Longer, sunnier days are on the way and, with them, more fun things.
San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off Thursday with the premiere of Stephen Curry: Underrated; Starbelly has a new happy hour; MUNI Diaries Live is at Rickshaw Stop; Big Wild plays The Greek, and more.
Have a good one!
Sip nature-inspired cocktails in earthy surrounds at new bar Heartwood. You can even have a craft cocktail lunch with solid eats including salads, pasta, and sandos, all from the same team behind The Treasury and Beehive; noon to 10pm weekdays and 5pm to midnight Saturday. // Heartwood, 531 Commercial St. (FiDi), heartwoodsf.com
Get yourself over to Starbelly’s patio for a new daily happy hour. The Castro hotspot is serving drinks and bar bites including mini Dungeness crab cakes, pizzas, and a $20 burger/fries/cocktail combo; 3:30pm to 6pm daily, except Saturdays. // Starbelly, 3583 16th St. (Upper Market); reservations at starbellysf.com
Shop like a Parisian cool girl at Ba&sh’s month-long pop-up. Pluck tres chic pieces from the label's bridal capsule as well as skirts, tops, jackets, and trousers for all other moments of life; 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday, through April 30th. // The Bar Code, 3600 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), thebarcodesf.com
Experience Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved fantasy adventure Spirited Awayon the big screen of San Francisco’s most iconic theater; Wednesday at 6:45pm and Thursday at 9:15pm. // The Roxie, 3117 16th St. (Mission); tickets at roxie.com
Hear only-in-SF tales at Muni Diaries Live. The blog-turned-podcast-turned-live-event shares bizarre and heartwarming transit stories and encounters between strangers; Thursday at 7pm. // Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St. (Hayes Valley); tickets at eventbrite.com
Drink up a bounty of boba at KQED Live. Meet local boba makers and sample some of their most inventive flavors; Thursday at 7pm. // KQED HQ, 2601 Mariposa St. (Mission); tickets at kqed.org
The 20th Annual International Ocean Film Festival brings more than 50 independent films from around the world, plus panel discussions and themed programs on conservation; Thursday through Sunday. // Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at intloceanfilmfest.org
The 66th San Francisco International Film Festival is back. The event opens at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater with the hometown premiere of Stephen Curry: Underrated on Thursday. The 11-day festival will also include the work of emerging storytellers, international directors, and Latinx filmmakers; Thursday through Sunday, April 23rd. // Various venues around the Bay Area; tickets at sffilm.org
Join Top Chef Portland alum Sara Hauman of Tiny Fish Co. for a conversation on tinned fish and a tasting paired with non-alcoholic libations; Thursday at 6pm. // Boisson, 333 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley); tickets at feedapp.com
Before he heads down to Indio for back-to-back Coachella weekend performances, catch Big Wild at one of the Bay Area’s best outdoor concert venues; Friday at 7:30pm. // The Greek Theatre, 2002 Gayley Rd. (Berkeley); tickets at ticketmaster.com
Ditch your jeans for formal attire at Bacchus Rocchus, a retro-leaning adults-only prom of sorts. There will be a live band and a professional photographer on-site to capture the memories; Saturday at 8pm. // Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com
Ocean Ballet #1 (Reverse), 2022.(Courtesy of Richard Misrach 2022)
Take your seat for Alonzo King Lines Ballet’s thrilling new performance, a collaboration with acclaimed photographer Richard Misrach and Grammy Award–winning vocalist Lisa Fischer that explores our innate connection to nature. The 2023 gala is Saturday, with performances through April 23rd. // Blue Shield of California Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St.; for tickets ($40-$115), go to linesballet.org/spring-2023.
Thank you to our partners at Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Observe artist Cara Levine as she carves notes contributed by visitors into the surface of the artwork Carve; The Mystic is Nourished From This Sphere. For this ongoing site-specific work, visitors have submitted notes sharing any grief they may be experiencing, which are periodically added to the work; Saturday and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm. // Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. (SoMa); details at thecjm.org
Learn how to make zero-waste cocktails with 1 Hotel San Francisco beverage manager Andre Sierra and 818 Tequila; 2pm to 4pm Saturday. // Terrene, 8 Mission St. (Embarcadero); tickets at 1hotels.com
Welcome spring at Plantmania, a free event with gardening and farming demonstrations, olive oil tastings, kid activities, a honey talk and tasting, garden tours, and more; 10:30am to 1:30pm Saturday. // Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr. (Sonoma); details at cornerstonesonoma.com
Toast to our fair city by the Bay with a 415 Day pub crawl; 4pm to 10pm Saturday. // Mayes Oyster House, 1233 Polk St. (TenderNob); tickets at eventbrite.com
(Courtesy of SFMOMA)
Get tickets for Art Bash at SFMOMA. For one night, all seven floors of the museum will burst to life with live musical performances—Amber Mark, a DJ set by Toro y Moi, and Woody De Othello’s surrealist jazz lounge—live art installations and activations (by Sadie Barnette, Jeffrey Cheung, Rewina Bushue, and Simón Malvaez); food and drinks; Wednesday, April 19th. // Art Bash is a 21+ event; tickets ($95 and up) at sfmoma.org/artbash.
Thank you to our partners at SFMOMA.
Get your hands on a limited-edition “Heart Your Parks” screen print ahead of Earth Day. SF Parks Alliance is popping up in various SF parks with the opportunity to pull your own screen print; Saturday, 11am to 4pm. // Duboce Park; details at sfparksalliance.org
See the blooms at the final weekend of the largest Cherry Blossom Festival on the West Coast. The annual springtime celebration will also feature traditional drumming and dance performances and a slew of delicious eats; Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6pm. // Japantown Peace Plaza (Japantown), sfcherryblossom.org
Cruise your way through the brews of more than 40 local makers at the Bay Area Craft Beer Festival. Stay for live music and food trucks. New to Martinez? Check out our guide; Saturday, noon to 4pm. // Waterfront Park, 245 North Court St. (Martinez); tickets at eventbrite.com
Get your hands on some vintage vinyl at SF's largest record fair and swap; Sunday, 7am to 3pm. // McLaren Conference Center at USF, 2130 Fulton St. (Inner Richmond); details at kusf.org
Crash the Capulets’ ballroom when Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers comes to life through passionate dancing, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and stunning design; April 21-30. // San Francisco Ballet at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center), sfballet.org
Thank you to our partners at San Francisco Ballet.