Claude Monet, “On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt,” 1868. Oil on canvas, 32 1/16 x 39 5/8 in. The Art Institute of Chicago, Potter Palmer Collection. 1922.427. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago.

Community Calendar: February 2017

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Now through February 14
Library: Forgiveness Program
For the first time since 2009, the San Francisco Public Library is offering their “Fine Forgiveness Program, under which SFPL will waive late fees on all returned books, compact discs, DVDs and other materials, regardless of how overdue they are. For more information:

Now through February 15
Theater:  Re-Opening
PlayGround, reopens under the new name “Potrero Stage: The PlayGround Center for New Plays.”   To mark the occasion, PlayGround commissioned eight of its alumni to create a theatrical imagining of Potrero Hill’s past, present and future. Through The Potrero Nuevo Project audiences will journey over 250 years to experience the people, places, and times that shaped the area: the Ohlone, who first hunted and fished here; Spanish missionaries and early Californios who “settled” the region; Kit Carson, the De Haro twins, and the Mexican-American War; survivors of the 1906 earthquake; Fritz Maytag and the birth of the craft brewing movement; a Potrero Annex family on the eve Hope SF reconstruction, and beyond. The Potrero Nuevo Project, helmed by PlayGround company member Margo Hall and founding artistic director Jim Kleinmann, runs through February 19. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street. To purchase tickets and more information, visit

Now through February 25
Art: Figure Drawings
Bay Area Figurative Drawing: 1958 to 1968, including David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff and James Weeks. Brian Gross Fine
Arts, 248 Utah Street. For more information:

Now through March 31
Art: Mystical Colors by artist Sofia Carmi
University of California, San Francisco Memory and Aging Center, 675 Nelson Rising Lane, Suite 190. Artist reception 2/23/17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Plenty of parking on Third Street; close to a T line stop. For more information, contact Sofia Carmi at

February 4 – Lecture: Photography
Professor Alexander Nemerov, chair of Stanford University’s Art & Art History Department, lectures on Diane Arbus’s photographs taken at mental asylums between 1969 and 1971, exploring the relation of these extraordinary pictures to the poems of Arbus’s brother, the poet Howard Nemerov. Nemerov is Howard’s son, Arbus’s nephew. This lecture is based on his recently published book, Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus & Howard Nemerov (Fraenkel Gallery, 2015). Free with advance registration. 3 to
5 p.m. 1275 Minnesota Street Project. For more information:

February 4 – Art: Deborah Howard-Page and Sonja Lindstrom
Featuring cupid art. 7 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

February 5, February 10, February 19
History:  Dogpatch Walking Tour
The City Guides Dogpatch/Potrero Point tours are on offered on the second Friday of the month at 2 p.m., and the first and third Sundays of the month at 11 a.m.  Meet in front of Dogpatch Cafe on Third and 20th streets.   No steep hills; the tour last from 90 to 120 minutes.  Free. For more information:

February 6 – Film: Bully
PREFund and University of California, San Francisco Committee on Family Services presents Bully, a documentary that offers an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying touched five kids and their families. This film captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, communities, and society as a whole, and is appropriate for adults and teens supervised by a parent. Tickets: $1, purchase at 6 to 8:30 p.m., Genentech Hall, UCSF, Mission Bay, 600 16th Street. Enter from Koret Quad.

February  8 – 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.

February  8 – Community: Esprit Park
Join San Francisco Planning and Recreation and Parks departments for a public workshop focusing on Esprit Park. City staff and Fletcher Studio will present different scenarios for circulation, uses, and other aspects  of the park based on previous workshops, focus groups, and surveys.  Workshop participants will be asked, through a series of structured exercises, which components they prefer. Feedback will help assign City funding to Esprit Park, and form the basis for a future detailed design effort. The interagency municipal team will also be available to provide updates on the Indiana Street Bikeway and Residential Parking District. Refreshments provided. 7 to 9 p.m. Potrero Hill Recreation Center, 821 Arkansas Street. For more information:

February 10 – February 19
Alcohol:  San Francisco Beer Week
More than 125 breweries are participating in this year’s SF Beer Week, the largest, annual gathering of the Northern California craft beer community.  Opening gala: Friday 2/10, 6 to 10 p.m. For the full list of breweries, and more information:

February  11 – Parade: Chinese New Year
Named one of the world’s top ten parades by the International Festivals and Events Association, San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade was started in the 1860’s as a means to educate the community about Chinese culture. The parade and festival have grown
to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside Asia. Parade highlights include elaborate floats, lion and folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 268 foot long Golden Dragon. The parade will be broadcast live on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF 26 (Chinese broadcast). 5:15 to 8 p.m. For more information: http://

February  11 – Baseball: KNBR FanFest 2017
Includes live KNBR broadcasts from the field, player question sessions, free autographs, a kids’ zone and more. Meet players like Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, and others, plus a chance to take photographs with the World Series Trophies. Note that lines to meet popular players can be extremely long; come prepared to be patient. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. AT & T Park, San Francisco.

February  15 – Community:  Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District General Board Meeting.
Board of Directors meeting. Free. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tivoli Room, University of California San Francisco-Mission Bay, 654 Minnesota Street. For more information:

February  21 – Community:  Streetscape Draft Concepts
Dogpatch Neighborhood Association hosts the ‘Community Reveal’ draft concept streetscape plans for Dogpatch, developed from public meetings and feedback at DNA and Green Benefit District meetings, including proposals for new sidewalks, crosswalks, trees, sidewalk plantings, bike lanes, and more. Come review the final draft concepts and give feedback.  Municipal staff will
be available to provide updates on the Indiana Street Bikeway and Residential Parking District.  Refreshments provided. 7 to 9 p.m. Harmonic Brewing, 1050 26th Street. For more information:

February  25 – Music: Eli and the Approach
Local acoustic music band, featuring lead singer Eli Becker, Dave Gabine on percussion, Chris Martin on guitar. The Approach performs classic songs from the 1970s and 1980s mixed with current hip hop and alternative songs. 7:30 to 9 p.m.

February  25 – Art: Monet
Opening of Monet: The Early Years, the first major American exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s career. Through 5/29. Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue. For more information:

February  26 – Market:  Treasure Island Flea
Each month, this modern urban market houses roughly 400 curated vendors selling originally-made and designed items, art, and antiques. And there’s more than 25 food trucks, live music, workshops, kids games, and bars with seasonal cocktails, local wines and brews. $3 admission. Free parking. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information:

February  26 – Science: California Academy of Sciences Free Admission Day
The California Academy of Sciences, a world-class scientific and cultural institution located in Golden Gate Park, with a 400,000 square-foot structure that houses an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and four-story rainforest all under a living roof, hosts four free days a year. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note that final entry to the museum is one hour before closing. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis; early arrival is recommended due to the likelihood of high demand. Hours may change seasonally; check for the latest hours of operation.