21 Fun Things to Do This Week (1.4.21)
Stretch your legs and snap some pics of the impressive views at Palo Alto's Foothills Park, now open to the public for the first time in over 50 years. (Courtesy of @galit_bar_fuertis)

21 Fun Things to Do This Week (1.4.21)


New year, new terrain? Yep, after more than 50 years, Palo Alto's Foothills Park has opened to the public with 1,400 acres of chaparral, woodlands, fields, streams, and a lake for your exploration.

Plus, subscribe for weekly takeout meals from your favorite San Francisco restaurants; sign up for Lines Ballet's All You Can Dance; and run a 5K or 15K with hot chocolate at the finish line.

Watch ODC's Inaugural Ball with Vogue and Tone choreography lessons, EDM by Kippy Marks, and a special performance by ODC Theater resident artist Kinetech Arts; Monday at 5:30pm. // RSVP (free) on odc.dance.

Test your 49ers knowledge in a virtual escape room. In this group-friendly experience, you'll discover puzzles and unlock clues to help Jerry Rice save the day when the team's trophies go missing. // Play ($25) on 49ers-games.myshopify.com.

Get your bluegrass fix during episode four of Hardly Strictly's "Let The Music Play On & On," featuring Robert Earl Keen, Laurie Lewis, and Nina Gerber; Tuesday at 5pm. // hardlystrictlybluegrass.com

Visit Foothills Park. After 51 years, the Palo Alto park is now open to the public. Go for endless trails and views, perfect for a socially distanced walk. // cityofpaloalto.org

Subscribe to your favorite restaurant
. The Third Place is a new platform taking aim at helping restaurants thrive during shelter in place. Subscribe to weekly meals from restaurants and pop-ups including Ox & Tiger and Zero Zero. // thethirdplace.is

Watch the SF Gay Men's Chorus take a tour of the South in Gay Chorus Deep South. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award–winning documentary chronicles the chorus' 2017 trip to the South; through February 15. // Stream on Logo, PopTV, or Sling; gaychorusdeepsouth.com.

Virtually visit Gallery 16's final show before they close their Third Street space. "The Violets in the Mountains Have Broken the Rocks" features works by a selection of artists shown at Gallery 16 over the last 14 years, with messages that carry new meanings as a result of history and the pandemic; through January 20. // View (free) on gallery16.com.

Kick off the new year with 2021 Reimagined: A Six-Week Body + Mind Wellness Workshop. Sweat it out during unlimited home workout classes, yoga and meditation, goal-setting and relationship workshops, guest coach appearances, and more. // Register ($399 and up) on sutrapro.com.

Stop by Moxie's Daughter. The new female-run gallery on Sacramento Street features narrative photography by Emmy-nominated documentarian Margaret Cheatham Williams.// Book 30 minute appointments on moxiesdaughter.com.

Watch a virtual presentation of Revelations: Art from the African American South. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's newly acquired 62 works by contemporary African American artists from the Southern United States explore gender, class, and race; Wednesday at 7pm. // Register (free) on sfpl-org.

Chat with famed New York chef Marcus Samuelsson. In his new book, The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food, Samuelsson explores Black culinary arts; Wednesday at 6pm. // Tickets (free with the option to donate) are available at commonwealthclub.org.

Hear from the co-directors of Crip Camp, a Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner. By Berkeley filmmakers Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, the film—executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama—profiles Camp Jened, a camp for disabled teens that shaped the disability rights movement; Thursday at 5pm. // Register on diversityfilmseries.org.

Celebrate the 80th birthday of musician, artist, and activist Joan Baez during a livestream tour of Mischief Makers 2. The exhibit at Mill Valley's Seager Gray Gallery showcases Baez's portraits of people making the world a better place; Saturday at 5:30pm. // Tickets ($15 and up) are available at seated.com.

Nosh on Spanish, Mexican, or Argentinian empanadas
—plus patatas bravas, salad, and Basque-style cheesecake—when you order takeout from North Beach's new Little Red Window. // theredwindow.com

Move and groove all day Saturday with Alonzo King's "All You Can Dance." Choose from a selection of 30-minute classes—including belly dance, ballet, modern, and hip hop—or try them all; 9:30am to 3:15pm Saturday. // Tickets ($10) are available at linesballet.org.

Order your brews in advance for the Roast of 2020 Virtual Beer Festival. Make your way through a selection of 10 beers, including Tony Hawk's Birdhouse IPA and Booze Brothers' Chocolate Vanilla Swirl, while enjoy live standup comedy and music; 8pm to 10pm Saturday. // Tickets ($49 including beer and shipping) are available on eventbrite.com.

Lace up your sneakers for the Allstate Hot Chocolate Run. Whether you go for the 5K or the more ambitious 15K, you'll create your own route and then dive into hot chocolate and fondue squares at the finish line; Sunday. // Register ($40, includes a chocolate kit, bib, and finisher's medal) on hotchocolate15k.com.

Explore Root Division's
Trueque Pt. I, which examines systems of exchange through works by eight artists; Thursday through January 25. // View virtually (free) on rootdivision.org.

If you're a matcha connoisseur, don't miss Cuzen Matcha's Starter Kit. Created by the founder of Valencia Street's Stonemill Matcha, the kit includes everything you need to create your own freshly ground matcha including tea leaves, a whisking cup, matcha maker, and more. // Purchase ($369) on cuzenmatcha.com.

Listen to the CJM's Sunday Stories: Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, to learn about the Beat generation's influence on 1960s singer-songwriter; Sunday at 10am. // Stream for free via thecjm.org.

Connect with fellow bookworms during San Francisco's Silent Book Club. After chatting about book recommendations via Zoom, pick up any book for an afternoon reading break; Sunday at 2pm. // Register for free on eventbrite.com.

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