Picks of the week: In the city

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It’s the fourth week of school, and while workloads aren’t too heavy yet, you may already find yourself falling into a predictable routine that spans no more than a 10-block radius. Don’t get trapped in the Berkeley bubble just yet — there’s a great, big city just a BART ride away, flourishing with tons of exciting things to do. Here are a few treats that lie waiting for you in San Francisco.

Monday: The Moth StorySLAM

Once a month, nonprofit storytelling organization the Moth hosts its San Francisco StorySLAM at the Rickshaw Stop. This fun variation on a slam poetry competition is worth the trip across the bay. At the event, potential storytellers toss their names into a hat. Ten stories are picked, and each storyteller must operate under a chosen theme and keep his or her nonfiction tale less than five minutes long. At the end of the night, a StorySLAM winner is picked. Try bringing a tale of your own, or just come out to listen. The show starts at 7 p.m., so get your stories ready!

Tuesday: Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

If you’ve already seen “Amy,” the new documentary about Amy Winehouse, and you’re itching for more, then you’ll love this new exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait was curated partially by the legendary singer’s brother and includes many artifacts from her childhood. The museum is also hosting various talks on Winehouse over the next few months. The exhibition is free with museum admission and will run until Nov. 1.

Friday: Joywave at the Rickshaw Stop

You’ve probably heard “Dangerous,” Joywave’s chart-topping song with Big Data. This indie-electro band released its debut LP, How Do You Feel Now?, earlier this year. Now you’re in luck: Joywave is stopping by San Francisco to bless your ears with blissful beats and synthy sounds you can’t help but dance to.  

Friday: Off the Grid at Fort Mason Center

Do you consider yourself a foodie? If so, you’ll probably want to stop by Fort Mason on Friday night. From 5 to 10 p.m., there will be live music, full bars and more than 32 food trucks offering everything from creme brulee to barbecue and Asian fusion. Berkeley food is pretty damn good, but don’t limit yourself — take a taste of what the big city has to offer.

 

Madeline Wells covers music. Contact her at [email protected]