Community Calendar: February 2019

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Now through 2/10 Sunday – Theater: Playground Solo Performance Festival
PlayGround Solo Performance Festival features 11 Bay Area artists, with new works by Ron Campbell, Julie Gieseke, Malcolm Grissom, Emil Guillermo, Michael Phillis, Fred Pitts, Kathryn Seabron, and Talisha Tolliver, as well as special guests Marga Gomez, Matthew Martin, and Nina Wise. The event, initiated last winter as a new “pop-up” program, reflects PlayGround’s mission and commitment to the discovery of bold new voices for the stage. Tickets, $31 to $46. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street. For more information or to purchase tickets or call 415.992.6677.

2/2 Saturday – Art: Russell Crotty
Internationally recognized for his innovative drawing practice, Russell Crotty presents a new body of work that combines his fascination with space exploration and concerns about environmental degradation from the viewpoint of an accomplished amateur astronomer, passionate surfer and native Californian. Free. Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah Street. For more information

2/2 Saturday – Art: Michael Light

In his eighth solo exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery, Michael Light presents a new body of work from his ongoing aerial photographic survey of the arid American West. “Great Basin Autoglyphs and Pleistoseas” ventures into deep time, moving from habited, placed settlements into pure space and its attendant emptiness. The resulting images are abstract and painterly investigations that reveal hitherto unseen terrain imprinted by both human intervention and geological phenomena. Free. Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah Street. For more information.

2/2 Saturday – Art: MakeArt Family Day
Come to the first MakeArt Family Day of 2019! Walk through “Tex Gieling: Sixty Years” to be inspired by the various processes Tex used to create her unique body of work. Then, drop by the MakeArt Lab to imitate her drip technique with hot glue, and experiment with texture as you create your own textural painting. You’ll get to use natural and unexpected materials to make a wearable homage to the artist. Plus, decorate your swag bag with tape resist and play around with magnetic design. All ages welcome. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission to the Museum: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors. Free for children 12 and under. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. For more information

2/2 Saturday through 2/3 Sunday – Lunar New Year: 2019 Flower Market Fair
The Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair is held the weekend before Chinese New Year Day. Purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies, and supplies from more than 120 concessions. Delight in performances by traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers, and singers. Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway. Pacific, Jackson, and Washington streets between Stockton and Kearny streets. For more information

2/4 Monday – Music: Captain Casual
Live music and compact disc release party. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/6 Wednesday – Community: 2019 NEN Awards
The 11th annual Neighborhood Empowerment Network Awards (NEN) has become the City’s official celebration of community heroes, and is San Francisco’s way of honoring and celebrating the work of the residents and organizations who make the City an amazing place to live.  Free. RSVP:  https://bit.ly/2Mpmet4. 6 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall Rotunda, 1 Doctor Carlton B Goodlett Place.

2/6 Wednesday – Music: Daniel Berkman
Live music by Potrero Hill resident Daniel Berkman, a composer, multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the kora, a 21-stringed harp/lute from West Africa. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/8 Friday – Comedy: MC Sergio Novoa
Standup comedy by MC Sergio Novoa. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/8 Friday through 5/4 Saturday – Art: True Blue Mirror
“True Blue Mirror” is the Bay Area premiere exhibition of New York-based artists Ellen Berkenblit and Sarah Braman, featuring recent works from the McEvoy Family Collection. The exhibit stages a theatrical dialogue between Berkenblit’s gestural, semi-abstract paintings and Braman’s blocky, quasi-mystical sculptures and environments. Artists’ Talk: Saturday, February 9, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9, 5 to 8 p.m. Free. McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 1150 25th Street, Building B. For more information

2/13 Wednesday – Music: Soul Delights
Live music by Soul Delights. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/14 Thursday – Music: James Everett
Live music by James Everett, rhythm and blues, jazz and pop singer and performer. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/16 Saturday – Music: Marc Maynon and CD Onofrio
Folk music. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/21 Thursday – Music: Kevin Patrick McGee
Originals and select covers from the 1960’s to the present. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/23 Saturday – Literacy: Family Literacy Day
Organized by Urban Services YMCA SF, Family Literacy Day is an annual event promoting school success, improved school attendance, and parent involvement. Free books, games, and food, while supplies
last. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Potrero Hill Recreation and Park Department, 801 Arkansas Street. For more information, contact Betty Canton-Self at 415.678.0459 or email bcanton-self@ymcasf.org.

2/23 Saturday – Dance: Flamenco Dance
Live Flamenco dancing by Potrero Hill resident Damien Alvarez. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/23 Saturday – Art: Burning Man
Explore the creative spirit of Burning Man as an original western cultural movement, and its innovative paradigm of art as a participatory and interactive experience, unattached to traditional museums or commercial art markets. Technology has increasingly become a component of Burning Man art. The affinity between art and technology with the rise of Silicon Valley and the parallel evolution of the Burning Man movement will be featured. 2 to 4 p.m. Free with advance registration. Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park. To register and for more information.

2/23 Saturday – Lunar New Year: Chinese New Year Parade
Featuring floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious “lions,” exploding firecrackers, and the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite will be the new 288-foot Golden Dragon – Gum Lung – which takes a team of more than 180 men and women from the martial arts group White Crane to carry throughout the streets of San Francisco. Free for standing room; bleacher seats $35. For more information.

2/27 Wednesday – Music: GT2+1
Music of the 20th Century — Beatles, Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel, Clapton, Dylan, Van Morrison — a juicy assortment of tunes, featuring the song stylings of Ms. Alyssa Cox. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

2/28 Thursday through 3/23 Saturday – Theater: Transfers
Lucy Thurber’s Transfers opens Crowded Fire’s 21st home season of new and contemporary plays. Miles away from the South Bronx where they grew up, two students unexpectedly rediscover one other on the eve of an interview that’ll determine their future. Each are looking to transfer to a prestigious northeast college. As they prepare to bare their souls and show the faculty what they think they want, Cristofer and Clarence have to decide whether to adhere to their personal integrity or choose what they’re willing to fake to call a beautiful brick-and-ivy bastion of privilege home. Tickets $15 to $35. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street. To purchase tickets and for more information.

3/5 Tuesday – Dance: Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Live Music Swing Dance Party
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Clint Bakers New Orleans Jazz Band at the Woodchoppers Ball. Dance Party 9 to 11:30 p.m., $10, including a drop-in basic swing dance lesson suitable for beginners, 9 to 9:15 p.m. Full bar & lounge (21+ only). Also, new in March: 4-week Lindy Hop and Balboa monthly swing dance classes, beginning and intermediate levels, start Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street. Laissez les bon temps rouler!  http://www.woodchoppersball.com/