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Weekend Planner: January 8


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 1



Friday Night Classical Series

Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda

8 PM, All Ages


Friday Night Classical Series

Featuring Concerts by the New Esterházy Quartet, Ensemble Alcatraz, Les Violettes & the Fantastic Five Flutes

A thrilling new series of classical concerts takes place on Friday nights this spring at Rhythmix Cultural Works, with music ranging from the Middle Ages to Late Classical, by some of the hottest period-instrument ensembles in the Bay Area.

Experience classical like you’ve rarely heard or seen it before in our close-up, intimate theater setting with lush acoustics. Get your tickets now to enjoy a fabulous and diverse season of Early Music sounds.

In addition to discounted tickets, subscribers will receive preferred seating in our special subscriber section.

Friday, January 8 The New Esterházy Quartet

Founded in 2006, the New Esterházy Quartet continues to present masterworks of the classical period alongside intriguing works from less familiar composers. With Hadyn’s 68 quartets as its core repertoire, NEQ is increasingly recognized as one of the world’s top period-instrument string quartets.

The ensemble has been presented by the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Arizona Early Music Society and the Carmel Chamber Music Society, and has performed in New York and Los Angeles, as well as appearing as a Main Stage event for the 2012 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition. NEQ was also selected for Early Music America’s Touring Artists Roster and has received two grants from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

The members of NEQ are internationally known period-instrument and chamber music specialists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violins, violist Anthony Martin and cellist William Skeen. As individuals, the players have performed and recorded in the top echelon of early music ensembles worldwide. In addition to many years of musical collaboration in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists and a long list of renowned chamber ensembles, these four Bay Area musicians have enjoyed decades of friendship and shared experience. Their history as both colleagues and friends endows the quartet with an unusual commonality of musical language and gesture, and provides a strong foundation for a unique and original ensemble voice.



Paul’s Paint Party

ARTspace, Hollister

7 PM, Ages: 21+


Prepare for an evening of fun, laughter and art and come out to Paul’s Paint Party from 7-9 pm, Friday, January 8th at ARTspace, 240 Fifth St. in downtown Hollister. Participants are treated to dessert, wine and everything you need to complete your original painting—canvas, paints, brushes and even a smock!

Space is limited, and tickets go quickly so reserve your tickets today!  For more information, you can contact us at 636-2787 or

Discover your Creative Side! Bring a friend and your sense of adventure! No art experience required. Paint Parties take place the First Friday of every month.


Saturday, January 9



We’re Still Here Screening

New Parkway Theater, Oakland

3:15 PM, All Ages


Please join us, in collaboration with Positive Women’s Network, for a special Bay Area screening of the documentary film We’re Still Here.

We’re Still Here shares the untold stories of the first generation who were born with HIV in the 80s and 90s. The film follows director Grissel Granados as she embarks on her own journey to seek out other people who were born with HIV and create community where it hadn’t existed before. Now as adults, these long-term survivors are telling their stories in their own words and on their own terms. We’re Still Here gives testament to those who weren’t supposed to be here, and who refuse to be forgotten in the history of HIV/AIDS.

Doors open at 3:15pm. Film starts promptly at 3:30pm.

There will be a Q&A with directors Grissel Granados and John Thompson immediately following the film.

Accessibility info: The New Parkway is wheelchair accessible and has ADA-compliant bathrooms. The film We’re Still Here is not captioned (we are currently in the process of getting this done). For more information about the location, including rules and restrictions, please visit their website: The New Parkway.

For additional information, please contact



Date Night: Parties that Cook

Parties That Cook Kitchen, San Francisco

6 PM, All Ages


Do you love to travel and explore new cuisines? Are you always trying the latest and greatest food truck? Join Parties That Cook in our North Beach kitchen where we test and write recipes inspired by the foods we’ve tasted around the world. In this hands-on cooking class we’ll teach you how to create a variety of savory street food favorites. You’ll start by rolling falafel so light and fluffy you’ll think you were back in the old city of Jerusalem. We’ll crisscross the globe to Vietnam where you’ll prepare a miniature Banh Mi with an addictive homemade pickled carrot slaw. You’ll stretch pizza dough to create a classic Italian Pizza Margherita and then bounce to Brazil to make crispy Fish Croquettes with Persimmon Aioli! Your culinary journey will end in Argentina where you’ll learn two classic techniques to create an iconic street sweet. Bring a bottle of wine from anywhere on the globe to share with the group. No passport required!

What’s on the Menu:

Sparkling Wine Cocktail

Falafel – Israel

Banh Mi Meatball & Pickled Carrot Sandwiches – Vietnam

Handmade Flour Tortillas with Grilled Steak & Pico de Gallo – Mexico

Brazilian Fish Croquettes with Persimmon Aioli – Brazil

Pizza Margherita – Italy

Dulce de Leche Crepes – Argentina

Banh Mi Meatball Sandwich

FAQ’S and Chef’s Notes:

  1. Students will receive electronic copies of all recipes.

  2. This is an active, hands-on class so we suggest long pants and comfortable, closed-toed/rubber soled shoes.

  3. Knives and utensils provided for in-class use.

  4. Parking is limited in the North Beach area.  Please provide for extra time to find a space.  If space is limited, we recommend the parking lot at Northpoint Centre Shopping Center, at 350 Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94133.

  5. No one under 21 years old will be admitted.

  6. Due to time constraints, not all participants will make all menu items and recipes.

  7. We cook with the best seasonal ingredients. Farmers are at the hands of Mother Nature and so are we. Therefore, menu ingredients are subject to change should the need arise.

Any food allergies or restrictions? Please ensure that you fill out the dietary restrictions portion during your ticket purchase so we are alerted to your needs and are able to plan accordingly.

Cancellation Policy: TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. However, you may transfer to another class of equal or lesser value 7 days or more prior to the class. In addition, you may apply the price of the ticket to higher-priced class and pay the difference. Please notify us of any changes at

Using a gift certificate?  Contact us at (415) 441-3595 or and we will be happy to help with sign-up and redemption.



Amazing Scavenger Hunt: San Francisco

Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

9 AM, All Ages


Turn San Francisco into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Start when you want and play at your pace.  Price is per team, not per person. Find details and Redeem your ticket as a Prepaid Code online at


Sunday, January 10



Ante Meridian Sunday Brunch

Naked Kitchen SF, San Francisco

11:30 AM, All Ages


Ante Meridian is a four course brunch experience that takes place at the beautiful Naked Kitchen right on Valencia Street in the Mission every Sunday.  The event is BYOB, there is no waiting in lines, and the menu changes every week depending on whats at the farmers market on Saturday.  Go to for more information.



Art Fundamentals and Exploration

Los Gatos

10 AM, All Ages


Students will learn basic values and form with projects like still life, landscape, and animals. Drawing, color theory and painting techniques for beginners to advanced level students.

Techniques in graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, pastel, oil, watercolor and more. We will also introduce color theory principles. The exercises we plan will develop an understanding for light, form, color, prospective, tonal shading and line techniques.

We will create projects from traditional drawing and paintings to contemporary art experiments to thematic development projects such as animals, birds, or landscapes. Students will continue to build their skills and reinforce concepts learned. Ages vary 8 and up. Children, teens and adults are welcome! Homeschoolers are also welcome.

Classes taught in an inspiring and beautiful setting in Los Gatos. Located 10 minutes from downtwon Los Gatos. Surrounded by the beauty of the Santa Cruz mountains, it’s the perfect place to draw and paint. All basic materials are provided. Taught by an internationally award-winning Artist.

Instructor holds a Masters of Teaching in Art (M.A.T.); and a Bachelor’s of Art (B.F.A.) from the San Francisco Art Institute. She also has completed the California Art Teacher Credential and a Professional Artist-Teacher certification.

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