5 Best Things to do This Week: June 17–23

Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity at SF Academy of Sciences

Discover the shape-shifting, color-changing, and ever-evolving nature of this complex organ in the Academy’s newest exhibit, Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity. From thick-skinned armadillos, rhinoceros, and turtles to colorful insects and birds, dynamic displays of Academy scientific specimen reveal the extreme protection that skin can offer, while hands-on multimedia experiences bring to life how animals heal and regenerate skin in extraordinary ways. Interactive elements throughout the exhibit invite visitors to stimulate their own skin’s array of senses to uncover how we perceive the sensations of temperature, vibration, and pressure. Plus, dive deeper to explore the layers of meaning humans have associated with skin color throughout history and how this shapes the way humans view themselves, perceive others, and interact with one another in a modern world. Exhibit opens to the public on Friday, June 14.


Jennifer Weiner at Book Passage Sausalito

Come to this meet and greet signing event with the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 16 books, Jennifer Weiner. Weiner’s most ambitious novel yet, Mrs. Everything, tells the story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world? But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined.


Toyota/Save Mart 350

Sonoma Raceway will return to the circuit’s historic 12-turn, 2.52-mile road-course layout for the 2019 Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR event as part of its upcoming 50th anniversary celebration this weekend, June 21 through June 23. The full track layout, which was originally unveiled when the raceway opened in 1968, incorporates the raceway’s signature sweeping downhill corner known as “The Carousel.” The Carousel plunges from Turn 4, down through Turns 5 and 6 and navigates a more than 200-degree radius turn before dropping onto the raceway’s longest straightaway into the Turn 7 hairpin. “The Carousel is a corner where history has been made, and as we celebrate the half century of track history in 2019, we are excited to re-introduce this signature turn on the Sonoma Raceway circuit,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager.  “We look forward to seeing a new generation of racers battle through this challenging corner and create moments fans will remember 50 years from now.”

SF Design Week

San Francisco Design Week is a week-long, city-wide festival starting June 20 that showcases the intersection of ideas, design, business and entrepreneurism that makes the Bay Area the birthplace of the future. Now a global phenomenon, San Francisco’s international success is born from a historically free-spirited entrepreneurialism, coupled with the imaginative vision of contemporary design and state-of-the-art technology. Pioneers of new ways of looking at the world, nimble Bay Area start-ups are now among the world’s most influential design-led companies, producing products, services and experiences that profoundly influence the daily lives of billions of people globally. Through studio tours and events, SFDW celebrates this spirit of newness by providing unique access to exhibitions and conversations with the designers who are shaping the future — from architecture to fashion, product design to digital services, and everything in between.


Get ready for the third annual Comedy Central Clusterfest. This year the lead act is Amy Poehler with her friends as well as a long list of comedic talent including John Mulaney, Patton Oswalt, Issa Rae and many more. The festival consists of three days of stand-up, music and the opportunity to become part of some of Comedy Central’s best shows. There will be a Drunk History Pub, where you can sip spirits while you schmooze with historical figures featured in the show’s skits. Office fans rejoice: the Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch is relocating to San Francisco for the weekend — now’s the time to get that selfie at Michael “best boss ever” Scott’s desk. And look forward to performances from talented musicians such as the Bay Area’s Mustache Harbor, whose mission is to build a mustache army and create a soft rock explosion. This weekend, June 21 through June 23 at Civic Center Plaza and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.