Helloooo, March! Spring is in the air and San Francisco is expected to move to the Covid red tier this week—that means the reopening of indoor dining rooms, gyms, museums, and more.
While we await that taste of normalcy, stay busy with drinks from Kona's Street Market, the new outdoor cocktail spot from the team behind Pacific Cocktail Haven; unleash your inner artist at Pinckney Clay; and tune in to the Save the Oasis telethon in support of SF's beloved drag club.
Munch on meatless Chik'n from Next Level Clucker, the newest vegan venture by Next Level Burger located inside the Potrero Whole Foods. Offerings include CluckerBaskets filled with Chik'n and sides, wings, nuggets, CluckerWiches, plenty of fixings, and salads. // Order on nextlevelclucker.com.
Check out City Arts' Fiction/Friction miniseries, featuring the literary figures behind buzzed-about contemporary novels, and commencing this week with Patricia Lockwood, author of Priestdaddy as well as the new novel No One Is Talking About This; Monday at 6pm. // Tickets ($45) are available on cityarts.net.
Watch the world premiere of L. Peter Callender's Strange Curiosities. Produced by San Jose Stage Company in association with African American Shakespeare Company, the play explores the power of truth-telling, healing, and how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission can help South African citizens confront the painful past of the apartheid era; through Wednesday. // Tickets ($40) are available on thestage.org.
Help Texas—and maybe even win some hot sauce while you're at it—by entering East Bay institution Lucky Dog Hot Sauce's relief fundraiser. If you donate just $10 to organizations including Feeding Texas, Austin Pets Alive, or Houston Food Bank (see the full list on Instagram), you'll be entered to win a massive collection of award-winning hot sauces plus other goodies worth over $1,000; through midnight Tuesday. // Entry details on Instagram
See sculptor and painter Gale Hart's solo exhibition, Sic, at Voss Gallery. Watch footage of Hart making her work and get an exhibition walkthrough on Instagram, Wednesday at 6pm. Reserve a timed ticket for you and three guests to see a safe, private viewing of the show (with live music, too) on Friday evening. Or, stop by the gallery Wednesday through Saturday from this Saturday to March 28th. // Find details and register at Eventbrite.
Immerse yourself in Pandora, a feminist version of the Pandora's Box story by acclaimed playwright Laurel Ollstein and presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and the Getty Museum; through March 19. // Register for free on getty.edu.
Taste various bourbons along with bluegrass tunesduring Elixir and Heaven Hill Distillery's Bottled-in-Bond: 124th Anniversary Tasting Event; Wednesday at 4pm. // Purchase tickets ($65 includes whiskey samples) on Eventbrite.
Enjoy a cocktail from Kona's Street Market. The Pacific Cocktail Haven team's new SoMa spot has just four sidewalk tables, available by reservation only, for tasting drinks inspired by different regions of the world. Try the Nippon Cooler (Toki Japanese Whiskey, aloe, watermelon, osmanthus, citrus, bitters, and soda) or the You're My Boy Blue (Ketel One Vodka, Tokay, blueberry, citrus, and egg white). Small bites include Thai curry beef hand pies and hummus and chips. Takeout is also available; 3pm to 7pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. // exploretock.com
Celebrate International Women's Day during CalAcademy's NightSchool: Women in Science. Alie Ward, host of the comedic science podcast "Ologies," will lead the discussion; 7pm Thursday. // calacademy.org
Go for a spin at Wheel House. The Embarcadero group fitness center's outdoor cycling classes are officially on beginning this week, and there are plenty of chances to sweat to artists ranging from Dua Lipa to Justin Timberlake; classes begin Monday. // wheelhouse-sf.com
Travel back in time to San Francisco's mid-century Tenderloin. You'll hear tales and see images of vintage matchbooks and neon signs from the neighborhood's hotels and nightclubs with the Tenderloin Museum and SF Neon; Thursday at 6:45pm. // Register for free on Eventbrite.
View the National AIDS Memorial's Black History Month AIDS Quilt Exhibition. Focusing on the impact the AIDS pandemic had on the African American community, the exhibit features 56 sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt; through March 31. // aidsmemorial.org
Pamper yourself during Discovering Wellness, a two-day virtual event in celebration of International Women's Day. The schedule includes yoga, dance, and breathing workshops, as well as discussions about financial fitness, giving, and finding clarity during stressful times; 8am to noon, Wednesday and Thursday. // Register on bandjadvisors.com.
Attend Dance Mission Theater's Dance In Revolt(ing) Times. This year's virtual festival offers Black artists from the Bay Area and beyond the space to tell their stories, define power, and conjure hope; 5pm Friday and Friday, March 13. // Tickets ($10 sliding scale) are available on dancemissiontheater.org.
Give the potter's wheel a try at female-owned Bernal Heights ceramic studio Pinckney Clay. During a Try-It Wheel session, you'll learn how to center and shape clay into a pot and then walk away with some hand-thrown pieces; Fridays at 6pm. // Sign up on pinckneyclay.com.
Ask Academy Award–nominated screenwriter Dave Reynolds a question or two. If you're a fan of A Bug's Life, Tarzan, The Emperor's New Groove, or Finding Nemo, then you won't want to miss Walt Disney Family Museum's Happily Ever After Hours this week; Friday at 5:30pm. // Register for free at waltdisney.org.
Watch Smuin Ballet's Choreography Showcase. Choose from three programs with a total of 15 new works by Smuin's company artists plus eight revivals of past pieces. After each program, learn more about the artistic process during a virtual Zoom Q&A; Friday through March 14. // Tickets ($25) are available at smuinballet.org.
Make eggplant caponata with lemongrass peanut sauce with chef Azalina Eusope of Azalina's during an episode of Colavita Cooking Live. You'll also learn about Giving Broadly, a guide highlighting cooking products from women-owned brands; Friday at 11am. // Watch on Instagram Live.
Stream the Save the Oasis Telethon. Support the beloved SoMa drag club during this virtual event with Oasis owner D'Arcy Drollinger, Sister Roma, Juanita More, Peaches Christ, and more. The goal is to raise $100,000; noon to midnight Saturday. // Watch for free and donate at givebutter.com.
Watch New Conservatory Theatre's Interlude, about a Black gay man's experience returning home to Kansas during the Covid-19 pandemic; through March 24. // Pay what you wish at nctcsf.org.
Hear award-winning author Malinda Lo read from her queer coming-of-age novel, Last Night at the Telegraph Club, set in 1950s Chinatown; Saturday at 4pm. // Register for free (with option to donate to the GLBT Historical Society) on veevartapp.com.
Order a box of quirky treats from Drool, a new pastry box popup by chef Nick Muncy. Monthly half-dozen assortments will include the likes of peanut cookies and candied orange cakes. Orders are limited to 50 per weekend. // Purchase ($45, with pickup and delivery available) on buydrool.com.
Partake in the Chinatown YMCA's 43rd Annual Chinese New Year Run. Follow provided 5K maps through Downtown SF or Golden Gate Park, or a 10K around Lake Merced, or make your own route; through Sunday. // Register ($40-$62, includes race T-shirt and finisher medal) on ymcasf.org.
Crack open a can of San Francisco's first-ever gluten-free beer. Launched this month, Otherwise Brewing's first release is the Calrose Crisp Rice Lager made from sushi rice with notes of honey. // Order ($15/4-pack) at otherwisebrewing.com.