A-wa plays the Fillmore tonight, Aug. 4
A-wa plays the Fillmore tonight, Aug. 4

Yemenite music and wrapping up the SF Jewish film festival

It’s Shabbat in the Fillmore tonight, Friday Aug. 4, with Adam Swig and Reboot. Things get underway at 6 p.m. at the Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St. in San Francisco, with a Happy Hour and Shabbat Service brought to you by Adam Swig and Reboot. Then head across the street  to catch the Israeli girl group A-WA, three sisters who fuse pop, hip-hop, R&B and even Yemenite music in their upbeat show. They take the stage at 9 p.m. Aug. 4, at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary St., San Francisco. Tickets for the whole evening are $36-$50, with partial proceeds going to the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation.


This is your last chance to enjoy the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, which wraps up Sunday after a blockbuster weekend at the Albany Twin and the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. Some suggestions: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” which profiles the Hollywood star and prolific inventor; “The 90-Minute War,” a biting mockumentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and “Fanny’s Journey,” a riveting narrative film (based on a true story) about a group of children’s harrowing escape from Nazi-occupied France.


Just one festival offering in Oakland this time around, Sunday Aug. 4 at the New Parkway Theatre: “The Guys Next Door,” a documentary about a woman who becomes a gestational surrogate for her gay best friend and his partner. Find a full listing of film festival screenings here.

Liz Harris

Liz Harris is a J. contributor. She was J.'s culture editor from 2012-2018.