Friday’s here again! Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.
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, November 4
Telegraph Ave., Oakland
5 PM, All Ages
Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street
Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events.
Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland.
One of the cultural partners of Oakland First Fridays is Oakland Art Murmur, a collection of galleries and mixed-use venues many of which are open First Friday evenings. The range of artistic exhibitions is inspiring.
Most of the venues are open from 6–9 pm. Many of the galleries are adjacent to the Telegraph Avenue site of Oakland First Fridays on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th Streets going east toward the hills.
New People Cinema, San Francisco
All Weekend, All Ages
Our annual festival of horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy and exploitation cinema defies convention to bring you the most outrageous genre films from both emerging and established filmmakers. Ten days of celluloid mayhem not usually found in your local cineplex!
“San Francisco’s original genre film festival is characterized by a scrappy, DIY aesthetic that eschews big studio content and recent trends towards elevated genre. Holehead’s programming remains curatorially committed to the genre’s graphic roots in shockploitation, visceral thrills and gleeful mayhem.” – Michael Guillen, The Evening Class
2016 marks our thirteenth year running as one of the top genre film festivals in the world and it’s amazing how far we’ve come and grown. Our annual festival of phenomenal cinema defies convention and presents films from both emerging and established filmmakers from all over the globe.
Another Hole in the Head gets great press coverage and film reviews. Many films that screen at the film festival sparks the attention from other film festivals and film brokers/buyers. San Francisco is the second largest film market in the country and a great promotional platform for indie filmmakers who are trying to get their film out into the world. The films and festival get reviews for some on the top players in the industry li ke Variety, SF Chronicle, Bloody Disgusting, Way Too Indie, Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting, and Twitch just to name a few.
In 2015 the festival screened 84 shorts and 26 features and was attended by over 3500 film goers which was a 20% increase in attendance over the year before! San Francisco is a very receptive town for film and our fest has built a passionate following over the past 13 years.
The Festival will take place at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. New People is a 143 seat (literally) underground cinema located below street level. Equipped with a HD digital projection, 35mm film projection and THX®-certified sound system, NEW PEOPLE Cinema is home to local film festivals including the San Francisco International Film Festival, CAAMFest, Green Film Festival, and the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco.
Saturday, November 5
The Panhandle, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Come on out to co-create the best possible version of the Panhandle community for one extraordinary week during the NOW Fall Festival taking over the neighborhoods around San Francisco’s iconic Panhandle (plus a few all over the city).
Experience some of their events featuring music, games, discussions, and more. Most of the events are free, however some events ask for donations or have a low cover.
Three leg race, doubledutch, kickball, dog day, picnic potluck, giant crossword, corn hole, horse shoes, crochet, oh my. Come play all of these and more at Field Day, in partnership with the Bay Area Association for Leisure Sports.
Meet at McKinley Statue in Panhandle Park (or Saint Cyprian’s if it is rainy)
The Midway, San Francisco
3 PM, All Ages
Double Fine Productions and iam8bit are teaming up for the 4th Annual Day of the Devs, a festival that brings together the gaming community to celebrate the indie games that inspire and delight fans of all ages.
This year the free festival features several games that will be playable for the first time, including Knights and Bikes, Moblets, and Yooka Laylee, among other new and unreleased indie titles, as well as food trucks, art exhibits and live music sets by SCNTFC, Jim Guthrie and Baiyon.
The growing list of featured games at Day of the Devs includes:
Knights and Bikes
Long Gone Days
A Mortician’s Tale
Old Man’s Journey
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
Return of the Obra Dinn
Rock Band VR
Sausage Sports Club
Shape of the World
The Church in the Darkness
The Wild Eternal
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine
Jack London Square, Oakland
11 AM, All Ages
Patchwork 2016 is Dear Handmade Life’s bi-annual, makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music happening at Jack London Square.
Patchwork’s Northern California event draws on the East Bay’s strong artistic community and commitment to support local commerce.
Vendors are selected by a jury and feature clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plush, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies and more.
The venue, Jack London Square, is not only right on the water but features several restaurants (like the shortbread cookies at Miette) and a modern hotel with live jazz on the weekend. Find the perfect unique gift for everyone on your list (or yourself) in one day while having fun.
Sunday, November 6
Ferry Building, San Francisco
8:45 AM, All Ages
Learn how some of the best cheeses in California are made, and how delicious additions from a local farm contribute vivid color, distinctive texture, and intense fragrance and flavor on this creamery and farm tour of West Marin.
Cowgirl Creamery, which sold cheeses at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market for many years, and Allstar Organics, another Ferry Plaza favorite, have a shared history as fellow leaders of the movement to preserve agriculture in Marin. In addition, they have a business relationship: Cowgirl features Allstar’s herbs and flowers on several of their seasonal cheeses, and Allstar’s herbs, tomatoes, peppers and herbal salts make regular appearances at their stores and cafes. Although founders Sue Conley and Peggy Smith recently sold Cowgirl Creamy, they continue to manage the business according to their founding values and principles.
Upon our arrival at Cowgirl Creamery, we will enjoy a presentation on West Marin, Cowgirl’s beginnings, and their cheese. You’ll get an up-close curd-making demonstration and a guided tasting of all of the Cowgirl Creamery cheeses. Then we’ll enjoy lunch on Cowgirl’s patio. Before we leave the area, you will have time to explore and walk around the charming West Marin town of Point Reyes Station, also home to Bovine Bakery, Toby’s Feed Barn, and Marin Sun Farms.
The second half of our tour will take us to Allstar Organics, where Janet Brown and Marty Jacobson will welcome us to their home farm in Lagunitas. Janet and Marty will share their philosophy of diversified organic farming and land stewardship. We’ll see how they produce their line of herbs and seasonings, and learn about their herb cultivation and value-added products, sampling some of their delicious seasonings, salts, and sugars along the way.
Tickets include round-trip transportation from the Ferry Building in San Francisco in a comfortable bus and a farm-fresh lunch featuring seasonal produce, courtesy of CUESA.
Cowgirl Creamery’s story is the story of two friends, a baby blue Chevy van and a lifelong love affair with food. Sue Conley and Peggy Smith took a hippie trip to San Francisco in 1976 after finishing degrees at the University of Tennessee. Both established careers in some of San Francisco’s most famous kitchens: Peggy spending 17 years at Chez Panisse, and Sue co-owning Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley. By the early 1990s, Peggy and Sue were ready for a new challenge. They found it in Pt. Reyes Station, a picturesque postage-stamp-of-a-town on the coast about an hour north of San Francisco. With their first-hand knowledge of the restaurant business, they launched Tomales Bay Foods, a marketing vehicle to help West Marin’s farms and dairies get their delicious products into the hands of the Bay Area’s finest chefs. Their first location, a renovated hay barn in downtown Point Reyes, featured a small cheesemaking room at the entrance to the building. It gave them ideas. Using milk from neighboring Straus Family Creamery, they began making delicious fresh cheeses. Today, Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are sold to over 500 stores, independent cheese shops, farmers markets and restaurants, and nationally through Whole Foods Markets.
In 1994, Marty and Janet of Allstar Organics began growing heirloom tomatoes organically on 1.5 acres at their home in Lagunitas. They have since diversified and expanded, adding crops, varieties, and value-added products. An all-weather farm with distinct seasons and a highly mineralized, clay-based soil, Allstar uses a diverse cover-cropping system, microbiological drenches, and aged nutritional mulches. They grow over 100 varieties of 10 primary crops on the Lafranchi family dairy and cheese factory in Nicasio. The land is permanently protected by a Marin Agricultural Land Trust conservation easement. Janet is active in farming issues and is a Marin Organic board member. Allstar Organics produces a growing line of dried herbs, herbal salts, and herbal sugars, grown. dried, hand-finished, and hand-packed on-farm.
Where to meet: Meet in front of the Ferry Building on the south side of the clock tower, at the curb. Please arrive by 8:45 am; we leave at 9:00 am. Please be prompt! We cannot wait for stragglers. Note that Daylight Savings Time begins the night before, so don’t forget to set your clocks back.
Things to know: The weather can be unpredictable. Please dress in layers. Shoes must be appropriate for walking around the farms, closed-toe and preferably waterproof.
The tour is geared toward adults and will probably not be enjoyable for young children. Children who are likely to appreciate an adult-level tour are welcome to come with their guardians. Please call if you have questions.
Bring: A water bottle, layers, sunscreen. Optional: snacks, a camera, a book or other entertainment for the bus, and cash for purchases. We will do our best to return by 6:00 pm, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can’t guarantee a punctual arrival.
We sincerely thank our farm tour sponsor, First National Bank of Northern California, for underwriting tour costs and Coach 21 for providing a discount on the bus charter fee.
Please note: Tickets are nonrefundable but are transferable to another guest for this tour.
A note about price: CUESA is committed to providing accessible food system education to all. If you are interested in a scholarship for one of our farm tours, please email Carrie Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a scholarship application.
Jack London Square Market Hall, Oakland
9 AM, All Ages
Come out and enjoy almost-monthly free sail boat rides aboard a fleet of keelboats and dinghies with Cal Sailing Club, a non-profit, volunteer-run sailing club on the Berkeley Marina.
Please try to arrive early as possible – depending on the conditions and the amount of people, the sign-up/rides may end before 4 pm. Children must be at least 5 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Bring a strap for eyeglasses or sunglasses, and a change of clothes in case you get soaked.
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