27 Fun Things: Night of Ideas, Winter Cocktails, SF Indie Fest + More Bay Area Events
Sample seasonal cocktails by some of the Bay's best bartenders at CUESA's winter drinks event at the Ferry Building. (Courtesy of @trattosf)

27 Fun Things: Night of Ideas, Winter Cocktails, SF Indie Fest + More Bay Area Events


Any week that kicks off with drinks beneath a giant redwood tree is bound to be pretty great.

Keep it going with CUESA's Winter Cocktails tasting event at the Ferry Building, a special dinner with Heath Ceramics at Chez Panisse, a Chinese New Year celebration at Presidio Social Club, and a spectacular modern flamenco performance at Herbst Theater. Plus, eat your weight in croissants at Arsicault Bakery's new location and catch a flick at SF IndieFest.

Have a good one!

Monday, January 27th

Wine + Japanese Steak

Seatings at 5:45pm and 8:15pm, last Monday of every month

The Butcher Shop by Niku Steakhouse, 57 Division St. (SoMa), nikubutchershop.com

The Niku Steakhouse team is putting together an intimate monthly wine dinner in their neighboring Butcher Shop. This Monday, taste special bottles from Napa-based Ashes and Diamonds. // Reservations ($285 per person) can be made by emailing nikureservations@nikusteakhouse.com.

Double Standard's 5th Anniversary Bash

8pm to midnight

The Double Standard, 2424 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), doublestandardbar.com

Celebrate five years of one of our favorite Oakland bars with live DJ beats, food, and drinks beneath the neighborhood watering hole's towering redwood trees. // Details on Facebook.

Remembering the Holocaust Through Film

9am to 8pm

Goethe-Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush St #204 (Chinatown), goethe.de

It's International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust. To commemorate the occasion, Litquake, Berlin International Literature Festival, and Goethe-Institut are co-presenting Claude Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half hour 1985 documentary film Shoah, featuring first-person accounts from Holocaust survivors. // Free to attend, find more info on litquakeyearround2020.sched.com.

Tuesday, January 28th

Happy Hour in the Presidio

5pm to 6:30pm, Mondays through Thursdays

The Commissary, 101 Montgomery St. (Presidio), thecommissarysf.com

Cap the workday with a new social hour menu of delightful Spanish tapas—think croquettes, pan con tomate, jamon serrano, and patatas bravas—at The Commissary. Don't miss the housemade sangria. // View the full menu on thecommissarysf.com.

Speaker Series: Art, Architecture + Design


Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third St. (Dogpatch), sfmcd.org

In advance of presenting their new project, "Shelter.2020," at this year's Venice Biennale, Studiolo Berlin founder Lukas Feireiss and architect Leopold Banchini will be at Dogpacth's Museum of Craft and Design to speak about the convergence of art, architecture, and design. // Tickets ($8; free for members) can be purchased at the door.

Heath Ceramics + Chez Panisse

Reservation available from 5:30pm

Chez Panisse, 1517 Shattuck Ave. (Berkeley), chezpanisse.com

See Chez Panisse's new collection of dinnerware created by Heath Ceramics at one of two special dinner seatings tonight. Say hey to Alice Waters herself, as well as Heath's owners. // $500 per person, including wine pairings by Beaune Imports; call 510.548.5525 to reserve.

Sustainable Fashion and Beauty Chat

Canopy, 595 Pacific Ave. (Jackson Square), canopy.space

Learn more about sustainability in fashion and beauty during a panel discussion with Careste founder Celeste Markey and BeautyCounter's Jenn Indra; Fashion Community Week host Po On Yeung will moderate. Plus, shop the pop-up from sustainable styling service Senseduo. // RSVP on senseduo.com.

Wednesday, January 29th

Chinese New Year Celebration

6pm to 9pm

Presidio Social Club, 563 Ruger St. (Presidio), presidiosocialclub.com

Back for the second year, Presidio Social Club's Chinese New year event will include a walk-around affair of dim sum stations (hello, orange chicken, pork buns, shumai dumplings, and duck noodles) and lion dancers. // Tickets ($75/all food stations plus 2 drink tickets; $125/access to all food stations plus open bar) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Winter Cocktails

5:30pm to 8pm

San Francisco Ferry Building (Embarcadero), ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

CUESA and the U.S. Bartenders Guild are putting together a night of delicious drinks. Head upstairs to the Ferry Building's Grand Hall for sips of 14 cocktails from local bartenders repping spots like Liholiho Yacht Club, Junior, Elda, and Elixir. You'll get four full-sized signature cocktails and unlimited sips of sample-size drinks, plus small bites from Bay Area restaurants. // Tickets ($55-$60) can be found on Eventbrite.

Wine + Yoga


Eristavi Winery, 1300 Potrero Ave. (Mission), eristaviwinery.com

Get over the hump with a special one-hour CorePower vinyasa class inside Eristavi Winery's calming barrel room. After, stick around for a a glass of wine. // Tickets ($12) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

SF Indie Fest

Through February 13

Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (Mission), roxie.com, and Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St. (Mission), victoriatheatre.org

You can Netflix and chill anytime. Starting tonight and for the next two weeks, join fellow film enthusiasts for SF IndieFest, with screenings of international flicks. Opening night films include Woman in Motion (8pm at Victoria Theater), a documentary about Star Trek star and civil rights activist Nichelle Nichols (aka Lt. Uhura), who will be in attendance with director Todd Thompson; and Come As You Are (7pm at Roxie Theater), a coming of age movie about kids with disabilities directed by the Bay Area's Richard Wong (Colma, the Musical) and starring Gabourey Sidibe and Janeane Garofalo. Also catch special showings of The Big Lebowski, American Psycho, the 10th annual "Super Bowl Comedy Show: Men in Tights," The Great Rock n Roll Swindle, and Ibiza: The Silent Movie. // For tickets and schedule, go to sfindie.com.

Thank you to our partners at SF Indie Fest.

Thursday, January 30th

The Great Cable Car Chase


Meet up at A Runner's Mind, 3575 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), arunnersmind.com

What's faster—a human or a cable car? Find out at the Great Cable Car Chase—a monthly event where a group of runners will race the Powell-Hyde cable car from Bay to Chestnut streets. // Free to participate; find event details on Facebook.

Opening Reception: Jamil Hellu and Natalie Krick

6pm to 9pm

SF Camerawork, 1011 Market St. (SoMa), sfcamerawork.org

Tonight, SF Camerawork hosts the opening of two new exhibits of photography and videography. In his installation Together, Jamil Helluexplores queer visibility through self-portraiture; meanwhile, Natalie Krick's works showcase an entirely different style of portraiture through themes of camp and Neo Noir.

A New Irish Bar

4pm to 2am Wednesday to Friday; 3pm to 2am Saturdays and Sundays

Casements, 2351 Mission St. (Mission), casementsbar.com

Lads and lasses, team yer McVicker's Proud Mary and Guiness with meat and potato stew, hand pies, and soda bread at this new Mission watering hole from a team that hails from Virgil's Sea Room, Driftwood, and Wesburger

Friday, January 31st

Nob Hill's New Cannabis Dispensary

10am to 10pm daily

California Street Cannabis Company, 1398 California St. (Nob Hill), californiastreetcannabis.com

Maryjane is moving into Nob Hill with the arrival of California Street Cannabis Company, from the bar experts and neighborhood business owners behind Tonic, Soda Popinski's, and Teeth. Shop edibles, vapes, flower, topicals, tinctures and more from Northern California growers and makers including Kiva Confections, Sherbinski's, Cann, and Willie's (as in Nelson) Reserve.

Redwood Room's Roaring Return

Redwood Room, 495 Geary St. (TenderNob), redwoodroomsf.com

Ring in the roaring 2020s at the newly refurbished Redwood Room, where Art Deco glamour meets modern hospitality. Don your flapper best for an evening of dancing to music by Hella Fitzgerald, and of course plenty of Champagne and cocktails to go around. // Free tickets on Eventbrite.

The Case of the Vanishing Firefish

7pm to 8:30pm, with additional showtimes on Saturday and Sunday

Cubberley Theatre, 4120 Middlefield Rd. (Palo Alto)

Catch a new play based on Ajay Chowdhury's original novel of bedtime stories told by a father to his daughters. In the interpretation, 10-year old Ayesha is on a mission to figure out what is causing the disappearance of the ocean's bioluminescent phytoplankton. With a talking dolphin, wormholes, and appearances by Stephen Hawking, the Dalai Lama, and Antoni Gaudi it's one trippy little journey. // Tickets ($15-$50) are available at Eventbrite.

Friday Night at OMCA

5pm to 9pm

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (Oakland), museumca.org

If you've yet to see OMCA's No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, seize the chance for a nighttime viewing of the popular exhibit, which has been extended through February 16th. Also take part in lucky red envelope making for Lunar New Year, munch endless bites from Off the Grid food trucks, shop goods by local artisans, and groove to DJ sets. // Details and tickets (prices vary) are available at museumca.org.

USS Hornet History Mystery Tour

7pm to 10pm

USS Hornet Museum, 707 West Hornet Ave. (Alameda), uss-hornet.org

Take an after-hours peek at hidden areas of the USS Hornet that aren't usually open to the public. Tour the Combat Information Center, Radio Central, Brig, Special Weapons Locker, and Boiler Rooms. By the end of this three-hour tour, you'll know for sure if the ship is actually haunted. // Tickets ($35) are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, February 1st

Hopocalypse Beer Festival

1pm to 5pm

Drake's Barrel House, 1933 Davis St., #177 (San Leandro), drinkdrakes.com

IPA lovers should head over to Drake's today for two special pours: Hopocalypse Double IPA and Hopocalypse Triple IPA, alongside beers from 10 other local craft breweries. There will also be a blind tasting booth, sensory room. and training stations. // Tickets ($40) can be purchased on drinkdrakes.com.

Theatre Flamenco's "Soul y Alma"


Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center)

Spain's critically acclaimed dancer Eduardo Guerrero will take the stage for Theatre Flamenco's 53rd home season in a performance of "Soul y Alma." In addition to dramatic flamenco dancing and live music, this innovative show also includes a live performance by the Gospel Chorus of Glide Ensemble. // Tickets ($25 and up) can be purchased on cityboxoffice.com.

Endless Croissants

Open daily at 7am

Arsicault Bakery, 87 McAllister St. (Civic Center)

ICYMI, famed croissant maker Arsicault Bakery has opened a second location in hush-hush manner. Jump on the opportunity to get the best fresh baked croissant in the city with less of a line—that is, until word gets out.

Quantum Flow Fitness

Classes at 8:30am and 10:10am

Core40, 3726 Cesar Chavez (Noe Valley), core40.com

Squeeze in a weekend workout at Core40 with Quantum Flow Method creator Juan Pablo Barahona. During this sweaty 40-minute class, you'll activate your muscles and increase your flexibility and focus with core moves and interval training. Need some more motivation? Class is free! // Rregister on mindbodyonline.com.

Night of Ideas

7pm to 2am

2nd Floor of San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St. (Civic Center), sfpl.org

This year's Night of Ideas follows the theme "Living on the Edge." Do so during seven hours of events including philosophical debate, lectures, interactive exhibits, dance, music, and other performances that bring top minds and talents together. Painter-poet-writer Obi Kaufmann will give the keynote. // Free to attend, register via nightofideassf.com.

Sunday, February 2nd

Art Supply Close-out Sale

8:30am to 7:30pm Monday to Friday; 10am to 7pm Saturday; 11am to 6pm Sunday

Artist & Craftsman Supply, 555 Pacific Ave. (Jackson Square), artistcraftsman.com

Another local art store, Artist & Craftsman Supply, is closing its doors. The final date is still TBD (likely in early February), but for now you can stock up on all your creative supplies for up to 50 percent off.

Brunch in the Marina

10:30am to 2:30pm weekends

The Greenwich, 3154 Fillmore St. (Marina), thegreenwichsf.com

Anna Weinberg and Jenn Puccio's The Greenwich is adding weekend brunch to its repertoire. Dishes hail from their sister restaurants—think Park Tavern's buttermilk pancakes and Marlowe's French toast soldiers. Oysters, bloody marys, grilled cheese, avocado toast, and smoked salmon bagel boards round out the offering. Wash it down with a carafe of Palomas. If you want to keep the party going, weekend happy hour gets going at 2:30pm. // Reservations are available via OpenTable.

SF Urban Film Fest

Through February 9th

Various venues in SF

It's a big week for movie buffs. In addition to SF IndieFest, which kicked off earlier this week, the Urban Film Fest features screenings, panels, and workshops focused on civic action around urban issues. This year's theme is "Place and the Populist Revolt," examining how cities are finding solutions to accommodate and build community for both locals and incoming residents. // Event details and tickets can be found on sfurbanfilmfest.com.

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