Arts Expectations: Hip Hop Dance Festival, Amoeba Remembrance, Nonstop Bhangra Diwali, More – 48 Hills
I’m a little late this week in recommending fun things to do, because this darn franchise runs forever. BUT: I highly recommend three things this weekend, along with the following, especially if the rain returns: Orecchiette and Neatballs at Rad Radish’s new vegetarian hot spot in Hayes Valley, a delicious hot pot at Happy Lamb downtown (bring friends!), And a tasty martuni or three (be careful) at Martuni’s feat at the market, where you can also catch some great tunes – sometimes sung by the pros from the theater district on the road.
Of course, all of this has to be done after spending some time at a bookstore or record store, which can really use your support for the time being. And why not take part in some enlightening films that you will not see anywhere else at the Transgender Festival and the Arab Film Festival?
Also: Union Square Ice Rink is now open! I love a few bruised knees and the joy of winter. And early Christmas music.
FRI/11-SUN/13: San Francisco International Hip-Hop Dance Festival Are you ready for an energy boost? Bands from around the world are converging on the 24th annual installment of founder Mikaya’s incredible celebration of a basic dance style that’s constantly overlooked – this time in person! If you want to feel your body rock, pop and lock, this is it. Palace of Fine Arts, SF. More information here.
Saturday / 12: NON STOP BHANGRA Celebrates Diwali It’s hard to beat the Non Stop Bhangra party, which features contemporary and traditional music and dance from across the Indian diaspora. This Diwali celebration takes place in a gorgeous renovated church, and features live drumming, dance lessons, henna tattoos and plenty of delicious Indian food. 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Saint Joseph Society of the Arts, SF. More information here.
Saturday 12: San Francisco Coffee Festival brisk! Dozens of vendors, toasters, workshops, tastings, appearances and more at this annual festival for Java addicts, where you can enjoy tastings, watch a latte art contest, participate in gifts, and take a break from the daily grind. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fort Mason, SF. More information here.
Saturday/12: Rituals “In this first visit to the quartet, two short clips by Puerto Rican-born composer Angelica Negron explore the interactions between the quartet’s percussion instruments and pre-programmed electronic noise makers, and Natalie Joachim combines a note to self pre-recorded episodes of her voice with rhythm-writing as a way to address her chronic anxiety.” 8 p.m., Zillerbach Hall, San Francisco. More information here.
SAT / 12-SUN / 13: SIP SHOP EAT Like, three of my favorite things in one title, I can’t. This two-day richness gives serious “girls out” energy, which I love. Visit the Embarcadero Center for this festive event, featuring over 60 small businesses, unlimited holiday cocktails, tarot readings, a nail bar, and a “Sunday Funday.” 3 Embarcadero Center, SF. More information here.
Sunday 13: GUY J. Israeli producer Guy J. has helped many weather the pandemic with a steady stream of exquisitely sculpted progressive techno sets. He will finally get the grand reception he deserves at the San Francisco Mint. Noon – 8 pm, Mint, San Francisco. More information here.
Sunday/13: Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Amoeba S The perennial Best of the Bay winner has filled Old Haight’s bowling alley with musical delights for decades, and they’ve got plenty of audio treats for this celebration: special guest DJ Platurn, Vinnie, Primo and Christy Bubbles; Hourly gifts of goodies like AudioTechnica equipment, gift certificate, vinyl, concert tickets, and merchandise; Drinks from Guayakí, cookies from Batter Up Cakery, and more! 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., amoeba, sf. More information here.
Saturday the 13th: Manos Lindas This unique trio from Berkeley blends psychedelic rock and avant-garde styles with straight canyons, exotic booms and infectious energy. I adore them. 3 p.m., back room, Berkeley. More information here.
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