23 Fun Things to Do This Week (3.8.21)
Watch Post:Ballet and SF Symphony's 'Playing Changes,' filmed in Oakland's 16th Street Station. (Courtesy of @postballet)

23 Fun Things to Do This Week (3.8.21)


With Bay Area counties back in the red tier, this week brings many fresh opportunities to get out and about. Look for exhibitions at local museums, the return of CUESA's Mission Community Market, and live music to celebrate the first anniversary of Oakland restaurant Sobre Mesa.

If you're staying in, stream Post:Ballet and SF Symphony's Playing Changes; order a multi-course takeout dinner from Bay Area women-owned restaurants; and play a match or two at Golden Gate Park's beautifully revamped tennis center.

Order a tea leaf salad or mango chicken from Burma Love, and get it delivered straight to your table in Zeitgeist's beer garden; 11:30am to 2:30pm weekdays. // burmalove.co/order-now; zeitgeistsf.com

Celebrate International Women's Day with Let's Talk Womxn of the Bay Area. Join moderator Marcia Gagliardi (Tablehopper) for a four-course tasting dinner by chef/restaurateurs Jen Biesty (Shakewell), Heena Patel (Besharam), Romney Steele (The Cook and Her Farmer), and May German (alaMar Kitchen); 7pm to 8pm Monday on Zoom. // Order online ($100, serves two) for pickup in Oakland on exploretock.com.

Consider the role of motherhood in society and social movements with the California Museum. You'll hear from Dr. Shirley N. Weber, California's first African American Secretary of State; Jennifer Siebel Newsom, documentary filmmaker and California's First Partner; and Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation; Monday at 1:30pm. // Register for free at californiamuseum.org.

Watch SF Ballet's Digital Program 03. In addition to the world premiere of Danielle Rowe's contemporary choreography in Wooden Dimes, the program includes archival captures of Symphony #9 and Swimmer; watch through March 24. // sfballet.org

Spend the day at a museum. With San Francisco in the red tier, museums are officially allowed to reopen with 25% capacity. Reserve tix for the de Young, SFMOMA, and more. //

Get lit during Noe Valley Word Week. Zoom events include "Black Literature, Black Lives" on Wednesday and "Noir Not at the Bar" on Saturday; Monday through Sunday. // Event lineup and Zoom registration on foliosf.com

Chat with Patrisse Cullors, cofounder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and artist and activist Maxwell Addae. During this Popular Culture and the Radical Imaginary discussion, you'll hear about their research on media portrayals of Black women and incarceration and the impact of the narratives told about crime and punishment; Tuesday at 4pm. // Register on zoom.us.

Get your carb fix at Total Meltdown, a cheese-centric evening pop-up inside Mission Picnic. Go for grilled cheese, mac and cheese, or cheesy tater tots, then choose from styles like the Millionaire with gochujang maple-glazed thick-cut bacon and gouda or the Green Thumb with Brussels sprouts, parsley, green goddess drizzle, and goat cheese. // Order for pickup or delivery on totalmeltdownsf.com.

Enjoy readings from Bay Area poet Alan Chazaro's latest collection, Piñata Theory,which highlights stories from cultures across borders; Thursday at 7pm. // Register (free) on greenapplebooks.com.

Watch Post:Ballet and SF Symphony's Playing Changes. The programming includes seven violin works performed by the Symphony's Helen Kim alongside choreography created and performed by Post:ballet artistic director Robert Dekkers and dance artists. // Stream on sfsymphonyplus.org.

CUESA's Mission Community Market is officially back on this week. Stop by to shop goods from more than 20 new and returning local farms and prepared food vendors like Norte 54's pan dulce, Bolita's tortillas and salsas, Fox & Lion Bread Co.'s pizza, and Alexandre Family Farm's dairy products; Thursdays from 3pm to 7pm. // cuesa.org

Play a match at Golden Gate Park's new tennis courts. The $27 million renovation of Goldman Tennis Center offers 16 courts, a sunken stadium-style court, a couple of mini courts, and a clubhouse. // Reserve a court at lifetimeactivities.com.

Jam out to Brazilian funk band Namarados da Lua while enjoying tapas and cocktails at Sobre Mesa, in honor of the Oakland cocktail lounge's first anniversary. More celebrations this month include visual installations in partnership with MUSA and performances by Dragon Theatrical Services, and live music every Thursday in March. // Details and reservations on sobremesaoak.com

Check out Bay Area artist Marta Elise Johansen's solo exhibit at Sarah Shepard Gallery. A Suggestion of Nature investigates the id, ego, and superego, and emotional connections across distance through pieces drawn line by line, one at a time; 11am to 4pm Thursdays through Saturdays through May, or by appointment. // sarahshepardgallery.com

Attend the New Era Virtual Fashion Week. Ditch your sweats and dress up for online offerings including a conversation led by CEOs of fashion tech companies from around the globe; a runway show featuring international and local collections; and a shopping event; Wednesday through Saturday. // Find the schedule at eventbrite.com.

Order the pandemic cookbook from Berkeley art studio Castle in the Air. Inside Knights of the Kitchen Table, you'll find 51 illustrated recipes including Christmas quiche and ceylon cinnamon shortbread. // Order a hardcopy ($35) on lulu.com or download for free at castleintheair.biz.

Bid farewell to hostesses Jillian Gnarling and VivvyAnne ForeverMORE during Drag Alive: End of an Era, with a roster of talent including Nicki Jizz, DJ Stanley Frank Sensation, and Hollywood Texas; Saturday at 7pm. // Find details on facebook.com, tune in on Twitch

Attend "The Red Star at the End of the Tunnel,"
this year's annual fundraiser and 25th anniversary celebration for San Francisco Mime Troupe's Youth Theater Project. Colman Domingo will provide the keynote, followed by music and tales from past and present Troupers; Saturday at noon. // sfmt.org

Watch SF Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's [Hieroglyph]. Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza, the play tells the story of Davis, a young teen involuntarily displaced in Chicago following Hurricane Katrina, and addresses themes of environmental racism, sexual violence, and family separation; watch Saturday through April 3. // Tickets ($15-$100) are available at sfplayhouse.org.

Pick up a box of Dirty Girl Donuts
. Known for her doughy treats, Marisa Wondolleck's new permanent Sonoma Plaza outpost offers seasonal flavors like creme brûlée, maple bacon, and circus cookie. // dirtygirldonuts.com

Appreciate Pac Heights's architectural heritage during a 17-stop self-guided walking tour. Centering along Broadway, the tour covers 15 blocks of one of SF's most iconic 'hoods. // sfheritage.org

Wind down the week with a Sazerac rye whiskey lunch tasting on The Patio by Alexander's Steakhouse. Sazerac brand ambassador Shane Moniz and Alexander's Steakhouse bar director Nicholas Bonney will guide you through offerings from Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Sazerac Rye, Weller 12-Year Wheated Whiskey, and Pappy Van Winkle 12 Lot B—paired with a multi-course menu; Sunday at 1pm. // Reserve ($220/person) on exploretock.com

Partake in Playful People Productions' Sunday Family Cook-Along. Every Sunday through April 25th, members and staff from the San Jose–based family-friendly theater program will provide a cooking class and mini-concert or lesson. This week, enjoy an afternoon of self-care, a ukelele sing-along, and nourishing recipes like medicinal mushroom pate and magical mineral broth; Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. // Register ($25 per episode) on playfulpeople.org.

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