Guac-lovers will want to dip into this SF happening next weekend. Guaclandia will debut in San Francisco next weekend to help satiate your cravings for all things avocado featuring an avocado art wall, giant avocado chairs, avocado food demos and unlimited samplings of guacamole and other avocado treats as well as a variety of novelty prizes. Try your hand at the vintage claw machine for your chance to win avocado pool floats, pins, tote bags, popsockets, dad hats and other swag. “Guacamole is more than a food—it’s a cultural phenomenon,” says Diana Pusiri, senior brand manager of the Wholly Guacamole, the guac-minded business putting on the pop-up. “Guaclandia is designed to celebrate guacamole’s place in pop culture by providing guac fans with a fun and immersive avocado experience and an opportunity to have fun with friends and family and enjoy great tasting guacamole made with real ingredients.” Guaclandia will debut its multi-city run July 27 from noon–7pm and July 28 from 9–5pm at Fort Mason. Guaclandia is free with an RSVP on Eventbrite.
If San Francisco’s chilly marine layer is putting a damper on your summer fun, we suggest a day trip. Sacramento may not be on your short list of weekend escapes, but a stylish new rooftop infinity pool and cocktail bar is certain to change that. The Kimpton Sawyer Hotel is part of a new downtown, state-capital–invigorating hub centered around the Golden 1 Center, an open-air concert and sports arena that’s home to the Sacramento Kings. In addition to a dreamy rooftop pool terrace, this one-stop, warm-weather retreat has reliable Sacramento sun and a collection of hip bars and restaurants. Plus, the hotel is a breezy, five-minute stroll from the historic Amtrak station, which means you can ditch your car and enjoy a scenic, traffic-free trip out of town. The design-forward hotel features a sky-high lobby that brims with greenery and 250 guest rooms awash in natural finishes and gold accents. Perks include Atelier Bloem body products, an evening wine tasting and public bikes for quick jaunts to the buzzy Midtown neighborhood. Yet the property’s most compelling amenity is the infinity pool—a first for Sacramento— surrounded by a lushly landscaped rooftop and flanked by cabanas, fire pits and the glam indoor-outdoor cocktail lounge, Revival. The Sawyer is also home to the excellent Echo & Rig, a swanky Las Vegas–style steakhouse beloved for its red-oak–grilled steaks and popular sides, such as the portobello mushroom fries and the grain-and-veggie–fueled Over the Rainbow Salad
This is what Taco Tuesday dreams are made of. On July 17, three of the Bay Area's top female chefs—Nicole Marin from Uma Casa, Casey Rebecca Nunes of Media Noche and Marianne Despres of El Sur—will engage in an epic taco competition, presenting their own unique spins on California's favorite meal. Taco' Bout It will not only entice eaters with tasty tacos, but also raise awareness and funds as we head into the midterm elections. As for the food lineup: If you’ve ever dreamed of a taco with Merlot braised short rib, chimichurri, pickled red onion, radish, and jalapeño, Marianne Despres of El Sur has you covered. Meanwhile, Casey Rebecca Nunes of Uma Casa will be doing a Southeast Asian inspired take. Nicole Marin is opting for a classic Northern Mexico style machaca taco, with flour tortilla, shredded beef, and pinto beans with a chipotle tomatillo salsa. And as a special treat, hosting restaurant TRES has drafted one of their star line cooks to represent: Cecelia Contreras, who originally hails from Michoacán, will make a taco inspired by beloved Mexican dish, the Pachuco. The taco takedown takes place at TRES Tequila Lounge and Mexican Kitchen from 6-9pm. Tickets are $40 and include tacos from all participants as well as three drinks of your choice from the bar (beer and tequila and mescal cocktails). Proceeds go to support Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. Let the feast begin!
If you’re an avid bookworm, classical music lover or a fan of whole-roasted pork, this week’s roundup of San Francisco events won’t disappoint. Monday: Start your week on a classy note On July 16, Revolution Cafe is hosting a Chamber Music Night, where guests can experience chamber music in a relaxed, comfortable setting, with a drink in hand. The event is put on by Classical Revolution with the goal of making live chamber music accessible to the masses. Admission is free, but a $5 to $20 donation is recommended. Tuesday: Drink mezcal and taco ‘bout it Savor the creations of women chefs from Media Noche, Nicole Marin, and Uma Casa as they go tortilla-to-tortilla at this first-of-its-kind the taco competition. A portion of the proceeds from the taco showdown will be donated to both NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood of Northern California. Guests can enjoy spicy competition, tantalizing takes on tacos, and stiff mezcal-infused cocktails. Tuesday: Free hotdogs + peanuts at Shanghai Kelly's Watch the annual MLB All-Star Game from the long-standing Nob Hill saloon, Shanghai Kelly's, while you snack on FREE hot dogs (with all the fixings) and toasted, warmed peanuts. Be sure to get there at 5pm sharp to ensure you grab a hot dog before they run out. Tuesday: Be a bad artist Go ahead and paint outside the lines at the 3rd Annual Bad Art Night for Adults. Bring your creativity (or lack thereof) to the Mountain View Public Library at 6pm this Tuesday, then use
With nine World Series titles and fifteen American League pennants, there’s no denying that the Oakland A's are a history-making bunch. (The wave was invented at an A's game in 1981, after all.) To honor the Oakland Athletics' 50th anniversary, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) curated Homegrown Heroes, a celebration of the baseball team’s trailblazing players. The 350-square-foot installation focuses on the lives of three iconic players Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson and Dave Stewart, all Oakland natives who contributed to the Town on and off the field. The exhibit includes never-before-seen game-day photos, high school yearbook photos, athletic memorabilia worn by the three teammates and an original poster from the legendary 1989 Battle of the Bay World Series. Interactive features will even invite visitors to contribute their own baseball memories to the museum. "What better way to honor this significant milestone than by highlighting three of the team's icons, all Bay Area natives who were instrumental in securing the 1989 World Series win and in demonstrating the incredible history of baseball in Oakland," says OMCA Director & CEO Lori Fogarty. The exhibit is on display through October 21 at Oakland Museum of California.
On a foggy June night, the best bars in San Francisco packed into Cold Drinks, where Time Out San Francisco was hosting the 2018 Time Out Bar Awards. Sponsored by William Grant & Sons, the inaugural event honored the best bars in San Francisco and the talented crews responsible for crafting your favorite cocktails. All night, guests had their choice of a Smoldering Rose—made with Milagro Silver, Montelobos Mezcal, Lillet Rose, Velvet Falernum and grapefruit oil—or the Verde Daiquiri featuring Flor de Caña 7, Ancho Verde and fresh lime. Adorable mini bottles of brut and rosé Segura Viudas also made the rounds throughout the night. Between sipping and chatting, guests noshed on Chinese dumplings, eggrolls and bites courtesy of China Live. Come award time, all eyes were on presenters, such as Milagro Tequila representative Jaime Salas and Flor de Caña brand ambassador Ashela Richardson, who handed out the night’s awards for Bar of the Year and Best Legacy Bar, respectively. Cheers to all the winners! Here’s a look at all of the evening’s winners, and some photos from the event below. All photos by Justin L Stewart Photography
Actor and rapper Lakeith Stanfield has explored socially relevant themes in Selma, Get Out, and TV's Atlanta, but Boots Riley's Sorry To Bother You goes one step beyond. In this absurdist black comedy with a wild sci-fi twist, Stanfield portrays Cassius “Cash” Green, a struggling telemarketer who quickly rises up the ranks by channeling his “white” voice. Abandoning his picketing co-workers in favor of a lucrative promotion, he inevitably heads into a moral showdown with coke-snorting CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer) and his exploitative white corporatocracy. TOSF: Sorry To Bother You is both hilarious and dark. The audience will probably be confused about what to feel. LS: Which is good. When I first read this script, I was confused about what to feel about any of it. You may have to see this film two or three times to find out where you stand. How much did you relate to these characters? Quite a bit. They’re all essentially aspects of Boots and his internal struggles. Everybody was real because Boots was honest enough to give his journey that integrity. This has to be the only live-action movie in recent memory to have additional voice actors for the leads—in this case, the dubbed “white” voices. Patton [Oswalt] and David Cross were such good sports. It was great because we just lip-synched everything [on set] and didn't actually make sense. We knew [David and Patton] were going to come and do the voice, but we didn't know they were going to be as silly as they were.
The fifth issue of Time Out San Francisco just hit stands, and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you. It's packed with everything you'll need to know about the Bay Area for the next three months: the best events, new restaurants and bars to check out, as well as profiles of people doing some really cool things in the city, including Sorry to Bother You star Lakeith Stanfield. Our cover story features a profile on one of San Francisco's most celebrated chefs, Daniel Patterson, and his mission to help young chefs of color make it in the cut-throat culinary world. We also have the winners of the first ever Time Out San Francisco Bar Awards (consider this your drinking to-do list for the summer) and the results of the Time Out Love San Francisco Awards. Where can you get a copy? Time Out San Francisco will be distributed Thursday and Friday in downtown San Francisco! Look for our teams passing out the magazine along Market Street from the Embarcadero BART station to the cable car turnaround at Powell. Additionally, you can pick up a copy at your favorite restaurants, bars, shops, cultural institutions, hotels and more spots around the Bay Area starting today—check out this map to find a pick-up location closest to you. Not headed into the city? You can also flip through our digital version of the issue here. Have questions about the issue? Feel free to peruse our FAQ page. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the magazine and get your feedback on what you'd l
Chelsea Peretti, Michelle Wolf and Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness headline the Outside Lands comedy tent
Outside Lands is a force to be reckoned with. Not only does it bring A-list musical talent to Golden Gate Park every summer (this year The Weeknd, Florence and the Machine and Janet Jackson are headlining), but the food and drink lineup is something we dream about all year long. Now this year's Barbary comedy tent lineup takes the whole fest to another level. This year’s fest is anchored by three of the funniest women in the business: Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Game Night star Chelsea Peretti, 2 Dope Queens’ Phoebe Robinson and the unstoppable Michelle Wolf. Throw in a live version of the podcast Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness—the weekly podcast hosted by the Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones personality, where the audience is invited to come on a journey as he gets curious about anything and everything under the sun—and you may just double over in laughter. Who gave us permission? Also, look out for a special installment of Hanging with Paul Scheer as the comedian gathers his friends for a unique one of a kind round table show (think of it as the adult version of Show and Tell.) For a musical reprieve, the Red Room Orchestra will also recreate the soundtracks from Wes Anderson's beloved films, with score cues and pop hits from Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Bottle Rocket, Isle of Dogs and more. Outside Lands takes place August 10–12 in Golden Gate Park (Single-day GA $149.50; Three-day GA $375). See you in the park. Photograph: Andrew Jorgensen
Ok ladies, now let's get in formation. This summer, important gender issues like the wage gap and the glass ceiling are being transformed into an interactive and powerful art/selfie exhibit in San Francisco. So put on your best power suit and plan to kick up your heels for a night of unapologetic lady things. The exhibit started earlier this year as The Lady Factory, a one-night-only pop-up created by SF creative agency Eleven in honor of International Women's Day. The interactive art experience addressed serious gender issues like equal representation in leadership, bias and harassment in a lighthearted, cheeky way. #Girlpower Instagrams abounded. This summer, The Lady Factory is re-launching as That Lady Thing, a pop up with purpose, and bringing back the Sea of Objectification (a.k.a. The Tit Pit), a pit of breast-shaped balls. At The Corporate Climb exhibit, you can watch ladies scramble up the wall in the hopes of making it to the same heights as their male counterparts. The Money Gap exhibit invites women to grab what they can from the money pit (because until we close the wage gap, we're still jumping and grasping for it). The Money Gap Photograph: Courtesy That Lady Thing The SF pop-up will happen for 5 days only from August 5-9, 2018. Tickets are $25 and include a craft cocktail, cotton candy and popcorn.