Brazilian Night at the de Young Museum
It’s too late to sign up for Brazil Camp going on this week and next in the redwoods of Sonoma, but not too late to enjoy some excellent music from one of the camp’s master teachers. Guitarist Chico Pinheiro and his group showcase their talents with sambas, bossa novas and more from the country’s great musical tradition. Friday 8/22, 6-8:30pm, de Young Museum.
20th Street Block Party
One of my favorite streets in the Mission celebrates itself with a day of food and music, featuring Rogue Wave and Cayucas on the music side, and Flour + Water and Central Kitchen in the food category. Noise Pop curates the band lineup while NE Timeas Restaurant Group has assembled the food offerings. There’s also a food workshop tent where you can learn the art of dumplings, watch a butchery demo, and learn secrets from the Flour + Water cookbook, plus more. Saturday 8/23, noon-6pm, 20th Street between Bryant and Harrison.
Wanderer’s Union 24Z
The Wanderer’s Union – a club dedicated to perambulating the Bay Area – is set for its biggest event of the season with a 24 hour wander through 24 zones, including environments that range from marshland to beachfront, office parks to subdivisions, city to wilderness. The idea of the club and event is to get out of our home comfort zones and explore our entire metropolis as a whole of interconnected parts. Travel is by foot, train, bus and ferry, and is not a race but an adventure. Complete the trek within 24 hours and you’ll qualify to purchase the “I wandered for 24 hours and all I got was a holistic experience of the Bay Area” t-shirt. Event begins Saturday 8/24, 11am, at San Francisco Caltrain Station, 700 4th St.
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
University Ave., the lovely tree-lined thoroughfare of shops and restaurants near Stanford University, is the weekend scene for 300 booths of arts and crafts, the popular Italian Street Painting Expo of 60 chalk artists, and the Kids’ Art Studio for the little ones. There’s food a plenty, as well as craft beers and wine. If you’re coming from the city, hop on Caltrain, which lets off a block from the festival. And BYO(Bag) if you plan on buying anything. Saturday and Sunday, 8/23-24, 10am-6pm.
O Best Beloved
A whimsical play for a curious town. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, O Best Beloved is making the summer rounds of the Bay Area with a stop at Port Costa. Come for the singing, the slapstick, the colorful scenery and characters, with picnic lunches available at Bull Valley Roadhouse (or bring your own). And stay to explore the little town of 200 tucked along the Carquinez Strait just west of Martinez. Saturday, 8/23, 1-2:30pm, Erskine St. & Canyon Lake Dr., Port Costa, CA