Liam’s List: Autumn Lights, Pizza & the Boss

Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem with Chefs Roland Passot & Jacques Pepin
Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem with Chefs Roland Passot & Jacques Pepin Photo credit Liam Mayclem

EVENT: AUTUMN LIGHTS, OAKLAND
Oakland’s Lake Merritt hosts Autumn Lights this weekend. This annual tradition since 2012 illuminated the lake and surrounding walkways. It’s a magical experience bringing love and light to the 510 with illuminated presentations tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

MUSIC: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Bruce Springsteen fans around the Bay and around the world will get a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic artist’s creative process in the documentary feature film, “Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You” from Apple Original Films, premiering exclusively on Apple TV+ next Friday. The feature-length verité documentary arrives the same day as Springsteen's new album Letter To You, and features full performances from The E Street Band, in-studio footage, never-before-seen archival material and a deeper look into Letter To You from the BOSS himself. The first song is NEED YOU AT MY SIDE - and it’s out now.

PERFORMANCE: GAY MEN’S CHORUS
San Francisco’s Gay Men’s Chorus kicks off its all-virtual new season on Saturday with a Fall Showcase celebrating their 42nd birthday. A centerpiece of the show is the world premiere of Andrew Lippa’s “What Will We Hear?” performed by Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth. Show starts at 6 p.m. Log on and sing along at SFGMC.org.

READ: UPON THIS ROCK
If you love Italy and love crime fiction you will love this book by San Francisco author and my pal David Perry. To quote beloved writer Armistead Maupin who said this of the book, “Perry has written an elegant, twisty thriller in which a gay couple investigates a mysterious suicide in a scenic Italian hill town. It's not hard to imagine that this book could do for Orvieto what ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ did for Savannah.”

FOOD: COOKING FOR A CAUSE
Join pizza king and 13-time world pizza making Chef Tony Gemignani for a tasty cooking demo for a cause. The demo next Wednesday at 5 p.m. is open to all and benefits BEYOND DIFFERENCES - a nonprofit dedicated to making sure no teen or youth ever feels isolated or alone. Yours truly will EMCEE.

DINE: AMONG THE REDWOODS
A16 wraps up its BOONVILLE pop up this weekend and you are invited. The pizza ovens will be fired up and the vino flowing throughout the weekend across the street from the Boonville Hotel. Seated diners will enjoy a four course feast honoring local farms with Southern Italian Reverie. Go for the wine pairing too, you won’t be disappointed. Walk-in guests are also welcome. It runs from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and 12-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reserve your A16 spot in Boonville on the road to Mendocino via tock.

FUNDRAISER: SUNDAY SUPPER
It’s the annual fundraiser for the food community by CUESA, the Ferry Building farmers market. This virtual event Sunday at 6 p.m. features an online auction and guest appearances by star chefs Jacques Pepin, Stuart Brioza, Kim Alter & many more. Thrilled to perform as MC. Get your ticket here.

DONATE: RED CROSS
Make a donation to support those who have lost much during these most recent fires. Donate by phone or online.

GIVE: FOOD BANKS
The need is great so please donate what you can. Cash donations or non-perishable goods will be warmly received. Volunteer support is also needed.

Liam’s List premieres Fridays on KPIX and is also available to download in a podcast via iTunes.

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