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The Six Best Things to Do While It's Raining This Weekend

Ian Eck | February 27, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

You might not have heard it yet, but it's going to rain soon, with up to two inches expected for tomorrow and Saturday. So, just like when you were in third grade and recess was moved indoors, this weekend you'll have to do a little adaptation. Not to fear, though, there's plenty of amazing stuff to do.

Here are our six favorites:

Dark Universe NightLife
What: An exploration of the unknown corners of the universe. Complete with a deep-space focused planatarium, live music from ICEE Hot DJs, and multiple lectures on topics like dark matter, dark energy, and possible unknown life forms.
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive
When: Thursday, 6-10 pm
Cost: $12 ($10 for Academy members)
Why: Get in touch with your inner Carl Sagan. The sky calls to us. A glorious dawn awaits.

FunCheap & NoisePop's Great San Francisco Skeeball Rolldown Throwdown
What: A happy-hour skeeball extravaganza, featuring both free play and tournament play (With the top prize being a pair of NoisePop All-Access weekend badges)
Where: The NWBLK, 1999 Bryant St. (at 18th St.)
When: Friday, 5 - 7:30 pm
Cost: FREE but RSVP required
Why: Two-time national skee-ball champion Joey the Cat is hosting the event. Need I say more?

TEDxManhattan Viewing Party: "Changing the Way We Eat"
What: Speakers with various backgrounds in the world of food give talks about food, nutrition, and the social issues surrounding them.
Where: Ferry Building, The Embarcadero and Ferry Plaza
When: Saturday, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: FREE but RSVP required
Why: Because you are what you eat. Don't you want to know more about yourself?

NoisePop's Scene Unseen III
What: Free party featuring various blends of synth pop, hip-hop, and off-kilter dance music
Where: 1015 Folsom
When: Friday, 9 pm - 3 am
Cost: FREE with RSVP
Why: With acts Majical Cloudz, Mr. Carmack, and Kelela, you're getting a listen to some of the hottest up-and-coming genre-benders of the year.

Annual Brazilian Carnaval Ball
What: The biggest Brazilian Carnaval celebration in the Bay Area. Live music, dancing, costumes, the works.
Where: Roccapulco, 3140 Mission St.
When: Saturday, 8:30 pm - 2 am
Cost: $30
Why: Of the handful of Brazilian Carnaval events in the Bay, this one gets the biggest turnout.

2014 Oscar Party at Balboa Theatre
What: A dress-up (or down) event that celebrates the Oscars with a live broadcast on the big screen
Where: Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa Street
When: Sunday, Red Carpet at 2:30 pm, show goes from 4-9 pm
Cost: $10
Why: Because as much as we rag on the Academy, the Oscars are as close to must-watch live TV as it gets these days.

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