May 2014

Community Calendar

J. Durrant

Ongoing through May 
Community: Programs at the NABE
Tai-Chi: This hour-long practice inspires mind-body connection and effortlessness. Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. Zumba: Men, women, and children can dance with this low-impact exercise. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. Chess: Lessons with a chess guru from the San Francisco Mechanics Library and Chess Room. All ages welcome. Every Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Youth Basketball: Coach Albert Johnson hosts youth basketball. Tuesday and Thursday, 5 to 6 p.m. Gymnasium. Ages 10 to 18. Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street. Information: LeeAndrea, 826.8080
May 3 through 15

Art: Michele Théberge
a.Muse Gallery presents artist Michele Théberge’s the sky touches every world, a 1,500 square foot site-responsive installation. After years of daily meditation, Théberge found her art practice reflecting the presence of mind, peace, and simplicity she found in meditation. She evolved a practice of painting repeated marks as a centering technique. Just as many religious traditions repeat a written phrase or word, chant, or mantra, her repetitive arcs brought a stillness to her mind and a connection with the present moment. For this installation, Théberge used large sheets of various lightweight materials painted and suspended from the ceiling. Viewers will be invited to recline on padded platforms to view the piece, mimicking the experience of watching clouds flow by in the sky. Free. Reception: Saturday May 3, 4 to 7 p.m. Exhibition: May 3 through 15 by appointment. a.Muse Gallery 614 Alabama Street. Information: michele@micheletheberge.com.

May 15
Performance: Holla, Can You Feel Me?
Holla is a performance about the impact of past incarceration, the continual threat of violence, and the constant fear of returning to jail. Holla is formerly incarcerated young men and women attempting to answer the questions we’re often too afraid to ask each other. Join for an evening of storytelling and movement that examines the struggles facing young people across the nation, how they find joy at the heart of adversity, and how holding secrets keep us from living free. Tickets $10. 7 p.m.: $100. Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th Street. Information: brownpapertickets.com/event/615355.

May 17
Health: ACTCM Open House
Join the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine for tea and open house. Founded in 1980, ACTCM is one of the oldest traditional Chinese medicine colleges in the country. Learn about their academic programs, tour their herb garden and acupuncture clinic, which provides affordable treatments. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. ACTCM, 455 Arkansas Street. Information: 401.0464 or visit actcm.edu.

May 18
Music: The George Lacson Project at Yoshi’s
The George Lacson Project is a collective of talented Bay Area-based artists and musicians, organized and led by bass player George Lacson. Their sound melds traditional Jazz, Funk, and R&B with the innovative and modern influences of contemporary music. The George Lacson Project entices listeners’ ears with powerful, inspired music that’s built around a backbone of strong musicianship. General admission: $15. Dinner: $53. 7 p.m. Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street. Information: yoshis.com.

May 20
Theater: Muse of Fire
Based on true events, this staged reading of an original play lifts the curtain on a group of Jewish prisoners in the Dachau concentration camp fighting to retain their humanity by putting on a secret comedy play of their own. Afterwards there will be a discussion with Jake Rosenberg, the playwright. In 1942, as German Jewry was forced into Dachau, a strange practice emerged in the crowded Blokhauses. Each week, the performers-prisoners took it upon themselves at grave personal risk to perform comedy. This is the story of one of those groups, as they struggle to perform a farce based on the first great anti-semitic tragedy of the 20th century: the infamous Dreyfus Affair, itself politically absurd, filled with equal parts comic and tragic. The Dreyfus Affair tore the western world in half, with repercussions that last to this day. Free. 7 p.m. Jewish Community Center, Fisher Hall, 3200 California Street. Information: brownpapertickets.com/event/610905.

May 23 through June 25
Art: Reuben Wu—Infinite Sustain
Lot 21 Gallery is pleased to announce their first solo exhibition of artist Reuben Wu. Wu’s photographs steadfastly sit somewhere between 1970s concept-album art, expeditionary imagery, and Surrealist painting. His are pictures made in the real world, however, through collapsing time and merging processes, the real is transformed into the surreal, evoking a response simultaneously familiar and foreign. The photographs amplify the strangeness of place and speak to Wu’s individual experience within it. Opening Reception to be held May 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. Lot 21 Gallery, 933 20th Street. Information: lot21gallery.com or 826.0300. 

May 24
Kid Art: Wild Cardboard Masks
Explore a fun, forgiving, and versatile material: cardboard. Take a tour of Elevated Corrugated, a group exhibit featuring 12 artists working exclusively with cardboard. Then get busy cutting and gluing your way to a wild and crazy cardboard mask, based on a real animal or a made-up creature. Snacks will be provided. For children ages eight to 12; ages six to seven welcome accompanied by an adult. Free for members/$10 for non-members. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. Information: sfmcd.org 

 

 

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