Image Courtesy of the Exploratorium

Image Courtesy of the Exploratorium

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe in action. Speaking at the Exploratorium on June 12.

June 2014

Community Calendar

J. Durrant

Through August 3
Art: Intimate Impressionism at the Legion of Honor

Eugène Boudin and Johan Barthold Jongkind’s plein-air practice inspired Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley. Complementing paintings of the natural world are depictions of artists’ studios and domestic interiors; several captivating self-portraits by Edgar Degas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Vuillard; Renoir’s 1872 portrait of Monet; and representations of the artists’ families, including Berthe Morisot’s The Artist’s Sister at a Window (1869). The temporary closure of the National Gallery’s East Building for major renovation and expansion has made possible the rare opportunity to see this select group of paintings in San Francisco, the exhibition’s first venue. Tickets: $12 to 24. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Avenue. Information: or 750.3620.

June 10
Art: Bead by BeadContemporary Native Writing
Bead by Bead: Contemporary Native Writing, is a literary salon featuring authors making critical contributions to the fields of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Join Jewelle Gomez, Kim Shuck, Indira Allegra, Greg Sarris, Qwo-Li Driskill, Nazbah Tom, and Moon Flower as they offer narratives that attest to the brilliant, ongoing vision of Two-Spirit people. These authors labor over their texts bead by bead, writing stories that can be sewn together to create complex legacies of love and survival for the future to inherit.  This is an scent-free event. Tickets: $12 to 20. African American Arts and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street. Information:

June 12
Music/Science: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Join the fifth event in the series, featuring Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, an artist and multi-instrumentalist who works with voice to create spontaneous and ecstatic musical compositions. Under the moniker Lichens, Lowe uses effects boxes to loop guitars, percussion, and vocals into a reverberating drone. In 2005, Lichens released The Psychic Nature of Being, followed in 2007 by the album OMNS. His most recent performances and recordings have combined his voice with modular synthesizer patch compositions. Lowe believes that the sensitivity of analogue modular systems echoes the organic nature of vocal expression, and that the two can be used together to induce a trancelike state and promote deeper listening. Tickets: $10 to 15. Space is limited for this event. Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum. Information:


June 16
Dogs: Introduction to Feeding Fresh Foods
This class offers a basic overview of the many ways to feed a natural, whole-foods diet to dogs. The class will cover common myths and concerns, including bacteria, nutritional balance, parasites, digestibility, safety, expense and difficulty/convenience. Learn how to feed dogs with common health concerns (allergies, dental disease/missing teeth, sensitive digestion/digestive disorders), toy breeds, giant breeds, and specific breed concerns; feeding puppies and older dogs. For vegetarians, learn how to feed with fresh foods diet when you don’t normally handle meat. Free. 7 p.m. SFRAW Warehouse, 250 Napolean Street, Unit G. Information:

June 16
Community: UCSF Hospital Long-Range Development Plans
Join us to learn about UCSF’s proposals for its future development. UCSF’s neighbors and the public will be able to review and provide feedback on draft plans through the end of September 2014. The public will also have the opportunity to comment on the plan’s draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Draft EIR is expected to be published late summer or early fall 2014, and will have a 60-day public comment period. The draft plan is available at 6:30 p.m. Free. USCF Genentech Hall, 600-16th Street. or 476.3024

June 17

Burrata Cheese-Making by Hand

The most exciting cheese on the cheese board needs little explanation. Burrata is fresh mozzarella filled with luscious cream and more cheese. In this action-packed evening class, you’ll learn the basics of cheesemaking, including which milk to use, where to find cultures, and options for rennet. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of the science behind the process. 6 p.m. Tickets: $65. 18 Reasons, 3674 - 18th Street. Information:

June 21
Community: Summer Solstice Celebration

Join in the celebration of the longest day of the year. Participate in an age-old tradition of celebrating midsummer on the solstice, marking the astronomical beginning of summer. Savor two complimentary glasses of California wine and nibble on local cheeses while strolling through our 100-year-old Redwood grove. Explore the lush trails of woodland sorrel, wild ginger, and sword ferns. Tickets: $20 to 30. 6 p.m. San Francisco Botanical Gardens, 1199 Ninth Avenue. Information:

June 28
Kids: MakeArt: Reimagined Costume Jewelry Accessories 
The worshop begins with a tour of Jennifer Crupi: A Display of Gestures, an exhibition of 15 wearable artworks in metal exploring body language and communication. Then spend the afternoon deconstructing costume jewelry from our treasure trove. Design, layer, and fasten the jewelry together to create one-of-a-kind accessories. Snack provided. For children ages eight to 12. Tickets: $10. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. Information:

Wednesday July 2
Politics: District 10 Supervisor Candidate Debate 
Looking ahead to the November 4th election, the Potrero Hill Democratic Club presents a debate featuring incumbent Supervisor Malia Cohen and challenger Tony Kelly; other participants will be announced as they confirm. Moderator will be San Francisco Chronicle politics reporter Marisa Lagos, whose focus is the Board of Supervisors. 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street @ Southern Heights. For information and updates: or Facebook.

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