#virtuallyBARTable This Weekend: September 18-20

The 30th Annual Autumn Moon Festival is going virtual. Photo courtesy of SF Press Photos/David Toshiyuki.
As our virtual lives continue for another weekend, we look at events that celebrate culture, connect us together, and make us want to dance like no one is watching. From the Autumn Moon Festival to the Queering Dance Festival, here's what's #virtuallyBARTable This Weekend. 
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Make a traditional Chilean Salsa as part of San Francisco Public Library's ¡VIVA! Latino Heritage Month. Photo courtesy of International Cuisine. 
As part of ¡VIVA! Latino Heritage Month, learn how to make two easy Chilean appetizers to start your meal or as a topping. Great for kids and adults, both can put these together for the "Fiestas Patrias" (Patriotic Holiday) of Chile, or Chilean Independence celebrations. This event will be presented in Spanish by two bilingual children's librarians with a love for Chile, food and community. The cooking begins on YouTube at 3:00pm.
The American Express UNSTAGED concert series is back with a special virtual performance from 15-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys. Don't miss this one-night only event as Keys unveils and performs her latest album, "Alicia." The concert begins at 3pm and you must reserve access online. 
It's time for one of our favorite series from two of our favorite Bay Area teams.Get ready for the Battle of the Bay- San Francisco Giants vs Oakland Athletics this weekend. While the A's stand on top of the NL West and are poised for the postseason, the Giants look to continue their late season push for the playoffs. We also are still patiently waiting for Joey Bart's first major league home run. 
For the first time ever, the San Francisco Autumn Moon Festival is going virtual due to COVID-19. For the last 29 years, the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown have been a lively center of celebration for over 100,000 people during the Autumn Moon Festival. This year, the Chinatown Merchants Association is celebrating 30 years of the festival and is bringing global entertainment, special appearances from celebrities and community figures, arts and crafts, cultural exhibits, and corporate sponsors straight to you in the comfort of your own home. The festivities begin on Facebook at 7pm and the event is free. 
Old First Concerts presents international guitar soloist, Lyle Sheffler, live on YouTube at 8pm. Sheffler will perform works by Isaac Albéniz, Francisco Tárrega, Heitor Villa-Lobos and others. The concert is free but donations are greatly appreciated. 
Theatre is all about connection. While the COVID-19 pandemic has Aurora Theatre Company's doors currently closed, the need for human connection is as strong as ever. Aurora "Connects" is their weekly live broadcast featuring interviews with Aurora artists, important members of the theatre community, and more. This Friday, connect live on YouTube with Theatre Bay Area featuring Brad Erikson at 4pm. This event is free. 
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Tomeka Reid performs virtually live as part of the Mills College Performing Arts Concert Series. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Tomeka Reid. 
In partnership with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Maritime Association is bringing the 39-year Sea Chantey tradition virtual. This folk music tradition typically takes place on the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier but due to COVID-19, the music will be played virtually with singers from across the Bay Area. The Chantey begins at 12pm. 
Learn how to meditate with Dan Zigmond of the San Francisco Zen Center. This virtual session for beginners will introduce you to the benefits of meditation, which can help settle the body and mind amid the swirl of daily life. Sitting in a balanced posture creates a steady calm that, with training, can become the way you meet whatever arises. The meditation is free and begins at 10:30am. 
The San Francisco Public Library is partnering with The Mexican Museum and Bond Latin Gallery for "Mexico in San Francisco," a visual presentation of Mexican artists who were instrumental in a movement blending politics and beauty presented by Robert McDonald. This event takes place on Zoom or will be streamed live on YouTube beginning at 2pm and is part of ¡VIVA! Latino Heritage Month. 
Further explore the themes presented in the San Francisco Mime Troupe's "Tales of the Resistance" with the Troupe, our community partners and experts in the field in one of our facilitated post-listening discussions hosted by San Francisco Public Library. Listen to Episode 6, "Susie Terse, Novice Nurse: Diagnosis Capitalism" at sfmt.org and then tune in to the Library's post-listening discussion on YouTube.
Described as a “New Jazz Power Source” by the New York Times, cellist and composer Tomeka Reid has emerged as one of the most original, versatile, and curious musicians in Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community over the last decade. Her distinctive melodic sensibility, always rooted in a strong sense of groove, has been featured in many distinguished ensembles over the years. Tomeka Reid is the Darius Milhaud Chair in Music Composition at Mills College. For this online concert Tomeka will improvise with video artist Selenia Trepp and percussionist Adam Vida. This concert is free and begins at 8pm. 
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Octavia Rose Hingle is one of the LGBTQ+ artists in this weekend's The Second Annual Queering Dance Festival. Photo courtesy of Octavia Rose Hingle. 

A.C.T. and Perseverance Theatre present an encore virtual performance of Madhuri Shekar’s "In Love and Warcraft." College senior Evie prefers the online role-playing game "World of Warcraft" to real life. In the game, she’s a fearless warrior with a boyfriend. In real life, she ghostwrites love letters for people, even though she’s never been in love. When Evie becomes attracted to her client Raul, she must decide whether or not to let her powerful and sexy warrior character out in the real world. Playwright Madhuri Shekar ("House of Joy," HBO’s upcoming "The Nevers") conjures a cosplay-loving romantic comedy about intimacy and love in the digital age. "In Love and Warcraft" is in its final week and is available to stream on-demand. The show closes September 25. 

With two live online performances, the Second Annual Queering Dance Festival presents "FROLIC ONLINE." The festival will be showcasing 10 LGBTQ+ dance artists sharing new work in this free two-day live event. Both events take place on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7:00pm. Each performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists. While the event is free, registration is required online and closes at 3:00pm the day of the performance. 
While the season opener for the Niners brought some disappointment, they look to turn things around on the road at Met Life Stadium against the New York Jets on Sunday. The game starts at 10:00am and there are numerous ways to watch.
*These events are hosted by BARTable Partners who we thank for their continued partnership during these times. 

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