Hey, are you busy? Want to get together and do any/all of these things? Perfect. Just don't invite me to this goddamn onesie pub crawl scheduled for Saturday, I'm avoiding it completely if possible. Otherwise, let's get busy, shall we?
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
FAT TUESDAY: Celebrate Mardi Gras right — although there are several ways to do that, all here — with po' boys, king cake, and and Hurricanes at The Chapel. Brass Band Mission is the entertainment if you choose to eat in the Vestry, and the ticketed show, with Zigaboo, Modeliste (of the Meters) and DJ Harry Duncan are right next door. The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street, dinner at 5 p.m., band at 7 p.m., Zigaboo tickets $20
GARRISON KEILLOR AT THE NOURSE: The longtime beloved voice of NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, a champion of music and poetry, and everyone's favorite Minnesotan, Garrison Keillor will delight The Nourse Theater tonight for City Arts & Lectures. He's joined by Richard Dworsky, the music director for Prairie Home Companion. The Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, 7:30 p.m., $40-50
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
RAYKO PHOTO CENTER 10th ANNUAL AND MAYBE LAST EVER PLASTIC CAMERA SHOW: As we learned in December, RayKo Photo center, a hub of resources for photographers and lovers of the medium, is likely to close, and they say that this "landmark show" is possibly their last. If so, it will at least be a good one to go out on, as it's their 10th annual juried plastic camera show, with images from 89 artists around the world along and photographs from the last 9 years of winners. RayKo Photo Center, 428 3rd Street, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Free
THINK AND DRINK: Hoodline's Walter Thompson leads a conversation on creative diaspora featuring Joceyln Kane, San Francisco's Entertainment Commission Director, and Nato Green, an Examiner columnist and comedian. Could be depressing, but honestly, these folks sound fun, so it should be okay. Also, there's the drinking part — that's afterwards, at Dada Bar. Mechanic's Institute Library and Chess Room, 57 Post Street, 6:30 p.m. $15
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
DAYBREAKER DUSK: Early morning party series Daybreaker is branching out with "Dusk," a shocking twist that has them partying... in the evening. Like the original Daybreaker you might know, they're congregating in a unique space and doing so with an eye toward feeling good and healthy at the event, which they're calling "Twerk du Soleil," and includes yoga and DJs. The venue is Hack Temple, a tech-focused events space in a formerly vacant historic church. Hack Temple, 906 Broadway, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m, $20-35
BEATS & BUBBLES: Dance and pop some bottles at this weekly Baobob party celebrating local DJs and sparkling beverages. The place draws a friendly crowd, so expect to make new friends and maybe exchange dance moves. Music from DOT & GRIFFIN CRAFTS. Bissap Baobob, 3372-3386 19th Street, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., $5 cover after 10 p.,.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
SINKANE AT THE INDY: Sinkane is the project of London-born Ahmed Gallab, who is also the Band Leader of the Atomic Bomb! Band, a group that celebrates Nigerian funk legend William Onyeabor. You can hear Onyeabor's influence in Sinkane's music, too, as you can with his Atomic Bomb! Band collaboraters, David Byrene, Deve Hynes (Blood Orange) Amadou and Myriam, and more. Sinkane's latest album, out this month is Life & Livin' It
The Independent, 628 Divisadero, 8:30 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show, $15 advanced, $18 door
FIRST FRIDAY IN OAKLAND/GIRL POWER MARCH: Oakland's First Friday/Art Murmur is back, and this month being International Women's Herstory month, there's lots of feminist programming and vendors like Alipato Project, a nonprofit that sells Radical Feminist Coloring Books whose proceeds go to legal aid to resisters of domestic violence. Live entertainment includes the drum group Soul Beatz and a '70s Fashion Show with funky styles inspired by the Arican-American Ballroom scene. Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., free
OUTDOOR GOODS SALE AND HAPPY HOUR: Gear junkies rejoice: The Outdoor Roundup Sample Sale is a meet-and greet with local outdoor goods designers including Alite Designs, Rumplr, Juniper Ride, and Wildebeast, and it's also a sample sale, with Fort Point Beer to be enjoyed. Alite HQ, 744 Alabama Street Suite 1, 12 pm. to 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
ADULT BALL PIT PARTY: Not like "adult" in the sexy way, just the "not for kids" way, although, perhaps it will be sexy if you make it so. Expect a massive ball pit with 80,000 McDonald's style balls at the Great Northern with music from Benjamin K, Tobin Ellsworth, Derk Hena, and Brunch Life. Baller. Great Northern, 119 Utah Street, 6 pm. to 2 a.m., $10-20
SEA CHANTEY SINGALONG: The monthly Chantey Sing at the Hyde Street Pier is a kooky homage to SF's Maritime history. Dress warmly, bring a mug for hot cider, and get ready to use those pipes. Hyde Street Pier, 8 p.m. to midnight, free
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
SF HISTORY DAYS: Check out the historic Old Mint and brush up on your civic history with a community of historians, archivists, educators, and even re-enactors. The annual celebration occurs on Saturday and Sunday, with programming events like a presentation on SF's indigenous peoples' history by Val Lopez, chairman of the Amah Mutsun tribe. The Old Mint, 88 5th Street, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., free
SWAGGER LIKE US: It's back. The queer hip hop dance party at El Rio in all its patio glory features MicahTron, is hosted by KrylonSuperstar, and is sure to be a Sunday well spent. El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, 2-8 p.m., $10