After a very long wait, the nearly 100-year-old Harding Theater on Divisadero is back in action as a 4-story-tall arcade and bar. Drinkers nostalgic for the beeps, bops and boops of their youth should run, not walk, to the Grand Opening Weekend Kick-Off Party. DJs Miles Medina, Cutso and Umami will make sure things escalate on the dance floor once you’ve run out of quarters.
Stoner-rock heavyweights Queens of the Stone Age hit town behind a newie, Villains. The follow-up to 2013's wildly successful …Like Clockwork, the new record finds the band returning to basics: You'll find no high-profile guests here (except for the album's producer, Mark Ronson). If the effort's first single is any evidence—the rollicking "The Way You Used To Do"— we're all in for a good time.
Groundhog Day. What’s it really all about? While the holiday itself is perplexing as all get out, the premise of the 1993 film couldn’t be more simple: What would happen if you had to live the same day over and over? Bill Murray stars as the hapless anti-hero faced with this nightmare scenario — fortunately he has Andie MacDowell to keep him company and perhaps even teach him something about… love? Catch one of Harold Ramis’ best on the holiday that inspired it.
Los Angeles’ go-to party starter, Them Jeans, drops into Rickshaw Stop this week with them digital crates of early-aughts bangers. Daft Punk, Cut Copy, Crystal Castles — all the tunes you remember from five to 10 years ago will keep the party moving. Of course, Popscene resident DJ Aaron Axelsen and guests won’t let anyone forget this is indeed San Francisco.
Off-set the guilt of game day snacking with a morning run around Golden Gate Park. The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon and 5K takes runners around one of the most impressive courses in the country: the city’s own Panhandle, Golden Gate Park and out to Ocean Beach. Finishers take home a medal, and permission to hit the buffalo wings, hard.
This weekend, the Roxie is quarantining itself from a city swept by Super Bowl fever. For those kindred spirits who eschew their sportsball-loving cronies’ idea of a good time, SF Indiefest produces its annual Men in Tights — a different take on the classic Super Bowl party, with local comics calling the game and skewering every facet of this thing called football.