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For Your Agenda: Things to Do in San Francisco This Week

A week before classes start is a busy time for the Academy community! Preparing everything for the beginning of a new term can take a lot of energy. Here are a few fun things to do to recharge!

Monday, January 30

Made in The Ghetto
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Cost: Free

Acclaimed contemporary artist urban, Norm “Nomzee” Maxwell combined his two distinct educations into a brilliant art discourse. On one hand, he came of age in the rough streets of Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. On the other, he worked hard to attain an art degree. His unique aesthetic is celebrated in the exhibition Made in The Ghetto at the Luna Rienne Gallery on display until February 11th. See more of Nomzee’s work here.

Tuesday, January 31

Food on Film: St. George Spirits’ Lance Winters and Dave Smith
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $22

Ever wonder what your favorite film characters eat and drink? This installment of the Food on Film series, presented by San Francisco Film Society and the JCCSF, examines the spirits featured in the popular comedy, The Big Lebowski. Join the conversation with prominent Bay Area distillers Lance Winters and Dave Smith of St. George Spirits. Experience the intersection of art, film and cuisine with cocktails inspired by the Cohen brothers’ cult classic.

Wednesday, February 1

Wander Networking Happy Hour
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $10

Sometimes best business ideas come from least work-oriented experiences. Blonde Amazon, LLC welcomes aspiring entrepreneurs to their monthly WANDER networking happy hours. Here you don’t have to worry about PowerPoint slides, the dreaded name tag, or strained conversations. Instead, enjoy delicious drinks, tasty snacks and fun atmosphere with fellow creatives and small business owners at a local favorite, Drake’s Dealership.

Thursday, February 2

Lunar New Year NightLife
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $12+

Bring in the Year of the Rooster with your friends at the California Academy of Sciences NightLife party. Spend the evening marveling at the powerful Lion Dance performance by San Francisco based Jing Mo Athletic Association, crafting a personalized Lunar New Year animal, sipping on Fabula sample teas and learning how to tie fascinating Chinese knots. Don’t forget to make a wish!

Friday, February 3

Sarah Joncas: Suburban Surreal Opening Reception
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: Free

As a part of the North Beach First Friday series of events, Modern Eden Gallery presents an evening with Canadian artist Sara Joncas. For Suburban Surreal exhibition, she has created life-like figures and backgrounds by experimenting with layers of oil and acrylic paints. You will sure wonder about Joncas’ creative process? Luckily, you’ll have a chance to chat with the artist at the opening reception before walking around North Beach to spot more gallery gems.

Saturday, February 4

An Art show Tribute to the Films of Hayao Miyazaki
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Cost: Free

This is a must-see for all anime lovers. SPOKE SF will honor Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated director Hayao Miyazaki with a show featuring original homage works from over 50 international artists. The legendary American film critic Roger Ebert referred to Miyazaki as “the best animation filmmaker in history.” The multidisciplinary artwork on display promises to be as unforgettable as the animated classics that have inspired it!

Sunday, February 5

Saucy Super Bowl Sunday
Time: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: Free Admission

Whether you are a fan of the playing teams or simply in it for the commercials, celebrate the 51st Super Bowl at Spark Social SF. The festivities will begin at noon with everyone’s favorite food trucks including Little Red Riding Truck, Tacos El Gondo and Xingones. Continue the pre-game celebrations with special brews from each team’s hometown while challenging your friends to a game of foosball. As the sun goes down, snuggle up to a warm fire with a s’mores kit. On a night like this, the real winner would be you!