nick’s for specials on drinks and food, and rumored free dessert.

Cinco de Mayo at TRES: Head to TRES for an extravaganza beginning at noon featuring mariachis, folklorico dancers, and live luchadores wrestling matches. Sip on $5 TRES margaritas and $4 Dos Equis and Tecates, and nibble on $2 tacos. Dance the night away when DJ Juanita More, DJ Jorge Torres, and DJ Happy start spinning at 6pm.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at The Cellar: The Cellar will be serving tacos, nachos, and chips with salsa and guacamole, along with $5 Los Osuna drinks and $12 buckets of Coronas. Performances by mariachis have been promised as well!

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Harlot: Make your way to Harlot to dance to the beats of Miguel Migs and Mauricio Aviles, and feast on tacos from the famous Tonayense Taco Truck, which will be parked on site. There will be drink specials all night.

Tropicana & Papalote’s Cinco de Mayo Throwdown: Head to Madrone Art Bar at 6pm for 8 hours of jams from DJ Don Bustamente, DJ Apocalypto, DJ Santero, DJ Mr. E, and DJ Sloe Poke (visiting from Los Angeles). It’s worth getting there early, as it’s free before 10pm (with a $5 cover afterwards), and even more importantly, there will be free Papalote burritos served at 10pm!

If you’re a nose-to-the-grindstone type and you can’t make it out for Cinco de Mayo celebrations on a weeknight, don’t fret! You have some options to postpone the festivities to the weekend.

Cinco de Mayo with the SF Giants: Head to AT&T Park at 7:15pm on Friday, May 6, to watch the Giants face off against the Colorado Rockies. Purchase a special ticket to get access to the pregame party in Seals Plaza from 4:30pm-7:15pm with live entertainment, cultural vendors, and food and drink specials, and to receive a special edition orange “Los Gigantes” rally poncho.

Cinco de Mayo Festival at Dolores Park: Make your way to Dolores Park from 10am-6pm on Saturday, May 7, for a family-friendly (and alcohol-free) Cinco de Mayo festival featuring Mexican and Latin American food and all-day performances by local Latin musicians. There will be some unique activities, including a park-wide Zumba class at 10am, and a kids zone where the little tykes can get their faces painted and watch magic acts. All proceeds benefit Mission Neighborhood Centers.

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