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Go Wild on Safari in Santa Rosa

Looking for a way to spend your weekend now that the sun has hopefully peeked its head back out to stay? Well, look no further than California's own safari park.

Yes, you read that correctly: Safari park. In California. You no longer have to travel 30 hours on a plane to Africa to experience its wildlife firsthand. Because located in the outskirts of Santa Rosa is the 400-acre Safari West, one of Northern California's best kept secrets.

Live Long and Prosper at the Star Trek Convention

This weekend, the Westin St. Francis will be full of Klingons and Vulcans with the return of the Creation Entertainment's Star Trek Convention.

Beginning Saturday morning and going through Sunday evening, there will be a host of all things Star Trek-related: videos, panels, photo discussions, auctions, autograph sessions and tributes.

The event's captains William Shatner and Patrick Stewart, as well as a handful of other celebrities (hint: other past Star Trek actors and their fellow sci-fi players), will even be joining in on the fun.

Michelle Tea Wants You to Perform Your Life

Acclaimed author Michelle Tea is one of SF's great characters, a queer role model whose quirky writing, including four memoirs and regular pieces for The Believer and McSweeney's, reflects a wide range of interests. She's also a performance-art fan who revived the all-girl tour Sister Spit, touring the world with her multi-gendered incarnation "Sister Spit: The Next Generation." Having made some fascinating art out of the workings of her own life, Tea is now offering a chance for aspiring writers and performers to learn memoir-based performance from her in an intensive workshop. Open to artists of all ages, mediums, and levels who are comfortable with public performance, "Performing Your Life" aims to find middle ground between the worlds of performance and text.

Kevin Dillon to Headline Infusion Lounge's Anniversary

The ultra-swank Union Square nightclub Infusion Lounge is turning one this Friday night, and they're celebrating with a lot of drama: Johnny Drama, to be exact. Kevin Dillon, who plays Drama (the fame-loving older brother of Adrian Grenier's superstar Vince) on HBO's Entourage, will be the guest host at the anniversary party, which will also feature DJ Echo, DJ Crooked, and other "surprise celebrity guests" promised by the club. We imagine that they'll have plenty of champagne and smiles for the SF entourages who show up. Want to meet Dillon and celebrate the occasion? Infusion is offering a half-off guestlist if you sign up in advance, allowing partiers in the know to get in the door for $20.

Win a Cal Academy Platinum Tour!


Everyone knows the Cal Academy is rad. It's the greenest museum on earth and it houses some bad-ass penguins. We're giving away two tickets to their rockin' Platinum Behind-the-Scenes Tour, which gets you past the lines and into the Planetarium (reserved seats! hawt) and the Rainforest. We smell a pretty impressive date! To win, watch the video and answer the following questions in the comments. We'll pick a person who gets them all right to win! (Fine print: All Platinum Behind-the-Scenes Tour participants must be 8 and over).

 

 

 

Ready, Set, Rejuvenate! Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend

Need to jump start those New Year's yoga resolutions? Then head to rejuvenation station - Lake Tahoe - for their Wellness Weekend, running Jan. 29 through 31 at the plush, lakeside Hyatt Regency. The weekend's ideal for both yoga enthusiasts and those who want to get more down with their downward dog.

Travel Etiquette Tips from a Local Writer

When San Francisco etiquette coach Lisa Grotts travels, she abides by the John Steinbeck quote "A journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you can control it." While on a radio media tour a few years back, Grotts spent so much time in major airports, she began to notice a plethora of travel faux pas, "luggage carts crashing into the shins of others; angry, unhappy passengers; passengers in coach placing their luggage in first, etc. I wrote my first chapter [of the guide] that week!" she says. In November, her compilation of all her travel knowledge, "A Traveler's Passport to Etiquette" hit the shelves.

Heavenly Welcomes "Snowcial" Media Innovators

Sixty or so tech enthusiasts traveled from all over the country--and as far away as London--to convene in Stateline this weekend to discuss the evolution of social media at the second annual Tahoe Snowcial summit. Bay Area native and music mogul MC Hammer, an innovator himself in the online realm, came out to speak as the keynote on social media's promising future.

SFO Goes Vegas

Next time you're stuck at San Francisco airport trying to kill time before your flight, consider hitting the slots. No, the airport has not morphed into a full-fledged casino, but it has introduced an exhibit, For Amusement Only: Slot Machines and Other Gambling Devices of the Mechanical Age, that illustrates the technological and artistic innovations of mechanical gambling machines.

Exploratorium After Dark: An Easy "Resolution"

If you're anything like us, you've got a dose of the post-holiday blues, perhaps compounded by stomach-rumbling from that new diet or the nicotine shakes. Luckily, there's one resolution in 2010 that's easy to keep: "Resolution" is the theme of Thursday's Exploratorium After Dark, the science discovery museum's series of events targeted at an adult crowd. This resolution, however, refers not to that promise to hit the gym more often, but to the basis of perception: the fine differences that allow us to perceive a variety of tastes, touches, and smells (and that probably got us into trouble with all those donuts and cigarettes in the first place).

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