Community Calendar – February 2020

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Now through 2/9/20 Sunday
Theater: Playground Solo Performance Festival
The festival features 12 double-bill performances by 11 local artists, curated to celebrate the intersectionality and diversity that exemplifies the San Francisco Bay Area. Tickets $31.50 to $46.50 with multiple accessibility options available. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets.

Now through 2/13/20 Thursday
Film: SF IndieFest
SF Independent Film Festival celebrates maverick filmmakers by screening movies made by independent producers at the Roxie and Victoria theaters in the Mission District. Many showings include filmmaker question and answer sessions. For complete schedule and to purchase tickets.

2/1 Saturday – Design: MakeArt Family Day
Experience a variety of exhibition-related activities for visitors of all ages. View “Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience” and explore concepts of environmental and structural design, including mini biodomes, popup valentines and rapid prototyping for beginners. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $6 and up available for purchase at the door; free admission for children 12 and under. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. For more info.

2/2 Sunday – Hiking: Twin Peaks and Gorgeous Views
Join Ridge Trail volunteers for the fifth annual Super Stroll on Super Bowl Sunday. This 15-mile hike will follow the Ridge Trail as it wanders across San Francisco from Lake Merced to the Golden Gate Bridge. Hike the entire route or bailout at any point along the way, lasting two to seven hours. Meet at 9:30 a.m. Location to be sent. Free, but RSVP required. For meeting information and to RSVP.

2/6 Thursday – Community: Cannabis Retail Hearing
The San Francisco Planning Commission will hold a hearing on Stay Gold’s application to open a retail cannabis outlet and lounge at 667 Mississippi Street. Neighbors of the proposed facility have asked for a discretionary review of the proposal. If approved Stay Gold would become the fifth cannabis retailer in or around Dogpatch and Potrero Hill, with two on Mississippi Street, and one of nine permitted lounges. 1 p.m. City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400. For more information.

2/7 Friday – Design: Aplat Zero Waste
Designer Shujan Bertrand started culinary design company Aplat with zero waste as a core design principle. Learn more about the creative process behind this local company, and try your hand at creating your own accessories from off-cut industrial production. 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $30 general admission. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. For more information.

2/7/20 Friday through 5/2/20 Saturday
Art: Orlando
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents Orlando, guest curated by Tilda Swinton and organized by Aperture Foundation, New York. Orlando presents recent and newly commissioned photographs inspired by the themes of Virginia Woolf’s prescient 1928 novel, which tells the story of a young nobleman during the era of Queen Elizabeth I who lives for three centuries without aging and mysteriously shifts gender along the way. In 1992, filmmaker Sally Potter released a now-classic adaptation of the book with Swinton in the starring role. Exhibit, 5 to 8 p.m. Opening reception Saturday 2/8/20, 5 to 8 p.m. Free. McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 1150 25th Street, Building B. For more information.

2/8 Saturday – Sports: KNBR Giants FanFest
Featuring live KNBR broadcasts on the field, player question and answer sessions, free autographs, walk or play catch on the field, weather permitting, self-guided tours, a kids zone, and more. Plus a chance to take photographs with the World Series trophies. 10 a.m. Free. Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza. For more information.

2/8 Saturday – Beverages: Harmonic Brewing
Part of SF Beer Week, Island Vibes Food Fest commemorates unique eats from Southeast Asia and beyond. Free, no reservations required. 2 p.m. Harmonic Brewing, 1050 26th Street. For more information.

2/8 Saturday – Art: Aperitivo con gli Artisti 
The Museo Italo Americano presents “5 Artisti,” an exhibit of painting, sketches and photography by five local artists: Sofia Carmi, Art De Fabio, Robert La Rocca, Tito Patri and Carlos Pillado. Join the conversation about the works at a reception with the artists on Saturday, February 2. Free; RSVP required at Museo Italo Americano, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd, Building C. For more information: 415.673.2200

2/8 Saturday – Literature: Jenn Lyons 
Party for local author Jenn Lyons, who recently published her first book, Losing Siggie. Free. 6 to 8 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/8/2020 Saturday and 2/9/2020 Sunday
Holiday:  Lunar New Year
Celebrate the Year of the Rat with a fair featuring more than 120 booths, concessions, and activities. Entertainment for all ages, including Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and more. Get a family photograph with giant puppets, dragons, and other memorable artifacts from the parade. Fair, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grant Avenue, from California to Broadway; Sacramento, Washington, Jackson and Pacific between Stockton and Kearny. Parade, Saturday: 5 to 9 p.m., beginning at Market and Second streets. Free. For more information.

2/8/2020 and 2/15/2020 Saturdays 
Environment: San Francisco Botanical Garden Magnolia Bloom
The annual bloom of nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias, with trees reaching 80 feet, is one of San Francisco’s most breathtaking natural marvels. Velvety silver buds on the oft bare branches of these elegant trees, many rare and historic, open into dazzling pink, magenta, and white flowers, filling the wintery garden with dramatic splashes of color and sweetly fragrant scents. Two one- and a half-hour magnolia tours a day: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. $28., garden admission included. Heavy rain cancels. San Francisco Botanical Gardens, 1199 Ninth Avenue. For more information and to purchase tickets.

2/12 Wednesday – Community: Green Benefit District Elections Deadline
GBD Board elections take place this March. Interested in serving on the board? Candidate applications open now through February 12. For more information or email: info [at]

2/13 ThursdayMusic: James Everett
Live music by James Everett, a San Francisco native with a sound and performance style that’s reminiscent of the Rat Pack days fused with sprinkles of Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Pop and Neo-Soul. Free. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/14/20 Friday and 2/15/20 Saturday
Music: Jonathan Yonts
Live music by Jonathan Yonts. The “Musicteller” utilizes live looping and a unique style of guitar playing to create a dreamy, atmospheric, singer-songwriter presence that’s peaceful with a dash of edge. Free. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/15/20 Saturday through 3/15/20 Sunday
Theater: The Full Monty
Based on the cult hit film, The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is rife with honest affection, engaging melodies and what might be the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. Leslie Waggoner directs and choreographs the production. Rated PG-18, with mature language, stripping and partial male nudity. Tickets $30 to $85. Victoria Theater, 2961 16th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets.

2/19 Wednesday – Music: Soul Delights
Soul Delights returns with energetic Rhythm and Blues. Sing along and dance in your chair. Free. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/20 Thursday – Design: “Make”
Engage with hands-on projects, community discussions and films focusing on the exhibition “Linda Gass: and then this happened….”
6 to 9 p.m. Tickets available at the door: $8 general admission; $6 students/seniors, free for members. Cash/Square bar for guests 21 and over. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. For more information.

2/21 Friday – Comedy: Anthony Zuccaro
Stand up comedy, hosted by Anthony Zuccaro. Free. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/22 Saturday – Film: Cat Video Fest
A compilation reel of the latest, best, cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses. Screening events take place throughout the world in a host of venues to raise money for cats in need. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. $13. general admission; $9. seniors. A percentage of the proceeds benefit Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets.

2/27 Thursday – Science: Exploratorium After Dark
In a world that’s wired, how much information is being collected, and how much of it is useful?  Big Data has the potential to transform our understanding of ourselves and the world around us, but does its value outweigh the risks of sharing it? 6 to 10 p.m. $19.95. Exploratorium, Pier 15. For more information and to purchase tickets.