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Streets of Chrome: Photo Exhibition
What: Chrome Bags brings together three of the world’s better street photographers — Ken Goto, Ricky Powell, and Tod Seelie — to celebrate the launch of its Niko camera bag collection.
Why: Listen to music, sip a beer, and browse.
When: Tonight, 7-11 p.m.
Where: Bender’s Bar and Grille, 806 S. Van Ness Ave. (415-824-1800).
Wine and Wishes
What: Hit the annual benefit for the Bay Area Make-a-Wish Foundation for bites from the chefs of Twenty Five Lusk, Gitane, Oliveto, and more.
Why: Vino from Cakebread Cellars and Nicholson Ranch, plus Comstock Saloon cocktails.
When: Sat., 5-7:45 p.m.
Where: Building 1, 1 Ave. of the Palms, Treasure Island (415-982-9474). Tickets ($150) at kintera.org.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
What: Vermeer’s iconic painting leaves the Netherlands for the first time in eighteen years, while its home, The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague, undergoes a renovation.
Why: She’s accompanied by 34 other paintings from the museum, including four Rembrandts and Carel Fabritius’s The Goldfinch.
When: Thru June 2. Tues.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Where: De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (415-750-3600). Tickets ($25) at famsf.org.
Gold Dust Lounge
What: Though the long-running SF saloon couldn’t save its Union Square locale from developers, it reopens in a swanky, renovated spot in Fisherman’s Wharf.
Why: Groove to Johnny Z & the Camaros this Friday and Saturday nights.
When: Daily, 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 165 Jefferson St., at Taylor St. (415-397-1695).
What: From the ground to your glass. Pick herbs and flowers from the SF Botanical Garden and learn to transform them into cocktails.
Why: Master mixologist and Elixir owner H. Joseph Ehrmann provides instruction; students are encouraged to drink their classwork.
When: Tonight, 5-7 p.m.
Where: 9th Ave., at Lincoln Way (415-661-1316). Tickets ($125) at brownpapertickets.com.
Photo: Tod Seelie / Courtesy of Chrome Industries