23 Fun Things to Do This Week (3.21.22)
Throw it back to midcentury Americana at Bottle Club Pub, the new spot from Future Bars that celebrates unique whiskey and limited edition vintage decanters. (Courtesy of @bottleclubpub)

23 Fun Things to Do This Week (3.21.22)


Flowers are blooming, the days are longer, and people are reemerging after two years of WTF-ness. Pop a Benadryl and get out there to enjoy the best of the season.

This week, find multiple ways to support Ukrainian relief efforts; explore Andy Goldsworthy's art at a new exhibit; grab a whiskey at Bottle Club Pub; get a taste of two Sonoma icons at the SingleThread x Silver Oak pop-up; and much more.

Have a good one.

For 'Firehouse,' artist Andy Goldsworthy coated the windows of Fort Mason's historic firehouse with red earth sourced from the Sierra foothills. (Installation view courtesy of Andy Goldsworthy and Haines Gallery)

Celebrate 30 years of collaborations between artist Andy Goldsworthy and SF's Haines Gallery at Firehouse, a solo exhibition to christen the gallery’s new home at Fort Mason Center. Expect to see new and site-specific installations by Goldsworthy both in the gallery and on Fort Mason's historic firehouse; on view through May 28th. // Haines Gallery, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); hainesgallery.com

Eat well and do good when you dine to raise funds for Ukrainian relief efforts at Fiorella. This week, the restaurant's three locations will be hosting Seeds for the Future, a special event in which each guest receives one seed of a sunflower (Ukraine’s national flower), which represents a $1 donation from Fiorella (whose cofounder Boris Nemchenok is half Ukrainian) to either World Central Kitchen or Jewish Community Federation’s Ukraine Emergency Fund. Additional bags of seeds will also be available for purchase; through Sunday. // Make reservations at fiorella-sf.com.

Make room for a new plant baby: Monday is the final day of The Sill’s annual sidewalk sale. The Cow Hollow store will have markdowns on houseplants, planters, plant care accessories, plus giveaways; Monday, 11am to 7pm. // The Sill, 2181 Union St. (Marina); details at eventbrite.com

Catch a flick for only $6—discounted Tuesdays are back at Grand Lake Theatre. The historic movie house is currently showing The Batman, Death on The Nile, The Lost City, and more; Tuesdays. // Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Ave. (Oakland); tickets at renaissancerialto.com

Get up close and personal with The New York Times reporter Kara Swisher.Often referred to as Silicon Valley’s “most powerful tech journalist,” Swisher heads to Manny’s for a deep dive and Q&A on all things tech; Tuesday at 6:30pm. // Manny’s, 3092 16th St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Drink back in time with the Future Bars team: Bottle Club Pub debuts this week. The concept harks back to the 1950s, '60s, and '70s when American whiskey distillers aimed to juice up interest with special ceramic decanters. Check out the bar's collection of these vintage babies while tasting unique whiskies; open Wednesdays through Sundays. // 555 Geary St. (Union Square), bottleclubpub.com

(Courtesy of Peaceanky)

Purchase a beautifully painted egg to support Nova Ukraine's humanitarian relief efforts. Typically crafted by Ukrainian babushkas in the folk tradition of pysanky to celebrate Easter and spring rituals, these eggs have been painted by East Bay artists to carry on the tradition in the midst of war in Ukraine and to give back to the cause; silent auction begins Thursday, through April 3rd. // See the Peaceanky folk art exhibit through April 10 at 2946 College Ave. (Berkeley); peaceanky.com

The Go-Go’s still rock. Catch one of the first-ever girl bands at The Masonic in celebration of their recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Thursday at 8pm. // The Masonic 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at gogos.com

Get your culture fix on Thursday Nights at the Asian Art Museum. This week, welcome spring with a special Persian New Year event. Roam the galleries, mingle with a drink and a bite to eat, and listen to personal stories about the traditions of Nowruz; Thursday at 6:30pm. // Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. (Civic Center), asianart.org

Reimagine the Garden of Eden as an inclusive paradise at Bloom, the new solo exhibition for Oakland-based artist and activist The Tracy Piper; through April 16th. // Voss Gallery, 3344 24th St. (Mission), vossgallery.art

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend with a beer (or two) from California's women-owned breweries. In honor of Women’s History Month, Fort Point is pouring guest brews by badass ladies; 5pm to 11pm Wednesday through Saturday and 1pm to 8pm Sunday. // 742 Valencia St. (Mission), fortpointbeer.com

Pirouette yourself over to La Grande Fête, the San Francisco Ballet's 2022 season opening gala. Rescheduled from January, this one-night-only performance, curated by Helgi Tomasson, will highlight the diversity and talent of the company. Performance-only tickets include a sparkling wine reception; Thursday at 5pm. // War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at sfballet.org

Celebrate 25 years of the best in film, food, and wine at the Sonoma International Film Festival. This milestone event features more than 120 new films from around the world, spectacular culinary events, panels discussions, live music, and parties all in the heart of Wine Country; Wednesday through Sunday. // 166 1st St. E. (Sonoma), sonomafilmfest.org.

Thank you to our partners at Sonoma International Film Festival.

Join the Tenderloin Museum and DJ Dank for a night of elaborate costumes, rebellious sexuality, and carefree chaos. This benefit screening to support the Cockettes’ upcoming revue will feature video highlights from the gender-bending troupe’s 50th anniversary celebration. Plus, enjoy a performance by Kitten on the Keys, a Q&A with original Cockette and musical director Scrumbly Koldwyn and assistant director Birdie Bob Watt, as well as a special dedication to the late, great Bambi Lake; Thursday at 6:30pm. // Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St. (Tenderloin); tickets at eventbrite.com

Restock your collection of children’s books, YA fiction, and cookbooks at the Friends' Book Donation Center. You may want to bring a wagon—they’ll have more than 5,000 books priced from just $2; 1pm to 5pm Friday and 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. // Friends’ Donation Center, 1630 17th St. (Potrero Hill), friendssfpl.org

Give it up for the the reopening of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts! YBCA is hosting an evening of music, art, performances, and more; Friday at 5:30pm. // Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. (SoMa); RSVP at eventbrite.com.

Get a taste of two Sonoma icons at the SingleThread x Silver Oak pop-up. While three-Michelin-starred SilverThread is temporarily closed due to a recent fire, Silver Oak is lending its kitchen to the restaurant, resulting in a seven-course wine and food pairing that dreams are made of; Friday and Sunday, as well as April 1-4, April 7, and April 9. // Silver Oak Alexander Valley, 7300 Hwy 128 (Healdsburg); reservations at exploretock.com

Get hands-on at the Walnut Creek Bead & Design Show. Shop from more than 150 artisans under one roof—including one-of-a-kind jewelry, beads, eco-dyed fabrics, handwoven textiles, and more. Plus, there will be daily workshops, demos, and classes led by expert craftspeople; 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday. // Concord Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Dr. (Concord); tickets at beadanddesign.com

Come for the free all-you-can-eat pancakes, stay for art and live music. The Pancakes and Booze Art Show returns to SF with more than 100 local artists, live body painting, beers, and stacks of pipin' hotcakes; Saturday at 8pm. // Public Works, 161 Erie St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

BYOB and tuck into some of the Bay's best barbecue. Chef Matt Horn (Horn Barbecue and Kowbird) is teaming up with "Man Fire Food" host Roger Mooking for an exclusive tasting menu that highlights Horn’s award-winning smoked meats with Mooking's global flare. Indulge in brisket, burnt ends, pork ribs, smoked chicken, and spicy cornbread served up family-style; Saturday at 5pm. // Horn Barbecue, 2534 Mandela Pkwy (Oakland); tickets at exploretock.com

Watch on as eight countries compete for victory on some of the fastest sailboats in the world that utilize AI.The adrenaline-fueled sailing competition SailGP returns to the San Francisco Bay with a $1 million prize at stake; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. // Marina Green (Marina); tickets at sailgp.com

Shop local at the Suddenly Spring Pop-Up Market. Sip on house-brewed beers and seltzers, nosh on food truck snacks, and peruse handmade soaps, candles, crafts, and more; noon to 6pm Saturday. // Calicraft Brewing Co., 27 Mitchell Dr. (Walnut Creek); details at eventbrite.com

Ring in spring with Bloom SF, a series of events designed to welcome workers and visitors back to downtown. Venues including the Ferry Building, Embarcadero Center, Salesforce Plaza, Union Square, and The Crossing at East Cut will host flower installations, live music, comedy shows, happy hours, and more; Sunday, through April 2nd. // bloomsf.org

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