Being confined to our homes, and thus tethered to the internet even more than we were before, our editorial team is reminded of both the power of tech-powered connection and the incredible creativity and resourcefulness of Bay Area people.
TBH, we never imagined there could be so many fun things to do at home, so many ways of engaging with our local community, of staying educated, cultured, compelled.
This week's roundup is proof that, with a bit of ingenuity, we can make the most of just about anything. Want to nail your shelter in place game? Learn to make martinis and fried chicken; tune in for live opera and symphony; give watercolor painting a try; perform in an open mic; or just LOL with celebs who are also finding entertaining ways to pass the time.
Have a good one.
Learn to paint beautiful California poppies with Annie Galvin of 3 Fish Studios. // instagram.com
Make Belcampo's fried chicken. // belcampo.com
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Golden Gate Park with a free virtual concert series featuring Metallica, Boz Scaggs, and more. // goldengatepark150.com
Get tickets to KQED's Bob Ross Happy Hour, Tuesday at 6pm. // kqed.org
Stir up a martini with Blackbird. // instagram.com
Tune in to the pilot episode of Bayview Opera House's original series "The New Normal," part of a project that aims to support artists. // instagram.com
Listen to Season 6: Six Degrees, the latest installment of SFMOMA's podcast, "Raw Material." // sfmoma.org
Watch Jake Gyllenhaal do a handstand. // Instagram
Check out Wide Open School, a free educational portal with such live events as a convo between Khan Academy founder Sal Khan and Bill Gates. // wideopenschool.org
Enjoy encore performances from the San Francisco Symphony, Tuesdays at 8pm. // kdfc.com
Have a Timbuk2 bag at home that's not getting used these days? Take the #T2BagHacks challenge for a chance to win a $250 gift card. // instagram.com
Perform in MoAD's Open Mic, Thursday April 9, 6-8pm. // moadsf.org
Indulge in the German tradition of coffee and cake with takeout from Hadough Bakery. // 7x7.com
Artists, submit your design for Seghesio Family Vineyards' 125th anniversary mural contest. // seghesiomuralcontest.com
Sign your kids (ages 12-18) up for Marin Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare in Times of Plague, Friday April 10, 4-5pm. // marinshakespeare.secure.force.com
Support the Castro's small businesses that are either open IRL or offering online shopping and programming during SIP. // castromerchants.com
Binge watch 13 movies filmed in Oakland. // visitoakland.com
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Get all the feels with John Krasinski's "Some Good News." // youtube.com
Make a cannabis-infused no-bake cheesecake. // getsava.com
Rent A Chef's Voyage ($5), a documentary profiling Manresa's Michelin-starred chef David Kinch upon his restaurant's 15th anniversary; proceeds will benefit laid-off restaurant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. // sommfilms.com
Stream TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's world premiere of Pride and Prejudice. 3:30pm and 7pm PST, Friday April 10. // prideandprejudicepremiere.com
Live stream the Northern Lights. // explore.org
See which former Top Chef contestants are serving takeout and delivery—think Tonya Holland, Jen Biesty, and more. // hemispheresmag.com
Tune in for daily Odes to Joy with San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellows. // instagram.com/sfopera