Appleberry Jam’s Guitar Pull // Often when a group got together to play music back in the Great Depression, only one person had a guitar. So players would “pull” it from each to have a turn. Most players do have their own instruments these days, but the tradition of those jam sessions is kept alive through Appleberry Jam’s Guitar Pulls in Marin County. // DETAILS: March 14, 9 – 11pm, The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. Cost: FREE.
Pi Puzzle Day Party // It’s Pi Day (3.14), so gather up a few friends, some pencils and paper and head to the the SoMa StEat Food Park where “Ask a Scientist” is hosting a “Pi Day Puzzle Party.” Puzzle Master Wes Carroll hosts. // DETAILS: March 14, 7pm, SoMa StEat Food Park, 428 11 St., San Francisco. Cost: FREE, but you may want to buy dinner from one or more of the food trucks
SF Offside Jazz // NPR’s jazz blog chose the new SF Offside jazz series as one of the “Six Creative Presenters Finding New Audiences for Jazz” from a national pool. The next presentation brings Aram Shelton’s Golden Age to Café Royale. // DETAILS: March 15, 9 -11pm, 800 Post Street, San Francisco. Cost: FREE (donations welcome)
San Francisco City Guides: Ocean Beach // Now is a perfect time to visit the North Windmill at the west end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, because the tulips are in bloom. San Francisco City Guides are offering a walking tour of the garden, windmills, and the 1930s murals inside the Beach Chalet this Saturday. DETAILS: March 16, 11am. Cost: $15. Reservations required: please call (415) 537-1105 ext 100 or email email@example.com
Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu // When the artist Hung Liu came to California in 1984, she was one of the first people from mainland China to ever study abroad. Now a faculty member at Mills College in Oakland, she’s having her first major museum exhibit. “Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu” opens today at the Oakland Museum of California. // DETAILS: Oakland Museum of CA, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, 11am – 5pm. Cost: Adults - $12; Seniors/Students $9
Jazz at the Chimes // The Mads Tolling Quartet brings an afternoon of jazz to Oakland’s Chapel of the Chimes. Mads Tolling is from Denmark, but now plays his jazz violin in the Bay Area – including at Yoshi’s, where he recorded a live album. // DETAILS: Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Cost: $15 adults; $10 seniors & students (free parking)
Friends of Fukushima // If you want an alternative to corned beef and green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, consider eating udon noodles instead. You’ll be warmed twice: first, from the broth itself, and then, from knowing that your purchase of the noodles will help rebuild houses damaged by last year’s earthquake in Fukushima, Japan. // DETAILS: March 17, 11am – 4pm at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door