Beth Van Hoesen: Portraits from the Castro Opening Reception
January 9, at 5:30-7:30 pm
Van Hoesen (1926-2010) made portraits of her neighbors, including punks, queers and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. She and husband Mark Adams would host weekly art sessions at their old firehouse of a home on 22nd St., which drew fellow artists like Robert Bechtle, Gordon Cook and Wayne Thiebaud. On view through March 1, this exhibit of more than 20 portraits (drawings, watercolors and prints) by Van Hoesen is to raise funds for the Rainbow Honor Walk, a set of bronze plaques to be installed on Castro sidewalks that will honor notable LGBT leaders such as Allen Ginsberg, Keith Haring and Frida Kahlo.
At the George Krevsky Gallery, 77 Geary St., 2/F, San Francisco 94108. Free.
Santana Row Wine Stroll
January 9, at 6-9 pm
Taste wines as you walk through Santana Row, and watch cooking demos by chefs (and sample the results) at a reception. Benefits the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.
Starts in Santana Row Park across from Left Bank Brasserie, 377 Santana Row, Ste. 1100, San Jose 95128. Tickets $30.
January 10, at 7:30 PM
On stage, adults pull out their adolescent diaries, poems and letters to share their most embarrassing true tales from the past with complete strangers (i.e., you). You laugh, cringe, blush and shudder. Musical accompaniment and prize give-aways, too.
At DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $14, 21.
Omochitsuki! Mochi-Pounding Ceremony
January 11, at 12-1 pm
The group Kagami Kai enacts the lively Japanese New Year tradition of pounding mochi--turning rice flour into sticky-rice cakes--accompanied by music and dance.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free with museum admission.
Merola Goes to the Movies: A Night at the Opera
January 11, at 1 pm
A screening of the 1935 Marx Brothers’ classic, preceded by a Merola Opera Program representative talking briefly about the making of the film and an insider’s view of opera. The screening is part of a new series presented by Merola, San Francisco Opera’s training program for aspiring singers, and the SF Public Library.
At the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. Free.
Dine About Town
There’s still no free lunch, but dozens of San Francisco restaurants are serving prix-fixe lunches for $18.95 and/or three-course dinners for $36.95. The restaurants range from Absinthe to Zingari.
Magnolias by Moonlight
January 16, at 6–8 pm
About 100 rare and historic magnolias are in peak bloom (and fragrance) from mid-January through March. Admire the moonlit flowers overhead (the trees reach 80 feet), guided by a naturalist. Tea and cookies are served. Bring a flashlight.
At San Francisco Botanical Garden, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way or Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. off the Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park. San Francisco 94122. Tickets $10, 20.
January 17‒18, at 11 am-7 pm; January 19, at 11 am-5 pm
Celebrating modernism—the past 100 years of art and design—this fair boasts photography, furniture, fine art and high-end craft pieces presented by more than 40 art galleries and design dealers from around the U.S. You can also shop at 21POP, a pop-up created by local celebrity designer Stanlee Gatti. Other features: a preview gala, performance art and talks about architecture and collecting. Proceeds support the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
At Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco. Tickets $15, 20.
The Edwardian Ball & World's Faire
January 17 & 18, at 8 pm-2 am
This celebration of darkly quirky author-illustrator Edward Gorey and turn-of-the-century art, theater, music, fashion and technology boasts San Francisco’s highest concentration of top hats, corsets and absinthe. Entertainment includes an enactment of Gorey's tale "The Curious Sofa," ballroom dancing, burlesque, circus and acrobatic acts, bands, steam-powered machines, curiosities on display, DJs, an antique portrait studio, parlor games and performances by Vau de Vire Society and Dark Garden Corsetry. A vendor bazaar offers period garments and accoutrements.
At Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco 94109. All ages welcome. Tickets $40-100.
Good Food Awards Marketplace and Beer & Spirits Garden
January 18, from 9 am
Taste and buy the best charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, oils, pickles, preserves, beer and spirits from across the country---made by Good Food Awards winners. The awards honor farmers and producers who craft delicious food and drink with sustainable and socially conscious operations.
At the Ferry Building, Market St. & the Embarcadero, San Francisco 94111. Tickets $5.
National Park Fee-Free Day
All national parks--such as Muir Woods, Sequoia and Yosemite--offer free admission.
January 23-February 9
SF's annual comedy festival includes tributes to Alan Arkin and Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, live podcasts, screenings of Revenge of the Nerds and Napoleon Dynamite (with cast members attending) and appearances by Maya Rudolph, Jack Black, Kevin Pollak. Amy Schumer, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Upright Citizens Brigade, Adam Savage, Nato Green, George Chen, Killing My Lobster and lots others. Many of the events are open to all ages.
At various venues in San Francisco. Ticket prices vary.
San Francisco Dump Artist in Residence Exhibition
January 24, at 5-9 pm; Jan. 25, at 1-3 pm; and Jan. 28, at 5-7 pm
For four months, Yulia Pinkusevich, Stephanie Syjuco and Brittany Watkins have scavenged stuff from the dump (such as computers, televisions and inner tubes) and made it into art. Come see the results. The artists discuss their work on Jan. 28 at 7 pm at 401 Tunnel Ave., near the art studio.
At Recology San Francisco Art Studio, 503 Tunnel Ave., San Francisco. Free.
January 24-February 2
Presenting more than 25 film noir classics over ten days, the festival highlights films made right after World War II and includes productions from France, Norway, Japan, Argentina and Germany, as well as Hollywood. Opening night films are Journey Into Fear and The Third Man, starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.
At Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco 94114. Tickets $10.
Hop, Wiggle and Read: A Family Jamboree
January 26, at 12-3 pm
In its annual celebration of children's stories, the Contemporary Jewish Museum partners with the San Francisco Public Library to present storytelling, clay sculpting and fun folk-rock by the Bug Family Band.
At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco 94103. Free with museum admission; present an SF Public Library card for free admission for two people.
Moving Portraits: Films and Short Works by Mike Mills
January 26, at 7‒10 pm
Writer-director Mills delves into complex emotions and identities, and tonight's program includes his new work A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project. Commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the video focuses on Silicon Valley tech workers' children, who talk about their visions of the future. Beginners, starring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor, will also be shown.
At the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $7, 10.