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5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF: Monday, July 27

The Bay Area's shelter-in-place order has brought countless events usually held as in-person gatherings online. We're aiming to support local businesses in San Francisco and Oakland by highlighting five of these events each day.

Got a suggestion for an online event based in SF or Oakland? Email our events reporter, Teresa Hammerl. 

Here's your San Francisco online event calendar for Monday, July 27. Hear about the life and career of a weather forecaster, learn about the Velvet Underground or sing your favorite song during an open-mic night.

Always Active Senior Exercise Class

Photo: Community Living Campaign/Facebook

San Francisco-based Always Active helps keep seniors fit, with moderate-intensity classes designed for the needs of older adults. During shelter-in-place, those classes have moved online. Expect to work on your aerobics, balance, flexibility, and strength, using hand weights and resistance bands.

When: Monday, July 27, 10 a.m.

How to join: Instructions in the Facebook event; you'll need to email in advance for access

Price: Free

Anne Applebaum: Twilight of Democracy

Image: The Booksmith/Facebook

Tonight, The Booksmith is hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum ("Gulag," "Red Famine") to discuss her new book, "Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism." An expert on the Soviet Union, Applebaum is turning her attention to the modern world in her newest work, exploring why democracies across the world are turning toward nationalism and authoritarianism.

When: Monday, July 27, 12:30 p.m.

How to join: RSVP online

Price: Free

Al Roker: You Look So Much Better in Person

Image: Commonwealth Club of California/Facebook

For more than 40 years, Al Roker has been the jovial weatherman and co-anchor on NBC’s "The Today Show." Now, he's looking back at his own career in a new memoir, "You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success." In this Commonwealth Club conversation, Roker will discuss how to find happiness, and how his weather expertise has helped him withstand "the storm of life." 

When: Monday, July 27, 12:30 p.m.

How to join: Via Commonwealth Club of California

Price: $15 ($30 with the book)

Boomer Music Talk with Richie Unterberger: The Velvet Underground

Photo: Community Living Campaign/Facebook

If you've ever been curious about the Velvet Underground — the influential '60s rock group led by singer-songwriter Lou Reed and championed by Andy Warhol — now's your chance to get the lowdown on their history. Richie Unterberger, author of the 2009 biography "White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day," will discuss the origin of Reed and other famous group members, like John Cale and Nico. 

When: Monday, July 27, 6 p.m.

How to join: Via Community Living Campaign

Price: Free

QuaranSING: Riptide Monday Night Virtual Open Mic

Image: Riptide Monday Night Open Mic/Facebook

Though Outer Sunset bar The Riptide remains closed as shelter-in-place continues, its open-mic night continues online. It's also starting a little earlier than the in-person event, "in respect of our friends and neighbors who may not want us to make noise too late into the night." Prepare a few songs to play yourself, or tune in to watch others make music at home.

When: Monday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.

How to join: Check out the Facebook event for instructions on how to join via Zoom, as well as sign up to perform.

Price: Free


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