Tired of takeout and doing dishes? Good news: With Spring SF Restaurant Week now underway, the City’s dining scene is more enticing than ever. And there are plenty of events happening all over town that not only benefit great causes, but also include food, drinks and fun activities.
The Jim Henson Experience: Imagination Unlimited
The Contemporary Jewish Museum opened The Jim Henson Experience: Imagination Unlimited last week. As part of its programming, the museum is hosting Family ArtBash Sunday: Celebrate Imagination, which includes free and alfresco art-making activities for all. Note: The exhibition itself requires timed tickets purchased in advance.
Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. | The CJM’s Family ArtBash Sunday: Celebrate Imagination
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents its Crescendo Benefit at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday. In addition to drinks, dinner and desserts, the celebration will include awards (honoring Dr. Timothy Seelig and actor BD Wong) and a preview of the Voices Rising concert, which takes place two nights later (April 10) at Davies Symphony Hall.
Friday, April 8, 6 p.m. | SFGMC Crescendo Benefit
Broadway in the Bay
Opera San José closes its 2021–2022 season with West Side Story, the classic tale of star-crossed lovers and the prejudices that keep them apart. The production at the historic California Theatre is conducted by Christopher James Ray, staged by director Crystal Manich and choreographed by Michael Pappalardo.
Saturday, April 16–Sunday, May 1. | Opera San José’s West Side Story
The Fine Art of Fashion
With an exclusive presentation of the designer’s collections from Paris and Beijing runways, Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy opens next week at the Legion of Honor museum. Marvel at the craftsmanship, lavish embroidery and dressmaking techniques in the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of Pei’s exquisite work. The 80-plus ensembles — some of which have never been shown to the public — span the past two decades.
April 16–September 5. | Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy at the Legion of Honor
A Night at the Museum
SFMOMA fundraiser Art Bash is back! It’s in person this year and goes until 1 a.m. The evening of revelry, with performances and immersive experiences throughout the museum, includes three parts: a dinner with live auction (Julie Mehretu, William Kentridge and Larry Sultan works will be up for bid), 6 p.m.; a party, 8 p.m.; and a late-night party, 10 p.m.
Friday, April 8. | SFMOMA Art Bash
Dining Deals Around Town
Take advantage of the remaining days of Spring SF Restaurant Week, with participating establishments offering special prix-fixe menus. China Live, Penny Roma, ROOH and Wayfare Tavern are among those enticing diners with amazing deals.
Through Sunday, April 10. | Spring SF Restaurant Week
A Grand Time
Sister Roma and Honey Mahogany are hosting the SF LGBT Center’s Soiree 2022 at the Metreon’s City View. Juanita More! is the evening’s entertainment, while an after party features music by DJ Lady Ryan. In addition to a reception and dinner, guests can expect a lively auction — presided over by Michael Tate — and raffle.
Saturday, April 9, 5:30 p.m. | SF LGBT Center’s Soiree 2022
Opera Parallèle’s big benefit, Over the Rainbow, featuring countertenor John Holiday in his Bay Area debut, takes place at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society. Support the nonprofit, San Francisco–based contemporary opera company while enjoying cocktails, light bites and a performance by Holiday that spans opera to pop.
Thursday, April 14. | Opera Parallèle’s Over the Rainbow
Sustainability Meets Cinema
SF IndieFest presents the 2022 Green Film Festival of San Francisco, starting next Thursday. Audiences can enjoy 85 independent feature and short length films from all over the world, with a focus on environmental issues. Organizers hope that filmgoers will “engage with sustainable solutions to the problems facing the planet.” The event also includes virtual options.
Thursday, April 14–Sunday, April 24. | Green Film Festival of SF
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an order of queer and trans nuns, first appeared in the City on Easter 1979. And the community-minded nonprofit is well known for its Easter festivities, which return this year to Mission Dolores Park. Children’s Easter fun is slated for 10:30 a.m., while the afternoon is for the grown-ups.
Sunday, April 17. | Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s Easter