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Friday, August 22

Exploratorium’s Helix Happy Hour: Art, Geology & Tech | Peninsula Exploratorium's Helix Happy Hour: Art, Geology & Tech | Peninsula

Meet artist Cris Benton, geologist Naomi Marks, and science communicator Nicole Kurtz in this evening reception intended for adults hosted by Helix and Nature Gallery. Refreshments will be offered.
On August 22, 2014 an RSVP and a $10 contribution will be requested.
At Helix, Naomi and Nicole discuss their …

Father & Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World | Omnivore Books
Friday, August 22 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE
Father & Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World | Omnivore Books

Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark spins a globe and wherever his daughter’s finger lands becomes the theme of that Friday night’s dinner.
Their tradition of International Night has afforded Mark an opportunity to share with his daughter, Talia–and now the readers of International …

50/50 Art Show: 50 Works, 50 Days, 50+ Artists | Pacifica
Friday, August 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE
50/50 Art Show: 50 Works, 50 Days, 50+ Artists | Pacifica

Come to the public opening reception for the 6th annual 50/50 art show at Sanchez Art Center from 7:30-9:30 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014.
69 artists have created 50 small works in 50 days, resulting in this one exhibit comprising over 3,000 artworks. 
The artists’ mediums range …

“Dive-In” Movie Night: Free Swimming & “Finding Nemo” | San Ramon
Friday, August 22 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE

Movie night at a pool? Yup, San Ramon’s got it.
Dive-in at the San Ramon Olympic Pool. Bring your floats or deck chairs; the pool will open at 7 pm for free swimming.
Finding Nemo starts at 8 pm.

Saturday, August 23

“Cars & Croissants” Monthly Exotic Car Show | Santana Row
Saturday, August 23 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE
2014 Back to School Festival: Giveaways, Workshops & Expo | Oakland
Saturday, August 23 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required.
| Oakland City Hall Plaza
2014 Back to School Festival: Giveaways, Workshops & Expo | Oakland

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Oakland Natives Giveback along with Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will host the 7th Annual “Attend & Achieve Back to School Event.”
Free, but registration is required for each person. Please print your ticket and bring it along …

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market Cooking Demo: A16 Rockridge’s Rocky Maselli | SF
Saturday, August 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market Cooking Demo: A16 Rockridge's Rocky Maselli | SF

A lifelong love of Southern Italian cuisine and expertise formed over 20 years in the kitchen led Rocky Maselli to A16 Rockridge in Oakland, CA. Prior to opening the restaurant with award-winning San Francisco restaurateurs Shelley Lindgren and Victoria Libin in June 2013, Maselli embarked …

French Alliance Open House: Sample Classes & Cultural Events | SF
Saturday, August 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Alliance Francaise of San Francisco
French Alliance Open House: Sample Classes & Cultural Events | SF

Interested in brushing up your French? Do you enjoy French culture? Head to the French Alliance for their French Open House on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Free, but an RSVP is required.
Tour the Alliance Française and meet their friendly staff and instructors. They will be raffling …

24 Hours of Wandering: Ocean to Marshes to Office Parks | SF
Saturday, August 23 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Caltrain Station
24 Hours of Wandering: Ocean to Marshes to Office Parks | SF

The Wanderers Union invite you to the crown jewel event of the wandering season – the 24Z wandering known as “Raccoon,” starting at 11 am on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
This long-distance event will take you to 24 zones in 24 hours. You’ll visit a wide range …

Free Concert: Drake Bell of Nickolodeon’s “Drake & Josh” | Emeryville
Saturday, August 23 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Arrive early to get a wristband to secure a spot in the plaza and a chance an autograph
| Bay Street Emeryville
Free Concert: Drake Bell of Nickolodeon's

Bay Street is set to host a live performance from Drake Bell.
The star of Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh” will perform tracks from his hit album Ready, Steady, Go?, as well as greet fans and sign autographs prior to the concert.
This free performance is part of …

Saturday in the Park: Blues, Funk & Soul Concert | McLaren Park
Saturday, August 23 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Saturday in the Park: Blues, Funk & Soul Concert | McLaren Park
SF’s The Frail: Electro-Indie Concert | Amoeba SF
Saturday, August 23 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE
SF's The Frail: Electro-Indie Concert | Amoeba SF

SF’s own The Frail will play a live set at Amoeba SF in celebration of their first full-length album LoveDeathLegend (out 8/26 on Kobalt). Defying traditional genre classification, the group’s electro-tinged cuts toe the line between a falsetto homage to Michael Jackson and the hyper-literate …

Music in the Park: Beach Boys Tribute Band | Danvile
Saturday, August 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Music in the Park: Beach Boys Tribute Band | Danvile
Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay
Saturday, August 23 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay

Sunset is at 7:49 pm, and the gates close at 10 pm.

Sunday, August 24

Awesöme Orchestra & The Dear Hunter Front Man’s New Symphony Premiere | Berkeley Awesöme Orchestra & The Dear Hunter Front Man's New Symphony Premiere | Berkeley

Awesöme Orchestra Collective is back at one of their favorite haunts, the Firehouse Art Hangar in Berkeley. To participate musically, you must sign up on the form here with your name and instrument(s). Feel free to come and just listen, too and bring any friends.
They’re going …

Punk Cooking: Recipes Paired with Music | Omnivore Books
Sunday, August 24 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Punk Cooking: Recipes Paired with Music | Omnivore Books

Theresa Wahl, chef-owner of L.A.’s Auntie Em’s Kitchen, showcases her simple and beloved recipes for breakfast, brunch, and dessert in a cookbook that celebrates seasonal and local flavors.
Drawing inspiration from her past as a punk guitarist, Wahl pairs her recipes with a playlist, sharing her …

VMworld: Cirque Performances & The Black Keys Live Simulcast in the Gardens | SF VMworld: Cirque Performances & The Black Keys Live Simulcast in the Gardens | SF

VMworld, VMware’s annual conference for virtualization and cloud computing, is in town (August 24-28, 2014), and to show their appreciation to their paying attendees, they’re throwing a customer appreciation party in Yerba Buena Gardens on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
While you have to have a VMworld badge to …

Monday, August 25

Free Yoga & Picnic in the Park | SF
Monday, August 25 – 12:15 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free for FunCheap SF readers
| Sydney G. Walton Square
Free Yoga & Picnic in the Park | SF

Relax, chill and refresh your mind and body in the middle of your workday, outside in the park. Enjoy a relaxing yoga session in the park set to music.
This free yoga class is safe, gentle, and open to all bodies/levels, so you won’t head back …

Nerd Nite East Bay: Bitcoin Encryption, OpenROV & High-Profile Experiments | Oakland
Monday, August 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8
Nerd Nite East Bay: Bitcoin Encryption, OpenROV & High-Profile Experiments | Oakland

Grab a beer and then listen up to this month’s Nerd Nite East Bay.
Jeremy Rue will tell you how the encryption built into Bitcoin protects your cash. Roger O’Brient, who works on BICEP2 and other cosmic microwave background telescopes will discuss what these high-profile experiments …

Monday Nonsense Comedy Night | SF
Monday, August 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE
Monday Nonsense Comedy Night | SF

Please note that this comedy show is now on the second and fourth Monday at 7:30 pm at The Showdown.

“Off the Record” Free Concert Night | Boom Boom Room
Monday, August 25 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE

Tuesday, August 26

Tuesday Game Night: Huge Projectors, Ping Pong & BYO Games | SoMa
Tuesday, August 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Tuesday Game Night: Huge Projectors, Ping Pong & BYO Games | SoMa

Bring your A-game for the final free night of Tuesday Game Night.
Starting September 2, 2014, there will be a $5 cover charge for the game night.