20-Foot Tall Bamboo Lanterns Coming to SF
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20-Foot Tall Bamboo Lanterns Coming to SF
Six giant LED lanterns are the latest temp art exhibit coming to Civic Center Plaza
Every Bay Area Restaurant Week in 2017
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Every Bay Area Restaurant Week in 2017
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8 Great Ways to See the SF Symphony on a Budget
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Sunday, January 22

2017 Chinese New Year Flower Fair | Chinatown
Sunday, January 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Chinatown
2017 Chinese New Year Flower Fair | Chinatown

Each year, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair takes place the weekend before the Lunar New Year holiday, so that families can enjoy the festive atmosphere and purchase their traditional holiday plants, flowers and fruits, while enjoying traditional Chinese dance, music, art and cultural displays. 2017 Chinese ...

Exploratorium Free Community Day | SF
Sunday, January 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Exploratorium
Exploratorium Free Community Day | SF

The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker featuring hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. While they don’t have monthly free days, they do host several special events throughout the year offering free admission for all. ...

Opening Day of Napa Valley Restaurant Week | January 22-29
Opening Day of Napa Valley Restaurant Week | January 22-29

Napa Valley Restaurant Week allows locals and visitors to dine and delight throughout the valley and experience the legendary food and wine culture from January 22-29, 2017. Through multi-course prix-fixe menus for lunch ($20) and dinner ($36 or $46), guests can try out the latest culinary ...

Freedom Fest ’17: Brunch, Beats & Positive Action | SF
Sunday, January 22 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Natoma Caban
Freedom Fest '17: Brunch, Beats & Positive Action | SF

In the wake of the election, they want to create a space to talk about local action and helpful information for the community, and of course, to party down together. Did somebody say Sunday funday?
There will be pancakes, aka freedom cakes. The scene will be divided into two …

Free San Francisco Civic Symphony Winter Concert | Nourse Theatre
Free San Francisco Civic Symphony Winter Concert | Nourse Theatre

The oldest community orchestra on the West Coast, the San Francisco Civic Symphony cordially invites you to attend its winter concert on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
Admission is free, but an RSVP is requested and donations are gratefully accepted ($10 suggested).
2017 Winter Concert Program

Franz von Suppe – …

Paper Airplane Crafting | Week Of The Family 2017
Sunday, January 22 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Carlos Library
Paper Airplane Crafting | Week Of The Family 2017

John Colins, the “Paper Airplane” guy, will show you how to build paper airplanes. John is the world record holder for paper aircraft distance.

Free Bach-Mozart Weekend Family Concert | San Mateo
Sunday, January 22 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Seats are first-come, first served.
| Hillsdale High School Theatre
Free Bach-Mozart Weekend Family Concert | San Mateo

Travel back in time with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra to say hello to Mr. Bach and Mr. Mozart, two famous composers from the music history books.
Then, head back to 2017 and meet a soon-to-be-famous composer of today—UC Davis professor of composition Laurie San Martin! …

“Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast” | SF Sketchfest
Sunday, January 22 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but you must register for a ticket
| PianoFight

Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast is a show that features other comedy soundcasts (AKA “podcasts”) and in an effort to not only expose audiences to the wide range of comedy offerings available, but also to broaden the appeal of podcasts in general.
Hosted by Marc Hershon, …

Ubuntu Theater Project: Waiting for Godot | Oakland
Sunday, January 22 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*Pay-what-you-can tickets at the door.
| Brooklyn Preserve
Ubuntu Theater Project: Waiting for Godot | Oakland

Entering the aftermath of the horrific World War II only to be faced with a potentially apocalyptic Cold War in full force, Samuel Beckett captured the pervasive existential crisis felt across the globe in the allegory of two bedraggled companions forever waiting for a stranger ...

Monday, January 23

Family Activity Night | San Carlos
Monday, January 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Carlos
Family Activity Night | San Carlos

Since its inception in 1999, the Week of the Family Committee has designated the Monday evening of the week as a night reserved for families to stay at home and do something specifically with their family.
It is hoped that reserving one night per week …

Museum Mondays for Little Ones: Ice is Nice | Santa Rosa
Monday, January 23 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Charles M. Schulz Museum
Museum Mondays for Little Ones: Ice is Nice | Santa Rosa

Enjoy stories, arts and craft activities, and movement games for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. Museum Mondays revolve around a new theme each week.
Join them for an extra special and free Museum Mondays hosted in the Warm Puppy Café and Snoopy’s Home Ice. Watch the Zamboni, …

Free Sneak Preview Movie: “Gold” | Embarcadero Center Cinema
Monday, January 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP code required; arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
| One Embarcadero Center
Free Sneak Preview Movie:

Attend an exclusive free sneak preview advanced screening of “Gold,” a brand new adventure movie that will take you to the Indonesian jungle.
Free Film Screening: Gold
January 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Embarcadero Center Cinema
RSVP code: ticketstoGOLD

Tickets available through https://www.gofobo.com/rsvp
Tickets are free, but subject to availability.
Depending on demand, passes …

Faculty Artist Series: Intimate Concert with MaryClare Brzytwa | SF
Monday, January 23 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Faculty Artist Series: Intimate Concert with MaryClare Brzytwa | SF

MaryClare Brzytwa performs original pieces with the Technology and Applied Composition faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Ubuntu Theater Project: Waiting for Godot | Oakland
Monday, January 23 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $1*
*Pay-what-you-can tickets at the door.
| Brooklyn Preserve
Ubuntu Theater Project: Waiting for Godot | Oakland

Entering the aftermath of the horrific World War II only to be faced with a potentially apocalyptic Cold War in full force, Samuel Beckett captured the pervasive existential crisis felt across the globe in the allegory of two bedraggled companions forever waiting for a stranger ...

Monday Night Comedy with Free Cake | Blondies
Monday, January 23 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Blondie's Bar & No Grill
Monday Night Comedy with Free Cake | Blondies

More Fun at Blondie’s celebrates the best comedians in the Bay every 4th Monday of the month with a free comedy show and free cake.  

Tuesday, January 24

20-Foot Tall Bamboo Lanterns: Art Installation Begins | Civic Center Plaza
Tuesday, January 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza
20-Foot Tall Bamboo Lanterns: Art Installation Begins | Civic Center Plaza

First it was massive glow-in-the-dark bunnies… now it’s giant LED bamboo lanterns. From January to March six large-scale illuminated sculptures by Hong Kong artist Freeman Lau will be on display as a temporary art installation in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. The 20-foot tall series of sculptures by Hong ...

Postcards 2 Politicians: An Evening of Political Activism | SF
Tuesday, January 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: $1*
*$1 donation = 2 postcards + postage
| ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
Postcards 2 Politicians: An Evening of Political Activism | SF

Postcards 2 Politicians (#PostcardProtest) is an opportunity for the Bay Area community to come together and write notes of support or opposition to your elected officials, up to and including the President.
University professors along with community and political activists will be on hand to provide …

Timbuk2 Draft Meetup: Lectures, Tours & Libations | SF
Tuesday, January 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Timbuk2 Factory Store
Timbuk2 Draft Meetup: Lectures, Tours & Libations | SF

Timbuk2, pioneer of the messenger bag and made-in-San Francisco customization, will host a special draft meetup in partnership with PeopleForBikes. Since 2015, the bike industry coalition and charitable foundation, PeopleForBikes, have been hosting draft  meetups all over the nation in order to build a more unified …

“Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” Screening & Light Dinner | SF
Tuesday, January 24 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | UC Hastings

A free movie documentary about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and light dinner is being offered at UC Hastings at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017.
Free, but an RSVP is required through 415-565-4844.
The movie documentary follows 5 women who suffered from HPV related cancer. The presentation …

Free Sneak Preview Movie: “A Dog’s Purpose” | SF
Tuesday, January 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required. Arrive early as admission is not guaranteed.
| Secret Movie Theater (SF)
Free Sneak Preview Movie:

Attend an exclusive free sneak preview screening of A Dog’s Purpose, based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron.
The screening takes place at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at a movie theater in San Francisco with easy access to BART.
FuncheapSF has an exclusive code for free tickets.
Free …

Drink Steam: Live Afro-Soul Music with Bells Atlas | SF
Tuesday, January 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Rickshaw Stop
Drink Steam: Live Afro-Soul Music with Bells Atlas | SF

Join Drink Steam for an evening full of live music from local artists and local beer from Anchor Brewing.

Bells Atlas, headlining the show, is an Oakland-based afro soul quartet, comprised of some of the most prolific musicians in the Bay. Their shimmering sound is a journey …

Art At The Dump: Recology’s Recycled Materials Art Exhibition | SF
Tuesday, January 24 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Recology San Francisco
Art At The Dump: Recology's Recycled Materials Art Exhibition | SF

The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a unique art program that provides Bay Area artists who work with recycled materials with scavenging privileges in the dump, access to discarded materials, a stipend, and 24-hour access to the company’s well-equipped art studio. At ...

Wednesday, January 25

2017 Australia Day Block Party: Free Fairy Bread, Games & Aussie Top 100 | SF
Wednesday, January 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but a Facebook RSVP is required.
| Score Bar
2017 Australia Day Block Party: Free Fairy Bread, Games & Aussie Top 100 | SF

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi! Ring in Australia Day while enjoying Aussie-themed drinking games, Tim Tam Slams, the ‘Neighbours’ Team Drinking Challenge, and Australian beers all while listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 streaming live. They’ll be picking up groups of Australians that are currently traveling in …

Hiller Flight Night: Aero Adventure | San Carlos
Wednesday, January 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Hiller Aviation Museum
Hiller Flight Night: Aero Adventure | San Carlos

Explore the magic of flight with a fun-filled family adventure at the Hiller Aviation Museum.
Discover how aircraft fly while enjoying special age-appropriate activities around the Museum, including glider construction, engineering with the pre-school friendly Imagination Playground, flight simulation for older kids and exploration of the …

“Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World” Book Talk | SF
Wednesday, January 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*General Admission, Discounts available for CHS Members
| California Historical Society

Lynn Downey will present a lecture and slide show on the life of one of San Francisco’s most famous citizens: Levi Strauss. Strauss’ early years in Bavaria and New York leads off the lecture followed by his life, career, and contributions to San Francisco history, …

How To Stop Fake News: Interactive Workshop | Oakland
Wednesday, January 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland Public Library (Main Branch)
How To Stop Fake News: Interactive Workshop | Oakland

The Information Age seems to be turning into the Misinformation Age, as you see increasing numbers of deliberately misleading stories passed along and received as news. Many online news outlets and social media “trolls” disperse fictitious stories and rumors, exciting people’s fears and paranoia.
If you don’t …

Harvey Milk Plaza Redesign Meeting | Castro
Wednesday, January 25 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eureka Valley Recreation Center
Harvey Milk Plaza Redesign Meeting | Castro

Join the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, SFMTA | San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and AIA San Francisco – AIASF at this community meeting in the Castro to discuss the redevelopment and revisioning of the plaza named for civil rights icon Harvey Milk. 2017 Meetings ...

Jericho: The Urban Spy Game: 7th Anniversary | SF
Wednesday, January 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Ferry Building
Jericho: The Urban Spy Game: 7th Anniversary | SF

San Francisco’s favorite urban spy game, Jericho, turns 7 this month. Come celebrate with them and hunt or evade spies on the streets of SF.
They’ll take the first 10-15 minutes to go over rules & split into 2 teams. 3 mission game to follow. Afterwards, they’ll re-live the nights …

Shaping San Francisco: Art & Politics Talk | City History Lectures
Wednesday, January 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping San Francisco: Art & Politics Talk | City History Lectures

Visual and conceptual artist Packard Jennings talks about his work, through which he has re-imagined and re-visualized the world around us, shaking up the concepts and assumptions of how things are through humor and the re-appropriation of pop culture imagery.

Packard talks about his work which …

Thursday, January 26

Downtown San Jose Restaurant Week | Final Day
Thursday, January 26 – All Day | Cost: $10*
*Lunch starts at $10 at The Blue Chip, but deals and discounts vary by participants.
| Downtown San Jose
Downtown San Jose Restaurant Week | Final Day

Dine in Downtown San Jose for their annual Downtown San Jose Restaurant Week from January 16 – 26, 2017. Where Silicon Valley meets the Valley of Heart’s delight, DTSJ Restaurant Week is your chance to try innovative chef’s specials made with local produce at special ...