Weekend guide / Pop Up Mag comes to Hayes Valley and high schooler vies for US Open

It's Friday, June 4.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Happy Friday! Back to our typical 58 degrees, summer weather. But hey, the weekend is almost here. I’ll take it. 

As a reminder, on Fridays we take a break from the news and highlight some activities happening in the city. We hope it can spark an idea or two. 

So let’s get to it. Here are some things to consider for your weekend ahead: 


📖 Go to Hayes Valley and check out “The Sidewalk Issue” by Pop Up Magazine. In normal times, Pop Up Magazine was a “live magazine” that told/performed its stories from a physical stage. But of course, these are not normal times. On Friday, the magazine launched neighborhood story adventures in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. 

To start, head to Ritual Coffee in Hayes Valley to pick up a map. Scattered throughout Hayes Street (in storefront windows, on walls, etc), you’ll find stories that range from learning about the life of a jellyfish to the life of Arturo, a dishwasher who worked at a James Beard Award-winning restaurant for almost 40 years. Apparently, near each story, there will be a link to a full transcript and images. As a tip, the website said to bring headphones (or earbuds) and quarters! 

“The Sidewalk Issue” starts today and will be available through June 20. 


👟 👟 Celebrate the Crosstown Trail turning two. The 17-mile trail that stretches from the Candlestick Park area to Lands End officially launched two years ago. To celebrate, there are several guided hikes (and even a run) this weekend. If you’d rather go solo, it could still be a good reason to get out there and enjoy all (or just sections of) the Crosstown Trail. 

And if 17 miles seems daunting, check out this awesome profile the Chronicle published today on ultrarunner Timothy Olson, who is attempting to cross the Pacific Crest Trail faster than anyone has done before. To do so, Olson will need to cover 52 miles per day for 50 straight days. 

Yeah, that’s a lot. 


🍒 Go to the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market. This may seem like an obvious one, but did you catch the news this week that the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market is now offering a delivery service? Maybe go this weekend, so that in future weeks (when you don’t want to rush to beat the crowds) you’ll have an idea of what to order. 


⛳️ Watch the Women’s US Open, which is being played here in San Francisco at the Olympic Club. Even if golf (and especially, watching golf) isn’t your thing, this tournament got a whole lot more interesting on Thursday when a high schooler, 17-year-old Megha Ganne, was tied for the lead after shooting four-under-par. On Friday, Ganne shot an even-par and currently, she’s still tied for first!

Can a 17-year-old really win the US Open? Should be an exciting weekend. 


🎷 🎬 Watch jazz and docs. The SF Jazz Festival kicks off this weekend virtually. To watch the lineup of streaming shows, you’ll need to become a member, which starts at $5 per month. Tonight at 5 pm, there will be a concert with saxophonist Melissa Aldana. On Sunday at 6 pm, there will be an encore showing of pianist Harold López-Nussa’s performance from Havana. 

During the two-week festival, there will also be two screenings of the “rarely seen” documentary, “Music In Monk Time: A Retrospective Tribute to Thelonious Sphere Monk.”

And speaking of documentaries, the 20th Annual San Francisco Documentary Film Festival began on Thursday. Broke-Ass Stuart has a breakdown of the headliners, which includes the anticipated doc Summer of Soul directed by Questlove. All films can be streamed online until June 20th. The Roxie theater is also showing some of these films in person, including two tonight! 


That’s all for today! Have a great weekend y’all and go Megha! - Nick B.

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