27 Fun Things: Noise Pop Festival, SF Ballet Sensorium, Vintage Fashion Fair + More Bay Area Events
Vintage lovers won't want to miss A Current Affair, a shopping bonanza in the East Bay this weekend. (Courtesy of @acurrentaffair)

27 Fun Things: Noise Pop Festival, SF Ballet Sensorium, Vintage Fashion Fair + More Bay Area Events


It's Leap Week! No, that's not really a thing, but there will be a Leap Year party and it looks pretty fun.

But seriously, you will be jumping for joy with the return of San Francisco Ballet's dynamic experience Sensorium; the return of the mega vintage fashion show A Current Affair; Goat NightLife at Cal Academy; six nights of Noise Pop shows; a variety of Black History Month celebrations; and, of course, new restaurants and bakeries.

Have a great week!

Monday, February 24th

Noise Pop Festival

Through March 1

Venues around the Bay Area

Clear your calendar for six days of concerts, films, art exhibits, and happy hours as Noise Pop makes its annual return. Performers include Raphael Saadiq, Maya Jane Coles, Best Coast, Duster, Helado Negro, Shigeto Live Ensemble, Jamila Woods, Injury Reserve, Bag Raiders, and Lower Dens. // Prices vary; find tickets at noisepopfest.com.

WhistlePig Whiskey Dinner

6:30pm to 9:30pm

The Saratoga, 1000 Larkin St. (TenderNob), thesaratogasf.com

Whiskey connoisseurs need no introduction to WhistlePig. The New England brand of carefully crafted rye whiskeys will star at a special pairing dinner tonight at The Saratoga. On the menu: the 18-year double malt and 12-year world cask finish, to be paired with suckling pig, brussels sprouts slaw, barbecued shrimp, and more. // Tickets ($85) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Fillmore Jazz Documentary Screening + Party

7pm to 2am

Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), boomboomroom.com

Relive the Harlem of the West—that 1940s and '50s heyday of jazz and swagga in the Fillmore—at Bay Area Video Coalition's launch party and screening of the new TV documentary, They Can't Take That Away: The Legacy of the Fillmore. See the film, then stick around for live music all night. // Tickets available at the door.

Tuesday, February 25th

Lit Flicks


Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St. (Mission), drafthouse.com

Litquake and Alamo Drafthouse are launching a new screening series focusing on movies adapted from books. It kicks off tonight with Out of Sight, the blockbuster starring J.Lo and George Clooney and based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. Look out for a special introduction by author Eddie Muller (Noir City). // Tickets ($16) are available at litquake.org.

Michelin-Starred Chef Collab

Seatings from 5pm to 9:45pm

Sorrel, 3228 Sacramento St. (Laurel Heights), sorrelrestaurant.com

SF Michelin-starred restaurant Sorrel is cooking up a new guest chef dinner series. On deck tonight is a collaboration between Sorrel's own Alex Hong and chef Jon Yao, of L.A.'s Taiwanese-American restaurant, Kato, which also has a coveted star. Each chef will create three dishes for a one-time-only six-course dinner. // Dinner ($165) can be reserved at Resy.

SF Energy Fair

3pm to 8pm

San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave (Golden Gate Park), goldengatepark.com

Learn how to do your part in conserving energy resources and making more green energy sources during this daylong event full of workshops, demos, home upgrade rebates, and more resources to make your home energy-efficient. // Free, register at Eventbrite.

SF Ballet's Sensorium

7pm to 11:30pm

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

Want a taste of the San Francisco Ballet plus a little extra? Tonight's Sensorium provides the opportunity to see two shows—Edwaard Liang's The Infinite Ocean and Mark Morris' Sandpaper Ballet—amid a whole experience of visual art installations, fashion-y exhibits, and an afterparty where you can dance and drink into the night. // Tickets ($35 and up) are on sfballet.org.

Mardi Gras in the Mission

6pm to 10pm

20 venues across the Mission

Blondie's Bar, Laszlo, Make-Out Room, El Rio, Bissap Baobab, and Evil Eye are just a handful of the neighborhood spots participating in tonight's Mission-wide Mardi Gras festivities, all organized by the group behind Carnaval San Francisco, which goes down in May. Hop from bar to bar and see samba drummers, salsa dancers, all the costumes, and more. // Free to attend, portion of proceeds at each venue will support CANA, the nonprofit that runs the main Carnaval San Francisco parade; find more details on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, February 26th

Art, Conversation & Food

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St. (Dogpatch), minnesotastreetproject.com

Get together with Besharam chef Heena Patel and paper artist Zai Divecha, who'll be talking about their Gujarati heritage and how it inspires their art forms. There will be food and drink, a paper-folding demo, and a silent auction of some of Divecha's pieces. // Tickets ($150) can be purchased on Eventbrite and support the Pratham Institute.

A Destination Restaurant in Palo Alto

Ettan, 518 Bryant St. (Palo Alto), ettanrestaurant.com

Open Tuesday through Sunday

If you're in the South Bay, check out Ettan, a new Cal-Indian restaurant helmed by chef Srijith Gopinathan, who earned Michelin star status at San Francisco's Campton Place. The interior is drop-dead gorgeous, with a multi-story balcony and a stunning domed skylight. Dive into dishes like chutney samplers, cast iron monkey naan, tava fried copra beef, kerala fried chicken, and more.

The Golden Arches in Black America


JCCSF, 3200 California St. (Presidio Heights), jccsf.org

Hear from Georgetown University historian/author Marcia Chatelain and Cal prof Brandi Thompson Summers as they explores the dynamic between fast food companies and the black community, whose neighborhoods are dominated by fast food. But there's a twist: These restaurants have actually created black wealth. // Tickets ($20) on Eventbrite.

Thursday, February 27th

The Campfire Room

7pm each night, Tuesday through Sunday

Prairie, 3431 19th St. (Mission), prairiesf.com

Popular modern American live-fire cooking spot, Prairie, is launching a cozy new dining experience: The Campfire Room is a 14-seat, family-style communal table where dinners begin with a welcome cocktail, followed by six-course meals made on Prairie's three grills—think local vegetables, a whole grilled Mt. Lassen Trout, handmade pastas, and coal-roasted dry-aged Liberty duck.

Goat NightLife


55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org

Cal Academy's weekly soirée has some pretty special guests tonight—goats from Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary. Meet some friendly farm creatures as well as Goatlandia founder Deborah Blum, and check out a planetarium presentation of S.P.A.C.E. G.O.A.T.// Tickets ($15) can be purchased on calacademy.org.

Sting's The Last Ship

7:30pm tonight, shows through March 22

Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St. (Tenderloin), shnsf.com

Snag tickets to The Last Ship, the musical inspired by Sting's album, The Soul Cages, and about a son coming home after 17 years at sea to find that his town—and his girlfriend—has changed. // Tickets ($70 to $275) are on broadwaysf.com.

Superfine! Art Fair

7pm to 10pm tonight, through Sunday

Fort Mason, 2 Marina Boulevard (Marina), superfine.world

Superfine! Art Fair's first San Francisco event is a perfect chance to build your art collection with pieces starting at $100 from more than 60 local and international artists, collectives, and galleries. If you want first pick—and complimentary bubbly, live music, and performance art—purchase th Champagne Vernissage ticket for tonight. // Tickets ($12 and up, $44 for tonight) are available on Eventbrite.

Friday, February 28th

Mystery Wine & Pizza Night

6pm to 11pm

Story on Union, 2136 Union St. (Marina), storyonunion.com

One thing is for certain: There will be wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, made by chef Rafi Bildner (Hilltown Hot Pies), and wine. But the latter is the mystery. It could be a $40 Chianti or a $150 Barolo—find out when you unwrap the bottle. // Tickets ($85 per couple) are on Eventbrite.

Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI

Through October 25

de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park), deyoung.famsf.org

What does it mean to be human in the age of artificial intelligence? A new contemporary art exhibit at the de Young explores this existential question through themes of subjectivity, inequality, and neutrality. // Included with de Young general admission, purchase on famsf.org.

Black Homecoming

6pm to 9pm

Radio Africa Kitchen, 4800 3rd St. (Bayview), radioafricakitchen.com

Celebrate black excellence, history, and contributions to San Francisco—as well as Black History Month—at this community-centric evening highlighting a wide variety of performances, including spoken word and dance, by black artists. There will also be DJs and free food and drinks by Radio Africa Kitchen. // Register for the free event on Eventbrite.

Amnesia Closing Party

8pm to 1am

Amnesia, 853 Valencia St. (Mission), amnesiathebar.com

Bid Amnesia a final farewell before it closes for good on March 1st. The Valencia Street venue is going out with a bang, with three bands—Sandy's, Ton Drima, and French Cassettes—and two DJ sets tonight. // Purchase tickets ($15 in advance, $20 at the door) on Eventbrite.

Saturday, February 29th

A Current Affair

10am to 6pm

The Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South (Richmond), craneway.com

Fashion lovers, head to the East Bay today to shop one of the biggest vintage marketplaces around. Expect more than 70 retailers with vintage clothes, jewelry, and accessories for men and women dating from as far back as the Victorian era. // Tickets ($12-$20) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Leap Year 2020 Party

7pm to 11pm

Dirty Habit, 12 4th Street (Downtown), dirtyhabitsf.com

Celebrate the year's bonus day at Dirty Habit with tarot card readings by drag performer Mutha Chucka, speciality cocktails, and live DJ beats. // Tickets ($20) are on Eventbrite.

Great Wines of Italy Grand Tasting

3pm to 6pm

Presidio Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop (Presidio), presidio.gov

More than 200 wines—all with a minimum score of 92 points—from 90 boutique and renowned Italian wine labels will be on hand for the tasting. // Tickets ($145/GA) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Black History Month Community Yoga with Lululemon

Bei Hotel, 50 8th St. (SoMa), beihotelsf.com

Celebrate Black History Month with a yoga flow class led by Black to Yoga's Zenovia Forbes and meditation with Nkechi Njaka. Stick around afterward for light refreshments. The class is free, but donations can be made to Oasis for Girls, a SF-based nonprofit that support young, under-resourced girls of color. // Register on Eventbrite.

Napa Beer Mile

Noon to 8pm

Start at St. Clair Brown, 816 Vallejo St. (Napa), napabeermile.com

Skip the wine and spend the day appreciating Napa's craft breweries via a one-mile walk with six beer pit stops, complete with half-off pricing. After getting a stamp—and a brew—at each stop, proudly sport your commemorative Napa Beer Mile cap. // Tickets ($25, includes punch card, half-off pricing, and cap) can be purchased online or in person.

Sunday, March 1st

Hahdough Bakery

Hours TBA

Hahdough, 1221 Fell St. (Lower Haight), hahdough.com

End your weekend on a sweet note with some goodies from this new German bakery—think apple pie, tortes, cake, cupcakes, pretzels, cream and jam-filled donuts, plus coffee—opening today.

Breakfast Sandos in the Outer Richmond

7am to 4pm daily

Devil's Teeth Baking Company, 3619 Balboa St. (Outer Richmond), devilsteethbakingcompany.com

Everybody's favorite breakfast sandwiches are now available in the Outer Richmond thanks to the opening of Devil's Teeth Baking Company's second outpost. Moving slow this morning? Grab a personal pizza from 11am to 3pm exclusively at this location.

Thrive City Farmers Market

8am to 1pm, weekly

Thrive City, 1725 3rd St. (Mission Bay), chasecenter.com

Is there anything the new Warriors arena doesn't have? Thrive City, the venue's outdoor gathering space sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, is officially home to a weekly farmers market. Swing by to pick up your fruits, veggies, flowers, and more for the week. // Free to attend, details on Facebook.

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