February 7 through 16
Film: San Francisco Independent Film Festival
The San Francisco Independent Film Festival, the Bay Area’s premier showcase for fine independent films and digital programs, celebrates its 15th year. See some of the most cutting-edge indie films today — by Lynn Hershmann, Potrero Hill’s Jeanne C. Finley, and Vincent Garglugo, to name a few — meet top-notch filmmakers, and sample great comedies, horror flicks, love stories, documentaries, and short films. Then have a good time at one of the many after-parties celebrating the festival’s QuinceaЦera. Tickets: $10-20. See the website for schedule and details: sfindie.com.
February 9 and 16
Art: Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt
Go on a surprising search for nudity in art through the centuries at the Legion of Honor to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Scrutinize provocative paintings, startling sculptures, dazzling decorative objects, unclad athletes, a vixen-like Venus, a hunky Hercules, bathing beauties, striking stargazers, sultry Shades, and more. No previous experience with art required. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 (not including museum admission). Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue. Information: WatsonAdventures.com or by phone via OvationTix at 866.811.4111.
Chefs Jordan Grosser and Ted Fleury of Stag Dining Group have created an excellent dinner to be served family-style at Heath Ceramics. Guests will learn the company’s backstory and its vision for this Mission outpost. Special guest Matt Dick of Small Trade Company, one of Heath’s artist studios, will discuss his designs for uniforms and workwear for design-friendly dining destinations. Heath Ceramics was founded by Edith Heath in Sausalito in 1948. Cocktails, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. Tickets: $140. Information: thebolditalic.com/events/5635-a-heath-warming-dinner (for event) and heathdinner.eventbrite.com (for tickets).
Celebrate the Year of the Snake with a day of fun and free events for the whole family. Watch the Lion Dancers perform, learn how to make dumplings, try your hand at calligraphy, make your own Chinese lantern, tour the herbal gardens, and much more. There will be free demonstrations of acupuncture, massage, and tai chi. The kids will love the bouncy house. Food and refreshments will be served. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Lion Dancers at 1 p.m.) ACTCM, 450 Connecticut Street.
Film: Silent Film Festival
This year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival will be held at the historic Castro Theatre. The one-day festival of silent film masterpieces kicks off with the magical romance Snow White (1916; director J. Searle Dawley), one of the first features Walt Disney watched as a 16-year-old newsboy in Kansas City. Other screenings include a rare program of early Buster Keaton short films, as well as The Thief of Bagdad (1924; director Raoul Walsh); Mary Pickford’s last silent film, My Best Girl (1927; director Sam Taylor); and Faust (1926; director F.W. Murnau). Talented musicians Donald Sosin, on grand piano; Christian Elliott, on the Mighty Wurlitzer; and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will accompany the five programs. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets: $5-15. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street. Information: silentfilm.org.
The Original Scratch-N-Sniff Show is a most unusual interactive variety show. Each performance includes six to eight unique specialty acts, each no more than 10 minutes, with interactive “Signature Scratch-N-Sniff Elements,” with “Scent-based Match-Making” experiments occurring between each. Acts include live music, comedy, dancers, sword swallowing, magic, invented instruments, juggling buffalo, and a host of other wonderful off-beat, wacky, and weird performances. A truly authentic San Francisco experience. 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. 50 Mason Social House, 50 Mason Street. Information: ShowInfo@gmail.com.
This Mission Bay workshop will focus on soliciting feedback from community participants regarding Mission Bay development. 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Free. UCSF, Cardiovascular Research Building (Lobby), 535 Mission Bay Boulevard. South. Information: Michele.Davis@ucsf.edu.
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