22 Fun Things to Do This Week (1.25.21)
Comedian Maria Bamford returns to SF Sketchfest's virtual 2021 event. (Courtesy of Pat Mazzera / spinningplatters.com)

22 Fun Things to Do This Week (1.25.21)


Raise your hand if you could use a solid belly laugh! Yeah, we thought so. Get ready to LOL at SF Sketchfest's Festpocalypse, a virtual showcase of standup comedy, music, and more—with headliners Maria Bamford, Kids in the Hall, David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, Margaret Cho, and more—this week.

Plus, DIY a Causwells cheeseburger, stream Sundance Film Festival flicks, and enjoy the hundreds of magnolias now blooming at San Francisco Botanical Garden.

    Purchase a new-and-improved Honey Bear Hunt Kit, featuring a colorful Mask Bear printed in better quality then before. By hanging one of Fnnch's iconic bears in your window for at least three months, you'll join more than 12,000 Honey Bear Hunt participants worldwide and add a bit joy to your neighborhood. // Purchase ($18) on fnnch.com.

    Celebrate the blooming of more than 200 magnolia trees at San Francisco Botanical Garden, through March. // sfbg.org

    Get crafty at home with the de Youngsters Art Party. The five-day celebration, including daily art education videos and a special Spotify playlist, helps the Fine Arts Museums donate more than 1,000 art boxes to students at Boys & Girls Clubs of SF; 11am Monday through Friday. // youtube.com

    Hear historical stories, folktales, and personal experiences from Grammy-nominated storyteller Diane Ferlatte; Tuesday at 7pm. // Register for free on zoom.us.

    Ever noticed Giuseppe Penone's two bronze sculptures outside at Fort Mason? Learn about the artist's nature- and time-rooted practice; Tuesday at 10am. // Register for free on Eventbrite.

    Pour yourself a glass of pinot and tune in to Papapietro Perry's Wine & Whatever Wednesdays, with programming on featured wines, special guests, and cooking with winery chef Jim May; Wednesdays at 4pm. // papapietro-perry.com

    Chat with art critic Glenn Adamson and Katie Treggiden, author of Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure, about sustainable art and rethinking consumption; Wednesday at 10am. // Register ($8 or free for Museum of Craft and Design members) on sfmcd.org.

    Hang out with fellow thinkers and visionaries at the Bay Area's third annual Night of Ideas, but virtually this time. The lineup includes Mayor London Breed; artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez; Disability Visibility Project founder/director Alice Wong; a performance by Destiny Arts; and much more; 7pm to 9pm Thursday. // Register for free on Eventbrite.

    Scarf down a wood-fired pie from the Outer Sunset's new Damnfine Pizza. Expect coffee, to-go cocktails, and classic and unexpected pizzas ranging from margherita to clam-topped; open 4:30pm to 9pm Wednesday through Sunday. // damnfineco.com

    Welcome the Year of the Ox during Asian Art Museum's Lunar New Year storytelling program. You'll learn about the Vietnamese New Year and discover how the rat became the first zodiac symbol; 6pm Thursday. // Register on acmeticketing.com.

    Join Causwells and Sonoma Distilling Company for Burgers & Bourbon. Chef Adam Rosenblum will teach you how to make his Americana burger, and Adam Spiegel will walk you through a bourbon and whiskey tasting kit; Thursday at 6pm. // Order the burger kit for pickup or delivery ($40, makes two burgers) on exploretock.com, order the whiskey tasting kit ($60) on sonomadistillingcompany.com.

    Elevate your cannabis experience with a free 45-minute Cannabis Concierge session at Harborside's Oakland dispensary. You'll learn about the plant, products, and get personalized recommendations; appointments available 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday. // Book on shopharborside.com.

    Watch Sundance Film Festivalflicks. You can check back after Monday for more spots at Fort Mason's sold-out drive-in showings, or get in on the fun at home with virtual film premieres, an awards ceremony, Cinema Café chats, and more; Thursday through February 3. // Tickets and details are available at festival.sundance.org.

    Check out All Roads Lead, an exhibition that depicts the contrasting minimalist and maximalist video styles of artists Agnès Guillaume and John Sanborn; through May 28 at 836M Gallery. // 836m.org

    Watch Opera San José's digital production of Three Decembers,based on Tony Award–winning playwright Terrence McNally's Some Christmas Letters. The 90-minute chamber opera explores family struggles and secrets, and features mezzo-soprano Susan Graham; extended through Sunday. // Tickets ($40 per household) are available at operasj.org.

    Devour coffee-cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting at Astranada Bakery's pop-up at Mission Bowling Club. Pre-ordering opens Saturday at 8am for pickup on Fridays from 11am to 1pm. // Order ($7 each) on astrandabakery.square.site.

    Crack up during Festpocalypse, SF Sketchfest's virtual variety show with new performances and appearances from more than 100 big names in comedy and entertainment. LOL during sketch comedy, improv, debates, musical performances, and chats with SNL alumni Cheri Oteri, Fred Armisen, Dana Carvey, and Rachel Dratch; SF's own Margaret Cho; iconic duo Bob Odenkirk and David Cross; Maria Bamford, and many others; Saturday at 5pm (48-hour online rental). // Tickets ($20 and up) are available at sfsketchfest.com.

    Subscribe to East Brother Beer Company's Beer Box to receive a monthly shipment of eight, 16, or 24 16-ounce cans of your choice of Gold IPA, Red Lager, and seasonal releases. // Order ($40-$80) on eastbrotherbeer.com.

    Watch Marin Theatre Company's The Catastrophist, based on the life and work of virologist Dr. Nathan Wolfe. Wolfe, who proposed pandemic insurance way back before the pandemic, is one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World. The play is written by Dr. Wolfe's wife, MTC Playwright in Residence Lauren Gunderson; stream Tuesday through February 28. // Tickets ($30) are available at marintheatre.org.

    Attend Russian River Rotary's Stayin' Strong and Crabbin' Along. The 34th annual celebration, held online this year, includes a Dungeness crab dinner for two, a showcase of Sonoma County musicians, and a live and silent auction. Goods up for grabs include a two-night stay in Bodega Bay and a tasting experience at Flowers Winery. Meal pickup is at the Luther Burbank Center on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm; events begins at 6pm Saturday. // Details (free admission, $150 for dinner for two) on russianriverrotary.ejoinme.org

    End your week with Alexander's Steakhouse's Sunday Special. The four-person prix-fixe meal includes a cheese and charcuterie board, panzanella salad, chicken parmigiana, potato croquettes, tiramisu, and a bottle of Brunello. Order by 5pm on Friday for Sunday pickup. // $185 at exploretock.com

    Purchase works created by 13 Creativity Explored artists
    during the virtual Outsider Art Fair New York. Artists include Selene Perez, Ian Adams, Elana Cooper, and more; Thursday through February 7. // Details on creativityexplored.org and outsiderartfair.com

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