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Out & About: February Events

A calendar roundup of the hottest local events.





Thru Feb 17

In this satirical comedy, a newly retired couple coming to grips with their life together are interrupted by two human-size, English-speaking lizards.

Geary Theater (SF)

415.749.2228, act-sf.org



Thru Feb 17

The Ross Valley Players present Ira Levin’s play within a play.

Ross Valley Players Barn (Ross)

Box Office: 415.456.9555 ex. 1, www.rossvalleyplayers.com


King of the Yees 

Thru Mar 2

When her father goes missing, playwright Lauren Yee is forced to dive into the rabbit hole of San Francisco’s Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. 

San Francisco Playhouse 

415.677.9596, sfplayhouse.org


The Best of San Francisco Solo Series

Thru Mar

With a run of performances by Brian Copeland, Will Durst, Maureen Langan and others, this series features some of the Bay Area’s most critically acclaimed one-person shows.

Showcase Theater (San Rafael)

503.252.8300, marincenter.org


Family Secrets

Feb 5

Jewish Women’s Theatre presents a salon-style show about youthful indiscretions, missteps, dishonesty and more.

Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael)

415.444.8000, marinjcc.org


Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

Feb 22–23

This off-Broadway comedy is a one-man blend of theater and stand-up, based on the best-selling book.

Showcase Theater, Marin Center
503.252.8300, marincenter.org





ODC/Dance Unplugged: Path of Miracles



A recurring platform that offers a rare and candid look at the creative process, this time focusing on a work choreographed by ODC/Dance codirector KT Nelson.

ODC Theater (SF)

415.863.9834, odc.dance



Thru Feb 2

Kristin Damrow and Company presents a world premiere centering on 15 dancers inhabiting a dystopian world.

YBCA Forum (SF)

415.978.2787, kristindamrow.com


Marin Conservatory of Dance Student Showcase

Feb 3

Join the Marin Conservatory of Dance for its winter student showcase, featuring excerpts from the classical ballet Sleeping Beauty followed by choreography from guest artists.

Gauguin at the Theater (San Rafael)




Feb 14–16

Little Seismic Dance Company presents Divining, choreographed by Katie Faulker and inspired by rituals from around the world.

ODC Theater (SF)

415.863.9834, odc.dance


At Your Service

Feb 21–23 

This world premiere shines light on the underappreciated — teachers, nurses, firefighters, home caregivers and restaurant waitstaff — and explores how we serve one another.

ODC Theater (SF)

415.863.9834, odc.dance




Whose Live Anyway?

Feb 17 

Get your laugh on with an evening of improvised jokes, scenes, skits and songs.

Ruth Finley Person Theater (Santa Rosa)







Feb 1–2 

This immersive concert inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road features original live music by indie-pop group Yassou and string composer Kristina Dutton.

August Hall (SF)



Bob Marley Birthday Celebration

Feb 7 

North Bay reggae bands IrieFuse and Sol Horizon come together to honor Bob Marley’s lasting legacy.

Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)

415.388.3850, sweetwatermusichall.com


Winter Nights: Wake the Dead

Feb 9

The Summer of Love meets Celtic tradition with this unique performance from seven of the best-known musicians in the West.

Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael)

415.444.8000, marinjcc.org


Program 2: Recomposed Concertmaster

Feb 10

Daniel Hope returns to the Bay Area to present a program of familiar works.

Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael)

415.444.8000, marinjcc.org


Dark Star Orchestra

Feb 15–16

The Grateful Dead concert experience comes to the Bay Area, with shows built from the iconic band’s extensive catalog, as performed by the sevenmember group.

The Warfield (SF)



The English Beat

Feb 15–16

Known simply as The Beat in their native England, the multigenre band has been winning over audiences for several decades.

Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)

415.388.3850, sweetwatermusichall.com


Salsa Night with Somos el Son Osher

Feb 23

Marin JCC brings the multicultural flavors, movement, live music and fun of summer festivals to the indoors. A preconcert salsa dance class is offered.

Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael)

415.444.8000, marinjcc.org


Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre Band

Feb 27–28

Longtime Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre takes to the Mill Valley stage with his own band for a medley of riffs and classic rock.

Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley)

415.388.3850, sweetwatermusichall.com







Hands-On Harley-Davidson

From Jan 19

Families are given an opportunity to learn about STEM in action against the backdrop of a replica Harley-Davidson — and even hit a (simulated) open road.

Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausalito)

415.339.3900, baykidsmuseum.org


Bolinas Museum

An ongoing collection of fine art and historical works (Bolinas).

415.868.0330, bolinasmuseum.org


Marin History Museum

Numerous collections with historical articles, documents, artifacts and photographs commemorating the traditions, innovation and creativity in Marin County (Novato).

415.382.1182, marinhistory.org


Open to Interpretation: Artists of Marin MOCA Exhibition

Thru February 24

Works designed to elicit a rich dialogue between artist and viewewer.

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (Novato)

415.506.0137, marinmoca.org




Kimono Refashioned

Thru May 5

The exhibition explores the impact of the kimono on global fashion from the Victorian era to the present; Coco Chanel, Tom Ford and Issey Miyake are among the close to 30 designers featured.

Asian Art Museum (SF)

415.581.3711, asianart.org


Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art

Thru April 14

A selection of BAMPFA’s Japanese art collection, featuring woodblock prints, lacquerware and more.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley) 

510.642.0808, bampfa.org


Giants of Land and Sea

Discover the forces that make Northern California a place unlike anywhere else. Step inside an immersive fog room, feel a jolt in an earthquake simulator, and explore marine mammal skeletons and models.

California Academy of Sciences (SF)

415.379.8000, calacademy.org


In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art — Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler

Thru July 30

In a program inspired by the Talmudic concept of havruta or studying in pairs, artist Oxossi Ayofemi and physicist Risa Wechsler present Black Matter, which touches on everything from the unknown matter of the universe to presence and absence.

Contemporary Jewish Museum (SF)

415.655.7800, thecjm.org


Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey

Thru April 7

A display of more than 50 paintings, wood carvings and ceramics created by Paul Gauguin in the Fine Arts Museums’ first exhibition of his work.

de Young (SF)

415.750.3600, deyoungfamsf.org


East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection

Thru February 24

More than 150 pieces associated with Mughal emperors, maharajas and their courts, including jewelry, weapons, works of art and more, tell the story of the cultural and material exchanges between India and Europe.

Legion of Honor (SF)

415.750.3600, legionofhonor.famsf.org


Black Refractions

Thru April 14 

The museum is taken over by highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Museum of the African Diaspora (SF)

415.358.7200, moadsf.org 


Gustavo Perez: Self-Portrait in Black and White

Thru February 24

An installation of several different series marks milestones in Perez’s development.

Museum of Craft and Design (SF)

415.773.0303, sfmcd.org


Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline

Thru March 17 

Art and science come together through fantastical renderings by Ray Troll and the research of paleontologist Kirk Johnson.

Oakland Museum of California (Oakland)

510.318.8400, museumca.org


Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory

Thru March 31

SFMOMA welcomes this global debut — the first North American retrospective of the artist’s work in 25 years — featuring renderings of the natural world, from ocean waves to desert floors.


415.357.4000, sfmoma.org


Richard Shaw and Wanxin Zhang

Thru April 7

An exhibit of recent clay works from two Bay Area artists, focusing on exploration of the cultural exchange between China and the West.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (Sonoma)



The Walt Disney Family Museum (SF)

Exhibitions on the life of Walt Disney, along with the animation and artistic works that elevated Walt Disney Studios to the powerhouse it is today.

415.345.6800, waltdisney.org  


Bay Area Now 8

Thru March 24

This survey exhibit features visual artists specializing in a range of mediums, as selected through a series of studio visits, to present a picture of the Bay Area in the present tense.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF)

415.978.2787, ybca.org




National Parks Conservation Association’s Centennial

Feb 7

Join National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) to kick off a century of national park protection and building with food, drink and more.

Letterman Digital Arts Center (SF)

202.853.4472, npca.org


Tribal and Textile Art Show

Feb 7-10

Peruse this fair showcasing tribal cultures across the nation, designed for collectors and enthusiasts and including the arts of Asian, Oceanic, African, Native American and Latin American indigenous peoples.

Fort Mason Center (SF)



California International Antiquarian Book Fair 

Feb 8–10

The 52nd rendition of the world's largest and most prestigious celebration of antiquarian books returns to Northern California.

Marriott City Center (Oakland)



2019 Awards Night

Feb 24 

Prosecco, appetizers from Left Bank and a red carpet make for a can’t-miss evening of Oscar accolades.

Lark Theater (Larkspur)

415.924.5111, larktheater.net




Carmen Mezzo-soprano

Feb 2–6 

Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, to be enjoyed from the comfort of your Larkspur theater seat.

Lark Theater (Larkspur)

415.924.5111, larktheater.net


SF Independent Film Festival


Back for its 21st year, the SF IndieFest showcases the best of independent, alternative and subversive cinema dreamed up internationally.

Various locations (SF)

415.820.3907, sfindie.com




Broom Busters Work Day

Feb 2 

Join the Broom Buster team, a group of longtime volunteers who make it their mission to clear out French broom. Learn about the importance of invasive species eradication while lending a hand.

Old St. Hilary’s Preserve (Tiburon)

415.473.3778, marincounty.org



Feb 3 

Take a stroll around Abbotts Lagoon to observe the numerous species of birds that are found overwintering along the coast this time of year.

Abbotts Lagoon (Point Reyes)

415.893.9520, marincounty.org


Cecile Richards

Feb 4 

Marin Speaker Series presents Cecile Richards, the lifelong human rights activist who was Planned Parenthood’s renowned president from 2006 to 2018.

Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium (San Rafael)

650.340.7004, speakerseries.net


Rebecca Traister

Feb 4 

Journalist and author Rebecca Traister joins law professor Lara Bazelon to discuss her latest book Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger.

Sydney Goldstein Theater (SF)

415.392.4400, cityarts.net


Ina Garten

Feb 6 

Emmy Award–winning host Ina Garten shares her natural approach to food, entertaining tips, stories and maybe even some recipes.

Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium (San Rafael)

650.340.7004, speakerseries.net


Aramburu Island Enhancement

Feb 9 

Join Richardson Bay Audubon Center in its effort to convert this island from a forgotten, eroding area to a thriving habitat for shorebirds and wildlife.

Richardson Bay Audubon Center (Tiburon)

415.388.2524, richardsonbay.audubon.org


MMWD: Turtle Observer Training

Feb 9 

Become a trained turtle observer and you will monitor and record behavior of the native western pond turtle in the Mount Tamalpais watershed.

Register for location (Marin County)

415.945.1128, marinwater.org


Creekside Restoration with One Tam

Feb 16 

Volunteer with Marin County Parks and the staff of One Tam, a Tamalpais Lands Collaborative initiative, to enrich important habitat areas of Hal Brown Park and Creekside Marsh.

Hal Brown Park (Greenbrae)

415.763.2977, marincountyparks.org


Nature for Kids

Feb 19 

Observe mosses, ferns, mushrooms, banana slugs and all the rest of what makes the canyon come to life during the wet season.

Ignacio Valley Preserve (Novato)

415.893.9520, marincounty.org


Early Flowers

Feb 24 

Spot the fragrant fritillary, a nodding white lily, while it’s in bloom, and keep an eye out for shooting stars, milkmaids, star lilies and more.

Mount Burdell (Novato)

415.893.9520, marincounty.org


iPhone Photography Workshop

Feb 27 

Learn how to use your iPhone as your camera, office, and darkroom with techniques and strategies for photography and post-processing.

The Image Flow (Mill Valley)

415.388.3569, theimageflow.com


Rebecca Solnit

Feb 27 

Storied writer and activist Rebecca Solnit joins documentary filmmaker Astra Taylor to talk feminism, politics and more.

Sydney Goldstein Theater (SF)

415.392.4400, cityarts.net


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