What’s Happening This Week: September 8, 2020

LA Greater Area

Light your bike for a magical ride

Sundays at dusk, wheel your colorfully lit bike to Windward Plaza and ride the neighborhood in the Venice Electrical Parade. It’s fun, bike safety focused, and even has its own group song (see website).

All gibbons, all the time

Serious conservation work meets cuteness overload (those eyes!) at the Gibbon Conservation Center, home to the rarest group of apes in the Western Hemisphere. Just added: weekend group tours by reservation.

DineLA is on — and delicious

300 restaurants, over a week of prix-fixe menus, new patios, takeout and delivery options galore: this year’s edition of DineLA Summer Restaurant Week remains the best way to explore spots you’ve been wanting to try.

Coastal Cleanup Day just became a month

This year, the lure of time well spent outdoors is stronger than one day can handle. Welcome to Coastal Cleanup Month, now stretching from the summit to the sea. Register your effort with Heal the Bay.


San Francisco Bay Area

Take-out deluxe

Belinda Leong’s B Patisserie quickly became a hit among San Franciscans for its impeccable pastries, highlighted by the legendary buttery, sugar-filled kouign-amanns. So it’s safe to say her French-accented spinoff, Routier, has been one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year.  It’s now open, with Covid restrictions: Here’s the scoop.  

Grace on display

San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral will be the backdrop for an inspiring new art installation focused on themes of social justice. The iconic church’s Gothic exterior will be lit up for a few minutes at the end of each month with images and messages of resilience—something that’s especially important these days.  

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Thank you @7x7bayarea for the spotlight on Projecting Grace- we are proud to be able to share the work of such amazing artists and advance social change. #projectinggrace #yearofbridges • • • Repost from: @7x7bayarea If you happened to be walking by Grace Cathedral around 9pm on August 1st, you might have caught a surprise art show. When the night grows dark and Karl wraps the city in its cool embrace, Grace Cathedral's gothic exterior will be lit with images of resilience. Called "Projecting Grace," the installation echoes the European tradition of illuminating the after-dark facades of illustrious churches (think Westminster Abbey and the Rouen Cathedral of Notre Dame) but with a San Francisco twist: "Art at Grace Cathedral is very tied to social justice," says cultural programs director Rebecca Nestle. Sunday night's projection will be the third in a series that has already honored victims of police violence and racial intolerance, and explored themes of love and inclusion. In each installation, 12-15 images are displayed three at a time. Much of the artwork comes courtesy of @amplifierart, including @shirien.creates portraits of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, both of which graced Grace's first illumination. The team hopes to feature more Bay Area artists going forward—17-year old Jett Fitch’s "Wild Pride" was included in the Aug. 1 projection. Grace Cathedral isn't promoting 'Projecting Grace" on its website because of Covid-19 and they’re discouraging an audience from gathering. Upcoming themes for September and October are expected to revolve around inclusivity and voting. Follow along at @gracecathedral and #projectinggrace. Story by @shoshiparks for 7×7.com Artwork here by @jessicasabogal and @aprildeacon #7x7bayarea #sanfrancisco #gracecathedral #publicart #illuminatesf #projectionart #artforchange #amplifierart #vote #blm #resist

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Picnic, Bay Area–style

Think beyond PB&J, chips, and beer. Eater has put together a great list of 17 spots around San Francisco that sell to-go ready provisions for all your picnic needs, including cured meats and stinky cheese from Little Vine, French toast from Le Beau, and a pulled pork sandwich from Fatter Calf. And don’t forget the NorCal wine and craft beer from Bi-Rite Market.

Animal rescue

It’s not just people that have been forced to evacuate from their homes due to the wildfires raging across northern California. It’s their pets, too. True to form, Bay Area residents have stepped up to the plate for our animal amigos by setting up pop-up shelters for everything from dogs and cats to bunnies and llamas. 

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