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Eight fun things to do in San Francisco this weekend

Written by
Ivy McNally


Book Talk and Self Defense Training

This illuminating evening will send you home with a head full of history and a fist full of power. Enjoy a book talk with the author of Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement, then get physical with a training sesh by Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self-Defense Center. Get your squad in formation for this unique ladies’ night.

Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali in Conversation with Jeff Chang

In the soon-to-drop latest book from novelist Dave Eggers, the author writes about Mokhtar Alkhanshali, one of seven siblings brought up by Yemeni immigrants in San Francisco, and his quest to Yemen to learn all about coffee and start a successful business—until a civil war engulfs the country in 2015. See the writer and his subject discuss the work live in conversation with journalist Jeff Chang.

The Third Muslim Opening Reception

If you’re weary of Instagrammable experiences masquerading as art, refresh yourself at this groundbreaking exhibit. Co-curated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Yas Ahmed, the show presents 14 artists who aim to confront gender-based oppression within Islam while taking on other challenging subject work. Despite the weighty subject matter, this opening night reception should prove fun and engaging, with live readings and performances, as well as an opportunity to take home a screenprint made live on-site.  


Kristin Damrow & Company Presents EAMES

A modern dance inspired by a pair of designers most famous for a chair presents a compelling challenge, and is tackled here with gusto by the performers of Kristin Damrow & Company. A prolific choreographer, Damrow is venturing into a narrative structure as her company explores the inspiring story of Ray and Charles Eames, both as husband and wife, and as business partners. A must-see for lovers of mid-century modern design and creative genius alike. 

Smells Like the 90s: A Night of 90s Music and Comedy

This SketchFest event is designed for those in the Venn diagram of comedy fans, music lovers and folks who are obsessed with the 1990s. Comedian Chris Garcia has assembled a dynamic cover band dedicated to the anthems of your awkward teen years. They perform here with the Undone Sweaters, a Weezer tribute band (obviously), and a smattering of era-appropriate stand-ups.

Golden Gate Dog Show
Photograph: Courtesy Golden Gate Dog Show


The Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show

Dogs big and small will be bounding about Cow Palace this weekend as the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show trounces through. From affenpinschers to whippets, all your favorites will be strutting their stuff as they vie to win Best in Show. Traditional obedience trials entertain alongside a doggy fashion show and the always-exciting flyball contest. Pet-centric exhibitors and vendors will be on hand to entice dog owners with the latest tools of the trade and plenty of treats for your best friend.

Fog City Magic Slam

The 3rd Annual Fog City Magic Fest closes out in a big way this week in a thrilling night of illusion with a competitive twist. Four illustrious names from the magic world will pair up to create a brand new trick from one “secret ingredient” in just 30 minutes. A panel of special guests and the audience choose the winner.



Troop Beverly Hills Quote-Along

At long last, here is your chance to prove yourself as a Wilderness Girl. This interactive screening of the 1989 cult-fave will test strength and intelligence as audience members do the freddie, sing “Cookie Time” (along with a tweenage Jenny Lewis!), and try to match Phyllis Nefler’s brilliant takedowns of errant husband Craig T. Nelson. Props are provided, but B.Y.O.K(haki).    

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