5 Best Things to Do This Week: February 24 – March 1
Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
In this premier season of the Kanbar Center’s new “Live On Stage with Michael Krasny” series, KQED Forum Radio Talk Show host Michael Krasny welcomes Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
Congresswoman Speier has spent most of her adult life in politics and is a fearless fighter for women’s equality, LGBTQ rights and the disenfranchised who has dedicated her life to eliminating government corruption while working to strengthen America’s national and economic security. She was one of Newsweek’s “150 Fearless Women” in the world and one of Politico’s “50 Most Influential People in American Politics” for bringing the Me Too reckoning to Congress. The on stage conversation followed by audience Q & A on Sunday, March 1.
For three days, from Friday, February 28 to Sunday, March 1, the Marin Center will be turned into an arts and crafts market with 200 exhibits spread across 25,000 square feet. A range of jewelry, artwork, woodwork, ceramics, clothing, and objects d’art, designed, made and offered for sale by independent artisans and studio artists will be displayed. The exhibit brings together traditional techniques, natural colors and sustainable materials, which imbue design with quality. Each artist, artisan, handcrafter, jewelry maker, designer, woodworker and ceramist is juried on the originality of their work. Many have spent over 40 years reviving lost styles, using hand tools, techniques and an imagination that brings life to contemporary handcraft of design. The Marin Arts & Crafts Show is open to the public, with free admission.
After a U.K. and Ireland tour, followed by a sold-out run in Toronto, this acclaimed musical starring internationally renowned musician Sting is coming to San Francisco. The Last Ship is an original production first played on Broadway where it earned a Tony Award-nomination for Sting’s score. This personal, political and passionate new musical from multiple Grammy Award-winner Sting features original music and lyrics by Sting as well as a few of his best-loved songs, including “Island of Souls,” “All This Time,” and “When We Dance.” The production, which was initially inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and his own childhood experiences, tells the story of a community amid the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Tyne and Wear, with the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard and when the last ship sails.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) welcomes families and intergenerational audiences to the museum for its Free Family Day on Sunday, March 1, 2020. While the museum is always free for visitors 18 and younger, on Free Family Day, it is also free for up to two adults accompanying each visitor 18 and younger. Tickets are available on-site only the day of the event, are first-come-first-served, and cannot be purchased in advance. Admission to special exhibitions that require a surcharge is not included (but may be purchased for additional fee). If you arrive unaccompanied by someone 18 or under, you’ll need to purchase tickets.
This event encourages inclusion and aims to change the way people treat individuals with intellectual disabilities. Individuals fundraise or pay $125 or more for the experience of plunging into chilly waters and supporting 24,000 Special Olympics athletes in year-round sports training, health initiatives, education, and leadership programs throughout Northern California. All participants who raise the minimum of $125 will receive the long sleeve Polar Plunge T-shirt on-site. If you can’t “bear” the thought of chilly water but want to support Special Olympics, you can register as a chicken. You’ll enjoy all the festivities and incentive rewards, without taking the plunge. The event takes place on Saturday, February 29, at Aquatic Park in San Francisco and is free to watch.
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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 loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.