February: Valentines Day and More

Between Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, the Lunar New Year, Mardi Gras and the Superbowl, there’s a lot going on this February. On top of that there’s the usual wealth of art, comedy, music and film not to be missed.

Arts & Lectures

February 1 Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz
Photo courtesy of Brigitte Lacombe

Purveyor of urban cool, Fran Lebowitz is a cultural satirist. Enjoy an evening with her as she talks about all-things current in American culture and media. This special event will be held at San Francisco’s Sydney Goldstein Theater.

Feb 3 Edwardian Ball

Edwardian Ball
Photo courtesy of Marco Sanchez

A fully immersive party devoted to the delights and attire of another era celebrates with a Revival theme, ballroom dancing, stage shows and absinthe cocktails for the adults in the crowd, through February 4.

February 9, 11 Love Letters

Photo courtesy of Joy Carlin

Pulitzer Prize nominated play, Love Letters, by A.R. Gurney is comprised of romantic letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share their beautiful love for each other through letters. First written & performed in 1988 at the NY Public Library, close to 60 diverse actors, often celebrities, have performed the play since then. Actors and real life married couple Nancy Carlin and Howard Swain will perform Love Letters at the Lark Theater to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

February 11 Bobby Conte

Bobby Conte
Photo courtesy of Prismatic Communications

Fresh from his Broadway run in the Tony Award-winning revival of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s Company, San Francisco native Bobby Conte will return home with his acclaimed solo show, Along the Way, ​​at the A.C.T. Strand Theater.

February 16–March 12 Marin Theatre Company Presents Justice

Marin Theatre Company Justice

Marin Theatre Company will present a new version of Justice, the groundbreaking musical helmed by MTC’s Mellon National Playwright in Residence Lauren M. Gunderson and award-winning composer/lyricist duo Bree Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan. Fresh from its world premiere in Spring 2022, this intimate, new musical directed by Ashley Rodbro features sweeping songs, urgent conversations about equality, and truly human heroines. Discover how the “firsts” of the Supreme Court inspire, challenge, and propel the next generation of changemakers in American jurisprudence. “I’m so excited to return to the Bay Area with such a timely and important musical,” said Rodbro. “Audiences were so engaged when I was last in San Francisco with Hamilton, and I can’t wait to see how much this musical can continue to spur conversation and bring a new perspective to how we view the country through the lens of such iconic, important women,” Rodbro added.

February 24–March 6 San Francisco Ballet: Giselle

San Francisco Ballet Giselle
Photo courtesy of Erik Tomasson

A tragic tale of love and betrayal set to a haunting score by Adolphe Adams with choreography by Helgi Tomasson after Marius Petipa, Jules Perrot, and Jean Coralli, Giselle’s bittersweet beauty tells the story of a young peasant girl and the new life she discovers after a fatal case of heartbreak.

Through February 17 Stitching Communities and the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Stitching Communities and the AIDS Memorial Quilt
Photo courtesy of the National AIDS Memorial

This memorial quilt features five blocks of the quilt, as well as related archival objects from the collection of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.

February 17 Isabel Wilkerson

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, Isabel Wilkerson has become a rising figure in narrative nonfiction, an interpreter of the human condition, and a voice for demonstrating how history can help us understand the people around us.

Through February 26 Mean Girls

Mean Girls
Photo courtesy of Jenny Anderson

Based on the 2004 film written by Tina Fey, Mean Girls will have you howling with laughter and crying with joy as the protagonist, Cady, tries to fall in love, make new friends and become one of the infamous plastics, until eventually conquering all her fears and becoming the queen of high school.

Through February 25 SF Playhouse Presents: Cashed Out

Native American playwright Claude Jackson, Jr.’s Cashed Out shares the story of three generations of women who live on the Arizona Gila River Indian Community reservation, illuminating their battles and triumphs fighting addiction and upholding the traditions of their tribe.

Music

February 5 SF Symphony Lunar New Year

SF Symphony Lunar New Year
Photo courtesy of Drew Altizer

Celebrate the year of the rabbit with a Lunar New Year concert. This year’s celebration marks the 23rd anniversary of the Symphony’s signature event, which bridges East and West traditions with the universal language of music. The annual event is an elegant celebration of the Lunar New Year, drawing upon vibrant Asian traditions, past and present.

February 4 Shana Morrison

Marin local and daughter of singer-songwriter Van Morrison, Shana Morrison, will be returning to the Sweetwater with her unique mix of blues, rock, country, R&B, and jazz.  

February 10 David Nelson & Banana

David Nelson is a founding member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and a longtime musical partner of Jerry Garcia. Nelson will be performing with his longtime friend, Lowell “Banana” Levinger of the legendary ‘60s band The Youngbloods.

February 15 Steve Lacy

Best known for being a member of the soulful, Grammy-nominated R&B band The Internet and his production work on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-winning album DAMN. Steve Lacy will be returning to the city to perform his new Gemini Rights album live. 

February 18 Marin Symphony Winter Pops 2023

Return to the golden age of Broadway and hear songs from classic shows such as The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Porgy and Bess, Carousel, and many more.

February 19 The Stone Foxes

The SF-based band is back on the road and making a stop at Mill Valley’s Sweetwater, performing country, rock, and blues-infused music.  

Feb 22, 24 Yo La Tengo

Despite achieving limited mainstream success, Yo La Tengo has been called “the quintessential critics’ band” and maintains a strong cult following. See them perform live at the legendary Fillmore venue for two nights.

Comedy 

February 17 David Spade

Nominated in 1999 for an Emmy Award for his memorable role as Dennis Finch in Just Shoot Me! David Spade became a household favorite during his time as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Now he is back with his Catch Me Inside stand-up tour and ready to make you laugh.

Feb 17–19 Craig Robinson

Beginning as a stand-up comedian in Chicago, Craig Robinson first made his mark in the comedy circuit at the 1998 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. While in graduate school, he discovered his love of acting and comedy when he joined the famed Second City Theatre. He would later be best known for portraying Daryl Philbin in NBC’s The Office.

February 25 Sarah Silverman

The two-time Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and producer is known for her various roles in film and television. She currently hosts a weekly podcast, the critically acclaimed The Sarah Silverman Podcast. On stage, Sarah Silverman continues to cement her status as a force in stand-up comedy. Enjoy a hilarious evening with her at the SF Masonic Auditorium.

Feb 24–25 Bassem Youssef

Once a heart surgeon, now dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Middle East, Bassem Youssef has made a name for himself in the comedy world. His most notable work was hosting a popular political satire TV show AlBernameg. He has now gone on to receive wide acclaim around the world and has made various appearances with big names in comedy.

Film

Feb 2–12 SF Indiefest

The 24th annual festival will bring the freshest new independent films and digital programs from around the world to San Francisco audiences. This year’s festival includes 42 shorts and 26 features from 10 countries.

February 2 Tonari

When her mirrored reflection comes to life, a lonely dancer caught between Tokyo and San Francisco must embark on an epic chase to find herself. The short film Tonari is a cross-cultural, cross-generational storytelling experience through contemporary dance and jazz music. Following the film screening will be a live Q&A with Executive Producer Sophia Noel and Band Leader Akira Tana.‍

February 22 BANGAOLOGIA: The Science of Style

The African continent has always been a place that evokes a deep sense of wonder and fantasy. It is naturally diverse, with a vast array of people, cultures, and natural beauty. From the runways of the world to the meccas of visual art, there is an undeniable presence of African Influence and a growing number of African trendsetters. BANGAOLOGIA: The Science of Style explores the reason behind the recent growth of the African Aesthetic globally.

Museums

Opening February 18 Corporeal

SFMOMA Corporeal
Artist: Nick Cave
Photo courtesy of SFMOMA

Corporeal brings together sculptures that explore the figure — whether whole, fragmented, or implied — to consider our place in the world, both as individuals and collectively. These selected works from SFMOMA’s collection rise from the gallery floor to meet visitors on a human scale.

Through April 9 Gillian Laub: Family Matters

Gillian Laub Family Matters
Photo courtesy of Gillian Laub

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents a solo exhibition that presents the saga of an American family. Through a series of more than 60 photographs and an accompanying audio guide that are at times hopeful, anguished, intimate, and funny, the exhibition captures photographer Gillian Laub’s documentation of the emotional, psychological, and political landscape of her family.

Events 

February 4 Chinese New Year Parade

Chinese New Year Parade
Photo courtesy of Knight Lights Photography

Named one of the top ten parades in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association; The SF Chinese New Year Parade is an event you don’t want to miss. Enjoy floats, lion dancers, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a Golden Dragon in historic Chinatown.

February 4 SF Giants Fan Fest

Calling all Giants fans! Kick off the new season and join in all the fun at Oracle Park. This free, family-friendly event allows Giants fans to meet their favorite players and team coaches. There will also be photo opportunities, stadium tours, and giveaways.

Feb 10–19 SF Beer Week

The frothiest event returns to the city with some of the best brews in the bay. Enjoy new or local craft beers on tap from the best breweries along the West Coast.

February 14 The Great San Francisco Pillow Fight

Every Valentine’s Day, hundreds of San Franciscans gather at the Embarcadero Plaza to participate in the annual Great SF Pillow Fight. Spend your Valentine’s Day smacking your loved ones with your fluffiest pillow and sharing memorable laughs.

Feb 19–20 Sazon Latin Food Fest

This two-day outdoor food festival will take place at SF’s Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, featuring vendors specializing in a wide range of cuisines from South America.

Feb 20–26 Noise Pop Festival

Noise Pop Festival
Photo courtesy of Noise Pop Festival

From its humble beginnings in 1993 as a single night, Noise Pop Festival has remained a staple to the local SF music scene. For their 30th anniversary this year, Noise Pop will be headlining classic indie bands and showcasing rising bands.  

Through Feb 24–26 Marin Arts & Crafts Show

Photo courtesy of Marin Arts & Crafts Show

The Marin Arts & Crafts Show returns to the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, once again featuring over 200 artisan exhibits, workshops, fine foods and live music. Inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, the show is a grand celebration of today’s makers and artisans, bringing focus to handcraft in all forms.