With Election Day nearing, you might need a little bit of distraction. So head to North Beach for some free art, museum re-openings, a ski and snowboarding festival, and more.
There are only two North Beach First Fridays left this year, so it's time to get involved. This month, Live Worms Gallery (1345 Grant Ave.) is spotlighting mosaic art by Kate Kerrigan, and there's a new permanent collection from the late Richard Berger—complete with specials on the Richard Berger martini—at Sweeties Art Bar (475 Francisco St.) And Grey City Gallery (250 Columbus Ave.) will have new art installations on Friday, running through the weekend. As always check their website for a downloadable map and their Twitter feed for the latest event information.
Snow's already falling in Tahoe, so this weekend's Ski & Snow Festival at Fort Mason is ideal for snagging some deals on ski gear—and maybe landing some free lift tickets, too. On top of the discounts, they'll have a BMX/skate ramp show, a Bear Valley climbing wall, and free beer and wine tastings if you purchase a Powder Pass or VIP ticket.
Finally, the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) Museum is re-opening at 965 Clay St. on Saturday after a summer-long hiatus. The first exhibit for the reopening will be "Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion," with interactive technology, visuals, and detailed curatorial content on the Chinese American experience from 1882 through 1965. The first Sunday of every month is free admission, so if you miss the re-opening party, be sure to swing in on Sunday.
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In the news this week, you no doubt heard about the Street and Sidewalk Maintenance Standards report, in which District 3 drew particularly high numbers of graffiti and broken glass reports. Police arrested a suspect in a series of fires around Chinatown, and the book Hatchet Men: The Story of the Tong Wars in San Francisco's Chinatown is being made into a feature film.
For a full list of what's going on around town this weekend and beyond, don't forget to check our hoodline.com/events. If you see a local event missing and want to get in on the fun, submit it for free for the chance to see it featured in our next events roundup.