The Weekend Guide

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Tastes great, more swilling.

SF Beer Week
Participating restaurants and bars celebrate the art of beer making with special pairing menus, flights, demonstrations, and more (think beer ice creams).
Why: One brew over the cuckoo’s nest.
When: Thru Feb. 14. Opening gala, Fri., 5 p.m.
Where: Various venues. See schedule for details.

The Warehouse Sale
More than 20,000 items at up to 80 percent off from brands like AG Jeans, Chip & Pepper, Rock & Republic, Splendid, and William Rast.
Why: You have nothing to ware.
When: Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion, Marina Blvd., at Buchanan St. (415-345-7500).

Tech Search Party
What: Teams armed with picture phones scour Noe Valley in a scavenger hunt. Prizes include two tix to see Bon Jovi in concert.
Why: Proceeds benefit Alvarado Elementary School.
When: Sat., 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Alvarado Elementary School, 625 Douglass St., b/t 22nd & Alvarado Sts. (415-350-3019).

Special Xtra
A just-opened SoMa coffee kiosk pouring Blue Bottle goodness.
Why: Your new morning special.
When: Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 46 Minna St., b/t First & Second Sts.

After Dark: Sexplorations
The Exploratorium’s adults-only programming takes a look at how nature procreates, with everything from insect peep shows to the roles smell and sight play in attraction.
Why: Do it like they do on the Discovery Channel.
When: Thurs., 6-10 p.m.
Where: 3601 Lyon St., at Marina Blvd. (415-563-7337). Tickets online at

Mariposa Kitchen’s Everything Tastes Better with Bacon Cooking Class
Chef Caroline Fey shows students how to prepare everything from petite filets wrapped in bacon to bacon-maple ice cream.
Why: Bring home the … well, you know.
When: Sat., 7-10 p.m.
Where: 216 Mallorca Way, at Alhambra St. (415-912-9802). Tickets online at

Photo: Grant_Robertson / Flickr

Alvarado Elementary School
625 Douglass St
bt 22nd St & Alvarado Sts
San Francisco, CA 94114
Special Xtra
46 Minna St
bt 1st & 2nd Sts
San Francisco, CA 94105
Mariposa Kitchen
216 Mallorca Way
@ Alhambra St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Fort Mason Center Firehouse
99 Marina Blvd
@ Buchanan St
San Francisco, CA 94123
3601 Lyon St
in the Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco, CA 94123