Art: Camila Perez-Goddard, A Mother’s Love
Hill native Camila Perez-Goddard’s collection of paintings and illustrations from her newly published bilingual book, A Mother’s Love, are on display at Goat Hill Pizza. Camila wrote and illustrated the book in response to the sudden death of her sister, who left behind a one-year-old son. Her book can serve as a tool for bereaved children in coping with death. Reception: July 20, 2-5 p.m. Free. Goat Hill Pizza Restaurant, 300 Connecticut Street. Information: 641.1440.
July 11 through August 29
Art: John Zaklikowski, Driven
Using discarded hard drives, circuit boards, and miscellaneous electronic parts as his primary working materials, Zaklikowski arranges these salvaged components into intricate geometric patterns to create epic wall hangings and furniture-scale sculptures. Sometimes satirical, other times reverent; labyrinths and mandalic forms emerge from the 21st century technologist’s junk pile. Reception: July 11, 6-8 p.m. Free. Dogpatch Café and Art Gallery, 2295 3rd Street. Information: zaklikowski.com
July 16 through August 16
Patterns, a breathtaking new comedy-drama that features a series of magical vignettes which flow from one to the next, each raising questions about love: how a first love affects a person’s outlook on life; how the pressure of love’s weight is felt; and how love can change one’s awareness of time and space. Performance artist and The New Stage founder, Amy Munz, uses a passionate combination of live performance and video installation art to explore a wider poetic, emotional landscape. Munz’s work is framed by a larger movement of artists who are responding to computer network structures and to the dominant way of searching that has been fostered by the internet. Patterns is an exciting contribution to this fresh genre that explores a dendritic way of thinking and imagining. $30. 7 to 8:30 p.m. French American International High School, 66 Page Street. Information: TheNewStage.com or call 800.838.3006.
Live Music: Soul Delights
The ever popular Soul Delights always draw a crowd at Farley’s. Come enjoy the tunes. Free. 7:30 p.m. Farley’s, 1315-178th Street.
Science: Market Days at the Exploratorium
Explore the free open-air mini-festival that brings together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators and features curated art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays. 11 a.m.– 3 p.m. Free. Exploratorium, Pier 15, Plaza, Information:exploratorium.org
This workshop is inspired by the museum’s summer exhibition, Joe Brubaker and The Exquisite Gardeners: A Visible Transparency Project. Joe’s work has been described as “art that sparkles, shines and exists for its own sake like a three-dimensional poem.” Take a self-guided tour of the exhibitions, then make a 3D paper poetry flora using recycled books and book art techniques. Combine your family’s creations to make your own poetry garden. For families of all ages. Free with admission. 1 to 4 p.m. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. Information: sfmcd.org
July 24-August 10
Film: 34th Annual SF Jewish Film Festival
The first and still the largest of its kind, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues to present the very best in independent Jewish cinema, offering a full complement of films, festivities, special discussion programs and international guests that highlight 5773 years of culture. The festival kicks off with Nadav Schirman’s documentary The Green Prince, the opening night film at Sundance and the winner of the world documentary audience award. The festival also presents Pepe Danquart’s film Run Boy Run. Based on a true story, the film tells the harrowing tale of a young man as he struggles to evade capture by the Nazis and ward off starvation. Dozens of other wonderful films not to be missed. Ticket price and location varies. Information: call Box Office, 621.0523 or visit sfjff.org for full schedule.
Air: Berkeley Kite Festival
Arrive where the earth, wind, and sky combine to create an unequaled festival experience—for the past 29 years. Watch every kind of kite launched into the air for a colorful and magical wind performance. The Berkeley Kite Festival is known as one of the premier free family festivals on the West Coast. Performances by Kite Team of Japan, and stunt kite flyers, Rokkaku Battles and Taiko Dylan Platt Band. Activities will include: kite making, candy drop, petty zoo, pony rides, arts and more. Kids of all ages will enjoy. Free. Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, Berkeley. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 510.235.KITE or visit highlinekites.com
Since 1987, comic Merle Kessler and musician Joshua Raoul Brody have been inviting a few dozen of their closest friends to each sing a song they’ve always wanted to sing, but have never had the opportunity. The resulting show, called An Evening of Song, is an embarassment — some might call it a humiliation — of riches, ranging from old chestnuts to new originals, jazzy instrumentals to a cappella Bulgarian folk songs, sublime ballads to ridiculous novelties, all accompanied by Brody’s stalwart Experimental Love Orchestra. The singers run the gamut from seasoned professional to deer-in-the-headlight neophytes, with most falling somewhere in the middle. The result is a little bit Prairie Home Companion, a little American Idol, a little Gong Show, and a whole lot of something you’ve never heard before. Tickets: $14 advance, $17 door. 7:30 p.m. St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk. Information: noevalleymusicseries.com
Matt Bacnis Band is a southern influenced pop band from Seattle, Washington. Known for their unique blend of gospel, country and pop, the band captivates their listeners with catchy melodies mixed with a campfire sing-along groove. Since their start in 2012, the band has played on Seattle radio, toured the west coast and issued a music video, Southern Belle. Free. 8 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 – 18th Street. Information: farleyscoffee.com
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