Jason Mecier’s “Real Housewives of Macaroni” art show at Dolores Park Cafe includes a portrait of Atlanta TV personality Cynthia Bailey. (Courtesy Jason Mecier)

Feb. 9-10: Real Housewives of Macaroni, Social Security talk, Nicolas Dobbratz, Luke Sweeney, Remembering Tom Hayden, Faith Material: Activism, Chris Columbus tribute, Luzia, Sex with Eugene

THURSDAY, FEB. 9

Real Housewives of Macaroni: San Francisco artist and pop culture fan Jason Mecier, who has been working in macaroni for decades, opens a show of new portraits with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., Dolores Park Cafe, 501 Delores St., S.F.]

Social Security-Everything You Always Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask: Sarah Kim-Lee, public affairs officer from the Social Security Administration, discusses how to calculate benefits and make claims. [Noon, S.F. Public Library, lower level, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Nicolas Dobbratz, Luke Sweeney: The Bay Area singer-songwriters play separate sets, part of The Dolphina Lounge Series showcasing local talent. [8 p.m., Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Kathy Gunst: The author is promoting “Soup Swap: Comforting Recipes to Make and Share” at an event with free samples. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Remembering Tom Hayden-A Life of Activism and Radical Reform: Willie Brown, Clara Bingham, author of “Witness to the Revolution” and “Yippie Girl” Judy Gumbo Albert speak about the politician in connection with the posthumous book release featuring his essay “Hell No: The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute Library, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Friends of San Francisco Film Commission Tribute: The inaugural, $600-per-person benefit for the nonprofit dedicated to promoting film in The City is a dinner honoring writer-director Chris Columbus. [6 to 9 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

N.I.C.E. Collective-Jonathan Solo exhibit
: The upscale clothing brand and artist open an art show featuring pieces created by re-purposing a single roll of industrial paper. [6 p.m., N.I.C.E. Shop, 2535 Third St., S.F.]

Faith Material-Activism: The performance art piece by Jesse Hewit/Strong Behavior, set in a “surrealist living room,” is a “futurist reflection on the urgent importance of believing in things that cannot be proven.” [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

A Walk in the Park with David Vassar: The movie, which celebrates the U.S. National Park Service Centennial, is a retrospective of clips from the award-winning director’s films exploring Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Death Valley National Parks from 1970 to 2006. [6 p.m., Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F.]

Can Virtual Reality Cultivate Empathy?: The session with Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab is part of “Coming Clean,” a multimedia art project designed to “amplify” the experience of homelessness through artists’ lenses; visit http://bit.ly/2jcRWgt to RSVP. [6 p.m., Fouladi Projects, 1803 Market St., S.F.]

Luzia: Cirque Du Solieil opens its six-week South Bay engagement of latest show, a “an acrobatic waking dream of Mexico.” [8 p.m., Big Top, Taylor Street and Highway 87, San Jose]

The Story of the Alcatraz Florilegium: Sally Petru, Lyn Dahl and Catherine Watters discuss a 10-year project to restore long neglected plants and gardens on Alcatraz. [6:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic rooms, S.F. Public Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, FEB. 10

Sex with Eugene: Part variety show, part paneled talk show and part Q&A, the live event features editor-writer Eugene Robinson, known for answering questions about sex on the news and culture website ozy.com. [7 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

“On The Edge 7” Erotic Photography Exhibition: The three-day show and sale, which includes some 500 works by 25 artists, opens with a party including a no host bar and erotic entertainment. [5 to 10 p.m., SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Opera Parallele: The troupe’s production of English composer Jonathan Dove’s 1998 “Flight,” a cynical comedy based on the real plight of an Iranian refugee who was detained and stranded in a French airport, is remarkably timely. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Cellista: The San Jose cellist appears in “Wants,” an evening of avant-garde performance art featuring the premiere of composer Beth Custer’s “No War. No Where” for solo cello and loop station. [7 p.m., Little Boxes Theater, 1661 Tennessee St., S.F.]

Daniel Glover: The pianist plays a concert of works by Haydn, Brahms, Alkan, Albeniz and Chopin. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Civic Radar: The first U.S. retrospective devoted to influential media artist and feminist art pioneer Lynn Hershman Leeson is celebrated with an opening night party. [7 to 10 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

SF Beer Week 2017 Opening Gala
: Dozens of Northern California craft breweries are participating in the invitational festival, an $80 to $120 ticketed event that kicks off nine days of beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers and educational events across the Bay Area. [6 p.m., Pier 48, S.F.]

San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show: The 31st annual exhibit and sale of works by people of indigenous cultures features special focus on Indonesian textiles this year. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

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