23 Fun Things to Do This Week (4.12.21)
Bruce Munro's "Field of Light" is open again. (Courtesy of @sensoriopaso)

23 Fun Things to Do This Week (4.12.21)


Drive south to Paso Robles to view two magical installations—"Light Towers" and "Field of Light"—by artist Bruce Munro.

Plus, clean up California's parks with REI, treat yourself to endless multi-course meals during San Francisco Restaurant Week, celebrate 420 a little early with Caliva, and get outside for Bayside Saturdays.

Have a great week!

View When the cuts erupt…the garden rings…and the warning is a wailing…, Ebony G. Patterson's first major solo exhibition on the West Coast. Currently housed at the Institute of Contemporary Art San José, the exhibit includes large-scale works of sculpture and tapestry that explore themes of postcolonialism, life and death, danger, and beauty; view through September 5th. // 560 South First St. (San Jose), icasanjose.org

Join the Asian Art Museum for a panel discussion about the sampling of sound, films, texts, and images, featuring artists Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Zeina Barakeh, and Ufuoma Essi; Monday at 9am. // Tickets on asianart.org

Partake in Caliva's 420 Sessions. This week's special virtual series includes a rolling sesh with Zen and Kush CEO Lizzy Jeff; a Cannabis & Cardio class with Morgan English; strain tasting; brownie baking, and more. Events are at 4:20pm on Tuesday and Thursday through April 20th. // Sign up for free at caliva.com.

Attend The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's partnership events with SeeBlackWomxn, celebrating the legacy of Black women and the contemporary Black arts scene; Wednesday at 5pm. // famsf.org

Eat your heart out during San Francisco Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants—think Burma Superstar, Cassava, Coqueta, and Dirty Habit—will be offering two-course lunches for $10 to $25 and three-course dinners for $25 to $65. Opt for takeout, indoor or outdoor dining, through Sunday. // View restaurants and menus on sfrestaurantweek.com.

Virtually party your way through four days of SFMOMA's Art Bash
. Offerings include a conversation with Off-White creative director and founder Virgil Abloh, a collaborative zine by Alicia McCarthy, an art auction, and a concert; Monday through Thursday. // Sign up on sfmoma.org.

Get outdoors for California State Parks Foundation and REI's Earth Day Climate Action Month. Sign up online and pick up a free Earth Day kit filled with a face mask, trash bags, stickers, and litter clean-up instructions, then head to a state park, local playground, or the beach to pick up trash all month long. Plus, track how many bags of litter you collect for the chance to win prizes from REI. // Sign up on calparks.org.

Check out Ed Ruscha: Travel Log at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. If you're itching to travel, you'll love seeing lithographs, photography, and prints showcasing everything from rural streets to gas stations in places like Texas, Oklahoma, and Los Angeles in the 1960s; noon to 4pm, Wednesday through Sunday, through May 30th. // 551 Broadway St. (Sonoma), svma.org

Check out Fnnch's new 18-foot-tall Sister Bear on the side of Powerhouse on Folsom Street. Sister Bear was created in collaboration with The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence with 50 percent of sales on smaller window-sized versions benefiting the nonprofit. // Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom St. (SoMa)

Join the fight against the illegal wildlife trade industry
by viewing a new exhibit at the Oakland Zoo. Roughly one million animal and plant species face the threat of possible extinction as a result of humans and this exhibit offers insight through educational displays and contraband confiscated by the Department of Fish & Wildlife. // 9777 Golf Links Rd. (Oakland), advanced tickets are required, oaklandzoo.org

Test your chops at Thursday Night Trivia at Lunar Lot
, the Orbit Room's adjacent outdoor space. Pizza and cocktails will keep your team of up to eight fueled for the night. Don't miss live comedy and music too, Thursday at 7pm. // Orbit Room, 1900 Market St. (Duboce Triangle), reserve ($30 per team, includes a pizza) on orbitroomtakeout.com.

Relive the magic of Alonzo King's Lines Ballet during the company's virtual gala. Highlights include chats with artists; a live auction; musical performances; a dance film series; and footage of dancers at SFMOMA and in the Arizona desert; Saturday at 5pm. // Tickets ($100 GA) are available on linesballet.org.

View two new exhibits at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa. The Incorrect Museum: Vignettes from the di Rosa Collection celebrates NorCal's artistic and cultural legacy through six vignettes while Ceramic Interventions: Nicki Green, Sahar Khoury, & Maria Paz showcases thought-provoking ceramic tradition; view on weekends beginning Saturday. // 5200 Sonoma Hwy (Napa), dirosaart.org

Calling all writers! Author and writing coach Elaine Beale is offering a three-part Writing Salon that will provide you the opportunity to submit a short piece for feedback; Saturdays April 17 through May 1. // Register ($195/non-members, $181/members) at writingsalons.com.

Take a walk around downtown Oakland while listening to Migration + Memory: An Immersive Audio Walk by documentarian Sarah Holtz. You'll learn about the interconnectedness of Oakland's migration stories and consider themes of unity, social justice, and history. // Various locations in Downtown Oakland, gesso.app

Wander the San Francisco waterfront during Bayside Saturdays. While you walk, snap pics of outdoor art, then take a free outdoor fitness class, shop from food vendors and makers at Speakeasy Ales & Lager, and enjoy live music outside of Cafe Alma; Saturdays in April. // Bike path along Innes and Hunters Point Blvd. (Bayview), sundaystreetssf.com

Revisit Paso Robles' glowing light installation, Sensorio
. Along with the spectacular 15-acre Field of Light by Bruce Munro, the outdoor space is now also home to Munro's Light Towers, an ode to Paso Robles' wine country environment that utilizes glowing optic fibers and more than 17,000 wine bottles; Thursday through September 30th. // 4380 Highway 46 East (Paso Robles), tickets ($30 for GA) are available on sensoriopaso.com.

Take a first look at Sean Dorsey Dance's multi-year project, The Lost Art of Dreaming, streaming on Vimeo at 5pm on Friday and Saturday and on-demand starting Sunday. // Register (donation-based) on seandorseydance.com.

If you find yourself in Healdsburg, grab some fresh produce at the Farmers' Market, recommencing this weekend; 8:30am to noon Saturdays and 9am to 12:30pm Tuesdays. // Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg Ave. & Matheson St. (Healdsburg), healdsburgfarmersmarket.org

Grab a brew or two at New Belgium Brewing Company's Mission Bay taproom and restaurant. Choose from more 20 beers on tap (including some local varieties) with elevated brewery food like a bacon-wrapped hot dog from the OG Noosh founding chefs Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz. // 1000A 3rd St. (Mission Bay), reservations on newbelgium.com

Listen to tales of growing up in SF from emerging and established writers during the virtual San Francisco Creative Writing Institute's City Stories reading; Sunday at 2pm. // Register online at sfpl.org.

Pick up some new kicks at Sneaker PopUp's outdoor event; noon to 5pm Sunday. // SoMa StrEat Food Park,

428 11th St. (SoMa), tickets ($10-$15) are available on eventbrite.com.

Check out the free, online San Francisco Greek Film Festival, featuring documentaries, animations, comedies, and more by Greek and Cypriot filmmakers from around the world; Friday through April 25th. // eventive.org

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