Music, indie films, comedy, a beer blow-out and flash-mob dancing for a good cause are all part of the flurry of February 2015 in San Francisco.
Magnolias by Moonlight
February 3, at 7-9 pm
A naturalist leads a moonlit walk through San Francisco Botanical Garden's collection of rare and historic magnolias, which are in peak bloom from mid-January through March. The walk ends with tea and cookies at the Moon Viewing Pond. Bring a flashlight.
At San Francisco Botanical Garden, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way, or Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. off the Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park. San Francisco 94122. Tickets $10, 20.
New Frequencies Fest: Jazz@YBCA
Focusing on cutting-edge composers and musicians who blend various genres, traditions, styles and influences, this series features Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo, Henry Threadgill and his Double-Up ensemble, Matana Roberts, Satoko Fujii, Ben Goldberg and Myra Melford.
At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $10-40.
The SF Independent Film Festival is as famous for its parties (themed on The Big Lebowski, roller disco and Valentine’s Day, for instance) as its flicks (indie, alternative, subversive and international). This year's fest opens with Hits, a satire about fame, small-town politics and going viral that features Michael Cera. Centerpiece film The Other Barrio is set in and was filmed in the Mission, and is based on a story by San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro Murguia.
At the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., and other San Francisco venues. Ticket prices vary.
Feb. 6, at 7 pm
Here’s your chance to talk loudly, eat, drink and even dance in the library—at the Imbibe after-hours cocktail parties thrown by the San Francisco Public Library. At tonight’s party, you can also make Valentine’s Day cards.
At the Portola Branch Library, 380 Bacon St., San Francisco 94134. Admission: $40 for two people (includes one membership to Friends of the SF Public Library); free for Friends members.
California International Antiquarian Book Fair
At one of the world’s largest antiquarian book fairs, browse books printed before 1501, manuscripts, maps and other valuable printed materials from 200 booksellers from more than 30 countries. Items from special collections at Mills College will be on display. There are talks on appraising and collecting books, and a presentation about Jack London as a photographer includes rarely seen photos by the author.
At Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland. Tickets $15, 25.
Be Mine Adopt-a-thon & Cocktail Party
The SPCA waives adoption fees all weekend. On Friday, Feb. 6, a free party (5-9 pm) offers a fashion show (for humans and pets), on-site tattooing for $40, an open bar, live music and DJs.
At San Francisco SPCA, 201 Alabama St., San Francisco 94103. Free.
San Francisco Beer Week
Actually 10 days, packed with 500 beer-focused events at SF and Bay Area breweries, restaurants, bars, and stores. On the schedule are tastings of rare, classic and new beers, pub crawls, talks by brewers, beer-themed bingo, beer pairing sessions, special beer releases, brew-it-yourself workshops and beer brunches and dinners.
At various venues throughout the Bay Area. Ticket prices vary.
Through Feb. 8
SF's annual comedy festival includes tributes to Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Penn & Teller and “Weird Al” Yankovic, Princess (Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum) playing Prince’s music, a The Princess Bride Quote-Along Party Screening, game shows, live podcasts, improv and stand-up, workshops and appearances by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Adam Savage, Margaret Cho, Kamau Bell, Nato Green, Killing My Lobster, Dana Gould and lots others. Many of the events are open to all ages.
At various venues in San Francisco. Ticket prices vary.
Lunar New Year Celebration at the Asian Art Museum
Feb. 8, at 10:30 am-4 pm
Music, lion and other dancing, storytelling, art activities, and lessons in stilt walking, ribbon dancing and martial arts, all to welcome in the Year of the Ram.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102. Free with museum admission.
Sips With Soul
Feb. 10, at 5:30-8:30 pm
Sip the wines of a dozen African-American winemakers, who are on hand to discuss their craft and industry. Hors d’oeuvres and live music complement the wines.
At 1300 on Fillmore, 1300 Fillmore St., San Francisco 94115. Tickets $125.
KQED Black History Month Celebration & Film Screening
Feb. 12, at 6:30-9 pm
Eason Ransom, former San Francisco 49er and senior director of a truancy abatement program at the Bayview Hunter's Point YMCA, and Rev. Joseph Bryant Jr. of San Francisco’s Calvary Hill Community Church are honored. Director Thomas Allen Harris presents a preview of his PBS film Through the Lens Darkly.
At CounterPulse,1310 Mission St., San Francisco 94103. Free.
Bay Area Rising Rally & Flash-Mob Dance
Feb. 13, at 4:30 pm
One in three women on Earth--that’s 1 billion women--will be raped or beaten in their lives. This rally, part of a series of events in 190 countries to raise awareness about violence against women and girls, includes a drum jam, flash-mob dancing and remarks by Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf.
At Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland 94612. Free.
Doomed Valentine's Show
Feb. 13, at 7:30 pm
The show of embarrassing confessionals reaches its annual climax this month—love, after all, is responsible for some of the best, worst, oddest and most awkward moments of our lives. Brave, grown adults take the stage to reveal their most mortifying, true love stories.
At DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $15, 21.
World’s Fair on Film: San Francisco 1915
Feb. 19, at 7-9 pm
Feb. 20, 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the World’s Fair that San Francisco hosted to mark the finishing of the Panama Canal and to show off the city’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake and fire. With live piano accompaniment, San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents images and film footage of San Francisco then, and traces the motion picture’s power to preserve and shape history.
At the Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Ave., San Francisco. Free.
Feb. 20-March 1
Indie music, film and art in one festival, which in its 23-year-history has had performers like Yo La Tengo, Sleater-Kinney and Death Cab for Cutie. This year’s lineup includes Dan Deacon, Geographer, K. Flay, Flight Facilities, Cathedrals, Caribou and Best Coast and films spotlighting Devo and Spike Jonze.
At various San Francisco and East Bay venues. Ticket prices vary.
Community Day at the Palace of Fine Arts
Feb. 21, at 12-5 pm
On Feb. 20, 1915, the Panama Pacific International Exposition opened in San Francisco, celebrating the newly finished Panama Canal and marking San Francisco’s rebound from the 1906 earthquake. This kick-off to a year-long centennial celebration includes uke-a-thon (the expo was the ukulele’s introduction to the U.S.), dance, opera and music performances, displays of expo artifacts, a Ford Model-T and fire engines from 1915, costumed historic characters, and activities and exhibitions by organizations such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Exploratorium, Smithsonian and the California Historical Society.
At the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco 94123. Free.
Palace After Dark
Feb. 21, at 7-10 pm
Feel what it was like to be at the Panama Pacific International Exposition 100 years ago as you watch a film and light installation and stroll the Palace of Fine Arts grounds.
At the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco 94123. Free.
US Economic Outlook in 2015
Feb. 25, at 6:30-7:30 pm
Jason Furman, chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, discusses factors and trends shaping the economy, the prospects for growth, and public policy decisions.
At the World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., San Francisco 94108. Tickets free-$20.
sf|noir Wine & Food Festival
Feb. 25–March 1
Highlighting black cuisine, culture and the arts during Black History Month, this festival includes a jazz brunch, cooking demonstrations, a shrimp and grits taste-off, discussion of food, art and technology and spoken-word performances.
At various venues in San Francisco and Oakland. Ticket prices vary.