Wondering what to do for fun this week? Feeling a little dead inside? Wake yourself up with a FREE event for each of the 5 senses!
SEE: There’s nothing like a Charlie Kaufman/Spike Jonze collaborative mindfuck to topple you into an existential crisis. Catch a FREE screening of Adaptation this Thursday at Dolores Park Movie Night. Take advantage of this because soon it will start raining for three months. Also buy popcorn and make donations so they can cover costs! God I wish Meryl Streep was my best friend.
Thursday, October 14th, 7:30pm
Dolores St. & 18th St. [the Mission]
HEAR: San Francisco’s “One City One Book” series continues this week with a FREE event featuring Dave Eggers. The Bay Area literary sweetheart appears in conversation with author Beth Lisick about his new book about Hurrican Katrina, Zeitoun. There are few authors who can make you cry and pee your pants laughing at the same time, and Eggers is one of them. It’s a true gift. I wish I could make people pee-cry.
SMELL: Did you know that the “smell of fear” is an actual scientific phenomenon? Well, the South African rap group Die Antwoord makes me feel like I’m going to shit my pants. Not because I think they’re good but because they scare me. Their music video for “Enter the Ninja” went viral last year and is one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever seen. I can’t explain why. They just rub me the wrong way. Anyway, Die Antwoord is playing a FREE show at Amoeba on Friday!
TASTE: You know something is hip when the Times devotes an entire blog to the subject. And there’s nothing more popular these days than the foraging movement. Dirty train-hopping roadkill-eating freegans and New York Times journalists alike are jumping on the bandwagon (or train). It’s not enough anymore to buy organic or local. Now you gotta actually go into the forest and find your own food. That’s why you worked so hard all your life to become a lucrative lawyer: so you could forage for nuts and berries in your nice suit. This Saturday, Omnivore Books plays host to Connie Green and Sarah P. Scott, authors of the new cookbook The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Foods and Recipes. Come find out how to find mushrooms that won’t kill you.
The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Foods and Recipes
Saturday, October 16th, 3pm
3885 Cesar Chavez St. [the Mission]
TOUCH: After you spend the week doing all of the fun (selfish) events listed above, take part in some fun (selfless) community service. Yelp is putting on a FREE East Bay Volunteering Party with over 30 non-profits there to tell you how to touch the community where you live. And I mean “touch” as in “affect,” not the kind of touching that’ll make you have to tell everyone in your neighborhood that you just moved in. Also there will be food and drinks and live music, so if that’s not enough to get you to do some good, I don’t know what is. Even my favorite cinnamon roll shop Cinnaholic will be there. Do it. It’ll make you feel good about yourself. And THAT is the true purpose of good deeds.