Weekend Planner: March 18


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, March 18


10th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival

Sheraton Sonoma County, Petaluma

All Weekend, All Ages

Varying Costs

Calling all cheese lovers! You are invited to join us for the 10th Annual Celebration of California’s Artisan Cheese Festival taking place March 18-20, 2016 at the Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma. The weekend will be filled with scrumptious cheeses, chef demonstrations and pairings, farm tours, educational sessions by knowledgeable, talented chefs, cheese experts, authors, cheesemakers, expert panel discussions and more.  This year’s schedule of events are as follows:

Friday, March 18th

8:30am    to   3:30pm          Farm Tours and Cheese Adventures – at assorted locations

6:00pm    to   9:00pm          Cheesemongers’ Duel – The Best Bite – Under the Big Top – Sample the Best Bites plus wine, beer, cider and more!

Saturday, March 19th

8:30am    to   3:30pm          Farm Tours and Cheese Adventures – at assorted locations

10:00am    to  11:30am       Seminars and Pairing Demonstrations – Morning Session

11:00pm   to  1:30pm          Author Book Signings – Lobby of the Sheraton Sonoma County

1:30pm    to  3:00pm           Seminars and Pairing Demonstrations – Afternoon Session

3:00pm    to  5:00pm           Author Book Signings – Lobby of the Sheraton

6:00pm    to  9:00pm           California Cheesin’ – We Do It Our Whey! – 10th Annual Celebration with cheese-inspired dishes prepared by restaurants, wine, beer, cider, live music and more Under the Big Top!

Sunday, March 20th

9:30am    to  11:00am         Bubbles Brunch + Celebrity Guest Chef John Ash

12:00pm   to  4:00pm          Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace – Under the Big Top – Sample and buy your favorite cheeses and accoutrements.

For complete details and additional information, please visit our website at

http://artisancheesefestival.com/ Join us for three days of cheese bliss!

*Please note all sales are final and event will take place rain or shine.  Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you there!


9th Street Independent Film Center, San Francisco

8 PM, Ages: 21+


Come out to see an evening of improvised comedy!

On March 18th, three duos will hit the stage, serving up hilarious, high quality improvised comedy. Jonathan Ott will lead you though the funny with fresh standup as the host of the evening!

Liss n’ Sams will be headlining the show and combines the talent of Second City Alum Joe Liss and Bay Area teacher/performer Marcus Sams. From a single suggestion Liss n’ Sams perform highly kinetic improv that runs down the rabbit hole at a break-neck pace. Be prepared for whiplash!

Joining them on the stage will be seasoned improv performers Pamela Hawley and Dave Collins, in Jackson Soup, and Nonie Kimpitak and Andrew Fittingoff in their duo, The Other Land.

Seating is limited.

What:  Two Play Improv Extravaganza

When: March 18th 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Where: Ninth Street Independent Film Center

             145 9th Street 

             San Francisco, CA 94103

This is a 21+ Event.

More info:

Your Host: Jonathan Ott Jonathan’s act consists of a mixture of wit, sarcasm and physical spectacle. He has performed stand-up all over the Bay Area and beyond at The Punchline, SF as well as Rooster T. Feathers comedy club in Sunnyvale. Jonathan writing has been featured in Savage Henry humor magazine.

Liss n’ Sams: Joe Liss & Marcus Sams Liss n’ Sams is an improv comedy duo based in San Francisco, Ca. made up of improv veterans, Joe Liss and Marcus Sams. Joe Liss, Second City alumnus, has appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Strangers With Candy and has written for SpongeBob Squarepants and Third Rock From the Sun. Marcus Sams teaches in San Francisco for Leela and Improv w/Marcus and performs all over the country at national improv festivals.They perform improv comedy at a breakneck pace, so wear your seatbelts and get ready for a ride.

Jackson Soup: Pamela Hawley and Dave Collins Jackson Soup hails is a two-person duo with more than 23 years experience. Jackson Soup is real. Pamela loves Michael Jackson, and Dave loves soup. It’s that simple, and so are their hilarious scenes. Real life. Relatable, with a thrown in Uzi-wielding elderly couple trying to kill a pregnant rat Baby Mama in their attic.

The Other Land: Nonie Kimpitak & Andrew Fittingoff The Other Land is a long form improv duo based in San Francisco comprised of Nonie Kimpitak and Andrew Fittingoff. From a single suggestion, they will take you to another land where the rules of realityare slightly skewed. Watch as they discover the benefits or consequences of how a single change can effect the balance of reality.

The Other Land been actively enrolled in the weekly Improv w/Marcus: Two Play class honing their improv skills since June of 2015. For more information go to http://marcussams.com/improv-with-marcus.html

Saturday, March 19


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Barboosa Lounge, San Francisco

6 PM, Ages: 21+


Join us for a special celebrate night with Crafted Cocktails, Live DJ Music and Late Night Entertainment

The admission is complimentary for this event but you need to RSVP on Eventbrite as the space is limited.

For Table Reservations: Reservations@BarbaroosaLounge.com | (415) 434 4204

BARBAROSSA Barbarossa is a cocktail-driven bar and lounge in North Beach, breathing new life into the historic location at 714 Montgomery Street. As one of the oldest buildings in San Francisco, having survived the famous 1906 earthquake, Barbarossa will showcase an entirely new concept—one that is full with legend and mystery as the space was used as a jailhouse in the 19th century. Most recently serving the neighborhood as the former Bubble Lounge, Barbarossa is where Barbary Coast atmosphere meets modern luxury, while maintaining relevancy to present San Francisco drinking culture.

Barbarossa will be open Monday-Wednesdays from 4:00p.m.-12:00a.m., Thursdays-Fridays from 4:00p.m.-2:00a.m., Saturdays from 6:00p.m.-2:00a.m. and Sundays from 6:00p.m.-12:00a.m.

Barbarossa’s beverage program includes a seasonally rotating 11-cocktail menu with drinks that are named after famous criminals, madams, dance hall girls and politicians of the time. The beverage menu is made complete with signature grog.  Grog is a drink of historical significance and supports Barbarossa’s Barbary Coast sensibility perfectly. This drink was often consumed by pirates and sailors, mixing three main ingredients: spirit, citrus and water. The citrus was used to ward off scurvy, while the spirit (typically rum) was used to keep the water from going rancid. Grog is served Collins-style. Each grog may be ordered with the patron’s own spirit of choice, although it goes best with Whiskey or Bourbon.

In addition to the cocktail menu, Barbarossa offers a selection of beer (12 on tap), wine, and selection of champagne. The bar also features champagne flights, champagne both by the bottle (approximately 30) and by the glass, of harder-to-find varietals. This is somewhat in homage to its former concept and as they still have access to one of the most curated champagne selections in the Bay Area.

Barbarossa’s food menu is simple, reasonably priced, and meant to share. The menu is broken down into four main categories that were popular on menus during 19th century: “from the ocean” (raw bar), “leaves, fruits and roots,” “meats & cheeses,” and “dessert.” The “from the ocean section” prominently features oysters, both local and imported. Popular items include Sausages (current vendor, Foreign Cinema/ShowDogs) as well as the Red Pastrami. All oysters will be served with 4-5 different, seasonal vinaigrettes; all flavor profiles are meant to support the cocktails.


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