Out on the Town
January-February 2013 Calendar
1–31 • California Restaurant Month
California cities honor world-renowned restaurants and local favorites with special food and wine pairings, discussions with the chef and discounted—but none-the-less gourmet—prix-fixe menus. Local cities include Oakland (Jan. 18–27), Berkeley (Jan. 13–20), Sacramento (Jan. 9–18), San Francisco and Silicon Valley (Jan. 15–31), and Monterey and Marin County (Jan. 1–31).
Prices, times and locations vary. www.visitcalifornia.com/inside-scoops/restaurant-month.
10 • Poetry Workshop
This local writers’ group returns and will continue the second Thursday of every month. Participants may bring a completed work to share or create something fresh from the night’s writing exercise.
7–9 p.m., free (donations accepted). Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda, 510-523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.
11–12 • Hot Couture Fashion Show
Industrial materials meet organic forms when designers use leather, fire, stone and paper to create a collection of wearable art. Thirteen teams will showcase close to 50 designs, and immediately following each show, VIP guests will have a chance to meet and talk with the designers at an after party.
7 p.m. Fri., $30; 7 p.m. Sat., $40; VIP Entry, $75. The Crucible, 1260 Seventh St., Oakland, 510-444-0919, www.thecrucible.org.
11–13 • Santa Cruz Fungus Fair
Why did the algae and the fungus get married? They took a lichen to each other. At this annual event, expect wonderful porcini-themed puns such as these as well as a habitat display featuring hundreds of local mushroom species, a hands-on kids’ activity area, fungi experts, and mushroom-centric tastes and arts and crafts.
3–7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun.; Fri. $5, Sat.–Sun. $10 general, $5 students and seniors 60-plus, free (children 12 and younger). Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz, 831-684-2275, scfungusfair.org.
16–21 • Monterey Swingfest
Jump and jive to almost a week jammed full of professional and amateur swing dancing competitions, classes, and, of course, more open dance sessions than you can shake a fedora at while executing a flawless Texas Tommy.
$105 students, $125 general. Monterey Hyatt Regency, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, 805-937-1574, www.montereyswingfest.com.
18–26 • Déjà Vu
Just because holiday shopping is in the past doesn’t mean there aren’t anniversaries or birthdays in the New Year. Drop by this silent auction and pick up some “gently used” donated art and give it a new, loving home. The silent auction concludes with a party on Jan. 26.
11 a.m. –7 p.m. Wed. –Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda, 510-523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.
19 • In The Name of Love
Honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a celebration that includes performances by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the Grammy Award–winning artist Jennifer Holliday. Also, more than 30 community organizations discuss what they’re doing to work toward a better community.
6 p.m., $8–$45. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-287-8880, www.mlktribute.com.
19 • Passport Day
Once every three months, close to 50 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries invite you to travel from winery to winery—some open only on Passport Days, others offering special pours—to taste what the region has to offer. Each passport is good for one tasting at each winery—but don’t worry, you don’t have to hit all 50 in one day. The passports are valid for as long as the program continues.
Most wineries are open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $45. Various locations throughout Santa Cruz County, 831-685-8463, www.scmwa.com.
19–Feb. 8 • Plants Illustrated
Explore the intersection between natural and artistic beauty with this exhibit that features art works using watercolors, graphite and ink alongside the garden full of living inspiration.
10 a.m.–4 p.m., $2–$10, free (4 and younger). UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, 510-643-2755, www.botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu.
19–June 30 • Beth Yarnelle Edwards: Suburban Dreams
The ongoing California Photography series continues with close to 20 images from this local photographer who re-creates domestic situations offering a glimpse into the spectacular and commonplace activities of our day-to-day lives.
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sun., $6–$12, free (children 8 and younger). Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510-318-8400, www.museumca.org.
20 • Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever!
Where’s Perry? He’s on stage along with Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Dr. Doofenshmirtz and the whole gang from the Tri-State Area. Whether they’re raising awareness for the aglet or giving a monkey a shower, Phineas and Ferb promise a smart, witty and imaginative show for all ages.
2 and 5 p.m., $20–$60. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.
21 • WWE Monday Night RAW
When the best in sports entertainment comes to town, check if you can see John Cena, thank Damien Sandow, feed Ryback and show off your Broski style with Zack Ryder as these superstars and divas body slam their competition amid deafening displays or pyrotechnics.
4:30 p.m., $20–$95. HP Pavilion, 525 West Santa Clara, San Jose, 408-287-9200, hppavilion.com.
25 • A Woman’s Life
The Oakland East Bay Symphony performs a night of classical and modern works including Beethoven, Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and A Woman’s Life inspired by the poetry of Maya Angelou. A pre-concert talk precedes the performance at 7 p.m.
8 p.m., $20–$70. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-444-0801, www.oebs.org.
25–27 • Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium
Grab a paddle and witness the San Francisco Bay’s unique and varied environments with guided trips offering spectacular views and kayak courses for beginning and advanced kayakers alike. Pre-registration required.
$175–$825 for one- to six-day registration. San Francisco Bay and the Marin Headlands, www.ggsks.com.
25–27 • Northern California Home and Landscape Expo
More than 1,000 exhibitors and dozens of seminars have you covered from lawn to roof whether you’re looking to create a backyard orchard, pick up a few gardening tips, remodel an entire home or spruce up a bedroom.
12–7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $7, free (12 and younger). Cal Expo Fairgrounds, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, 916-443-4961, www.homeandlandscapeexpo.com.
1 • The Who
Founding members Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend rock the Bay Area with a collection of hits and a complete performance of their 1973 double album opera Quadrophenia.
7:30 p.m., $37.50–$123.25. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 510-569-2121, www.coliseum.com.
2 • Sacramento Museum Day
More than 20 museums offer free admission throughout the day. Stop by one or hit as many as you can on a list that in the past has included The Crocker Art Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and California Automobile Museum.
Various locations throughout Sacramento County, 916-264-7777, www.sacmuseums.org.
2–3 • Lunar New Year Bazaar
Celebrate the Year of the Snake with live cultural music and entertainment, dancing dragons, delectable food and a variety of vendors when this annual street fair lights up Chinatown with an explosion of color and sound.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., Pacific Renaissance Plaza and Ninth and Franklin streets, Oakland, 510-893-8979, www.oaklandchinatownchamber.org.
8 • Ellie Goulding
The British singer-songwriter whose voice has captured the U.S. pop charts with her debut album Lights arrives in Oakland to entertain audiences and hype her newest album, Halcyon, which is described as an ultimately “redemptive album” born out of mournful inspiration.
8 p.m., $37.50. The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-302-2250, www.thefoxoakland.com.
8 • Father and Daughter Stars and Hearts Valentine’s Party
Dads can treat their daughters—or go Dutch, we won’t judge—to a special evening of dancing, music, crafts and small bites. Daughters in kindergarten to fifth grade are welcome to attend.
6–8 p.m., $25 per couple, $15 for each additional daughter. Albert H. DeWitt’s Officers’ Club, 641 West Redline Ave., Alameda, 510-747-7529, www.cityofalamedaca.gov.
8 • Human Odyssey
A new long-term display within the African Hall allows guests to explore the milestones of the human species with a computer re-creation of the famous “Lucy” skeleton, a map tracing the journey out of Africa, and the story of how our species almost
9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $19.95–$29.95. California Academy of Science, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 415-379-8000, calacademy.org.
9–10 • Wine and Chocolate Weekend
More than 40 wineries come together to create a Valentine’s Day weekend full of wonderful local wines paired with artisanal chocolate creations. Tickets include wine tasting and chocolate pairings for both days and may be purchased online or at any participating winery the day of the event.
11 a.m.–4 p.m., $45 advance, $55 day of. Various locations throughout Lodi, 209-365-0621, www.lodiwineandchocolate.com.
16 • Lua Hadar with TWIST: Like a Bridge
Having performed all over the world, Lua Hadar combines jazz with funk, pop and international cabaret, while delivering vocals in seven languages creating a self-described “jazz without borders” sound.
8–10 p.m., $8–$20. Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway, Oakland, 510-601-5700, www.musicallyminded.com.
18 • Pink
After selling more than 40 million albums, the princess of pop rock marks the release of her sixth studio album, The Truth About Love, with a tour that is sure to include chart-topping hits such as “Get the Party Started” and “Stupid Girls” as well as soon-to-be-new favorites such as “Just Give Me a Reason.”
7:30 p.m., $28–$96.50. HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara, San Jose, 408-287-9200, www.hppavilion.com.
22–24 • Russian Festival
Journey to Russia without leaving Northern California with a weekend full of live entertainment, music, food, drink and arts and crafts. A dance party follows Friday’s festivities.
5–9:30 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun.; $10, $6 seniors 62-plus and students (25 and younger), free (12 and younger). Russian Center, 2450 Sutter St., San Francisco, 415-921-7631, www.russiancentersf.com.
22–24 • Spirit of the Flame Challenge
More than 1,100 gymnasts from all over the country arrive to compete in all-ages team and singles competitions. Vendors will also be on hand offering great gear for the beam, bars or vault.
$5–$35; prices vary for per-session pass, day pass, or full-event pass. San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos St., San Jose, www.spiritoftheflame.com.
22–May 27 • China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy
In an attempt to capture immortality, the First Emperor of China, Qin Shihuang, built an underground city with more than 8,000 life-sized terracotta inhabitants and 10,000 weapons. A rare treat, this exhibit is comprised of 10 such statues that ultimately granted Qin Shihuang’s lust for immortality. Exhibition admission includes museum admission.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue.–Sun., $8–$22, free (12 and younger). Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, 415-581-3500, www.asianart.org.
23–24 • Chinese New Year Community Street Fair
Wander the streets of Chinatown taking in the live entertainment, dim sum and traditional and modern art forms such as calligraphy and kite making. The famous Chinese New Year Parade is Saturday beginning at 5:15 p.m. and follows Market and Second streets to Kearny and Jackson streets.
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.; Chinatown, San Francisco, www.chineseparade.com.
25 • Carrie Underwood
Attention all cowboy Casanovas and All-American girls, your country superstar idol takes the wheel in a North American tour promoting her newest album, Blown Away.
7:30 p.m., $43.75–$62.75. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 510-569-2121, www.coliseum.com.
Through April 14 • Boomtown: Barbary Coast at the Conservatory of Flowers
Explore San Francisco’s past through a garden railway display that captures the Gold Rush era and the historic Barbary Coast neighborhood through landscapes featuring hundreds of dwarf plants, miniatures and water features criss-crossed with running model trains.
$2–$7, free (4 and younger). Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, 415-831-2090, www.conservatoryofflowers.org.
Through April 18 • Useable, Lovable Peanuts
Discover how licensed Peanuts products have influenced generations—and vice versa in the story of Connie Boucher’s essential merchandising work in marketing and branding Peanuts during its early years as a comic strip.
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $5–$10, Free (3 and younger). Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, 707-579-4452, www.schulzmuseum.org.