Take a gram or two of Van Gogh's larger-than-life Sunflowers painting. (Courtesy of @svn_west)

24 Fun Things to Do This Week (3.15.20)

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Van Gogh's famous works come to life in an immersive tech-meets-art exhibit at SVN West.

Plus, celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a live concert or a pup parade; scarf down a free pint of Alec's Ice Cream; shop small at Mission Bowling Club's Sunday makers market; take Amy Tan's MasterClass in writing; and ROFL during the COVIDversary Comedy Special.

Pick up a copy of Mister Jiu's in Chinatown: Recipes and Stories from the Birthplace of Chinese American Food. Impress your dinner date with complex favorites like Dutch crunch barbecue pork buns, Liberty roast duck, and orange chicken wings. // Purchase from local bookstores like Booksmith


Hear from Chanel Miller
. The author of the critically acclaimed memoir Know My Name will discuss art and her personal experience with sexual trauma with media artist Robynn Takayama, Tuesday at 6pm. // Register (free) on sfpl.org


Crack up during the COVIDversary Comedy Special
. For seven minutes each, seven comedians will keep your spirit up on the one-year anniversary of quarantine. The lineup includes Nato Green, Chad Opitz, Emily Van Dyke, and more; Tuesday at 6pm. // Tickets (sliding scale) on eventbrite.com


Attend Women Lit #Unbound Presents: Following the Joy with LaRayia Gaston. Gaston's book, Love Without Reason: The Lost Art of Giving a F*ck, offers guidance on how to empower lives through generosity and compassion. She'll be chatting with award-winning journalist and author Jeneé Darden; Tuesday at 7pm // Register ($20 or free for members) on baybookfest.org.

Learn to craft personal, powerful narratives with Oakland-born New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan. Her MasterClass series includes 14 videos that address writing processes and techniques ranging from generating fiction through real life events to revisions. // Purchase the series on masterclass.com.


Visit Oakland Zoo and sip on Town Zoo, a kolsch-style ale created with Ale Industries Taproom. The beer is zoo-exclusive and each purchase supports the Guatemalan animal rescue organization ARCAS. // Purchase at Tuskers Grill at the Oakland Zoo, oaklandzoo.org.


Step inside "Starry Night," "The Bedroom," and other famous works in the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit at SVN West. Animated projections and lights highlight each and every brushstroke—and you'll even find social distancing circles for safe viewing; opening Wednesday. // Details and tickets on vangoghsf.com


Escape to Alcatraz
. Day tours with limited reservations and social distancing measures are officially back on! Take an audio tour of the cell house, wander around the outdoor recreation yard and rose garden, and learn about the occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All Tribes. // Tickets ($25-$41, include round trip ferry) can be purchased on alcatrazcruises.com.

Plan a mini St. Patrick's Day getaway to Santa Cruz's Dream Inn. After a DJ set, the Black Irish Band will perform Celtic and Americana tunes on the outdoor pool deck; you'll be able to watch from your own guest room balcony; Wednesday at 5:30pm. // Book ($519 and up, includes one night of accommodations) on dreaminnsantacruz.com.


Don your green and head to Original Joe's. As they do every year, Original Joe's North Beach and Westlake will have corned beef and cabbage plus green cream-topped Irish coffees. Newly opened Little Original Joe's will also have holiday eats available for takeout—grab a Guinness or Harp for pairing; Wednesday. // originaljoes.com


Get a mini history lesson about the Tenderloin's landmark Cadillac Hotel. Now home to the Tenderloin Museum, the building first housed wealthy visitors at the beginning of the 20th century, then was home to Newman's boxing gym; Thursday at 6pm. // Tickets (free) on eventbrite.com


Join Museum of Sonoma County for a panel discussion in honor of Women's History Month. Artists Donna Brookman, Maria de Los Angeles, and Linda Vallejo will discuss their lives, work, and experience; Thursday at 5pm. // Register (free) on museumsc.org

Dine at Michelin-starred chef Brandon Rice's new pop-up turned permanent spot, Ernest. Opening this week, Ernest will offer a full raw bar and family-style menu of dishes like beef tartare on sushi rice and shaved ice inside an industrial Mission space; opening Wednesday. // 1890 Bryant St. (Mission), ernestsf.com


Drink up at the bar-meets-plant-oasis Propagation. The new watering hole's concoctions include an açai-and-Champagne piña colada and an Irish cold brew topped with pistachio cream. Expect plenty of food options. // 895 Post St. (Tendernob), propagationsf.com


Attend orchestra One Found Sound's Water Music: Ocean. This virtual event includes the premieres of three new music videos including an original performance by choreographer Babatunji Johnson, and conversations with composers Kevin Day and Ivan Trevino; Thursday at 6pm. // Tickets (donation based) on eventbrite.com


Help San Francisco Art Institute turn 150 by viewing A Spirit of Disruption. The exhibit includes works by alumni and faculty dating as far back as the 1960s and highlights often overlooked Bay Area artists including Florence "Flo" Wysinger Allen. If you're staying home, don't miss the 10-episode podcast series Are you listening?, which includes accompanying videos and digital images from the archives; open Friday through July 3rd. // sfai.edu

I scream, you scream, we all scream for free ice cream from Alec's. The newly launched super-premium organic ice cream company will be giving away free pints (and compostable bowls and spoons) from their Petaluma headquarters—they even took over Three Twins' former factory; Saturday from 11am to 5pm. // alecsicecream.com


Stream San Francisco Symphony's SoundBox: Lineage, curated by classical singer Julia Bullock and tracing a uniquely personal and musical lineage through works by composers including Nina Simone, Johann Sebastian Bach, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Francis Poulenc, George Walker, Elizabeth Ogonek, and Esperanza Spalding. // Stream now exclusively on sfsymphonyplus.org.

Thank you to our partners at the San Francisco Symphony.


Ogle some dressed-up adoptable pups—and bring your own pup for a red carpet moment—at the annual Patrick's Pawade benefiting Rocket Dog Rescue. Festivities include dog yoga, a rescue raffle with prizes for canines and humans alike, and a photo booth; Saturday from 1pm to 4pm at Patrick's Park (Fort Mason). // Tickets on eventbrite.com


View TV and film premieres from 55 countries during Cinequest's Cinejoy. The lineup also includes live conversations and more; Saturday through March 30th. // Tickets and lineup on creatics.org


Consider serenity amidst uncertainty by viewing Evan Holm's
Sightings on Vessel Gallery's website. The exhibit includes videos and photographs of sculptures installed by Holm in outdoor and urban spaces in response to the pandemic; beginning Saturday. // vessel-gallery.com


Pop by Mission Bowling Club for the Spring Makers Mart. DJ Andrew St. James will keep the tunes going while you shop goods from @drs.ceramics, @terialexanderjewelry, and more; Sunday from noon to 4pm. // Details on Instagram


Get crafty during CJM's ArtBash Live: Passover
. Pick up your art kit on Thursday, then on Sunday log onto Zoom to celebrate bookmaking and storytelling and partake in some art projects. // Details and registration on thecjm.org


Nosh on corn dogs, deep-fried Oreos, and lobster fries at Alameda County Fair's Grab-n-Stay Fair Food Feast. Schedule curbside pickup or take your eats from 11 vendors to the lawn for a picnic; Thursday through Sunday from 11am to 8pm. // alamedacountyfair.com
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