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This Week's Hottest Events: Red Baraat, Startup Block Party, and Silent Film Fest

Red Baraat

Red Baraat, Photo by Erin Patrice O'Brien

Screening
End of the Line
If you didn't score tickets to see Al Gore at City Arts & Lectures (this show is so sold-out), channel your green instead at this screening brought to you by SPUR + Slow Food. End of the Line investigates solutions to counter the diminishing fish population. Stick around for a panel discussion afterwards.
When: 6 p.m., Tues. 2/12
Where: SPUR, 654 Mission St.

Music
Red Baraat
If you're looking to escape the standard Valentine's Day protocol, prepare your ears from a musical experience. This Brooklyn-based band blends jazz with hip hop and brass funk with North Indian bhangra rhythms and is coming to Slim's for one night only. As part of SF Beer Week, Anchor Brewing Co. will be selling limited speciality beers at the show.
When: 9 p.m., Thurs. 2/14
Where: Slim's, 333 11th St.

Art
"Kehinde Wiley - The World Stage: Israel"
Wiley fuels the conversation about Israeli life today in comparison to its historical roots. He captures the diversity of religion and ethnicity via altered portraits of men in Jerusalem.
When: Thurs. 2/14–Mon. 5/27
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St.

Lunch Break
Startup Block Party
It's time to party with the city's brightest entrepreneurial minds. The startups of SoMa will break from the office for lunch. Stop on by and snag some treats from some of SF's favorite food trucks, including Liba Falafel and FiveTen Burgers.  
When: 11 a.m., Fri. 2/15
Where: Bluxome St., between 4th and 5th

Performance
"Anna Halprin: Parades & Changes"
Iconic choreographer Anna Halprin revamps her revolutionary, post-modern piece for its final performance. Originally choreographed in 1965, Parades & Changes opened up the current BAM/PFA facility in 1970. Prior to each performance, Halprin shuffles dancer and stage crew instructions on cards, making each performance an unrehearsed, problem solving experience. This innovative piece, which was banned by New York City Police, is something that must be seen to be understood.
When: 7:30pm, Fri. 2/15–Sun. 2/17
Where: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Lit
California International Antiquarian Book Fair
Bookworms, collectors, and history buffs—mark your calendars for the 46th annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair. The literary expo draws nearly 200 book dealers peddling works, including medieval manuscripts, maps, first editions, and 16th-century photographs.
When: Fri. 2/15–Sun. 2/17
Where: Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St.

Art
"Without Reality There Is No Utopia"
Over two-dozen international artists come together to explore today's technologic altered reality and its global political effects through a multitude of art forms. On opening day, head over to catch a discussion on the exhibition from its original Spanish perspective and stick around for an evening exhibit reception.
When: Fri. 2/15–Sun. 6/2
Where: YBCA, 701 Mission St.

Film
Silent Film Fest
An entire day of quiet in the Castro could only mean one thing—a silent film festival. The program commences with the 1916 version of Snow White, that once inspired a teenager named Walt Disney, and finishes with the climatic showing of Faust (1926) by German director F.W. Murnau. Each of 7 silent masterpieces will have live accompaniment.
When: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat. 2/16
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.

Conversation
Judith Butler on Gender and Performativity
Expect the unexpected at this discussion with renowned theorist Judith Butler. Listen to this brilliant mind explore contemporary performance within the context of her extensive work on gender, queer, and ethics. The RSVP list to this free event is full, but get there early for the chance at a handful of spots available at the door.
When: 1 p.m., Sat. 2/16
Where: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St.