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 13
Un-Scripted Theater, San Francisco
8 PM, All Ages
Improv is Coming!
Join us for murder, war, sex, and, well, probably more murder with The Iron Stage: Improvised Game of Thrones.
We will present a fully improvised, never-seen-before, never-to-be-seen-again episode in the style of the favorite fantasy series. The Iron Stage is Karen Brelsford, Shawn Brick, Rez Graham, and Laura Wood.
El Rio, San Francisco
9 PM, Ages: 21+
Millennials Ruin Everything is a monthly comedy showcase every 2nd Friday from 6-8 pm in the back room at El Rio. Each month, co-hosts Irene Tu and Dominique Gelin explore a new theme with guest comedians about why millennials suck/rock. Part comedy showcase, part interviews, all fun.
The show is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. El Rio has happy hour drinks, free oysters (while supplies last), plus nachos and hot dogs for sale.
Irene Tu was recently named one of the Bay Area’s Best Standup Comedians by the SFist. Dominique Gelin hosts a comedy podcast every week called Lazy Brunch Hour.
Joel Kim Booster (Conan)
Paige Weldon (The Higgs Weldon)
Curtis Cook (Viceland)
Andrew Orolfo (SF Sketchfest)
Hosts: Irene Tu & Dom Gelin
Saturday, January 14
The New Parish, Oakland
7:30 PM, Ages: 21+
NOTE: All seating is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Tickets only ensure admission. Arrive 60 to 30 min. prior to showtime help ensure seats.
For 11 years, the bay’s funniest and most outlandish comedy/music experience!
What is MORTIFIED?
Mortified stars everyday adults sharing their most embarrassing and real childhood letters, lyrics, journals, home movies and artwork… in front of total strangers. Part comedy, part theater, part therapy.
The largest and longest-running project of its kind, Mortified produces comedic content for the stage, the page, and the web. Its latest book, Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield, is in stores everywhere.
Participants include a wide range of people, from professional performers (comics, celebrities, singers) to total amateurs (architects, ad execs, salesmen) all in the noble pursuit of self-degradation. Personal redemption through public humiliation.
Share the shame.
IMPORTANT EVENT NOTES:
COST: $16 advance; $21 at door (all tickets are for General Admission)
SEATING:All seating is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Tickets onlyensure admission. Arrive 30 min. prior to showtime help ensure seats.
AGES: 21+. No minors.
DOOR TIMES: House doors open 60 min. prior to an event (usually about 6:30 pm).
See you at the show!
If someone buys a large number of tickets, we will not give those tickets out until the person whose name it is purchased in comes to claim them.
If advance ticketing is sold-out, there will be a limited number of tickets at the door. A wait list forms prior to show, as we do our best to get people in.
Like us on facebook at Mortified Bay Area, or Mortified East Bay
Follow us on Twitter @ MortifiedSFBay
Jack London Square, Oakland
11 AM, All Ages
Brought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more.
RSVP on Facebook to be entered to win a $100 shopping spree
The every 2nd Saturday market features:
95+ local vendors (makers, artists, antiques, start-ups and more!)
DIY Workshops: over half a dozen workshops from “make your own terrarium” to “make your own leather belts”
Local Eats: Not only is Jack London SQ home to some of the best restaurants on the water but the market also features local food startups and food trucks.
Live Entertainment: free local bands and musical performances, magicians, and street dancers.
Need to cool down? Enjoy the beers on the deck at historic Last Chance Saloon.
Free Entry & Pet Friendly
Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz
10 AM, All Ages
Did you know that without fungus, we’d have no bread, cheese, beer, or wine? Or that anti-cholesterol medicine was developed from mushrooms? Come to the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair to learn all there is to know about the fascinating world of mushrooms.
The three-day event features hundreds of species of local fungi presented in a unique fashion, and draws thousands of visitors each year. The Fair showcases speakers, cooking demonstrations, a special Kids’ Room, and a taxonomy panel for identification of fungi. Many books and mushroom-related items are available for sale, as are wild mushroom delicacies.
This unique Santa Cruz tradition features fantastic fungus fun for the whole family. Bring the kids and stroll through a re-created woodland forest displaying hundreds of wild mushrooms; the Fungus Fair also features a special room full of hands-on activities for the kids, including fungus exploration tables, clay mushroom building, face painting, and more.
Sunday, January 15
SF Botanical Garden, San Francisco
All Day, All Ages
One of San Francisco’s most breathtaking natural marvels, the annual bloom of nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias with trees reaching 80 feet, is at its peak from mid-January through March at the SF Botanical Garden.
Velvety silver buds on the often bare branches of these elegant trees, many rare and historic, open into dazzling pink, magenta, and white flowers, filling the wintery garden with dramatic splashes of color and sweetly fragrant scents.
> Are the magnolias blooming right now? Please note that weather may affect the blooms and at the beginning or end of the season, there may be fewer blooms than expected. Always check the SF Botanical Gardens Facebook page first to see the latest blooms before heading out.
FREE for SF residents with proof of ID FREE daily 7:30-9 am FREE all day on second Tuesdays of the month Non-residents: $8 general, $6 for youth 12-17 & seniors; $2 for children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE; families of 2 adults and one or more children pay just $17
Visitors to the garden can take advantage of free magnolia walk maps, docent-led tours, special signage, a magnolia mobile app, and more to celebrate and learn more about these magnificent magnolias.
San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to the most significant magnolia collection for conservation purposes outside China, where the majority of species originated. Its current collection includes 51 species and 33 cultivars including many prized examples from Asia.
Starline Social Club, Oakland
7 PM, Ages: 21+
This event is a benefit for International Institute of the Bay Area, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Transgender Law Center.
Join us for readings by Bay Area writers that share a commitment to fighting injustice and inspire us to do the same, including:
Jason Bayani MK Chavez Ingrid Rojas Contreras Natasha Dennerstein Tongo Eisen-Martin Jane Hirshfield Stacy Nathaniel Jackson Bich Minh Nguyen D.A. Powell Ishmael Reed Tennessee Reed Margaret Rhee Elena Rose Solmaz Sharif Kevin Simmonds Arisa White Javier Zamora Emcee: Baruch Porras-Hernandez Music by Dusty Shores
Bay Area WRITERS RESIST is part of an international network of literary artists and organizations committed to using writing to encourage and inspire resistance against the injustices threatening so many of us across the country.
Presented in partnership with: Foglifter Press, Fourteen Hills: the SFSU Review, Left Margin Lit, Liminal, Lone Glen, Omnidawn, Queer Rebels, Quiet Lightning, Starline Social Club, University of San Francisco MFA In Writing program, and Voz Sin Tinta.
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