default events | feb. 17 - feb. 29

events around the bay

ooooof! i’m very sorry for the very long delay on this. this has proven to be a more time-consuming task than i’d originally anticipated (isn’t that always the case?), so i guess that’s going to mean some off weeks. but i’ll persist… i think it’s a project worth continuing, even if one that has spotty consistency.

as always, links in the titles & just reach out if you need a buddy! i’ll try to make it if i can.


feb. 26 @ 6:30-10:00PM | pagan idol in SF

we’ve done dinner, we’ve done brunch, it’s time to grab some drinks. what’s better than a happy hour drink? nothing. 


nothing in marin this month, apologies friends. 

the end of you: immersive art experience | now until feb. 26 | gray area
discover a new perspective on life through mesmerizing installations in this never-before-seen immersive exhibition. lose yourself in large-scale visual projections and step into spectacular living landscapes. reimagine your relationship with the living world — and make the planetary personal.

clickbait | now until march 6 | pianofight
a dark and satirical look at influencer culture and the difference between who we are online and who we are IRL. (it’s a play!)

why your process matters & how to preserve it | feb. 18 @ 6:00PM-7:30PM | SF public library
drawing on the collections of Letterform Archive — an institution focused entirely on graphic design, lettering, and typography — this talk will explore the delights of process material in teaching students and inspiring designers. it will also explore the challenges of collecting and caring for it, and recommend best practices for today’s designers to preserve their work, including its process.

globalization & the ancient world | feb. 18 @ 12:00PM-1:00PM | SF public library
travel the ancient routes that provided goods, technologies, and ideas to countries and cultures from the mediterranean to the pacific.

the premise: an underground comedy show | feb. 19 @ 8:00PM-9:30PM | the laundry
the best local and nationally touring stand-up comedians to the laundry’s hidden and intimate comedy basement.

the future of the internet | feb. 20 @ 6:30PM-9:00PM | galvanize
from the event organizer: “big tech, free speech, and the future of the internet.”

bayview-hunters point & community change | feb. 20 @ 6:30PM-8:00PM | SF public library
rachel brahinsky discusses a 1960s-70s activist group as an entry point to look at historical layers of advocacy and community change.

spanning the senses in design | feb. 20 @ 7:00PM-9:00PM | yelp HQ
based on the best-selling o'reilly title, "designing across senses” this talk describes what multimodal design is, its core design principles, and how to create multimodal products.

unveiling your light in the akashic records | feb. 20 @ 7:00PM-9:00PM | the scarlet sage herb co.
during this workshop, connect in circle to explore guidance from the akasha. includes a brief overview of the akashic records and their significance.

radical intimacy | feb. 20 @ 7:30-9:45PM | the center
a hands on introduction to “relational alchemy.”

russian fest | ALL WEEKEND LONG! feb. 21-23 | the russian center
enjoy all the flavor and fun of the russian-american experience in one wild weekend of music, performances, food, and shopping.  

anime art con | ALL WEEKEND LONG! feb. 21-23 | palace hotel
i honestly can’t figure it out but i thought ya nerds would like it. idk if it’s a real con or what.

micro science fiction writing | feb. 21 @ 6:00PM | uncanny valley
micro fiction is a type of writing that focuses on super short stories/snippets that evoke a message in a tiny format. come together and get creative, bouncing ideas off each other to write some new pieces. (df’s note: this is really cool and i will probably attend, HOWEVER, SF — calling everything ‘uncanny valley’ isn’t clever! we have an art exhib, some kind of arts center, and a book.. basta)

july by ivan vyrypaev | feb. 21 @ 7:00PM-9:30PM | the firehouse
"july" is a monologue of a maniac, admitted to a psychiatric hospital. a nurse takes care of him there, giving a birth of a very intimate spiritual relationship, with the main character promising to connect her with the meaning of life, God and truth. (it’s a play!)

embracing our exiled parts | feb. 21 @ 7:00PM-10:00PM | TBD
a…relating party? i… someone go and report back!

opening into awareness | feb. 22 @ 10:00AM-4:30PM | SF dharma collective
an experiential “mini-retreat” focused on cultivating open awareness in the mind, body and heart. spend the day in community exploring a range of both traditional and unique modalities that support a felt experience of opening, releasing and unfurling tension, as well as gaining clarity for how you would like to move forward with clear intention.

uncanny valley opening day curator talk | feb. 22 @ 12:00PM-1:00PM | deYoung museum
in today’s AI-driven world, increasingly organized and shaped by algorithms that track, collect, and evaluate our data, the question of what it means to be human has shifted.

cat video fest 2020 | feb. 22 @ 2:00PM-3:15PM | the roxie
a compilation reel of the latest, best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions

atlas beetle spreading workshop | feb. 23 @ 11:00AM-1:00PM | paxton gate
explore the savage world of atlas beetle in the most zen way possible.

cosmic elders showcase | feb. 23 @ 2:00PM-4:00PM | harvey milk center for the arts
COSMIC ELDERS SHOWCASE is a quarterly live performance salon featuring some of sf's most creative older adults.

drakulas | feb. 23 @ 8:30PM-??? | bottom of the hill
this is a super cool band from ATX. turns out there are some neat shows in SF. let’s go!

moon governance simulation | feb. 25 @ 6:00PM-7:00PM | starfish labs
seems like model UN but for adults & also on the moon. i’ll be there.

the brain plasticity revolution | feb. 25 @ 6:00PM-7:15PM | the commonwealth club
until recently, it was widely believed that the brain was hardwired from childhood and resistant to any remodeling in adults. breakthrough research and clinical practice has recently shown that our brains are remarkably plastic across the human life span.

orlando | feb. 25 @ 6:45PM-8:45PM | the roxie
a rare 35mm screening of Sally Potter’s now-classic adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s pioneering novel.

the last black man in san francisco: screening + discussion | feb. 25 @ 7:00PM-10:00PM | red victorian
two of the film's actors, Isiain Lalime and Jordan Gomes, will be at the Red Victorian for a screening of the film, short discussion, and to raise funds for their "Awareness Through Action" campaign which highlights social issues and injustices.

the well | feb. 25 @ 8:30PM-12:00AM | the knockout
another austin band. don’t hate me, i’m homesick! they self-id as ‘doom psychedelic.’

looking ahead: SEA in 2020 | feb. 27 @ 5:30PM-8:00PM | bechtel conference center
a discussion about the future of relations between SEA & the US including policy, economy, and how the future may look in 2020 and beyond. 

integration circle: ceremony & the psychedelic experience | feb. 27 @ 7:15PM-9:15PM | twisted thistle apothocaire
explore the role of ritual and ceremony in the psychedelic experience.

vietnamese women writers of the diaspora | feb. 27 @ 7:00PM-8:30PM | asian art museum
readings focus on the lives and voices of contemporary vietnamese-american women, talking about love, work, motherhood, writing and more. readings will be followed by conversation and Q&A.

deep house yoga “devotion” | feb. 27 @ 7:00PM-10:00PM | 906 world cultural center
a fusion of yoga, music and uplifting aesthetic experiences. WARNING: big san francisco energy in this one. you know what i mean.

inCIVILITY: p.2 the outrage machine | feb. 27 @ 8:00PM | ODC
the acclaimed Outrage Machine (2018) is a combination of motion capture, live interactive visual effects, and the expressive power of dance.

isaac julien & t. minh ha in conversation | feb. 28 @ 6:30PM | CCA watts institute artist and filmmaker isaac julien continues a conversation with trinh t. minh-ha on interdisciplinarity,the moving image, and contemporary culture in filmmaking that has unfolded over their decades-long friendship.

exploring dreams and the world inside you | feb. 29 @ 10:00AM-5:00PM | CIIS public programs
join author and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) craig chalquist for a unique, experiential dive into dreams and the subconscious as a means of reconnecting to yourself, and to all living beings.

tibetan art and the transformation of the buddhist mind | feb. 29 @ 1:00PM-4:00PM | asian art museum
explore artworks on view in awaken: a tibetan buddhist journey toward enlightenment through conversation with the curator.

piano noir | feb. 29 @ 8:00PM-10:00PM | amado’s
a mix of story-telling, classical pieces such as brahms and chopin and metal songs — metallica/black sabbath.


tea & tarot | feb. 18 @ 7:30PM-9:30PM | blazing star OTO in oakland
talk tarot, do show and tell, and do readings for each other.

lonefemme | feb. 19 @ 6:00PM-10:00PM | pro arts in oakland
a night of black, femme musicians of wildly different genres. for music samples, click the link!

lyrics & dirges | feb. 19 @ 7:30PM-9:00PM | pegasus books in berkeley
bring a date to this lit reading by five Northern Californian writers. (that’s from the organizer! i’m not sure why this is more date friendly than other readings.)

ansel adams & robert buelteman exhibition | feb. 21 until march 6 | SLATE in oakland
the first is world-renowned photographer ansel adams, whose black-and-white images are instantly recognizable. the second, fine art photographer robert buelteman, uses high-frequency, high-voltage electricity and different light sources to capture the beauty and energy of plants onto film.

an orphan for you | feb. 22-23 @ 9:00AM-4:00PM | david brower center in berkeley
this conference will explore how korean adoption, which began primarily as a rescue operation for mixed race children immediately following the korean war, radically expanded in the 1970s and 80s.

microdosing 101 | feb. 22 @ 12:45PM-4:30PM | the haven in oakland
this class will highlight an uncommon but extremely simple method of mushroom cultivation that can be done with a small list of ingredients found locally or online. in addition to cultivation this class will touch on risk reduction and the basics of microdosing.

introduction to chakras | feb. 22 @ 1:00PM-3:00PM | feathered outlaw in alameda
journey into the realm of the subtle energetic system as you explore the 7 main chakras through discussion, exercises, reflection and more.

mutual friends | feb. 22 @ 7:00PM-10:00PM | CCW bar in oakland
mutual friends is a group show curated by oakland-based artist jocelyn tsaih, featuring work from california-based artists. the show is inspired by the tight-knit art community in the bay and how everybody seems to be connected through friends and friends of friends.

isla roots: caribbean medicine | feb. 23 @ 2:00PM-5:00PM | ancestral apothecary in oakland
learn and heal through medicine-making using caribbean plant life.

burma & bhutan: slow food | feb. 23 @ 5:00PM-8:00PM | COLORS in oakland
a ticketed dinner celebrating the cuisine of burma and bhutan.

psychicfriendsnetworktay+thejangladahs/silkmother/tonyhannah | feb. 23 @ 7:00PM-10:00PM | the legionnaire in oakland
from the event organizer: an evening of triumphant witchery featuring bada** local womxn fronted bands. (hey, it’s oakland.)

in search of my robot: media, radicalized gender, and creativity | feb. 24 @ 6:30PM-8:00PM | berkeley art museum in berkeley
robots, like any technology, are not “objective” or “universal”; instead, machines reveal the process of social formation. this talk by poet, scholar, and new media artist margaret rhee demonstrates how forms of difference—such as race, gender, and sexuality—are shaped by and co-constitutive with technological developments.

cultivating a relationship with sacred mushrooms | feb. 24 @ 6:45PM-9:00PM | 3007 telegraph in oakland
a peer led group for people preparing to use sacred mushrooms, to integrate mushroom experiences, or to ask any burning questions. this is an open group with space held for asking questions and getting answers, for sharing experiences and being heard.

find your true voice | feb. 25 @ 7:30-9:30PM | blazing star OTO in oakland
revisit the fundamentals of breathing, using the chakras / tree of life as a guide towards understanding your body as a source of support and energy

astrology salon with lisa awrey | feb. 27 @ 7:00PM-9:00PM | the raven’s wing in oakland
join a lively astrology discussion… about what? we’ll find out.


crossing the caspian | feb. 19 @ 5:30PM-7:00PM | cantor arts center in palo alto
curator alexandria brown-hejazi, ph.d. candidate in art and art history at stanford, introduces the exhibition crossing the caspian which explores the golden age of artistic exchange between the safavid empire of persia and europe.

arcade open house | feb. 22 @ 2:00PM-10:00PM | ??? in san jose is a community of rhythm game and arcade game enthusiast based in sj. dm event organizer for address.

virtual unreality book launch | feb. 22 @ 3:00PM-5:00PM | 560 s 1st st in san jose
the ICA is thrilled to host the book launch for alan rath: virtual unreality. the artist will be in attendance.

iranian classical music concert | feb. 23 @ 6:00PM-8:00PM | visual and performing arts center in cupertino
by ghazal fayli, singing an ecstatic feast of poetry from mystic rumi, including the story of pire changi, a wanderer player and singer who had a joyful life in his youth and people loved him.

climate restoration & the arctic | feb. 24 @ 7:00PM-8:30PM | quinlan CC in cupertino
in this special presentation, there will be focus on the drastic decline in arctic sea ice and why a major international effort is required to restore the ice from further deterioration.

into the twilight zones: art and AR/VR | feb. 27 @ 4:30PM-6:45PM | cantor arts center in palo alto
this event will investigate the ways art and technology are driving how art is experienced and the future of museums.



  • austin’s THE WELL. listen here. and then go see their show!