20 fun things to do this week (1.31.22)

After a January that seemed endless, we welcomed February (and the fall of Omicron) with open arms.

Sunny days are coming and with them, our desire to do more things. All things including the SF Independent Film Festival returning to the movies, the debut of Oakland First Fridays in 2022, the hunt for one-of-a-kind merchandise at the Antique Book Printing and Paper Fair, a Lunar New Year pop-up from Chinatown at The Ferry Building, and much more.


See you there.

Face your inner being in homelike, a massive immersive installation of art and technology. Created by acclaimed ethereal artist Hueman of Oakland, the project, a combination of paint, AR and custom sound, spans 20,000 square feet and challenges us to reconnect as we face the isolation of the past two years; until February 28. // Ciel Creative Space, 2611 Eighth St. (Berkeley); entries at huemanhomebody.com

Flow through the week with strength and balance starting Monday with a Haum vinyasa yoga class accompanied by live music. Depending on your comfort level, there is both an in-studio class and a live streaming option.; Monday at 6:15 p.m. // Haum, 2973 16th St. (Mission); register at momence.com

Go to Yoshi’s for a tribute to Marvin Gaye by Martin Luther, member of SFJazz Collective. The SF native has collaborated with musicians like The Roots and appeared in the 2007 Beatles movie. Through the universe. He will be joined by other Bay Area musicians; Thursday at 8pm and 10pm. // Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West (Oakland); tickets at yoshis.com

Whether you believe in seasonal superstitions or not, catch bill murray in groundhog day The Groundhog Day; Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. // Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St. (Outer Richmond); tickets at balbomovies.com

If you live by the commanders that “Anything is possible if you just manifest that shit” and “John Mayer can’t be trusted”, join Giggly Squad for their live tour in SF (Feb. 2, Palace of Fine Arts). Then fill your calendar with more stand-up comedy and podcast events from Another Planet Entertainment. Upcoming shows include SNL’s Chris Redd at Bimbo’s 365 (February 17), Fortune Feimster at the Palace of Fine Arts (March 12), and more. // Check out the full poster and get tickets at apeoncerts.com

Thanks to our partners at Another Planet Entertainment.

It’s the skeeson from Brewskee-Ball. Looking for a social activity that doesn’t require sweating or athletic ability? Head to the Thriller Social Club for a kickoff party for Season 38 of SF’s only Skee-Ball league; Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. // Thriller Social Club, 508 4th St. (SoMa), thrillersocialclub.com

If your supply of self-love is feeling a little low these days, consider a Love Meditation to guide you deep into your heart center. On the first Wednesday of every month, Cavallo Point Healing Arts Center & Spa hosts a guided meditation on a unique theme; Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. // Cavallo Point Lodge, 601 Murray Circle (Sausalito); tickets at cavallopoint.com

Go to a theater near you, including your living room,the 24th Annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival returns this week with a combination of face-to-face and virtual events. This year’s lineup includes 42 shorts and 26 feature films from 10 countries, plus 20 live performances at the Roxie; From Thursday to February 13. // Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. (Mission); tickets at sfindie.com

Dax Shephard steps out of his easy chair and onto the big stage with Armchaired & Dangerous, Live! Along with co-hosts Monica Padman and David Farrier, the monthly podcast tackles the psychology, history and why behind the world of conspiracy theories; Thursday at 8:00 p.m. // The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at livenation.com

Show your love for the Fox Theater where is about to be a busy month. Start with Caifanes (Thursday), then get tickets to more shows including Tig Notaro (Friday), Dream Theater (Sunday), plus Wale, Caravan Palace, Bill Maher and Caribou later in the month. // Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); for lineup and tickets, go to thefoxoakland.com.

Thanks to our partners at Another Planet Entertainment.

Gather together to celebrate Black Love on Oakland’s First Friday of 2022. The multi-block party features food and art vendors, live music, bar and community specials; Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. // Telegraph Ave. between West Grand and 27th St. (Oakland); details at oaklandfirstfridays.org

Enjoy a stellar night of late-night fun at Chabot Space & Science Center’s First Friday: Winter Skies. Test your astrophotography skills, discover the thousands of planets that have been discovered in the last 20 years, and level up your astrology game with stories from an expert stargazer; Friday, 6pm to 10pm. // Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd. (Oakland); entries on chabotspace.org

Grab your dancing shoes and headphones. and go to Discology, a silent party, disco, movement, meditation and dance inside the most beautiful church in San Francisco; Friday at 6:30 p.m. // Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at e.sparxo.com

Calling all bookish writers! Buy first edition books, rare posters, art, maps, photographs and more at the return of the San Francisco Antique Book Printing and Paper Fair; Friday and Saturday. // South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 S. Airport Blvd. (South San Francisco); tickets at eventbrite.com

Not soup for you! That is if you don’t join us for the 7th Annual Sausalito Soup Bowl. More than 15 restaurants will battle it out in hopes of winning the Lom-Bowl-Di trophy. For $20, you can visit all the restaurants to try their soup and vote for your favorite; Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. // Ferry Landing, (Sausalito); ssalito.gov

Enjoy a live painting session (with wine!) from British abstract artist and designer Joe Henry Baker. You can also book a tasting to experience limited production wines with panoramic views of Howell Mountain; Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. // Faust Haus, 2867 St Helena Hwy (St. Helena); tickets in tock.com

björk is back, and so nature is healing. For two nights only, our favorite Icelandic export brings its acclaimed production. Cornucopia, based on his 2017 album Utopia, to the Chase Center. Called a “feast for the senses” by Brooklyn Vegan, Björk’s distinctive voice, intricate lighting and theatrics will energize you; 8:00 p.m. Saturday (and Tuesday, February 8). // Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way (Mission Bay); tickets at ticketmaster.com.

Celebrate and support Chinatown’s most beloved small businesses in a Lunar New Year pop-up. Buy great produce and tasty treats with a portion of the proceeds to benefit San Francisco’s nonprofit community business resources; Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. // Ferry Building (Embarcadero); details at ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

Give vintage treasures a second life by shopping at Northern California’s largest antique show. The Alameda Point Antiques Fair is back this weekend with over 800 vendors stocked with everything vintage and antique for your home and closet; Sunday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. // Main Street 3900 (Alameda); details at alamedapointantiquesfaire

Fill the Freda Salvador-sized hole in your heart (RIP Fillmore Street boutique) at the grand opening of Shoppe Amber Interiors’ first NorCal store at the Marin Country Mart. The beloved footwear brand is appearing for a six-month period at the concept store, where you can peruse home furnishings and accessories alongside Sausalito-designed slippers made in Spain. // 1201 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite C (Larkspur); details at 7×7.com

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