Music, indie films, comedy, a beer blow-out and flash-mob dancing for a good cause are all part of the flurry of February 2014 in San Francisco. And that's not counting the many Valentine's Day events or Chinese New Year (Year of the Horse) celebrations around the Bay Area.
The SF Independent Film Festival is as famous for its parties (themed on The Big Lebowski, roller disco and Valentine’s Day, for instance) as its flicks (indie, alternative, subversive and international). This year's 75-film fest opens with The Congress, which stars Robin Wright and is part live-action and part animation.
At the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco, and other Bay Area venues. Ticket prices vary.
Haute Dog: A Doggie Runway Fashion Show
Feb. 7, at 5:30-8:30 pm
Dogs take over the catwalk, modeling couture outfits tailored for them by Bay Area interior designers. The inimitable Wilkes Bashford hosts the event, which benefits Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and includes wine, refreshments, raffle prizes and vendors of doggie products and services,
At San Francisco Design Center Galleria Atrium, 101 Henry Adams St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $35-60.
Feb. 7, at 7-10 pm
Here’s your opportunity to talk loudly, eat, drink and even dance in the library—at the Imbibe after-hours cocktail parties thrown by the San Francisco Public Library. At tonight’s party, you can also make Valentine’s Day cards.
At the Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St., San Francisco. Admission: $40 for two people (includes one membership to Friends of the SF Public Library); free for Friends members. RSVP requested to firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco Beer Week
Actually 10 days, packed with 500 beer-focused events at SF and Bay Area breweries, restaurants, bars, stores and even a yoga studio. The schedule includes tastings of sour beers, smoked beers, barley wines and more, pub crawls, talks by brewers, the opening of Triple Voodoo Brewery’s taproom in Dogpatch, cooking demos, beer pairing sessions, special beer releases, brew-it-yourself workshops and beer brunches and dinners.
At various venues throughout the Bay Area. Ticket prices vary.
Through Feb. 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.
Handmade Paper Valentines
Feb. 11, at 1-3:30 pm
Learn and watch as plant cuttings are cooked, strained and pressed into paper. Leave with handmade sheets of paper and ideas for making them at home. Refreshments served.
At the Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 94118. Admission $40.
The Science of Beer
Feb. 12, at 7 pm
Behind just about every beer is one thing: yeast. Learn about this seemingly lowly ingredient’s powerful role in beer production and science history. KQED's new video, The Science of Beer: Tapping the Power of Brewer’s Yeast, will be screened; brewery scientists featured in the new KQED video will be present.
At SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, San Francisco.
Feb. 13, at 5:30-11 pm
California senator Mark Leno, litigator James Brosnahan, a lawyer for the City of San Francisco, a private investigator and others tell their stories about love and the law, at this event presented by the podcast Life of the Law. Happy hour with live jazz (5:30-7 pm) before the show and a DJ-led dance party (9-11 pm) after.
At Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., San Francisco 94110. Tickets $15, 20.
Doomed Valentine's Show
Feb. 13, at 7:30 pm
The show of embarrassing confessionals reaches its annual climax this month—love, after all, is responsible for some of the best, worst, oddest and most awkward moments of our lives. Brave, grown adults take the stage to reveal their most mortifying, true love stories. Plus contests, improv hip hop from The Freeze, and a post-show DJ dance party. All ages welcome.
At DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $15, 21.
Be Mine Adopt-a-thon
The SPCA waives adoption fees all weekend. Thursday's free “Cats, Tats & Cocktails” party (5-10 pm) offers an open bar and on-site tattooing for $40. On the weekend are free dental checks for pets and sessions on animal behavior and training.
At San Francisco SPCA's temporary adoption center, Florida at 16th St., San Francisco 94103. Free.
One Billion Rising for Justice
Feb. 14, at 4-6 pm
One in three women on Earth--that’s 1 billion women--will be raped or beaten in their lives. Mayor Ed Lee, district attorney George Gascón, Board of Supervisors president David Chiu and women leaders in San Francisco are part of a flash-mob-like event in about 190 countries to protest violence against women. DJs, apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas and other artists lead the dancing.
At San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., San Francisco 94102. Free.
Yoga Opening Night Party
Feb. 21, at 7–11 pm
To mark the opening of its exhibit about the evolution of yoga, the Asian's party includes a yoga class, gallery tours, storytelling, nonstop bhangra, DJs and dancing.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco. Tickets $15. 20.
Feb. 25-March 2
Everything indie--music, film, art and culture—in one festival, which in its 22-year-history has had performers like Yo La Tengo, Sleater-Kinney and Death Cab for Cutie. This year’s lineup includes Dr. Dog, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon, Lord Huron, Superhumanoids, The Fresh & Onlys and Social Studies. Art shows, films, DIY workshops, a local designer fair and happy hours, too.
At various San Francisco venues. Ticket prices vary.
Toasting Legends: Legacy Happy Hour
Feb. 27, at 6 pm
Storytelling and a bourbon tasting mark the launch of a book project to memorialize San Francisco’s legendary restaurants and watering holes, with local journalist J.K. Dineen. Bring your stories and photos.
At Elixir, 3200 16th St., San Francisco. Free.
KQED Black History Month Celebration
Feb. 27, at 6:30-8:30 pm
Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, and Gina Fromer of the YMCA in Bayview Hunter’s Point are honored. Plus performances and a screening of A Lovely Day, a film about hip-hop and youth in Oakland.
At the African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., San Francisco 94102. Free.
Under the Influence
Feb. 28, at 7:30-9 pm
In this program series, four artists each perform a work by an inspiration of theirs,and then a work that channels that influencer. This installment includes a pop-culture artist channeling Sherman Alexie and a writer-painter channeling Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground.
At the Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St., San Francisco 94133. Tickets $5.