Community Calendar – August 2017

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Now through 8/31 – Art: Sofia Carmi
Mystical colors. Paintings in Oil. Opening event August 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Suggested donation. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street. For more information and to register:

Now through 9/24 – Art: Portals Connecting San Francisco to the World
Since its 2014 launch, Portals have connected more than 30,000 people across 20 countries in one-on-one dialogues, using technology that makes it as easy to call someone down the street as across the globe. The project envisions a world where no matter what the activity — work, exploration, play — people from all walks of life can enjoy the benefits of doing it with other human beings from communities unlike their own. Shared Studios created Portals, and with the idea that they’ll become permanent fixtures around the globe. Community partners have built Portals in diverse locations, including Syrian refugee camps, Afghan universities, and Mexican public parks. Notable guests who have engaged the Portals network include Barack Obama, Ban Ki-moon, John Kerry, Penny Pritzker, Samantha Power, Haider al-Abadi, Sergey Brin, Fareed Zakaria, Josh Radnor, Doug Liman and Ewan McGregor. Free. Southeastern corner of the East Beach parking lot, Crissy Field. For schedule and reservation information: and

August 1 – Art: Botanical/Science Drawing
Arch hosts a drawing class on Tuesday nights! 6 to 8 p.m. $15. Adults only. Arch, 10 Carolina Street. Sponsored by Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture. Class size is limited. For more information and to register:

August 2 – 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. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

8/4 through 8/6 – Art: American Craft Show
The American Craft Show features more than 230 of the country’s top contemporary craft artists. Collectors and design enthusiasts can engage in four experiential showcases: Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft; Style Slam; Let’s Make; and Hip Pop. As the West Coast’s largest juried fine craft show, the 2017 San Francisco event is expected to draw more than 10,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts. Shop one-of-a-kind, fine-quality crafts and meet the country’s most talented artists. Tickets: $10.50 to $46. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard. To purchase tickets and
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8/4 through 8/26 – Art: Love is Still Here
In the spirit of the Summer of Love, 12 printmakers from Graphic Arts Workshop in Dogpatch exhibit fine art prints utilizing a variety of techniques. Opening reception: Saturday, August 5, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 2565 Third Street, Suite 305, next door to the Museum of Craft and Design. Exhibit on view Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Free. For more information: Clare Metague

August 5 – Music: Amalgamation
A “stripped down” set of Americana/Blues/Alt-Country tunes consisting of vocals, duo acoustic guitars, harmonica and kick drum. Think foot-stomping tunes inspired by the likes of Jack White, Alabama Shakes, Johnny Cash and Rosetta Tharpe. 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

August 5 – Art: Flower Arranging
Learn to make a beautiful bouquet. Open workshop from 2 to 4 p.m., all ages welcome. $10. Arch, 10 Carolina Street. Sponsored by Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture. Supplies are limited; register at

8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29 – Dance: Lindy Hop Swing Dance Classes and Live Music Dance Party
The Woodchopper’s Ball is San Francisco’s newest weekly swing dance event! Learn the Lindy Hop, the original swing dance craze from 1930’s Harlem! Live music swing dance party, with a different band each week, 9 to 11:30 p.m., $10, students free, all ages. Admission includes a basic lesson:  beginning, 8 to 9 p.m., intermediate,
7 to 8 p.m.  Brought to you by Lindy in the Park instructors, Hep Jen and Ken Watanabe. No partner or experience required. Full four-week class series: $75/month ($60 in advance), $20/week drop-in. Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street. Huge dance floor, and full bar (21+ only)! For more information and to register:

August 10 – Music: Bum Wagler & The Tune Wranglers
Live music by Bum Wagler & The Tune Wranglers, who play original tunes in the Honky Tonk country vein. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

August 11 – Art: Flower Arranging
Make a beautiful bouquet. Open workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., all ages welcome. $10. Arch, 10 Carolina Street. Sponsored by Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture. Supplies are limited, register at

August 12 – Art: Kid’s Storytime Art
What could be better than reading a story together, and then making art inspired by that story? Ages three and up. 12:15 to
1:15 p.m. $15. Arch, 10 Carolina Street. Sponsored by Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture. Class size is limited. For more information and to register:

August 12 – Community: Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale
A Bernal Heights tradition and arguably the largest single day garage sale is back. Over 150 households participated in 2016. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information:

August 16 – Music: Soul Delights
Live music by Soul Delights. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

August 17 – Music: Jazz Herstory Collective
Jazz Herstory Collective celebrates the Bay Area’s long and deep history of extraordinary women playing jazz, funk, rock and soul. Featuring some of the most prodigious young musicians on the Bay Area scene, JHC has honed an infectiously grooving repertoire of jazz classics, original soul jazz and contemporary styles. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets. For more information:

8/17 – 8/27 – Theater: Radical Hope & the New Resistance
3Girls Theatre (3GT) Company presents The 6th Annual New Works Festival, representing the best of 3GT‘s efforts to develop, produce and promote original work by women playwrights. This year’s theme, 3GT Celebrates Radical Hope and The New Resistance, explores the need for artists to never let go of hope, despite what political forces surround us. Like many artists and citizens, 3GT felt discouraged and disenfranchised by the 2016 election results. This year’s theme relates to the helplessness many people feel due to the new regime in Washington, and allows people to express frustration in a constructive way. Free; reservations recommended. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street. For show times and reservations:

August 19 – Food: Preserved Lemons Workshop
Moroccan Tagines. Tangy Garnishes. All can be within your culinary reach with a preserved lemon in your pantry! Learn from the expert teachers from the University of California Master Food Preservers. Bring home a lovely jar of preserved lemons. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $20. Umpqua Bank, 415 De Haro Street. Sponsored by Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture. For more information and to register:

August 19 – Art: Introduction to Book Binding
Learn the art of book making, with Megan Adie. All materials provided; you’ll go home with lovely crafted books! 1 to 3 p.m. $45. Arch, 10 Carolina Street. Sponsored by Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture. For more information and to register:

August 19 – Film: Animal Film Festival
Designed to both entertain and educate, the Animal Film Festival screens funny, warm-hearted, and joyful films. The program is divided into three sessions, with two 15-minute intermissions. 12 to 4 p.m. From $10, single session, to $25, all day pass. The San Francisco SPCA, 250 Florida Street. For more information and to purchase tickets:

August 21 – Science: 76 Percent Solar Eclipse
On Monday, August 21, 2017, North America will be treated to a solar eclipse. Anyone within the path of totality will see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun, and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. In San Francisco, where observers will be outside this path, the eclipse starts at 9:01 a.m., the maximum phase, 76 percent, at 10:15 a.m., with the eclipse ending at 11:37 a.m. Free. For more information:

August 27 – Games: Coin Op’s Free Play Sundays
Coin Op is a 10,000-square foot South-of-Market space that was transformed from a steel foundry into a two-story bar and game room with more than 40 pinball and video games. On the last Sunday of every month all pinball machines and arcade games are set on free play. Full bar and menu available. 21 and over. Free. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Coin Op Game Room, 508 4th Street. For more information and latest schedule: or 628.444.3277

August 29 – Books: Ready or Not
A new cookbook from the James Beard award-nominees and New York Times best-selling creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the wildly popular blog, app, and best-selling cookbook. Ready or Not makes healthy Paleo home cooking a breeze, whether there’s time to prepare or just minutes to spare. 6 p.m. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building. For more information:

August 30 – Books: The Cooking Gene: A Journey Though African American Culinary History in the Old South
Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who “owns” it is one of the most provocative touch points in ongoing struggles over race and appropriation. Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of Southern cuisine. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Omnivore Books, 3885a Cesar Chavez Street. For more information:

September 10 – Community: Potrero Hill Democratic Club’s 9th Annual Party & “Shop Local” Silent Auction
You are invited to enjoy food, drink, friends and great deals! Potrero Hill Democratic Club’s “Shop Local” Silent Auction is a party for the community and a fundraiser for the club’s many educational and service-oriented activities. PHDC’s 9th Annual Party and “Shop Local” Silent Auction will feature lots of tempting items for your bidding pleasure from the wonderful merchants (many new to the neighborhood) and artists of Potrero Hill, Dogpatch & environs, and snacks courtesy of club members and local eateries. No-host bar.Admission is free and open to the public. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dogpatch Saloon, 2496 Third Street at 22nd Street. For more information and updates: