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Weekend Planner: January 29


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 29



200 Years of Chinatowns: Alfred Twu Art Show

1920C, San Francisco

7 PM, All Ages


Join Alfred Twu in his latest exhibit that will showcase in acrylic paintings the past, present, and future of California Chinatowns.

This is a story of two centuries of California Chinatowns.  From the mining camps of the Gold Rush to the urban neighborhoods of the late 1800s, to the suburban strip malls of the present day, to the yet to be built neighborhoods of the next few decades.  Throughout it all, these vibrant communities have been, and continue to be, immigrant gateways, economic engines, social hubs, political bases, and heritage sites.


200 Years of California Chinatowns begins with lesser-known parts of Chinese-American history.  Starting from rural communities in Marysville and Locke, the story continues through to Chinese-American contributions to the Bay Area’s numerous political movements.


Next, the artwork will look at today’s Chinatowns. Whether they are historic ones such as San Francisco, new suburbs in the South Bay or San Gabriel Valley, or emerging areas in college towns like Berkeley, today’s Chinatown reflects a shift from forced isolation to becoming part of the national fabric.  Today’s Chinese-American could be a newcomer, could be third generation, could be mixed ethnicity.  Likewise, no longer exclusively Chinese, the Chinatown of today is sometimes pan-Asian, sometimes fully international, sometimes as American as fortune cookies, and sometimes all of the above.


The third part will look at Chinatowns of the future.  As urban living continues to grow in popularity, what better model to look at than the dense, lively urban Chinatowns – or perhaps, their younger cousin – the clusters of Chinese businesses in college towns.  It was in one of these college town Chinatowns – Durant Avenue in Berkeley – that I had my first Chinatown experienced.  Here was a place where I might have a milk tea with pizza or grab a lunch of avocado and rice.  I’d hang out with Chinese friends, but with a mix of Cantonese, Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English speakers, when we were together, we’d all talk in English.

In the 21st century, it’s no longer a choice of isolation or assimilation into the mainstream  Rather, there’s a choice of worlds to go between.  As we look at the future of Chinatowns, let’s honor the past, reflect on today, and make plans for tomorrow!

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Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Durant Food Court, Berkeley

One of Berkeley’s many milk tea cafes

Opening Ceremony

Join us for the opening ceremony of the exhibit. There will be refreshments and light appetizers.

A portion of the proceeds will go to support SF Bay Area Renters’ Federation. SF Bay Area Renters’ Federation is the increase capacity arm of the anti-displacement movement. They support the construction of high density housing in all SF neighborhoods. SF is a successful, growing city. We are proud that people from all over the world want to live here. To ensure current residents can continue to afford to live here, we need to build as much new housing as possible.



Friday Wine Tasting and Cheese Pairing

New Seasons Market, San Jose

5 PM, Ages: 21+


Explore great wines and delicious cheese pairings. Different wineries are featured each week. Talk with wine experts, educate your palette, and expand your wine horizons! Must be 21+ to sample alcohol. Complimentary.


Jan 29: Tiamo Wines — a line of excellent moderately priced Italian wines made from organic grapes

Every Friday,  5-7pm, Complimentary


Saturday, January 30



7th Annual Meet The Brewers Festival

Hermitage Brewing, San Jose

1 PM, Ages: All Ages, 21+ to taste

$40 Unlimited Tasting, $6 Designated Driver

Join us for the 7th Annual Meet the Brewers beer festival, a celebration of the best beer from Monterey to San Jose to Livermore, to the Peninsula. This is the biggest and best festival in the South Bay and beyond during SF Beer Week. All 30+ breweries attending are local, within 150 miles of San Jose. It’s like no other festival out there, and is truly a special event.

We have more room, more tickets, more breweries and more fun set for this year. Don’t miss it!

Locally produced beer, live music, great mobile eats.

All ages welcome.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for making this year’s event a reality:

The Bay Brewers Guild,

Beer Snobiety,

Can Do MS,


Eureka! Restaurant Group,

Lyft (see bottom of page for Lyft discount codes)

Moveable Feast

SJ Made

Please patronize our sponsors’ businesses to thank them for supporting this community-minded event!

Ticket Info:

$40 Unlimited Beer Tasting

$6 Designated Driver (NO BEER)

*If not sold out, limited tickets available at the door, on January 30th for $45.*

Breweries Confirmed:

  1. Almanac Beer Co.

  2. Alvarado Street Brewing

  3. Bison

  4. Calicraft

  5. Cleophus Quealy

  6. Craft Artisan Ales

  7. Devil’s Canyon

  8. Discretion

  9. Drake’s

  10. Eight Bridges

  11. El Toro

  12. Faultline

  13. FireHouse

  14. Freewheel Brewing

  15. Golden State

  16. Gordon Biersch

  17. Half Moon Bay

  18. Hermitage

  19. Highwater

  20. New Bohemia

  21. Palo Alto Brewing

  22. Peter B’s

  23. Rabbit’s Foot/ Red Branch

  24. Rockbottom, Campbell

  25. San Jose Cooperative Brewery

  26. Santa Clara Valley Brewing

  27. Seabright

  28. South City Cider

  29. Steel Bonnet

  30. Strike

  31. Three Monkeys

  32. Tied House

  33. Uncommon Brewers

  34. WildCide

SJ Made Artisan Pop-up Shop Vendors: Funkhouser Designs, P.S. Jewelry, Sweetdragon Baking, Hella Hot Hot Sauce, SOOT

Mobile Eats Available for Purchase:

Brother Baby’s BBQ

Gow Chow

Hoshi on the Go


Road Dog

Live Music, Sponsored by Caliva:

Windy Hill Bluegrass band

Alabama Bow Ties Bluegrass band

Make it Funky (DJay)


Lyft is generously offering discounted rides to make sure you get to and from Meet the Brewers safely. Here are the discount codes:

MTB2016 – New Users Only – $10 off 5 rides

HERMITAGE2016 – Existing Users – 25% off 2 rides (Rides must start or end at Hermitage; code good 1/29-1/31)

A Big Thank You To This Year’s Sponsors: Caliva, Eureka! Restaurant Group, Beer Snobiety, Yelp, SJ Made, Moveable Feast and Lyft.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

All ages welcome. State issued drivers license required for beer tasting tickets.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We are located on the corner of 7th and Phelan, in San Jose. There are lots of public and private options, but we recommend Lyft.

Lyft is generously offering discounted rides to make sure you get to and from Meet the Brewers safely. Here are the discount codes:

MTB2016 – New Users Only – $10 off 5 rides

HERMITAGE2016 – Existing Users – 25% off 2 rides (Rides must start or end at Hermitage; code good 1/29-1/31)

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

You may not bring and will be kicked out if you bring the following:

Your own alcohol, any weapons of any kind, or a bad attitude.

Is this event indoors or outdoors?

The event is in the parking lot and tap room of Hermitage Brewing Company. We will have a large tent where all the breweries will be pouring.



SOS Seafood Festival: Sustaining Our Seas

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Half Moon Bay

10 AM, Ages: 21+


Are you ready for some seafood?

SOS Seafood Festival: Sustaining Our Seas will be held Saturday, January 30 (rain or shine) from 10 am to 5 pm in the vast outdoor lots surrounding Half Moon Bay Brewing Company overlooking picturesque Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton-By-The-Sea, the historic and funky fishing hamlet 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay.

Ticket Info:

•Early Bird tickets on sale now: $45

*If not sold out, limited tickets available at the door, on January 30th for $50.*

The festival includes food trucks and booths from the fantastic Google Food team, Off The Grid, Sam’s Chowder House, Seville Tapas and Ultimate Souvlaki serving fabulous fresh, sustainable seafood and other incredible edibles in SOS Food Truck City, and colorful SOS Beverage Bistros sprinkled throughout the event will feature a variety of local award-winning wines from Barterra Winery and Half Moon Bay Winery, world-class small batch craft beers from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, South City Hard Cider and unique SOS specialty cocktails from Half Moon Bay Distillery.

The SOS Mavericks Concert Stage, located amidst a magnificent grove of Monterey Cypress trees, will feature a stellar lineup of all-day headliner entertainment featuring The House Rockers, Mustache Harbor, Rumbache and The Lady Crooners.

The SOS Cool Coastal Marketplace will offer ocean-inspired arts and crafts, booths by local surf and watersports businesses plus ocean advocacy groups with exhibits and information on ocean preservation, marine life, fisheries and sustainability.

The SOS Seafood For Thought Chefs Pavilion will include celebrity chefs’ demos, an expert panel discussion on the effects of ocean warming, seafood sustainability, the seafood chain, and the role of the restaurant industry and food-serving community in helping to shape the future of local seafood. Plus a complimentary tasting of award-winning wine from Half Moon Bay’s Barterra Winery and Mavericks Brewing Company’s newest version of its popular Tunnel Vision IPA brewed using recycled water.

The SOS Seafood For Thought Chefs Pavilion has been curated by the Google Food Team led by Teaching Kitchen Program Manager Liv Wu and award-winning Edible Silicon Valley Magazine led by Publisher and Editor Kerri Stenson.

The world-renowned Earth Circus will wow festivalgoers with a stunning repertoire of high-quality, artistic entertainment from the mesmerizing to the thrilling…amazing stilters, fascinating acrobats and jugglers, plus unique facepainting for kids.

Across the street, in the “Field of Dreams” lot overlooking the harbor, is the free-admission Fin-Tastic Funzone with an array of awesome attractions for kids including a high-flying zip-line, super-thrilling bungee jump, wild and wacky waterballerz, challenging rock climbing wall, performers from the inimitable Sardine Family Circus plus food trucks and booths offering family-friendly food, fun and games​.

Organizers of the Half Moon Bay Crab Fest recast their 2016 event as the SOS Seafood Festival as a result of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s emergency ruling to delay the opening of the commercial crab season due to high levels of domoic acid and all the uncertainty surrounding the season.

SOS is the international Morse code distress signal being highlighted in our event name to call attention to the current state of ocean life and our need to address and remedy it.

SOS Seafood Festival sponsors include Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Mavericks Brewing Company, Miramar Events, Google, Bon Appetit, Off The Grid, Half Moon Bay Winery, Half Moon Bay Distillery, Barterra Winery, Edible Silicon Valley Magazine, Oceano Hotel & Spa, Vulcan Materials, Sam’s Chowder House, San Mateo County Harbor District, Republic Services, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafood Watch, Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, Honest Tea, South City Cider, Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, Monterey Fish Market, KOFY TV 20, Half Moon Bay Review, The Graphic Works, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce, Fishline, Alifano Technologies,, Earth Circus Productions, HMB Media, Bliss Point Productions, A Festive Affair, Funista and Team Pro Event.

Your ticket purchase is a tax deductible contribution to Mavericks Coastside Foundation, a 501 C-3 organization, as allowed by law. The primary charitable beneficiaries are Mavericks Coastside Foundation and the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

Age 20 and under receive free admission but each person age 20 and under must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder (on the Brewing Company side of the event).

Admission is free for all across the street in the Fin-Tastic Funzone.

Limited vehicle and bicycle parking are available in the large lot directly across the street from the event.

Pets are not allowed on the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company side of the event.

The festival will take place rain or shine.

Get details on the event website.

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Ticket Policies & Notices

•The event will be held rain or shine.

•Tickets are non-refundable. All purchases are final.

•There are a limited number of tickets available and if the event sells out in advance, tickets will not be sold at the entrance.

•Food and non-alcoholic beverages are not included in the ticket price.

•IDs will be checked at the entrance.

•Do not bring food, drink or glassware of any kind from outside into the event.

•Designated driver tickets are not available.

•Please drink responsibly and use ride share services or public transit or cab services.

•Pets are not allowed on the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company side of the event.



Super Bowl City Events

Super Bowl City, San Francisco

11 AM, All Ages


In a break from tradition, Super Bowl City will be open for an extra weekend this year, providing local residents the opportunity to experience the excitement of Super Bowl 50 before out-of-town guests arrive. Super Bowl City will open Saturday, January 30, with the day’s activities topped off with the Host Committee’s “Saturday Night Lights” celebration: the official re-lighting of the iconic Bay Lights on the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bay Bridge, followed by the Macy’s Fireworks Show and a performance by the Bay Area’s own Chris IsaakPrior to Isaak’s performance, Sean Hayes will perform on the City Stage.

Super Bowl City’s second stage, the Fan Stage, will feature performances all day, from 11AM-10PM, including a pep rally with the Gilroy High School Marching Band, a San Francisco 49ers “Gold Rush” and more.

Located in the Sue Bierman Park area of Super Bowl City, The City Stage presented by Levi’s® is being produced in conjunction with LiveNation, and was designed to showcase a wide variety of free live musical, cultural and performing arts entertainers throughout Super Bowl Week.

Located in Justin Herman Plaza within Super Bowl City, the Fan Stage is being produced in conjunction with e2k events and will be the “live” area of the Fan Energy Zone, serving as a presentation space for community partners, celebrity appearances and photo opportunities, and the main space for the DJs and MCs.


Sunday, January 31



Murder Mystery Dinner

Mavericks Lounge, Pleasanton

6 PM, Ages: 21+


Go out for dinner and find yourself smack dab in the middle of a comic murder investigation at this interactive show. In this improvisational event, the audience gets to do the detective work in a hilariously twisted case of homicide. Watch the action carefully to ferret out hidden evidence as you enjoy dinner and drinks purchased from the full restaurant and bar. At the evening’s end it will be up to you to solve the case and figure out “whodunnit.” It’s the perfect mix of comedy, improvisational theater and mystery for an evening out that entertains your mind and your sense of humor. **

** Note: Food and Beverages not included.  Full restaurant and bar service available.



Super Community Concert Fireworks Featuring Heart

West Valley Community College, Santa Clara

1 PM, All Ages


The West Valley-Mission College and the City along with many key community partners are proud to present the Super Community Concert & Fireworks at Mission College on January 31, 2016. This free-ticketed event will include a food alley, beer & wine area, sponsor areas, second stage, pre-event activities and a concert with opener and our headliner, Heart, followed by a fireworks show. The City has partnered with SCS Development Company as a Presenting Sponsor of the event, Silicon Valley Power for sponsorship of the fireworks, and Vendini to assist with ticketing. CBS is the City’s official media partner.

Event Program: 11:30 AM Central Parking lots open 12:00 PM Mission College parking lots open 1:00 PM Entry Gates Open– Second Stage performances begin 3:00 PM Opening Act performance begins 4:00 PM Intermission 4:30 PM An Evening with Heart begins 6:00 PM Fireworks Spectacular

Reserve your FREE tickets online here!

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