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The Best Bay Area Events for 3/21-3/27

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By Jerucifer, Arts & Events Editor

Symphonies, art parties, and food trucks – OH MY! So much good stuff my head is spinning, and my stomach is growling!  Here’s what I’m most excited about for the week of 3/21…

Our Partners’ Events

The New 447 Minna & The Parks at 5M.

Tarot in Pandemic & Revolution
3/25 | 447 Minna St, SF | 12 pm | free

San Francisco’s Newest Art Center’s Big Opening Party!

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition at 447 Minna with live music performances, poetry, mural painting, tarot card readers, and great local food vendors at The Parks at 5M.  Tarot in Pandemic & Revolution: unites 62 visual artists and poets from across the San Francisco Bay Area in a never-before-seen display of original tarot images and poetry.

Live music performances by LoCura – John Santos Quartet – DJ TEAO SENSE (Audiopharmacy)

Poetry readings by San Francisco’s 8th Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin – Kim Shuck – devorah major – Michael Warr – and many more!

Live mural painting with artists: Cece Carpio – Hugh D’Andrade – Pancho Pescador

Screen pringint with Haight Street Art Center featuring a 10th Anniversary print commemorating CAST’s decade-long work. Designed by Oakland-based artist Leslie Lopez.

Food & Drink – Sarap Shop Tokachi Musubi Fluid Coop

DATE: Saturday, March 25th

TIME: 12:00-4:00PM

START LOCATION: Artist Procession starts at Kapwa Gardens (12pm)

EVENT LOCATION: 447 Minna & The Parks at 5M (1-4pm)

This Week’s Events

Tuesday, 3/21

Young Gun Silver Fox
3/21 | The Independent | 628 Divisadero St, SF | 8 pm | $30+

Taking their name from Andy’s standing as youngest band member and Shawn’s resplendent silver locks, and sensing they were kindred musical spirits, the duo set about crafting their 2015 debut West End Coast, bonding over a shared love of the smooth sounds of ’70s pop-soul and artist’s such as Ned Doheny, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan and the breezy, west coast stylings that had been in Shawn’s musical DNA since his youth.

Comedy Allstars
3/21 | Punch Line | 444 Battery St, SF | 8 pm | $20+

Comedy Allstars features an array of our favorite professional local comedians, some of whom have appeared on Comedy Central and late night talk shows such as Conan and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Free Throw
3/21 | Cornerstone | 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley | 7 pm | $21-24

Free Throw with Can’t Swim, Heart to Gold and Early Humans.

Gallery Talk | Sadie Barnette: Family Business
3/21 | Museum of Art | 110 S Market St, SJ | 12:30 pm | free w/ museum admission $10

Tour the exhibition Sadie Barnette: Family Business with Lauren Schell Dickens, chief curator. Sadie Barnette: Family Business brings together a selection of photographs, drawings, and sculptures around a newly commissioned video, which consider the living room as a site of freedom.

Intro to Block Printing: Carve & Print Your Own Designs
3/21 | Workshop | 1798 McAllister St, SF | 7 pm | $58

In our introduction to block printing class, you will take your own graphic or pattern design, then learn to transfer it to a Speedy Carve block to produce a linocut stamp. Next, you will practice printing with water soluble ink and your new stamp as you print your image on a variety of surfaces, including nice cardstock, a Moleskine journal, and even a cotton tote bag!


Wednesday, 3/22


3/22 | Monarch | 101 6th St, SF | 6 pm | $5

Grab a Pepino and get down with a night of Latin House and Latin Tech grooves!

YMCO Generations Festival ft. The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol & Her All-Star Sextet
3/22 | Freight & Salvage | 2020 Addison St, Berkeley | 7 pm | free w/ RSVP

This program will feature several student and alumni ensembles, jazz big band, and instrumental and vocal soloists, directed by YMCO Executive Director Geechi Taylor, with special guest appearances from stalwarts of the musical community, faculty, and friends of YMCO. Closing out the evening will be a set from renowned Berkeley vocalist The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol & Her All-Star Sextet featuring Steve Turre (trombone), Teodross Avery (tenor saxophone), Geechi Taylor (trumpet), Joe Warner (piano), Tarus Mateen (bass) and Tony Austin (drums).

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
3/22 | Rickshaw Stop | 155 Fell St, SF | 8 pm | $15-18

Whether dwelling in the realm of dreams or nightmares, the primordial drive of the Newcastle, UK based band is more powerful than ever. Land Of Sleeper, their fourth recording in a decade of riot and rancour, is testimony to this: the sound of a band not so much reinvigorated as channeling a furious energy, which only appears to gather momentum as the band’s surroundings spin on their axis.

3/22 | DNA Lounge | 375 11th St, SF | 7:30 pm | free

It’s time to return to SF for our 14th Annual GGP at GDC Party. Join us for an evening celebrating Pride and Gaming with DJs spinning, cocktails pouring, and a night full of revelry.

Who is welcome here? Everyone. You do not have to identify as LGBTQ+ to attend, just be a super ally! No need to have a GDC pass or be in the industry to join the party — just be 21+ with ID and also most importantly Good Vibes Only!

Art Battle San Francisco
3/22 | The Great Northern | 119 Utah St, SF | 7 pm | $20-25

Be a part of the electrifying energy as skilled artists engage in a high-speed showdown, flinging paint with every stroke.

Cast your vote and crown the champion in three pulse-pounding rounds. And as the night unfolds, snag a one-of-a-kind masterpiece as every piece created goes up for auction. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of live art!


Thursday, 3/23


Opening Exhibition: The Weight of Souls
3/23 | Jonathan Carver Moore | 966 Market St, SF | 12 pm | free

Jonathan Carver Moore is a contemporary art gallery that specializes in working with emerging and established artists who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women. As the only openly gay Black male owned gallery in San Francisco, Jonathan is committed to amplifying the voices of the often underrepresented artists through a Black queer lens. At Jonathan Carver Moore we believe in community and accessibility. Art should be for everyone. Whether someone is a novice or avid collector, we encourage them to be a part of our community. There is beauty of diversity in all aspects of the art world.

Superfine Art Fair
3/23 | Fort Mason Center | 2 Marina Blvd, SF | 4 pm | $15+

Hand-picked artists. Affordable prices. Great location. Enjoy multimedia experiences + dynamic live art throughout the fair! We created Superfine Art Fair in 2015 as a direct answer to this problem. Over the past six years and 12 fairs around the US, we’ve grown into the #1 platform for independent artists and the art lovers + collectors who support them. Our family of artists and art pros take great pride in providing a fun, accessible space that’s all about the art and artists – but never sacrifices quality.

Lee Fields
3/23 | The Chapel | 777 Valencia St, SF | 8 pm| $32

Lee Fields is arguably the greatest soul singer alive today. In an age when the shelf life of an artist largely depends on posturing and trends, he has proven to be an unassailable force of nature. His prolific, decade-spanning career continues to reign supreme on the modern soul scene. In addition to twenty albums and over forty singles, he has taken the stage at almost every major festival and relevant venue on the planet, including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk, Roskilde, Outside Lands, Rock en Seine, Carnegie Hall, the Olympia in Paris, and the Paradiso in Amsterdam.

Lazy Dream + Jellyfish Method + N.T.I.S. + Dirty Twenties + Juniper
3/23 | The Golden Bull | 412 14th St, Oakland | 8:30 pm | $12

Drawing to be Present: Drop-in Drawing w/ Jen Ewing
3/23 | Contemporary Jewish Museum | 736 Mission St, SF | 1 pm | free w/ museum admission $14-16

Visit the galleries for a meditative drawing practice focused on This Is Not A Gun—a studio project and installation by artist Cara Levine that aims to broaden a national conversation around police brutality, racial profiling, and accountability. During this drop-in class, teaching artist Jen Ewing will lead exercises that invite participants to draw and contemplate the sculptures on view.

Fiddler On The Roof
3/23 | Golden Gate Theatre | 1 Taylor St, SF | 7 pm | $94

The Pale of Settlement in Imperial Russia is where the 1905 musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book by Joseph Stein, and music by Jerry Bock, is placed. The central character of the narrative is Tevye, a milkman from the village of Anatevka. As outer influences intrude on his family’s life, he challenges his community to preserve its Jewish religious and social customs. Tevye must embrace that his three older daughters have strong personas and want to marry for love; he finds their choices of husbands to be getting less and less desirable to him. A tsarist decree eventually forces the Jews out of their neighborhood.


Friday, 3/24


Off the Grid Friday Night Food Truck Party
3/24 | Fort Mason Center | 2 Marina Blvd, SF | 5-10 p, | free

California’s largest nighttime street food festival is back in San Francisco every Friday beginning March 24! Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center returns for its 13th season celebrating the variety, diversity and passion of the Bay Area food truck scene and beyond. he roaming mobile food extravaganza, brings delicious food to the public with free sides of music and soul.

FAKE and GAY ft. Amanda Lepore LIVE, Nina Las Vegas + more!
3/24 | The Great Northern | 119 Utah St, SF | 9:30 pm | $15-30



Scissor Sisters: A Drag Show
3/24 | Oasis | 298 11th St, SF | 10 pm | $20

Join us as we take a deep dive into the Scissor Sisters’ classic self-titled debut album with a show that celebrates Queer Inside Jokes!

As with our previous shows, we’ll be performing in album order, track by track, bringing you back to the joys of pre-digital music! (minus the shrink wrap)

Black Panther – Film w/ Live Orchestra
3/24 | Davies Symphony Hall | 201 Van Ness Ave, SF | 7:30 pm | $65-181

In 2018, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther quickly became a global sensation and cultural phenomenon, showing a new dimension of what Super Hero films could be. Now you can relive the excitement as T’Challa becomes king and battles Killmonger—all while the San Francisco Symphony performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar®-winning score live to picture.

3/24 | Temple | 540 Howard St, SF | 10 pm | $10-65

An aspiring bedroom producer since the age of 13, Harry Rodrigues took the name Baauer to brand his tracks, which combined crunk hip-hop beats, dance music tempos, and clever samples from video-sharing sites. Specializing in trap and bass music, Brooklyn-based electronic producer Baauer broke into the mainstream when his 2012 viral sensation “Harlem Shake” debuted atop the Billboard charts and spawned an equally viral meme.

Sebastian Mikael
3/24 | The New Parish | 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland | 8 pm | $25

Sebastian Mikael and Reggie Becton

Banga Bash: Drew Banga’s Birthday
3/24 | Crybaby | 1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland | 10 pm | $15-50

We’re celebrating one of the bay’s most beloved musicians, Drew Banga! Pull up to Banga Bash on Friday, March 24th! DJ sets from Drew, Daghe, Shellheart & Millions.


Saturday, 3/25


Celebrating the Life of Larry “Bucket Man” Hunt
3/25 | Parold Entertainment Inc | 1067 Market Street #5008, SF | 2-5 pm | free

Meet at 425 Eddy St and march to Powell Street Cable Car for a New Orleans style traditional 2nd line parade.

Cosmic Love Soundbath
3/25 | SF Dharma Collective | 2929 24th St, SF | 7 pm | $25-35

Get cozy and restore the body with an evening of relaxation, detoxification, and harmonization through sound medicine from Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Bowls, and Gongs. Feel free to bring bring a yoga mat, pillows, and blankets to give yourself a cozy experience during the soundbath.

The Woman King
3/25 | The Cut | 250 Main St, SF | 5:30 | $14-27

A historical epic inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, the most powerful state of Africa in the 18th Century.

Junkyard, Little Caesar, Royal Rebels
3/25 | Bottom of the Hill | 1233 17th St, SF | 8:30 pm | $20

Rhonda Benin’s Just Like a Woman
3/25 | Freight & Salvage | 2020 Addison St, Berkeley | 7 pm | $26-30

Heavy Psych Sounds Fest
3/25 | Thee Parkside | 1600 17th St, SF | 1 pm | $80-150

RWS + Heavy Psych Sounds Records + Thee Parkside present two days of stoner metal, psych rock, stoner rock and real desert rock on an intimate indoor stage, as we take over Thee Parkside for a two-day outdoor music festival featuring over 16 bands, vendors, full bar, food and more. Things are gonna get heavy!


Sunday, 3/26


Hennessy’s Great Brunch Show
3/26 | Understory | 528 8th St, Oakland | 11 am | $10

Hennessy’s Great Brunch Show returns – and it’s Hennessy’s birthday! Let’s celebrate with some delicious food at Understory Oakland and enjoy show-stopping drag talent.

Author: Abi Balingit, Mayumu–Filipino American Desserts
3/26 | Excelsior Branch SF Library | 4400 Mission St, SF | 2-3 pm | free

Abi Balingit is the young, energetic Filipino American woman behind the blog, The Dusky Kitchen. She made waves during the pandemic by selling pasalubong (which means souvenir in Tagolog) treat boxes filled with incredibly imaginative Filipino-inspired desserts and donating the proceeds to help those impacted by COVID-19 and has been covered by Thrillist, Eater, Bon Appetit, Food52, TimeOut, VICE and more. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Robert Moses’ KIN: Presidio Home Season
3/26 | 99 Moraga Ave, SF | 7 pm | $8-45

Celebrating its 28th season, San Francisco-based Robert Moses’ KIN (RMK) known for eclectic movement vocabulary, demanding choreography, ferocious dancing, and provocative themes, announced its 2023 Annual Home Season. Performing a program of works choreographed entirely by Artistic Director Robert Moses, RMK returns to the Presidio Theatre with a World Premiere, a West Coast premiere, and a revival of one of Moses’ classical works.

Tea Dance
3/26 | Oasis | 298 11th St, SF | 4-8 pm | free before 5 pm or $5

What to do after brunch, you ask? Come twirl at Oasis for Tea Dance Sundays 4-8 pm! Come to Oasis for disco, funk, and throwback tracks spun by all your favorite DJs for an afternoon of dancing – early enough to still go home at a reasonable hour 😉

Luis De Alba
3/26 | SJ Improv | 62 S 2nd St, SJ | 7 pm | $30-90

Luis Alba Garcia is a Mexican comedian, famous for his character El Pirrurris. He also made other characters such as “El Raton Crispin” in which he dressed as a big fat rat from Veracruz. His typical line was, Te odio con odio Jarocho, which means “I hate you with Jarocho hatred”. El Indio Maclovio and Juan Penas were also two very famous characters he acted out on several shows.

The Madeline Tasquin Band
3/26 | Ivy Room | 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany | 7 pm | $10-15

Lullaby rock for sun-worshippers who don’t fit squarely into boxes (& dig music that doesn’t either.) 


Monday, 3/27


Queens & Kings Karaoke w/ Chester & Polly
3/27 | Amado’s | 998 Valencia St, SF | 7:30 pm | free

3/27 | Roxie Theater | 3117 16th St, SF | 8:30 pm | $25

Join your hosts Peaches Christ & Michael Varrati for a stage-show of their Midnight Mass cult movie podcast before a rare screening of the film. Your hosts will be joined by Starlo Minx and the Fang Bang vampire family for a very special performance! Onstage recorded interviews will take place with Fright Night superfans including drag superstar Cream, as well as Terrell Trotty from The Overlook Theatre. Audience members are HIGHLY encouraged to dress up for the 80’s Vampire Costume Contest (with actual prizes!)

Speed Racer
3/27 | Alamo Drafthouse | 2550 Mission St, SF | 7 pm | $17.75

SPEED RACER is a candy-colored anti-capitalist thrill ride! A hyperkinetic, ultra-stylized cartoon classic come to vivid life! Few directors have used computers and new-fangled technology to more productive and responsible ends than the Wachowskis.

Always creating imaginative new worlds and using technology to realize the impossible, the Wachowskis consistently push the limits of the imagination. Never has this been more true in SPEED RACER. With a vibrant color palette, futuristic racecars, and a host of instantly memorable characters, SPEED RACER is a spot-on homage to the original TV series and a film not simply created with a child audience in mind. It is completely sincere, goofy as all get out, and from start to finish is a neon-crazed, candy-color dream of what cinema is and should be.

The Triumph of Love
3/27 | The Ashby Stage | 1901 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, | 8 pm | $25-40

The Triumph of Love follows the fierce and driven princess Leonide as she adopts the dress and prerogatives of a man, invades the retreat of a rationalist philosopher who hates love (and her!), and conspires to win the object of her desire. As the emotional stakes rise, gender confusion abounds in hilarious and dramatic ways. From the director that brought you the smash-hit musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and starring Veronica Renner.

Rad Upcoming Events

4/2 | 1-5 pm | San Pancho Launch Party
4/2 | 7 pm | 
La Nuit du Dahlia Noir

Don’t forget to check out our Big Bad List of Rad Ongoing Events right here!

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