The Weekend Guide

biere de chocolat!

Sweet starts.

Biere de Chocolat
What: Almanac Beer Company and Dandelion Chocolate brew a robust concoction that’s twice as vice.
Why: It’s decadent (dark chocolate and bourbon notes with a hint of vanilla) yet refreshing (citrusy Ivanhoe hops).
When: Available yearlong at select locations.
Where: Shotwell’s, 3349 20th St., at Shotwell St. (415-648-4104); The Dark Horse Inn, 942 Geneva Ave., at Mission St. (415-469-5508).

Images from Chinatown Opens
What: Take in SF native and shutterbug Maurice H. Edelstein’s new exhibit, which spans four decades’ worth of the neighborhood and its residents.
Why: Sip light refreshments while browsing life before bubble tea.
When: Thru Feb. 2. Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, 750 Kearny St., 3rd flr., at Washington St. (415-986-1822). R.S.V.P. at eventbrite.com.

Classic Desserts with Nicole Plue
What: The James Beard Award-winning pastry chef (Cyrus, Redd) reveals her secrets for outstanding everyday sweets.
Why: Make and nosh on fruit tarts, panna cotta, shortcakes, and Pavlova.
When: Sun., 2-5:30 p.m.
Where: Paulding & Company, 1410d 62nd St., at Hollis St., Emeryville (510-594-1104). Tickets ($88) at pauldingandco.com.

How-To NightLife
What: This edition of the evening soiree is a DIY class on steroids. Find tutorials on everything from knitting to juggling to growing your own mushrooms.
Why: Brew beer from SF Brewcraft, make drinks with mixologist Anne Sauer, or plant vertical gardens with Succulence.
When: Tonight, 6-10 p.m.
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park (415-379-8000). Tickets ($12) at calacademy.org.

Obsolete Californias
What: The latest exhibit at the funky Mission collective is a mash-up of store, art gallery, museum, and community center, celebrating California’s history from the Pleistocene to the first Internet boom.
Why: Stop by to browse or sign up for a collaborative combative drawing class, screenings of vintage films about SF, and a hangout fest called Not a Bar, Not Your House.
When: Thru Jan. 25. Wed.-Fri., 5-8 p.m.; Sat., 2-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: StoreFrontLab, 337 Shotwell St., b/t 17th & 18th Sts. Events are free with R.S.V.P. at storefrontlab.org.

Photo: Courtesy of Almanac Beer Company

The Dark Horse Inn
942 Geneva Ave
@ Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112
337 Shotwell St
bt 17th & 18th Sts
San Francisco, CA 94110
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
750 Kearny St
@ Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Paulding & Company
1410 62nd St
@ Hollis St
Emeryville, CA 94608
3349 20th St
@ Shotwell St
San Francisco, CA 94110
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118