The Weekend Guide

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A Spelling Bee for Cheaters
The more money your team raises, the more chances you’ll have to cheat during this bee featuring local literary celebs (Lemony Snicket, Michael Chabon, Lisa Brown).
Why: All of the d-o-u-g-h raised goes to student programming at 826 Valencia.
When: Thurs., 7:30-10 p.m.
Where: City Arts & Lectures, Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., at McAllister St. (415-563-2463). Tickets ($25-$200) online at cityboxoffice.com.

From Produce to Production: New Traditions in Bay Area Food Culture
Listen to local food experts Novella Carpenter, Bryant Terry, and Leif Hedendal discuss the way the Bay Area eats and how it impacts politics, health, and the environment in a free round table.
Why: Be a smarter consumer.
When: Sat., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., at 3rd St. (415-978-2787).

One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer
Fifteen whiskeys (Scotch, rye, bourbon, and more) will be paired with fifteen brews (IPA, stout, pilsner) in this unusual SF Beer Week tasting party.
Why: Takes a beer and a shot to a whole new level.
When: Sat., 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, 1161 Mission St., b/t 7th & 8th Sts., ste. 120. Tickets ($45) online at eventbrite.com.

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Avenue Q
SHN brings Broadway’s Tony Award-winning, hilarious puppeteered production about scraping by in NYC to the Orpheum Theatre.
Why: Puppet sex. Enough said.
When: Thru Feb. 27
Where: 1192 Market St., at Hyde St. (888-746-1799). Tickets ($30-$99) online at shnsf.com.

Dirt Dinners at eVe
The restaurant partners with and gives back a portion of the proceeds to local gardens in a series of family-style dinners sourced from Berkeley’s soil. First up? The Berkeley Youth Alternative Garden.
Why: Dishes like pappardelle with nettle pesto, and Meyer lemon and sage roasted chicken.
When: Sun., 6-10 p.m.
Where: 1960 University Ave., at Bonita Ave., Berkeley. Reservations (required) to 510-868-0735. Cost is $40 per person.

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1960 University Ave
@ Bonita Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts
1161 Mission St
bt 7th & 8th Sts
San Francisco, CA 94103
Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St
@ Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave
@ McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Yerba Buena Center for Arts
701 Mission St
@ 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103