Hey, it's finally getting warm out (sort of)! That means movies in the park, bike rides on closed-off streets, and plenty of activities to get you out of the house. Here are some fun things to do following the holiday weekend.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
STORYTELLING: Who doesn't love a good caper story, especially if there's some kind of heist involved? So, with that in mind, how about six stories? Curated around the theme "heist," tonight's Odd Salon tells six historical tales of notable feats in the world of crime and security. The "cocktail hour lectures" are presented by experts, and delve into real-life incidents.DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh Street, 7:00 p.m., $15
LIVE KARAOKE: We've called out this monthly event before, but it's so good it bears repeating. The Beatles live karaoke at The Rite Spot Cafe hosted by J. Raoule Brody and friends gives you the chance to sing along to pretty much any Beatles song as the band plays along. It's a fun spot to go with friends, or a great opportunity to impress a date (assuming you can sing, that is). The Rite Spot Cafe, 2099 Folsom Street, 8:30 p.m., free (but donations encouraged)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
IMPROV FESTIVAL KICKOFF PARTY: When improv is good it, it can be uproariously good, and the San Francisco Improv Festival kicks off this week with a whole lot of the good stuff. So why not celebrate with an opening night party at PianoFight? The party welcomes both performers and lovers of the comedy style for a night of drinks and, because why not, ukulele karaoke. PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street, 7:00 p.m., free
BOXING THEATER: A one-woman play focusing on violence in both sports and the home, The Wholehearted follows a world champion boxer set for revenge after being injured by her husband. The show is done in-the-round with a boxing ring as the stage, and the action is sure to be up close and personal. Z Space, 450 Florida Street, 7:00 p.m., $30
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
LIVE MUSIC HAPPY HOUR: Free drinks and cheap beer go exceptionally well together, a fact which Fleet Wood seems to have figured out. The Tenderloin screen-printing shop recently started hosting monthly happy hours with visiting bands, and this Thursday the Austin-based Tyler Jordan and The Negative Space play the intimate space. Sip some beers, listen to some tunes, and buy some cool custom clothes. Fleet Wood, 839 Larkin Street, 6:00 p.m., free
NICK CAVE ALBUM DEBUT MOVIE: Australian rockers Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are releasing their forthcoming album Skeleton Tree in the form of a documentary film. Directed by Andrew Dominik, the movie showcases not only the music but the process of making the album itself — interviews are interwoven with rock and roll and discussions of what it means to make art. Roxie Theater, 11:40 p.m. (the earlier shows are sold out), $12
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
HITCHCOCK SPECIAL SHOWING: Alfred Hitchcock has made a host of classic films, one of which of course was filmed right here in SF, and any opportunity to see them on the big screen should be seized. With that in mind, Balboa Theatre's showing of two Hitchcock films in one night deserves special attention. Go see North by Northwest and 39 Steps (although it's not a double feature, so you'll need to buy tickets to both), and then brag to your friends later that night about how they've never really seen a Hitchcock film unless they've seen it on the big screen. Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street, 5:00 p.m., $11
FREE OYSTERS: This one doesn't need a lot of explanation: It's oysters, and they're free. Every Friday El Rio has someone on the back patio shucking West Coast oysters and giving them out, yes, for free. Supplies of course are limited, but that doesn't matter because after you've scarfed your share and the oysters are gone you'll still be chilling on El Rio's wonderfully huge patio. El Rio, 3158 Mission St, 5:30 p.m., free
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
SHORT FILMS IN THE PARK: Showcasing a wide variety of work, the Under The Stars series in Precita Park this Saturday has 15 short films lined up that cover everything from local surfing documentaries to a whimsical look at the cost of FOMO. What's more, the screening is preceded by live jazz music from the Latin Heat Jazz Quintet, which gives you a reason to get there early and claim a spot.
Precita Park, Folsom and Precita Avenue, 6:30 p.m., free
MOVIE IN THE PARK: For a decidedly different movie-in-the-park experience, head on down to Union Square for this screening of The Devil Wears Prada. Relax in the center of downtown while you (surreptitiously) sip wine and watch the 2006 film starring the wonderful Meryl Streep. Union Square, 333 Post Street, Dusk, free
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
SUNDAY STREETS: Sunday Streets is back. The roving neighborhood celebration that closes off streets to cars while opening them up to pedestrians and cyclists hits the Western Addition this Sunday — providing you with the perfect opportunity to bust out that old pair of Rollerblades without fear of crashing into a mail truck. With all kinds of games and events stationed along the route, this is definitely a family affair.
Western Addition, Various Streets, 11:00 a.m.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
BENEFIT CABARET: Teaming up to raise money for the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Broadway touring cast of Beautiful gets together for a night of cabaret performances that are sure to delight. Special comedic guests Bruce Vilanch and Katya Smirnoff-Skye will be in attendance, ensuring that there's more than a little something for everyone.
Marine's Memorial Theater, 7:30 p.m., 609 Sutter Street, $36 to $75