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.
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Friday, July 10
Sightglass Coffee, San Francisco
3PM, All Ages
Every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month, join us at our 7th Street training lab. This is the mother of all afternoon pick-me-ups! Take a quick break from work and wander to Sightglass for a coffee tasting that’s described as creating good conversation, delicious coffee, and “warm fuzzy feelings.” Yes, please.
Slim’s, San Francisco
8 PM, All Ages
One summer day in 2012, Veruca Salt’s vocalist-guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post sat downstairs in Gordon’s basement in Los Angeles and sang together for the first time since the two ended their friendship and musical partnership 14 years prior. “It was sublime. Our voices hadn’t changed. We just locked right in and it was heaven,” Gordon says. Gordon and Post’s reunion eventually led to the pair reforming Veruca Salt with their original bandmates: Gordon’s brother, drummer Jim Shapiro, and bassist Steve Lack. This year, the quartet have been in the studio with Brad Wood (who produced their gold-selling debut album, American Thighs) recording new music.
Veruca Salt formed in Chicago in 1991, when Post and Gordon were introduced by a mutual friend. In 1993 Veruca Salt played its first gig and soon released the “Seether” single on local label Minty Fresh. A major-label bidding war erupted and the band signed to Geffen Records. They toured with alt-rock royalty Hole and released an album, American Thighs, which eventually sold a million copies worldwide. They scored features in Spin and Rolling Stone, recorded an EP, Blow It Out Your Ass It’s Veruca Salt, performed at the UK’s prestigious Glastonbury Festival and appeared on Saturday Night Live.
Veruca Salt broke up in early 1998 when Gordon suddenly left the band. Though she and Post aren’t eager to give exact details about what led to the breakup, they will say that ultimately a lack of coping skills led to their implosion. “We understand that people want to know the gory details,” Gordon says. “It was drugs and cheating and all that junk, and the two of us not talking about what was really going on. If it were Mick and Keith or something, Louise and I would have just had an old-fashioned fistfight and gotten back to work.”
In 2012, Gordon read that Mazzy Star had reunited. “I emailed Louise and said, ‘Hey, Mazzy Star are playing Coachella, shouldn’t we?’ And she said, ‘Maybe we should start with coffee.’” Post had been in touch with Lack over the years and broached the subject with him. Shapiro, too, was on board, and in August, the four original members sat down together for the first time. Meanwhile, Veruca Salt had been contacted by Minty Fresh about releasing a 20th-anniversary edition of American Thighs, which first appeared in September 1994. “It was very timely,” Post says. “And we thought, ‘What if we were to release something new, too?’
The new songs pick up where Veruca Salt left off more than 14 years ago, with their sing-along hooks, melodic pop smarts, thundering sonic aggression, reference-packed wordplay, and angelic harmonies still intact. “It’s miraculous to have this brand-new, beautiful chapter,” Post says. “We never saw it coming, and yet, here we are. To be able to reconnect and play with these dear friends of mine who are like my family . . . it’s such a gift. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Everything is where it’s supposed to be.”
Saturday, July 11
SOMA Street Food Park, San Francisco
$5, or $60 with all you can drink passport
Come test your palate at San Francisco’s inaugural spicy food and IPA festival – Hops on Fire! How high can you climb on the Scoville Scale: Jalapeño? Cayenne? Habanero? Perhaps even Bhut Jolokia – the infamous ghost pepper? Challenge yourself and pair some amazing local spicy cuisine with some of the nation’s best IPAs.
HOPS ON FIRE – a Spicy Food and IPA Festival Saturday, July 11, 2015 11am-6pm SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, SF
EVENT DETAILS – 10+ of the Bay Area top food trucks turning up the heat – 15+ of the best IPAs in the country – All-you-can-drink IPA passport – Spicy food eating contest – Live Salsa Band – Outcast the heat at RadPad’s So Fresh and So Clean station – bringing you the very best to keep you cool while you spice things up – Ice Cream Truck for your antidote: Frozen Kuhsterd – Rain or Shine – plenty of heaters
IPA LINEUP – 15+ available – Green Flash West Coast IPA – Green Flash Brewing Co. San Diego, CA – Stone Delicious IPA – Stone Brewing Co. San Diego, CA – Grapefruit Sculpin IPA – Ballast Point Brewing Co. San Diego, CA – Anchor IPA – Anchor Brewing Co. San Francisco, CA – Heroine India Pale Ale – 101 North Brewing Co. Petaluma, CA – Racer 5 India Pale Ale – Bear Republic Brewing Co. Healdsburg, CA – Total Domination IPA – Ninkasi Brewing Co. Eugene, OR – Citra (Single Hop Series) – Hermitage Brewing Co. San Jose, CA – Proving Ground IPA – Magnolia Brewing Co. San Francisco, CA – Baby Daddy IPA – Speakeasy Brewing Co. San Francisco, CA – Daytime IPA – Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma, CA – Pinedrops IPA – Deschutes Brewing Co. Bend, OR – Easy Jack Session IPA – Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles, CA – 90 Minute IPA – Dogfish Head Brewing Co. Milton, DE – Evil Cousin Double IPA – Heretic Brewing Co. Fairfield, CA – Heavy Lifting IPA – Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City, MO – The City – Calicraft Brewing Co. Walnut Creek, CA
SPICY FOOD TRUCK LINEUP – Boneyard BBQ: Backyard-inspired smoked meats all served with Boneyard blazing hot barbecue sauce – Sabor de San Miguel: Guatemalan Habanero Longaniza Plate – Homemade pork sausage with fresh habaneros, mint, bell peppers, and spices, griddled to order and served with seasoned rice, Guatemalan black beans, and freshly made tortillas – Tacos El Tuca: Tilapia a la Diabla – Grilled Tilapia with fire-roasted tomatillo and chile japonés salsa – Steamin’ Burger: The Steamin’ “So Hot You’re Gonna Wanna Cry” habanero burger – Little Green Cyclo: Vietnamese sunbathing prawns and corn on the cob with spicy garlic sauce – Kokio Republic: Hot & Sweet Kokio Fried Chicken – Gochujang-based spicy KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) and deep fried kimchi rice balls with homemade kimchi, bacon, and parmesan cheese. Both available with CY Kick Chung Yang red pepper hot sauce! – Nombe SF: Nombe wings, spicy avocado fries and pork & kimchi fried rice – Seoul of Taipei: Chicken Inferno Bowl – Chicken in spicy gravy over rice with a mixed green salad with a chili oil fried egg on top – Bacon Bacon: Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with cayenne bacon – Firetrail Pizza: Spicy Mexican pizza with sausage, jalapeños, red onion, and cilantro – Lil’ Burma: Spicy Burmese curried chicken wings – Odang Udon: Homemade garlic noodles with habanero Baja sauce – Frozen Kuhsterd: Spicy Mexican chocolate frozen custard, Sriracha burnt caramel sauce, and…HELLA SPICY Sundae – choice of scoop, topped with Sriracha burnt caramel, crushed peanuts, Sriracha popcorn, and Blaire’s 3am Reserve Hot Sauce – Papi Chulo Salsa: Gourmet small batch salsa made in SF – Serving the ultimate handmade tacos with flour tortillas made on a placa, quick-fried, then stuffed with ground carne asada, onions, garlic, chiles, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream, 5 cheeses. 1/2 pound of taco and all made from scratch!
Old Faithful Geyser of California, Calistoga
7PM, All Ages
You are invited to Old Faithful Geyser of California’s Music Under the Stars Series! Grab your friends and family for an evening out at Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga.
Pack a picnic dinner, your favorite bottle of wine, enjoy an evening of relaxation and join us for Live Music, as the beatuy of the geyser erupts every 25 to 45 minutes against a gorgeous star-filled sky.
Saturdays. June 13, 20, 27 July 4, 11, 18, 25 August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 September 5
Time: 7-10PM – come as early as you wish to get your spot!
Place: 1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515
Cost: $14 Adults, $8.00 for Children, $12 for Seniors (65+)
Limited Availability, book your tickets through Eventbrite. NO refunds once tickets are purchased. Non Transferrable. Contact Organizer for any questions via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please print your tickets and present at the door!
American Steel Studios, Oakland
FEELS 3 is a music, art, and multimedia experience in the heart of West Oakland.
21+ ONLY – BRING ID
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Sunday, June 14
Uptown Art Park, Oakland
11AM, All Ages
After a successful East Bay premiere in Berkeley just last month, Urban Air Market, a pop-up marketplace for sustainable design, continues its stretch into the city of Oakland. Urban Air Market will provide Oakland residents with a mini-version of its one day street festival for locally made, high-quality, sustainable goods on July 12th in Uptown Oakland on William St. at Telegraph from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Uptown Oakland was recently named one of the best neighborhoods in America by the American Planning Association because of the neighborhood’s ability to add value to the local community with huge creative events like First Fridays,” says Danielle Cohen, founder of Urban Air Market, who adds that she’s excited to bring the market to a neighborhood that has a thriving creative community, world class restaurants, and high-end boutiques.
Urban Air Market: Oakland features 50+ local designers and artists on William Street, a live music showcase in Uptown Art Park, and roaming performance artists. Items for sale at the market will include curated and high quality goods, such as apparel, jewelry, and home decor. All participating vendors are selected based on their eco-friendliness, so shoppers can expect to find products that are handcrafted, organic, sustainable, or upcycled.
Prior to this July street fair, Urban Air Market is also hosting a panel discussionl at nearby Impact Hub Oakland called “How to Raise Money for your Creative Business” with speakers from Indiegogo, Working Solutions, and Kiva Zip. Other event partners for Urban Air Market: Oakland include Luke’s Local and Localwise.
Urban Air Market: Oakland is FREE to attend and will take place at Uptown Art Park in Oakland on the intersection of William St. & Telegraph on Sunday, July 12th from 11am – 6pm.
Shoppers who RSVP will get a free tote bag from Oaklandish upon arrival.
For more information about Urban Air Market or to apply to be a vendor, please visit: www.urbanairmarket.com.
About Urban Air Market
For eleven years, Urban Air Market has served the Bay Area in support of creative entrepreneurs and independent designers. Not only does Urban Air Market provide a well curated marketplace for small businesses to showcase their products, it directly connects shoppers and tastemakers to emerging designers, local art and sustainable products.
How to Get There
Bart: less than a 3 minute walk from 19th St. Oakland bart station
Bus: AC Transit 1 to Telegraph and Thomas L. Berkeley Way or AC Transit 800 to Telegraph
Please bike or carpool, as parking is limited.
Main Post, San Francisco
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
Download Off the Grid App for amenities around this market!http://offthegridsf.com/app
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