Landing Day on Mars with the Exploratorium
Feb. 18. Calling all space cadets, join the Exploratorium to watch the newest Mars rover, Perseverance, attempt to land on the Red Planet. This is NASA’s latest mission to Mars, and the Exploratorium is bringing you live coverage of Landing Day. Watch as they investigate the journey to Mars, the nail-biting excitement of landing and learn about what the scientists will be looking for. Noon. Free. exploratorium.edu
Black & Proud II—Comedic Black History Month Celebration
Feb. 19. Get ready to laugh as Bangou’s DirtySuit Production is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting the LGBTQ+ community in their popular virtual comedy show. This show spotlights black and LGBTQ+ comedians and gives audiences a chance to hear their stories. Comedians include Alissa C. Lindquist, Avery Scott, Scott Dobbin (pictured) and Kendra Dawsey, with KJ Whitehead as host. 8-9 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. RSVP
Food + Drink
Pay-What-You-Can Taco Fridays at Tato
Feb. 19. Eat for a cause on this donation-based taco day every Friday at San Francisco’s Mexican restaurant Tato. While many restaurants are struggling, Tato wants to give back by giving customers the option to pay anywhere from $0 to $10 for dishes on the “Taco Love” menu. When a customer pays the full price of $10, Tato will give a free meal to someone in need. 4608 3rd St., 415.948.0974. tatosf.com
Feb. 19-28. Get your grub on at Taste Tri-Valley, a 10-day restaurant week that will feature 35 restaurants in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville. Enjoy prix-fixe lunch and dinner menu options available for delivery, take-out and outdoor dining (check restaurant websites for specific offerings). Virtual wine events and special wine bundles/tasting packs from Livermore Valley wineries will also be offered. visittrivalley.com
Maison Danel’s New Parklet
Now Open. With the buzz surrounding the potential of making parklets permanent, Maison Danel is featuring its new parklet, which seats 30 people. The parklet currently includes a deck with partial walls, socially distant tables, and hanging lights, with plans to add a roof and heat next week. Dine in, take out, or get one of the variety of subscription boxes from croissants to teas and beyond. Su-M 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Th 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., F-Sa 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 1030 Polk St., 415.685.5900. maisondanel.com
Open. From the makers of acclaimed La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, check out their newest restaurant showcasing more traditional, lesser-known dishes from Latin-America. Enjoy the charcoal-grilled rotisserie chicken, lomo saltado, empanadas (pictured) and sweet-and-savory pastel de choclo. Takeout or delivery. Open daily 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. 3340 Steiner St., 415.655.9585. jaranitasf.com
Arts + Culture
WOMEN我們: From Her to Here
Feb. 19. Check out this new virtual art exhibition and series of public programs that explores agency and belonging in queer and feminist communities. On view at San Francisco’s Chinese Culture Center from Feb. 19 to Aug. 21, the group exhibition—centered on Asian diasporic perspectives—features video and film works, mixed media installation, photography, painting and more by a diverse array of LGBTQ+ and women artists and art collectives from the Bay Area, Taiwan, Hong Kong and beyond. Free. cccsf.us
2021 Virtual Chinese New Year Parade
Feb. 20. Celebrate Chinese New Year virtually this year! Don’t miss the Chinese New Year Preshow on Facebook Live for stories and giveaways. Join hosts Stephen Chun (parade MC), Katherine Wu (2019 Miss Chinatown USA) and K. Cheng (host of Crazy Funny Asians) to explore some of the not often seen moments of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia and some fantastic drawings for viewers. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free.
Chinese New Year Parade Float
Through Feb. 21. While Chinese New Year celebrations may be different this year, there are opportunities to get in the festive spirit. For the first time in the Chinese New Year Parade history, Southwest Airlines will be publicly displaying its parade float at Pier 27, Cruise Terminal Plaza. Come see the gorgeous, shimmering float from noon to 8 p.m.
Photo credits: Landing Day, Exploratorium website. Scott Dobbin, Facebook. Tato, Facebook. Taste Tri-Valley, Visit Tri-Valley website. Jaranita SF, Instagram. “WOMEN我們: From Her to Here”, CCCSF website. Chinese New Year, David Yu via Flickr. All other images are courtesy of the venues.