5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF: Wednesday, May 13


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The Bay Area's shelter-in-place order has brought countless events usually held as in-person gatherings online. We're aiming to support local businesses in San Francisco and Oakland by highlighting five of these events each day.

Got a suggestion for an online event based in SF or Oakland? Email our events reporter, Teresa Hammerl. 

Here's your SF event calendar for Wednesday, May 13. Join a shelter-in-place trivia night, hear where we are with COVID-19 testing and vaccine research or learn about calligraphy — all from the comfort of your couch.

Kitchen Wisdom: Sleep Well and Reduce Anxiety

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Learn more about common kitchen herbs, and their use and cultivation as culinary ingredients and medicinal teas, in this class hosted by Community Living Campaign in the Mission. The class will focus on using herbs to help with sleep and reducing anxiety.

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2:30 p.m.

How to join: Via Community Living Campaign

Price: Free

COVID Conversations: Where We Are with Testing and a Vaccine

Photo: Exploratorium/Facebook

Join Exploratorium scientist Jennifer Frazier, Ph.D in conversation with Dr. Margaret Hamburg, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration for COVID-19 Conversations. This session will focus on the latest developments in testing and vaccine development. Explore why testing is so important to helping end restrictions so people can get back to "normal," and whether vaccine development can really be accelerated. 

When: Wednesday, May 13, 4 p.m.

How to join: Via YouTube

Price: Free

Moonlighting SF Surprise Party

Image: Moonlighting SF/Facebook

Moonlighting SF, a live variety show celebrating the fun and uplifting spirit of San Francisco art and culture, is officially back after a long hiatus with a surprise online edition. Organizers wrote: "Grab your paddle, your mask, and some sunscreen, and meet us at the cyber stream.

When: Wednesday, May 13, 5:30 p.m.

How to join: Via Eventbrite

Price: $13.20

Presentation: Kristian Kabuay, Pre-Philippine Scripts

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Join the SF Public Library for a brief introduction to Baybayin Calligraphy. Baybayin is an ancient Tagalog writing script dating back to the 13th century. It predates the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, and is seen as an important part of Filipino cultural history.

When: Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m.

How to join: Via Zoom

Price: Free

Apocalypse Now: An Online Conversation

Image: California Institute of Integral Studies/Facebook

On Wednesday, you will also have a chance to join California Institute of Integral Studies faculty Zara Zimbardo, along with narrative strategist and climate activist Patrick Reinsborough, for a conversation exploring how we think about “the end” and what apocalyptic narratives can tell us about new beginnings.

The two will describe versions of the end of the world that get re-played on heavy rotation, and the uncanny relationship between apocalyptic fiction and non-fiction realities. In this context, they explore how the collective nightmare of the COVID-19 pandemic has expanded the dreaming boundaries of what is considered imaginable, possible, and doable.

When: Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m.

How to join: Via Eventbrite

Price: Free