If you've had tough week, laugh it off this weekend during the 12th Annual San Francisco Comedy Festival at 25 venues all over the city. No laughing matter, however, is that parking meter fines go into effect this Sunday in San Francisco. The San Jose Sharks are in Shark territory, and 49ers staff are passing the time until next Sunday applying Super Bowl XLVII patches to team uniforms, helmets, footballs, and gear. Away from the football field and the ice, Bay Area arts take center stage in two stunning, brand new concert halls. San Francisco's 35,000 square-foot SFJAZZ Center is now open in Hayes Valley. At Stanford, Bing Concert Hall has also cut their opening ribbon, but with headliners like Charles Mingus and Yo-Yo Ma, weekend tickets are going, going, gone.
Friday, Jan. 25, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marin Center Exhibit Hall
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
$7 weekend pass, free to children under 12
Love beads and baubles? A treasure trove of gems, beads, crystals, minerals, silver, and gold from 70 exhibitors will be found at the gem faire. Ring sizing and jewelry repairs available, free jewelry cleaning while you shop.
Friday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.
Palo Alto Children's Theatre at Lucie Stern Community Center
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
$12 adults, $10 children
A family-friendly choreographed musical brought alive through nursery rhyme scenes with dancing bears and constellations, the Cat and the Fiddle, the Cow Jumped Over the Moon, and more amusement for the kids.
Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Franklin and Fell streets, San Francisco
From $50, student rush tickets 50-percent off with valid ID
Be among the first to experience the exciting new home of SFJAZZ. The 700 seats (all with cupholders) encircle the stage, and the cafe is run by the Slanted Door's Charles Phan. Resident Art Directors Spotlight and SFJazz Collective perform in week one, with four evenings of concerts featuring many of the Opening Night artists and more special guests joining in as the week progresses.
Friday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The Dark Room
2263 Mission St., San Francisco
Some of the best emerging sketch, improv, stand-up, and alternative comedy in the country, with two different shows to choose from on Sketchfest day two at this intimate venue, which is busy with comedy acts lined up for days on end.
Marin Theatre Company
397 Miller Ave., Mill Vallley
From $36. Contact box office for discounted rates, in previews through Sunday evening.
Samuel Beckett's play is directed by Jasson Minadakis and featuring Mark Anderson Phillips (Tiny Alice, The Last Schwartz), Mark Bedard (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), James Carpenter (9 Circles), Ben Johnson (Cirque du Soleil veteran), and Marin middle schoolers Lucas Meyers and Sam Novick. The New York Times says of Godot, "This greatest of 20th-century plays is also entertainment of a high order."
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City
$12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 children (2-12), parking at $12 all day
Love dogs? About 1,500 of them, representing more than 125 usual and unusual breeds, will attend with their owners over two days at the annual show. There are judging contests and plenty of educational events. It's the perfect opportunity for the whole family to learn more about many breeds of dogs.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
$26 adults, $23 seniors (65+), $22 students with ID, $16 youth (6-17)
Thirty-five paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague represent the Dutch Golden Age, including four Rembrandts and Vermeer's "Girl With a Pearl Earring." First ticketed entry at 9:30 a.m., events begin at noon. In Wilsey Court, enjoy festivities around the opening of these two exhibitions, including artist demonstrations, participatory craftsmaking, performances, music, and talks.
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27, 10 a.m.
Michaan's Auctions, Air Deco Theater, Naval Air Station
2700 Saratoga St., Alameda
From $10, free to children ages 3 and under
An annual film festival especially for families intended to stretch the imagination of children. Presenting shorts for the younger set followed by a morning feature film for ages 6 and up, an afternoon short, then a feature film for ages 9 and up.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
Women Life & Liberty, National Organization for Women, Trust Women Silver Ribbon Campaign, and others come together for a march and flash mob event (rehearsal attendance required) at Civic Center Plaza on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. At 12:30 p.m., a Walk for Life West will converge to proceed to Justin Herman Plaza beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito
$17 includes museum admission, $7 members
Kids love this award-winning group of young dancers performing jigs and reels while dressed in colorful Irish costumes. Audiences will tap their feet to the live Irish music and then try out a few simple dance steps -- the museum says it's a perennial favorite.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. vs. Colorado Avalanche
Sunday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m. vs. Vancouver Canucks
HP Pavilion, 525 W Santa Clara, San Jose
Game on! Sharks fans welcome the team back onto home ice. Returning from snowy Canada wins, the Sharks have five home games on the schedule this week, including two this weekend in Sharks territory.
Saturday, Jan. 26, VIP reception at 6 p.m., concert at 8 p.m.
Uptown Theatre Napa
1350 Third St., Napa
$49, $100 VIP reception
Talented singer/songwriter Tim Flannery is the third-base coach for the San Francisco Giants. Last winter, Flannery brought his music and his friends, including Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, for a sold-out concert to benefit Giants fan Bryan Stow. Flannery and his band of acclaimed musicians, Lunatic Fringe, are doing it again this year.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m.
Zellerbach Hall at University of California, Berkeley
The Joffrey's in town and should be as amazing as ever. On the program: Edward Liang's "Age of Innocence"; Christopher Wheeldon's "After the Rain," which contemplates the push and pull of a passionate relationship; and Kurt Jooss' epic antiwar masterpiece, "The Green Table."
Sunday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m.
Hertz Hall at University of California, Berkeley
"With an energy that sometimes defies belief, Nicolas Hodges's recitals always boldly go where few other pianists dare," says The Guardian. The British pianist and composer's program includes Debussy Etudes and the West Coast premiere of the Cal Performances co-commission with Carnegie Hall of a new composition by Harrison Birtwistle.
Sunday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Sausalito Women's Club
120 Central Ave., Sausalito
$30 to benefit SWC's Scholarship Recognition Fund
Silicon comes to Sausalito. An elegant afternoon of music including wine, champagne, and hors d'oeuvres. Violins, viola, cello, and piano perform pieces by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Santana, and Lennon/McCartney.
SF Sketchfest Presents Steven Tobolosky: The Tobolowsky Files
Sunday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.
1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco
You've seen this man's face before. He's an "instantly recognizable yet seemingly unidentifiable character actor," says Yoshi's writeup. USA Today calls him the ninth most seen actor in movies, and he's funny, too. See him at the 12th Annual San Francisco Comedy Festival, running through February 10.
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