It's the 292nd day of the year, and what better way to celebrate than by looking at these pictures of sad croissants while starting to make your weekend plans?
Oriental BBQ Chicken Town
Though OB Town (as regulars call this popular Korean pub) looks a bit like a tiki bar inside — picnic tables, paper lanterns, an indoor “roof” — you’ll find nary a Mai Tai on the menu. Instead, comically oversize plastic bottles of Korean beer and fruity soju cocktails are the drinks of choice. As for food, it’s no surprise that chicken is the star — thirteen different versions, including several takes on the über-crisp double-fried chicken that Koreans are famous for. For maximal crunch, order the standard batter-fried chicken; for a saucier experience, go for the deliciously goopy soy-and-garlic marinated Gan Jang. Other crowd-pleasers include extremely garlicky garlic fries and ramen dduk bok ki, a street dish that consists of rice cake sticks, instant ramen, tofu triangles, and a hard-boiled egg — all swimming in a bright-red sweet-and-spicy sauce. — Luke Tsai
Moveable Type Truck
Two years ago, Kyle Durrie went on a cross-country tour with her boyfriend’s band, and, inspired by the experience, decided to replicate it on her own terms. Yet as the proprietor of the letterpress printing business Power and Light Press, based in Portland, Oregon, she faced a decidedly more difficult task. So Durrie set up a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of transforming a 1982 Chevy step van into a mobile letterpress print shop and spreading the word about this painstaking form of printing that she loved. After meeting (and exceeding) her fundraising goal, she hit the road for nearly a year, stopping at universities, bookstores, farmers’ markets, pizza parlors, and anywhere else she fancied, allowing the curious to check out her setup and try their hand at creating something of their own. Durrie has since decided to move to New Mexico, but before she does, her van (dubbed Moveable Type) will complete one final tour of the West Coast. On Sunday, Oct. 21, she’ll stop at Marion and Rose’s Workshop, where folks will be able to tour the van, hear stories about the road, and make a special Oakland-themed print they can take home. Noon-3 p.m., free. 510-214-6794 or MarionandRose.com — K.R.
Tai Chi Zero
Attractively mounted, lavishly costumed Hong Kong kung-fu adventure follows the difficulties of Lu Chan — aka “The Freak” because of the “horn of flesh” growing out of his head, which gives him power — when he returns to his native village to learn Chen-style Tai Chi. Complicating matters are such newfangled Western imports as coffee and electricity, as well as a monstrous railroad threatening the community. HK director Stephen Fung Tak-Lun lavishes much care on the scenario (screenplay by Cheng Hsiao-Tse and Zhang Jialu, from Chen Kuo-Fu’s original story), but the nonstop CGI could be a drawback for purists. Starring Jayden Yuan as Lu Chan and Angelababy as Chen Yuniang, with veterans Tony Leung Ka Fai, Bruce Leung Siu-Lung, and Shu Qi in diligent support. (94 min.) — Kelly Vance
Wanna get away? Escape to Big Sur on Saturday night for a special screening of "Samsara" under the stars at the Henry Miller Memorial Library redwood grove.