5 Best Things to Do This Week: January 6 – 12

Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs

Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs at HopMonk Novato

Danny Click has built a large and passionate fan base in the Bay Area that includes musical greats Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both of whom have joined him on stage for impromptu jams. Click and his band The Hell Yeahs, featuring a round-robin roster of top-shelf musicians, have played more than 200 sold-out shows over the past two years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, Sonny Landreth and JJ Cale. Last summer Click bumped it up another notch, playing large festivals like the new Mount Tam Jam and Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland. This Saturday, January 11, he’ll be taking the stage at HopMonk Novato to play at it’s ninth anniversary bash.

Bill Nye

MPSF Speaker Series: Bill Nye

Engineer, comedian, author, inventor — audiences revere this good-natured Renaissance Man’s infectious blend of humor, intellectual curiosity, and devotion to solving some of the world’s most complex challenges through science. Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Perhaps best known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill’s wit and enthusiasm garnered 18 Emmy awards. Bill is also an author and frequent speaker on topics of global importance including climate change, evolution, population, space exploration, and STEM education. He is a steadfast champion of the unwavering value of critical thinking, science, and reason, inspiring his audiences to change the world. Nye will be speaking in San Rafael on Monday, January 13 and Thursday, January 16.

San Rafael Second Fridays Art Walk

Anyone who’s ever been to an art walk will sing its praises. Not only do you get to check out cool (often local) art, there’s generally live music, pop-up restaurants or food trucks, plus you also get to go out with friends and meet new people, and wine. Lots of wine that’s often free. Even if it wasn’t for all those aforementioned features, the highlights of this Friday’s are not to be missed. In addition to Underground and Art Works Downtown there’s at least 10 other galleries and businesses participating in the event ensuring something for everyone –– better than ordering food at home in the very least. Don’t forget about the wine.

Surf Sports Paddle Race

101 Surf Sports Paddle Race

Come out to 101 Surf Sports in San Rafael this Saturday, January 11 for a paddle race. These family-oriented races are perfect for first time racers and elite athletes alike. With a spirited apres paddle picnic as part of the entrance fee, the races are good times for all. Outrigger, surf-ski, SUP, prone, kayak, and any forward facing paddle crafts are welcome. New this year is the inflatable paddle-board category — there is a dedicated inflation station set for you to make pumping up easy. Two courses are offered — a two-mile fun race course for new paddlers and a 6-mile course for advanced racers.

Kind Tides

Exploratorium: A Royal Walk with the King Tide

Join Exploratorium and Port of San Francisco staff on San Francisco’s waterfront for a stroll to observe, photograph, and discuss the King Tide. Learn about what causes the tides, why we have King Tides this time of year, the Port’s Waterfront Resilience Program and related sea-level rise and resilience projects. Come see the future. Meet-up is between Piers 3 and 5, Bay side of the Embarcadero, San Francisco, rain or shine. The Royal Walk is free, but museum admission is not included.

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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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