Community Calendar: May 2017

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Aerialist over the center intersection of How Weird 2016. Photo: How Weird Faire

May 2 – Art: Kids draw Potrero; Jennifer Kesteloot and Norm Bartlett
Sponsored by 5 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

May 4 – Music: Bum Wagler & The Tune Wranglers
Bum Wagler & The Tune Wranglers play original tunes in the Honky Tonk country vein. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

5/5 and 5/6
Theater: The Inn at Derbyshire
The Moonrisers present the world premier of an original swashbuckling comedy, with mystery, intrigue, romance, and murder. Tickets $15 to $20. Phoenix Theater, 414 Mason Street. For tickets: Information:

May 6 – Music: The Batrays
The Batrays, a San Francisco surf rock band that pays tribute to classic surf rock bands, including The Blue Stingrays, The Ventures, The Surfaris, The Lively Ones will perform 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

5/6 to 7/1
Art: Garage Inventors
This exhibition features a 30-year span of work by artists who exemplify Silicon Valley’s ethos in the form of the genius “garage” inventor. Many of the artists have deep roots in the Bay Area; all channel their “mad scientist” streak to experiment, discover, and innovate. Featured artists include a pioneer in the new media genre, Nam June Paik, a Korean-American artist widely credited as the founder of video art; Massachusetts Institute of Technology-educated engineer, Alan Rath, who builds electronic sculptures infused with uncannily life-like characteristics; and MIT-educated artist, Jim Campbell, whose work probes the limits of perception with extremely low-resolution imagery embodied in hand-made, LED-based sculptures. Free. Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah Street. Information:,; 415.495.5454 

May 7 – Festival: How Weird Street Faire
Come to the faire with a flower in your hair. The 18th annual How Weird Street Faire pays tribute to the Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary. There’ll be dancing in the streets, with 11 stages of electronic music, performances, food, unique vendors, art, inspiring creativity, and peace technology exhibits. The How Weird Street Faire celebrates acceptance, appreciates diversity, welcomes people of all ages, and is handicapped accessible. Noon to 8 p.m. $20 donation for a Magic Button. Howard and Second streets. Public transportation advised. The faire is a project of the nonprofit World Peace Through Technology Organization. Information:

5/7 through 5/14
Festival: SFMade Week
A celebration of local manufacturers, their products and people, SFMade Week is back for its sixth year. Featuring factory tours, demonstrations, shopping events, and Ramp it Up!, a benefit for SFMade on May 10, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $45. Barebottle Brewing Company, 1525 Cortland Avenue. For benefit tickets: For a calendar of SFMade events, workshops, and more:

May 10 – Music: Bay Blueberries
Bay Blueberries perform blusey indie pop-rock, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

May 11 – Music: John Lewis, Gary Schoofs and Tim Hazen
Covers of Beatles, Eagles, Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, 7:30 to 9 p.m.  Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

May 13 – Music: Eli and the Approach
An acoustic band made up of Potrero Hill residents, featuring lead singer Eli Becker, Dave Gabine on percussion and Chris Martin on guitar. The Approach performs classic tunes from the 1970s and 1980s mixed with current hip hop and alternative songs. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

May 13 – Art: Flowers & Books
Adults can make a flower bouquet; kids can illustrate their own picture book. It’s a win-win for Mother’s Day weekend! Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reserve your space: Umpqua Bank, 415 De Haro Street. Information:

5/13 through 6/11
Theater: SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donalson)
In The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson, a recently bereaved widow finds interesting ways to supplement her income by performing as a patient for medical students, and renting out her spare room. Quiet, middle-class, and middle-aged, Mrs. Donaldson discovers that she rather enjoys role-play at the hospital, and the irregular and startling entertainment provided by her tenants. Tickets: $40 to $60. Previews, 5/10 to 5/12: $20. Z Below, 470 Florida Street. Information and to purchase tickets: 415.626.0453 or at

May 14 – Science: Free Day at the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker, featuring hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. Pier 15, The Embarcadero and Green Street.  Information:

May 16 – Community: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House Board of Directors Community Meeting
Contact Board secretary, Taylor Booker, with questions or concerns you want considered by the board by May 12, and to obtain additional information about the meeting time and place: 415.826.8080;

May 17 – Music: Soul Delights
Live music by Soul Delights. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street.

May 17 – Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District General Board Meeting.
Working to green-up, clean-up and beautify public spaces in Dogpatch and NW Potrero Hill.  Board of Directors meeting. Free.  6:30 to 8 p.m. Tivoli Room, University of California, San Francisco, 654 Minnesota Street.

5/19 – 20 and 5/23
Art: Recology Resident Artists
Recology San Francisco’s Artist in Residence Program hosts an exhibition and reception for artists-in-residence Carrie Hott and Cybele Lyle, and San Francisco State University student artist Nathan Byrne, May 19, 5 to 8 p.m. and May 20, 1 to 3 p.m.  Additional viewing hours May 23, 5 to 7 p.m., with a gallery walk-through with the artists at 6 p.m. The exhibition is the culmination of four months of work by the artists, who have scavenged materials from the dump to make art and promote recycling and reuse. Free. All ages welcome; wheelchair accessible. Recology Art Studio, 503 Tunnel Avenue and Environmental Learning Center, 401 Tunnel Avenue. Information:

May 20 – Community: Tea Time at the Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture
Join Dogpatch Center for Arts & Culture advocates for tea time at the Dogpatch Block Party. Free. All ages welcome.  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Woods Yard Park, 22nd and Indiana streets. Learn about hands-on workshops, lectures, and exhibits at

May 24 – 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 1 – Music: Maureen McVerry
Critically-acclaimed musical theater singer, comedic cabaret artist, and Potrero Hill resident, Maureen McVerry, presents her solo cabaret show, Love Will Kick Your Ass, an eclectic selection of songs that celebrate love, life, loss and lyrics. Maureen will be accompanied by a three-piece combo. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 to $40. Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason Street. Information and to purchase tickets: or 415.394.1167.

6/6 – 6/27 – Dance: Lindy Hop Swing Dance Classes and Dance Party
Come learn the Lindy Hop, the original swing dance craze from 1930’s Harlem and quite possibly the most fun partner dance ever!  Brought to you by Lindy in the Park instructors Hep Jen & Ken Watanabe at the beautiful and historic Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street (near Potrero Avenue), San Francisco, on Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27, 8:00-9:00pm.  DJ’ed social dance 9:00-10:00pm (free for students), and full bar 7:30-10:00pm.  No partner or experience required.  Full 4-week class series: $60/person ($50 in advance).  Registration and full details: