Arts/Culture/Weekend: Celebrating the Dungeness crab
This weekend may be all about MacWorld for some, but for those of you interested in a healthy dose of everything else the Bay Area has to offer, here’s your arts/culture/weekend:
Sins Invalid Performance Project // Sins Invalid is a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Their performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body. Conceived and led by disabled people of color, they develop and present work that challenges normative paradigms of "normal" and "sexy." // DETAILS: 8pm Friday and Saturday, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission (between 24th & 25th), Tickets $15/$10 low-income rate.
Casting Call for “Contagion” // If you’ve ever wanted to be an extra in a Hollywood movie starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and Jude Law, well, now you have your chance – and get paid to do it too! The movie, directed by Steven Soderbergh, is an action-thriller about an international team of doctors hired by the CDC to prevent the outbreak of a deadly virus. The film plans to have 2,000+ extras. // DETAILS: Fort Mason, 2-6pm (Sunday at the Embarcadero YMCA 10am-4pm), bring small photo; FREE.
Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair // Visit Chinatown as residents and business owners prepare for the Year of the Rabbit with this traditional fair held the weekend before Chinese New Year Day. You will see oranges, tangerines, flowers, plants and food for sale. // DETAILS: Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway, Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton, 10am-8pm (Sunday 9am-6pm), FREE.
Crab Celebration at Aquarium of the Bay // In honor of the Dungeness crab – icon of the Fisherman’s Wharf district and of sustainable food – the Aquarium of the Bay is hosting a special crab celebration this weekend. // DETAILS: Aquarium of the Bay, Embarcadero and Beach Street, SF; 11am-4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday; Full schedule of events, General Admission: $16.95, kids and seniors $8.
2011 Vietnamese Lunar New Year Tet Festival // "Tet," which is the word used in Vietnamese for "lunar new year," is the most important cultural event for the Vietnamese people. In this 15th annual Tet Festival in the Tenderloin, there will be cultural and musical activities, food, games, arts and crafts. // DETAILS: 10am At Polk and Larkin, SF, FREE.
Bay Area Rainbow Symphony Benefit Concert // The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony is hosting a free concert and reception, asking people to donate what they would’ve paid for admission to Larkin Street Youth Services, whose Castro Youth Housing Initiative and services for HIV+ youth serve the LGBTQ community. // DETAILS: 5pm at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St at Jackson, SF; FREE.
Arts/Culture/Weekend is our pick of the weekend's arts and culture events. If you have one to suggest, please drop us an email, or give us a call at 415-264-7106.