25 Fun Things to Do This Week (3.7.22)
This week is for the foodies, revelers, art-lovers, and do-gooders.
Then again, what week isn't here in the Bay Area? Get ready for the IRL return of the 170th Annual San Francisco St. Patrick's Day Parade. Plus, Immersive Frida Kahlo comes to town, OMCA hosts its annual White Elephant Sale, The Mostly British Film Festival heads across the pond, and more fun stuff to do.
Have a good one!
Support San Francisco’s only Ukrainian restaurant, Pushkin. Dine in on borsch soup and pelmeni (dumplings), or take it to go. You can also stock up on vareniki, piroshki, meatballs, and dessert via their dumpling store, which delivers in SF, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties; weekdays. // Pushkin, 40 Belden Pl. (FiDi); pushkinsf.com
Wordle have you craving more brain fuel? Kick-off your week with Monday night trivia at Willkommen. Prove you’re the smartest in the room while noshing on German-American eats by the folks from Rosamunde plus craft beers, ciders, and sodas from Black Hammer Brewing; Mondays; 7pm to 10pm. // Willkommen, 2198 Market St. (Upper Market); details at facebook.com
Taste new takes on a 500-year-old spirit during Shochu Week. The bar masters from Pabu and Kona's Street Market will show their unique flair by incorporating shochu from different Japanese regions in special, limited-time cocktail menus; through March 14th. // shochu.guide
Explore SF’s newest public park. After years of construction, 5M (5th and Market) is open to the community and complete with a green space, children’s play area, dog run, and outdoor performance area that will eventually host free year-round programming and special events focused on art, neighborhood culture, and youth. // 5th and Market (SoMa); 5msf.com
Support the Oakland Museum of California by shopping for treasures at the beloved 63rd annual White Elephant Sale. The largest rummage sale in Northern California directly benefits the OMCA’s programming and exhibitions. Reservations are required in advance; through April 3rd. // White Elephant Sale Warehouse, 333 Lancaster St. (Oakland); tickets at whiteelephantsale.org
Crypto-crazy or crypto-curious? Laura Shin, host of the Unchained podcast, will dive deep into Ethereum; Tuesday at 6pm. // The Commonwealth Club of America, 110 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero); tickets at commonwealthclub.org
Kick it with Bob Odenkirk: The star of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul is touring his memoir. Attendees will receive an autographed copy of the new book that covers the author's career as a comedian, writer, and actor, and his road to reinvention at the age of 50; Tuesday at 7pm. // Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com
Anglophiles rejoice! The Mostly British Film Festival returns to the Bay with award-winning new feature films and documentaries. Things kick off with Mothering Sunday (Josh O’Connor, Odessa Young, Colin Firth, and Olivia Colman) on Tuesday; March 10-17th. // Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights); tickets at mostlybritish.org
Learn a new craft at an introductory screen-printing class. You’ll be guided through a brief history of the process, learn step-by-step how to print on paper and fabric, and leave class with a tote bag, t-shirt, posters, and hands-on knowledge; Thursdays and Saturdays in March. // Fleet Wood, 714 Clement St. (Inner Richmond); tickets at eventbrite.com
Pony up for tickets to the return of SFMOMA's Art Bash on April 8th. On this night of revelry celebrating art and artists, all seven floors of the museum will burst to life with surprising encounters, live music from punk rock band The Linda Lindas, a DJ battle featuring Miles Medina, and immersive art by Michael Jang, The Palms (Alec Soth and Dave King), DJ Agana ,and Vogue. // Details and tickets at sfmoma.org/artbash.
Thank you to our partners at SFMOMA.
Get abso fab for a good cause at the annual Drag Show to End Homelessness, presented by CommunityForward SF. Expect performances by Poly Poptart and friends, food by Tacos el Precioso, and drinks; Thursday, 7pm to 10pm. // El Rio, 3158 Mission St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com
Flow into the weekend. Connect to your body with Deep House Yoga followed by a 30-minute sound bath by the Sound Sorcery and then mocktails to cap the class; Thursday at 7pm. // Public Works, 161 Erie St. (Mission); tickets at e.sparxo.com
Nerd out at the multi-day Algorithmic Art Assembly conference and festival. The event will showcase a diverse range of artists using algorithms in scriptwriting, filmmaking, video games, and more. Catch talks and IRL and livestream coding; Thursday through Saturday. // Gray Area, 2665 Mission St. (Mission); tickets at grayarea.org
Get a dose of nostalgia with a comfort food cooking class at Cakebread Cellars. You’ll learn how to put a new, elevated twist on old favorites like deviled eggs, Dungeness crab melt, Swedish meatballs, shrimp and grits, and chicken pot pie. After class, you’ll sit down to enjoy a three-course lunch paired with Cakebread Cellars wines; Friday and Saturday at 9:30am. // Winery House Kitchen, 8300 St Helena Hwy. (Rutherford); tickets at cakebread.com
ROFL at beloved dive bar Mr Bing’s. The Chinatown bar is hosting stand-up comedians as seen on Comedy Central, Sketchfest, and more; Saturdays at 7:30pm. // Mr. Bing’s, 201 Columbus Ave. (Chinatown); tickets at eventbrite.com
Make plans for spring with SF Rec & Parks. The city offers activities and classes for just about every hobby you can think of from kayaking and rock climbing to ceramics and photography. If you’re looking to try a new sport or hone a new skill, registration for spring classes is now open (and filling up fast). // View the 2022 spring catalog and offerings at sfrecpark.org.
Let your freak flag fly at Psyber Punk: Aerial Circus. Get ready for a night of flow and dance performances, a futuristic fashion show, aerial spectacle acts, and psychedelic beats. Come dressed to express in your best cyber punk fashions—think leather, spikes, neon, and metallics; Saturday at 9pm. // DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (SoMa); details at facebook.com
Feel the luck o' the Irish at the 170th Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Afterward, make your way over to a post-parade party hosted at the United Irish Cultural Center (2700 45th Ave.) with Irish dancing, bars, corned beef and cabbage aplenty, and live Irish music. Slainté! // The parade begins at 11:30am at the corner of 2nd & Market Street; details at eventbrite.com.
Prefer to spend your St. Paddy’s Day on a pub crawl? Pretend you’re in Dublin’s Temple Bar (with better weather) and get your fix of Jameson and green beer with a guided crawl to participating bars in The Marina and North Beach;Saturday.
Celebrate the legacy of an American artist at opening day of Alice Neel: People Come First. This free, all-day event includes family art-making activities, live portraits, music by B-Side Brujas, and a panel conversation with exhibition curators from The Met and FAMSF; Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm. // de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park); details at deyoung.famsf.org
Go beyond the brow at the West Coast premiere of Immersive Frida Kahlo. The works of the 20th Century Mexican artist will be brought to life by the Immersive Van Gogh team in this 360-degree experience; Saturday, through May 8th. // SVN West, 10 South Van Ness Ave. (SoMa); tickets at immersive-frida.com
Support the farm animal sanctuary Goatlandia while enjoying a four-course plant-based dinner at Wildseed. Join founder Deborah Blum and guest speaker Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (The Joyful Vegan) to learn more about the nonprofit's rescue mission and the benefits of living meat-free; Saturday at 6pm. // Wildseed, 2000 Union St. (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com
Join Hip Hop for Change at the 4th Annual Women Empowerment Summit, a free community event helping to amplify women’s voices and dismantle the stereotypes in hip-hop culture. This one-day event will feature a panel discussion, workshops, and live performances by Kamaiyah, Su’lan, Jane Handcock; Saturday at 4pm. // Continental Club, 1658 12th St. (Oakland); RSVP at eventbrite.com
With less than a month until the return of The Edwardian Ball, it’s time to secure the perfect attire. Head to Dark Garden Unique Corsetry for a styling party to create your perfect outfit—from leather hats and accessories to witchy jewelry and more; Sunday at noon. // Dark Garden Unique Corsetry, 321 Linden St. (Hayes Valley); details at facebook.com
Catch record-breaking Jeopardy champion Amy Schneider in conversation with SF Chronicle columnist Tony Bravo. The Bay Area resident is the most successful woman ever to compete on the show with a 40-game winning streak and $1.3 million in winnings; Sunday at 7pm. // Oasis, 298 11th St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com