President Barack Obama hosts the first-ever convention for My Brother's Keeper's Alliance in Oakland this week. (Courtesy of @barackobama)

19 Fun Things: Obama's Star-Studded Convention in Oakland + More Bay Area Events

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    Monday, February 18th

    Celebrate President's Day with a special Monday brunch.

    (Courtesy of El Techo)

    Rooftop Brunchin'

    When: 11am

    Where: El Techo, 2516 Mission St. (Mission), eltechosf.com

    Looking for something to do with your bonus day off? Head to El Techo for a special Monday edition of their popular weekend brunch. Views, margs, and a few plates of huevos rancheros—no case of the Mondays here. // Reservations can be made via opentable.com.


    Museum of 3D Illusions

    When: 10am until midnight

    Where: 55-61 Jefferson St. (North Beach), sfillusions.com

    There's a new Instagramer's paradise in town. Head to the Museum of 3D Illusions for mind-bending backdrops and interactive exhibits from a number of international artists. Photography encouraged. // Tickets ($25) are available at sfillusions.com.

    *Special thanks to our partners at Museum of 3D Illusions San Francisco.

    Tuesday, February 19th

    (Courtesy of Bar Shiru)

    President Obama's in town!

    When: 3pm to 4:30pm Tuesday; 9:30am to 11am and 3:30pm to 5pm Wednesday

    Where: Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr. (Oakland)

    Former President Barack Obama (come back!) joins his pal Steph Curry in The Town this week for the first national convention of My Brother's Keeper's Alliance—the Obama Foundation org that aims to build safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color. The event, dubbed MBK Rising!, will feature speakers including John Legend, Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler, and of course both Curry and President Obama. Attendance for the event is closed, but you can livestream the action for free at obama.org.


    Listen up at Uptown Oakland's new vinyl bar.

    When: 4pm to midnight

    Where: Bar Shiru, 1611 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), barshiru.com

    Inspired by Japan's hi-fi vinyl listening bars, Bar Shiru is your new chill drink spot in Oakland. Bring a date (they can't accommodate large groups) and hope to get a seat; if all tables are full, they'll take your number down and call you when something opens up. Yeah, it's that kind of bar—but in a good way. Just go with the jazz.


    Get some Brown Sugar Kitchen.

    When: 7am to 7pm daily

    Where: Brown Sugar Kitchen, One Ferry Building (Embarcadero), brownsugarkitchen.com

    Devotees of Brown Sugar Kitchen were left hanging when chef Tanya Holland's popular Oakland eatery closed late last year. Luckily for San Franciscans, the city's first outpost of BSK is now open at the Ferry Building. Swing by to get your fried chicken and waffle fix, stat. Don't worry, East Bay-ers: There's another location in the works.

    Wednesday, February 20th

    Spoonfuls of trout roe at Avery.

    (Nick Czap)

    Tindervention: Stand-Up Comedy and Tinder Horror Stories

    When: 8pm, Wednesday and Thursday

    Where: Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Avenue (North Beach), cobbscomedy.com

    No doubt you've heard a hilarious tale or two about online dating mishaps. Head to Cobb's for a comedy show with belly-busting jokes that all singles will relate to. // Tickets ($17) are available at livenation.com.


    A Coastal Cuisine Collab

    When: Dinnertime

    Where: Avery, 1552 Fillmore St. (Fillmore), averysf.com

    2019 Big Eat restaurant Avery is hosting a truly special collaborative dinner tonight, welcoming chef Matthew Kammerer of Mendocino's Harbor House Inn. Expect a 10-course meal crafted with quintessentially California coastal ingredients, plus optional Champagne or sake pairings. // $150 per person; reservations can be made on Tock.

    Thursday, February 21st

    (Courtesy of Niku Steakhouse)

    A Creative Chat

    When: 6pm to 8pm

    Where: Heath, 2900 18th St. (Mission), heathceramics.com

    Creative Growth Magazine co-editors Matt Haber and Kathleen Henderson are on deck to discuss their volunteer-run publication and how they enable artists with disabilities to share their work. The evening includes food from Tartine Manufactory, beer from Fort Point, and a special gift from Aesop. // Tickets ($15) can be purchased on eventbrite.com.


    Steak: It's what's for dinner.

    When: 5:30pm to 10pm

    Where: Niku Steakhouse, 61 Division St. (SoMa), nikusteakhouse.com

    Fans of wagyu and other epic cuts of beef, it's time to head to SoMa to experience the new Niku Steakhouse. Come for all things meat, stay for upscale, intimate vibes and wine. Ask for one of 18 seats at the chef's counter for an up-close view of the action on two grills (one charcoal and one wood-fired) where they're cooking up the likes of 40-day dry-aged imperial wagyu tomahawk; A5 ono NY strip steak; a kurobuta pork chop; and expertly charred veggies. // Reservations can be made via resy.com.

    Friday, February 22nd

    Cannabis Happy Hour

    When: 5pm to 8pm

    Where: Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post St. (Japantown), jdvhotels.com

    Celebrate the end of the week with a very happy hour hosted by NoisePop and Do the Bay. Peruse goods from Greenrush while enjoying a 420-friendly outdoor garden, a live DJ, complimentary bites (think garlic and parsley Kaiju fries), and specialty drinks like The Emerald Triangle (Grey Goose Vodka, Midori muskmelon liqueur, l'Combier orange liqueur). // Free to attend, subject to capacity; for more info, go to dothebay.com.


    Andy Warhol Opening Reception

    When: 5pm to 8pm

    Where: SFAI Fort Mason Campus, 2 Marina Boulevard, Pier 2 (Marina), sfai.edu

    The SFAI is launching a new exhibition series: From the Tower will showcase artwork from the institute's archives, beginning tonight with a selection of Polaroids, black-and-white photographs, and screen prints from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. Can't make it tonight? The show will run through March 24th. // Free to attend, register on eventbrite.com.


    Learn about Italian wine.

    When: 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    Where: SF Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center), sfcooking.com

    Spend an evening learning about the nuanced differences in wines from Italy. Taste your way through six varieties, pick up tips on pairing wine with food, and get a better grasp on how to select wines at a restaurant. // Tickets ($85) can be purchased online.

    Saturday, February 23rd

    Chinese New Year Parade

    When: 6pm to 8pm

    Where: Kearny St. (Chinatown), chineseparade.com

    Get ready for the biggest Chinese New Year parade outside of Asia, complete with lights and lanterns for a fully enchanting evening. More than 100 groups will march down Kearny Street with beautiful floats, costumed performers, lion dancers, and a 288-foot Golden Dragon handled by 180+ martial arts pros. // Tickets ($35) are available on the website.


    TreasureFest is back.

    When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday

    Where: 500 Ave N. (Treasure Island), treasurefest.com

    The 2019 season of the popular TreasureFest has arrived with some fun new upgrades. Expect more than 100 new food vendors, a new astroturf lawn for sprawling, new bars, retro games, DJs, and live music. The fest is now organizing itself into five mini markets, including Artists & Indie Market, Vintage & Antique Market, Specialty Pre-Packaged Food, The Bazaar, and a Food Park. Oh, and the theme this weekend is Mardi Gras, so expect party vibes. // Tickets are $4 online, or $7 at the gate. Kids under 12 are free.


    Cider Bar Grand Opening

    When: Noon to midnight

    Where: Crooked City Cider, 206 Broadway (Oakland), crookedcitycider.com

    Cider has been trending in the city for a while now. But the East Bay has caught on, and now the year's second cider spot is opening its doors. Crooked City Cider is celebrating their new Jack London Square tap shop with a grand opening party. Sip one of 25 ciders on tap, play pool or darts, and spend some time lounging on the outdoor patio. // Free to attend, more event info on Facebook.


    Spinsters' Legacy Gala for La Cocina

    When: 6pm to 10pm

    Where: The Swig Suite at The Fairmont, 950 Mason St. (Russian Hill)

    The local, female-run nonprofit Spinsters SF is hosting its annual Legacy Benefit to support La Cocina. Expect an evening filled with wine tasting, an open bar, bites, silent auction, and live music. // Tickets ($200 and up) can be purchased on eventbrite.com.

    Sunday, February 24th

    Last chance to see Jewels of the Maharajas

    When: 9:30am to 5:15 Saturday and Sunday

    Where: Legion of Honor, 100 34th Avenue (Sea Cliff), legionofhonor.famsf.org

    Baubles and sparkly things your jam? Don't miss your chance to ogle the Al Thani collection, which shines with the preciously bedazzled swords, daggers, ceremonial jewelry, and art of emperors and maharajas from the past 400 years. // Tickets ($28) can be purchased at the museum, or at tickets.famsf.org.


    An Oscars Party in Wine Country

    When: 4pm to 7pm

    Where: Soda Rock Winery, 8015 CA-128 (Healdsburg), sodarockwinery.com

    Feel like glamming it up for the Oscars? Spend the evening in Sonoma at the Fifth Annual Red Carpet Evening, put on by The Alexander Valley Film Society. Enjoy an elegant seated dinner, participate in live and silent auctions and, of course, watch a big screen telecast of all the Hollywood glitz of the Academy Awards. // Tickets ($225/person or $1800/table for 8) can be purchased on auctria.com.


    A Jazzy Note

    When: 3pm

    Where: SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St. (Civic Center), sfjazz.org

    Cap the weekend on a high note with the final SFJazz performance from Grammy Award winner and resident artistic director Dianne Reeves. She'll perform her popular album Bridges, as well as a collection of pop songs from artists like Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen. // Tickets ($40 and up) are available on sfjazz.org.

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