Weekend roundup

February 25-28


Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Mural Hunt

Through Feb. 28. Celebrate Lunar New Year by hunting for murals throughout Chinatown. There are 12 murals hidden throughout Chinatown, each one depicting one of the Chinese Zodiac animals. Find and snap a photo of each one, share to Instagram and tag @SFCMA to be entered to win their raffle. Free.

Peak Magnolia Bloom

Through Feb. 28. One of San Francisco’s most breathtaking natural marvels, the annual bloom of more than 200 rare and historic magnolias with trees reaching 80 feet, is typically at its peak from mid-January through March at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Peak magnolia bloom is on and will last through this month. Get out there and experience this beautiful annual spectacle! Open daily 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets $7-$21, free for S.F. residents. sfbg.org

Virtual History of the San Francisco Ferry Building

Feb. 28. Dive into San Francisco history with author and S.F. City Guide Anne Hitz, as she tells the story of the San Francisco landmark Ferry Building, including tales of her middle-of-the-night trip to the top of the tower! Find out how at its peak in the 1930s, it was the second-busiest travel hub in the world, shuttling more than 50,000 people both to and from San Francisco each day. 10-11 a.m. Free. RSVP

Food + Drink

Indigenous Food Craft with Cafe Ohlone

Feb. 27. The Museum of Craft and Design presents a conversation with Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino of mak-‘amham/Cafe Ohlone. In this virtual event, they will discuss Native culture in the Bay Area and describe the particular importance of food for Ohlone reconstruction of collective identity and the preservation of ancestral traditions. Join to learn more about the process of creating contemporary indigenous cuisine, how the organization has redesigned its approach in the face of the pandemic, and the present-day realities of the Ohlone people. 1-2 p.m. Limited space; pre-registration required. sfmcd.org


Now Open. Dine at this new architectural masterpiece offering an elevated yet approachable Italian steakhouse offering a menu of small plates, cuts, pasta, side dishes and more. Chef Stout, behind the popular Orchard City Kitchen, called upon Oakland-based firm Arcsine to create the architecture and design for the space, and bring his vision to life. Outdoor dining available. W-Su 5-9 p.m. 1887 South Bascom Ave., Campbell, 408.963.2092. besteaka.com

Arts + Culture

Virtual Art Opening of Overlap: Home, Immigration and Identity

Feb. 25. Join for a one-of-a-kind virtual art experience of the exhibition featuring artworks currently exhibited at the Bayfair Center in San Leandro. Artists Somaieh Amini, Nimisha Doongarwal, Roya Ebtehaj and Andrea Guskin will share short explorations of their pieces that offer nuanced takes on culture, identity and the immigrant experience. 7-8 p.m. Free. artogether.org

SIFF Saturdays: Fully Realized Humans

Feb. 27. Film buffs enjoy the first-ever viewing of Fully Realized Humans which tells the story of Jackie and Elliot. With less than a month until the birth of their first child, Jackie and Elliot embark on a madcap mission of self-discovery in an attempt to rid themselves of the inherited dysfunction of their own upbringings. $12 (free to 2021 passholders). Tickets

Strange Courtesies

Feb. 27-Mar. 3. Watch the virtual world premiere of Strange Courtesies, a play by San Jose Stage Company in collaboration with African-American Shakespeare Company. The play tells the story of citizens of South Africa confronting a painful past of the apartheid era through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The cast includes Tshiwela Maangani (pictured) , Biko Eisen-Martin, Jamey Williams, Marjorie Johnson, Adam Green and Robert Sicular. $40. Tickets

“You Can’t Stop the Beat”

Feb. 28. Grab your tickets to attend 42nd Street Moon’s virtual 2021 gala, themed “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” for an evening of uplifting performances and optimism for the future of the art. Broadway actor and longtime Moonie Jason Graae will host the gala featuring a star-studded cast of more than 40 performers from Moon’s past, present and future—including Tony Award winners and nominees. Begins at 6 p.m. $100 general admission, $250 premier admission (includes an exclusive pre-show virtual green room reception with the gala performers at 5:30 p.m. and a gala kit). 42ndstmoon.org

Photo credits: SFMCA, Facebook. Magnolias, SF Botanical Garden website. Indigenous food craft, Museum of Craft and Design website. Virtual Art Opening, “Lady with an Elephant”, Art Together website. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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