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This Week's Hottest Events: Hemingway in Cuba, How-To Nightlife, and Mortified

Photo of Cal Academy Nightlife courtesy of Tim Williamson

Arts+Lit

Hemingway in Cuba 

In an intensely illustrated talk, Brad Rosentein will introduce you to the life of Ernest Hemingway in Cuba. Join Rosenstein as he demonstrates how Cuba shaped both Hemingway’s work and life. 

When: 7p.m., Wed. 1/9

Where: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St.

Conversation

The Science of Yoga

Learn about the practice of mindfulness and the benefits of yoga and meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University in this City Arts & Lectures conversation. Kabat-Zinn and McGonigal will go over the Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program and how to use meditation and yoga to combat illness, stress, and chronic pain.

When: 7:30p.m., Wed. 1/9

Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave

Art

Dorothea Tanning

Stop by Wendi Norris Gallery where, for the first time, the entire gallery will be dedicated entirely to one artist, Dorthea Tanning. The gallery will feature over thirty pieces created between 1960 and 1979, during which the Surrealist artist and writer lived, worked, and exhibited in Paris. 

When: Opening reception, 5 - 8p.m., Fri 1/10

Where: Wendi Norris Gallery, 161 Jessie St. 

Music

Wendy Burch

Venture over to the East Bay for a healthy dose of folk, blues, and country music performed by singer songwriter Wendy Burch Steel. Wendy is a 2013 Northern CA Bluegrass Society Nominee for Best Female Vocalist and will be singing from her debut CD Open Wings produced by Grammy-winning Bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis.

When: 8p.m. Thurs. 1/10

Where: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

DIY

How-To Nightlife with San Franpsycho, The Crucible, and SF Brewcraft

Ever wanted to know how to brew the perfect beer, DJ a live set, or screen print your favorite shirt? Come to Cal Academy's “How-To” Nightlife, and they’ll teach you all these things and more.

When: 6 - 10p.m., Thurs. 1/10

Where: California Academy of Science, 55 Music Concourse Dr. 

Comedy

Mortified!

Get mortified this weekend at a one-of-a-kind hilarious experience of listening to the angsty diary entries of teens shared by their original authors. Can’t make it on Friday? They’ll have another last show at 8p.m. on Saturday, 1/12 at Oakland's The Uptown.

When: 7:30p.m. Fri. 1/11

Where: The DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh St.

Film

Alfred Hitchcock: Shape of Suspense Screenings 

Before Hitchcock created his famous American works of the 1940s and 1950s, he was an acclaimed director in Britain where he got his start as a titles designer for silent pictures. Starting on 1/11 lasting through April, BAM/PFA will be holding screenings of British Hitchcock films. The 39 Steps, Sabotage, and The Man Who Knew Too Much will be screened this weekend.

When: 7p.m., Fri. 1/11–Wed. 4/24

Where: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Music

Born This Way Ball: Lady Gaga

All hail Lady Gaga, who will preside over her little monsters from a 50-foot turret atop a medieval-style fortress onstage this month in San Jose. The Born This Way Ball is a five-act pop opera of sorts, complete with surreal human motorcycles, alien invasions, and knights in shining armor. The lady doth change clothes too much: Watch for 14 new costumes  costume-designed by Versace, Moschino, and Armani.

When: 7p.m., Thurs. 1/17

Where: HP Pavilion, 525 West Santa Clara St., San Jose