Things to do for May 14, 2009

The Weekender

Burlesque, Gin Dinners and B2B Festivities

The weekend is dressed to run.

Thursday
Burlesque N' Books at Hypnodrome
PEEP SHOW

Burlesque N' Books at Hypnodrome

You'd rightly guess that a book signing for the memoir of an ex-erotic dancer turned legit writer would be different from the rest. On top of signing books, Lily Burana will be performing with SF burlesque-troupe Sugar Shack tonight. Here's hoping this doesn't give James Frey any ideas.

No cost, 7-9pm, May 14, Hypnodrome, 575 10th St (at Division), 415-248-1900

Saturday
Bonny Doon's Tasting Room Opens
WINE AND DINE

Bonny Doon's Tasting Room Opens

Head down to Santa Cruz and check out Bonny Doon's new café venture with Manresa's chef/owner David Kinch opening Saturday. Steps from the wine-tasting bar, you'll find braised lamb necks and seared flatiron steaks prepped with wine drinking in mind—we know you're game.

Sunday
Cosmopolitan's Bay to Breakers Pre-Party
WARM UP

Cosmopolitan's Bay to Breakers Pre-Party

You've trained. Your Fat Elvis costume is a masterpiece. And you're primed to have a good time, um, "running." So head to the Cosmopolitan for a prerace pick-me-up of homemade muffins, frittatas, OJ—and, naturally, a B2B-friendly fully stocked bar.

Finish Line Celebration at Park Chalet
RECOVERY AID

Finish Line Celebration at Park Chalet

Stumbling distance from the B2B finish line, you'll find burgers and sausages hot off the grill, BBQ oysters and handcrafted brews from Beach Chalet Brewery—the best postrecovery meal of champions around.

10am-5pm, May 17, Park Chalet, 1000 Great Highway (at Ocean Beach), 415-386-8439

Monday
Mint 54 Debuts
OPENING

Mint 54 Debuts

Just when you thought Mint Plaza's Blue Bottle and Chez Papa Resto were good enough, along comes one of New York's Il Buco founders, Alberto Avalle and his ristorante/alimentari to complete the rockstar lineup. Look for olive oil, air and salt-cured meats made in-house and hand-rolled pastas—like Nonna used to make.

Opens for dinner May 18, 54 Mint, 16 Mint Plaza (at Jessie), 415-543-5100

Thursday
Gin Cocktail Dinner at Absinthe
ON THE ROCKS

Gin Cocktail Dinner at Absinthe

Cocktail Week will be over, but by going to Thursday's four-course, all-inclusive, gin-soaked dinner, and drinking elbow-to-elbow with the master distillers from Beefeater and Plymouth gin, you're doing your part to help the spirit of Cocktail Week live on.

$85, 6:30pm, May 21, Absinthe, 398 Hayes St, 415-551-1453, reservations here

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