Time to play.
Story, by Eoin Harrington
What: The local hottie (originally from Dublin, Ireland) releases his soulful debut, a blend of indie pop and acoustic guitar.
Why: Van Morrison meets Cat Stevens.
When: You want to strum along.
Where: Online at itunes.com.
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting
What: One of the largest American wine competitions, featuring over 300 vinos from across the country, foie gras, fudge, and more.
Why: Red, white, and you.
When: Sat., 2-5 p.m.
Where: Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, Marina Blvd., at Buchanan St. Call 650-548-7600 for information. Tickets at 888-695-0888 or online at t2.clicknprint.com.
What: Newly reopened North Beach boite serving bar snacks like pulled pork sliders, crispy dogs, and funnel cake.
Why: It’s No. 1 on our list.
When: Daily, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 15 Romolo Pl., b/t Columbus Ave. & Kearny St. (415-398-1359).
DRINK (and EAT)
Holy Cow Happy Hour
What: Epic Roasthouse launches budget-friendly, early-evening delights: $5 cocktails and wine, $2 bottled beers, and bites for $3-$5.
Why: Mmm, fried potato curls.
When: Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m.
Where: 369 The Embarcadero, at Harrison St. (415-369-9955).
Xroads Philippine Sea Salts
What: Artisanal, ecofriendly culinary salts imported from the Philippines by local gourmands.
Why: You’re down with the salt of the earth.
When: You need a grain of truth.
Where: Online at philippineseasalts.com.
Coney Island Human Blockhead
What: The hearty new lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company is the cold one you could use right now.
Why: You’re in for a brewed awakening.
When: Tues.-Sat., noon-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St., b/t 7th & 8th Sts., ste. 101 (415-503-1033).