Shaping San Francisco
City Insight
Shaping San Francisco
This series of free lectures excavating the city’s lost history is back for 2017
20-Foot Tall Bamboo Lanterns Coming to SF
Artsy Fartsy
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
Eat & Drink, Worth the Splurge
Every Bay Area Restaurant Week in 2017
SF, Oakland, Berkeley and beyond, get ready for all 10 Bay Area Restaurant Weeks.

Sunday, January 22

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 …

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 ...

Chinese New Year Extravaganza: Lion Dancing, Costumes & Giveaways | San Mateo
Thursday, January 26 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Hillsdale Shopping Center
Chinese New Year Extravaganza: Lion Dancing, Costumes & Giveaways | San Mateo

The Hillsdale Shopping Center Kid’s Club will kick off 2017 with a thrilling Chinese New Year Extravaganza – lion dancing, costumes and crafts.
It’s the Year of the Rooster and Kid’s Club is celebrating. They’re honoring the Chinese New Year tradition with authentic music and festive lion …

Speak Cheesy: Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Beer Happy Hour | SF
Thursday, January 26 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free grilled cheese and get 15% off for anyone that shows up from FuncheapSF.
| Alite Designs Outpost
Speak Cheesy: Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Beer Happy Hour | SF

The Alite Outpost is hosting its first Speak Cheesy Happy Hour which will include free grilled cheese sandwich’s and cold beers for you and your friends. Start your weekend off right with a grilled cheese and a beer at the best outdoor gear shop around.
Free grilled …

50th “Summer of Love” Anniversary Art Show | SF
Thursday, January 26 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
50th

The San Francisco Arts Commission presents an extensive exhibition of work by legendary 60s rock ‘n’ roll photographer Jim Marshall and a new Market Street Poster Series featuring contemporary perspectives on the Summer of Love by local artists
As part of a citywide celebration of the 50th …

Anchor Steam Beer: Stories & Tasting Samples | The Presidio
Thursday, January 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Anchor Steam Beer: Stories & Tasting Samples | The Presidio

In Presidio Dialogues, notable authors, artists, and conversation starters explore themes from ancient history to current events through interactive dialogues, stimulating talks, panels, performances, and films.
The story of San Francisco’s original Anchor Steam® Beer is very much the story of San Francisco—from Gold Rush to …

NightLife In The Greenest Museum In The Planet | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, January 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife In The Greenest Museum In The Planet | California Academy of Sciences

This week, NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet.

In the aquarium, enjoy nighttime dive shows in their Philippine Coral Reef tank, learn about Claude the albino alligator during a special Swamp …

Exploratorium After Dark: Full Spectrum Science on Radioactivity | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Full Spectrum Science on Radioactivity | Pier 15

Join Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman for colorful explorations of the physical world.
What’s going on inside the nucleus of an atom? Why does it spit out radiation? Did you know that you are exposed to radioactivity every day? Learn the facts about this somewhat controversial topic.

2016 Election Post-Mortem “What The Hell Happened?” | SF
Thursday, January 26 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Laborers Local 261
2016 Election Post-Mortem

Still reeling from the 2016 Election? So are they. Come hear from a panel of experts, pollsters, consultants, organizers, and commentators about why the Democratic Party lost the 2016 Presidential election as well as key congressional races.
The goal is to have a frank conversation where experts …

Listen for a Change: Social Justice Storytelling | Oakland
Listen for a Change: Social Justice Storytelling | Oakland

In 2015, a small group of friends came together one evening over a novel idea: to have a fancy “fundraiser” where the goal was to raise awareness instead of money. They listened to three powerful stories and promised to advocate for these issues by standing up …

Friday, January 27

“Pier 39 is 39” Anniversary: 39-Week Celebration
Friday, January 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 39

Pier 39 is turning 39 and they’re celebrating with a bang. Beginning in January 2017, join in every Friday for 39 weeks to celebrate 39 years of amazing views, fresh seafood, unique local shopping and their famous sea lions. Each week, they’ll be serving up ...