Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Wednesday October 15, 6:15 p.m. Mass
Theater: Christopher Chen’s The Late Wedding
This Crowded Fire Theater commission is inspired by and a homage to Italian fabulist novelist Italo Calvino. It’s a magical bit of dramedy, consisting of a series of short acts, tied together by not altogether reliable narrators who invite the audience into the “joke,” similar to Kevin Spacey’s character in House of Cards. Various themes are intriguingly and creatively explored, including marriage, time, the role of ritual in identity-building and the interplay between being a viewer and a participant. While the venue’s seats are somewhat uncomfortable, the show’s pacing and allure easily overcomes this challenge. The Late Wedding is well worth seeing; it may be among the top five live theater experiences in San Francisco this year. Thick House, 1695 18th Street. Wednesday to Saturdays 8 p.m. Tickets $15 to $35. Information: crowdedfire.org.
October 11 + 12
Art: Jewelry Trunk Show
Kaye Kennedy creates elegant jewelry for the fashionable woman, including one-of-a kind necklaces, earrings, bracelets, eyeglass holders, bookmarks, and much more. Kaye uses Swarovski crystals, considered the finest crystals in the world; beautiful classic pearls; and fancy glass beads from the Czech Republic, among other materials. Custom designs are also available. Free. Noon to 4 p.m. South Beach Café, 800 The Embarcadero. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community: Supervisor Candidate Forum
All the candidates for District 10 Supervisor are invited for a question-and-answer discussion. Free. 7 to 8:30 p.m. St. Gregory Nyssen Church, 500 De Haro Street. Information: saintgregorys.org
Parenting: Solving The Preschool Puzzle
Many parents are baffled when faced with the search for the perfect preschool. Play based or academic? Montessori, Reggio, or Waldorf? Does getting into the “right” preschool really guarantee a spot in the “right” kindergarten, ensuring a straight path to an Ivy League education? What’s the difference between a preschool and a daycare; is one better than the other? Explore all of these questions and more. Expect to walk away with a clearer idea of the different philosophies in education, what to look for when touring schools, and what to expect once you begin the application process. $38 single, $48 couple (Recess members save $10). 7:30 to 9 p.m. Recess Urban Recreation, 470 Carolina Street. Information: recess-sf.com/classes/#workshops
Community: Feast of St. Teresa of Avila
Join the community for Mass at 6:15 pm. Visit the website for more details. StTeresaSF.org.
Community: Potrero Hill Festival
The 25th annual Potrero Hill Festival returns to 20th Street for a day of live music by The Klipptones and Saint Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band, local food, informational booths, and a kids zone. Come by the View’s table for some kid fun. The event kicks off with a traditional New Orleans–style mimosa brunch, with music by the Randy Craig Trio, at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street. Brunch 9 a.m. to noon. Festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brunch tickets: $12; festival free. 20th Street between Arkansas and Missouri streets. Information: potrerofestival.com.
Community: St. Gregory’s Open Studios
One-of-a-kind, art-encrusted St. Gregory of Nyssa Church opens its doors for members to share their creations—paintings, photographs, jewelry, clothing, and more—discuss their inspirations and techniques, and make work available for sale. Be inspired by our beautiful building and the artists displayed, and enjoy an all-ages opportunity to make your own art. Make a day of it and enjoy the nearby Potrero Hill Festival. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. St. Gregory Nyssen Church, 500 De Haro Street. Information: saintgregorys.org
October 18-19 and 25-26
Art: Open Studios
SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring more than 900 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. The event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the life of the working artist. The 18th-19th weekend will feature artists at the Islais Creek Studios and at Hunters Point Shipyard in their studios, and the 25th-26th weekend will be in Potrero Hill, Dogpatch and Bayview. All events, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. See guide for specifics: guide.artspan.org.
Community: Warm Water Cove Gardening Day
Join community members for a morning of gardening at Warm Water Cove. Tools and gloves provided. Bring plenty of water to drink. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free parking or easy walk/bike ride from Dogpatch and Potrero Hill. Warm Water Cove, East end of 24th Street at the Bay, two blocks east of Illinois Street. Information: gtsfcw.org or 282.5516.
Community: Youth Day on the Bay
India Basin Neighborhood and America True invites the community to hop on a kayak with an experienced boater and paddle on the bay. Dawn Riley, an America’s Cup racer, will be a special guest. Free. Youth must have an adult with them to participate. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. India Basin Shoreline Park, Hunters Point Boulevard and Hawes Street. Information: indiabasin.org.
Community: Farley’s Pet Parade
Calling all canine, feline and fowl in your best dress for a chance to show your stuff. This year’s parade and contest promises to be bigger, grander and more bizarre than ever! Come and cheer for your favorites. Parade begins at 1 p.m. Corner of 18th and Arkansas; march up 18th Street, end at Texas and 18th, where there’ll be costume judging and trophies awarded. Free. Information: farleyscoffee.com
Community: 15th Annual Potrero Hill History Night
The big story for the evening is Irish Hill, once a vibrant eight blocks next to the shipyards in Dogpatch, now gone. Steven Fidel Herraiz’s new research brings Irish Hill to life once again. Joan King was the longest-living-on-the-hill person at last year’s History Night. This year she and her son, Bob Bullard, will talk about the Karetoff family’s five generations on the Hill and share family photos. Come at 5:30 to enjoy pizza slices from Goat Hill Pizza ($3), desserts from Chat’s Coffee ($2) and music. History Night program 7 to 9 p.m. Free. International Studies Academy, 655 De Haro St. Information: 863-0784.
Performance: Camila Perez-Goddard, Baba and Me
Baba and Me is a personal narrative written by Karen Canihan Byrnes about her memories of her Russian grandmother, Baba, who lived on Carolina Street in the ‘50s. Baba was part of the Russian community that lived on Potrero Hill since the early 1900s. The play highlights the importance of family, tradition and legacy and speaks to anyone whose relative helped raised them. The cast includes Karen’s son, who plays his great-grandfather, and her daughter-in-law as young Baba. The piece premiered at the Notre Dame de Namur University. 1 p.m. Free. Donation. Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street. Information and to reserve seat: email@example.com.
Community: Pawtrero’s Eighth Annual Dog Day Afternoon
Help raise money and awareness for eight local dog and cat rescue organizations. Join the day’s activities where there’ll be many dogs and cats ready for adoption; 40 pet-related vendors; pet photographers; two bands; BBQ; a beer garden; pet costume contest; and more. Last year, more than $5,000 was raised and donated to the participating rescue organizations. All dogs and people welcome. Free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Brannan Street between the Embarcedero and Delancey Street. Information: pawtrero.com.