5 Best Things to Do This Week: February 3 – 9
Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
Named one of the top ten parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in North America and the biggest parade celebrating the Lunar New Year outside of Asia. Started in the 1860s by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the parade and festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Since 1958, the parade has been under the direction of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. If you want a decent spot along Market Street, plan on getting downtown by 2pm or 3pm.
There have been a lot of makeovers this past decade in the food and drink world. Brussels sprouts went from being abhorred elementary school cafeteria food to one of the top tier greens, cauliflower has been reincarnated as pizza crust and steak, rosé is now omnipresent, but the most impressive of them all is beer. Once seen as the drink du jour of frat boys — cheap and good for guzzling — modern suds are more on par with wine. Doubting that? Just listen to contemporary beer drinkers talking about notes and nuances. Want to taste for yourself? SF Beer Week is offering up hundreds (!) of opportunities. Kicking off with a gala on Friday, February 7, events will be popping up throughout the Bay Area through Sunday, February 16. There will be tastings, dinners, takeovers, releases, pairings and other one-of-a-kind fetes taking place. Here’s some stuff that’s going down in Marin:
The new taproom in San Rafael is turning 2. Come out for a Western themed party that will include barbeque specials, raffle prizes, releases of Compulsory triple IPA and Voluntary pale ale, and live music from the California Bluegrass Association.
Celebrate the release of the first Triple IPA: Hoo-Koo-E-Koo at Pond Farm Brewing.
Pond Farm has teamed up with Johnny Doughnuts to brew a beer inspired by their Chocolate Salted Caramel Old-Fashioned doughnut. Come for the release JD’s Old-Fashioned Doughnut Stout on tap and in cans. Johnny Doughnuts will be in the taproom with brunch and doughnuts for purchase, including a special doughnut and beer pairing.
Come to Terrapin Crossroads for a show by New Monsoon and Achilles Wheel. Also unveiling a collaboration brew, New Wheel IPL, made at Iron Springs Pub with members of both bands — grab a pint and savor each sip as your ears are entertained by the musicians on stage.
Nina Totenberg shines a light on the inner workings of our nation’s highest court and helps audiences understand the impact of headline-making judicial cases on America’s future.
One of the country’s most respected journalists and an expert of the Supreme Court, Nina is National Public Radio’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. With more than 40 years experience at NPR, her reports are regularly featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. Totenberg has been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and has received a number of honorary degrees. On a lighter note, in 1992 and 1988 Esquire magazine named her one of the “Women We Love”. A frequent contributor to major newspapers and periodicals, she has published articles in The New York Times Magazine, The Harvard Law Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Parade Magazine, New York Magazine, and others. She will be speaking in Marin on Thursday, February 6.
Academy Awards Parties
Come dressed in your best glamour garb or as your favorite actor or movie character. Prizes will be given for best costumes — group costumes are encouraged. Musical guests Tin Sandwich Harmonia Trio will be playing on the red carpet. Guests will feast on hors d’oeuvres from Left Bank of Larkspur, Prosecco and signature red and white wines all night, dinner bowls by World Wrapps, and desserts by Posie of Larkspur. The event will be co-hosted by Jan Wahl and Jerry Goldstone.
Which of your favorite 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival participants and honorees will take home the Oscar? Find out at this casual, come-as-you-are evening celebrating the 92nd Academy Awards. There will include trivia, predict-the-winner contest and prizes, red carpet photo ops and viewing Hollywood’s biggest night on the big screen.
Alone & Together at Sweetwater Music Hall
In its sixth incarnation of the series, Alone & Together brings lauded contemporary songwriters who are recording for indie labels such as Merge Records and Saddle Creek together for rare two-night artists-in-the-round concerts at Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley) and Starline Social Club (Oakland) on Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8, 2020. Buzzy indie-folk artists MC Taylor (Merge Records), Sam Evian (Saddle Creek), and Sam Cohen (30th Century Records) will play one another’s classic songs as well as perform their own tracks, choice covers, and epic jams. The freewheeling compositional sojourn into the majestic unknown of infinite possibilities will highlight the ingenious abilities of these foremost artists while being backed by stalwart musicians Stuart Bogie (Arcade Fire), Brian Betancourt (Merge Records), and Andrew Barr (The Barr Brothers).
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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.