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Mandatory Weekend (exist) - 10

Sean Pyles | October 17, 2013 | Lifestyle Story City Life

Fukushima is Here

What: A human mural to raise awareness of the continuing damage and local impact of the Fukushima disaster.
Where: Ocean Beach, 200 yards north of where Fulton and the Great Highway intersect.
When: Saturday, October 19th from 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM.
Cost: Suggested donation.
Why: To lie on a beach, piled up with strangers, to become part of a 100 foot-long human mural for Fukushima advocacy.

Treasure Island Music Festival

What: A weekend-long electronic music festival on the Bay Area's swankiest island.
Where: Treasure Island (natch)
When: Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th. Music starts at noon.
Cost: Tickets range in price from $85 for a basic one day ticket to $275 for a two day VIP pass. Oh, and parking is going to be an additional $40 per day, or you can buy the two-day deal for $70. Probably a good idea to take the bus.
Why: Beck. Real Estate. Major Lazer. A music festival on an island. Come on. Listen to our playlist here.

Final days of Litquake 2013

What: The finale of San Francisco's annual literary festival. See more than 800 authors and journalists in over 160 events at the West Coast's largest literary festival.
Where: As the name implies, Litquake can be felt all around the city, from bars to libraries to parks. Check the schedule to see where events are located.
When: Now until Saturday. Events start at 6 PM on Friday and 12:30 PM on Saturday.
Cost: Mostly free, though there are a few paid events.
Why: Because this city loves to read as much as it loves to drink (and it does so twice as much as other cities in the country). Did I mention there is a gin bar sponsored by Hendrick's?

San Francisco Trolley Dances

What: The 10th annual Trolley Dances! Take a ride on MUNI or a city trolley and perhaps you'll see a modern dance performance that will make you re-think your conceptions of dance and how you interact with your urban environment.
Where: There are 7 different locations around the city. Check the event website for one close to you.
When: Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th from 11 AM to 2:45 PM
Cost: $2 general admission, $.75 for children, seniors and people with disabilities.
Why: To see beautiful dancing in an unexpected place. Post-Modernism.

How to Sweet Talk a Shark with Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson

What: The also-ran Presidential candidate and Former Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson will be swapping political war stories with Former Michigan Governor (and can't-run Presidential candidate) Jennifer Granholm.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St.
When: Friday, October 18th at 7:30 AM (Breakfast included!)
Cost: $35 general admission, $25 for members.
Why: Both are seasoned political pros, and there's plenty of juicy topics to discuss this week.

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