What's Happening This Weekend? Latin Music, Film Shoots, And Monster Trucks

Bob Pryor
February 14, 2020 - 3:40 am
Musical group Los Tigres Del Norte performs during the 9th annual Latin GRAMMY awards in Houston, Texas, 2008.

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Surprisingly for February, several of this weekend’s events are outdoors, including Saturday’s Nude (Post-) Valentine’s Day Parade in San Francisco. For indoor entertainment, there is a Saturday night concert at SAP Center featuring San Jose hometown favorites Los Tigres del Norte and other norteño stars; and, on the same night, the touring version of TV’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” at San Jose Civic. On Saturday and Sunday, Monster Jam brings the gigantic trucks and their cagey drivers to the Oakland Coliseum. And San Francisco becomes Hollywood North once again this weekend as a pair of feature film crews shoot scenes in the city that will disrupt traffic and possibly cause commotion.

For Monday, Presidents Day, Bay Areans will want to keep in mind that some transit agencies will be running special schedules. Be aware too, that you’ll still have to feed the meters in San Francisco, although some of the lesser regulations, such as residential permit parking, are in abeyance for the day (See here for more).

SOUTH BAY:

Sat, Feb 15 at 8pm: SAP Center: ‘Tigres, Tucanes, and Friends’. Two of the most storied and celebrated norteño bands – Los Tigres del Norte and Los Tucanes de Tijuana – join with Joss Favela, a rising Sinaloan musician who works in the traditional Mexican folk traditions of banda and norteño.

  • Pro tip: The last Saturday night Caltrain leaves Diridon Station at 10:30pm. If you’re going by car, parking information is here and rideshare drop-off information is here.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Before the concert, there will likely be congestion around the SAP Center/Diridon Station neighborhood. And for 20-30 minutes after a show lets out, there will usually be street closures in place on Santa Clara Street from Autumn to Cahill Streets and on Autumn Street from Santa Clara to St. John Street.

Sat, Feb 15 at 8pm: San Jose Civic (135 W San Carlos Street plays host to “Whose Live Anyway?” the live touring version of the Emmy-nominated improv show of the same name, with cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray. Audience participation is key to the show and some audience members may even be asked to join the cast onstage. 

EAST BAY:

Sat, Feb 15 at 7pm and Sun, Feb 16 at 3pm: Oakland Coliseum: Monster Jam takes place. Monster trucks — 12,000-pound, 1,500 horsepower behemoths with names like Grave Digger, Max-D, and El Toro Loco — tear up the dirt as they compete in a variety of races, challenges, and feats of motorsports prowess.

  • Pro tip: Taking BART to the Coliseum Station is the preferred way to get to most Coliseum events. Taxis and ridesharing would also be easier than driving, but if you do choose to drive, it pays to shop for parking options ahead of time or have a trusted parking app.
  • Areas and roadways affected:  Possible extra traffic on Coliseum Way, Hegenberger Road, San Leandro Street, and the 880 freeway ramps. In fact, on Saturday, there definitely will be extra traffic in this area, because in addition to Monster Jam, there’s an event starting at 6pm at the Oakland Arena (a concert by Palenque, featuring Pancho Barraza, Fidel Rueda, and Gerardo Coronel).

SAN FRANCISCO:

Sat, Feb 15 at 11am: San Francisco: Nude (Post-) Valentine’s Day Parade takes place. Parade starts in the Castro District at Jane Warner Plaza and proceeds through the Duboce Triangle, before ending in the Haight Ashbury District. It’s a total of about three miles and this is February, so while it’s a fully permitted event — nothing to fear in terms of being arrested! — frostbite might be a different matter (The usual injunction is to “come as bare as you dare,” so nobody will be clothing-shamed). The complete route is given at the website:  

  • Areas and roadways affected:  This event usually draws a few dozen people (Did I mention it’s February?), so traffic impact should be minimal.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, Feb 14-16: San Francisco’s Financial District: Film crews will once again be shooting scenes for ‘The Ice Cream Project’ (working name for the new Keanu Reeves ‘Matrix’ movie) on various streets in the Downtown area, especially Montgomery, California, Pine, and Sansome Streets. Muni will be re-routing bus and cable car lines around the film shoot (re-route map here). Other crews will be filming a movie dubbed “Project Fillmore” (possibly the “Venom” sequel?) on the 500 block of O’Farrell Street between Leavenworth and Jones Streets from 7am on Sunday to 7am on Monday. So, not one, but TWO feature films being shot in San Francisco this weekend -- take that, Vancouver!