Here's to Burns and the Dude

Fresno, Calif.

Jan. 27: His love, like a red, red rose, is newly sprung in June, but the traditional celebration for Scottish poet Robert Burns takes place in January. Burns Suppers are held in a variety of locales. In Fresno, they'll be raising drams and toasting the haggis at the Scottish Society of Central California's 24th annual event. Entertainment includes Scottish folk singing, Highland dancers and the Fresno Stag & Thistle Pipe Band.

5:30 p.m. Love & Garlic, 5351 N. Diana St., Fresno. $30. (559) 891-7571

Concrete, Wash.

Feb. 3-4: The annual convention of the proudly bald is held winters along the Upper Skagit River, 100 miles north and east of Seattle. Hundreds of eagles visit annually to dine on fish, and thousands of people with binoculars and cameras tag along. Concrete, population about 800, salutes our national bird each February with the two-day, nature-themed Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Festival. There are speakers, conservation displays, artisans selling handmade goods, a 10-kilometer walk to the historic downtown, plus Native American music and dancing.

Most activities are at Concrete High, Superior Avenue off Washington 20. Free, except for an evening storytelling session, $8. (360) 853-7283,

San Francisco

Feb. 8-20: The Independent Film Festival ferrets out obscure movies made by unfamiliar people. The result? Perhaps the best films you've never heard of. The event, in its ninth year, unspools at three venues with 35 feature movies, including "LOL," Joe Swanberg's film featuring a nonprofessional cast and video contributions from people all over the world. There will also be a revival screening of the 1975 monster movie "Infra-Man." But here's a name you may know: David Lynch. His new "Inland Empire" will be screened on opening night. Also notable: On Feb. 10, at the Big Lebowski Party, attendees are encouraged to dress as a character from the 1998 Coen brothers film, bowl and watch the movie projected on a wall. Festival tickets go on sale Tuesday at the website.

Roxie Cinemas, 3117 16th St.; Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St.; Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. Tickets $10 for each screening; opening night $25, including after party. Info: (415) 820-3907,

-- Amy Hubbard

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