Community Calendar – July 2017

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From “The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution,” Zakya Harris, digital film still from Abracadabrakafrika. PHOTO: Courtesy of Nye’ Lyn Tho

Now through 9/7 – Art: Volupté
Bringing together sculpture, painting and drawing, Volupté highlights a series of works by San Francisco-based artists Vanesa Gingold and Mary Button Durrell that explore the natural genesis of material and form through light, translucency, surface texture, and structure. Thursdays 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment. Space 151, 151 Potrero Avenue, Second Floor. For more information: 415.641.7230 or

7/1 through 7/2 – Street Faire: Fillmore Jazz Festival
Blending art and soul, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the West Coast’s largest free Jazz festival, drawing more than 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. Live music from multiple stages; 12-plus blocks of fine art; gourmet food and beverages. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Fillmore Street, between Jackson and Eddy streets.

July 4 – Independence Day:  Watch Fireworks from World War II Liberty Ship
Celebrate Independence Day and enjoy the Bay Area’s finest fireworks showcase aboard the docked historic World War II Liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien, at Pier 45 in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. $10. to $80. For tickets and more information:

Independence Day: Safe and Sane Fireworks
An annual tradition and community favorite. 8:30ish p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

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.

7/8 through 7/30 – Theater: Vignettes on Love
Based on original writings by David Steele, with the play co-written by Steele, Victoria Chong Der and Davern Wright, Vignettes On Love strips raw the sexuality and ideology of six San Franciscans by exploring their intersecting lives as they struggle with love, betrayal, and self-destructive tendencies in this fast-paced dark comedic drama. Directed by Jim Kleinmann. Mature audiences only. Contains nudity and sexual content. Thursdays through Saturdays 8 p.m. Sundays 7 p.m. Tickets $25 – $55. Potrero Stage 1695 18th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets online:

July 6 – Art: Kid’s Storytime Art
What could be better than reading a story together, and then making art inspired by it? Sponsored by the Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture. Ages three and up. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. $15. Arch, 10 Carolina Street. For more information and to register:

July 10 – Food: Fermented Pickle Workshop
Learn to make fermented dill pickles with University of California master food preservers. Sponsored by Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture. 7 to 8 p.m. $20. Before and after open to the public, with pickling supplies for sale. Spark Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North. For more information and to register:

7/11, 7/18, 7/25 – Art: Tuesday Night Drawing Series
Learn to sketch from a live model (clothed). Adults only. Sponsored by Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture. 6 to 8 p.m. $15 to $99. Arch, 10 Carolina Street. For more information and to register:

7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1 – Dance: Lindy Hop Swing Dance Classes and Live Music Dance Party
Learn the Lindy Hop, the original swing dance craze from 1930’s Harlem and possibly the most fun partner dance ever!  Brought to you by Lindy in the Park instructors Hep Jen and Ken Watanabe. Large dance floor and full bar.  No partner or experience required.  Grand Opening of the Woodchopper’s Ball, July 11, 2017.  Live music swing dance party, 9 to 11:30 p.m.; beginning, 8 to 9 p.m., and intermediate, 7 to 8 p.m., classes every Tuesday. Full four-week class series: $75 per person; $60 in advance.  Dance party only, $10, free for students. Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street.  For more information and to register:

July 12 – 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. 

July 15 – Art: Official Guinness World Record Attempt
Asian Art Museum attempts to earn the Guinness World Records title for Largest Human Flower with “Lotus Live.” Up to 3,000 community members will join together to form the shape of a lotus flower. Open to the public. Free. 1 to 3 p.m. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street. To register:

Community: AIDS Memorial Grove Volunteer Cleanup Day
Dedicated to the creation and long-term maintenance of the first living memorial to those lost to AIDS, and in support of those living with HIV. Wear comfortable clothes. Work gloves and lunch provided. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. National AIDS Memorial Grove, Nancy Pelosi Drive & Bowling Green Drive, Golden Gate Park. For more information:

Block Party: “Sunday Streets” / Mission
Sunday Streets, San Francisco’s official block party, is a monthly roving neighborhood celebration and five-hour party where the streets are closed to vehicles. Pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, yogis, and everyone except for cars take over the roads for an afternoon. Activities include treasure hunts, dance performances, hula hooping, dodgeball games, yoga classes, bubble parties, and tons more fun stuff. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Valencia Street. For more information:

July 19 – Community: Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District General
Working to green-up, clean-up and beautify public spaces in Dogpatch and NW Potrero Hill. Board Meeting.  Free. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tivoli Room, University of California, San Francisco, 654 Minnesota Street.

7/20 through 8/26 – Art: The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution
A group visual art exhibition celebrating the black female presence as the highest spiritual form. More than 60 intergenerational artists working in sculpture, painting, new media, and photography create new myths to challenge Eurocentric notions of God. Opening reception on July 20, 6 p.m. to midnight. Free. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street. For gallery hours and more information:

7/22 and 7/23 – Gardening: 2017 Orchids in the Park
View orchids on display from local growers, and purchase plants and supplies from vendors from all over the world. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission $5. San Francisco County Fair Building, Hall of Flowers, 1199 9th Avenue. For more information and to purchase tickets:

July 26 – Music: Soul Delights
Live music by Soul Delights. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

July 27 – Music: The Goat Hill Geezers
Covers of Beatles, Eagles, Everly Bros, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. A tribute to the Summer of Love, with many 1967 hits. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

July 29 – Art: Relief Block Printing
Learn the art of relief printmaking with Megan Adie, creating a lovely finished print. Sponsored by the Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture. 1 to 4 p.m. $65. Arch, 10 Carolina Street. For more information and to register:

7/28 through 7/30 – Theater: San Francisco Ghost Plays
An original, dramatic series featuring six short plays inspired by local events and legends written. Directed by Karen Byrnes, who grew up on Potrero Hill. July 28 at 8 p.m., followed by opening night reception. July 29 and 30 at 2 p.m., with guest speakers. Mature content, must be 16+. All tickets general admission and sold the day of the event only, one hour prior to curtain at the Magic Theater. $30, cash only. Magic Theater, Building D, Fort Mason. For more information: or contact Karen Byrnes (please do not contact Magic Theater).

July 30 – Film: Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody
A documentary film by Terry Sterrenberg and Laurie Simons Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody is about the state of our health care system and advocacy for a single-payer healthcare. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street. For more information: or call Janet Tom 415.557.4460.