5 Best Things to Do This Week: January 13 – 19
Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
Gems, crystals, and so on, surround us. They adorn our bodies, we collect them in video games, some purportedly have healing powers — if you believe that kind of thing — are highly coveted and generally come with a hefty price as a result. So whether you’re a fan of these multifaceted baubles or have a loved one who is, be smart and take advantage of the Gem Faire taking place this weekend. From Friday to Sunday at the Marin Center guests can find fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and much more all at manufacturer’s prices. The event will feature over 70 exhibitors from around the world and the convenient bonus of having your jewelry repaired and cleaned while you shop. Guests will also have the chance to win door prizes each hour and those who bring a can of food to benefit SF-Marin Food Bank get in for free.
SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. A favorite with audiences, critics, and performers alike, the festival has grown substantially to become a highly anticipated artistic showcase that consistently delivers top quality comedic performances, tributes and panel discussions. This year’s stacked lineup includes Maria Bamford, Macaulay Culkin, Margaret Cho, Tony Hale, Rachel Dratch, Fred Armisen, Patton Oswalt, Kristen Schaal, Doug Benson, Michael Ian Black and many more. SF Sketchfest is taking place throughout the city from January 9 through January 26.
Ali Wong is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, now living in Los Angeles. Her first Netflix stand-up special Baby Cobra was filmed when she was 7 months pregnant. According to the New York Magazine, “The special’s arrival on Netflix is the sort of star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans.” Elle applauded it as a “comic genius gem” while Vogue called it “The special that everyone is talking about.” She is currently on her Milk & Money stand up tour that continues to sell out nationwide. She will be performing this Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19 at the Masonic in San Francisco.
The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Come be part of the annual celebration weekend of America’s best food and drink crafters this Sunday at Fort Mason. Whole bottles and spirits not usually licensed for sale in California will be available for purchase. Early access tickets are limited to the first 200 people and ensure the chance to meet and talk with the producers in a more intimate setting, and the opportunity to purchase limited quantity Good Food Award winning products without the crowds.
The past couple years have been big ones for Midnight North. They toured across the country, played major festivals, and Rolling Stone dubbed them as the “Best New Act” in its review of 2018’s Peach Music Festival, saying the band “takes the best parts of roots music and weaves them into a tapestry of rock and Americana.” Recently, Midnight North signed with a new label and released a single, “Long View.” They will be playing at Terrapin Crossroads on Saturday, January 18, to support the funding of their 4th full length studio record that will be recorded in Marin at Allegiant Studios. Some other local artists — Jason Crosby, Phil Lesh, and a few others — will also be making an appearance.
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.