5 Things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema
The Film Crawl on Courtland Avenue, or three blocks of it, is now in its 11th season and features the short films of local filmmakers and artists, including animation, documentary, narrative, performance, art and music video. Enjoy films under the stars and at some of your favorite BH venues. Opening night is Thursday at El Rio from 7-9:30pm. Friday progressive screenings in various venues at 7, 8 and 9pm. Saturday at Precita Park, 6:30-9:30pm.

Friday Night at the de Young
Sound art is the theme this Friday in an event created by Soundwave, the art and new music biennial. Visitors can create a modernist mixed-media art project, or check out several sound installation by Jay Kremier in the garden, and Luciano Chessa in the Harmon Education Tower. Also appearing is Conspiracy of Beards, the 30-member, all male a cappella group which will perform water-inspired songs by Leonard Cohen. Friday, 6pm-on.

Body Art / Beer Fest
Apparently this is becoming a thing, as they say. But then combining beer and tattoos under one roof finally and formally marries the grease and the fire… more than a few tattoo parlors owe their bottom line to the whims or courage of a tipsy canvas. Besides the beer, over 300 tattoo and piercing artists will be featured, along with live music, tattoo contests, and the spectacle of crazy body art and people being suspended in midair by it. Friday 2-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-8pm, Cow Palace.

Autumn Moon Festival
Sure, New Year’s is big, but even bigger is Chinatown’s Autumn Moon Festival, with Grant Avenue and surrounding streets packed with booths and revelers in a traditional celebration of the year’s harvest. Crafts, food, cultural exhibits, entertainment, kid’s activities and multiple parades make this a very happening two days. Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm. Chinatown, SF.

Nike Missile Site Tour
Ever go hiking in the Marin Headlands and wonder what’s up with all the abandoned WWII bunkers? Due to its strategic location at the mouth of San Francisco Bay, the headlands was important militarily through the Cold War when it housed an anti-aircraft Nike missile. Out of 280 such sites in the US, the Marin site is the only one that’s been restored. Nike veterans, park rangers and volunteers lead tours and tell stories of those years. Saturday, 12:30-3:30pm, Marin Headlands Visitor Center.

 

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