Here are our top picks for making the most of the weekend, February 16-18, 2018.
For more ongoing events and exhibitions check our calendar.
Lunar New Year Celebration at Asian Art Museum
Roll in the Year of the Dog with talented dancers, musicians and storytellers at the Asian Art Museum’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration. This year¹s celebration features Chinese acrobatics and lion dance drumming with local favorite Red Panda Acrobats. After the workshops and performances, enjoy author Oliver Chin¹s story about the zodiac calendar and Year of the Dog characteristics. Feb. 18.
Noise Pop Festival
This indie music, arts and film festival has hosted countless up-and-coming acts before they became household names, including the Flaming Lips, Frank Black of the Pixies and the White Stripes. Events take place at venues around San Francisco and Oakland. Feb. 19-25.
“The Wedding Singer”
Bay Area Musicals! continues its third season with the rocking 80s parody musical, “The Wedding Singer”, based on the acclaimed Adam Sandler film. It takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Victoria Theater, Feb. 17-March 17.
SFO Wag Brigade Ring in the Year of the Dog
The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) celebrates the Lunar New Year with the help of the Airport's Wag Brigade team of certified therapy animals. Travelers can celebrate the Year of the Dog at a special photo station with Wag Brigade team members dressed in unique outfits to commemorate the Lunar New Year. Passengers will also receive traditional red envelopes with gold chocolate coins while visiting the station. SFO International Terminal, Departure Level, Feb. 16.
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Judges from every major American wine region select winners from over 7,000 entries, making this the largest competition of American wines in the world. Join over 5,000 wine enthusiasts for the public tasting. Feb. 17.
San Francisco Beer Week
This massive festival features hundreds of events hosted by celebrated breweries, restaurants, bars and retailers. The opening gala at Pier 35 kicks off Feb. 9, and the following nine days are packed with events taking place all over the greater Bay Area, from San Jose to Santa Rosa. Expect special beer releases, beer festivals, meet-the-brewer opportunities, beer dinners, tastings, lectures, panel discussions, home-brewing demonstrations and educational events. Feb 9-18.
"Book of Mormon"
The Broadway musical that has delighted sold-out crowds around the country and earned nine Tony Awards returns to SHN Orpheum Theatre. Feb. 6-March 4.
“Casanova: The Seduction of Europe” at Legion of Honor
Explore the notoriously amorous Giacomo Casanova’s 18th century Europe, from France and Italy to the Ottoman Empire and St. Petersburg, through paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, porcelain, silver and period costumes. Feb 10-May 28.
Pier 39’s iconic floral festival, Tulipmania, returns with more than 39,000 blooming tulips and other seasonal garden favorites. Enjoy the flowers’ beauty and learn helpful gardening tips by taking free guided tours. Feb. 10-18.
“Born Yesterday” at San Francisco Playhouse
An unscrupulous millionaire and his showgirl fiance head to Washington to bribe a senator for their own financial gain in this sharp and timely comedy about financial corruption in politics. Jan. 23-March 10.
Roll Across Town
Traverse 7 miles of Golden Gate Park’s 1,000 acres in under two hours via the efficient (and undeniably amusing) means of personal transportation known as the segway with the Electric Tour Company. Take in the fresh air and greenery while exploring the park’s lesser-known gems. The company also leads routes that explore the wharf and waterfront, Chinatown, North Beach, Lombard Street and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
“Still at Risk” at New Conservatory Theatre Center
See the world premiere of the New Conservatory Theatre Center’s play “Still at Risk” by Tim Pinckney, on stage now through Feb. 25. This new production directed by Dennis Lickteig tackles the personal and political effects of the AIDS crisis on the current gay rights movement. The main character, Kevin, survived the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic and is searching for purpose in today’s era, until an unexpected incident threatens the legacy that he fought for. Jan. 19-Feb 25.
“Tom Loeser: Please Please Please” at the Museum of Craft and Design
Madison, Wisconsin-based designer/maker Tom Loeser re-imagines the ways that the body, furniture and space can interact. Featuring approximately 20 works, primarily new, the exhibition showcases Loeser’s investigation of unconventional, invitational furniture forms. Jan. 20-May 20.
“France is a Feast – The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child”
On view at the Napa Valley Museum Yountville is “France Is a Feast— The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child.” Inspired by the book “France Is a Feast” by Alex Prud’homme and Katie Pratt, the exhibition features black-and-white photographs taken by Paul Child in France between 1948 and 1954, rare objects and pictures of Paul’s wife, Julia Child, long before she became a celebrity cookbook author. Nov. 11-Feb. 18.