D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 5 / J A N U A R Y 2016  C A L E N D A R

Reindeer

Reindeer Rondezvous

Nov 25 – Jan 3 • 9:30 am – 5 pm

Learn about reindeer and how snowflakes are formed. The Academy’s annual holiday exhibit showcasing the science behind the festive season. Learn how reindeer find food buried beneath the snow, how their antlers grow faster than just about any other type of bone, and how their unique adaptations help them travel up to 3,000 miles per year—farther than any other land mammal. Explore how they stay warm—and afloat—when crossing icy rivers Step inside the Snowman Theater to learn how snowflakes form, and then settle in and enjoy a variety of holiday-themed programs, including quiz shows and live musical performances. Free with admission. Academy of Sciences, 55 Concourse Dr., GG Park. (Photo: Kathryn Whitney)

Garden Railway Exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers

1915 Pan-Pacific International Expo

November 12-April 10, 2016

The Conservatory of Flowers’ garden railway display celebrating the 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo.

In an enchanting display landscaped with hundreds of dwarf plants and several water features, model trains wend their way through the festive fairgrounds, zipping past whimsical recreations of the fair’s most dazzling monuments and amusements, including the Tower of Jewels, Palace of Fine Arts, and more. Interpretive signs, memorabilia and interactive activities throughout help visitors to understand the colorful history of the grand fair that signaled San Francisco’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake.

100 JFK Dr., Golden Gate Park


Postcards from the Panama Pacific Exposition

Daily thru Dec 31 at the SF History Collection, Main Library,
6th Floor, 200 Larkin Street

Imagine if San Francisco were to host today’s equivalent of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). It’s safe to bet that many of us would be there, live-Tweeting, Instagramming, and Facebooking about it. But how did the PPIE’s visitors share their experiences in 1915?

Postcards and photographs could be thought of as early 20th century “social media” at the Fair. The PPIE, with its introduction of technology such as the first transcontinental telephone call, heralded the ways in which we communicate with each other today.

Without cellphones, visitors to the PPIE did not call, text, email or tweet. Instead, they relied on an easy and affordable form of communication: the postcard.

Though postcard images were mass-produced), they were an individual, personal format for Fairgoers to quickly record and share what they saw and did at the Exposition 100 years ago.

CALENDAR DECEMBER 2015 / JANURY 2016

EVERY SUNDAY • FARMERS MARKET

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

Every Mon & Tue • Job Seekers Lab

Tue 10 am–1 pm & Thu 2 pm –5 pm | Computers with Internet connection are available for independent work creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications and/or searching online for jobs. Some staff assistance. Bring a flash drive. Main Library, 6th Fl.100 Larkin, 5th Fl.

EVERY TUES • QUE SYRAH HAPPY HOUR

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 Wed • Fear of public speaking?

Every Wed | 7-8 am | Toastmasters helps you become a confidant public speaker. Tennessee Grill, 1128 Taraval. RSVP 564-6069

EVERY THURS – NIGHTLIFE

Thu | 6–10 pm | The Academy of Sciences is transformed with live music, provocative science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $12 ($10 Members). calademy.org/nightlife

JAZZ FRIDAYS @ THE CLIFF HOUSE

Fri | 7–11 pm | The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House hosts jazz performances every Friday night. 1 Seal Rock. Performers: cliffhouse.com/home/jazz.html

FRIDAY NIGHTS @ THE DEYOUNG

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. deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/fridays

Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason

Every Fri | DJs 5-7:30 - Live Bands 7:30-10:30 pm |Off the GridOver 32 food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party. Ft. Mason Ctr., 2 Marina Blvd.

EVERY SUNDAY • FARMERS MARKET

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

Every Tue/Thu /Sat • Get In Shape!

TUE/THU | 8:30am-9:30am-SAT: 8 am-9 am | Get into shape, improve your health. FREE exercise classes. Kinesiology students from SF State in partnership with SF Rec and Park. Turf field at Minnie and Lovie Ward Park, 650 Capitol Ave. 100citizens.sfsu@gmail.com, www.100citizens.org

Every Tue • Computer skills

Tue | 1:15-2:45 pm |Get help setting up email accounts, word processing & basic computer related tasks. Most Tuesdays at this time. Learn the basics of using a computer! Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

EVERY TUES • QUE SYRAH HAPPY HOUR

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 THURS – NIGHTLIFE

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

JAZZ FRIDAYS @ THE CLIFF HOUSE

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

FRIDAY NIGHTS @ THE DEYOUNG

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. deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/fridays

Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason

Every Fri | DJs 5-7:30/Bands 7:30-10:30 pm | Off the Grid: 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! Ft. Mason Ctr. Two Marina Blvd.

Tue • De Young Free Day

Tue Dec 1 & Jan 5 | 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 Dec 1 & Jan 5 | 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.

Daily • Holiday Ice Rink

Until Jan 3 | 10 am - 9:30 pm | The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center opens each winter for nine weeks. Skate under the sun and stars along the waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in SF. Justin Herman Plaza, 4 Embarcadero Center/Ferry Bldg., $11, Skate rental $5. embarcaderocenter.com.

Festive Days • Acad. of Sciences

Dec 6–Jan 3 (not Dec 25) | Noon & 2pm | Holiday performances - musical concerts, song and dance, magic shows, and the famous Tap Dancing Christmas Trees! Free with admission, on the Piazza. Schedule: calacademy.org/daily-calendar.

Daily • Book-A-Librarian

Learn Basic Computer Skills. Choose a topic—searching databases, setting up email, or surfing the web. Basic mouse and typing skills required. Sign up in-person or call 355-2825 to make a one hour appointment. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr.

Daily • Cleland and Gerharter

Daily Thru Jan 3 | 10 am–5:30- pm | Daily and Transcendent 25 Years of Queer Photojournalist Portraits by Jane Philomen Cleland and Rick Gerharter. SF Main Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin. Free.

Sun • Exploratorium Free Day

Dec 6 | 10 am – 5 pm | The21st-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker featuring hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. Free days are rare. Pier 15 (Embarcadero / Green).

Thu • Panama-Pacific Expo

Thu Dec 10 | 7 pm | In its centennial year, Nancy DeStefanis discusses the “last great world’s fair,” of 1915, and displays artifacts, a slideshow and a film, “The Phantom City,” with footage of the Exposition. The Fair demonstrated the recovery from the 1906 earthquake. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr.

Sat • Christmas 1901

Sat Dec 12 | 6-9 pm | Annual lamplit guided tours every 20 minutes until 7:40 pm from Hyde Street Pier entrance. Maritime National Historical Park’s costumed Living History players will bring maritime history to life. Free, RSVP only: 415-447-5000.

Sat • Beach Chalet

Sat Dec 12 |1–4 pm | The highly anticipated opening of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park at 1500 John F Kennedy Dr.

Sat • Filipino Lantern Festival

Sat Dec 12 | 5 pm | Traditional star-shaped Filipino Christmas lanterns called parols march along Yerba Buena Gardens and Jessie Square, along with live music, art games and performances. Jessie Sq., 736 Mission St. Unvailing of SoMa Pilipinas.

Sat • Hour of Code

Sat Dec 12 | 10 am | Join us for a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Ages 7 & up. A global movement reaching tens of millions of students. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Wy.

WED • Community Safety Meeting

Wed Dec 16 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Denise Flaherty. 3rd Wed of the month. Taraval Station Community Room / 2345 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Sat • S.H.A.R.P / Solstice Luncheon

Sat Dec 19 | Noon - 2 pm | SHARP hosts a winter solstice luncheon plus potluck contributions—a feast bordering on food festival. Free to SHARP members; $10 others. RSVP: sharpsf.com/contact by Dec 10. 1736 9th Ave ( Moraga / Noriega).

Thu • Holiday 3D Light Show

Thu Dec 31 | 5 pm - every 30 min | The old Emporium’s iconic dome comes to life each night with an animated 3D light spectacular showing incorporating Nutcracker Under the Dome, inspired by the SF Ballet production. Westfield Mall, Market at Powell.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Jan 4 | 10 am-5 pm | First Sunday is free at the Asian Art Museum (save $12) -17,000 artworks spanning 6000 years. 200 Larkin St.

Tue • Conservatory Free Day

Tue Jan 5 |10 am–4:30 pm | An intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries. Opened in 1879, the wood and glass greenhouse is the oldest existing conservatory of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. 100 John F Kennedy Dr.

Wed • GWPNA Meeting

Wed Jan 6 | 6:30 pm |Greater West Portal Neighborhood Assn meetings are open to all members and to the public, first Wed each Month. Playground Clubhouse ,131 Lenox Way. GWPNA.org.

Mon • Choral Sound Installation

Last day Mon Jan 18 | All Day |Experience Janet Cardiff’s moving sound installation in its California debut from Nov 14–Jan 18. The Forty Part Motet is Thomas Tallis’s 16th-century 40-part choral composition, sung by the Salisbury Cathedral Choir. Free. Gallery 308, Ft. Mason. 1 Marina Blvd.

Tue • Facing Alzheimer’s Together

Tue Jan 19 | 6:30-8 pm | Barbara Klutinis will present her documentary film The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer’s Together. Followed by a Q and A with the filmmaker. West Portal Library, 190 Lenox Way. 415-355-2886.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Jan 25 | 7:30 pm | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss topics of interest to Westside residents. No meeting in December. Meets the last Mon each month. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave. westoftwinpeaks.org

Mon • Author John King at SHARP

Mon Jan 25 | 7 pm | Prolific, award-winning Chronicle urban design critic, John King brings an illustrated tour highlighting 10 buildings that illuminate the city of today — several of those buildings from his new book, Cityscapes 2: Reading the Architecture of San Francisco. 1736 9th Ave ( Moraga / Noriega).

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Priority: Westside Events

December 2015