Welcome to Weekend Planner. Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.
Friday, Apr. 10
The Castro Theater, San Francisco
7:20PM, All Ages
7:20pm ROCKY IV (1985) – 30th Anniversary 35mm Screening! Written & Directed by Sylvester Stallone Containing: Sly, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen, Dolph Lundgren & James Brown
Come celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Sylvester Stallone’s fist-pounding, adrenaline-pumping, Cold War tour-de-force. Profoundly patriotic, this ultimate sports spectacle of the 1980s gave Swedish martial artist Dolph Lungren, the role of a lifetime (which some audiences have argued is much more complicated than critics initially dismissed), while Stallone proved that he could truly “push it to the limit” with some of the greatest training montages in cinema history. Be prepared to be dancing in the aisles with James Brown’s decade defining theme song, while we celebrate both musician Bill Conti (4.13) (whose franchise score is oddly not used in this entry) and cinematographer Bill Butler’s birthday (4.07)! This is your chance to experience a neo-sincere screening in all of its glory. Newly Struck 35mm Print courtesy of Park Circus. 91 minutes. RATED R. Preceded by an onslaught of other 1980s Cold War movie trailers.
Watch the mind blowing remixed “Russian” version trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBZwJ6kogJg
9:30pm THE ROCK (1996) Directed by Michael Bay; Written by David Weisberg, Douglas S. Cook w/ Ghost Writing by Quentin Tarantino and Aaron Sorkin Containing: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, David Morse, William Forsythe, Michael Biehn and Tony Todd
It’s time to jump off the cheap bandwagon of dismissing Michael Bay. Following in the epic foosteps of D.W. Griffith, William Wyler and Robert Aldrich, Michael Bay has defined the modern Action Blockbuster (alongside James Cameron and Jerry Bruckheimer) for two decades now and its time to stop pretending he isn’t great at what he does. After single handedly turning Will Smith into an action star with his debut feature BAD BOYS (1995), Bay delivered his most beloved film, THE ROCK. With pitch perfect performances by both Sean Connery and the always lovable Nicolas Cage, this dazzling Bay Area extravaganza will have you screaming with delight as its over-the-top sequences will prove his sheer brilliance at the greatest movie theatre in the United States. Leave your SOUTH PARK snarkiness at home and let yourself enjoy a good ol’ fashioned slam-bam-thank-you-ma’am. Those still skeptical, perhaps knowing that both Quentin Tarantino and Aaron Sorkin ghost wrote scenes for the script will make you think twice. Widescreen 35mm print courtesy of Disney Studios. 136 minutes. RATED R. Preceded by trailers for other modern action spectacles unfairly dismissed by Wes Anderson fans.
Watch the awesome Verizon commercial starring with Michael Bay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXRCf9LbLM0
Phoenix Theater, San Francisco
8PM, All ages
Set in a rundown bar in the Bronx, two of society’s rejects, Danny, a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason, and Roberta, a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents, strike up a conversation over a beer. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him “the beast,” seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. As their initial reserve begins to melt, they decide to spend the night together and the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them. In the end, both characters find hope for a future touched with less bitterness and loneliness than they had imagined before their fateful meeting.
“…the play is the equivalent of sitting at ringside watching a prize fight that concludes in a loving embrace.” —NY Times. ”
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
No. However, there are mature themes and brief nudity.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Nope. We have your name on the guest list. Just tell us who you are.
Saturday, Apr. 11
Fort Mason, San Francisco
Try and buy wines from up to 200 wineries! If you’re tired of going to wine tasting events, discovering great new wines and then never being able to find them again, SF Vintners Market is for you.
SF Vintners Market will feature top local wineries and boutique producers from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Mendocino, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Russian River Valley and other regional wineries plus imported wines from around the world. SF Vintners Market features wine at all price points and styles including new releases, library collections and end-of-vintage selections, all available for immediate purchase.
Cult & Reserve Room Admission: 12-4pm General Admission: 1-4pm Trade Admission: Sunday Only, 12-4pm (Wine Buyers and Media ONLY)
Ticket price includes admission, tasting glass, and unlimited tasting Tasting ends promptly at 4pm
NO CHILDREN OR BABIES! NO PETS! 21 AND OLDER ONLY! NO REFUNDS!
Presidio, San Francisco
10AM, All Ages
Did you know that the Presidio is home to the largest collection of Andy Goldsworthy sculptures on public view in North America? Join the Presidio Trust for a guided hike that will visit each of park’s four installations by the world-renowned artist: Spire (2008), Wood Line (2010), Tree Fall (2013), and Earth Wall (2014).
This three mile moderate hike will include several of the park’s major trails, featuring striking views and beautiful landscapes. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress in layers, and bring water! This hike is free and will occur rain or shine.
Questions: (415) 561-2775 or email@example.com.
This event occurs every second Saturday of the month. Registration opens approximately one month prior to the event date.
Gamescape, San Francisco
11AM, All Ages
Come celebrate the 3rd Annual International TableTop Day with us, your San Francisco Friendly Local Game Store, Gamescape! This is a free event! We will be offering free promos from the TableTop day game kits, open table space for you, your friends and your family members to play many, many board games, as well as, all games in stock that have been featured on TableTop with Wil Wheaton, will be 15% off!! Wow!
So, thank you in advance to all who participate in this awesome celebration and to Wil Wheaton, TableTop and the whole Geek & Sundry crew. Play More Games!!
Sunday, Apr. 12
SoMa StrEat Food Park, San Francisco
11AM, All Ages
Get ready to celebrate America’s favorite melted comfort food at SoMa StrEat Food Park!
Revel in National Grilled Cheese Day with a bevy of food trucks serving up Grilled Cheese sandwiches on Sunday, April 12, 2015. We’ve got a fun day of food and drink lined up for people of all ages featuring…
– FREE Admission
– Outrageous Grilled Cheese Specials from all-star vendors
– Beer Specials – $3 PBR
– Giants/Padres on the TVs!
– An exclusive tasting ticket, allowing you to try a Grilled Cheese from several trucks and cast your vote to decide on San Francisco’s best Grilled Cheese!
GRILLED CHEESE VENDORS
– American Grilled Cheese Kitchen- Truffles, Bacon n Chive Grilled Cheese- Boschetto al Tartufo (Italian cows milk cheese) with thick-cut applewood smoked bacon on toasted ciabatta, topped with creme fraiche, chives, and white truffle oil
– The Grilled Cheez Guy– Grilled Cheese Ambassador and Apostle serving Grilled Cheese Nachos with Santipapas Salsa (Oakland local) & Mex Sour Crema
– Grilled Cheese Bandits– “The Wild Dill”- Mild Danish Havarti with two kinds of turkey (oven smoked and honey roasted). All topped off with smoked bacon and homemade mild dill relish. All served between two delicious slices of organic batard bread.
– Adam’s Grub Truck- Mac & Cheese and Corned Beef Hash Grilled Cheese
– Bacon Bacon- Bacon grilled cheese with melted cheeses, bacon and bacon jam on texas toast
– Seoul of Taipei – Taiwanese Grilled Cheese: Pork belly with Jack cheese on Texas toast or Short rib with Jack cheese and french fries on Texas toast.
– Me So Hungry – Grilled Cheese sliders with cheddar and/or pepper jack
– Firetrail Pizza- Extra cheesy four cheese pizza
– Lil Burma- Burmese Chicken Kabat Grilled Paratha Sandwich
– Euro Bistros- Brie, tomato and basil grilled cheese
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Main Post, San Francisco, CA
11AM, All Ages
Every Sunday until November 1, picnickers are invited to enjoy the Presidio’s lush Main Post lawn, spectacular views of the bay, and the historic scene of the old post. Specialty items from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, and live music from an onsite DJ make this a stand-alone picnic experience.
Food vendors joining Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio include: Fins on the Hoof The Creme Brulee Cart Little Green Cyclo The Whole Beast Chotto Cholita Linda El Porteno Wing Wings Del Popolo Nopalito Rosamunde SAJJ Fine and Rare Cochon Volant Sugarfoot Grits Three Twins Grilled Cheez Guy Kama Food Lab Benedict Arnolds Clearly Kombucha DUM Truck Girl Friday La Marcha Pluck Skylite Snowballs Slightly Skewed
In addition to complimentary classic picnic amenities including bocce ball, Off the Grid: Picnic @ the Presidio offers yoga classes from “The Pad” and kids yoga from “It’s Yoga Kids”, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete Picnic experience.
Off the Grid is proud to partner with the Presidio Trust. In addition to Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio, patrons are invited to enjoy the many activities within the Presidio, including 24 miles of hiking trails, eight scenic overlooks, sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Officer’s Club and Heritage Center, and neighboring restaurants The Commissary and Arguello.
The Presidio Trust’s Design Lab in 103 Montgomery will also be open on Sundays. Drop in to share your thoughts about the New Presidio Parklands Project, a magnificent 13-acre landscape that will integrate the waterfront with the Presidio’s historic Main Post.
Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio Dates: Every Sunday from March 1, 2015 through November 1, 2015 Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
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