There's plenty to do in San Francisco this week that has nothing to do with the Super Bowl City festivities. Global jazz is on the lineup, as well as an adult-friendly Disney singalong, a relaxing (wine-filled) weekend getaway, and two new openings that will leave your taste buds buzzing with approval.
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February 4-7 | Music Festival
Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series
San Francisco’s acclaimed 40-year-old string ensemble, the Kronos Quartet, has organized the second annual Kronos Festival, a four-day itinerary of concerts at the SF Jazz Center. Kronos is collaborating with a global list of performers from places like Mali, Finland, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Ukraine and debuting several commissioned new works for the first time.
Times vary | 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco | (866) 920-5299 | From $25 | website
February 5-10 | Film Singalong
Beauty and the Beast Singalong
Disney’s 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast is the latest focus of the Castro Theatre’s always-jubilant singalong series. Don’t worry if you don’t know the words; the lyrics will be up there on the screen for you and you’ll soon feel the flow without fear of pretending to lip sync.
Times vary | 429 Castro Street, San Francisco | (415) 21-6120 | From $16 | website
February 6 | Weekend escape
Napa Wine Tour
It’s Super Bowl 50 weekend in San Francisco and the madness is palpable—a perfect weekend, then, to hightail it out of the city and enjoy a private six-hour wine tour of the Napa Valley via a private stretch limousine, no? The price is all-inclusive and includes up to eight passengers, which you can arrange to have picked up in the Napa location of your choice. Onboard alcohol is a bonus option probably worth considering as well.
9 a.m.—3 p.m. | Various locations, Napa County | (888) 514-5335 | From $570 | website
Now open | Bar
The city’s most opulent new cocktail bar has just debuted with The Treasury, located under majestic vaulted ceilings in the Financial District’s 100-year-old Beaux Arts building. Now you can sip banana daiquiris and Giggle Water (Christian Drouin Calvados, quince preserve, bubbles and lemon) while nibbling on Tsar Nicoulai caviar service, oysters on the half shell or, um, tater tots. Yes, this bar skews fancy, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
115 Sansome Street, San Francisco | (415) 578-0530 | website
Now open | Restaurant
Causwells, a casual restaurant in the Marina, has been getting raves for their stunning and hearty hamburger, a refined take on a Big Mac, since opening in July 2014. Now the focus is on its sister restaurant Popsons, which offers new variations including a chili cheeseburger and a bacon blue cheeseburger. This SoMa location, which was previously Marlowe Burger, may be temporary, so check it out now. The owners are negotiating to stay in the space—fingers crossed—but have also nailed down a Market Street location that they hope to open in the spring.
330 Townsend Street, San Francisco | website
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