Gentleman’s Itinerary: 11/14–11/20

Culture: Sunken Ships, Shanties & Shucks:
Sordid Stories of Seaward San Francisco & The Barbary Coast

Tonight at the Old Mint

Come to the Old Mint and discover the seedy underbelly of boomtown San Francisco. Shuck an oyster, sip a Pisco Punch, and hear historical tales of how our waterfront came to be (Did you know that we are walking on sunken ships?). Evening will include a live Sea Shanty Band and exclusive Barbary Coast exhibits as you tour the Old Mint. It was gold, ambition, and opportunity that created our great city! All proceeds from this non-profit event, hosted by FlipSide, benefit the San Francisco Museum at the Mint project and the San Francisco Museum and Historical

Special Events: “Bat Kid” Miles Fights Crime on the Barbary Coast
San Francisco Plays Gotham, including stop at Wingtip’s “Bank of Italy” vaults

November 15th, the Greater Bay Area chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation will be turning much of San Francisco into Gotham for Miles, a 5 year old battling leukemia, whose wish is to be Batman.

After already having rescued a damsel in distress on a Nob Hill cable car line, Miles and his adult Batman companion, will take the Batmobile down to Wingtip at 550 Montgomery. While we normally use our 100+ year-old safe deposit vault for custom clothing, on this day, the Riddler will be down there robbing us of diamonds and cash. Batman will catch him red-handed, perp walk him up to the police waiting outside (we’re hoping there’s a paddywagon!), and then head off on more crime-fighting adventures, at least one of which involves the Giants’ mascot being kidnapped. More at

In Conversation: Graham Nash
at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco

One quarter of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Graham Nash is hitting the road to stump for his book, “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life.” We’re excited about this event after hearing a fascinating interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” last month (archived here).

Per the CC, it won’t be all sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll: “Join us for an exclusive peek into the wild tales and issues facing today’s environmental movement with one of the greats of rock and roll, art and social activism.” Get tix while you still can. Friday, 11/15.

Returning to Oakland Sunday night for a command showing of this highly-demanded event

“Cataclysmic destruction. Surprising survival. In this new live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow. With their signature blend of storytelling, science, and music, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich romp through hundreds of millions of years of history to arrive at the end, again and again. We’ve got a raucous bunch of comedians joining the party, with a different one for each show, including: Reggie Watts, Patton Oswalt, Simon Amstell, Ophira Eisenberg and Kurt Braunohler. With a cinematic live score created before your eyes by On Fillmore and Noveller, the evening will be a thought- provoking and laughter-inducing dance on the grave of our inevitable demise.” More info and tix at

Cocktails: Superfriends
One Night Pop-Up at Alchemist

Wingtip bar maestro Brian MacGregor will be one of the super-slingers on hand for this thirst-quenching good cause. Bring two cans of food for the SF Food Bank or dress up as a superhero for your free super-cocktail, like the Kryptonite Punch, a gin punch poured over a Midori ice cube and topped with a sparkling wine floater. Monday, 11/18, 8-11pm.

Music: Jorge Ben Jor
Two nights, Four shows at Yoshi’s San Francisco

Jorge Ben Jor is one of a handful of innovative musicians who oversaw Brazilian music’s late 60s transition from samba and bossa nova to rock and Tropicalia. As one of the fathers of MPB (Musica Populaire Brasil), Ben’s biggest hit is “Mas Que Nada,” a tune that was written by Ben, covered by Sergio Mendes (twice!) and remains the highest-charting Portuguese song ever released in America. Don’t miss this chance to see his immense back-catalog performed live. Tuesday, 11/19, 8pm and 10pm; and Wednesday, 11/20, 8pm and 10pm. Advance tix at

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David is Wingtip's storyteller. In addition to editing the Modern Gentleman's Blog, he has written for Wax Poetics, The Source, SF Weekly, and the East Bay Express, and others. His inspirations include Rumble Fish, Paul's Boutique, and Balzac. He studied English at the City University of New York at Hunter College and journalism at the University of Southern California. He lives in Berzerkeley with his wife and daughter.

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