The salt-and-pepper crab at Kim Thanh restaurant.
Photo by B. Koh
'Tis the season--but not just for the holidays. It's Dungeness crab season, too, and the tasty crustacean is being dished up in myriad forms at San Francisco restaurants and stars in a Fisherman's Wharf festival on Sunday. Thursday is Walt Disney's birthday, and to celebrate the Disney Museum in the Presidio is offering free admission. It's also the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, which is prompting parties at bars, the 21st Amendment Brewery and even Goorin Bros. hat store. And in following weeks, you can immerse yourself in comedy, classic films and small crafts fairs rather than in mall crowds. See our December events calendar and our Dungeness crab restaurant guide for details.
Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival celebrating liberation and dedication, starts at sundown today. Menorahs around the city will be lit, and an inaugural parade of menorah-bearing bikes will set off from Cole Valley tonight. Ceremonies and festivals over the next seven nights will feature games, music, dancing and traditional holiday treats like latkes and doughnuts. The granddaddy of all Bay Area menorahs, the Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square, will be lit on various nights by local dignitaries and officials and even a robot. Details are in our Hanukkah guide. The celebrations welcome everyone, and nearly all of them are free.
The turducken made by 4505 Meats in San Francisco.
Photo courtesy of 4505 Meats
Thanksgiving is exactly a week away. If you're hosting and you're already running around like a chicken with its head cut off, it's time to call upon one of San Francisco's top butcher shops. Turkeys in various states (au naturel, brined, deboned, smoked, rolled, turducken-ed, etc.), accessories (gravy, sausage for stuffing, brine mixes and even side dishes), alternatives (quail, duck or lamb, anyone?) and advice are all offered. Supplies are limited, of course, so order now to get the size of turkey you want.
Then you'll have enough time to run for fun before next Thursday's feast. At a turkey trot, you can burn calories, dress like a pilgrim or Pocahontas and help a worthy cause, all before stuffing your face. Most of the fun run/walks are on Thanksgiving morning, but there's one in Santa Cruz on Saturday (Nov. 23) and in San Francisco on Dec. 1.
Check our Thanksgiving guide for info about other events and activities, including volunteering, eating out and non-shopping fun on Black Friday.
Miles is suited up and ready to save
the day in San Francisco. Photo courtesy
of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.
Batman and his 5-year-old apprentice will descend upon San Francisco tomorrow and catch criminals in the act, and you're invited to celebrate their feats at City Hall at 2 pm. It'll be a dream-come-true for Miles--er, "Batkid"--a Northern California boy who's been fighting leukemia most of his life. Our article about the Make-A-Wish adventure has info on how you can partake in the fun.
Too bad the Bat pair isn't scheduled to tackle our city's homelessness problems, too. But a few hundred Millennials will be helping to do so on Saturday night (Nov. 16), and again, you're invited. The San Francisco Social party, starting at 9 pm at the W Hotel, raises funds for Larkin Street Youth Services.
Today, go to an open house unlike any you've been to before: At the Columbarium, a historic structure that houses people's remains. Unlike what you might imagine, it's an airy, lively place with lots of character. The open house, at 2-5 pm, is also a chance to catch a temporary art work made specifically for the Columbarium and commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Then tomorrow, hit the open house hosted by the San Francisco Opera, where you can sing with the pros and learn make up and wig tips. Also on are an elaborate wedding at the Asian Art Museum, street games, SF Open Studios' last weekend and more. They're all in our November events calendar.
There's an election today, so do the right thing and vote. It won't take long because the ballot is short (only four offices and four measures). Check our election guide for info on polling places and hours and a run-down of the candidates and issues. We've also spelled out the facts on Propositions B and C--the most contentious items on the ballot--which will determine the fate of a downtown waterfront development.
Want to maximize your candy haul on Halloween night? You're in the best city for trick-or-treating, so you're already ahead. Now just beeline it to Noe Valley.
That's according to Zillow's trick-0r-treat index, which considered property values, crime stats, Walk Scores and population density to conclude that San Francisco is the best city in the U.S. for candy collectors: It provides "the most candy, with the fewest walking and safety risks," Zillow says. In San Francisco, the best candy-coated neighborhoods to hit are Noe Valley, Sea Cliff, Cow Hollow, Presidio Heights and Glen Park.
But there is such a thing as too much candy. If you're having nightmares about cavities and dental drills, give your sugar-bombs to a good cause. At The Crossroads, a nonprofit that does outreach to youths living on the streets, will redirect your candy to its clients. Handing out treats "helps us form connections with young people," ATC says. It offers them toothbrushes and toothpaste, too.
Candy aside, Halloween in SF is action-packed: Haunted houses, Hitchcock and other movie thrillers, a California Academy of Sciences party and creepy drama are among the other offerings on Oct. 31. Check our lists of Halloween events for ages 21+ and events for all ages (including easily scared adults).
Yep, you read that right: Usually car-clogged Clement Street will be closed to motor vehicles tomorrow. It's the first Sunday Streets in the Richmond district--the first time that bikers, skaters, dancers, yogis, musicians, artists and pedestrians will have free rein over long stretches of Clement and Arguello Boulevard for an entire afternoon. It also happens to be the last Sunday Streets session of 2013, so we won't get to rule the streets like this again until next year. Find out about the entertainment and attractions in store in our Sunday Streets article.
Jack the Ripper looms large in the
Thrillpeddlers' Halloween show.
Photo by www.davidallenstudio.com
Dozens of massive parties, in which the elaborateness of the participants' costumes is outdone only by the venues' spooky decor and special effects, start on Friday. Historic spots like the Old Mint are being resurrected as haunted houses. Hitchcock films with live musical accompaniment are playing at Davies Symphony Hall, and several theater productions promise to jangle your nerves, too.
Halloween in San Francisco is bigger than ever, and that's not even counting perennial Oct. 31 favorites like the spontaneous parading/ogling on Castro Street and trick-or-treating on Fair Oaks Street. It's so huge that we have two Halloween guides, one with events for ages 18+ and ages 21+ (which generally involve alcohol), and another with activities that have no legal age restrictions. Check out the latter even if you're a grown-up; it includes everything from gore and scream-out-loud encounters recommended only for teens and older ages to warm-and-fuzzy trick-or-treating for toddlers. If Halloween ever becomes an official holiday and we get the day off, San Francisco might just explode with all of the celebrating.
One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer. One percent of men will. But you can do a lot to lower the (your) odds and detect it early, which is the message of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In San Francisco, an award-winning documentary feature, The Lulu Sessions, is screening tonight and Friday, with Q& A sessions that include the filmmaker. A bevy of designer handbags is up for bid Friday evening in a fundraiser for breast cancer patients. More info, and other activities and promos, are in our list of October 2013 breast cancer awareness events.