5 Best Things to Do This Week: January 27 – February 2

Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
Cinderella SF BAllet
Dores André and Carlo Di Lanno in in Wheeldon's Cinderella©. (© Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet: Cinderella

Christopher Wheeldon — of An American in Paris fame — updates the timeless tale of Cinderella with stunning style, charming twists, and mesmerizing visual effects. This ballet leaves behind the fairy godmother and talking mice in favor of a delightfully human story with a hopeful heroine, a noble prince, tiny feet, and ill-fitting shoes. Set to the gorgeous score by Sergei Prokofiev with colorful sets and costumes by Julian Crouch, magical projections by Daniel Brodie, and breathtaking puppetry designed by Basil Twist, Wheeldon’s Cinderella is a fairy tale for our time.

De Young

Free Museum Weekend

Do you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card? If so, get ready to flash your plastic for a taste of culture this upcoming weekend — at no cost. Cardholders get free admission to six Bay Area museums the first weekend of every month including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young, and Legion of Honor in San Francisco as well as the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. Current exhibitions at the Legion of Honor include James Tissot: Fashion & Faith and Andre Singh: A Gothic Tale, while the de Young offers Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 among others. Additionally, starting this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, every Saturday, Bay Area residents will now receive discounted admission to Soul of a Nation for only $10.

Marin MOCA

Marin MOCA Free Family Day

Are you looking for alternatives to “screen time?” Try out Family Days at Marin MOCA. Choose from several hands-on art projects taught by art teachers that can customize the art project so that you and every child in your family can take home a personalized creation. Art supplies are included. While you’re there take advantage of the docents — they will greet you and hand out an “Art Investigator” guide for kids so that your trip through the galleries is fun and educational. Admission is free when you bring a child, 2 to 12 years. The event takes place the first Sunday of every month from 11 am to 4 pm.

Gray whale

Journey of the Whales

Join a ranger to learn about gray whales as they migrate past Point Reyes on weekends and federal holidays, January through April. Learn about their habits and adaptations, and hope for a whale sighting from the Observation Deck. The program starts at 1:30 pm and lasts 30 minutes. This program is given out-of-doors. Come prepared for windy, cold and damp weather. IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the high volume of traffic out to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas during the gray whale migration, the park will be operating a shuttle bus system from the Drakes Beach parking lot. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from South Beach to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas WILL BE CLOSED during shuttle operating hours. The program begins at the Lighthouse Visitor Center. From the Lighthouse Visitors’ parking area / Shuttle Stop, walk toward the Lighthouse for about 0.6 kilometers (0.4 miles). If the shuttles are operating, be sure to arrive at Drakes Beach at least an hour before the program start time to ride the shuttle in order to arrive at the program on time.

Best Bad Art

SF Indie Film Festival

For the 22nd year, IndieFest is continuing its tradition of presenting the freshest new independent films and special programs to Bay Area audiences and will be screening new feature films and shorts programs from January 29th through February 13th. While the festival shows films from all around the world, Marin talent makes an appearance, too. In the Tania Raymond and Zio Ziegler-directed Bad Art, five art world archetypes show up to a female artist’s studio to buy a painting they’ve never seen (that may or may not exist) engaging in a hilarious debate about commerce, value, and identity. Director Zio Ziegler lives in Mill Valley.

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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 PowlowskaKasia 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 traveltrendsmushroom 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.

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