29 Fun Things: CJM's Levi Strauss Exhibit, Isabella Rossellini at The Chapel, Ali Wong + More Bay Area Events
Isabella Rossellini and her dog, Pan, kick off this year's tour of their Link Link Circus at The Chapel on Monday. (Courtesy of @isabellarossellini)

29 Fun Things: CJM's Levi Strauss Exhibit, Isabella Rossellini at The Chapel, Ali Wong + More Bay Area Events


Love is in the air this week, but there's still plenty fun stuff to do even if you're not into V-Day.

On Monday, you can catch Grateful Dead's iconic guitarist Bob Weir (if you're lucky) at Sweetwater Music Hall or the fabulous Isabella Rossellini in her kooky one-woman show at The Chapel. Later this week, bid farewell to Barcino and La Folie; pair cookies and beer Monk's Kettle; shop a marketplace of women makers; and see the new Levi Strauss exhibit at The CJM.

Have a good one!

Monday, February 10th

Link Link Circus by Isabella Rossellini

Doors open 7pm, show at 8:30pm

The Chapel, 777 Valencia St. (Mission), thechapelsf.com

Isabella Rosselini...in the Mission? And at The Chapel even? That's right, folks, the Italian glamour puss is returning to the city's hipster hub with her fabulously kooky one-woman show: "Rossellini transforms herself into Aristotle, Descartes, a medieval theologian, and other helpful thinkers of the past, while her dog, Pan, plays various animals, assisted by puppeteer and animal handler Schuyler Beeman." Mmmkay. Maybe she'll have dinner at Locanda after! // Tickets ($45-$65) are available at eventbrite.com.

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros

Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm

Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave. (Mill Valley), sweetwatermusichall.com

Join the waitlist and hope to snag tix to see Bob Weir, the Grateful Dead's iconic guitarist Bob Weir, along with bassist Don Was and drummer Jay Lane, as he plays your favorite Dead hits. // Additional shows the Feb. 11-15; tickets ($150/GA, $325/VIP) are via waitlist at eventbrite.com.

V-Day Desserts

Che Fico Alimentari, 834 Divisadero St. (NoPa), cheficoalimentari.com

Don't get caught empty handed when the romantic weekend arrives. Che Fico is putting together special Sweet Tins with 48 treats including a mix of chocolate truffles, Campari passionfruit pasta di frutta, raspberry mallows, rose pistachio baci, cocoa amaretti biscotti, and heart-shaped chocolates. // Tins ($60) can be ordered and shipped through che-fico.myshopify.com.

Montreux Jazz Festival World Tour

Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm

Tonga Room at The Fairmont, 950 Mason St. (Nob Hill)

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of our beloved tiki bar on Nob Hill. Kicking off a year's worth of festivities is tonight's performance by Jalen N'Gonda, an R&B and soul artist on the Montreax Jazz Festival World Tour. // Tickets ($50) are available at eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, February 11th

Beer and Cookies Pairing

Noon to midnight

Monk's Kettle, 3141 16th St. (Mission), monkskettle.com

This SF Beer Week event teams two of our favorite things. No one will fault you for dunking your coconut macaroons into Faction's Anomaly; other pairings include classic chocolate chip cookies with Epic's Son of a Baptist, and brown butter pecan cookies paired with Allagash's Barrel & Bean. // Event details on monkskettle.com.

Chef Collaboration Dinner

5:30pm to 10pm

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

Tartine Manufactory chef Nico Pena is teaming up with Commons Club chef Adrian Garcia for one delicious tasting menu. Each chef will present three courses; dishes will include Tartine country bread with carrot hummus and everything dukkah; Dungeness Crab burnt ends; and Tartine levain tagliatelle with green garlic and fava leaves. // Reservations ($90/person with optional $40 wine pairings) can be made through OpenTable.

Believing Women

The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero), commonwealthclub.org

Feministing founder Jessica Valenti and "Unscrewed" podcaster Jaclyn Friedman are discussing their new anthology, Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World, with Meena Harris, founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign (and recent 7x7 podcast guest). Expect to hear their thoughts on the #MeToo movement, accountability, and an all important question: What would happen if we didn't just believe women, but acted as though they matter? // Tickets ($20/members, $35/nonmembers) can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Au Revoir to La Folie

Dinners Tuesday through Saturday

La Folie, 2316 Polk St. (Russian Hill), lafolie.com

Another of San Francisco's French fine dining landmarks is bidding the city farewell. After 32 years, La Folie will close its doors on March 14th. Get a last taste of chef Roland Passot's Gallic fare.

Wednesday, February 12th


Through May 7

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, 750 Kearny St. (Downtown), cccsf.us

Check out some rad art at Homing, a sound and light installation, inspired by SF's Chinatown, by Taiwanese artist Hung Tzu Ni, who explores the different soundscapes, architecture, and atmosphere of the neighborhood. // Free to visit, more info on cccsf.us.

Dumplings and Basketball

11am to 3pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 5pm to 10 or 11pm on game nights

Dumpling Time Thrive City, 191 Warriors Way, Suite 101 (Mission Bay), dumplingtimesf.com

Looking for the perfect pre- or post-game meal? Dumpling Time has opened a thuird location in the Warriors' Thrive City, outside Chase Center. Go for the classics or dive into some new location-specific dishes including scallop siu mai, Dungeness crab garlic noodles, spiced pork ribs, and wagyu fried rice. Beer, wine, cocktails and sake are also available.

Last Meal at Barcino

4pm to 9:30pm Tuesday through Thursday, till 11pm Friday and Saturday

Barcino, 399 Grove St. (Hayes Valley), barcinosf.com

Barcino, Hayes Valley's corner spot serving up Spanish-style tapas, is closing on February 15th. Stop by this week for your last round of paella, patatas bravas, and tortilla Española.

Inside the Black Panther Archives

7pm to 9pm

The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St. (Oakland), thenewparkway.com

Fredrika Newton was the life partner of Black Panthers founder Dr. Huey P. Newton and, of course, herself a member of the Black Panther Party. She'll be at The New Parkway tonight to talk about building a legacy monument and a digital museum in Oakland dedicated to the Black Panther Party. // Free to attend; for more info, go to visitoakland.com.

Thursday, February 13th

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style

Through August 9th

Contemporary Jewish Museum, 735 Mission St. (SoMa), thecjm.org

Our very own pioneering denim brand is the focus of the newest exhibit at the CJM: Levi Strauss: A History of American Style brings together the largest collection to date of materials from the Levi Strauss & Co. Understand the historical impact of your favorite blue jeans, the journey of founder Levi Strauss, and see unique objects such as a reissue of a jacket worn by Albert Einstein, an AMC Gremlin car with denim interiors, and a custom ensemble worn on tour by Lauryn Hill. // Tickets ($16, $8 after 5pm Thursdays) are available at thecjm.org.

Female Focus Night Market

4pm to 9pm

Harmonic Brewing, 1050 26th St. (Dogpatch), harmonicbrewing.com

Celebrate women makers and entrepreneurs at this nighttime pop-up marketplace. Expect food from Compassion Meals, Psst. Hoy, Good To Eat Dumplings, and Le Dix Sept; and art and crafts from makers including Bon Bon Bandeaux and Karina's Jewels Delasoul. // Find the full lineup on harmonicbrewing.com.

Laszlo's Lonely Hearts Club

4pm to midnight

Laszlo, 2526 Mission St. (Mission), laszlobar.com

Relive your high school days as Laszlo's gets decked out in '90s prom–themed decor and cues up the John Hughes flicks—think Pretty in Pink, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Say Anything. Snap some pics in a photo booth, and grab a drink with Don Julio tequila or Amass botanical gin.

Galentine's Happy Hour

3pm to 7pm

The Rambler Bar at Hotel Zeppelin, 545 Post St. (Union Square), viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Gather your girls for a night of specialty cocktails, talks about intimate wellness with sex expert Sunny Rodgers, and goodies for sale from high-end sexual accessories brand Jimmyjane. Enjoy truffle fries, specialty cocktails such as the "Ladyhattan" and offering a 2 for 1 Sparkling Rosé & Prosecco deal.

Friday, February 14th

(Courtesy of Cowgirl Creamery)

Cheesy for Lunch

11am to 6pm, through Monday

Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick Cafe & Milk Bar, 1 Ferry Building, No. 19 (Embarcadero), cowgirlcreamery.com

Looking for a low key way to woo your special someone? Pop over to Cowgirl Creamery anytime this weekend order up some raclette. Choose from three different bases—fresh Acme (or gluten-free) bread, boiled potatoes, or fresh veggies from the market—and add-ons including prosciutto. // $10 per base, add-ons for $1.50 each.

Adult Sleepover

6pm Friday to 8am Saturday

California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org

Spend a night at the museum—like aaaalllllll night. Cal Academy will be hosting a Valentine's sleepover, starting with a buffet dinner and Champagne, followed by special planetarium screenings, a silent disco, science demos, an aquarium yoga sesh, and breakfast the next morning. // Tickets ($195) are available on calacademy.org.

Cuddle with goats!

4pm to 8pm

580 Green St. (North Beach), valueculture.org

Who needs a date when you can hug a goat? This Valentine's Day, get your picture taken with a goats during a happy to benefit the non-profit City Grazing. You can also shop goods from local artists and sip HolyCraft Beer and creative cocktails. // Free to attend (goat pictures available for purchase); find details on Eventbrite.

Prime Rib Dinner

Seatings 5:30pm to 10pm

True Laurel, 753 Alabama St. (Mission), truelaurelsf.com

Cocktail haven True Laurel is spicing things up for V-Day with a three-course-plus-sides prime rib dinner. Come hungry for green garlic Caesar salad, dry-aged TL prime rib roast, a loaded baked potato, cauliflower creamed spinach, onion rings, and a flaming bananas foster. Pair your feast with any of their expert cocktails or vintage Cali wines. // Reservations ($85 per person) can be made on Tock.

Saturday, February 15th

Oakland's Hot New Cocktail Bar

4pm to midnight, Monday to Thursday; 4pm to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays

Viridian, 2216 Broadway (Oakland), viridianbar.com

Next time you catch a show at The Fox or the Paramount, step into the technicolor oasis that is Viridian, a new dessert-focused dim-sum-esque (uh huh, you heard us) bar from a team of industry vets who've worked at places like Lazy Bear and Bird Dog. There are a few savories on the menu—think salt-n-pepper chicken nuggets, fluffy milk bread, and puffy meat-packed baos—and a slew of sweet things. Share (or don't) the Thai milk tea tiramisu and salted egg yolk custard buns.

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting

1pm to 4:30pm

Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina), fortmason.org

This massive vino festival will be pouring some of the best award-winning wines, including some 1,500 gold-medal wines. // Tickets ($75-$95) are available on winejudging.com.

West Coast Craft Can Invitational

2pm to 5pm

Devil's Canyon Brewing Co., 935 Washington St. (San Carlos), devilscanyon.com

Head to this beer festival repping the best canned beer from West Coast craft breweries. Live music, arcade games, and food trucks will be on hand to round out the day. // Tickets ($40) are available on devilscanyon.com.

Bootcamp in the Park

10am to 11am

Lakeside Park (meet across from the Bellevue Club), 525 Bellevue Ave. (Oakland), tmbootcamp.com

Burn off all of the Beer Week brews with a free 45-minute high-intensity cardio workout with Tough Mudder Bootcamp. Sweat your way through the circuit workout, and get a taste of what life can be like everyday when Tough Mudder opens its permanent bootcamp location in Oakland Uptown soon. // Register (free) on Eventbrite.

Sunday, February 16th

Ali Wong: The Milk & Money Tour

7pm today and tomorrow

The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill), sfmasonic.com

If you didn't get to crack up with SF's own Ali Wong in December, you've got another chance to snag tix to the stand-up behind Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife's Milk & Money Tour—and you don't want to miss it! // A few tickets ($149.50) are available on livenation.com.

Beer and Beach Cleanup


Seven Stills, 3645 Lawton St. (Outer Sunset), sevenstillsofsf.com

Close out Beer Week by pitching in to clean up Ocean Beach and its neighboring streets. You'll be rewarded with beer and refreshments from Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery, Andytown Coffee, and more. Bring your friends—and even your dog. // No RSVP necessary, find details on sfbeerweek.org.

Soul of the City Wine Festival

3pm to 6pm

490 43rd St. (Oakland)

Wind down the week with an afternoon of wine tasting at the 5th annual Soul of the City Wine Festival. Taste award-winning wines and sparkling wines all from African-American vintners, and sample cheese, chocolate, and other complementary pairings. // Tickets ($40 for all tastings and souvenir glass) can be found on Eventbrite.

Jenny Lemons Sample Sale

11am to 6pm today

Jenny Lemons, 3043 24th St. (Mission), jennylemons.com

Fans of local artist Jenny Lemons' whimsical, hand-printed apparel and home goods may score big at this sample sale of pieces from past seasons. Also shop vintage and discounted accessories and works by January's artist of the month, Nettle Studios. // Details on Eventbrite.

The Late Night Revelry

Tuesday, Feb. 25; 9:30p to midnight

Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (Nob Hill)

Get tickets now to celebrate Mardi Gras inside the majestic Grace Cathedral at The Late Night Revelry, a new Carnivale after-party. Tickets include delish cocktails, light bites, and live music by Jazz Mafia—grab your friends and laissez les bons temps rouler! // Tickets ($100) are available at gracecathedral.org.

Thank you to our partners at Grace Cathedral.

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