Off the Grid
What: The largest event of the two-week, 5,000 year-old celebration of the Chinese New Year. In practice, this means fabulous floats, marching bands, and, of course, the 200 foot-long Golden Dragon.
Where: The parade begins on Market, hooks a right on Geary, turns left up Post, right on Powell, another right on Sutter before its final stretch from Kearny to Columbus. If that's too complicated, here's a map.
When: Saturday, February 15th, from 5:15 to 8 PM.
Cost: Free, unless you'd like bleacher seats. Those will be $30 a pop.
Why: Because San Francisco's Chinese New Year parade is considered one of the world's top ten parades, and is the largest of its kind outside of Asia.
What: An effort to "bring back love." Since February 2013, Angi Brzycki has been writing and slipping love letters into copies of SF Weekly. This Friday, the one year anniversary of the project, all of Angi's letters will be frames and on display to inspire love throughout the city.
Where: The Adobe Book Store, located at 3130 24th Street.
When: Friday, February 14th, from 6 to 8 PM.
Why: Because it's Valentine's Day, and even if you don't have a love of your own, you can surely appreciate seeing love being spread throughout this city.
What: A flash-mob style event where nearly 1,000 San Franciscans charge into each other, pillows in hand, and let out all of their pent up aggression/misguided affection.
Where: Justin Herman Plaza.
When: Friday, February 14th, from 5:45 to 9 PM.
Cost: Varies based on the quality of the pillow you bring.
Why: Because some times all love needs is a nice, loving smack in the face with a pillow.
What: An erotic film festival that puts the ART in poARTn.
Where: Grand Lake Cinema: 3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland.
When: Starts Thursday, February 13th at 7 PM and continues until Thursday, February 20th.
Cost: $12 per person, but admission tonight grants free access to the after party at the Legionnaire Saloon (2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) at 9 PM.
Why: You know why.
What: The Hunger Games on Ice.
Where: Sochi, Russia, but it can be accessed via the TV or Internet. NBC's website is hard to navigate but has replays of every event. Check it.
When: Every day until February 23rd.
Cost: They say time is money, but not in this case because spending an entire weekend watching the Olympics is a fantastic investment.
Why: Because the Olympics is an inspirational testament to the human spirit or whatever.