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Arts/Culture/Weekend: Jazz, windmills, and ghosts

Arts/Culture/Weekend is a roundup of our favorite events coming up around the Bay Area. Please do let us know if you have an event coming up in your neighborhood, and we'll try to include it.


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 SoMaStEat Food Park where “Ask a Scientist” is hosting a “Pi Day Puzzle Party.” Puzzle Master Wes Carroll hosts. // DETAILS: March 14, 7pm, SoMaStEat 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 rsvp@sfhistory.org

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

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