It's been quite a year for Conan O'Brien. He got ousted from the venerable Tonight Show timeslot and traded barbs with network execs and Leno. On the upside, he quickly rebounded with free publicity and a strong following of Team Coco supporters. (We're sure the $32 million settlement with NBC didn't hurt.) How will loyal fans survive until his lanky frame returns to primetime on TBS this October? Along the route of Conan's live comedy tour, which stops at the Nob Hill Masonic Center for two performances Apr. 22-23. Featuring an opening act by comedy beat-boxer Reggie Watts and a collection of skits old and new, the nearly sold-out tour is proof that Conan will be around ... in the year 3000.
It's official: The Snuggie craze has finally gotten out of control. Much like Dippin' Dots and songs such as Chumbawamba's "I Get Knocked Down," the wearable blanket trend will reach its prime at a Major League Baseball game. Thanks to a Giants promotion at AT&T Park on Apr. 23, lucky fans will receive logo-printed fleece pullovers (best—and most hilariously—represented here in a photo shoot with pitcher Tim Lincecum). Call it marketing genius or a byproduct of the recession, it seems like this trend—sleeves and all—is here to stay.
Oh, Canada. We applaud you, mighty neighbor to the north. What other country would install a zipline ride at the Embarcadero and charge nothing to fly 680 feet across Justin Herman Plaza? Constructed as a tourism promotion for British Columbia, the ride will send thrillseekers gliding over fountains, art sculptures and, of course, plenty of pigeons from Apr. 8-18. The festivities kick off today with free aboriginal dance performances, a 3D art installation and an interactive video wall of the Great White North. But, really, the allure is in the Ziptrek Ecotours zipline, which starts off on an 80-foot tower and (have we mentioned?) is free. And for that, Canada, we'll stand on guard—or on a platform—for thee.
We're still sad that the Hunky Jesus Contest got rained out on Easter, but there's another Dolores Park tradition returning to make up for it: movie night. Starting tonight at dusk with the iconic '80s flick Back to the Future, join a mob of Mission moviegoers for a series of free screenings every second Thursday of the month through October. Bring a blanket, a friend and a few bucks for popcorn (or a Tamale Lady treat), and revel in the fact that you're not shelling out $10.50 for the newest Jennifer Aniston chick-flick. Extra points for arriving via floating skateboard or DeLorean.
Starting Apr. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Dolores Park, doloresparkmovie.org
It looks like the popular Shoebox Studio—a dance, fitness and performing arts venue in the Mission—has outgrown its namesake and its digs. This weekend, the body-positive community center moves into a new location on Folsom with more square-footage for classes, rehearsal space and a new artistic residency for emerging choreographers. The payoff: More opportunities to practice your Afro-Brazilian martial arts at a capoeira class or perfect your hip swivel during a belly dancing session. To celebrate your impending smooth moves, join local band Rhubarb Whiskey and a collection of worldly performers for a silent auction and gala on Apr. 3.
864 Folsom St., 415-861-5976, shoeboxsf.com
Forget London. Northern California was where real punk rock emerged. Well, at least for Joe Sib, frontman of L.A.-based punk band Wax and co-owner of the indie label Side One Dummy Records (think Flogging Molly and Gogol Bordello). In his live, one-man show "California Calling" at the Punchline Apr. 6, Sib recalls—with reckless and enthusiastic nostalgia—growing up punk in NorCal. One part stand-up comedy, the other a look back at adolescent antics (house parties, Bad Religion concerts and skate parks), this show is a reminder that some stories get better with age.
Apr. 6 at Punchline, 444 Battery St., 415-397-7573, punchlinecomedyclub.com
Oh, St. Patrick’s Day. How we love your lucky leprechaun jigs, green beer and authentic Irish pinching traditions.
To celebrate this debaucherous holiday, we’re holding another 7x7 Flash Mob, so grab those camera phones and snap whatever you’re doing throughout the day on March 17. Sitting on the sidelines of the parade? Guzzling pints at the pub? Eating a killer plate of corned beef and cabbage? Just email your photo to our Flickr group at firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on 7x7’s site. Be sure to include a title in the subject line and a short description of where you are with your email address in the body (so we can let you know when your photo's up and if you've won a $100 gift certificate to Harris’ restaurant).
We hate moving. Unless, of course, we’re not doing the heavy lifting and there are discounts involved. San Francisco’s messenger-bag favorite Timbuk2 is relocating their Mission facility around the corner and they’re planning to pack lightly. Which means this Saturday, March 13 a mix of older season styles and one-of-a-kind designs of their durable messenger bags, urban backpacks and accessories will be 50-70% off. You read that right. Stop by from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for that patterned bike bag you’ve been eyeing (only at a fraction of the cost).
333 Alabama St., 800-865-2513, timbuk2.com
Been looking for a reason to check out the New People arts center in Japantown? Stop by the complex’s underground Viz Cinema Mar. 6-9 for the Artist Series Festival Vol. 1, a collection of six films documenting contemporary artists living and working in Japan. Notables include painter Hisashi Tenmyouya, whose blending of traditional Japanese painting techniques (think gold leafing and cherry blossoms) with modern graphics (ala armored soccer players and robotic ninjas) have earned him the nickname Hip-Hop-Samurai. In addition to three U.S. premieres, three films will be returning due to popular demand, including Traveling with Yoshitomo Nara, an up-close look at the renowned modern artist’s world tour.