Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:30pm | Discover the beauty of an aria, while lying back in the surrounding green of Sharon Meadow, where the operatic wonder of the San Francisco Opera truly comes to life. Many bring along a blanket, while others take this opportunity to pack a picnic and enjoy an outing with family and friends. The combination of singing and music is a splendid treat and one of the most popular events held at the Golden Gate Park. It is highly suggested to arrive early in order to claim a decent viewing location. If you’ve forgotten to bring along food, snacks, or something to drink – the event has items for sale. In the Meadow, remember to only bring low beach chairs and picnic blankets so that everyone can enjoy a chance at a reasonable view. Photo: Stefan Cohen


As a young man in the late 19th century, Edvard Munch’s (1863–1944) bohemian pictures placed him among the most celebrated and controversial artists of his generation. But as he confessed in 1939, his true “break-through came very late in life, really only starting when I was 50 years old.” One of Munch’s last works, Self-Portrait. Between the Clock and the Bed (1940–43) — with its themes of desire, mortality, isolation and anxiety — serves as a touchstone and guide to the approximately 45 works in the exhibition. Together, these paintings propose an alternative view of Munch as an artist as revolutionary in the 20th century as he was when he made a name for himself in the Symbolist era. Tix / Info:

Thur • The Art of Eyvind Earle • Through Jan 8, 2018

Walt Disney Family Museum The artist’s first-ever comprehensive museum retrospective will feature more than 250 works, including intricate thumbnail concept paintings for Lady and the Tramp and evocative large-scale concept artworks for Sleeping Beauty. Alongside Earle’s work for The Walt Disney Studios is an extensive showcase of his fine art, includingelaborate and lush landscapes, unique scratchboards, rare examples of sculpture, companion poetry,and commercial illustrations. In addition to signature landscapes and enchanting illustrations thatare characteristic ofEarle’s style, the exhibition will feature his limited edition serigraphs and lesser-known pieces, includingcartoon drawings from his timein the U.S. Navy and commercial advertisements for American brands. Stand-alone special exhibition ticket: $15 all levels, free for youth 17 and under.


Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Stonestown rear parking lot: at Stonestown Galleria (19th Ave @ Winston).

Every Sunday • Victorian Tour

Sundays | 2 pm | Victorian era architecture of the city’s first suburb - Lafayette Square. SF’s illustrious history, steep streets & fabulous views! 1801 Bush St. garden. Donations OK. MUNI 1, 3.

Every Tue/Thu /Sat • Get In Shape!

Tue/Thu | 8:30 am | Sat: 9 am | Get into shape. FREE exercise classes. SF State & Rec and Park. Turf field at Minnie & Lovie Ward Park, 650 Capitol.,


Every Tue Happy Hour | 4–8 pm | Que Syrah Wine Bar. Take $1 off each glass, 10% off each bottle (consumed on site). 230 West Portal Ave 731-7000


Every Thu | 6–10 pm | The Academy of Sciences brings live music, science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $15 ($12 Members).


Every Fri | 7–11 pm | The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House hosts jazz every Fri night. 1 Seal Rock.


Every Fri | 5–8:45 pm | Music, poetry, films, dance, tours and lectures. Cafe: special dinner, no-host bar. Art-making children/adults. deYoung Museum, GG Park.

Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason

Every Fri | DJs 5-7:30/Bands 7:30-10: pm | Over 32 food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? That’s a party! Free. Ft. Mason Ctr. Two Marina Blvd.

Sat • Free E-Books

Sat 3-4 pm | More than 40,000 free eBooks with one-on-one help from a librarian. Bring your Kindle, iPad, smartphone etc. 20 minute appointments available. RSVP: with preferred date/ time, and device. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Sun • Community Yoga

Every Sun | 10 am | Bring Your Own Mat for some outdoor yoga at Playland at 43rd Ave. All classes are FREE and DROP IN. (Rain cancels.) 1360 43rd Ave & Judah. Info: Playland Yoga Facebook Page

Daily • Book-A-Librarian

>Learn Basic Computer Skills—searching databases, setting up email, or surfing the web. Basic mouse skills required. Call 355-2825 to make an appointment. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr.

SAT - SUN • Hamlet — IN THE PARK

Sat - Mon Sep 2-4 | 2 pm | SF Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years as the Bay Area’s acclaimed provider of free and accessible Shakespeare performances and education presents Hamlet for the first time; Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, about the questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet. The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Info:

Thu • The Lady Vanishes

Thu Sep 7 | 12 pm | Iris Henderson befriends the elderly Miss Froy, who will be traveling on the same train. They share compartments and go to the dining car for tea. Unable to locate Miss Froy and no one will admit to having seen he, she suspects a conspiracy Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1938. Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Sat • Dorchester Way Median

Sat Sep 9 | 11 am | Residents will celebrate the completion of multi-year project to stabilize and beautify a one-block median in the heart of the West Portal neighborhood.Local restaurants have donated free food, live musicians will play and families, workers who did the actual work on the project, politicians and heads of city agencies will all be there. Info: Carol Dimmick,

Sat • Computer Helper

Sat Sep 9 | 2 pm | Drop-in and get help with a teen tech savvy volunteer! Bring your laptop, ereaders, gadgets, digital cameras, tablets or cell phones and we can help you learn how to use it. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way.

Sat • Kevin Starr

Sat Sep 9 | 2 pm | A tribute to the late historian, author, and teacher Kevin Starr, former State Librarian with speakers who knew him personally and professionally. Visit for details. Xavier Auditorium, Fromm Hall , USF, Parker at Fulton & Golden Gate. Free A light lunch will be served. RSVP by Sep 6 to reserve a seat (415) 537-1105 ext 0

SAT - SUN • Hamlet — IN THE PARK

Sat - Sun Sep 9-10 | 2 pm | SF Shakespeare Festival in the Presidio (See Sept 2 above)

Sat • Plant Swap

Sat Sep 9 | 11 - Noon | Bring your succulents, cuttings, starts, seeds, or surplus harvest to trade with other local gardeners! Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St.

Sun • Walk to End Alzheimers

Sun Sep 10 | Reg: 7 am Ceremony: 8:30 am Walk at 9 am | Three-mile walk is part of the world’s largest event held in over 600 communities to raise awareness and funds for care, support and research. Free, donations encouraged, 408-372-9900, Crissy Field 603 Mason.

Wed • Author Michelle Richmond

Wed Sep 13 | 7 pm | Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple in Richmond’s The Marriage Pact. Their life holds endless possibilities. They decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Wed • The Zookeeper’s Wife

Wed Sep 13 | 6 pm | The keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. Starring Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh. Based on the book by Diane Ackerman. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega Street. Free..

Thu • Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate

Thu Sep 14 | 6 pm | Join us when Kim Shuck, San Francisco’s seventh poet laureate, is inaugurated. Kim, a life long resident of San Francisco, will read her poetry and discuss her plans as poet laureate. A book sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event.

Sun • Share the Harvest

Sun Sep 15 | 7–10 pm | Live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, to support the Hamilton Family Center in its efforts to end homelessness. Mezzanine SF, 444 Jesse St. $125 & up, 415-409-2100,

Sat • Party for the Parks

Sat Sep 16 | 6 Coctails-7:30 Dinner/Dance | Every child deserves access to a safe, clean, imaginative, place to play. Proceeds support therenovation of

over a dozen city playgrounds, benefiting over 20,000 children. Stern Grove, 19th & Sloat. Cocktail Attire 415 801-4164

Sat • Salsa Making

Sat Sep 16 | 2 pm | Learn to dice and chop vegetables for a fresh salsa. Please call 415-355-5760 or visit the Ortega Branch library to sign up. 3223 Ortega St.

Sat • Negro Spirituals Day

Sat Sep 16 | 1 - 4 pm | 14th Annual Negro Spirituals Heritage Day celebration includes an awards ceremony honoring friends of Negro Spirituals’ Negro Spirituals Heritage Keeper’s Award. Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

SAT - SUN • Hamlet — IN THE PARK

Sat - Sun Sep 16-17 | 2 pm | SF Shakespeare Festival in the Presidio (See Sept 2 above)

Sun • 37th Annual Comedy Day

Sun Sep 17 | 12-5 pm | Five hours - one stage at Sharon Meadows, Golden Gate Park.

Wed - Sun • 53rd Big Book Sale!

Wed - Sun Sep 20-24 | 10 am-6 pm | The Largest Used Book Sale on the West Coast! Twice the number of books in Ancient History, Architecture, Art, California & the West, Graphic Novels—more than 70 categories in all. Audio Books, CDs, DVDs and Vinyl. Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.

Wed • Wanna Start a Business?

Wed Sep 20 | 6:30 pm | A panel of experts from West Portal Merchants’ Association and the Business Network International Stars will share how to start your own business in San Francisco. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way

Wed • Wordpress

Wed Sep 20 | 2 pm | Explore how to use the free services of to create websites and resources for those curious to learn more. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Thu • Brief Encounter

Thu Sep 21 | Noon | At a café in a railway station, a housewife meets a doctor. Although they are both already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday in the station, although they know that their love is impossible. 1945 from a story by Noel Coward. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.

Thu • Living Wage Town Hall

Thu Sep 21 | SF Living Wage town hall meeting organized by various worker’s groups to advocate for amendments to the Minimum Compensation Ordinance; Supervisors Yee and Tang have been invited to attend. Ortega Branch Library and. The event is tentatively scheduled for September 21st. If you or someone with your newspaper is interested in covering this event please let me know. You can reach me via email or by phone at 415-863-1225.

Thu • Live in Costa Rica!

Thu Sep 21 | 6 pm | Why Costa Rica? Sure, it’s gorgeous, and one of the most economically and politically stable nations in the region. It has near-universal health care and has set aside more than 25% of its land in parks and reserves. Erin Van Rheenen, author of Living Abroad in Costa Rica, introduces the “Switzerland of Central America,” Main Library, 100 Larkin St. Latino/Hispanic Rm.!

Fri - Sun• Oktoberfest by the Bay

Fri-Sun Sep 22-24 | Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 11am-5pm or 6pm-12am, Sun11am-6pm | This annual Munich tradition features German beer, food, music, and fun - four different sessions. Food and dessert items range from around $3 to $12 each. Beer/wine is $6 a glass. Music by the Chico Bavarian Band and the Internationals. $25 Pier 48, just south of AT&T Park.

Fri • SF Fashion Week

Fri - Sun Sep 22-Oct 1 | Various venues | The 8th annual SF Fashion Week explores how diversity and innovation in fasion. For schedule of times & events:

Sat • March for Suicide Prevention

Sat Sep 23 | Ceremony 10 am | Hundreds will participate in the 12th American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Community. Each walk provides support for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience around suicide and mental illness. Mission Creek Park, 7th St. & Berry.


Sat - Sun Sep 23-24 | Speeding fleet of colorful 40-footdragon boats race to the beat of Chinese drums for the 22nd Annual Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Merritt, Oakland. Info:

SAT - SUN • Hamlet — IN THE PARK

Sat - Sun Sep 23-24 | 2 pm | SF Shakespeare Festival at McClaren Park - Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Drive (See Sept 2 above)

Sat • Beyond Pita & Hummas

Sat Sep 23 | 3 pm | You may know pita and let’s get adventurous and try some of the other tasty snacks of the Middle East! West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way.

Sat • Prescription Drug Take Back

Sat Sep 23 | 10 - 2 pm | A free and convenient way to dispose of expired or unwanted medicines (unused medicine is a threat to both public health and the environment if disposed of in the trash or sink). ACCEPTED: Medications in any dosage form, in their original container or sealed bag. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega.

Sat • Out of the Darkness

Sat Sep 24 | 9 am | Suicide Prevention’s 13th annual SF Community Walk and the Greater SF Bay Area Chapter is excited to host in Mariposa Park, Mariposa @ Indiana. 707-968-7563

Mon • Twin Peaks Central Council

Mon Sep 25 | 7:30 pm | A resource for neighborhood organizations west of twin peaks. Interested in listening and commenting on issues? Attend one of our meetings or contact us at Forest Hill Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave.

Mon • SHARP - Sancturary City

Mon Sep 25 | 7 pm | The Trump administration has been thwarted in penalizing cities that don’t cooperate with deportation efforts. Niloufar Khonsari, left, and Ana Herrera, immigrant-rights attorneys clarify what the future may hold. 1736 Ninth Ave.

Wed • Author Isa Gucciardi

Wed Sep 27 | 7 pm | The essence of resolution lies in the recognition of the deep and unbroken connectedness we share as human beings. The processes of Coming to Peace: Resolving Conflict Within Ourselves and Others provides a pathway to reconciliation and wholeness. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Wed • Author John Caris

Wed Sep 27 | 7 pm | SF author John Caris will discuss his novels with a focus on San Francisco as a major character, illustrated with slides of the city. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr. Contact: or

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Sep 28 | 7 pm | OMI-NIA General Meeting is the last Thu each month. Temple UMC, 65 Beverly.

Thu • Franchising Basics

Thu Sep 28 | 7 pm | The pros and cons of franchising, the right one, proper due diligence, funding options, and keys to success. Franchise experts at FranNet. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr.

Fri-SAT-SUN • Hamlet — IN THE PARK

Fri - Sun Sep 29-Oct 1 | 10 am (Fri) 2 pm (Sat-Sun) | SF Shakespeare Festival at McClaren Park - Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Drive (See Sept 2 above)


Sep 30 - Oct 1 | 11am - 6:00 pm | Autumn Moon in Chinatown with entertainment, arts and crafts, food and drink. The opening parade will proceed from California and Grant with groups of costumed children and artisans, giant puppets, lion dancers, ribbon dancers, and marching bands. It will end at the main stage on Washington St., where Polynesian dancers, acrobats and martial artists will among the many featured artists.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Oct 1 | 10 am-5 pm | Every first Sunday is free at the Asian Art Museum (save $12) -17,000 artworks spanning 6 thousand years. Special exhibitions may require separate charges. 200 Larkin St.

Tue • Conservatory Free Day

Tue Oct 3 |10 am–4:30 pm | An intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants. Opened in 1879, the wood and glass greenhouse is the oldest existing conservatory of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. 100 J F Kennedy Dr. Free every first Tuesday.

Tue • De Young Free Day

Tue Oct 3 | 9:30 am - 5:15 pm |Art from 17th-20th centuries, native Americas, Africa, & Pacific. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. Free first Tuesdays.

Tue • Legion of Honor Free Day

Tue Oct 3 | 9:30 am - 5:15 pm |4000 years of ancient and European art in the exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking Golden Gate Bridge. 100 34th Ave. Free first Tues.

Wed • GWPNA Meeting

Wed Oct 4 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | GWPNA meetings are held the first Wednesdays of the month and are open to members, guests and public.131 Lenox Way, West Portal Playground Clubhouse.

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