21 Fun Things: Taste of Yountville,  'Sleeping Beauty' at SF Ballet  + More Bay Area Events
'The Sleeping Beauty' awakes onstage this week. (Courtesy of @sfballet)

21 Fun Things: Taste of Yountville,  'Sleeping Beauty' at SF Ballet  + More Bay Area Events


In a week that includes St. Patrick's Day, you can expect there to be a lot of drinking.

In addition to an Irish mixology class and a St. Paddy's Day bar crawl, you can also drink all the wine at Taste of Yountville or grab a cocktail at the new Virgin Hotel's Commons Club. With booze comes food—this week in the form of a pig roast and a specially priced midweek tasting at Eight Tables. Dance it all off at a Daft Brunch or a Sunday afternoon block party.

Need something mellower? Head to a talk about holistic skincare, see Chip Conley expound the virtues of the modern elder, and see The Sleeping Beauty at SF Ballet.

Have a great week!

Monday, March 11th

Town Hall with Mayor London Breed

When: 6pm to 8pm

Where: SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St. (Duboce Triangle)

The first in a series of town halls planned with the mayor this year, this neighborhood gathering welcomes residents of districts 5 and 8 for a convo on all things community. The event will also be live-streamed on YouTube. // Register in advance at eventbrite.com; and submit your questions at sfmayor.org/townhall.

The Bachelor Finale Watch Party

When: 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Where: The Brixton, 2140 Union St. (Marina), brixtonsf.com

Two words: guilty pleasure. Indulge it at The Brixton's special viewing party tonight with complimentary cheese boards from Cypress Grove, roses for all the ladies in the house, half-price bottles of wine, and J.J. Pfister vodka and gin cocktails. Be on the look out for appearances from previous cast members. // RSVP on eventbrite.com; reservations for tables are available on opentable.com.

Pop-up Eats

When: 7pm to 11pm

Where: Last Rites, 718 14th St. (Castro), lastritesbar.com

Stop by tiki hot spot Last Rites for some rum-infused concoctions and bites from weekly pop-up Feed Me Chula, with a mix of Mexican and Basque flavors. Think eats like deviled eggs, flatbreads, and tostadas. Menu is priced a la carte.

Tuesday, March 12th

Knit & Crochet Day

When: 11am to 6pm

Where: SCRAP, 801 Toland St. (Bayview), scrap-sf.org

There are those of you out there who are obsessed with SCRAP—this one's for you. Head over to the Bayview's beloved junk store today for the first-ever Knit & Crochet Day where the price of admission ($15) includes two skeins of hand-dyed golden alpaca and wool blend yarn, hooks, knitting needles, and the attention of an instructor who will show you what the heck to do with all that. BYO snacks. // Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.


When: 5:30pm to 9:45pm, Tuesday through Friday

Where: Hell's Ramen, 2193 Mission St. (Mission), hellsramen.com

Like it hot? Head to the Mission for a brand-new ramen spot focused on the fiery versions of the stuff and experimenting with different ingredients and flavors. Expect a rotation of non-ramen Japanese eats including karaage, curry, gyoza, and octopus balls.

Eat at Eight Tables for a song.

When: Tuesdays through Thursdays

Where: Eight Tables, 8 Kenneth Rexroth Lane (China Town), eighttables.com

Find Eight Tables' $225 10-course meal a bit steep? Pop in mid-week for special pricing ($175) on a seven course dinner.

Wednesday, March 13th

The Sleeping Beauty

When: 7:30pm, through Sunday

Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue (Civic Center), sfballet.org

Enjoy this timeless fairytale with a ballet twist, fabulous sets, and a beautiful symphonic score. The performance also includes a special pre-performance interview with the artists. // Tickets ($50-$339) can be purchase on sfballet.org.

Chip Conley: The Modern Elder and the Intergenerational Workplace

When: 7:30pm to 9pm

Where: SFJazz Center, 201 Franklin St. (Hayes Valley)

Long Now Foundation cofounder and octogenarian Stewart Brand is hosting this appearance from iconic SF hotelier turned tech-ish guy Chip Conley. For those of you young ones, we have Conley to thank for the TL's Phoenix Hotel (he is cofounder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality), though these days he may be better known for his role as the more seasoned adviser to the millionaire kids at Airbnb. Tonight Conley is in the house to talk about his fifth and latest book, Wisdom @ Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. // Tickets ($25) are available at eventbrite.com.

Commons Club Opens

When: Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Where: Commons Club at Virgin Hotel, 250 Fourth St. (SoMa), virginhotels.com

Commons Club has just opened up in the new Virgin Hotel, showcasing California-style food from chef Adrian Garcia, who's worked at both Quince and Benu. The menu has next-level eats like caviar bites, duck confit agnolotti, albacore tartare tostada, and an "uncommon" burger. Keep an eye out for the rooftop bar to open at the property later this year.

Thursday, March 14th

Healthy Skin Q&A with Marie Veronique + Kristina Holey

When: 5pm to 7pm

Where: Credo, 2136 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights)

Two superstars of the Bay Area skincare world—Marie Veronique, creator of the much-loved eponymous brand, and the cult-followed aesthetician Kristina Holey—are hanging out at Credo tonight to talk about holistic skincare. // Tickets ($30) are available at eventbrite.com; ticket price may be used toward product purchases.

Laugh for a Cause

When: 8pm

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

There's nothing better than a belly-busting laugh sesh—that is, unless it's for charity. Tonight comedian Bryan Callen (from ABC's The Goldbergs and the podcast The Fighter & The Kid) plays Cobb's for a fundraiser to benefit the Greater Bay Area Make-a-Wish foundation. // Tickets ($40) are available on sfwish.ejoinme.org.

Shop a CBD Store

When: Open daily

Where: Sidewalk Wellness, 3186 21st St. (Mission), sidewalkwellness.com

Local beverage company Sidewalk Juice is getting into the CBD game. Check out this new spin-off location with CBD-focused products like oils, chocolates, coffee, bath products, and gummies. Time to stock up on some goodies.

Friday, March 15th

Whole Hog Happy Hour

When: 3pm till eats run out

Where: Trailblazer Tavern, 350 Mission St. (SoMa), michaelmina.net

Cut out of work early and post up on the outdoor patio at Trailblazer Tavern for a traditional pig roast. You'll do build-your-own bao stuffed with kalua pig and toppings including cucumber, scallions, and sriracha hoisin sauce. Other happy hour specials like the spam musubi and maitake mushroom tempura, along with cocktails like the Lilikoi Mule, will also available. // $4 per bun, or $10/three; drinks are available for purchase a la carte.

Ocean-Bound: Plastic Waste and Why We Are Bound to the Health of Our Oceans

When: 6pm till late

Where: The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Dogpatch), themidwaysf.com

In celebration of the Midway's new multidisciplinary watery exhibit, hear a talk with environmentally conscious organizations including the Surfrider Foundation and the Oakland As; chow dinner from Luke's Lobster; watch a short film about plastic; and then, of course, cruise through the art exhibit which features multimedia works including recycled water bottle sculptures. End the night with a performance by musician Lilly Hiatt. // Tickets ($20-80) can be found on eventbrite.com.

You-Choose Vinyl Happy Hour

When: 5pm to 7pm

Where: White Rabbit, 3138 Fillmore St. (Marina) whiterabbitsf.com

You made it to the end of the week! Reward yourself with a music-infused happy hour where you (and other guests) get to choose the tracks. Explore an awesome vinyl collection (classics like Jefferson Airplane to today hits from the likes of G-Eazy), and sip on $3 beers, $5 rosé, and a $7 specialty cocktail.

Saturday, March 16th

Taste of Yountville

When: 11am to 5pm

Where: Downtown Yountville, yountvillelive.com

Head to the culinary heart of Napa, Yountville, for an all-day tasting extravaganza with some of Wine Country's best restaurants—think Bottega, La Toque, and Acacia House. Plus, sip delicious wine, of course. There will also be cooking demonstrations and performances by Grammy-nominated artists. // Tickets ($195) can be purchased on eventbrite.com.

St. Patty's Day Bar Crawl

When: 1pm to 6pm

Where: Starts at the Dorian, 2001 Chestnut St. (Marina), doriansf.com

Drink your way through the Marina, starting at the Dorian and then heading to Palm House, Brixton, Jackson, Hollow Cow, Sabrosa, Blue Light, Del Mar, Bar None, White Rabbit, and Silver Clouds. You can expect plenty of drink specials like St. Patrick's frosè, mini car bombs, and Irish mules. If you manage to hit them all (and survive), the luck of the Irish is clearly on your side. // Tickets ($15) can be found on eventbrite.com.

Daft Brunch

When: 1pm to 7pm

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

Get your day-party on with a Daft Punk–themed brunch. Beats will be flowing to the sounds of French Touch, Disco House, and plenty of Daft Punk spun by DJ's Starfari & PZB, of course, and eats will be available for purchase. // Tickets are free with RSVPs before 2pm, and $10 after; available at eventbrite.com.

Sunday, March 17th

Learn the art of the Irish coffee at CIA's mixology class today.

(Photo by Sarah Power)

Block Party Beats

When: 12p, to 8pm

Where: Secret location to be announced

If you still have the energy to party, catch an all-day DJ sesh headlined by Fisher, with support from Tensnake, Waze & Odessey, and more for this massive day party in the streets. // Tickets ($50 and up) can be bought on nightout.com.

Irish Mixology Class

When: 4pm to 5:15pm

Where: CIA at Copia, 501 1st St. (Napa), ciaatcopia.com

Explore all the Irish cocktail essentials in this mixology class. Learn how to make a fruit-forward Irish shandy, and whip up the ideal Irish coffee. // Tickets ($35) are available on eventbrite.com.

Sunday Pizza Night

When: 5pm to 7pm

Where: The Cheese School, 900 North Point Street (Ghirardelli Square), thecheeseschool.com

What better way to wind down the weekend than with pizza? The Cheese School will be whipping up pies in their upstairs private event space overlooking the water—glass of wine included. // Tickets ($30) can be purchased at thecheeseschool.com.

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