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Courtesy photoCog wild: Cogswell Marsh in the Hayward Regional Shoreline is a place to find tranquility away from traffic. Go on a 2.75-mile (round-trip) wander around the seasonal wetland. Bring binoculars

Feb. 27: Hillbilly Robot, Smuin Ballet and more

A great hike Cog wild: Cogswell Marsh in the Hayward Regional Shoreline…

Courtesy photoCog wild: Cogswell Marsh in the Hayward Regional Shoreline is a place to find tranquility away from traffic. Go on a 2.75-mile (round-trip) wander around the seasonal wetland. Bring binoculars
Courtesy photoHistory lost and found: “Lost Stories

Feb. 26: Jewish history, Oddball Films and more

Who’s in town Mountain climber Melissa Arnot, who broke the women’s world…

Courtesy photoHistory lost and found: “Lost Stories
Courtesy photoIce show: “Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate” includes more than 50 characters

Feb. 25: Disney on Ice, “Sister Act” and more

Who’s in town Chairman Jason Furman of the White House Council of…

Courtesy photoIce show: “Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate” includes more than 50 characters
Courtesy photoNoise Pop: San Francisco doom-metal group King Woman is opening a Noise Pop Festival bill that also includes The Black Ryder and Vinyl Williams. [7:30 p.m.

Feb. 24: Doom metal, stories of faith and more

Who’s in town Victoria Zackheim and other authors explore spiritual themes in…

Courtesy photoNoise Pop: San Francisco doom-metal group King Woman is opening a Noise Pop Festival bill that also includes The Black Ryder and Vinyl Williams. [7:30 p.m.
Ben Gibbard

Feb. 23: Noise Pop, Patti LuPone and more

Who’s in town Tony- and Grammy-winning performer Patti LuPone sings music by…

Ben Gibbard
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerFormer Mayor Willie Brown

Feb. 22: Oscar parties, tulips and more

Something to read San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama Pacific International Exposition…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerFormer Mayor Willie Brown
Courtesy Eric HuntOrchids in bloom: Check out breathtaking blooms at the San Francisco Orchid Society’s Pacific Orchid Exposition

Feb. 20-21: Whale watching, orchids and more

A great hike Lighthouse vantage: What’s the secret for spying gray whales…

Courtesy Eric HuntOrchids in bloom: Check out breathtaking blooms at the San Francisco Orchid Society’s Pacific Orchid Exposition
Courtesy photoSwedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt leads German soloists Ruth Ziesak and Christian Gerhaher as well as the San Francisco Symphony in Brahms’ “German Requiem.” [8 p.m.

Feb. 19: Noise Pop NightLife, Menlo Park College history and more

Who’s in town Folkie singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is playing an intimate set…

Courtesy photoSwedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt leads German soloists Ruth Ziesak and Christian Gerhaher as well as the San Francisco Symphony in Brahms’ “German Requiem.” [8 p.m.
Courtesy photoCollege rock: Groundation

Feb. 18: Chinese New Year, Octopalooza and more

Who’s in town Artist Emily Spivack, creator of the Smithsonian’s historical fashion…

Courtesy photoCollege rock: Groundation
Courtesy photoMardi Gras music: Jazz Mafia

Feb. 17: Mardi Gras festivities, architecture and more

Who’s in town Dick Cavett discusses his long-running talk show, “The Dick…

Courtesy photoMardi Gras music: Jazz Mafia
courtesy photo<p>New music: Saints of Valory crams its arena-ready tunes with catchy hooks and charging guitars in "Into the Deep

Feb. 15: Chinese New Year fun, new rock and more

Something to read I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson ($17.99)…

courtesy photo<p>New music: Saints of Valory crams its arena-ready tunes with catchy hooks and charging guitars in "Into the Deep
courtesy sfbike.org<p>Tandem valentine: Looking for a fun and relaxing Valentine's Day activity? Cruise around the city on a bicycle built for two! Many bike shops in San Francisco rent two-person bikes ­- just search online to find out which shop is nearest to you. For example Sports Basement Presidio rents them out for $40 a day

Feb. 13-14: Romantic bike ride, British movies and more

A great hike Good morning: Hidden in the Berkeley and Oakland hills,…

courtesy sfbike.org<p>Tandem valentine: Looking for a fun and relaxing Valentine's Day activity? Cruise around the city on a bicycle built for two! Many bike shops in San Francisco rent two-person bikes ­- just search online to find out which shop is nearest to you. For example Sports Basement Presidio rents them out for $40 a day
Courtesy photoLatin rock: Rock band Kinky of Monterrey

Feb. 12: Kinky rock, Yugoslavian cinema and more

Who’s in town Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario shares stories from her…

Courtesy photoLatin rock: Rock band Kinky of Monterrey
Courtesy photoRap show: Maryland rapper Logic’s 2014 debut album

Feb. 11: Brain food, comedy and more

Who’s in town Nick Hornby, the British author of “High Fidelity,” “Fever…

Courtesy photoRap show: Maryland rapper Logic’s 2014 debut album
Courtesy photoSan Francisco singer-songwriter Holly Muñoz is opening for Canadian singer Andy Shauf. [9 p.m.

Feb. 10: Pan-Pacific Expo, LGBT history and more

Who’s in town Matt Zoller Seitz discusses his new book, “The Wes…

Courtesy photoSan Francisco singer-songwriter Holly Muñoz is opening for Canadian singer Andy Shauf. [9 p.m.
Courtesy photoIPhone app Snooth allows users to both rate and locate wine in the surrounding area.

Feb. 8: A's Fan Fest, music and more

Something to read We Are Pirates By Daniel Handler ($26) The latest…

Courtesy photoIPhone app Snooth allows users to both rate and locate wine in the surrounding area.
courtesy sfbike.org<p>Coffee Club: Calling all women who ride (or who want to ride) bicycles: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Women Bike SF program

Feb. 6-7: Black History Month, baseball films and more

A great bike ride Coffee Club: Calling all women who ride (or…

courtesy sfbike.org<p>Coffee Club: Calling all women who ride (or who want to ride) bicycles: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Women Bike SF program
Courtesy photo<p>The two-week IndieFest 2015 kicks off with "HITS

Feb. 5: Indie film fest, NightLife and more

Who's in town Journalist Eric Schlosser, author of "Fast Food Nation" and…

Courtesy photo<p>The two-week IndieFest 2015 kicks off with "HITS
Courtesy photo<p>Indie rock: Morgan Delt is playing music from his debut album

Feb. 4: Extinction events, new rock and more

Who's in town SF Sketchfest presents Rhett Miller of the Old 97's…

Courtesy photo<p>Indie rock: Morgan Delt is playing music from his debut album
Courtesy photo<p>Rock show: Philadelphia psychedelic-pop group Nothing headlines a bill that includes Whirr and The Videos. [9 p.m.

Feb. 3: Joyce Carol Oates, sketch comedy and more

Who's in town Joyce Carol Oates, who was awarded the National Medal…

Courtesy photo<p>Rock show: Philadelphia psychedelic-pop group Nothing headlines a bill that includes Whirr and The Videos. [9 p.m.