With another rainy week upon us, it's hard not to take to bed. Don't give in! Rouse yourself! Fight! Get out of the house and do some of this stuff.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10
SURREALISM GALLERY TALK: Jodi Roberts, Halperin Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, will be joined by Wendi Norris gallery artist Ranu Mukherjee and filmmaker Jonathan Parker in a discussion on "the subjects, themes and radical approaches pioneered by the Surrealist movement that continue to have an enduring grip on the imaginations of today’s leading contemporary artists." Gallery Wendi Norris, 161 Jessie Street, 6-8 p.m., free.
VINTAGE LESBIGAY HOLLYWOOD EXPOSED: Author Boze Hadleigh hits the SFPL to spill the tea on "Marilyn Monroe’s five-year relationship with lesbian drama coach Natasha Lytess, which Marilyn gave up when the publicity pressures of superstardom made it necessary in that awful decade of super-conformity and witch-hunting." Can you ever get enough inside Marilyn Monroe baseball? I certainly cannot. San Francisco Main Library LGBTQIA Center, 100 Larkin Street, 6-7:30 p.m., free.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11
BODY-PAINTED PETA PROTEST: You might love People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals, you might hate them, but you can't argue that they don't know how to put on a good show. Per a press release sent to media, "Wearing little more than green and brown body paint, three PETA 'crocodiles' will lie in a pool of 'blood' outside a Louis Vuitton store on Wednesday. Flanked by an oversized purse that proclaims, 'Louis Vuitton: A Look That Kills,' the protesters will call on shoppers to skip the retailer's exotic-skin bags, watchbands, shoes, and other accessories." Whether you're stepping over them to buy me a fabulous handbag or joining in the action, you must admit that this will be a highly Instagrammable moment. Louis Vuitton, 233 Geary Street, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., free.
ART FAIR PREVIEW GALA: Known as "the art fair for people who hate art fairs," the Fog Design + Art Fair claims to feature "today's most significant creatives and leading contributors to the worlds of design and visual arts." Tonight's Preview Gala lets you, um, preview all that before the fair begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, and the proceeds from the gala will be passed on the to SFMOMA. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 7-10 p.m., tickets for the Gala begin at $175 and are available here.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
COMEDY SHOW: A new monthly comedy show called Verdi Wild Things Are (at the Verdi Club) hosted by names familiar to any local comedy buff, this month's offering also features LA-based comic Ahamed Weinberg, NY-based Joyelle Nicole Johnson, and Curtis Cook of Portland. Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, doors at 7:30 p.m. for 8 p.m. show, tickets are $10 and available here.
16TH ANNUAL SF SKETCHFEST: Remember when Sketchfest was just a couple shows in various grotty bars? Yeah, me too, but 16 years in it's become a comedy monster, over a week of events featuring the best and brightest at the art of laughter. The two-week-long fest kicks off tonight with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Eugene Mirman's StarTalk Live, with SF-based guest Ariel Waldman. See the full Sketchfest schedule here, and get information on tickets to events here. StarTalk Live: The Curran, 445 Geary Street, 7:30 p.m., tickets $30 - $50 and are available here.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13
SAN FRANCISCO MOVEMENT ARTS FESTIVAL: Over 75 artists (visual arts, music, dance, theater, and spoken word) will perform four-minute “stations of the movement” (think stations of the cross, but with stations like "Station of the Fury Road"), ending in a single work performed in the church’s central aisle. And now you can tell your grandma that, yes, you did go to church this week! Cathedral St. Mary of Assumption, 111 Gough Street, 7 p.m., tickets are $24-$45 and are available here.
LEGENDARY PERCUSSIONIST: Long before drummer Sheila E made the scene, her pop Pete Escovedo was hitting the skins with Santana and many, many more, uniting jazz drumming with Latin jazz, salsa, and contemporary pop. Celebrating his 62nd year in show biz, the 82-year-old Escovedo is playing The Chapel tonight, and you're advised to see this legend while you can. The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street, doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m., tickets are $30 in advance and are available here.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
ART OPENING: A two-person art show featuring the work of Stephanie Metz and Kyong Ae Kim, against the grain includes felted wool works "that reference parts of the body, from soft weighty folds of flesh to the stripped down abstract architecture of bones" and "miniature figurines, which are photographed and digitally manipulated...the digital images are transformed into multiple layers to imply the time and evolutionary processes." The show runs until February 25, the opening reception's tonight. Jack Fischer Gallery, 311 Potrero Street, 4-6 p.m., free.
DRAG MATCH GAME: Though RuPaul brought the seminal game show back into the mainstream with his Drag Race standby, the Snatch Game, local venues have been playing with the format for as long as I can recall — and the real-life version is filthier, meaner, and more hilarious than anything you can see on TV. Tonight's drag version at The Stud boasts a "double-D List Panel" of luminaries and promises "snark, prizes and generally inappropriate behavior." The Stud, 399 9th Street, 10 p.m.- 3 a.m., tickets typically $8-$10 at the door.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
BERKELEY CHORO ENSEMBLE: Comprised of world-class musicians obsessed with the 1800's-era Brazil discipline of choro music, the group will cross the Bay today to play a show in SF's beautiful Old First Presbyterian Church. Described as "somewhat akin to a combination of European classical music, ragtime, and blues," choro fuses "the music of Brazil's European immigrants and the native music of Brazil's indigenous and African-Brazilian population." In a world suddenly short on fusion, sounds like a delightful respite. Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, 4 p.m., tickets are $15-$18 and are available here.
OMOCHITSUKI!: Paint a rooster, grab a fortune, and pound some mochi in celebration of the new year today, as the Asian Art Museum is hosting acclaimed mochi group Kagami Kai for a rice cake extravaganza. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, events begin at 10:30 and are all free with museum admission ($15-$25).
MONDAY, JANUARY 16
MLK 2017 SAN FRANCISCO: Celebrate the legacy of the slain civil rights leader with events across San Francisco, including film screenings, a parade, free entry to Yerba Buena Gardens and the Museum of the African Diaspora, a comix fest, and more. Event schedule is here.
FREE NATIONAL PARK DAY: As part of the National Park Service's centennial celebration, parks will be free to all comers on ten different days of 2017. Martin Luther King Day is one of those days, so enjoy free admission to any of the nation's 400+ parks. Locally, that means no door for Yosemite, Muir Woods, and many others. Participating parks list is here.