2/22/2013 01:01:00 PM

SF Weekend Planner: Mixtresses, Del Popolo, Soul Food and Lion Dancing

There's plenty to do this weekend before you hit your Oscar night parties. Here are our top picks.

Jon Darsky will be parking his monster Del Popolo pizza truck at SoMa’s Bluxome Street Winery tonight, where his wood-fired pizzas will be on offer along with the urban winery’s boutique wines. The curbside event is the first in Bluxome Street Winery’s Friday night Dine-in-the-Drive Series, which will showcase a different food truck each week. Upcoming vendors include Kasa Indian Food (3/1) Little Green Cyclo (3/8), Fins on the Hoof (3/15) and Old World Food Truck (3/22) (Friday, 5-8 PM, food and drink priced individually, 52 Bluxome St).

In honor of Tet, the Vietnamese pop-up Rice Paper Scissors is throwing a Lion Dance Party tonight at the Verdi Club.  In addition to to watching a professional dancing lion performance, plan to shake your own booty to the beats of several DJs, feast on new-year themed Vietnamese snacks such pate chaud and fried mochi dumplings and partake at the full bar ($10 in advance, $15 at the door, 8 PM, Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St, 415-861-9199).

Get your fill of soul food on Saturday at SF Noir Festival’s Wine & Food Gala, the culminating event in the organization’s annual festival that honors Black History Month. The gala will showcase soul food and Southern-inspired cuisine from the Bay Area’s most eminent chefs, paired with wines from African American vintners and South Africa. Expect food from Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles, Farmer Brown, Miss Ollie’s and Pican  (Saturday, 7- 11 PM at the Atrium, 101 Mission St, $75 per person, purchase tickets online).

If you think mixology is a man’s world, you’ve never witnessed Speed Rack. Like Hunger Games with a shaker, the national competition that celebrates female bartenders and raises money for breast cancer will be coming to San Francisco this Sunday afternoon. Come watch the Bay Area’s top mixtresses as they battle in a series of heats to make rounds of classic cocktails, all of which will be judged on speed, accuracy and taste. Combatants hail from Rye, Tradition, Jasper’s, Slanted Door, Nopa, Rickhouse, Elixir, Lolinda, Absinthe and other top bars (3-7 PM, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, inclusive of drinks and bites, at The Chapel, 777 Valencia St, 415-551-5157).

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