21 Fun Things to Do This Week (1.11.21)
Nosh on a multi-course meal and marg from Nido's Backyard during Oakland Restaurant (and More) Week. (Courtesy of @nidosbackyard)

21 Fun Things to Do This Week (1.11.21)


Looking to up your takeout game? Order from more than 50 eateries—think Nido's Backyard and Daughter Thai—participating in Oakland Restaurant Week. Psst: It's also Napa Valley Restaurant Week(s).

Plus, explore Martin Luther King, Jr.'s question, "Where do we go from here?" during a four-day documentary film festival featuring 20 docs, poetry, and musical performances; groove to local bands during the online music festival Real Neato; and order a majestic galette and some bubbly from Maison Danel.

Purchase a meal kit of Neijiang sweetwater noodles from chef William Lim Do, formerly of Mister Jiu's and State Bird Provisions. Each DIY kit includes two bundles of noodles ready to be boiled, plus a selection of toppings including Lanzhou chili crisp oil. // Order for delivery or pickup around the Bay Area ($22/kit feeds two, with various delivery rates) on docs.google.com.

Get togetherwith former Recology Artists in Residence during the first panel of the new Recology AIR Connects series, with participation from multi-modal artist Bill Basquin, textile-ceramics sculptor Ramekon O'Arwisters, and quilter Sherri Lynn Wood; Tuesday at 5:30pm. // Register for free on Eventbrite.

Learn how music inspires action and cultivates wellbeing in communities with Oakland vocalist Valerie Troutt and The Curtis Family Cnotes; Tuesday at 5:30pm. // RSVP on ybgfestival.org.

Get a taste of Wine Country during Napa Valley Restaurant Week(s). For each of the next five weeks, take advantage of takeout specials from different towns around the valley. First, support American Canyon's eateries including Junction Brewery & Grill and La Strada; Monday through February 14. // visitnapavalley.com

Learn about the female trailblazers who've helped build and shape Silicon Valley during Los Altos History Museum's Women in Tech: Then and Now. The panel's moderator, tech vet Nomi Trapnell, will be joined by big shot women in the fields of software engineering, intellectual property, and operations; Thursday at 5:30pm. // losaltoshistory.org

Munch on dishes from of all your favorite restaurants during Oakland Restaurant (and More) Week. But wait—breweries, wineries, pop-ups, food trucks, and caterers are also representing; through January 18. // visitoakland.com

Chat with author Ann Patchett about her Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Dutch House. Be sure to submit your questions in advance; Wednesday at 6pm. // Register ($15, or $30 with signed paperback book copy, or free for Women Lit members) on baybookfest.org.

Learn about reproductive rights in the U.S. with Mary Ziegler, author of Abortion and the Law in America: Roe V. Wade to the Present, and Mother Jones rights reporter Becca Andrews; Thursday at 6pm. // RSVP (free) on booksmith.com.

Watch Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too, August Wilson) by Rachel Lynett. During Magic Theater's Virgin Play Festival, this virtual narrative is set in the fictional all-Black state Bronx Bay, after an imagined second Civil War; Thursday at 6pm. // Register (free with option to donate) on mobilecause.com.

American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Franciscoto learn about how Jews escaping persecution in Europe in the 1800s helped build and define SF. Producer Jackie Krentzman will provide an introduction; Thursday at 5pm. // Register for free at thecjm.org.

Cook with chef Eric Pascual of Eats by E. During this Sacred Kitchen Global Soul Food cooking class, you'll make a Filipino feast of ginataang gulay, bibingka, and java rice; Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm. // Tickets ($49, includes class and shopping list) on chefsfeed.com.

Explore Bay Area Deaf Arts
, a multidisciplinary SomArts exhibition curated by performer and activist Antoine Hunter. With works by Deepa Agarwal, Drago Renteria, Gungaa Tuvshinbat, and more; Thursday through February 21. // somarts.org

Watch the premiere of What the Body Holds, a documentary dance film inspired by domestic violence survivor and advocate Svetlana (Lana) Pivchik's work and featuring dancer Jenna Marie. After the film, don't miss an interactive Q&A; Friday at 5pm. // Tickets (free with suggested donation) on Eventbrite

Attend the four-day documentary film festival Where Do We Go From Here? You'll explore Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s unanswered question via 20 documentaries, musical performances, poetry, and conversations; Friday through Monday. // Register for free on Eventbrite.

Celebrate the new year with Maison Danel's almond frangipane cream–filled galette des rois. Whoever finds the fève (or mini figurine) inside earns the title of king or queen for the day—and gets to don the gold paper crown that comes with the cake. Bonus points if you pair it with a bottle of crémant d'Alsace, available through the end of January. // Order ($40) two days in advance for pickup or delivery on maisondanel.square.site.

Stream Summit Sessions' live outdoor concerts. featuring a different artist every Saturday via YouTube. Can't make it this week? You can also view past performances including Bay Area musicians Chow Mane, Frak, and Afterthought; Saturdays. // Details on Instagram, watch on YouTube.

Enjoy a showing of SF Opera's Romeo and Juliet. Nadine Sierra and Pene Pati play the star-crossed lovers in the romance directed by Frank Zamacona; beginning Saturday at 10am. // sfopera.com

Catch a virtual presentation of Bay Area photographer Xan Blood Walker's new book, Abandoned East Bay: Where Graffiti Is King. The book features more than 100 photographs of graffiti found in hidden places around the East Bay; Saturday at 2:30pm. // Streaming details on Facebook

Stream the online music festival Real Neato, benefiting the Redwood Empire Food Bank of Sonoma County. The lineup of bands includes world music group La Gente SF, Oakland-based singer-songwriter Emily Afron, and Petaluma groove-rock group The Incubators; Saturday at 6pm. // realneato.com

Virtually join Jessup Cellars for the Art House Short Film Series. After making a special flavor-infused popcorn, open two pre-selected bottles from the Yountville winery while you watch four award-winning shorts, plus filmmaker appearances; Saturday. // Tickets ($550, include virtual tickets to three events, six bottles of wine, and six popcorn pairing kits) are available on jessupcellars.com.

Watch "In the Name of Love." Living Jazz's 19th annual musical tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. features artists and activists ranging from Toshi Reagon and Allison Miller to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, all coming together to inspire hope and social change; Sunday at 4pm. // Tickets ($30 for GA with free ticket available) on livingjazz.org.

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