11 Things to Do This Week: Shroom Night at Cal Academy, Delfina Pops up + More
Don't miss this week's Cal Academy nightlife party, Fungus Among Us. (Sheila Sund, via Flickr)

11 Things to Do This Week: Shroom Night at Cal Academy, Delfina Pops up + More


This week holds some far-out events.

Get ready for a night of mushrooms (eating, drinking and foraging), Egyptian belly dancing, and some major art shows.

Monday, Jan. 8th

Fresh Festival @ Joe Goode Annex

When: 8pm

Where: Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St. (Mission)

Why: You'll experience cutting-edge live art, dance and music in this four-week festival. // Tickets $25-$35 (per night) are available at joegoode.org.

Monday, Jan. 8th

Learn Egyptian Style Belly Dance @ Alonzo King Lines Ballet

When: 6pm

Where: Alonzo King Lines Ballet, 26 7th St. #5 (SoMa)

Why: You'll learn the fundamentals of Egyptian raqs (dance) movement, posture and technique if you're a beginner; for more seasoned belly dancer, the 7pm advanced class focuses on strengthening and refining techniques as well as expanding your knowledge of rhythms and songs. // Tickets ($15) are available at dancecenter.linesballet.org.

Monday, Jan. 8th

Delfina Pops up @ The Old Farina

When: Through Thursday, Jan. 11th

Where: 3560 18th St. (Mission)

Why: While Delfina is closed for renovations, you can order some of your usual favorites for lunch and dinner, including pizzas, from the restaurant's pop-up inside the recently shuttered Farina space, just down the block on 18the Street. Keep your eyes peeled for daily guest sommeliers and bartenders. // delfinasf.com

Tuesday, January 9th

Sandwiches, Shakes & Cakes @ Sweets Inspirations

When: 9am to 9pm daily

Where: 2239 Market St. (Upper Market)

Why: Because you're still secretly a Top Chef fan. The show's well known local alum chef Ryan Scott and sandwich god Ike Shehadeh have quietly opened Sweet Inspirations, a new bakery and restaurant slinging fried chicken sandos, burgers, desserts and more. // instagram.com/sweetssf

Wednesday, Jan. 10th

Savory Macarons, Meet Wine

When: 7 to 9pm

Where: Russian Hill address will be revealed to ticket holders.

Why: When else will you taste exotic wasabi-grapefruit or saffron-and-caramelized-pistachio macarons paired with vino? // Tickets ($39) are available at eatfeastly.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 10th

Opening Party @ Kaya

When: 6 to 9pm

Where: 1420 Market St. (Civic Center)

Why: Because Daniel Patterson is doing Jamaican food, that's why. But that's not all: He's teamed with the master, Nigel Jones of Oakland's Kingston 11, to open Kaya, a Jamaican restaurant and rum bar, in the former Alta space on Market Street. Celebrate with small bites and cocktails to benefit the Cooking Project. // Tickets ($60-$80) are available at eventbrite.com.

Thursday, Jan. 11th

Fungus Among Us @ California Academy of Sciences

When: 6 to 10pm

Where: Cal Academy, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park)

Why: Because mushrooms forever. Get the knowledge on how and where to forage, tasty earthy shroom-infused cocktails, and cultivate your own mushrooms to take home. // Tickets ($15 per person; $12 for members) are available at calacademy.org.

Thursday, Jan. 11th

Automat Burger Pop-up @ Triple Voodoo Brewery

When: 6pm until they sell out.

Where: 2245 Third St. (Dogpatch)

Why: Since Lazy Bear isn't so friendly to those with budget-related resolutions, you can taste a delicious double-smashed cheeseburger (with pimento cheese special sauce)) from one of the fancy restaurant's alums, Matt Kirk. Pair it with a Triple Voodoo IPA and stick around for trivia night. // automatsf.com

Friday, Jan. 12th

Fog Design + Art Fair @ Fort Mason

When: 9am to 6pm, January 11-14

Where: 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina)

Why: With art world luminaries gathered from around the world, Fog Fair is the place to be for culture vultures in the know. Be on the lookout for our favorite works of art. // Tickets ($25) are available at eventbrite.com;fogfair.com.

Saturday, Jan. 13th

Learn to Cook Tamales @ The Civic Kitchen

When: 10am to 2pm

Where: 2961 Mission St. (Mission)

Why: You've resolved to eat out less and cook more. What better way to dig in than with a four-hour lesson in handmade tamales ($145) at new cooking school Civic Kitchen. Check the schedule online for one-off classes and six-week courses. // civickitchensf.com

Sunday, Jan. 16th

The East Cut Art Fair in SoMa

When: 10am to 5pm

Where: 160 Spear St. (Embarcadero)

Why: Because even though you refuse to call this swath of SoMa the "East Cut," you have art fair FOMO. Check out contemporary art curated by four Bay Area galleries: Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (Oakland), George Lawson Gallery (SF), Seager Gray Gallery (Mill Valley) and Slate Contemporary (Oakland). Shop small collectibles from local makers and large-scale pieces from national and internationally acclaimed artists. // theeastcut.org

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