This week is full of screenings that are part of the San Francisco International Film Festival, and it's full of shows that are part of our unofficial Fauxchella week — the week between the Coachella weekends when many of the artists hop up to the Bay Area to do concerts. Below are our picks for where to spend some free time this week.
MONDAY, APRIL 15
Screening of Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy
As part of SFFILM, which kicked off last Wednesday, go check out this charming food-focused documentary about a beloved figure of the Bay Area food world, cookbook author, teacher, and chef Diana Kennedy. At 95, Kennedy has solidified her position as one of the globe’s authorities on Mexican cuisine — and most recently she consulted with chef Gabriela Cámara on the opening of Cala in San Francisco. This 68-minute portrait by Elizabeth Carroll won a special jury prize for storytelling at SXSW — and Carroll is expected to attend the screening. (See more SFist recommendations here.)
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, 8:30 p.m., $16, find tickets here
Charlotte Gainsbourg at the Regency
Performing this week between her Coachella sets is Charlotte Gainsbourg, an accomplished musician in her own right and the daughter of the great French icon, Serge Gainsbourg. Tickets are still available for her show tonight at the Regency Ballroom, and she's expected to be doing an expanded version of the set she did last night in Indio, including music from her 2017 album Rest and her catchy recent single "Bombs Away."
Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness, 9 p.m., $45, tickets here
TUESDAY, APRIL 16
Discussion of Tech's Effects on San Francisco
What's sure to be a lively discussion of the state of San Francisco during our current tech boom will be going down at politically minded cafe Manny's in the Mission. The featured speakers will be journalist Kim-Mai Cutler — who wrote the now infamous TechCrunch piece from 2014 about why SF has failed to build enough housing for decades — and Silicon City author Cary McLelland.
Manny's, 3092 16th Street, 6 to 8 p.m., $54 tickets here (cheaper pre-sales sold out)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17
Gorgon City at the Regency
Another Fauxchella show that's sure to be fun: UK electro-dance group Gorgon City performing at the Regency Ballroom. GA tickets are $35, and the duo of Kye "Foamo" Gibbon and Matt "RackNRuin" Robson-Scott are sure to put on a good, dancey show for their many Bay Area fans, including hits like "Ready for Your Love," "Real Life," and "All Four Walls."
Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness, 8 p.m., $35, tickets here
THURSDAY, APRIL 18
Exploratorium After Dark Celebrates Weed
The adults-only After Dark program at the Exploratorium is devoting this week's pre-4/20 Thursday evening to all things cannabis. Given how stoner-friendly the Exploratorium and its many "Whoa dude"-provoking exhibits have always been, this should be a particularly fun event for the cannabis-inclined would rather take in the museum without screaming children around. There will also be special discussions of the evolution of cannabis legalization, as well as live plant displays and demonstrations.
Exploratorium, Pier 15, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., $20, tickets here
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
The Jungle at The Curran (ongoing)
Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson's play about the sprawling refugee camp that sprang up spontaneously in Calais, France in 2015 is a fascinating piece of in-your-face political theater which is also a unique and moving piece of stage-craft. The Jungle has transformed The Curran for its six-week run into the Afghan Cafe at the Calais Jungle, and part of the audience sits inside of it, interacting at times with the performers, who hail from a dozen countries — much like the refugees themselves. (See SFist's review here.)
The Curran, 445 Geary Street, nightly through May 19, tickets here
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
SF International Beer Festival at Fort Mason
Not to be confused with SF Beer Week, this "oldest" beer festival in town features beer samples poured by over 100 brewers as well as samples of food from local restaurants, as well as live music. This alternative to the regular 4/20 activities in the Haight will be a welcome relief for the more beer-inclined, but like all beer fests it comes at a price, with tickets starting at $75.
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 7 p.m., tickets here
Bootie 4/20 vs. Easter
SF's homegrown mashup party will feature an 4/20 vs. Easter-themed show this week, as well as actual Easter eggs hidden all over the club containing pot-themed prizes (and drink tickets). The music, too, will mashup the two holidays into one.
DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street, 9 p.m., tickets here
SUNDAY, APRIL 21
Hunky Jesus Contest in Dolores Park
The beloved Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are celebrating their 40th Easter in San Francisco this year, and with that they're returning to Dolores Park for their annual Hunky Jesus and Easter Bonnet competitions — after departing for Golden Gate Park a few years back during those Dolores Park renovation years. This annual, free event draws huge crowds, which only grow the better the weather is. The Easter Bonnet contest goes from 2 to 3 p.m., and the Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary contestants will start parading across the stage after that.
Dolores Park, noon to 4 p.m.