Escapes: Black History Film Series goes on historical quest

The Black History Film Series continues at the San Francisco Public Library.
The Black History Film Series continues at the San Francisco Public Library. ORAYSION

This year’s Black History Film Series, hosted at the San Francisco Public Library, is featuring narrative films and documentaries in honor of Black History Month.

The free program promises to delve deep into U.S. black history, pushing beyond the best-known stories to explore the experiences of people in Africa and the diaspora.

The series’ independent film titles continues Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28, with “778 Bullets,” “African Independence” and “White Script, Black Superman,” among other titles, in the library’s Koret Auditorium.

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Gourmet Fest


What: Enjoy a four-day celebration of gourmet cuisine and wine during Carmel-by-the-Sea’s annual Gourmet Fest. Events include several high-end dinners prepared by the region’s top chefs, cooking demonstrations, a wild mushroom hunt and winery tours.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28

Where: Participating locations throughout Carmel-by-the-Sea

Cost: Prices vary based on event


Elephant Seal Exploratory Tour


What: Spend a morning learning about and observing the Central Coast’s elephant seals with Friends of the Elephant Seal of San Luis Obispo County. The Elephant Seal Exploratory Tour includes a presentation and tour by Friends of the Elephant Seal’s most experienced guides.

When: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27

Where: 250 San Simeon Ave.

Cost: Free


Pints & Paddle Cruise


What: For a relaxing evening of drinks and live music in the outdoors, take a cruise on Lake Tahoe. Every Wednesday evening, the M.S. Dixie II will depart from Zephyr Cove Resort Marina for a cruise featuring music by local duo Ike & Martin.

When: 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24

Where: 760 U.S. Highway 50

Cost: $20 advance, $25 at door; children 11 and younger enter free


Fairy Tales & Fantasy Ballet


What: Brigham Young University’s Theatre Ballet will present “Fairy Tales & Fantasy,” a ballet medley of some of the most beloved childhood stories. The show will feature specially choreographed scenes from fairy tales including “Cinderella,” “Snow White” and “Paquita.”

When: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27

Where: 1000 I St.

Cost: Tickets range from $15 to $25


Russian Festival


What: Celebrate the traditions of old Russia during the annual Russian Festival, hosted by the Russian Center of San Francisco. The festival will include traditional dance, art, food and vodka tastings.

When: 5 to 12:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28

Where: 2460 Sutter St.

Cost: $12 general admission; children 12 and younger enter free