Community Calendar – April 2018

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“Yellow Pond” by Celeste Chin, Oil on canvas. Explore more than 100 artists’ studios at the Hunters Point Shipyard on April 21 and 22. Image: Courtesy of Celeste Chin

Now through Sat 4/21
Art: California College of the Arts Graduate Program in Fine Arts Exhibition
Emerging artists from CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts debut their work in an exhibition at Minnesota Street Project. Opening reception: Saturday, April 14, 3 to 6 p.m. Exhibit: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street. More information:

4/2 Monday
Community: San Francisco Permaculture Talk
Kevin, from the San Francisco Permaculture Guild, will talk about the 18th and Rhode Island Garden. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

Tues 4/3 and Tues 4/10
Art: Tuesday Night Drawing Series
Learn to sketch from a live model (clothed). Adults only. 6 to 8 p.m. $25 to $99. Hosted by Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture.  Arch Art Supplies, 10 Carolina Street. Class size is limited. More details and to sign-up:

4/4 Wednesday
Music: Soul Delights
Join us for a lively performance. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

Wed 4/4 through Tues 4/17
Film: San Francisco International Film Festival
America’s longest-running film festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival is a showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation. The 61st edition features nearly 200 films and live events, 14 juried awards, with close to $40,000 in cash prizes and upwards of 100 participating filmmakers.  More information on film line-up, venues, and tickets, with discounts offered for packages:

4/7 Saturday
Music: Sukhawat Ali Khan
Live music by Sufi singer, Sukhawat Ali Khan. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

4/8 Sunday
Music: Introduction to Ukelele
Are you Uke-curious? Please come to this introductory class, ages 21+. No experience necessary! You’ll receive a delicious beer from Harmonic and a ukelele to use during the session. $25. Harmonic Brewing, 1050 26th Street. More information and to sign-up:

4/12 Thursday
Music: Kevin Patrick McGee
Live music by singer-songwriter Kevin Patrick McGee, whose poetic, and occasionally amusing, original tunes spans alt-country, bluegrass, folk, and rock. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

Saturday 4/14 and Saturday 4/21
Art: Urban Sketching Workshop
Artist David Tenorio teaches urban sketching, a unique way to document the people, places and experiences you encounter daily. We’ll be sketching at the Yerba Buena Gardens, a park with the perfect mix of people, trees, flowers, and more. No experience required.  Fee pays for a handmade sketchbook, artist quality supplies, and an informational handout to help you learn all you need to draw the world around you. $40 a person. Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard Street. Sponsored by the Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture. More information and to sign-up:

4/15 Sunday
Community: Sunday Streets Bayview and Dogpatch
A neighborhood celebration and five-hour party, where the streets are closed to vehicles, to enable pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, yogis, and everyone except cars to take over the streets for an afternoon. Expect treasure hunts, dance performances, hula hooping, dodgeball games, yoga classes, bubble parties, and tons more fun stuff, all for free. More information:

Mon 4/16 through Sun 4/22
Spirituality: Emerging Rituals
Emerging Rituals is a series of powerful demonstrations that invite participants to immerse themselves in a wide range of practices and rites. This event, Experiencing New Ways of Honoring and Celebrating End of Life, includes live demonstrations of end-of-life topics: death doula, natural death care, shrouding, and memory celebrations. Also featured are discussions by experts on cremation, home funerals, green burial, and the creation of a heart will. Free. The Rotunda of St. Gregory’s of NYSSA Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro Street. More information and to sign-up:

4/20 Friday
Music: James Everett
Rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop singer. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

4/21 Saturday
Environment: Earth Day San Francisco
Celebrate the 49th year of Earth Day, and the 100-year anniversary of the Save the Redwoods League. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “Stand for the Redwoods/Stand for the Future.” Talks will be conducted throughout the day on such topics as conservation, climate change, recycling, and the intersection of politics, technology and the environment. The festival will also feature entertainment, an organic celebrity chef showcase, food trucks, wine and beer gardens, a “clean energy zone,” demonstrations of earth-friendly products, an electric vehicle showcase, kids’ zone and more. Free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Civic Center Plaza. For more information:

4/21 Saturday
Film: Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa
In 19th Century Japan, a wandering samurai comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and pits them against one other to free the town. Theatre of Yugen’s artistic director, Nick Ishimaru, will present a pre-show lecture on the conflict of giri and ninjo — “duty” and “human feelings” – that form a central theme in the Edo-period drama. 6 p.m. $5. Theater of Yugen, 2840 Mariposa Street. More information:; to purchase tickets:

4/21 Saturday
Health: Senior Smiles and Wellness Health Fair
Those age 55 and older are invited to receive free health and wellness services, including hearing, dental, oral cancer, cholesterol, bone density and denture screenings, as well as blood glucose and blood pressure testing. Plus, learn about local community resources for seniors, meet friendly students, faculty and staff. Screenings are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Free. Reservations not required. University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, at Minna. More information:

Saturday 4/21 to Sunday 4/22
Art: Shipyard Artists’ Open Studios
Experience San Francisco’s largest arts community. For one weekend, more than 100 artist studios open their shipyard doors to the public to showcase paintings, sculptures, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics, and more. There are seasoned and emerging artists to be discovered at this hidden gem on the Bay’s edge. Free. Visitors will be greeted with an informational brochure and directed to free and abundant parking. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 451 Galvez Avenue. More information:

4/25 Wednesday
Music: Daniel Berkman
Potrero Hill resident Daniel Berkman is 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.

4/26 Thursday
Music: GT2
GT-squared plays 20th Century music. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

4/30 Monday
Political Engagement: Burrito Project
San Francisco’s Burrito Project is a community-supported group that makes and delivers vegan burritos to hungry and homeless people. Each event takes about three hours for food preparation, burrito assembly, and delivery. Volunteers of all ages welcome; parents need to be present to supervise their children. Registration required. More information: