Community Calendar: May 2018

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Now through 5/12

Art: Artwork for Bedrooms
Artwork for Bedrooms tells the story of eight artists who lived in San Francisco from 2000 to 2008, a period that, until now, has been framed by the Mission School, artists known for sprawling assemblages inspired by graffiti culture. Artwork for Bedrooms draws a parallel narrative from the same moment of young artists who were similarly invested in “poor” materials, but who put them to work in more abstract, fragile, or conceptual ways. Artwork for Bedrooms is curated by the California College of the Art’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2018: Maddie Klett, Zhaoyu Lin, MK Meador, Cristiane Ulson Quercia, Rosa Tyhurst, and Qinyue Xu. Free. CCA Wattis Institute, 360 Kansas Street. For more information: or 415.355.9670.

Youth: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House Summer Youth Program
Registration for “Summer in the City” is currently open. Starting June 18th for children ages 6 to 13. For more information:  Al Johnson 415.826.8080

May 3 – Dance: Introduction to Argentine Tango
Christy will introduce you to the world of Argentine Tango, including the dance, music, and culture. Learn a few basic Tango steps, enjoy Argentine wine, and meet like-minded people. Christy’s Tango Loft, 701 Minnesota Street. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Free. Part of Bay Area Dance Week. For more information and to register (required):

May 3 – Music: Kevin Patrick McGee
Live music by singer-songwriter Kevin Patrick McGee, whose poetic, and occasionally amusing, original tunes spans alt-country, bluegrass, folk, and rock. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

May 3 – Benefit: Taste of Potrero: Daniel Webster Elementary School
Fifty of San Francisco’s hottest restaurants and bars gather for one night, offering unlimited bites and sips. In its eighth year, Taste of Potrero has become San Francisco’s premier culinary celebration. This year’s contributing purveyors include, Son’s Addition, Nopa, Trick Dog, 4505 Burgers & BBQ, Leo’s Oyster Bar, Piccino, Almanac Taproom, and many more. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Daniel Webster Elementary School, located in Potrero Hill. $150 to $750. 6 to 10 p.m. The Midway, 900 Marin Street. For more information and to purchase tickets:

May 4 – Benefit: Paula West: San Francisco Senior Center
An evening with renown singer, Paula West, fabulous food, drinks, entertainment, raffle and live auction. Proceeds go to San Francisco Senior Center (SFSC), the nation’s oldest nonprofit senior facility. SFSC provides older San Franciscans — 2,000 individuals annually — culturally and linguistically appropriate opportunities for life-long learning, healthy living, and social and community activities that foster independence and self-reliance to age in place. $125 to $375. 6 to 9:30 p.m. San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Avenue. For more information and to purchase tickets:

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo: Festival
Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all-day family-friendly celebration and block party with live music, cultural performances, and more. Two stages, kids zone, food and exhibitor booths, beer garden, fun for all ages. Free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Valencia Street, between 21st and 24th streets. For more information:

May 9 – 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.

May 10 – Music: James Everett
Rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop singer. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

5/10 to 5/13 Art: CCA Commencement Exhibition
California College of the Art’s annual Commencement Exhibition is an expansive and interdisciplinary showcase of work by graduating students in Fine Arts, Architecture, Design, and Humanities & Sciences. In addition, an array of events will take place off-campus with creative partners located South-of-Market, Dogpatch, and Potrero Hill, including Minnesota Street Project, Heron Arts, Astro Studios, PCH Lime Lab. Opening reception: 5/10, 6 to 10 p.m. On view: May 11 to 13. For more information:

May 12 – Family: Second Saturdays at the Schoolyard
Organized by, this is a series of free events for Potrero families. Meet local parents while your kids have the run of Daniel Webster Elementary School’s schoolyard. Enjoy free Farley’s coffee, Noah’s bagels, entertainment. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. 465 Missouri Street. For more information:

May 15 – Community: The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House Board Meeting
We welcome the community and would appreciate hearing any feedback you may have! Feel free to arrive with questions and comments. 5:30 to 7:30p.m. Potrero neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro Street. For more information: Edward Hatter 415.826.8080

May 16 – Music: Soul Delights
Come to a lively performance. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farley’s, 1315 18th Street.

May 17 – Benefit: Art Auction
An annual community gathering featuring artwork from local and regional artists, galleries, and collectors. Each year, the Annual Art Auction raises crucial funding for Hospitality House’s community programs. Ticket includes admission to Hospitality House’s Annual Art Auction, hors d’oeuvres from Vive La Tarte, tasty drinks, and the chance to bid on fabulous art. 6 to 9 p.m. $50 advanced ticket purchase; $75 at the door. Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street. For more information and to purchase tickets:

May 19 – Community: Recess’ 10th Anniversary Celebration
Recess, a sacred space for San Franciscan families, celebrates 10 years of play, community, and learning. This family-friendly party will feature playspace access, refreshments, live music, children’s activities, raffle prizes, and more. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Suggested donation is $10/person. For tickets and additional information:

5/21 through 6/17 Theater: Scapegoat
PlayGround’s Festival of New Works 2018 festival continues with the premiere of the full-length play, Scapegoat, by William Bivins. In it, one man tests art’s ability to create change in the face of another police shooting of an unarmed Black man. Directed by Norman Gee. Tickets: $6 to $41 Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street. For more information and to purchase tickets:

May 31 – Family: Celebration for Moms, Dads, and Grads
The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House celebrates Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and all graduates in
the community with our Mom’s, Dad’s, and Grad’s event 5:30 p.m. Free. For more information: Sharon Johnson 415.826.8080