13 Fun Things to Do This Week (3.18.24)
Mix, mingle, and shop from the world's top emerging artists under one roof at Superfine Art Fair. (Courtesy of Superfine Art Fair)

13 Fun Things to Do This Week (3.18.24)


Find yourself a bit more cultured and your stomachs a lot more satisfied this week.

Plan for the return of Superfine Art Fair, Sonoma International Film Festival, and the Bay Area Seed Swap. If you're hungry for more, there's always the California Artisan Cheese Festival, a La Cocina chef pop-up dinner, the West Coast Taco and Beer festival—and so much more.

Have a good one.

Film, food, and wine come together at the Sonoma International Film Festival. Don’t miss a special tribute to the career of Beau Bridges as he receives the 2024 SIFF Lifetime Achievement, followed by a screening of his timeless comedy, The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989); through March 24. // Schedule and tickets at sonomafilmfest.org

Make reservations for a one-night-only taste of Chicago's acclaimed Japanese dining bar Kumiko, when it pops up at Bar Iris. Kumiko owner/mixologist Julia Momosé uses seasonal Japanese ingredients and techniques to create elevated cocktails, similar to Bar Iris; the two bars will be slinging their very best creations all night; Monday, 5pm to 11pm. Reservations are sold out but some walk-ins will be accepted. // Bar Iris, 2310 Polk St. (Russian Hill), bar-iris.com

Rock out with Alan Parsons in a rare, live performance. The famous audio engineer is known for his work with Pink Floyd and The Beatles, before launching successful albums of his own; Thursday at 8pm. // Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Superfine Art Fair is back at Fort Mason—and it’s bigger than ever. Meet with more than 100 artists, enjoy free drinks, watch live body painting, and go home with your next masterpiece; Thursday to Sunday. // Gateway Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com

Thank you to our partners at Superfine Art Fair.

Prep for spring at the Bay Area Seed Swap. Green thumbs and aspiring gardeners can get free educational resources for sustainable gardening and seed saving, and connect and learn with other local gardeners. If you have ‘em, bring your seeds to share and the favor will be returned; Friday, 6pm to 8pm. // Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. (Berkeley); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Grab your seat at the table for La Cocina’s Chef Pop-up: A Journey From North to South. The talented, newer chefs of La Cocina will debut a delicious blend of Swiss, Mexican, and Central and South American flavors in this fou- course meal; Friday at 5pm. // La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, 332 Golden Gate Ave. (Tenderloin); tickets at eventbrite.com

Feel aliiiiiiveeee when British pop-rock band The Kooks, brings its 20th anniversary tour to Oakland with openers The Vaccines; Friday at 7:30pm. // Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Have a very gouda time (sorry) at the California Artisan Cheese Festival. The multi-day event features farm tours, tastings, and seminars all culminating in a grand tasting and marketplace; Friday to Sunday. // Sonoma County Event Center, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd. (Santa Rosa); tickets atartisancheesefestival.com

Comedian Hannibal Buress is now a… rapper? The standup comic and actor has pivoted into hip-hop and is touring with a new hybrid show that includes some jokes but mostly his new music. See for yourself; Saturday at 7pm. // The Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 3601 Lyon St. (Marina); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Raise a glass to International Women's Month at Lazy Bear. The acclaimed restaurant will host some of the Bay Area’s most talented women in the wine industry for a one-night-only experience. Join winemakers Maya Dalla Valle (Dalla Valle Vineyards) and Vanessa Wong (Peay Vineyards) and Master Sommeliers Emily Wines and Madeline Triffon. There will be a special menu created to complement the selected wines, plus these leaders will share their experiences along their professional journeys; Saturday at 6:30pm. // Lazy Bear, 3416 19th St. (Mission); tickets are available on tock.com

Hop over to Neiman Marcus for a beloved tradition—breakfast with the Easter Bunny. The family-friendly event is filled with activities including bunny meet-and-greets, balloon artists, face painters, and gift baskets; Sunday, 8:30am to 10am. // Neiman Marcus Rotunda, 150 Stockton St. (Union Square); tickets at eventbrite.com

Get your fill of tacos and beer at the West Coast festival of the same name. Tickets include unlimited taco and beer tastings from dozens of restaurants, food trucks, and breweries—plus, live music, games, and other entertainment; Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 5pm. // History San Jose, 1650 Senter Rd. (San Jose); tickets at westcoasttacobeerfest.com

Put the spy novel down and head to the theater for a reimagined version of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film The 39 Steps on stage. Four actors play more than 100 characters in this spoof that is equal parts slapstick comedy and film noir thriller; through April 20th. // San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post St. (TenderNob); tickets at sfplayhouse.org

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