March Events in San Francisco

A Calendar of Things to Do & See - March 2015

Women's History Month Awards
March 3, at 3:30-6:45 pm
To mark Women's History Month, the Board of Supervisors, District Attorney George Gascón and the Commission on the Status of Women pay tribute to San Francisco's Woman of the Year and honorees from each of the 11 supervisorial districts.
At San Francisco City Hall, 1 Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Free. 

Magnolias by Moonlight
March 5, 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. 

Unplug SF
March 6, at 7 pm-12:30 am
Celebrate National Day of Unplugging at a "digital detox" party of old-fashioned face-to-face fun, including arts and crafts, board games, dancing, storytelling, live music, typewriters and a massage lounge. No-nos for the night: shop talk, networking, phones and digital technology (you can check your devices at the door). 
At Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway St., San Francisco 94133. Tickets $15-25. Ages 21+.

CAAMFeast Awards: Stories, Food & You
March 7, at 6 pm
The Masumoto peach farmers of the fourth-generation. Fresno-area Masumoto Family Farm, Danielle Chang, founder of LUCKYRICE, and Bay Area chef Tim Luym of Attic Restaurant are honored at this benefit for the Center for Asian American Media.

Appetizers and drinks from Hakkasan, Chino and elsewhere, plus a live auction.
At One Kearny Club, 23 Geary St., San Francisco 94108. Tickets: $175, 200.

SFUSD Arts Festival 
Through March 8
A festival saluting the artistic creativity of San Francisco’s school kids. Includes performances by school choirs, bands, orchestras, drama and dance groups, film screenings, poetry and story readings and an exhibit of artworks by 2,000 students.

A March 5 evening ceremony honors teachers and others who’ve made significant contributions to arts education.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102. Free.

Sunday Streets
March 8, at 11 am-4 pm 
This popular city program, which bars cars from busy thoroughfares and turns them over to pedestrians and human–powered wheels, starts a new season. Run, bike, skate and enjoy rock climbing, live music, dance and circus performances, displays by the Exploratorium and SF MOMA and lots more.
At the Embarcadero between Fisherman‘s Wharf and AT&T Park, San Francisco. Free.

Women, the City and the 1915 World's Fair
March 10, at 6 pm
A panel of authors and professors examines the politics of women and gender in 1915 San Francisco. At the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in September 1915, activists campaigned for women’s suffrage and held the world’s first women voters’ convention.
At the California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., San Francisco 94105. Tickets free, $5.

CAAMFest
March 12-22
Presented by the Center for Asian American Media, this festival is the former San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival plus off-screen offerings, such as concerts by hip-hop artists.

Films include opening night’s Seoul Searching, a Korean Breakfast Club that premiered at Sundance; Arthur Dong’s documentaries about Chinatown nightclubs and about Oscar-winner and Khmer Rouge survivor Haing Ngor; a documentary about ping-pong-playing teens hoping to make the U.S. Olympic Team; and titles from 20 other countries.
At various venues in San Francisco and the East Bay. Ticket prices vary.

Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival 
March 14, at 8 pm
Nine local a capella groups, with names like Business Casual and Butter Babes, perform tonight. Only one will be chosen to represent the Bay Area and sing against seven other U.S. regional champs in the national finals, held in May in San Rafael.
At the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. Tickets $29.95, 34.50.

San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
March 15, at 10 am-6 pm
Sample the wares of dozens of chocolatiers and confectioners, as well as some wineries and non-chocolate food vendors.

Demos and talks cover topics like cake decorating and pairing chocolate with liquor.
At Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, San Francisco 94123. Tickets $10-30.

Persian New Year Festival
March 17, at 6-10 pm 
On the last Tuesday of winter, celebrate the Persian New Year by jumping over a bonfire and indulging in Persian food, music and kids’ games. Cultural organizations and craft vendors will be on hand.
At the Persian Center, 2029 Durant Ave., Berkeley 94704. Free.

A Child Like Me: Yuki Morishima in Conversation with Tatsu Aoki
March 19, at 7–8:30 pm
Musician, filmmaker and professor Tatsu Aoki talks about his extraordinary background of growing up in his grandmother’s geisha house in Tokyo. His education in geisha culture influenced his music and his later artistic pursuits. Aoki’s talk, moderated by the Asian Art Museum’s assistant curator of Japanese art, is in conjunction with the exhibit Seduction: Japan’s Floating World.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102. Free with museum admission.

Art Explosion Spring Open Studios
March 20-22 
Art Explosion Studios, an artists’ collective, opens its doors. About 100 artists display their paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture and fashion designs and answer your questions.
At Art Explosion Studios, 2425 17th St. and 744 Alabama St., San Francisco. Free. 

Rev. James Lawson
March 21, at 7 pm
Credited with introducing nonviolence to Martin Luther King, Jr., Lawson speaks as part of a lecture series presented by the Martin Luther King Jr.  Freedom Center. Lawson also helped organize the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Freedom Rides and the 1963 March on Washington.
At First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 3601 Telegraph Ave., Oakland 94609. Free; call (510) 434-3988 to RSVP. 

Merola Goes to the MoviesManon
March 22, at 1 pm
See Staatskapelle Berlin’s production of this passionate story, in which the sheltered Manon Lescaut falls deeply in love while headed to a convent. Before the screening, a representative of the Merola Opera Program, San Francisco Opera's training program, talks about the opera. 
At the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102. Free.

Dance Anywhere
March 27, at 12 pm
At noon, stop whatever you’re doing and break into a dance (tapping your foot or bobbing your head counts). You’ll join thousands of people throughout the world doing the same at the same time. This global, simultaneous public art performance is meant to build community and inspire creativity. Professional dancers will be dancing at places like San Francisco’s The Foundry, Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Gardens and Crissy Field and the Oakland Museum of California. 

Whiskies of the World
March 28, at 6-9 pm
Taste hundreds of whiskies from all over the globe and other spirits like gin, rum and cognac, talk to distillers,  learn about mixology and try pairings with food and with cigars.
On the SF Belle yacht, Pier 3, San Francisco 94111. Tickets $125, 155.

Earth Hour
March 28, at 8:30-9:30 pm
Turn off your lights for one hour to symbolize your support for a sustainable world. Earth Hour started as a light-off event in Sydney in 2007, organized by WWF, and has grown into a grassroots movement in more than 160 countries and territories worldwide. 

Digital Generation: How Technology is Shaping Our Youth
March 31, at 6:30-9:15 pm
American kids are consuming videos, games, movies, advertising, Facebook and other media at an ever-increasing rate. Jim Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media, discusses the impacts on children and what should and can be done. The evening includes a reception, a gift and a raffle drawing.
At the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley 94941. Tickets $75.