Look out for Lobsterdamus at this Friday's return of Off the Grid at Fort Mason. (Courtesy of @offthegridsf)

17 Fun Things: Off the Grid, Women's History Month + More Bay Area Events

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Celebrate Women's History Month with a series of smart events including That Lady Thing 2.0; eat to your heart's content at the return of Off the Grid; party like it's Mardi Gras; hit up a pig roast; and do some Sunday sunset yoga.

Have a great week!


Monday, March 4th

HerStory: Women's History Month Series

When: Throughout March

Where: SF Main Library, 100 Larkin St. (Civic Center), sfpl.org

This phenomenal women-centric series will feature talks, films, performances, and more at libraries across San Francisco. Look out for topics including women rockers of the '60s and '70s and immigrant women in California; learn to soul line dance; and catch a show by the Devil-Ettes—and then learn how to dance. Also stop by the main library to view the exhibit Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman, a collection of drawings and pieces by Robbin Légère Henderson. // Click over for the full schedule of events.


Emporium opens in Oakland.

When: 4pm to 2am weekdays, 2pm to 2am on weekends

Where: Emporium Oakland, 1805 Telegraph Avenue (Oakland), emporiumsf.com

East Bayers can now get their game on with plenty of pinball, pool, arcade games, and air hockey at the new Oakland outpost of the Divisadero Street hotspot, Emporium.


Support Women-Powered Restaurants

Where: Online via Caviar. trycaviar.com

In time for Women's History Month, Pineapple Collective has partnered with Caviar to celebrate women in food via nomtastic deliveries. But in a delicious twist, the collaboration will last all year long. Head over to Caviar to browse and purchase meals from local lady rockstar chefs.

Tuesday, March 5th

Party like it's Mardi Gras.

When: 6pm

Where: Town Hall, 342 Howard St. (SoMa), townhallsf.com

Channel your inner party animal for a southern-themed Mardi Gras celebration. All you can eat and drink tickets get you endless pours of Louisiana hurricane cocktails, caipirinhas, wine, and Abita beer, plus access to a raw bar, gumbo, shrimp 'n' grits, a crawfish boil and, of course, an epic king cake. But it's not a real Mardi Gras party without a live band, samba dancers, face painting, beads, and masks. // Tickets ($85 online, $110 at the door) are available on townhallsf.com.


Pig Roast & Picnic

When: Seatings at 6pm and 8pm

Where: Starbelly, 3583 16th St. (Castro), starbellysf.com

Starbelly's chef is putting together another massive feast, this time featuring a whole-roasted Devil's Gulch Ranch pig. Sides include arugula and fennel salad, porchetta-spiced charred broccoli, milled corn cheddar cheese grits, garlic rolls, and berry cobbler. Beer, wine, and cocktails will be available by the glass. // Tickets ($45) can be purchased on eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, March 6th

Moongate Lounge is open!

When: 5pm to 11pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Where: Moongate Lounge, 28 Waverly Place (Chinatown), moongatelounge.com

Fans of Mister Jiu's have eagerly anticipated the opening of Moongate Lounge, a seductive, pink-velvet-swathed drinking enclave tucked above the restaurant. The moody space is offering a selection of natural wines and six rotating cocktails based on the Chinese lunar calendar, as well as six house drinks named after moons. For food, chef Brandon Jew is turning out small plates of king crab Rangoon, egg foo young, and four seas banquet chicken.


The Beat Generation Exhibition

When: 11am to 6pm, Wednesdays through Sundays

Where: The Beat Generation Exhibition, 54 Washington St. (Jack London Square), visitoakland.com

Explore a new art exhibit highlighting the life and work of abstract expressionist painter Arthur Monroe, the Oakland Cannery–based artist credited with pioneering the live-work artist studio who is soon to be inducted into the Smithsonian Institute of African American History and Culture. This exhibit, curated by his son, Alistair, features a selection of sculptures, photography, drawings, and paintings, and is free to visit.

Thursday, March 7th

Fiorella opens in Russian Hill.

When: 5pm to 10pm Sunday through Thursday: 5pm to 11pm Friday and Saturday

Where: 2238 Polk St. (Russian Hill), fiorella-sf.com

If you love the restaurant but have a hard time journeying to the Outer Richmond, you can now get a taste of some of the city's best pizza and pasta at Fiorella's second location on Polk Street, opening tonight. Pop over for a delicious selection of Italian eats including two new menu items: calzones with seasonal fillings (think broccolini with provolone), and housemade ricotta cavatelli al chicken sugo. Don't miss the spaghetti alla cacio e pepe—a 2019 Big Eat pick!


Natural Wine Dinner

When: 5:30pm to 11pm

Where: Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission St. (Mission), foreigncinema.com

If you're interested in natural wines, head to Foreign Cinema dinner tonight with winemaker Hardy Wallace of Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery. He'll walk you through his minimally altered varietals. Enjoy flights and a special a la carte menu to pair with these organically farmed wines. // Reservations available via OpenTable.

Friday, March 8th

That Lady Thing.

(Sarah Chorey)

Off the Grid is back!

When: 5pm to 10pm

Where: Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), offthegrid.com

Our favorite end-of-the-week meet-up spot returns with the usual slew of 30-plus rotating vendors, live music and DJs, plus a new design that channels night market vibes—think lanterns and neon signs, plus a wind wall and fire pits to keep you cozy. Keep an eye out for Horn Barbecue, joining the OtG lineup this season with droolworthy brisket and smoked meats. We're also pumped for the return of Anthony Myint's Mission Street Food and the addition of Lobsterdamus. Come hungry. // Free to attend, food priced a la carte. VIP Tasting Ticket ($25 for 4 tastes) are available online.


That Lady Thing

When: 4pm to 10pm Friday; noon to 6pm Saturday; and noon to 5pm Sunday

Where: Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St. (Tenderloin), phoenixsf.com

What better way to celebrate International Women's Day than at a fempowered pop-up art installation (remember last year's tit pit?). The art will come from women-founded creative company Cogs & Marvel and individual artists including Raisa Yavneh, Dance Brigade, and Dwoira Galilea. A portion of proceeds will benefit the National Women's Law Center. // Admission is for adults 21+ on Friday and Saturday, and everyone 14 and up on Sunday; tickets ($29) are available on showclix.com.


A Club Called Rhonda

When: 9:30pm to 3:30am

Where: The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (SoMa), thegreatnorthernsf.com

L.A. transplants may recognize the name of the 21st century dance party A Club Called Rhonda. Self-defined as "polysexual hard partying" and all about "passion, pleasure, possibility," this promises to be a wild event. Fashion is also a pillar of these parties, so make sure to bring your A game. // Tickets ($15) are available on eventbrite.com.

Saturday, March 9th

It's all-you-can free pancakes at Mezzanine tonight.

(Photo by Jessica Castro)


B-Side Brunch

When: 11am to 2:30pm

Where: The Alice Collective, 272 14th St. (Oakland), thealicecollective.com

Head to this dreamy event space for a boozy morning fueled by bottomless mimosas and a DJ dance party. This East Bay enclave will be doing a full brunch pop-up with a biscuit bar with fried chicken, smoked brisket hash, smothered tots, frittatas, and pastries. Hot beats and biscuits? We're in. // Tickets ($55) can be found on eventbrite.com.


Culinary Clash

When: 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Nob Hill Club, 999 California St. (Nob Hill), intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com

This annual student chef competition and fundraiser is set to go down at Nob Hill Club; expect a meal planned, cooked, and presented by City College culinary students. Winners will receive scholarship funds, and part of the proceeds will benefit the Chuck Williams, Williams-Sonoma Foundation Scholarship Fund. // Book reservations for dinner at intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com. Can't make this one? There's another dinner on March 23rd.


Pancakes & Booze Art Show

When: 8pm to 1am

Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St. (SoMa), mezzaninesf.com

Chow all the flapjacks you want from the free pancake bar, wash it down with craft beer, and peruse more than 500 art pieces from more than 100 emerging Bay Area artists. Live body painting and music round out the night. // Tickets ($15) are available at Eventbrite.


Sunday, March 10th

A Very Mardi Brunch

When: 10am to 2:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays throughout March

Where: Alba Ray's, 2293 Mission St. (Mission), albarays.com

Alba Ray's is keeping the Mardi Gras festivities going with a new bottomless brunch menu for the month of March. Head over any weekend for Nola vibes with unlimited eats (Cajun eggs Benedict, jambalaya, and beignets), drinks (frozen Irish coffees, bloody Marys, and mimosas), and live music. // Bottomless brunch is $42 per person with a 90-minute time limit; reservations are encouraged.


Sunday Sunset Yoga

When: 4:30pm to 5:45pm

Where: Baker Beach

Let Outdoor Yoga SF founder Julie Aiello lead you in a very zen end to the week with this soulful flow class set to the sound of crashing waves. BYO mat. // Sign up ($26) at eventbrite.com.

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March Madness With Brooklyn Brewery

When: March 17th through April 8th

Where: Greens Sports Bar, 2239 Polk St. (Russian Hill), facebook.com

Head to Greens to watch any March Madness game and throw back $6 pints of Brooklyn Brewery lager.

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