5 Things You Can Do Now — Week 30

Closing Weekend of MVFF

If you haven’t checked out any films at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival it’s not too late! Nomadland with Frances McDormand will be screening on Thursday, Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back will screen on Friday, and The Bee Gees: How You Can Mend a Broken Heart will close out the drive-in viewings on Saturday. In addition to the drive-in showing, a selection of films will also be available to stream online. But wait there’s more! Help us raise $10,000 in ten days (the length of the festival) by posting a selfie of yourself at any of the Bay Area’s famous film locations. Click here for more info.⁣

Nicasio Pumpkin Patch

Located in the small West Marin village of Nicasio, the farm is just west of the Nicasio Village Square right on Nicasio Valley Road. Nicasio Valley Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week through Halloween from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week, and it’s always worth a visit. Nicasio Valley Pumpkin Patch has been offering a wide variety of pumpkins spread out in an expansive meadow on the farm for over two decades. Pumpkin varieties range from your standard Halloween jack-o-lantern types to white ones, green Italian and Australian varieties, and flat European “Cinderella” style squash. The farmstand also offers gourds, squash, and decorative corn stalks, apples, as well as drinks and snacks. 

Women’s March

Come out on Saturday, October 17 at 11 a.m. at San Francisco’s Civic Center Area for a social distance march to #MarchForOurRights. Line up at Grove St. between Larkin and Hyde St to march by 11 a.m. The march will go down Market Street to Embarcadero Plaza — there will be no in-person rally before or after the march and the community is being asked to help disperse the crowd at the end of the march. There will be a virtual Call To Action livestream starting around 11:15 a.m. as an option for those who cannot attend the in person march. Stay tuned for more information and the link.

Gay Men’s Chorus 

Kicking off Season 43, this exciting autumnal concert celebrates SFGMC’s 42nd birthday and will feature a mix of past performances, vignettes, and ensemble pieces. Guests will also experience the world premiere of “What Will We Hear?,” written by composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (“I Am Harvey Milk”) and performed by Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth. This piece was conceived by Lippa following a conversation at a virtual SFGMC donor event held this past April in which community members were expressing their concerns over the uncertainty of future performances. While access is free, a suggested donation ($25–$50) is encouraged for Fall Showcase.

San Francisco Opera’s Free Streaming Series “Attila”

The best from the San Francisco Opera stage is beaming once again to a screen near you. Beginning on October 17, it’s all-out war with Giuseppe Verdi’s early triumph “Attila” featuring Nicola Luisotti on the podium and legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in a blazing performance as Attila the Hun from the 2011–12 Season. Each streaming opera broadcasts for free starting 10 a.m. Pacific on Saturday and is available to watch until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. So kick back and relax and enjoy great opera from your home — more titles coming soon.

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Kasia PawlowskaKasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include traveltrendsmushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.