Weekend guide / Excelsior block party and activities galore in GGP

It's Friday, March 5th.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

If you’re new here, welcome! And just as a reminder, on Fridays we take a bit of a break from the news and instead try to offer up some ideas for your upcoming weekend. It’s not a comprehensive list, but hopefully, it can help spark an idea or two.

Weather-wise, this weekend should be really nice. Some rain is in the forecast tonight, but sunny skies appear to be in store for Saturday and Sunday. 😎

And with that, here are some things you might consider…

🍻 Excelsior Coffee is hosting a socially-distanced block party on Friday night from 6-9 pm. Traffic on Excelsior Street between Mission and London will be closed off for the event, which includes a motorcycle helmet art show, music from the all-female DJ group Heart of Gold, and FREE beer from the San Francisco Brewing Company. Señor Sisig and Mama Soco (with its Quesabirria tacos) will be there as well! 

💃 Tonight at 5 pm is the premier of the Dance Mission Theater’s virtual performance:Harriet’s Gun, Shapeshifting Towards a Radically Imagined Black Future.” You can watch a trailer for the event here and buy tickets starting at $10 here

🎡 Hang out in Golden Gate Park and check out some of the new attractions. The new tennis center opened on Wednesday (fresh off its $27 million renovations) and it looks like there are still a few spots available to play this weekend. You have to create an account online and pay a fee to reserve a court (it costs $7.50 for a 30-minute slot). 

The de Young opens back up on Saturday when it’ll show off its latest Calder-Picasso exhibit. And the now-infamous Ferris wheel outside the de Young is spinning again from 10 am to 10 pm on weekends (on weekdays it opens at noon). Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for kids. 

If you are in Golden Gate Park at night and the Ferris wheel lights aren’t enough, head towards Peacock Meadow (near the Panhandle entrance to the park) where you can check out the LED art installation that’s been extended to stay there until April. 

🍽 Eat indoors? San Francisco moved into the “red tier” this week, which means indoor dining can resume at a 25% capacity for restaurants. House of Prime Rib opened its dining room back up on Wednesday and already, reservations are booked solid for the next three months. “I think they picked up right where they left off,” one customer told the SF Gate. “It’s like they never missed a beat.”

If you want to venture back indoors and need some inspiration, Eater just came out with its updated list of “12 New Restaurants to Try in San Francisco,” including Cancha Boutique Gastrobar for Peruvian food and Hinoya Curry SF for Japanese curry. 

Or, if you’re more in the mood for brunch (I’ve never been much of a brunch guy, but hey, this isn’t ALL about me), Eater recently updated its top brunch list as well. If you were to drag me out there, I’d say Cassava’s Japanese breakfast looks really good, as does what’s going on at Manitas Cafe. 

📖 And finally… If you didn’t have a chance to read Mat Honan’s “A note from San Francisco,” you should take 5 minutes or so this weekend. Mat’s an executive editor at BuzzFeed News, a 20-something-year resident of San Francisco, and has a way of writing about the city that really gets me fired up. 

Here’s a little preview: 

As we approach a long-awaited reopening, San Francisco has a decadent energy bordering on violence. The city feels edgy and small and like you — yes you — could maybe break something open… 

Everything seems up for grabs. We’re recalling the school board and renaming all the schools. (We’re gonna name ‘em all Karl.) We’re recalling the district attorney, too, because he’s too soft on crime and too hard on tech bros. Everyone’s moving to Miami. (But actually Oakland and Alameda.) The fires are out, for now, and the only smoke is coming from the exhaust of the ferris wheel.

Like I said. Things are changing. 

Alright, that’s all for today! Have an awesome weekend out there. Enjoy the sun and the view from atop the wheel. We’ll see you back here on Monday!

- Nick B. 

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