Community Calendar – April 2021

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Spoken Word: Oral Florist
Oral Florist, by Rita Bullwinkel, is a sound library of authors, musicians, and artists reading texts encountered in their daily lives, presented as an interactive garden in which visitors click on a bud to watch a flower bloom as they listen to a recording. The petals were gathered from San Francisco flower shops and wildflower gardens. An algorithm makes the petals bloom randomly; no two flowers are the same. Oral Florist afternoon tea and panel discussion on April 21. Presented by Minnesota Street Project Adjacent. Free. For more information and to visit Oral Florist.

Now through 8/15
Art: Design by Time and Encoded Holidays
The Museum of Craft and Design reopens with two new exhibitions. Design by Time explores how the dynamic passage of time can be embodied within design objects. Encoded Holidays: Gary Hutton x Tom Bonauro is a 30-year multimedia project by two Bay Area design visionaries. Member preview day on March 31. Tickets $8 to $12. Twelve-years-old and younger free. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. For more information.

Through 4/4
Art: “Entwined” at Golden Gate Park
An illuminating art installation in Golden Gate Park transforms Peacock Meadow into an enchanted forest of otherworldly shapes and ever-changing light. “Entwined,” by San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken, honors the park’s 150th Anniversary. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Peacock Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 240 John F. Kennedy Drive. For more information.

Saturday 4/3
Community: Spring Fling on the (Bernal) Hill
A celebration of spring! Discover crafts from local artisans. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. For more information.

Saturday 4/3 and every weekend through June 
Community: Chinatown “Walkway Weekends”
Chinatown is open for business! Iconic Grant Avenue, between California and Washington streets, is closed to traffic for a pleasant open walkway under vibrant red lanterns. Enjoy a historic stroll, outdoor dining, and unique shopping. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For more information.

Sunday 4/4
Religion: Free Easter Dinner with Tenderloin Tessie
Tenderloin Tessie offers a no-cost Easter dinner. It’s a to-go meal with some outdoor seating available along with live entertainment. Free clothing, gift bags, and personal protective equipment available to those waiting for the meal, as well as complimentary coffee and an individually wrapped dessert. Porta potties and wash stations will be on hand. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street. For more information.

Sunday 4/4
Art: Asian Art Museum
Through the power of art, the Asian Art Museum brings the diverse cultures of Asia to life. The institution is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 awe-inspiring works, including ancient jades and ceramics and contemporary video installations. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street. For more information, and full COVID-19 measures.

Monday 4/5
Stories: The Marsh’s Storytelling Night
Every Monday, The Marsh offers four live stories, familiar and new. Audience members get a chance to perform a five to 10-minute piece. 7:30 p.m. Join the Zoom room 15 minutes before showtime. Free; virtual tip jar available. For more information and Zoom link.

Wednesday 4/7
Parks: Japanese Tea Garden
The Tea Garden is limited to 100 guests at a time, with one-way pathways to avoid congestion. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 to 10 a.m. Japanese Tea Garden, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. For more information.

Saturday 4/10
Health: Learn to Meditate
This virtual session for beginners introduces the benefits of meditation, which can help settle the body and mind amid the swirl of daily life. Sitting in a balanced posture creates a steady calm that, with training, can become a way to meet whatever arises. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and find a good place to sit, or lie. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $0 to $25. Presented by San Francisco Zen Center and Asian Art Museum. To purchase tickets and for more information.

Tuesday 4/13
Parks: San Francisco Botanical Garden
The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the world’s most diverse commons, a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing more than 9,000 different kinds of plants. The Garden is free for San Franciscans; visitors can enjoy this treasure at no cost on the second Tuesday of the month. San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 Ninth Avenue. For more information.

Wednesday 4/14
Ballet: Alonzo King in conversation with Steven Winn
Alonzo King calls his works “thought structures,” created by manipulation of energies that exist in matter through laws, which govern the shapes and movement of everything. He’s guided Alonzo King LINES Ballet with his unique artistic vision since 1982. A writer and lecturer on the art of dance, his contributions appear in the books Masters of Movement: Portraits of American Choreographers and Dance Masters: Interviews with Legends of Dance. 6 p.m. $29. Presented by City Arts & Lectures online. For more information and to purchase tickets.

Saturday 4/17
Parks: National Parks Day
On “fee-free” days throughout the year enjoy complimentary entry to national parks and monuments, including Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park, and historic vessels at the Hyde Street Pier of San Francisco’ Maritime National Historical Park. Check with each park to confirm that its facilities are open and free. For more information on parks. For listing of local historical vessels.

Tuesday 4/20
Film: Mother, Daughter, Sister
Mother, Daughter, Sister exposes the Myanmar military’s use of rape as a weapon of war. The film follows Kachin and Rohingya women activists’ efforts to achieve justice, profiling four women: Shamima, a volunteer counselor working with survivors of military rape in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh; Dil Kayas, a teenage survivor; and San Lung and Lu Ra, sister and mother of two Kachin schoolteachers, brutally raped and killed in 2015, allegedly by the Myanmar military. 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Free. To register and for more information.