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10 fun things to do in San Francisco this week

That Lady Thing
Photograph: Courtesy Ruby Press

This week in the Bay Area you can see Janet Jackson live at Outside Lands, jump in a feminist "tit pit," and much more.


Monday: Listen to Michael Pollan

Author of seven New York Times bestsellers and food-writer extraordinaire Michael Pollan will be at Scribd headquarters on August 6th to discuss his new book HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. Pollan spent a year taking various psychedelics found around the world and then cataloged his experiences and research into a tell-all book. Attendance is free with an RSVP, and refreshments will be served.


Tuesday: Hear an awesome orchestra

On August 7th, the Awesöme Orchestra Collective—the Bay Area’s coolest drop-in ensemble—will play a free show at the Oakland Public Library. Attendees can expect an up-beat classical music experience featuring local musicians. A pay-what-you-will donation will help cover basic costs.


Tuesday: Hit up a museum, for free 

On the first Tuesday of every month, many Bay Area museums—including the De Young, Conservatory of Flowers and CJM—offer free admission. Here are the ones you can visit without spending a penny on August 7th. 


Wednesday: Wine and sew

Drop by the SF Maker Studio any time between 5pm and 7pm to enjoy great wine and a fun sewing project. Feel free to bring a creative project idea that you want to create or leave it up to the trained professionals to help you pick a project that perfectly matches your skill set.


Thursday: Have a ballet lunch break

This Thursday, watch the Alonzo King Lines Ballet take the stage at Yerba Buena Gardens from 12:30–1:30pm. Bring a lunch to enjoy on the YBCA lawn while you watch the free performance. 


Thursday: Take photos at a feminist fun house

This is your last chance to explore feminist pop-up That Lady Thing. Snap photos as you walk through the Corporate Climb exhibit, the Money Gap exhibit, and the truly Instagram-friendly "tit pit."


Thursday: See Harry Potter with a live orchestra

On Friday night, the San Francisco Symphony will perform Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets live, while the movie plays on the big screen. Tickets are expected to sell quick, so get yours quicker than you can shake a wand.


Friday: Chow down at Outside Lands

The biggest feast of the year returns to Golden Gate Park this weekend. Chow down on dozens of the Bay Area's best restaurants while you groove to sets from Florence +The Machine, Janet Jackson and more. If you're not headed to Outside Lands, at least the rest of the city will be empty for your amusement. 


Saturday: Help clean Mission streets

Join the Clean Mission brigade Saturday on Valencia Street as they pick up litter and help to make the neighborhood a more beautiful place. Gloves, garbage pickers and gloves will be provided. 


Sunday: Get the best view of the Perseid Meteor Shower

Watch the Bay Area night sky light up from atop Chabot Space Center’s new observation deck during the Perseids Meteor Shower. Astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and there will be hot chocolate and other goodies to keep you warm.