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Friday, January 19

Win Tix: Banned Theater “The Children’s Hour” | North Bay
Friday, January 19 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*$27 - GA / $15 - Under the age of 25
| Marin Art & Garden Center
Banned from stages in London and Boston when it first debuted in 1934, The Children’s Hour remains a significant milestone in American letters and a vital contribution to the contemporary American theatre repertoire. Showcasing the destructive power of lies, the play depicts the experiences of ...

Saturday, January 20

Lunar New Year Lion Dancing: Traveling Festival | SF
Saturday, January 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Lunar New Year Lion Dancing: Traveling Festival | SF

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a mini traveling festival of free lion dancing performances at several San Francisco Public Library branches. 2018 Lunar New Year Lion Dancer Celebrations Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:15 – 10:45: Golden Gate Valley 11:15 – 11:45: Western Addition 12:00 – 12:30: ...

Sunday, January 21

$5 All-You-Can-Dance Class Day | SF
Sunday, January 21 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $5 | Alonzo King Lines Ballet
$5 All-You-Can-Dance Class Day | SF
Sample bite-size bits from a range of dance classes for just $5 at All You Can Dance Day on Sunday, January 21, 2018. Try a selection of 30-minute sample classes reflecting the best of local dance including ballet, modern/contemporary, hip-hop, jazz and more. All You Can Dance for Just $5 Sunday, January ...
Salon Series Reading: The Family Trick | SF
Sunday, January 21 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Phoenix Theatre
Salon Series Reading: The Family Trick | SF
Submitted by the Event Organizer 3 GIRLS THEATRE presents the first reading of the NEW YEAR! Join 3GT for the 3rd Salon Series Reading of the 2017-2018 Season, Sunday, January 21 at 2PM. THE FAMILY TRICK by resident playwright Elizabeth Appell. You’re invited to share a ...
2018 Fresh Festival “Queer This Jam” | SF
Sunday, January 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 to $10 sliding scale
| Joe Goode Annex
2018 Fresh Festival

Part of the Fresh Festival, Fresh Exchanges are social and interactive events created to cultivate, invigorate and cross-pollinate the dance, music and performance communities. Fresh 2018 presents 14 inclusive and insightful gatherings at Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom Street, SF], Joe Goode Annex [410 ...

Monday, January 22

2018 Fresh Festival: Happy Hour & Live Music | SF
Monday, January 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Many events free. Others have nominal costs
| F8
2018 Fresh Festival: Happy Hour & Live Music | SF

Part of the Fresh Festival, Fresh Exchanges are social and interactive events created to cultivate, invigorate and cross-pollinate the dance, music and performance communities. Fresh 2018 presents 14 inclusive and insightful gatherings at Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom Street, SF], Joe Goode Annex [410 ...

Tuesday, January 23

2018 Fresh Festival: Raw & Intimate Performance | SF
Tuesday, January 23 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 to $10 sliding scale
| Red Poppy Art House
2018 Fresh Festival: Raw & Intimate Performance | SF

Part of the Fresh Festival, Fresh Exchanges are social and interactive events created to cultivate, invigorate and cross-pollinate the dance, music and performance communities. Fresh 2018 presents 14 inclusive and insightful gatherings at Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom Street, SF], Joe Goode Annex [410 ...

Wednesday, January 24

2018 Fresh Festival: Potluck & Artists | SF
Wednesday, January 24 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 to $10 sliding scale
| Red Poppy Art House
2018 Fresh Festival: Potluck & Artists | SF

Part of the Fresh Festival, Fresh Exchanges are social and interactive events created to cultivate, invigorate and cross-pollinate the dance, music and performance communities. Fresh 2018 presents 14 inclusive and insightful gatherings at Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom Street, SF], Joe Goode Annex [410 ...

Saturday, January 27

2018 Fort Point Civil War Days | Presidio
Saturday, January 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fort Point
2018 Fort Point Civil War Days | Presidio
In honor of Living History Day 2018, experience first-hand the momentous era of the American Civil War with live re-enactors, infantry and artillery demonstrations, music, Victorian dance, and exhibits displaying medicine in the 1800’s, and the lives of men, women, and children of days past. Talks and demonstrations will be ...
Lunar New Year Lion Dancing: Traveling Festival | Chinatown
Saturday, January 27 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Library Branch
Lunar New Year Lion Dancing: Traveling Festival | Chinatown

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a mini traveling festival of free lion dancing performances at several San Francisco Public Library branches. 2018 Lunar New Year Lion Dancer Celebrations Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:15 – 10:45: Golden Gate Valley 11:15 – 11:45: Western Addition 12:00 – 12:30: ...

Tuesday, January 30

“Preview: The Flying Dutchman” Opera | San Jose
Tuesday, January 30 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | California Theatre (San Jose)
A one-hour preview for each 2017-18 production is presented free of charge in the third-floor rehearsal hall of the California Theatre, located at 345 S. First Street (new location). Please enter via Market Street entrance and take the elevator to the third floor. Moderated by GD Larry Hancock, the preview ...

Friday, February 2

Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland
Friday, February 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland

Come out for a night of fun and creativity as the Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts First Fridays, an evening of art, performance, workshops and games every first Friday of the month. The OACC builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs ...

First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland
Friday, February 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies Burlesque | Oakland

As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free event featuring dancing girls, sometimes a creepy little ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, February 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Oakland Art Murmur presents a free monthly evening art walk, known as the ‘Art Murmur’, when visual arts venues are collectively open to ...

Win Tix: Pop-Up Magazine Returns to SF in 2018 | Curran
Friday, February 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN | Curran
Pop-Up Magazine is back for 2018, bringing its touring show to SF’s historic Curran in February with contributors from The New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, National Geographic and more all set to a live score by house band, Magik*Magik Orchestra. > Get Tickets – $45 GA Pop-Up ...
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, February 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose

The South First Fridays art walk in downtown San Jose is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring eclectic art exhibitions and special performances. All art venues are free & open to the public. This event occurs every first Friday of ...

Saturday, February 3

2018 American Indian Two-Spirit Powwow: Dance & Drum Festival | SF
Saturday, February 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center
2018 American Indian Two-Spirit Powwow: Dance & Drum Festival | SF
Dancers and drummers (and spectators) are invited to join the 7th Annual Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits Powwow. Two-spirit people is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans for gender variant individuals in their communities. The organizers of the powwow say they are, “the first ...
Lunar New Year Celebration & Lantern Making | Oakland
Saturday, February 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Lunar New Year Celebration & Lantern Making | Oakland

Join and celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Annual Chinese New Year, a day filled with excited and fun.  Lunar New Year Celebration February 3, 2018 | 11 am to 4 pm Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Oakland FREE Come and celebrate Lunar New ...

Monday, February 5

Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, February 5 – 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway

Come on up and share your creative side at the New Parkway Open Mic – the only late night open mic inside a movie theater. All forms of expression are welcome, be it music, poetry, spoken word, comedy, or getting your weeknight kicks. There will ...

Wednesday, February 7

Sacred Harp Singing: Acappella Singing For Everyone | SF
Wednesday, February 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Women's Building
Sacred Harp Singing: Acappella Singing For Everyone | SF

Join Bay Area Sacred Harp to sing “The Sacred Harp,” an American tunebook with strong roots in the early music of New England and the southern United States. Singing is participatory, acappella, 4-part harmony. Everyone is welcome with no performances or rehearsals, commitment, experience, or ability ...

Thursday, February 8

Dušan Bogdanović A Guitar and Composition Concert | SF
Thursday, February 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Dušan Bogdanović A Guitar and Composition Concert | SF
Bogdanovic’s playing simply acts as a vehicle for his luminous, multicultural compositions. But what playing. Wielding a solo classical guitar, Dusan handles tricky polymeters, Balkan melodies, star.

Friday, February 9

Rotunda Dance Series: Carnaval San Francisco with Fogo Na Roupa | SF City Hall
Friday, February 9 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Rotunda Dance Series: Carnaval San Francisco with Fogo Na Roupa | SF City Hall

The “Rotunda Dance Series” is a set of  free monthly dance performances in San Francisco City Hall’s extraordinary rotunda, Dancers’ Group and World Arts West have once again partnered to bring audiences lunchtime glimpses into movement and musical traditions from around the world. Set amidst the ...

2018 Russian Festival: Friday | Pacific Heights
Friday, February 9 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 adults; $8 Seniors/Students(25 & under); free for kids 12 and under
| Russian Center
2018 Russian Festival: Friday | Pacific Heights

Say “Da” and take a trip to Russia without leaving the Bay Area at the annual Russian Festival, a celebration of Russian food, dance, music and art. 30th Annual Russian Festival February 9, 10 and 11, 2018 – Friday: 5 pm-9:30 pm; Dance Party: 9:45 ...

Saturday, February 10

2018 Russian Festival: Saturday | Pacific Heights
Saturday, February 10 – All Day | Cost: $12*
*$12 adults; $8 Seniors/Students(25 & under); free for kids 12 and under
| Russian Center
2018 Russian Festival: Saturday | Pacific Heights

Say “Da” and take a trip to Russia without leaving the Bay Area at the annual Russian Festival, a celebration of Russian food, dance, music and art. 30th Annual Russian Festival February 9, 10 and 11, 2018 – Friday: 5 pm-9:30 pm; Dance Party: 9:45 ...

Sunday, February 11

2018 Russian Festival: Sunday | Pacific Heights
Sunday, February 11 – All Day | Cost: $12*
*$12 adults; $8 Seniors/Students(25 & under); free for kids 12 and under
| Russian Center
2018 Russian Festival: Sunday | Pacific Heights

Say “Da” and take a trip to Russia without leaving the Bay Area at the annual Russian Festival, a celebration of Russian food, dance, music and art. 30th Annual Russian Festival February 9, 10 and 11, 2018 – Friday: 5 pm-9:30 pm; Dance Party: 9:45 ...

Tuesday, February 13

2018 Mardi Gras: SF Carnaval Season Kick-Off Party | Mission Dist.
Tuesday, February 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cha Cha Cha (Mission)
2018 Mardi Gras: SF Carnaval Season Kick-Off Party | Mission Dist.
Come meet your neighbors and make new friends at the annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebration in the Mission from 6-10 pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. SF Carnaval Season Kick-Off Party Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Cha Cha Cha, 2327 Mission St, San ...
Carnaval SF’s Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday Party | The Mission
Tuesday, February 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Mission District
Carnaval SF's Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday Party | The Mission
Come meet your neighbors and make new friends at the Annual Carnaval San Francisco Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebration at 18 venues (and counting) in the Mission District. There will be live samba drummers and dancers winding their way through the party, salsa, soca, cumbia, rumba ...

Wednesday, February 14

One Billion Rising 2018: “Journey To Belonging” Flashmob | Oakland
Wednesday, February 14 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Destiny Arts Center
One Billion Rising 2018:
For the 5th community performance ritual dedicated to ending violence against women and girls, Bay Area Rising presents an evening of deepening connections, raising collective consciousness, and healing generational and personal wounds with art, spirituality, and activism. In conjunction with One Billion Rising Solidarity Against ...

Thursday, February 15

Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa
Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between 2nd and 5th Street, and Market and Harrison Street. Free, but an RSVP is recommended to save time ...

StorySlam’s Live True Storytelling Competition | Oakland
Thursday, February 15 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Sliding scale donation requested, $5-$20
| Sweet Bar Bakery
StorySlam's Live True Storytelling Competition | Oakland

StorySlam Oakland is a monthly, true storytelling show and competition. Open-mic and featured storytellers compete for prizes for best overall storyteller and best open-miker. Similar to “The Moth” storyslam, but in Oakland at a casual cafe. Come put your name in the hat for a chance ...