January 5th – Art: Philip Sager
Art opening for local photographer Philip Sager, 7 to 9 p.m. at Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
January 8th – Dance: Salve Regina
San Francisco-based dance company punkkiCo will present the premiere performance of Salve Regina, an original work celebrating and exploring the human female spirit. Six different pieces choreographed by punkkiCo director Raisa Punkki and performed by punkkiCo dancers, will comprise the approximately 90-minute-length program. Salve Regina is a Latin phrase that translates as “Hail to the Queen.” In this work, choreographer Punkki and her collaborators focus on profound experiences of being female: the strength that lies within the grounded female form, the creating life inside the body and the power that results when female spirit escapes oppression. 8 p.m. NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa Street. The show will run through January 17th. Tickets and Information: punkiico.com.
January 12th – Health: Paleo Diet and Ayurvedic Medicine Discussion with MD Akil Palanisamy
Local physician Akil Palanisamy, from Sutter Health’s Institute of Health and Healing, will speak about his new book, The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease. Dr. Akil blends Paleo with Ayurveda, the 5000 year-old traditional medical system of India, and the latest research in nutrition and medicine to present a roadway to optimal health. Book sales and signing follows. 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin Street. Free and Open to the Public. Information: 415.557.4277.
January 13th – Green: State of the Art Green-Building Tour
Take a guided tour of one of the nation’s greenest office buildings – the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters. Take an opportunity to visit this state-of-the-art 13-story, 277,500 square-feet building, designed and built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum standards, exemplifying sustainable design. Building features on-site wastewater treatment, on-site use of recycled wastewater, rainwater harvesting, solar panels and wind turbines. Free, but RSVP required. 2 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month. SFPUC Headquarters, 525 Golden Avenue. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music: Daniel Berkman
Live Music by local Potrero Hill resident Daniel Berkman. Berkman is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the kora (a 21-stringed harp/lute from West Africa), 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
January 17th – Culture: Homage to Syria
Presented by InSpace, this event brings together several artists of Syrian descent along with collaborators from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Proceeds will help to fund an international tour of Intima, a fusion of visual art, dance, and music that investigates themes of self-discovery, conflict, loss, and resolution. Music by Ashraf Kateb, a Syrian-German violinist, composer, and conductor, visual Art by Ali Kaaf, an artist that expresses themes of Syrian heritage, political struggle, and creativity. Savory Syrian refreshments by Hana Ayaso. Tickets: Concert and Syrian refreshments; $75. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at A.Muse Gallery, 614 Alabama Street. Information: 415.425.1295 or email@example.com
January 20th – Music: Soul Delights
Live Music by the ever-popular Soul Delights in a lively performance. 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.
January 20th through 31st
Theater: A Song at Twilight
Theater Rhinoceros presents Noel Coward’s A Song at Twilight. Cowards last play is also his frankest about himself and his love life. Opening Night, January 23rd at 8 p.m. Z Space, Z Below, 470 Florida Street. Tickets: $5-$35. Show times and Information: therhino.org.
January 23rd – Books: Cecile Pineda – Apology to a Whale
Cecile Pineda will visit the Mime Troupe to talk about what prompted her to write her recently published Apology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World and how her research led her to make surprising discoveries about what there is about our minds that is killing our planet, and how it relates to the militarism, hierarchy and patriarchy which govern our society. Free. 2:30 p.m. San Francisco Mime Troupe, 855 Treat Avenue. Information: sfmt.org.
January 29th – Performance: Open Mic
A night of poetry, spoken word and performance art. Participation is encouraged, so come express yourself. 7 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.