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5 Best Things to do This Week

Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.


1. American Indian Art Show Marin


The American Indian Art Show Marin has become the most significant showcase of antique American Indian art on the West Coast. Celebrating its 35th year in 2019, this show brings together the passion of the country’s top dealers and artists, with collectors, and those interested in exploring the rich cultures of the Americas. With an emphasis on Antique American Indian art, as well as Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial and the best contemporary American Indian art, this show offers something for everyone, including jewelry, textiles, baskets, pottery, beadwork, sculpture, paintings, photography, books and more. The exhibitors and artists offer the finest quality material for everyone from the first time buyer to the seasoned collector.​



2. Noise Pop Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences

Celebrate your love of indie music with NightLife, the official pre-party for the Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival — and a great way to spend Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re newly-in-love or recently broken-hearted (or happily single), there is a silent disco for you: Electronic music producers/DJs Lil’ Waifu and Arumi will host the ultimate “Love Songs vs. Breakup Songs” throwdown in the aquarium. Plus, learn about love songs from someone who knows them inside and out: Musician Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down) will talk about the process and psychology of writing a love/lost love song and why we need them so much. In the Piazza, catch a DJ set from LA’s Nosaj Thing — chillwave originator, vocalist, and frequent collaborator with local favorite Toro y Moi (as Laff Trax). Art and science collide in a performance by Chris Van Raalte (aka Vicar) and The BodySynth, a wearable device of his invention that transforms movements and gestures into sound. Treat yourself to a mini-candy bar at a Valentine’s Day craft station while making art for your loved ones. Who knew stargazing could be so risqué? Let the planetarium presenters take you on a slightly more “adult” tour of the night sky during the 6:30 pm live planetarium show, “Celestial Attractions.” Later, catch a screening of “Vortex 2.0,” an immersive visual and sonic feast featuring art by Bedtimes, Chase Hochstatter, Peter Clark, Chris Bjerre, Can Buyukberber, Obscura, and a soundtrack by Shigeto and other local artists.



3. An Evening with BD Wong

The Asian Art Museum is pleased to present a special evening with Tony Award winner and San Francisco native BD Wong in partnership with American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). Please join for a talk with Wong in the Samsung Hall moderated by A.C.T.’s Associate Producer Ken Savage. Wong will discuss his early influences and celebrated career, his advocacy for LGBTQ rights, and his return to the San Francisco stage in A.C.T.’s upcoming basketball play The Great Leap.



4. CFA Allbreed Cat Show

The annual CFA Allbreed Cat Show will be held on the third weekend of February at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds. All cat-lovers are encouraged to attend this event with a spectacular array of vendors’ booths including all kinds of products about and for cats, beautiful pedigreed cats vying for prizes, and adorable shelter cats looking for their forever homes.



5. Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods

While the early hour may seem uncivilized, if not down-right obscene, sunrise is a particularly beautiful time to visit an old-growth redwood forest. Participants will be introduced to the local plant and animal residents (more likely seen in early morning), all of whom have been invited to stop by and meet you. Note that many of the animal residents are distracted by family or personal concerns and the event often slips their mind. Not to mention that some are not very social, others are rather afraid of visitors, and still others are too caught up in the rat race of making a living to stop by and greet you. The resident plants, on the other hand, are more staid. They are quite happy to stand around while visitors admire their majesty and beauty. During the tour, we will explore the ways in which the residents make a living, how they form a unique community, and the similarities and differences with the ways residents in your own community make a living. Participants will also be invited to explore the evolutionary history of Muir Woods and how the community managed to survive the threats posed by an invasive species, namely us. This three-mile stroll through Muir Woods (mostly flat, with a relatively steep section) is designed to engage adults and may be over the head of younger teens. Dress warmly, ideally in layers. Wear sturdy shoes. Shivering in the early morning cold is not the way to enjoy the tour. Bring a water bottle and optionally a thermos of your favorite hot drink and pastry to enjoy at Camp Eastwood. Heavy rain cancels. Note that the tour begins at sunrise but does not include viewing a sunrise. Reservations required: (415)-388-2596.


All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.

Kasia Pawlowska is the associate editor at Marin Magazine. She enjoys sending and receiving postcards and perfect outfits for the right occasions. When she’s not busy writing and researching articles, you can find her with a crumpled New Yorker in her tote and enjoying the Bay Area music scene. Kasia supports National Public RadioPBS and the World Wildlife Fund  Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @ohhkasia. 



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