Brewtruc photo by Ina Maria
Now this is one jam-packed weekend. Creative types are hosting multiple arty parties, beer bashes, ping-pong challenges, and romantic-themed gigs. This list is only half of what I'd want to hit if there were two of me. Feel free to add any suggestions in the comments ...
Ping-Pong Comes To Us (Fri.-Sat.)
I don’t know what it is about playing ping-pong in the round with a bunch of double-fisting drunks but I love the Berlin style of playing that American Tripps has introduced to San Francisco. This weekend, we get a double-header of play when the party moves into The Bold Italic’s HQ as part of the Noise Pop-Up Shop month. They’ll have a full bar, DJs, and yummy eats from Soul Groove and Anthony Myint — who'll showcase goodies off of his new menu for Mission Bowling Club.
Beer Me (all weekend)
So you think you love beer? You’re not alone. This weekend, micro- and macro-brewers alike host all kinds of events around town for SF Beer Week. There’s an opening reception on Friday and a small batch tasting on Saturday. I highly recommend checking out brewtruc, which hosts the latter event, at one of the mobile taproom’s roving parties. We have a great backstory on the beer friendly bus on the site today.
Art Mom Would Love (Fri.)
I met Spanish artist Julio Linares a couple weeks back when he showed me some of his wonderfully eccentric portraits. His colorful paintings of people he knows and gods he probably doesn’t will be on display at Dear Mom, and there’s an opening party for his work starting at 6 p.m. on Friday night.
Love Sick (Fri.)
Who writes the best romantic poetry? Definitely not teenagers. Which is why adolescent scribblings are the perfect fodder for a night of comedy as Mortified presents a collection of real life "Doomed Valentines" at the DNA Lounge just in time for the February 14 horror show.
Drama Queen (Fri.)
I love action-oriented gallery openings, and the one for Queen’s Nails Projects’ latest installation sounds like there will be plenty to keep you busy. Not only will there be art from Guy Overfelt and Andrew McClintock, but there are promises of pool and live performances too — the latter from Tyson Vogel of Two Gallants. The fun goes from 6-9 p.m. And hey, if you’re gonna be out in that ‘hood already, why not check out Rock Bar, the new watering hole from the fine folks behind Front Porch?
Partisan Party (Sat.)
I went to a great opening at the apartment gallery Partisan a couple weeks back, and I imagine the kickoff for a quarterly magazine by the same name will be just as interesting. The mastermind behind Partisan, Chris Fallon, has some solid connections in the music and art worlds, and the first issue of his publication has work by Aaron Rodriguez and Devendra Banhart. He’s celebrating the limited edition release of Partisan Arts at new gallery Will Brown with great music and DJs. It’s $20 to get in, which also gets you a copy of the mag.
Broke-Ass Reading (Sat.)
As many of you already know, Broke-Ass Stuart is a great storyteller. And a good drinker. So he’s the perfect choice to join the collection of saucy scribes reading at Writers With Drinks at the Make-Out Room on Saturday.
Who Loves a Parade (Sat.)
If the answer is you, head down to Market St. well before the 5:15 p.m. kickoff for the grand Chinese New Year celebration.
Heart Beeps (Sun.)
Think you’re a real killer with the mixtapes? You'll have the chance to share your crush comps with a room full of likeminded music fans at the SF Mixtape Society’s upcoming gathering at the Make-Out Room, which has an"Under the Covers" theme. It’s free and goes from 4-6 p.m.