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This weekend: Grab tickets to Kendrick Lamar, get sucked into a black hole, and scope out some classic cars

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It’s been a big week for music news. Last Friday, Kendrick Lamar dropped his long-anticipated fifth studio album, Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers. The Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper also announced a forthcoming tour in support of the record; he is slated to perform at the Oakland Arena two nights in late summer—Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. According to the tour’s promotional materials, K.Dot will be joined by his younger cousin, Baby Keem, and Tanna Leone.

Monday brought news that a new music festival is coming to San Francisco, as Goldenvoice—the promoters behind Coachella—announced the inaugural Portola Music Festival to be held at Pier 80 on Sept. 24 & 25.

Presales for tickets to the Kendrick Lamar shows start Thursday; general public sales start Friday. Head over to Ticketmaster for more information. Tickets to the Portola Music Festival can be found on the festival’s website.

And there’s more…

Thursday, May 19

How to Die in Space 

Exploratorium, Pier 15 on the Embarcadero 
6 – 9 p.m. | $19.95

As part of the Exploratorium’s After Dark programming for adults, astrophyscist and on-air host Paul M. Sutter guides audiences through our treacherous and beautiful universe, exploring dying stars and growing galaxies, the depths of deep black holes and the contours of time-traveling wormholes. Seating for this interactive talk—which will be held at the Kanbar Forum in Osher Gallery 1—is first-come, first-served and begins at 8 p.m. If you want to go even deeper on the universe, you can join Sutter for an “ask me anything” with cocktails at 6 p.m., but tickets to that event are sold separately. (CJC)  

Friday, May 20

Artwork by Britton Val.

Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Art Auction 

The Store House & Gallery 308 at Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd. 
6 – 7:30 p.m. | Free with RSVP 

The Headlands Center for the Arts kicks off its annual benefit auction with a free exhibition preview and celebration featuring whimsical art activations and installations by Headlands artists in residence and alumni. Explore floral installations by Saint Flora, an “obliteration room” by Wild Child and an audio phone booth by Headland’s Designer in Residence Justin Carder. Artist Annie Albagli’s video installation We Become [Vessels], inspired by the Jewish ram’s horn said to have toppled the walls of Jericho, and Anja Ulfedt’s array of cast-off materials reimagined into art will also be on display. Can’t make it to opening night? The exhibition runs through May 30 and bidding for the silent auction continues until May 31. The live auction on May 31 is sold out, but you can join the waitlist by emailing The auction benefits Headlands Center for the Arts artists residences and arts programming. (CJC)

Giulio Xavier Voxillio Project feat. saxophonist John Palowitch

Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, 39 Fell St.
9 p.m. | $12-$20

The music community was in shock when word of Giulio Xavier’s freak dishwashing accident made the rounds in late January: The bassist’s arm was pierced by a knife causing nerve damage that would require a predicted 24-30 months of recovery time. The Excelsior resident’s livelihood was at risk weeks before the birth of his and his partner’s first child. But with successful surgery, support from his tribe and a healthy baby boy, the skilled double bassist has persevered as he heals by switching to keyboard bass and returning to the electric bass guitar first. He’ll lead his Voxillio Project electric quintet as a vocalist and keyboardist for late sets at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio on Friday, May 20, and will be on the bandstand as a bassist with Oakland-based singer-songwriter Spellling this summer, including at Stern Grove on July 17 and Outside Lands in August. (YK)

Saturday, May 21

A 'Distinguished Gentleman' rider in Bath, England. | Leigh Gregory

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 

Marina Green
9 a.m. | Free

Get ready for a feel-good 13-mile San Francisco classic motorcycle tour to raise awareness about men’s health. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a worldwide event that unites classic and vintage style motorcycle riders across 100 countries and 700 cities to raise funds for Movember—the global men’s health charity. Riders are encouraged to don their best duds before saddling up for the excursion. The ride starts at the Marina Green, where the Gentlemen will go up some steep hills to tour the Marina and Japantown. Then, they will cut across Turk Street and down Arguello Avenue to the park. Next, they’ll make their way through the Outer Richmond, take a break at the Legion of Honor, and cruise through Richmond District to Park Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge. Finally, the ride will end at the Presidio Yacht Club. (MM)

Detour Dance’s ‘Up on High’ Premiere

Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. 
May 21 & 22, 1 – 2:30 p.m. | $12

Theater ensemble Detour Dance premieres its nine-part dance film featuring over 60 LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists dancing through the Bay Area’s hills, rooftops and steps. The gaggle of kings and queens and intergenerational drag performers explore futurism, ancestry and queer legacy with joy and whimsy. (CJC)

Ocean Avenue Antique & Exotic Car Show

Beep’s Burgers, 1051 Ocean Ave.
11 a.m. | Free

You know that gas-guzzling, impractical, loud, stinky, beautiful beast of a machine you’ve been toiling away on for years now? What’s the point of busting your knuckles, caking yourself in grease and contorting your body underneath the hood for hours on end if you can’t show your project off every once in a while? Bring your antique or exotic auto down to Beep’s Burgers this weekend so everyone what you’ve been working on, chat with other gearheads who won’t look at you blankly when you explain what you do with your Sundays, and most of all, enjoy the other classic whips. This event, hosted by the OMI Cultural Participation Project, is all about old school San Francisco. And it doesn’t get any more classic than Beep’s Burgers, a San Francisco institution that has been around since 1962. No car? No worries! Everyone is invited to come get their Instagram and TikTok content. (MM)

Save The Date: July

How romantic... era... | Courtesy Photo

Summer 2022

The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

Secret Location in San Francisco 

The start date for this extravagant and exclusive “royal” ball is not till July and the venue is yet to be announced, but Bridgerton fans best make haste for a highly prized ticket to this immersive soiree experience based on the beloved Regency-era Netflix show produced by Shonda Rhimes. Intermingle with “the Ton” of London’s high society as you sip cocktails and dance the night away to the strains of a string quartet playing Bridgerton’s romantic soundtrack and whisperings of the show’s enigmatic Lady Whistledown. Pay a visit to Madame Delacroix’s boutique to peruse the latest fashion trends of the era or strike a regal pose at a photobooth styled as a painting studio. To score a much-coveted spot at this event hosted by “the Queen” of Bridgerton, sign up for the ticket waitlist ahead of time. Tickets go on sale May 24 at 9 a.m. Follow  @bridgertonexperience on Facebook and Instagram for updates. (CJC)

Christina Campodonico, Meaghan Mitchell, Nick Veronin and Yoshi Kato contributed additional reporting for this story.