You’ve worked hard all week, and now Friday’s here again! It’s time to start planning your weekend! Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.
Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, January 11th
All Week, All Ages
Celebrate the most diverse restaurant week in the region. Oakland Restaurant Week runs over two weekends for foodies to take full advantage of dining deals from January 11-20, 2019.
For 10 days, top Oakland restaurants will offer special prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at $10, $20, $30, $40, $50, $60 and $70 price points that’s two weekends of awesome deals to feed your inner foodie.
Reservations are not required, but they are recommended. The popularity of Oakland Restaurant Week will inspire a lot of diners to go out for their meal during the 10 days, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Restaurants include Dragon Gate Bar and Grill, Chop Bar, Itani Ramen, Bacheesos, Reem’s California, Mua, Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar and more.
Do the menus change?
Each restaurant will have their own ORW menu, but their menu will be the same for the 9 days of Oakland Restaurant Week. It’s a great way to plan out your dining experience accordingly.
Bar Fluxus, San Francisco
7:30 PM, Ages: 21+
You’re invited to San Francisco’s first Winter Cocktail Party of 2019… a special celebration of classic (but not so well known) cocktails like the White Negroni, Caipirinha and, our favorite, the New York Sour.
Make it your New Year’s Resolution to find a new cocktail to fall in love with.
And it all takes place at Bar Fluxus, SF’s newest art bar that’s tucked away in a secret alley you’d never find on your own.
Get on Funcheap’s exclusive guestlist by RSVPing which gets you free entry before 10:30pm, access to drink specials plus free admission to our RnB After Party. Otherwise there’s a $5 cover at the door. Bring money for drinks.
Special crafted winter cocktails available for one night only
White Negroni – a light version of the classic Negroni (Gin, Suze, Bianco Vermouth)
Caipirinha – The national drink of Brazil (Cachaca, Lime, Sugar)
New York Sour – A whiskey sour with a twist (Whiskey, Lemon, Sugar, Red Wine)
Board Games – Drink and play fun games like Sorry, Connect Four, Uno and more…
Event is 21+ / RSVP for free entry / Bar accepts cash/credit for drinks / Happy Hour specials until 10:30pm
What’s Awesome About Bar Fluxus As colorful as a big box of crayons, Bar Fluxus (run by the same people behind Madrone Art Bar) adds color and spark to the San Francisco nightlife scene. Behind an unmarked door in the Hotel des Arts, you’ll find a unique bar with quirky art covering most of the walls that hosts literary events, performance art, dance parties, puppet shows and comedy. Plus there’s a Baby Grand Piano as a centerpiece.
Saturday, January 12th
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
8 PM, All Ages
epparella is the Led Zeppelin Powerhouse hailing from San Francisco. Vocalist Anna Kristina, Guitarist Gretchen Menn, Bassist Holly West, and Drummer Clementine have brought their passion for the sacred music of the greatest band in the world all over the US and Canada. Zepparella shows replicate the nuance and detail of Zeppelin’s catalog while honoring the powerful improvisational journeys for which Zeppelin shows were renowned.
• Great American Music Hall is an ALL-AGES (6+) venue.
• No refunds or exchanges are permitted.
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7 PM, All Ages
When Lorraine Hansberry premiered A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway in 1959 (the first play by a Black woman to do so) actress Ruby Dee recalls marveling how it “opened a new chapter in theater, that included Black people.” While most may know the widely studied and performed A Raisin in the Sun as their only reference point for Hansberry, the documentary makes it abundantly clear that there is much more to know about the author.
The filmmakers combed archives worldwide with unprecedented access to Hansberry’s personal papers, archives, home movies and photos in order to present her complex life. Like her writing and activism, the film draws attention to some of the most outstanding issues of the mid-Twentieth Century and beyond (racial justice, colonialism, feminism, class divisions, sexuality) and addresses the role of artists and intellectuals in bringing them to center stage.
The film features interviews with the play’s original cast members, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Glynn Turman, director Lloyd Richards, producer Phil Rose, supporter Harry Belafonte, and writer Amiri Baraka.
After the film, Cornelius Moore (California Newsreel) and Ellen Sebastian Chang lead a conversation about the 14-year journey towards completing the film, why Hansberry’s complicated life story and cultural production is important to the social and political landscape, and why California Newsreel got involved.
CORNELIUS MOORE is a long time co-director of California Newsreel, the 50 year old non-profit film distribution and production company. He has been a guest lecturer and curator in the US and abroad with particular expertise on films from the Black world.
ELLEN SEBASTIAN CHANG is a creative director and educator with creative and theatre works spanning nearly 40 years in the Bay Area. Her most challenging project to date was as co-founder of FuseBOX, recognized as one of the Bay Area’s premiere community dining experiences.
Sunday, January 13th
Dog Eared Books, San Francisco
1 PM, All Ages
Do you love to read? Are you addicted to chocolate? If you answered yes, you must be awesome!
Join us for the Bookstore & Chocolate Crawl and meet some cool people like yourself as you support local bookstores, get your chocolate fix, and walk off some of the calories. Not only can you talk about books with your fellow bibliophiles and buy books for yourself, participating bookstores will give you the opportunity to share your love of reading by buying books for worthy causes.
For our January Crawl, we’ll be exploring the Valencia Street Corridor, starting at Dog Eared Books on Castro Street and ending with drinks at Amnesia on Valencia. Download the map of the route at www.bookstorechocolate.wix.com.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
9 AM, All Ages
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!
Meet this year’s Award-winning makers at our showcase for the food-loving public. Held alongside the Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market, the Marketplace is the first opportunity for the public to sample and purchase from the 2019 Good Food Awards Winners. Whole bottles and spirits not usually licensed for sale in California are also 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.
8:00 AM VIP Early Access | 9:00 AM General Admission
Tickets will also be available at the door for $5 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.