EAT, DRINK & SEE FILMS: Our Choice of This Week’s Events—November 13-19

Our guide on what to enjoy in the Bay Area this week: November 13-19, 2014.


Napa Valley Film Festival

The festival has started and runs through Sunday with a lot of exciting events focused on movies, food and wine tasting. Do-not-miss food/drink films include East Side Sushi and the Tenth Anniversary of Alexander Payne’s Sideways with Merlot tastings. See last week’s preview article here. Full information at


Sunday Supper at Penrose

Charlie Hallowell has created an Oakland group of favorite dining places in Pizzaiolo, Boot & Shoe and most recently Penrose, surely one of the prettiest restaurants around. Ever community-minded, Charlie has started a series of monthly Sunday Suppers benefiting local nonprofits. They rotate between several East Bay establishments, and this Sunday the site is Penrose on Grand Avenue in Oakland. The Creative Growth Art Center is the beneficiary. The 5:30 pm seating is sold out, but some tickets are still available for the 8 pm dinner. We’ve had a sneak peek at the menu, and it looks amazing.



Special Effects Wizard Presents His Favorite Films

Dennis Muren, the Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, is one of the preeminent visual effects artists in the world and, for that matter, in film history. The winner of nine Academy Awards, he has played a vital role in the field’s technical achievements from Star Wars  (1977) to this day. Join him for Dennis Muren: Master of Visual Effects, screenings at the Smith Rafael Film Center of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) (rare 35mm print), The Thief of Bagdad (1940), AI Artificial Intelligence , (2001) and a rare, never-before-released 3D presentation of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002 & 2012).

Chef Cynthia & Urbano Cellars Present a Cheese and Wine Pairing

ChefCynthiaOn Friday, November 14 from 6-9 pm, Chef Cynthia offers an evening of Urbano Cellars’ latest releases paired with cheese plus other goodies, including patés, jams, chutneys and a vegetable or two. Chef Cynthia will present a cheese platter, giving a quick outline on the basics of cheese and wine pairing. She’ll tie it all in with Thanksgiving, giving you pointers on how to pair your holiday celebratory meal with Urbano wines. And she’ll give you a recipe or two if you ask nicely. Save 40% by clicking here.


Fall Season Films from the SF Film Society

The San Francisco Film Society continues their exploration of new films, this weekend offering a terrific selection from Hong Kong and next weekend from Italy. At the Vogue Theatre in SF. Check out their Fall Season 2014 lineup here.


San Francisco International Tea Festival

Discover hundreds of types of teas, straight from local and global producers, plus get a free swag bag including your very own teacup to savor tea market offerings. Learn how each cup of tea can be a different experience.


Appetite Obscure: Deconstruction

Eating is a ritual, a tradition, a movement, a culture, a necessity. Come to Oakland on Saturday to deconstruct the world of eating and create something new at Appetite Obscure: Deconstruction. For previous recipe ideas, visit

San Francisco Cinematheque Annual Art Auction & Benefit

This is a chance to obtain unique drawings, paintings, photography, collage and multi-media installations by local artists. Your purchases benefit one of the City’s most important film institutions, showing adventurous movies regularly.

You can bid in person or online this Saturday. For more info, go here.


Pre-Thanksgiving Pop-Up

Friday evening you can celebrate the Oakland artisan food scene at the Oakland Food Policy Council’s 5th Anniversary, with Thanksgiving-themed foods and sides.


Green Festival

All things green over the weekend. Interested in living a more sustainable and healthier life? Experience the widest selection of products and services to work green, play green and live green—from food, fashion and health, to energy, construction and design. Discounted admission at Johnny Funcheap. Festival details at

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