BARTable This Weekend: Nov. 19-21

Scene from "200 Meters", an urgent story of resistance, dignity, family and hope showing at the Arab Film Festival. Photo courtesy of the Arab Film and Media Institute.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means that many of this weekend’s activities include a holiday theme. Try to find time around your meal prep work to get out and enjoy some comedy and theater in Oakland, some film and opera in San Francisco, or some reggae in Berkeley. And if you want to preempt any Thanksgiving indulgence, sign up for a run. All are within a short walk of BART, making them BARTable and accessible.
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The Arab Film Festival is the longest running independent festival of its kind in North America. Image courtesy of the Arab Film and Media Institute.

New events

The Christmas Ballet | Walnut Creek
Live performances are back! Smuin Contemporary Ballet is kicking off the holiday season with its festive Christmas Ballet. Enjoy the evening with traditional and contemporary dance set to a holiday playlist that satisfies a wide range of musical tastes. The program is also offered virtually, and tickets for both formats can be found here. Live performances run both Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $29. Our subscribers can enjoy 25% off this weekend's shows with this special discount. Take BART to the Walnut Creek station and walk 10 minutes to 1601 Civic Dr.
From now until November 29, you have a chance to do some good and get some exercise. Register here and sponsor REI will ship you a clean-up kit with appropriate swag. The course runs through the Glen Park Greenway, a riparian corridor that includes Glen Park Canyon and miles of trails in the middle of San Francisco. Take BART to the Glen Park station and walk 2 minutes to the corner of Brompton Ave and Bosworth St.
Amazonians Comedy Show | Lake Merritt
Jackie Keliiaa and Dara M Wilson (2019, 2020 SF Sketchfest) are back together again with fellow comedians Jeen Yee and TammyTea. Enjoy some cider and laugh it up with the bay area’s female voices in comedy. The comedy at Jack London Square’s Crooked City Cider is free, and you can register to attend here. Take BART to the Lake Merritt station and walk 16 minutes to 206 Broadway.
The Roxie Theater in the Mission is hosting The Arab Film Festival (Nov 19-21), the longest-running independent film festival of its kind in North America. This flagship event for the Arab Film and Media Institute aims to expose audiences to the rich fabric of Arab life. Friday night’s lineup includes two feature-length films, “Only the Ocean Between Us” (2021) at 7:00 pm and “200 Meters” (2020) at 9:00 pm. Screenings take place in person and virtually. Ticket prices start at $10; purchase your tickets here. Take BART to 16th St Mission station and walk 3 minutes to 3117 16th St.
Elaine Elias Concert | Lake Merritt
Jazz pianist/composer/singer Elaine Elias performs at Yoshi’s Oakland, enchanting the audience with both her Brazilian scores and with music from her recent (Sept) album, MIRROR MIRROR. This is just one of a few stops for this multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning artist whose fan base spans the globe. Tickets start at $39 and can be purchased here. Take BART to the Lake Merritt station and walk 20 minutes to 510 Embarcadero West.
Glow 2021: Discover the Art of Light (now until Jan. 30, 2022) | Embarcadero
Visit the Exploratorium this holiday season and enjoy the museum’s take on holiday lights. The exhibit is an interactive experience with lighted sculptures. Eight different artists created one-of-a-kind installations placed throughout the museum. Plan your visit around different family programming like Storytime Science. Children 4-12 are $19.95; teens and adults start at $24.95. Purchase your tickets here. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk 15 minutes to Pier 15.

Events happening every Friday

Dear San Francisco, A High Flying Love Story (through Dec. 2021) | Embarcadero
Club Fugazi’s modern circus production is intended to celebrate San Francisco’s reawakening and is full of local and international artists performing acts that defy gravity and logic. Set against a backdrop of original music and striking choreography, the show demonstrates San Francisco’s resilience through grace and physicality. Tickets start at $39; purchase your tickets here. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk 23 minutes to 678 Green St.
"Father/Daughter" at Aurora Theatre | Downtown Berkeley
In its world premiere, "Father/Daughter," by playwright Kait Kerrigan, is a beautifully written contemporary romance. This show marks Aurora Theatre's return to live, in-person theatre, and they're very excited to be making live art again. Two actors play both pairs of lovers in this structurally inventive play that asks how our relationships with our parents and children impact our romantic lives. The show begins this Friday and tickets start at $40. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk three minutes to 2081 Addison St.
Wintertime (through Dec. 19) | Downtown Berkeley
Bay Area fans of live theater are celebrating Berkeley Rep’s first in-person performance in more than a year! The first production, “Wintertime”, is a comedic force, which is pretty much what happens when you assemble an eccentric family in a tight space for a winter weekend getaway. Les Waters directs the play, written by Charles L Mee. Ticket prices start at $39; purchase tickets here. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk 3 minutes to 2015 Addison St.
Nocturne X Immersive Exhibition (now until Jan. 7, 2022) | 24th St Mission
Opening October 15, adventurers of all ages are invited on a journey to a massive otherworldly forest that responds to touch, sound, and movement. This expansive exhibition is home to hundreds of bioluminescent sculptures and unique interactive installations created by the newly formed Bay Area-based collective Numina Studio. Tickets start at $20. Take BART to 24th St Mission and walk two minutes to 2665 Mission St.
SFMOMA presents a series of commissions by local artists that actively engage with pressing issues of our time. Many of 2020’s inaugural projects delved into the consequences of a year of social isolation and unrest, polarizing news, racial injustice, and economic crisis, all against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now ongoing, the program is designed to support local artists who are keenly attuned to our current moment. Reserved timed tickets start at $19 and can be ordered online. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk three minutes to the museum entrance at 151 Third St.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band nurtures and perpetuates the art of New Orleans jazz. Photo courtesy of SFJAZZ.

New events

The Cornerstone is one of several stops on Fortunate Youth’s Good Times (Roll On) Tour. This popular reggae band from Hermosa Beach is made up of lifelong friends, spreading peace, love and joy through music and good times. Let’s toast to that! Grab $25 tickets to the 8:30 pm show here. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk six minutes to the venue entrance at 2367 Shattuck.
Plan for your holiday shopping and head over to downtown Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza to shop while supporting small makers. Stroll the outdoor booths stocked with jewelry, candles, clothing, and CBD wellness products while listening to live music. There are plenty of eateries nearby, so grab lunch or dinner and make a day of it! The makers will be there from 11am to 5pm. Free. Take BART to Walnut Creek and hop on the free downtown shuttle.
Bay Area jazz fans are thrilled that SFJazz is back open with a full lineup. The legendary Louisiana Preservation Hall Jazz Band is celebrating its 60th anniversary and will be coming off of its 2019 A Tuba to Cuba summer session performance, so listen for lots of Cuban musical influences. Get out your dancing shoes. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased here. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk seven minutes to the venue entrance at 201 Franklin St.

Events happening every Saturday

San Francisco Chinatown Walkway Weekends (through Dec. 2021) | Montgomery St
SF’s Chinatown’s iconic Grant Avenue is closed off to traffic and cars for a pleasant walkway every weekend (11am-5pm). Enjoy a historic street stroll, outdoor dining, and a cultural shopping experience. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk four minutes to the Grant Avenue Chinatown entrance.
Come out and join the good food and fun every Saturday! For over 20 years, the farmers market in Hayward has been the place for the local community to get their fill of fresh, healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Hayward Market features over 35 farmers, food purveyors, and artisans selling their produce and goods. Market runs from 9am-1pm. Take BART to Hayward and walk three minutes to the market on Watkins between B and C Streets.
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is widely acclaimed for both the quality and diversity of its fresh farm products, and artisan and prepared foods. Some of San Francisco’s best chefs, and most famous farmers, can be seen at the market that is known as one of the top markets in the country. While you’re there, pop inside the Ferry Building to grab a coffee at Blue Bottle and a tidbit to go with it at one of the resident vendors – you won’t be sorry you did! Take BART to Embarcadero and walk five minutes to the Ferry Building.
Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" hits the SF Opera stage this weekend. Photo courtesy of SF Opera.

New events

Così Fan Tutte | Civic Center/UN Plaza
SF Opera’s new production of this classic Mozart score is part two of the company’s Mozart-Da Ponte Trilogy. The opera’s story is the same (testing the powers of love), but the setting is different. The production takes the audience to a 1930s-era American country club. The company’s first opera in the trilogy, “Marriage of Figaro”, was set during colonial times. The series concludes with a futuristic “Don Giovanni” (summer 2022), demonstrating that Mozart’s operas transcend time. Purchase tickets, which start at $34, here. Take BART to the Civic Center/UN Plaza station and walk 7 minutes to 301 Van Ness Ave.

Events happening every Sunday

With the market’s mission to support the development of local and sustainable farming, this is the place where the community goes to show their love to the farmers, family-owned food producers and artisans that live and work where we live and work. Open every Sunday from 9am-1pm year-round, you will find fresh flowers, local honey, farm fresh produce, coffee, baked goods, and more. Grab what you need for the week, snag a snack and a coffee and enjoy some local entertainment. Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk three minutes to the market on Locust St.
Fog City Flea is excited to be part of your visit to SF's historic Ferry Building. Every Sunday from 10am-5pm, this curated market of makers and merchants from San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond offer their very best in handcrafted jewelry, apparel, accessories, apothecary, housewares, furnishings, and well-edited vintage. The event is in Suite 37 (the old Sur La Table space) and is free. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk five minutes to the Ferry Building.
San Jose Berryessa Flea Market | Berryessa/North San José
The San Jose Berryessa Flea Market is steps from our Berryessa/North San José station. The Flea Market is a not-to-be-missed San Jose tradition where "one person's junk is another person's treasure." With over 120 acres of shopping, activities, and food vendors, there's bound to be fun around every corner. The market is currently open from Wednesday, Friday-Sunday, 8am-5pm. Walk-in admission is $2-3 depending on which day you go, and the entrance is located near Garden at the Flea and the East Lot.
Heart of the City Farmers' Market | Civic Center/UN Plaza
This farmers' market is a uniquely independent, farmer operated, non-profit farmers' market located year-round on Sundays and Wednesdays in San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza. An iconic and beloved community resource, the market supports and sustains small farmers and makes fresh food accessible for all. The market is open every Sunday from 7am to 5pm and on Wednesdays from 7:30am to 5:30pm – rain or shine. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk three minutes to UN Plaza/Civic Center.

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