Our selection of some terrific things to do in the Bay Area this week.
San Francisco Street Food Festival
From Saturday, August 15th through Sunday, August 16th La Cocina will join The Midway and Noise Pop in hosting the 7th Annual Street Food Festival, this year at Pier 70 location in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. The new site is much larger proving plenty of space for over 100 owner-operated food businesses.
The organizers explained it best: “The San Francisco Street Food Festival features the participant businesses of La Cocina, a groundbreaking food business incubator that has been serving the Bay Area since 2005. In collaboration with Noise Pop and The Midway, this year’s festival will also feature a rotating selection of the minds, hands and palates of the people that make San Francisco the best food city in this country, if not the world. These are the cooks and entrepreneurs, the dreamers and the doers, who put their taste to the test everyday and aspire to share something sincere with everyone they meet. They are who make us smile, they are the ones who make us hunger for more, and they are the ones who inspire us. We can’t wait for you to taste that too.”
There is no parking and Giants’ home games nearby occur both days so check their website for transportation suggestions, the complete schedule, vendors and much more. Click the three white bars on the top left corner of the website for a menu of information including the very special nighttime Saturday Night Spit Roast.
The Sound of The Wizard of Oz Comes Alive (Really) – on the Big Screen
You have your choice of singing along with the Judy Garland classic at the Castro Theatre this weekend or seeing it outdoors with the Concord Symphony accompanying it live next Friday, August 21.
At The Castro you will enjoy it complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest!
Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long:
Friday-Sunday, Aug. 14-16 at 7 p.m; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F. (415) 621-6120.
Details and ticket information: www.castrotheatre.com
In Concord you will be under the stars and the large orchestra will fill the air with the wonderful music perfectly balanced so that you can hear all of the original dialogue and songs….though something tells us audience members will feel compelled to sing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”
Wizard of Oz with Live Orchestra
Friday, August 21at 8:30pm
Details and ticket information: http://www.californiasymphony.org/oz
Craft Spirits Carnival
“Come Thirsty and Leave Happy” is the tag line for the Crafts Spirits Carnival at San Francisco’s Fort Mason this Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16.
Celebrate the craft spirits movement with a grand selection of over 150 ultra-premium spirits from around the world. Entertainment ranges from circus acts to Polynesian dancers throughout the weekend.
General Admission: 2-5pm. Try & Buy hundreds of Spirits.
A new Cult Wine Lounge is open 1-5PM.
Advance tickets are suggested.
More information here.
Last Chance for Kurosawa
The Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto wraps its “Akira Kurosawa Festival” up this week with three great samurai films, all starring Toshiro Mifune. A double feature of Rashomon and Throne of Blood plays Saturday through Tuesday.
The movie George Lucas acknowledges was one of the major influences on his Star Wars saga is The Hidden Fortress, screening Wednesday through Friday.
These will be 35mm prints and possibly the last time you can see them projected from celluloid.
An All-Day Celebration of Protest-Themed- Songs, Poetry, & Standup from 50 Artists
Rock musician and EatDrinkFilms contributor Country Joe McDonald is celebrating the protest song (and poem, and comedy bits) all day Saturday, August 15 with a forum open to Bay Area performers! From 10am to 10pm each artist gets 10 minutes to do one or two songs, poems or routines. Audience members will be asked to donate $10, which will benefit the Fellowship.
When Leah Garchik in the SF Chronicle asked Joe what they were protesting he said he didn’t know and then came up with a partial list in ten minutes that you can read here with the day’s schedule and more.
Robin Williams Mini Film Festival
SOMA StreatFood Park invites you to spend the day—ten hours—watching five Robin Williams classics. Free popcorn and the first 200 get in free with a Facebook RSVP. Food Trucks will be serving all day.