Community Calendar: June 2017

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Parenting expert and author Amy Lang on how to talk to your kids about sex. Photo: Courtesy of PREFund

Now through September
Photography:  Landscapes
Tom Reed’s black and white images give a bow to Zen, a nod to Ansel Adams, and an open heart to the Earth’s intense natural beauty. The exhibit features images from Northern California, as well as from Reed’s award-winning book, The Granite Avatars of Patagonia. Moshi Moshi, 2092 Third Street. Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m. More information: 707.497.4670;

6/6 through 8/9
Cinema: $1 Family Movie Day
From June through August, Bay Area Cinemark/Century Theaters hosts 10 weeks of fun films for families and kids for just $5 – 50 cents per movie – if purchased in advance; $1 a film at the box office.  Cinéarts at the Empire, 85 West Portal Avenue. For schedule:

June 3 – Music:  Spencer Lash and Jordan
Live music by Spencer Lash and Jordan, playing folk and alt-country. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

6/3 to 6/4
Books:  Bay Area Book Festival
The Bay Area Book Festival returns to Berkeley, with a focus on “literary activism.” The two-day indoor/outdoor fest welcomes 200 local, national, and international authors and speakers in 100 literary sessions at venues throughout downtown, and emphasizes writers and books that promote social justice, sanctuary, inclusion, freedom of expression, and environmental sustainability. Organizers expect 50,000 attendees.  For more information:

June 4 – Music: Bay Choral Guild
Bay Choral Guild presents a concert of 400 years of music based on Shakespeare’s poems and plays. The songs, by composers from the 18th to 21st centuries, are all quite different, running the gamut from deeply thoughtful to slapstick. The Bay Choral Guild is a Palo Alto-based, 40-voice, auditioned chorus. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. $25 general, $20 senior, $10 student. Purchase tickets at  St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro Street. For more information:;

June 6 – Crafts: Museum of Craft and Design
Enjoy free admission to the museum on the first Tuesday of every month. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. For more information:

June 6 – Literature: Chris Haft
In If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the San Francisco Giants Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box, Major League Baseball beat reporter, Chris Haft, recounts stories about the Giants. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building. For information: 415.835.1021;

6/6 through 6/27
Dance:  Lindy Hop Swing Dance Classes and Dance Party
Learn the Lindy Hop, the original swing dance from the 1930’s!  Brought to you by Lindy in the Park instructors, Hep Jen and Ken Watanabe. Four-week class series, $60/person; $50 in advance.  Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27, 8 to 9 p.m. After-class social dance, with local DJ, 9 to 10 p.m., free for dance class students; non-students $5 at the door. Full bar 7:30 to 10 p.m. No partner or experience required. Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street.  For more information and to register:

June 7 – Theater:  Han Ong’s World Premier of Grandeur
Magic Theater presents Grandeur, which imagines a meeting between an ambitious young journalist and the shape-shifting music legend, Gil Scott-Heron. Questions of legacy, art, hope, and redemption drive this funny and gut-wrenching exchange. It’s a homecoming for MacArthur Genius award winner Han Ong, who returns to Magic Theater after a 25-year hiatus. Tickets: $35 to $75. Magic Theater, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D. For more information and show times:

June 7 – Health: Free Laughter Yoga
Laughter is contagious and has a powerful and immediate effect on our mind, body and spirit. Laughter Yoga involves deep breathing, stretching, clapping and laughter exercises, which aim to increase blood flow and oxygen to the major organs; enhance endorphin levels; stimulate immune, digestive and cardiac systems; reduce stress levels; and relax, strengthen and lengthen the muscles. Takes place on two Wednesdays each month, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. University of California, San Francisco, Osher Center, 1545 Divisadero Street, Fifth Floor. For more information: 415.353.7718;

June 8 – 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.

June 10 – Gardening: Perennials and Pollinator Plant Sale
Come by for a unique opportunity to admire and acquire a selection of plants seldom found in commercial nurseries or garden centers. Enjoy a wide variety of plants. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Entry Garden, near the main gate and bookstore, San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 Ninth Avenue. For more information:

June 11 – Music: Original Famous Twang Sundays
Original Famous Twang Sundays is an all-ages concert of live country music. Come by every Sunday for a traditional or contemporary live act and a meal special for purchase. Free. 4 to 7 p.m. Thee Parkside, 1600 17th Street.

June 14 – 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. 

June 14 – Family: How to talk to your kids about sex
PREFund presents “The three biggest myths that get in the way of The Birds + Bees Talk,” with award-winning parenting expert and author, Amy Lang.  Learn why you need to start the conversation earlier than you think; who has the most influence over your kids’ decision making; the best way to keep your kids healthy and safe and to start challenging conversations; and why knowing your values is key to talking to your kids. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Suggested donation, $25. Reserve in advance: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street.

June 18 – Music: Golden Gate Park Band
The Golden Gate Park Band, under the direction of Michael L. Wirgler, presents their 135th season at Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. Concerts feature music of different nationalities and cultures, including costumed guest performances from dancers, singers and speakers. 1 to 2:45 p.m. Free. Spreckels Temple of Music, Music Concourse Drive. For more information:

June 21 – Music: Soul Delights
Live music by Soul Delights. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

June 23 – Community: 17th & Folsom Park Opening Celebration
Learn the new park’s name! 3:30 to 6 p.m. 17th and Folsom streets. For more information:

6/24 to 6/25
Community: 2017 Pride Weekend
The City comes alive in a rainbow burst of excitement at the 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration. 10:30 a.m. Free. Civic Center. For more information:

June 26 – Community: Accessory Dwelling Unit Fair
The San Francisco Apartment Association hosts a panel of speakers from the Departments of Building Inspection and Planning, as well as other municipal agencies, to discuss the Accessory Dwelling Unit planning and permitting process and answer questions from the public. The fair features vendors and lenders. Free. 6 to 8 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street. For more information: 415.255.2288.

June 30 – Music: Don Giovanni
Enjoy garlic fries while watching a live simulcast of Don Giovanni from the War Memorial Opera House on giant high definition screens. Sit on AT&T Park’s field or any seat in the stands. Free. 7:30 p.m. 24 Willie Mays Plaza. For more information: