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15 Fun Things: Sip stiff drinks by strong women, take a wildflower tour + more events this week

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This week, catch an Oakland A's game for free, see epic spring blooms at the SF Botanical Garden, learn to make your own kimchi, and more.

Have good one!


Learn to make kimchi at Oaktown Spice Shop on Tuesday.

Monday, April 16: Amadeus With SF Symphony

When: 7:30pm

Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Hayes Valley)

Why: Watch a screening of the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus, and take in Mozart's final years while listening to live accompaniment of the film's original soundtrack by the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus. // Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org.


Monday, April 16-18: La Cocina Conference

When: Multiple times

Where: Multiple locations

Why: Join the conversation and learn how food can be an engine for economic development and simultaneously serve as a lens to view race, class, and gender. Explore hidden entrepreneurial corners and participate in walking tours where you'll learn about what the food industry can accomplish. There'll also be an evening welcome opening reception as well as guest speakers including restauranteur Preeti Mistry, activist Shakirah Simley , journalist Naomi Starkman, amongst many more. // lacocinaconference.org


Tuesday, April 17: Turning Art Into a Career

When: 6:30pm to 8pm

Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (SoMa), somarts.org

Why: Join a 90-minute artist professional development workshop with ArtSpan's Executive Director, Joen Madonna and pick up some new business, exhibition, and community skills as well as insights on the art scene in San Francisco. // RSVP at eventbrite.com.


Tuesday, April 17: Make Kimchi

When: 7:15pm to 9:15pm

Where: Oaktown Spice Shop, 546 Grand Ave. (Oakland), oaktownspiceshop.com

Why: Learn to make stuffed cucumber kimchi with seasonal veggies and easy to find ingredients. Oakland-based food blogger and stylist, Selina Lee will provide a cooking demo as well as offer hands on experience. Afterwards, you can take home some kimchi along with an essential kimchi spice kit. There will be drinks and light bites through the evening. // Tickets ($75) are available at eventbrite.com.


Tuesday, April 17: See the Oakland A's for Free

When: 7pm

Where: Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way (Oakland)

Why: On April 17, 1968, the Athletics played their first game in Oakland. Now, 50 years later, they're celebrating with free tickets for their game against the Chicago White Sox. Also, parking is free on Tuesdays. // Snag tickets at mlb.com.


Wednesday, April 18: LOL at Real Dating Stories

When: 7pm to 9pm

Where: The Royale, 800 Post St. (TenderNob), theroyalesf.com

Why: Because dating can be a weird, awkward experience. Laugh and cry as you listen to professional storytellers share true dating stories that are oh so relatable. The Story Party world tour has sold out to audiences in Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Warsaw, Berlin, Helsinki, Istanbul and more. If you want to tell your own story, you can either write it on an anonymous confession slip to be read out loud; or ask the host to tell it yourself. // Tickets ($20) are available at eventbrite.com.


Wednesday, April 18-20: Get Free Ice Cream

When: Multiple times

Where: Multiple locations

Why: You can now gorge on your favorite sweet treat guilt free as Chilly Cow is touring across the U.S. to share their lower calorie, protein-packed ice cream. Head to one of their select locations in SF to get free half pint samples. They'll be serving up a multitude of yummy flavors like brown butter salted caramel, chocolate brownie batter, chocolate chip cookie dough, and vanilla graham swirl. Today they'll be outside of Pinterest (651 Brannan St., SoMa) from 12pm to 3pm, and Equinox (2055 Union St., Pacific Heights) from 4pm to 6pm. // chillycow.com


Wednesday, April 18: Unknown Tenderloin

When: 2pm to 3pm

Where: Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St. (Tenderloin), tenderloinmuseum.org

Why: Take a guided walking tour of the TL and see the SRO where Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Sugar Ray Robinson boxed, key sites in the launching of San Francisco's gay and lesbian civil rights movement, and where the Grateful Dead and Miles Davis recorded albums. // Tickets ($10-$15) are available at eventbrite.com.


Wednesday, April 18: A Night of Strong Drinks by Strong Women

When: 5:30pm to 8pm

Where: One Ferry Building Plaza (The Embarcardero)

Why: Join Cuesa and celebrate women bartenders and chefs who are on the forefront of sustainability, equity and innovation in San Francisco. Enjoy full-sized cocktails and unlimited sample-sized drinks from female bartenders and mixologists including Michelle Madrigal from Cala, Candice Jae from Mosto, Elisa Prado from 15 Romolo. There'll also be bites from Amy Brown from Marla Bakery, Bini Pradhan from Bini's Kitchen, Janina O'Leary from The Saratoga, and more. // Tickets ($55-$65) are available at eventbrite.com.


Thursday, April 19: Dinner and Death

When: 7pm

Where: Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St. (Upper Market)

Why: Delve into death with in-depth discussions from three distinct perspectives—Larry Harvey, renowned public intellectual and founder of Burning Man; the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, founding director of the Dalai Lama Center for ethics and transformative values at MIT; and Michael Hebb, founder of Death Over Dinner and author Let's Talk About Death (to be released in October 2018). // Tickets ($12-$15) are available at eventbrite.com.


Thursday, April 19: Find Wellness Through Travel

When: 6pm to 8pm

Where: Prana Store, 1928 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), prana.com

Why: From everyday obstacles to faraway travels, three experts in the travel industry cover a range of topics in a discussion on using breath work and cold exposure to reduce stress in everyday life, how the pursuit of adventure big or small improves lives in unexpected ways, and stretches, nutrition, and travel hacks for the best trip. Prana will also be offering 25% off all merch in the shop. // RSVP at eventbrite.com.


Thursday, April 19: Jacques Pepin at the Farmer's Market

When: 11am to 11:45am

Where: One Ferry Building Plaza (The Embarcardero)

Why: Stop by the Cuesa classroom for a special cooking demo by the legend himself Jacques Pepin. The demo will include dishes inspired by the spring (asparagus, peas, ramps etc), and will be followed by a book signing in the Sur La Table store inside the Ferry Building Marketplace featuring Pepin's latest books, including A Grandfather's Lessons and My Menus: Remembering Meals with Friends and Family. // cuesa.org


Friday, April 20: Get High

When: 10am to 8pm

Where: Harborside, 1840 Embarcadero (Oakland),

Why: Harborside is throwing a bash for ganja day and will have cannabis vendors on site and lots of specials and deals. They even have wellness consultants to help guide you through your needs. // RSVP at eventbrite.com.


Saturday, April 21: Epic Spring Blooms

When: 11am to 12:30pm

Where: San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave. (Golden Gate Park)

Why: See the best of the season on a guided tour at the SF Botanical Garden. Each tour is unique to the curator, but each promises to show you some of the wildest blooms. // Tickets ($23-$25) are available at eventbrite.com.


Saturday, April 21: Nigella Lawson at Omnivore

When: 3pm to 4pm

Where: 3885a Cesar Chavez St. (Noe Valley), omnivorebooks.com

Why: Join the television personality and home cook goddess herself Nigella Lawson as she reads and shares stories from her newest book At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking. The book features approachable recipes she loves to cook for her friends and family everyday that don't require a ton of technique or expertise. Did we mention Nigella will be there?


Sunday, April 22: Historic Garden Gala

When: 4pm to 6pm

Where: Pardee Historic Home Museum, 672 11th St. (Oakland)

Why: Pardee is turning 150 and throwing a party. Spend an afternoon at the sunny garden gala with food and live music. You can also see the recent facelift the house received on the ground floor. // Tickets ($50) are available at pardeehome.org.

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