Community Calendar: December 2021

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Now through Sunday 1/30/2022
Film: “Illuminated Frames”
Drawing inspiration from nature and optical effects, these imaginative light studies offer a landscape of visual impressions. The cinema’s dimmed atmosphere sets the perfect scene to take in this array of colorful illuminations of brilliant ideas. $19.95 to $29.95. Exploratorium, Pier 15. For more information, including showtimes and tickets.

Saturday 12/4
Holidays: Minnesota Street Project Winter Art Fair
The Project’s facilities and studio artists will transform the 1275 Lounge into a popup shop. Browse handmade ceramics, jewelry, wearables, fiber arts, fine art, woodwork, and more. All work is giftable, shippable, and created by Bay Area artists. 1 to 7 p.m. 1275 Minnesota Street. 

Saturday 12/4
Holidays: Holidays on the [Bernal] Hill
A neighbor-made gift and art fair. Discover local arts, crafts, and epicurean delights. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, including a map of participating artists/vendors.

Saturday 12/4
History: Memories to Light: Never Brighter
Commissioned by McEvoy arts, composers Danny Clay and Theresa Wong perform a score to accompany the movie collage, Memories to Light: Never Brighter, by documentary filmmaker Chet Canlas. The flick creates a honeycomb lens of Asian America by interweaving home movies from the collection of the Center for Asian American Media with archival images from the Manilatown Heritage Foundation. 5 p.m. $12 to $15. McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 1150 25th Street, Building B. For more information and tickets.

Weekends in December
Health: Outdoor Yoga in Golden Gate Park
Outdoor yoga offers a Vinyasa style flow, linking breath to movement to foster presence, concentration, and connection while building health, strength, and flexibility. Variations offered throughout class for students to choose their level. Presented by Divine Yoga Studio. Saturdays and Sundays in December. 10 a.m. $13 .Golden Gate Park. For more information and to purchase tickets.

Wednesday 12/8
Genealogy: “DNA Tests to Support Your Genealogy Research”
At-home DNA tests have become affordable, but is it for you? Do you know how DNA works? Which DNA test will answer your questions? Which company should you use? How should you interpret your ethnicity results? What’ll you do after you receive your DNA results? These questions will be answered in this workshop. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $29. Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Francisco State University via Zoom. Open to all. However, participants must establish an account with OLLI SF State to register. To easily establish an account: To learn more about the course.

Saturday 12/11
Holidays: Graphic Arts Workshop’s Holiday Event
Join a community of master fine art printers for a holiday popup. Affordably priced original prints for home decoration and gifts available for purchase. Tours of the cooperative printshop. Afterwards, stop next door at the Museum of Craft and Design store for a special Friends and Family 21 percent discount. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. American Industrial Center, 2562 Third Street. 

Saturday 12/18
Holidays: Dogpatch Potters’ Pottery Sidewalk Sale

Local pottery artists. 12 noon – 5 p.m. 806 22nd Street. More information on the Dogpatch Potters:

Saturday 12/18
Holidays: Thrive City Winter Wonderland
The magic continues with a fully immersive Holiday Spectacular at Winter Wonderland presented by Chase. Enjoy a live music showcase, artisan market with local vendors, live reindeer feedings, family and pet photos with Santa, and more. Indulge in seasonal treats, snap the perfect holiday photo and create memories that’ll last a lifetime. Event begins at 2 p.m. Free (RSVP required). For more information and to reserve a space.

Photo of performer, Neal Francis

Thursday, 1/6/2022
Music: Neal Francis at The Independent
Chicago native Neal Francis will perform at The Independent as part of a U.S. tour to support his new album. In Plain Sight was mixed by Grammy-winning producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT), available for streaming and purchase. After returning home from touring on the back of his 2019 debut album Changes, Francis went through a breakup and found himself living in a church, where he wrote a series of songs about honesty and resilience. Francis and his bandmates recorded In Plain Sight entirely on tape, mostly in that same church. The songs are dreamlike and reflective, anchored in the rock and soul sound that has led critics to compare him to legends like Allen Toussaint and Dr. John. 8 p.m. $20. The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street. For more information and to purchase tickets.