This week was made for artistic types, with film and opera festivals, live music, literary events, and art exhibits happening by the dozen.
Hear stories from food leaders during Storyslam; meet Zadie Smith at 826 Valencia's Bookeaters' Bash; attend Chinatown Pride; and pick up some new art for your walls from Southern Exposure's annual auction. Plus, check out SF's newest nightclub (yes, really!).
Immerse yourself in Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung during San Francisco Opera's month-long Ring Festival, featuring virtual free events through March 30. // sfopera.com
Get to know the all-women project management team behind the Presidio Tunnel Tops project; Zoom, Monday at 3:30pm. // parksconservancy.org
Discuss Michael Eric Dyson's Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America. The Vanderbilt University professor and seven-time New York Times bestselling author's new book explores the cultural imperatives of Black death, police brutality, genealogy of anti-Blackness, and systemic racism. Sabrina Jacobs of KPFA's "A Rude Awakening" will host the conversation; Tuesday at 7pm. // Tickets (donation-based) are available on eventbrite.com.
Visit tattoo artist Regina "Push" Estrada's Rare Device exhibit, "Ink & Isolation." Throughout the pandemic, the owner of Gold Leaf Ink tattoo shop explored nature, botany, and surrealism through hand-carved linoleum printmaking; daily through April 26. // raredevice.net
Wash down your Causwells cheeseburger with a craft cocktail or two. For the first time ever, thanks to a new liquor license, the Marina eatery is serving hard drinks (plus beer and wine) like the Causwells Paloma (mezcal, lime, grapefruit, and fino sherry) and the Strawberry Slushie (with Grey Goose strawberry lemongrass vodka). // Reservations on causwells.com
Join food culture expert Mark Bittman, author of Animal, Vegetable, Junk, to learn how agriculture and food production are causing climate change and global health crises—and what we can do to combat it; Wednesday at 10am. // Tickets ($5 or $28/book) can be purchased on commonwealthclub.org.
Attend 826 Valencia's Bookeaters' Bash (at-Home Edition) with writer Zadie Smith and student authors, benefiting 826 Valencia's free programming. VIP tickets include a Bash Box with wine and pirate goods; Thursday at 6pm. // Tickets ($100 or $500/VIP) can be purchased on 826valencia.org.
Check out Real Food Real Stories' fourth annual Storyslam, with food leaders including Vinny Eng of SF New Deal, Sarah Kirnon of Miss Ollie's, and Mendocino County shepherd and firefighter Ruthie King. Proceeds will support food community members impacted by the pandemic and wildfires; Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm. // Details and tickets ($25 with add-ons) on realfoodrealstories.org
Get your sweat on with Tonal and healthy lifestyle coach Allison Tibbs. This week, she'll be teaching a virtual, equipment-free Abs & Booty class; Thursday at 6:15pm. // Sign up ($10) on allisontibbs.com
Attend Chinatown Pride, an evening of queer art, drag performances, and cocktail demos; Thursday at 6pm. // Tickets ($25 for GA) on eventbrite.com
Take your dinner date to The Patio by Alexander's Steakhouse for four courses paired with Alfaro Family Vineyards' wines. The menu includes Dungeness crab, casoncelli with confit wagyu, Creekstone filet, and more; Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. // Reserve ($165 per person) on exploretock.com
Discover how feminism can be used to challenge white supremacy during the four-day The Womxn Festival. Speakers include MoAD's Tayari Jones, Birchbox founder Katia Beauchamp, former SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata, designer Rebecca Minkoff, and GirlTrek founder Morgan Dixon; Thursday through Sunday. // Register ($98 for all access) on lovekindcure.com
Appreciate works by 18 graduates in Root Division's MFA Revisited. The seventh iteration of the show highlights current art-making practices and acts as a response to the unsteadiness of 2020 and its impact on academic and arts institutions; through Saturday. // View on rootdivisiontalk.wpcomstaging.com
Jam out to the Dan Horne Band, under a light show by Mad Alchemy Liquid Lights at The Chapel on Thursday or on Friday at Felton Music Hall in Santa Cruz County. Tickets to both shows are for socially distanced tables and include dinner. // Tickets are available at thechapelsf.com and eetickets.us.
Check out video art from Paris and Berkeley. In 836M Gallery's All Roads Lead, you'll be able to see minimalist Agnès Guillaume and maximalist John Sanborn's differing approaches to video; Thursday through May 28. // Schedule an appointment on 836m.org.
Bid on more than 100 pieces of art at Southern Exposure's annual auction, Shine Together. Bonhams auctioneer Aaron Bastian will lead a virtual live auction (there's a silent auction, too) with pieces by new and established Bay Area artists. Local performers will keep you entertained; Friday at 7pm. // Register and preview the art on cbo.io.
Reserve a table at Chinatown's stylish new nightclub, Lion's Den. The club is serving cocktails and bento boxes at socially distanced tables, lounge-style. // Book a reservation on lionsdenbarandlounge.com.
Explore The Walt Disney Studios and World War II exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum to learn how Disney contributed to the Allies' effort through the production of films for training, propaganda, entertainment, public service, and more; opens Friday. // Details and timed tickets on waltdisney.org
Get tickets to the Sonoma International Film Festival. In addition to drive-in screenings at Sonoma Skypark, the multi-day fest includes a virtual lineup of full-length films and shorts; Wednesday through Sunday. // Purchase passes and see the films on eventive.org.
Order Che Fico Alimentari's Passover takeout meal. The dinner for four includes matzoh ball soup, chicory salad, shredded carrots, braised brisket (or stuffed peppers for vegetarians), roasted potatoes, braised cabbage, and red wine. Add on a citrus almond cake; Saturday pickup. // Order ($200) on exploretock.com.
Shop goods from beloved Chinatown businesses at the Ferry Building. Featured popup merchants include Dragon Papa Candy, China Live, Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, and The Chinatown Kite Shop. Take note of handmade lanterns and decor provided by Chinatown shops; Saturday from 8am to 3pm. // Details on Instagram
Purchase ornate vintage glassware curated by designer Ken Fulk; email firstname.lastname@example.org. // Details on Instagram