Whether you’re embracing the Valentine's Day love that's in the air, or avoiding it like
the plague Omicron, there’s something for everyone this week.
SF Beer Week kicks off in Bay Area, Picasso gets the immersive digital treatment, Exploratorium's After Hours is heating up, and Super Bowl watch parties are on.
See you out there.
You've seen Picasso, but never like this.Imagine Picasso, a new immersive, multi-projection exhibition makes its U.S. debut in SF this week. Experience more than 200 works spanning the artist's prolific career; on view Wednesday through March 27th. // The Armory, 1800 Mission St. (Mission); tickets at imagine-picasso.com
Enjoy traditional Venetian cicchetti and wine in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Save Venice, which works to restore and preserve the art, architecture, and culture of Venice, Italy. The event is open to those giving a 100 percent tax deductible gift of $200 or more to the nonprofit. RSVP by Wednesday for the February 24th event from 7pm to 9:30pm. // The Green Room at War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); details and tickets at 50x50sf.com.
Thank you to our partners at Save Venice.
Let's talk about sex, baby. From the mating rituals of zebrafish to the naughty bits of flowers, learn from Exploratorium biologists about the varied and creative ways in which the natural world gets it on at After Dark: Sexplorations; Thursday, 6pm to 10pm. // Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero); tickets at exploratorium.edu
Jeopardy champion Amy Schneider has all the answers, including yours. Coming off a historic and record-breaking run, catch the brilliant Oakland local in person at The Commonwealth Club or watch online; Thursday at 12:30pm. // The Commonwealth Club of California, 110 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero); tickets at commonwealthclub.org
Celebrate independent craft brewers at SF Beer Week. Dozens of bars, restaurants, and breweries around the Bay Area will host events, activities, and at-home offerings. New this year, five opening night events will spotlight each region of the brewers guild. Find kick-off events at Harmonic Brewing in SF, Pond Farm Brewing Co. in San Rafael, 21st Amendment Brewery in San Leandro, Other Brother Beer Co. in Seaside, and Off the Rails Brewery & Restaurant in Sunnyvale; Friday, through February 20th. //Check out the full lineup at sfbeerweek.org.
Nothing says I love you quite like tacos and rosé, and Broc Cellars gets that. In celebration of the natural winemaker's upcoming release of their 2021 Love Rose (conveniently close to Valentine's Day), there will be a special love-themed happy hour this Friday from 4pm to 8pm. // Broc Cellars, 1300 Fifth St. (Berkeley); details at tock.com
Love, a State of Grace is a four-day performance response to the recent rise in violence and vandalism at sacred places in the U.S. Grace Cathedral's 90-foot-tall ceilings and sweeping chambers will provide a dramatic backdrop for talented local aerialists; Friday and Saturday, plus Feb. 17-18. // Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at zaccho.org
Enjoy some limited production vino for V-Day, plus oysters and other tasty bites, with Laird Family Estate winemaker Brian Max; Friday, 4pm to 6pm. // Laird Family Estate, 5055 Solano Ave. (Napa); tickets at tock.com
It's true what they say, the best gifts are handmade—especially when it's chocolate. Learn how to create your own custom dark chocolate heart box and decorate it with edible cocoa butter colors. Then make little confections to fill it up; Friday and Saturday, 10:30am to 12:30pm. // Mon Reve Chocolate Art Studio, 129 Miller Ave. (Mill Valley); tickets at monrevechoc.com
Get a little bit country at Smuin Contemporary Ballet's playful tribute to Patsy Cline; Friday through Sunday. // Cowell Theater, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at smuinballet.org
Start spooning. Learn to carve your own wooden spoon with designer Melanie Abrantes in this workshop using traditional Japanese tools and techniques; Saturday, 10am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 4:30pm. // Brooklyn Basin (Oakland); tickets at melanieabrantes.shop
Listen up you wonderful weirdos, Speechless Live, the interactive improv comedy show is coming home to Club Fugazi. Armed only with a laser pointer and a slide deck of random images, performers put their talents to the test in the ultimate improvisational gauntlet: giving a presentation that they've never seen before, on a topic chosen by you, the audience; Saturday at 10pm. // Club Fugazi, 678 Green St. (North Beach); tickets at clubfugazisf.com
Shop SF Etsy vendors IRL, enjoy live music, DIY your Valentine's gifts, and more at the Hearts and Crafts Market; Saturday, 11am to 4pm. // Daggett Plaza, 1001 16th St. (Potrero Hill); details at sanfranciscoparksalliance.org
Bring your bestie or your boo—or you know, Mom—and get inked up at Moth and Dagger Tattoo Studio for their annual Valentine's Day flash special. Choose from select designs and get two tattoos for $200; Saturday at 11am. // Moth and Dagger Tattoo Studio, 610 Bust St. (Union St.); details on Instagram
Get an early taste of Mardi Gras at Harmonic Brewing's New Orleans–inspired dinner pairing. A part of SF Beer Week, this event will pair Big Easy flavors with brews from the Dogpatch brewery, while Honor Brass Band leads you through a second line; Saturday at 6:30pm. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Bayview); tickets at tixr.com
Go chasing wildflowers in Napa Valley. Mustard season has arrived in Wine Country and, through March, the valley will be filled with bursts of wild yellow blooms across the vineyards. Visit Napa Valley has created a map complete with the best spots for photo ops. // You can view the map and more details at visitnapavalley.com.
Whether you have a flair for exhibitionism or are always game for a fun way to support a good cause, ditch your clothes for the annual Cupid's Undie Run fundraiser; Saturday, 11:30am to 3:30pm. // Red's Java House to Pier 30; register at my.cupids.org,
For those who aren't afraid of things that go bump in the night, don't miss the chance to tour the Winchester Mystery House after hours…all alone! This month, the haunted manse opens all of its 2,000 doors for a self-guided evening tour including unnerving stories of the home’s haunted history; 7pm to 11pm on Saturdays in February. // Winchester Mystery House, 525 S Winchester Blvd. (San Jose); tickets at winchestermysteryhouse.com
Head on down to Lover’s Mart for bouquet-making workshops, sweets, jewelry, and more retail from local artists and makers; Saturday, noon to 4pm. // Kapwa Gardens, 967 Mission St. (SoMa); details at kapwagardens.com
Game day deserves brats and tots, and lots of beer. Hoping for a Golden State victory, Barebottle Brewing Co. is highlighting their gold-blooded michelada at both their San Francisco and Santa Clara taprooms. Plus, bar snacks will be served by Izzy's Cheesesteaks; Sunday, 10am to 9pm. // Details at barebottle.com
If you're looking for a rowdier Super Bowl watch party, head to Marina country bar Westwood for punch bowls, whiskey flights, and wings; Sunday, noon to 8pm. // Westwood, 2036 Lombard St. (Marina); reservations at yelp.com