Off the Grid returns for its 10th season this week. (Courtesy of @offthegridsf)

28 Fun Things: Off the Grid's 10th Season, Women's History Month, Flower Bulb Day + More Bay Area Events

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March is Women's History Month, and there are several ways to celebrate local women this week.

It's also the start of spring. Catch the fever as 10,000 tulips fill Union Square in a special pop-up garden. It's also a great week for the arts with a special tour of SECA honorees at SFMOMA, Smuin Ballet's Choreography Showcase, and a Ravi Shankar listening party at Envelop. Plus, get ready to eat—a lot.


Have a good one!

Monday, March 2nd

Start with week with a three-course Jalisco dinner and tequila pairings at Calavera.

(Courtesy of @calaveraoakland)

Jalisco Cooking & Tequila Tasting Dinner

7pm

Calavera, 2337 Broadway (Oakland), calaveraoakland.com

Start the week on a sultry note with three courses—guacamole verde, flautas de guadalajara, 48-hour-Guajillo-marinated lamb shoulder stew, and a cinnamon milk custard—inspired by the ulinary traditions of the Mexican state of Jalisco. Tequila pairing guarantee a happy end to Monday. // Reservations ($80/person, plus tax and gratuity) are available on Tock.


Drama DJ Set and Signing

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Amoeba, 1855 Haight St. (Upper Haight), amoeba.com

Sad you missed out on snagging tix to Drama's now sold-out shows at The Independent? Good news—you can head to Amoeba for a free DJ and "Dance Without Me" album signing tonight. // Free to attend, details on Facebook.


Chants of India

7:30pm to 8:45pm

Envelop SF, 900 Marin St. (Bayview), envelop.us

Relax before the week ahead with at Envelop with a listening session of renowned Indian musician Ravi Shankar's "Chants of India" album, produced by George Harrison and featuring ancient Hindu sacred prayers including Vedic. // Purchase tickets ($25) on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, March 3rd

Taste special Russian recipes and meet author Darra Goldstein at Dear Inga.

(Courtesy of Dear Inga)

Russia in Recipes and Lore

5:30pm to 10:30pm

Dear Inga, 3560 18th St. (Misson), dearinga.com

Author Darra Goldstein will be celebrating her new book documenting the culinary traditions and recipes of Russian arctic communities. The kitchen at Dear Inga will be adding a selection of recipes from the book to their menu for the night, and Goldstein will be onsite signing copies of her book. // Reservations recommended; pricing is a la carte from the menu; event details on darragoldstein.com.


Odd Salon "Monumental"

6:30pm to 10pm

Public Works, 161 Erie St. (Mission), publicsf.com

Hear six odd but true tales of science, history, and adventure from unique speakers selected from an open submission call. Sip a cocktail or two, munch on some snacks, and prepare to be shocked and amused. // Tickets ($12 and up) can be purchased at Eventbrite.


Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival

Opening night event at 7:15pm today; festival through March 15

California Theatre, 345 S 1st St. (San Jose), sanjosetheaters.org

You've got 12 full days to enjoy films from around the world at this 30th annual technology and creativity-filled festival. Things kick off tonight with the world premiere of John Pinette: You Go Now, a documentary exploring comedian John Pinette's life, plus live standup with comedian Matt Donaher, a post screening Q&A, and an after party at The GlassHouse. // Festival tickets ($100 and up) and the full festival lineup can be found on cinequest.org.


Toast Post Vote

11:30am to 10pm at Palm House; 4:30pm to midnight at The Dorian; and 5-10pm at Bergerac

Palm House, 2032 Union St. (Cow Hollow), palmhousesf.com; The Dorian, 2001 Chestnut St. (Marina), doriansf.com; Bergerac, 316 11th St. (Mission), bergeracsf.com

After casting your vote at the polls, proudly sport your I Voted sticker to received comped cocktails at Palm House, The Dorian, or Bergerac.

Wednesday, March 4th

Taste Oregon's best wines tonight at an event benefitting 18 Reasons.

(Courtesy of @oregonwineboard)

Oregon Wine Tasting Event

6pm to 8:30pm

Terra Gallery & Event Venue, 511 Harrison St. (SoMa), terrasf.com

Enjoy pours from 55 of Oregon's best wineries—including Willamette Valley Vineyards, Brooks, and Grochau Cellars—while supporting the local nonprofit cooking school 18 Reasons. Snack on passed hors d'oeuvres plus a selection from the Oregon Cheese Guild and charcuterie from Olympia Provisions. // Tickets ($85 and up) can be found on Eventbrite.


Endorphin Hour With Salt

7pm to 8pm Wednesdays, through March 25

Outdoor Voices, 555 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley)

Outdoor Voices and nearby workout studio Salt are teaming up this month for free weekly strength-training classes. This week's workout is BarreFight, a 60-minute full body barre meets boxing class; future classes include Knock-Out (HIIT) and The Resistance (glut-centric). // RSVP on outdoorvoices.com.


Burlesque in North Beach

7pm to 11pm, first Wednesday every other month

Comstock Saloon, 155 Columbus Ave. (North Beach), comstocksaloon.com

Comstock Saloon is adding a bit of entertainment to its menu of tasty cocktails and bar eats. Enjoy your evening with dancing from burlesque performer Frankie Fictitious. // Free to attend, space is limited; reservations recommended.

Thursday, March 5th

Farah Yasmeen Shaikh in The Forgotten Empress.

(Lynn Lane)

Collab Dinner at Eight Tables

Reservations from 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Eight Tables at China Live, 8 Kenneth Rexroth Lane (Chinatown), eighttables.com

Eight Tables chef George Chen is welcoming Aqua chef Laurent Manrique to create a seven-course tribute menu to fine dining classics from his old establishment, like the very popular Aqua tuna tartare. // Tickets ($225/person) can be reserved through opentable.com,


SECA Artist Tour + Mixer

6:30pm tour, 7:30pm mixer

SFMOMA, 151 Third St (SoMa), sfmoma.org

SFMOMA is showcasing the latest recipients of the prestigious SECA Art Award with a special gallery showcase and party. You'll see works by honorees Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Sahar Khoury and Marlon Mullen, and hear from them in person on during a guided walk-through. // Free with RSVP; get event details on sfmoma.org/local-affairs.


The Forgotten Empress

7:30pm Thursday and Friday

Z Space, 450 Florida St. (Mission), zspace.org

Follow the story of Empress Noor Jahan, who maneuvers politics in her favor to become one of the most influential women of her era. With live music and dance numbers, this one will be an energetic performance for sure. // Tickets ($35 and up) on nooranidance.com.


Women in Science NightLife

6pm to 10pm

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

March is National Women's History Month. Cal Academy is celebrating with a NightLife event featuring women scientists who will be sharing facts through pop-up lightning talks, panel discussions, and more. // Tickets ($14) are available at calacademy.org.

Friday, March 6th

Get excited for all the food trucks during season 10 of Off the Grid.

(Courtesy of @offthegridsf)

Oak + Fort

10am to 8pm

Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St. (Union Square); oakandfort.com

Oak + Fort fan can get excited: The minimal-chic label is opening its second SF location, in Westfield San Francisco Centre, today. Get there bright and early for a special treat—the first 50 people in line will receive a $25 gift card and a tote full of gifts; the next 50 people will receive the tote plus 25 percent off their purchase. // Details on Eventbrite.


Prime Rib First Fridays

Dinner reservations from 5pm to 9pm

The Vault, 555 California St. (FiDi), thevault555.com

Reward yourself for another week done with a feast of prime rib, freshly baked parker house rolls, lobster bisque soup, all-you-can-eat sides, and apple pie à la mode dessert. // Reservations ($75 per person) are available at thevault555.com


Off The Grid is back!

5pm to 10pm

Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina)

Can you believe Off The Grid is 10 years old?! Head over to Fort Mason Center and celebrate with food trucks, pop-up eats, craft cocktails, micro brews, and live music. // Free to attend, food and drink for purchase. Event details on offthegrid.com.


Lululemon Women's Day Interactive Sensory Museum

7pm to 8:30pm Friday, 3pm to 4:30pm and 6pm to 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday

The San Francisco Mint, 88 5th St. (SoMa)

This interactive exhibit highlights inspiring SF women including community builder and policy advocate Adejire Bademosi; yoga entrepreneur Britteny Floyd-Mayo; woodworker Katie Gong; neuroscientist and choreographer Nkechi Deanna Njaka; and wellness leader Dani Parker. // Tickets ($20) are available on Eventbrite.


Creativity Explored Showcase

6pm to 9pm; through April 26

SFAI—Fort Mason Campus, 2 Marina Boulevard, Pier 2 (Marina), sfai.edu

Creativity Explored is putting together a massive showcase of artworks by students with developmental disabilities. At tonight's opening reception, see films capturing the artists' drawing processes with a special performances by musician Tommy Guerrero, poet Leticia Hernández Linares, and dancer Vanessa Sanchez. // Free to attend, info on creativityexplored.org.


Recombinant Festival

7pm to 2am, Friday and Saturday

Gray Area, 2665 Mission St. (Mission), grayarea.org

Put on your dancing shoes for this two-night music festival with international experimental electronic artists teams with widescreen AV performances. Find the full lineup on recombinantfestival.com. // Tickets ($25 and up) are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, March 7th

Wander through 10,000 tulips and pick your own spring bouquet at Union Square today.

(Courtesy of @causewecantsitstill)

The Craft Chocolate Experience

11am to 5pm, today and Sunday

Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. (Marina), palaceoffinearts.com

Nearly 100 artisanal chocolate vendors from around the world will are gathering at one epic chocolate festival with a marketplace, stages for talks and cooking demos, pairing classes, and even a cocoa bean "ball pit" for IG ops. // Tickets ($35 and up) are on Eventbrite.


Tulip Takeover

1pm to 4:30pm

Union Square, 333 Post St. (Union Square), visitunionsquaresf.com

Plant yourself among the display of 10,000 tulips at today's pop-up in Union Square celebrating Flower Bulb Day, and then take home a free spring bouquet. // Free to attend, details on flowerbulbday.com.


Smuin Choreography Showcase

Through Sunday

Smuin Contemporary Ballet, 1830 17th St. (Potrero Hill), smuinballet.org

Stop by Smuin Contemporary Ballet's new Potrero Hill space this weekend for a special performance of new dance works choreographed by company members for company members. Expect a variety of movement and music styles, and the possibility of one day seeing expanded versions of the pieces on Smuin's main stage. // Tickets ($35 GA or $55 reserved seating) can be purchased on smuinballet.org.


Homage to Federico Fellini

Films at 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and 10pm; celebratory party at 8pm

Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. (Castro), castrotheatre.com

Cinema Italia San Francisco celebrates the maestro today with a quadruple feature of La Strada, Juliet of the Spirits, Amarcord, and I Vitelloni. // Tickets to the films ($13-15 each), party ($25), and the day pass (admission to all four films and party for $60) are on cinemaitaliasf.com.

Sunday, March 8th

Learn to make this hearty kale pesto pasta and more by picking up the new cookbook from Half Baked Harvest today.

(Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest)

International Women's Day

1pm to 7pm

906 World Cultural Center, 906 Broadway (Russian Hill), 906.world

Bring the inspiring women in your life for a showcase of more than a dozen Bay Area women artists and musicians, an outside silent disco, visual and performance art, and even a DJ workshop. All proceeds benefit RAICES, a nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant families and refugees. // Tickets ($20 and up) can be purchased on Eventbrite.


DIY Mochi

1pm to 3pm

Gather (inside Dandelion Press), 421 40th St. (Oakland), gathersf.com

During this mochi-making workshop, expert Yukiko Zinke will walk you through traditional and modern ways to craft your own (vegan and gluten free) mochigome rice cakes stuffed with a variety of ingredients. Bites, wine, and good company included. // Tickets ($75) can be purchased on gathersf.com.


Half Baked Harvest Cookbook Launch

Noon to 1:30pm

Williams-Sonoma Union Square, 340 Post St. (Union Square), williams-sonoma.com

Uber-popular recipe creator and blogger Tieghan Gerard is in town to launch her new cookbook, Half Baked Harvest: Super Simple. Meet Gerard in person, catch a cooking demo, snack on small bites, and get a signed copy of her new book. // Tickets ($30) are on Eventbrite.


La Cocina's Week of Women in Food

La Guerrera's Kitchen

954 Fruitvale Ave. (Oakland)

For the past week, La Cocina has been pairing women chefs from its incubator program with Bay Area restaurant chefs for a series of collaborative dinners featuring one duo each night. As of press time, tickets remained to just one of the seven dinners. Tonight, head to the wrap party with dinner by La Guerrera's Kitchen, Mi Morena, and Xingones. // Tickets ($30-$45) are available at eventbrite.com.

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