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5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF & Oakland: Friday, May 15

The Bay Area's shelter-in-place order has brought countless events usually held as in-person gatherings online. We're aiming to support local businesses in San Francisco and Oakland by highlighting five of these events each day.

Got a suggestion for an online event based in SF or Oakland? Email our events reporter, Teresa Hammerl. 


Here's your SF and Oakland event calendar for Friday, May 15. Learn how to make dumplings from scratch, tune in to a jazz concert or get to know mindfulness practices — all from the comfort of your couch.

Tiny Dorm Concert: Scenes from Acting Class with Milissa Carey

Photo: San Francisco Conservatory of Music/Facebook

San Francisco Conservatory of Music students will perform scenes and monologues workshopped during an acting class with Milissa Carey, a member of the Opera Department teaching acting. Students will perform both monologues and arias (long accompanied songs for one singer).

Scenes from this workshop include strong language, which might not be suitable for all ages.

When: Friday, May 15, 1 p.m.

How to join: Via YouTube

Price: Free

Monsieur Perine: Live Stream

Image: SFJAZZ Center/Facebook

While COVID-19 physically separates us, threatening the community, music can still connect us. That's why the SFJAZZ Center has launched Fridays at Five, a series of weekly pre-recorded concerts that aspire to connect to music, musicians and the warm and unique feeling of experiencing live music. This week, hear from Monsieur Periné, a Bogotá, Colombia-based musical ensemble. 

When: Friday, May 15, 5 p.m.

How to join: Via SFJAZZ Center's website

Price: $5

Rooted & Resilient: A Retreat with Spring Washam

Image: East Bay Meditation Center/Facebook

What new world can we imagine for our communities? What future can be born out of our current circumstances?

In this daylong retreat with meditation teacher Spring Washam, explore how to meet the challenges of the current moment with an open heart, and find strength, courage and wisdom to face the unknown together. Explore how you can apply the teachings of compassion to the moment-to-moment reality of the "new normal." Dharma teachings and mindfulness practices can support us as we respond to this unprecedented time.  

When: Friday, May 15, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

How to join: Via Eventbrite

Price: $35 – $100, sliding scale

San Francisco Trivia Night

Image: San Francisco Historical Society/Eventbrite

This San Francisco Historical Society's trivia night will be hosted by The Big Quiz Thing quizmaster Noah Tarnow, presenting a team-based quiz show about San Francisco history, culture, geography, cuisine, and more, featuring unique video and audio puzzles. There will be special points for wrong-but-funny answers.

When: Friday, May 15,  5 p.m.

How to join: Via Eventbrite

Price: $10

Gyoza from Scratch

Photo: The Story of Ramen/Facebook

In this class, learn how to make gyoza (handmade Japanese pan-fried dumplings) from scratch. Participants can pick up a kit with the ingredients from The Story Of Ramen's location in the Mission (24th st. at Cypress), or have it delivered within San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties. In the virtual class, you will see how to roll, wrap and cook your own handmade gyoza. A vegetarian option is available.

At home, you'll need a nonstick pan and a lid, tongs and a rolling pin (or you can use a beer or wine bottle).

When: Friday, May 15, 5:30 p.m.

How to join: Via The Story of Ramen's website

Price: $29 per person for meal kit pickups, $5 for delivery

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