Through April 8
Community: Free Tax Prep
The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, in partnership with the San Francisco Housing Corporation and the United Way of the Bay Area, will provide free tax filing services for households with income less than $54,000. Every Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., Nabe, 953 DeHaro Street. Walk-in only. Information: 415.822.1022
Community: Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House Grand Opening
The Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House celebrates its grand opening in Mission Bay, along the shores of the San Francisco Bay, just south of AT&T Park. For more than thirty years, Family House has served as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, providing physical comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns. Ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.; 540 Mission Bay Boulevard North, at Third Street. Information: familyhouseinc.org.
Art: Museum of Craft and Design Lab: Glass Marbling
The folks at Hot Glass, Cold Beer join the Craft Lab party to teach how to add colorful marbling to a hand-blown drinking glass. Beer and snacks included. 7 to 9:30 p.m., Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. $10 non-crafters, $13 nonmember craft, $5 members, $5 veterans. Information: sfmcd.org or 415.773.0303.
March 4 through May 8
Culture: China at the Center; Rare World Maps
Travel back 400 years to an era when the globe was being mapped and its marvels discovered. Through two rare maps – collaborations between Jesuit priests and Chinese scholars – explore what 17th Century cartographers knew of the world and what they imagined, such as mermaids, giants and unicorns. These maps transport us to a time of exploration, collaboration and wonder. Open during museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting March 17. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street. Tickets: Members, Free; Children under 12, Free; Adults, $20. Information: asianart.org/exhibitions.
March 5th and 6th
History: San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint 2016
The Old Mint hosts a series of pop-up museums of San Francisco history with almost 80 organizations telling the stories of the City’s unique past. Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors and other history enthusiasts for this unique event. Saturday, 11 to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 to 4 p.m. Free. 88 5th Street. Information: sfhistorydays.org.
Art: Abigail Drapkin Opening
Art opening for Abigail Drapkin. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Farley’s, 1315 18th Street. Information: 415.648.1545.
Music/Nightlife: Maureen McVerry: Love will Kick Your Ass
Critically-acclaimed musical theater singer and comedic cabaret artist Maureen McVerry presents her new solo cabaret show, Love Will Kick Your Ass, brimming with songs that celebrate love in all its forms: old love, new love, true love and the power of love to make you feel elated, and then weep like a baby. Maureen will be accompanied by a three-piece combo including Johnny Verry, bass, Victor Flaviani, percussion, with piano and musical direction by Dave Dobrusky. Directed by F. Allen Sawyer. 7 p.m. Oasis, 298 11th Street, at Folsom. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Information: sfoasis.com or 415.661.1260.
Music: Daniel Berkman
Live music by Potrero Hill resident Daniel Berkman, a composer, multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the kora, a 21-stringed harp/lute from West Africa. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street. Information: 415.648.1545.
March 10 through 20
Film: Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Film Festival
Entering its 34th year, CAAMFest is a celebration of film, music, food and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian-American artists. This year’s films include Tyrus, A Tale of Three Cities, Daze of Justice, and Right Footed. Home is a Hotel, a short film directed by Todd Sills and Kevin D. Wong, follows Huan Di and her daughter, Jessica, who live in an eight by 10 feet San Francisco room with no kitchen or bathroom. Recent immigrants from China, they navigate a new language and culture while living in single-room occupancy hotels, a vital but disappearing housing option for the City’s working class. Producer Rowan Brooks owns Potrero Hill-based Lucky Dragon Productions. With showings at the Castro Theatre, New People Cinema and New Parkway Theater (Oakland), CAAM adds the Roxie Theater and the Alamo Drafthouse to its venues. For more information and show times: caamfest.com
Women’s Month: SHERO Luncheon
To celebrate women’s month, Potrero Hill Neighborhood House is hosting a SHERO Luncheon honoring local SHEROS for their contribution to the community. Noon, Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Shervon Hunter, 415.826.8080
Dance: A Revolution in Aesthetics, The Dance Legacy of Isadora Duncan
Lois Flood performs the historical dances of Isadora Duncan, including lively and expressive lyrical and dramatic dances. Greek myths are the theme of many of the dances. Marjorie Lynn Wagner, poet-artist, will read quotes by Duncan. All ages will enjoy these exquisite, historical dances from the repertory of an artist who revolutionized dance. Question period offered at the end of the program. 3 p.m., Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro Street. Free. Information: 925.820.2750.
Music: Matt Bacnis Band
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 listeners with catchy melodies mixed with a campfire sing-along groove. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street. Information: 415.648.1545.
Music: Soul Delights
Live Music by the ever-popular Soul Delights. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street. Information: 415.648.1545.
Community: Farley’s 27th Anniversary and St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Join us in the morning for bagpipes and Irish music, approximately 9 a.m. to noon. Enjoy Irish Stew and soda bread throughout the day. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street. Information: 415.648.1545.
Art Lecture: Aaron Hughes: TEA
On the anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, join artist veteran Aaron Hughes for a special performance in conjunction with his exhibition featured piece, Nine Teacups. TEA is an ongoing dialogue that traverses a variety of landscapes, from the tea sipped on a Chicago sidewalk, to a quaint coffee shop, to a cage in Guantanamo Bay, to a motor pool in Iraq; tea isn’t only a favored drink but a shared moment that transcends cultural divides and systems of oppression. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. Tickets: $10 non-members, $5 seniors/students, veterans and members free. Space is limited to 20. Please pre–register. Noone turned away for lack of funds. Information: sfmcd.org or 415.773.0303.
Art: ArtSpan Juried Art Auction
This auction draws avid art appreciators to bid on 120 artworks in diverse mediums by local artists in live and silent auctions. All of ArtSpan’s programs are supported by this event. VIP Reception: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., General Admission: 6:30 to 10 p.m. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street. For Ticket prices and more information: artspan.org.