There’s no better time to be in San Francisco than January, when a series of colorful events liven up the city. Here are some of them.
January 12, 7:30 p.m.
375 11th St
This unorthodox event has grown men and women sharing artifacts from their teenage years – diary entries, poems, home videos – with complete strangers. Get ready to hear the performers talk about everything from their first kiss to their misadventures in Bible camp.
Newsweek declared Mortified “a cultural phenomenon” while Wired describes it as “funny, touching, and intensely relatable”. Watch the performers’ stories unravel through different media and revisit the joys and sorrows of adolescence.
The show’s performers for 2018 include Katie Imming, Daryl Jones, and Will Seymour. The Freeze, a collective of emcees and musicians, will be there to provide live accompaniment.
Mortified will take place at the DNA Lounge, a sleek, two-level nightclub in the South of Market (SoMa) district. The club is known for its bottle service and a fantastic selection of New York-style thin crust pizzas.
January 21, 8 a.m.
Fort Mason Center Farmer’s Market
The Good Food Awards Marketplace gives you the opportunity to buy award-winning products for the first time – shop for chocolate, cheese, cider, and spirits from some of the nation’s most conscientious food producers. Other products for sale include cheese, preserve, fish, and charcuterie.
The Good Food Awards seal is presented to crafters who undergo a thorough vetting process, and who meet various social and environmental criteria. Finalists are chosen from each region, and the highest-scoring ones are recognized in the annual ceremony.
The 2017 marketplace brought together over 193 food and beverage artisans from 36 states, giving attendees exclusive access to the best food and drinks being produced in the United States.
The next installment takes place on the January 21, with over 75 artisans. Get your tickets here.
January 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Samsung Hall at the Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St
Kagami-Kai, an SF non-profit dedicated to promoting mochitsuki or the ancient tradition of rice pounding, brings you this wonderful event. Held in observance of the Japanese New Year, Omochitsuki! features a rice pounding ceremony accompanied by live music and dance.
Watch Kagami-Kai turn plain flour in sweet and sticky rice cakes. Admire the traditional costumes and take note of the skill it takes to produce mochi.
Other highlights include paper crane folding and a fortune tree from which you can take a piece of paper home with you as a sign of luck and prosperity for coming year.
The event is free with museum admission.