As we begin kicking more fully into summer-season gear, with all of its weekly festivals Negroni Week! Jazz Fest! Doc Fest! there's lots and lots to do pretty much every day of the week, and everywhere you look. Here's a concise list of a dozen of those things.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7
MODERN FRENCH DINNER: If you're not at a bar or at home watching primary election returns, head over to Bon Marché for a new dinner series. This month is focusing on "Moderne France," taking inspiration from innovators like Michel Bras and Alain Ducasse who invented modern technical cooking. Chef Matt Sieger has created a four-course prix fixe menu ($68 per person, $32 for pairings) that includes caviar, brandade raviolo, and a roasted duck entrée.
Bon Marché, 1355 Market Street. Reservations here.
HARRY POTTER TRIVIA: Monday trivia sessions sold out, and the later session tonight is sold out, but Harry Potter fans can rejoice that there are still some tickets for the early game tonight, with doors at 6 p.m. Test your knowledge of wizarding and Quidditch and monsters and whatever with a bunch of other nerds like you, and yes there will be drinks.
Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street, 6:30 p.m. $8
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A FAMOUS PRANKSTER: As part of Doc Fest, which runs through the 16th, journey into the world of "one of America’s most notorious sociopolitical satirists and media activists," artist Joey Skaggs. At 71, Skaggs has a long history of pranking the media with projects like the Celebrity Sperm Bank and the Cathouse for Dogs, and filmmaker Andrea Marini's The Art of the Prank follows along with Skaggs' evolution as an artist, and as he sets out on the most demanding hoax of his career.
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, 7:01 p.m., $12
NEGRONIS BY WAY OF TIKI: A fun event that's part of Negroni Week is happening at Holy Mountain, the tucked-away cocktail bar on the mezzanine in back of Hawker Fare. Guest bartenders are creating Negroni-inspired drinks that are being served in unconventional and more conventional fruit vessels, including pineapples, watermelons, and even, I'm told, bananas. Bonus: Proceeds benefit La Cocina.
Holy Mountain, 680 Valencia at 18th Street, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Drinks $12 each
THURSDAY, JUNE 9
TWILIGHT ZONE ON A CORAL REEF: As part of their popular NightLife series, the California Academy of Science is doing a special nighttime preview of a new deep-sea exhibit in the aquarium. It's centered on rarely-seen fish and invertebrates from little-known reefs living 200 to 500 feet below the surface. Special talks from ichthyology curator Dr. Luiz Rocha happen at 7 and 8 p.m., and as always, there are cocktails, beer, wine, food, and a DJ.
Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., $12/$15
SIDE-BY-SIDE WINE COMPARISON SEMINAR: Looking to broaden your wine horizons and maybe educate your palate at the same time? 18 Reasons has a variety of wine classes, offering featuring bottles you can buy across the street at Bi-Rite, and this week's is "Perfect Strangers: Central European and California Wines." Your guest lecturers/curators for the evening are Tartine's Vinny Eng and Blue Danube Wine Co.'s Eric Danch, and they'll be having you taste complementary wines from both regions in pairs. There will be Tartine bread served, but you might want some food in your stomach beforehand.
18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street, 7 to 9 p.m. $55/$45 for 18 Reasons members
FRIDAY, JUNE 10
LUNCHTIME ART TALK: If you have time to take your lunch break at SFMOMA, there's another in their 50 Artists series in which local creative professionals talking about the work of a particular artist on view at the museum. This week it's the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Lucia Sanromán talking about the work of Lynn Hershman Leeson.
SFMOMA, 151 Third Street (enter on Howard), 4th Floor, noon. Regular museum admission required
ROOTS MUSIC PARTY: The kind of unclassifiable California Honeydrops, whose lead singer SFist recently interviewed, are playing what will likely be a dance-y show for SF Jazz Fest for which some tickets are still available. Expect a mix of R&B, California funk, roots rock and jazz, led by charismatic frontman Lech Wierzynski.
SFJAZZ, Robert N. Miner Auditorium, 201 Franklin Street, 7:30 p.m. $25-$55
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
BIG GAY CHORUS CONCERT: Not to be confused with the SF Gay Men's Chorus, the Lesbian / Gay Chorus of San Francisco is holding their annual Pride gala, titled "A Choral Gala!" at the First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center. The group, along with the Oakland/East Bay Gay Men's Chorus, will be performing a world premiere piece by composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky, based on a text by Ina Coolbrith (1841-1928), California’s first Poet Laureate who was also Oakland’s first public librarian. And, they promise, "All the song selections will be as funny, awe-inspiring and diverse as these wonderful groups are!"
1187 Franklin Street, 7 p.m., $20
FIRE BREATHING ART CAR PARTY: Can't wait for Burning Man and all that fire? Well, there's a big party at the Midway Saturday featuring fire art and art cars, especially of the fire-spewing kind. The festival comes with three DJ stages too, with a special guest headliner who hasn't been revealed, and you can read all about the rest here. Also, there's an after-party inside the venue that goes 'til after-hours. Regular pre-sale tickets are here, but you may find people off-loading cheaper ones.
The Midway, 900 Marin Street, San Francisco, 2 p.m. to 4 a.m., $40
SUNDAY, JUNE 12
ETHNIC DANCE FESTIVAL: The second weekend of this three-week, annual affair brings together 10 Bay Area dance companies in a single program, including Flamenco, Scottish traditional, Balinese, Mexican folkloric, and Afro-Nicaraguan dance, among others. And arrive early for music in the lobby by La Gente y El Canto 45 minutes prior to the show.
Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 4 p.m., $33-$48. Tickets here.
QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR FILM FEST: The 12th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival goes down this weekend. It kicks off Friday and Sunday features both the centerpiece screening Encuentros Con Amor, and the closing night screening Haven Bound. In total, 38 films are being screened, and the focus this year is "Wages of Injustice: Queer & Trans Dollars and Sense."
Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.