All month: Wit & Humor Exhibit “Mad World” The “Mad World” wit and humor exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library’s main branch features subversive humor magazines from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Sponsored by the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center. Free. 100 Larkin Street. Exhibit closes May 31st. Information/exhibit hours: sfpl.org.
May 2nd: Fundraiser: Friends of Potrero Hill School
This annual fundraiser will be a festive night of Salsa music, food from local restaurants and cocktails. Raffle tickets are on offer for $20; prizes include a week vacation at Lake Tahoe and more. 7 p.m., Flora Grubb Gardens, 1634 Jerrold Avenue, at Third Street. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/1336677. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starr King Open Space Celebration
Celebrating its 30th anniversary with the California College of the Arts, CCA and SKOS will provide an afternoon of art, education and fun. The last Wildflower Walk of the season will take place, as well as hands-on exhibits and craft-making activities appropriate for young and old. Bring a blanket and picnic basket and enjoy the views and sunshine. 1 to 4 p.m.
May 7th: Dance Party: Night Life at the California Academy of Sciences
Dance workshops throughout the museum include country and western, the head-spinning b-boy skills of the Knucklehead Tribe, with a live performance and workshop, ballroom and a dance showcase co-hosted by ODC Dance. Also, workshops and discussions on animal species and how they use dance and movement. The event will feature music and cutting-edge science; food and drinks available for purchase. Music by Rose Bros. Ages 21+. 6 to 10 p.m., $12 per person; $10 for Academy members. Tickets available at the door. Information: cal academy.org/nightlife.
May 8th: Comedy: Grotto Free Comedy Night
Host and local comedian Anthony Medina brings a diverse lineup of Bay Area comedians at the Good Times in the Grotto comedy night at Sports Basement. Complimentary admission, drinks and snacks. 18+ unless accompanied by an adult; 21+ to drink. Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant Street. 6:30 to 8 p.m.
May 10th: Family: Mother’s Day at the Exploratorium
Free admission to all visitors to celebrate Mother’s Day. All day at Pier 15.
May 11th: Cyberpunk Cinema Night
Presenting cyberpunk movie classics at The Knockout in the Mission. Showing one episode of Cowboy Bebop at 6:30 p.m. followed by the feature film. 6:30 to 9 p.m., Free. 3223 Mission Street.
May 18th: Starr King Open Space Board Election
Three new board seats are open for 2015. Potrero Hill residents with an interest in preserving the space are invited to consider running for the board. 6 p.m. Information: www.starrkingopenspace.org
Art: Tour of Diego Rivera’s first U.S. Mural
Allegory of California can be seen in the City Club’s stairwell. Normally closed to the public, this is an opportunity to see the first mural painted by Mexico’s great artist. Free, but RSVP is required; the tour is limited to the first 25 people to reserve. Information/RSVP: sfcityguides.org.
May 21st: Art: Yerba Buena Gallery Crawl
Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood. Galleries, bars, museums and restaurants participate in this special event. Yellow balloons outside venues marks participating sites. Wristbands are given at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for special deals. All gallery and museum entry is free, except for the Contemporary Jewish Museum, which offers an entry price of $5. Information: thirdthursdaysf.wordpress.com
May 23rd: Free Screening & Panel: “Potrero Hill in Focus: What’s the Future of the Hill’s Public Housing?”
The BAYCAT video will be followed by a panel discussion and audience question and answer session. Complimentary coffee and pastries. Co-sponsored by the Potrero Hill Archives Project, Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, BAYCAT and Potrero Hill Democratic Club. Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Information: 415.863.0784
May 23rd through 24th, Carnaval Festival 2015
The 37th annual festival will transform Harrison Street into a wonderland of food, music, dance, arts and crafts. This year’s theme is Agua Sagrada, Spanish for “sacred water”. Music and performances on every festival street corner, with art expos, a low-rider art car show and a children’s area full of activities. Free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Grand Parade takes place on May 24th beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the corner of 24th and Bryant streets.
May 27th: Music: Live Music at Farley’s
Stellar fusion-era Miles Soul Delights, 7:30 to 9 p.m. 1315 18th Street.
May 28th: Community: Moms, Dads and Grads Event for Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
A celebration in appreciation of all of the wonderful mothers and fathers out there, and to congratulate the 2015 Graduates. Live entertainment and dinner will be served. 5 to 7 p.m. at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House Theater, 953 De Haro Street.
May 28th - June 3rd, San Francisco Green Film Festival
The fifth annual festival brings more than 60 relevant environmental film programs to audiences at venues across San Francisco. Film topics include water in the West, better cities, nature and biodiversity, zero waste and more. The festival also includes discussions and workshops with the filmmakers. Information: greenfilmfestival.org.
May 28th: Food: Off the Grid Picnic and Food Truck Party Film Festival
Yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, with live music. Picnic fun includes bocce ball, yoga classes for adults and kids as well as game rentals. Every Sunday, Main Parade Ground, The Presidio. Free. Information: 415.339.5888.
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