1) DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION
Contemporary dance in China is flourishing, apparently. Check out choreographers Nunu Kong and Dai Jian as they give workshops and a public showing of their research, part of the Chinese Contemporary Dance Festival, at Zellerbach Hall. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free.
1) BENEFIT RIDE INFO SESSION
The three-day Bike Down in March is a benefit ride for Cycles of Change, which gives bikes to adults in need. Find out more about the fundraising effort and the ride down to Santa Cruz and Monterey at an info session, tonight at the Bikery. 6 p.m., free (RSVP required).
Funk, sex, and science-based self-help. It’s Tuesday!
1) CONFESSIONS OF A SEX SURROGATE
Cheryl Cohen Greene, the real-life sex surrogate whose relationship with a paralyzed client in Berkeley became the basis of the recent Hollywood movie The Sessions, discusses her memoir, An Intimate Life: Sex, Love and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner. At Books Inc. Berkeley; 7 p.m., free
Say what you will about indie folk outfit Local Natives, but these guys can sing. The L.A.-based band won over critics with its 2010 debut Gorilla Manor, and its new album Hummingbird continues the lush harmonies and romantic melodies.
Local Natives plays The Fox Theater on Wednesday, January 30. 8 p.m., $25.
1) MEETING FOR THE DOGS
By now, you’re probably aware of how contentious the issue of a dog park at Lake Merritt has become. Voice your opinions of the new proposed location at a meeting today at Lakeside Park Garden Center. 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., free.
I freaked out a little bit when I heard the starting lineup for Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl was released. So. Much. Cute. — Lenika Cruz
Take one look at this slideshow of frozen cities elsewhere in the US, and thank your lucky stars you live in a place that is basically an occasionally foggy paradise in comparison. After taking a moment to revel in this truth, GO OUTSIDE and consider doing these fun things with your weekend:
White Elephant Sale Preview
Those counting down the days until the biggest and best rummage sale of the year might want to spare themselves the headache and show up for the Preview Sale on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the event's 96,000-square-foot warehouse. Each year, attendees snag treasures ordinary and extraordinary, including jewelry, clothing, furniture, bric-a-brac, and, one year, a pony. Show up early to get first dibs on all the goods, avoid long lines, and enjoy an all-around painless experience that is guaranteed to make you a preview-sale convert. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15-20. 510-536-6800 or WhiteElephantSale.org — Azeen Ghorayshi
Noise Pop 2013 is only a month away and individual show tickets are selling fast. Festival organizers today announced additions to the lineup, including a new experimental, noise project from Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and guitarist Bill Nace called Body/Head on Tuesday, February 26 and spazz-dance-pop outfit YACHT on Saturday, March 2. Both shows go on sale tomorrow, Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m.
1) NICE GENES
What’s the latest development in the fascinating field of genomic medicine? Find out at a Regents’ lecture with biotech pioneer Thomas White, the former chief scientific officer of Celera (an Alameda company that sequenced the genomes of humans, fruit flies, and mosquitos). At UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall; 6:30 p.m., free.
The SFJAZZ Center opened to the public on Monday, January 21, but it's admittedly still working out the kinks — namely, negotiations with the professional stagehands' union, and the delayed opening of its rehearsal room.