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Friday, January 20

Eat Chinatown: Photo Exhibit Featuring Classic Chinatown Restaurants | SF
Friday, January 20 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 41 Ross
Eat Chinatown: Photo Exhibit Featuring Classic Chinatown Restaurants | SF

Eat Chinatown is a photo exhibit at 41 Ross that commemorates classic Chinatown restaurants, diners and bakeries that have been operating for at least 40 years. Photographer Andria Lo and writer Valerie Luu (founders of Chinatown Pretty, a street-style blog that documents Chinatown seniors) profiled four …

2nd Annual High School Arts Mashup | San Rafael
Friday, January 20 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Falkirk Cultural Center
2nd Annual High School Arts Mashup | San Rafael

The Falkirk Galleries will be dazzling January through February 2017 with local high school student poetry and art coordinated through the 2nd Annual Arts Mashup exchange program. Showcasing students amazing work at the beautiful and elegant Falkirk Mansion.
Join them on Friday, January 20th for their live …

Musical Art Quintet: The Nuevo Chamber | The Presidio
Friday, January 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Musical Art Quintet: The Nuevo Chamber | The Presidio

The “Nuevo Chamber” music of Musical Art Quintet melds influences from Africa, Argentina, and Cuba with Western classical traditions into globe-hopping, dance-inspiring, gorgeous work. The ensemble formed in 2008 in the Mission district of San Francisco during Sunday night jam sessions at Cafe Revolution. Although …

Inauguration Day Community Gathering | Woodacre
Friday, January 20 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Inauguration Day Community Gathering | Woodacre

“When people get together to share their concern and uncertainty, it transmutes the anxiety into positive action, a lived experience of refuge in sangha. As we head into the uncharted waters that lie ahead, this will be the key to making a difference.” — James …

Burning Trump In Effigy & Satanic Marshmallow Roast | SF
Friday, January 20 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret Location (SF)
Burning Trump In Effigy & Satanic Marshmallow Roast | SF

In “honor” of the new president’s inauguration, they’re setting him on fire, symbolically. With some “magic” thrown in to hopefully mitigate the damage he does. You can also bring marshmallows because, well, it’s a waste of a good effigy if you don’t bring them.
Feel free to bring …

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

Please note, Bicycle Art Salon is no longer taking place. The Bicycle Art Salon is a discussion group on the subject(s) of art, film, music, bicycles and more, at the home and studio of Slimm Buick every third Friday, except for July and November. Free, but ...

Free Juggling Club at Circus Center | SF
Friday, January 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Circus Center
Free Juggling Club at Circus Center | SF

Experienced juggler or a newbie looking to learn? Come hang out at Juggling Club from 7 pm to 9 pm and collaborate in a fun, low-pressure environment with an experienced Circus Center instructor. All levels are welcome in this free club. Free, but an RSVP is required. Bring your friends ...

“100 Days Action” Absurd Inaugural Ball | Oakland

Come celebrate the launch of 100 Days Action, a project of artistic resistance, designed to be a counternarrative to Trump’s plan for his first 100 Days.
Wrap up your day of civic duties at their Inaugural Ball by taking an oath to protect the constitution on a …

Anti-Trump Show: Originals Works of Musicians & Poets | Bazaar Cafe
Anti-Trump Show: Originals Works of Musicians & Poets | Bazaar Cafe

The Bazaar Cafe hosts an Inauguration Day special this Friday at 7:00. It’s called “Hey Trump: Come here and tell me how my ass tastes“.
They’ll have around 30+ songwriters, poets and other writers performing brand new material written for the occasion.

You Have A Voice & You Matter | SF
Friday, January 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bayview Opera House
You Have A Voice & You Matter | SF

The goal of this show is to empower people and let them know that their voice matters, that all of our voices matter. This show explores the political in art. They hope to bring understanding to how democracy works and to exercise your 1st ammendment …

HellaFunny Fridays | North Beach
Friday, January 20 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP code HELLAFUNNY
| Caffe Sapore
HellaFunny Fridays | North Beach

Right on the crooked-est street in the world (the crooked part being just a few blocks up) at HellaFunny Fridays – a weekly comedy show brought to you by Stroy Moyd (NBC, ABC, Viceland), Tim Young (Punchline, SF Sketchfest) and Feel Woods (Cobbs, SF Sketchfest). ...

San Jose Bike Party: The Zombie Apocalypse Ride
Friday, January 20 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret San Jose Location
San Jose Bike Party: The Zombie Apocalypse Ride

San Jose Bike Party is a place to ride bikes, make friends, and have a good time every third Friday of each month at 8 pm. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, but they are hidden in the suburban sprawl. It’s time ...

Art At The Dump: Recology’s Recycled Materials Art Exhibition | SF
Friday, January 20 – 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 ...

Saturday, January 21

“Teach Like a Pirate” Inspirational Program | Pleasant Hill
Saturday, January 21 – 7:30 am | Cost: FREE | Sequoia Middle School

Join New York Times Best-Selling author Dave Burgess for a high-energy, entertaining, and inspirational program that will transform the way you look at your role as an educator. Learn how to dramatically increase student engagement, design wildly creative lessons, and build a course that is …

Nature Hike with the Family | San Carlos
Saturday, January 21 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Pulgas Ridge Preserve
Nature Hike with the Family | San Carlos

This Nature Hike is at the Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve.
Join Kaiser Permanente’s Dr. Jason Clark, a pediatrician and San Carlos resident, on a family friendly hike. Dr Clark will lead some stretching prior to the hike and talk about the health benefits of exercise. …

2017 Chinese New Year Flower Fair | Chinatown
Saturday, January 21 – 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 ...

Free PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio
Saturday, January 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Main Post (Presidio)
Free PresidiGo Shuttle | Downtown to Presidio

The free PresidiGo Shuttle system welcomes park visitors, residents, and employees with fully accessible shuttles and bike racks. There are two PresidiGo Shuttle services, each with different policies and guidelines – Around the Park and Downtown. Downtown (Free on Weekends) The Downtown express route make stops ...

Women’s March: Make a Stand for Human Rights | San Jose
Saturday, January 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Jose City Hall
Women's March: Make a Stand for Human Rights | San Jose

The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all.
They will convene at San Jose City Hall at 10 a.m., marchers will start the 0.7 mile procession at 11 a.m. ending at …

Women’s March: Diversity, Freedom & Human Rights | Oakland
Saturday, January 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Madison Park
Women's March: Diversity, Freedom & Human Rights | Oakland

Join them in Oakland for the Women’s March on January 21st. The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all.
Free, but an RSVP is requested. It will be one of the best …

Lunar New Year Lion Dancing: Mini Traveling Festival | SF
Saturday, January 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Lunar New Year Lion Dancing: Mini 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. 2017 Lunar New Year Lion Dancer Celebrations Saturday, January 7, 2017 10:30-11 am: Main Library 11:30 am-12:30 pm: Chinatown/Him Mark Lai 12:30-1 pm: North Beach 5:00-5:30 pm: ...