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Oct 29 & 30 | 11am to 6pm | Presidio, Richmond, Upper Haight, Buena Vista, Cole Valley, Sunset, Ocean View, West Portal, Portola, Excelsior, Balboa Park SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long art event in October that showcases over 900 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors venture out on self-guided tours to see as many SF Open Studios artists and their artworks as possible, in the hopes of finding their next true art love. The event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the life of the working artist; SF Open Studiossimultaneously helps artists build their mailing lists, gain new admirers, and ultimately sustain a living making art.

For a complete schedule of this Open Studio series and all the Open Studio shows around the City go to the website at: artspan.org.


Farmers Market | 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 in the neighborhood of Lafayette Square. San Francisco's illustrious history and some steep streets. Many fabulous views! 1801 Bush St. garden. Donations OK. MUNI 1, 3. sfcityguides.org

Every Tue/Thu /Sat • Get In Shape!

Tue/Thu | 8:30 am | Sat: 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 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 $12 ($10 Members). calademy.org/nightlife.


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.


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

Saturdays • Free Yoga in the Park

Every Sat | 11 am |

Come play outdoors, in nature. Enjoy a rejuvenating morning flow and meditation for body, mind, and spirit. GG Park, Big Rec Baseball Field (across from the Botanical Garden). Bring a mat or blanket, FREE. Cancelled if raining. Dog OK

Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason

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

Daily • Book-A-Librarian

Learn Basic Computer Skills. Choose a topic—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

Daily • Art of Pinocchio

10 am - 6 pm | Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio. Until Jan 9, a never-before-seen exhibition. Discover how one of the most influential animated films in history was produced: Disney's 1940 feature-length masterpiece Pinocchio. Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery, Presidio. Closed Tuesdays.


Wed Oct 5 | 6:30 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.

Fri • Litquake - Shakespeare @ 400

Fri Oct 7 | 8-10:30 pm | Kick off 17 years of Litquake at the Green Room overlooking City Hall.Hosted bar, light bites and dessert, and appearances by poets, musicians, "off-color" performance from SF Shakes. $30 advance, $35 at the door. Litquake.org

Fri • Poet Billy Collins

Fri Oct 7 | 7:30 pm | Billy Collins is the first poet since Robert Frost who has managed to combine high critical acclaim with broad popular appeal. He has published eight collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Collins was US Poet Laureate from 2001-03. City Arts & Lectures, Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St. Tix: 415.392.4400/cityarts.net

Sat • Red Yarn Concert

Sat Oct 8 | 3:30 pm |Like folk music? rock music? What about kindie? Put it all together you’ve got Red Yarn! His latest album, Wake up & Sing will have you clapping your hands and stomping your feet. Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St.

Sat/Sun • 17th World Vege Festival

Sat/Sun Oct 8 |10 am - 6:30 pm | There will be fun, food, entertainment and activities for the whole family! And Veggies! At the County Fair building (1199 9th Ave , GG Park).$10 students $5, seniors, 18 yrs-. worldvegfestival.com

Sun • Italian Heritage Parade

Sun Oct 9 | 12:30 pm | Parade begins at Jefferson and Stockton Streets in Fisherman's Wharf, proceeds south through North Beach on Columbus Avenue, and ends in Washington Square in front of Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Free.

Mon • Election Forum / SHARP

Mon Oct 10 | 7-9 pm | Props D (vacancy appointments), J and K (sales tax spending on homelessness and transit), M (housing commission), P (competitive bidding on affordable housing), Q (housing not tents) and U (middle income housing) at the County Fair Bldg (1199 9th Avenue, near Lincoln) .

Tue • Author Peter S. Beagle

Tue Oct 11 | 7 pm | Summerlong. Beloved author Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn) returns with this long-anticipated new novel, a beautifully bittersweet tale of passion, enchantment, and the nature of fate. 80 West Portal Ave.

Tue • Civic Center

Tue Oct 11 | 7:30 pm | Civic Center is the largest collection of monumental civic buildings in the US outside of Washington DC. James Haas will cover the period 1911—1918 and discuss the coming of the Panama-Pacific International Exploitation of 1915, the election of James Rolph and his leadership in the design and building of Civic Center (and a new City Hall) before the opening of the Exposition. Haas will discuss the many issues, fights, and personalities that played a role in this story. Milton Marks Auditorium 455 Golden Gate Ave, $10-Students $5.

Tue • Tibetan Mandala Painting

Tue Oct 11 | 6:30- pm | Master Thangka painter Singye Jamyong will teach you to color your own Tibetan mandala with colored pencils or water colors. He will explain the history of this ancient meditative art form and how mandalas will help your body and mind to stay calm and balanced RSVP required: 415 355-2886 West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

Thu • Author Maureen Dowd

Thu Oct 13 | 7:30 | In Conversation with Judson True at the Nourse Theater. Maureen Dowd is a columnist for The New York Times since 1983, and the author of Are Men Necessary? and Bushworld. In 1999, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. This is the ninth presidential race Dowd has covered for the Times. In The Year of Voting Dangerously, Dowd traces the psychologies and pathologies of America’s most epic battle of the sexes. 275 Hayes St. Tix: 415.392.4400/cityarts.net

Sat • Papel Picado

Sat Oct 15 | 11-12 pm | Papel picado ("perforated paper") is the decorative paper craft of intricately cut, tissue paper panels. The panels are strung together and hung as colorful displays for celebrations and holidays. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

Sun • Author Robert Wells

Sun Oct 16 | 4 pm | In Voices From the Bottom of the South China Sea, Wells explores the beginnings of the modern U.S. and China relationship, seen through the lens of a dramatic 1874 deep-sea shipwreck involving the loss of many lives and a treasure still buried at sea. 400 Chinese would drown when they were forced to jump into the sea, only to be dragged down with their money belts of gold, their earning from their years spent laboring in America. Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, Free.

Sun • 44th Annual Victorian Tour

Sun Oct 16 | 1-5 pm | The Victorian Alliance House Tour features eight charming homes surrounding historic Duboce Park and nearby residences of the Duboce Triangle and a beautifully preserved church whose sanctuary reveals brilliant stained glass and artistic woodwork. Here tour guests may also enjoy complimentary refreshments and peruse our gift shop for some early holiday shopping. victorianalliance.org/house-tour/2016/

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Oct 18 | 7-9 pm | Meet with Captain Denise Flaherty at Taraval Station. This is a monthly meeting.

Tue • 24th Annual Pool Toss

Tue Oct 18 | 6-9:30 pm | While partygoers bid on the opportunity to toss their favorite celebs, last year’s pool toss brought in over $355,000 for Tenderloin After-School Program and the families who call TNDC home $125 & up, tndc.org, 601 Eddy, 358-3906.

Thu • Author Frank Dunnigan

Thu Oct 20 | 7 pm | Growing Up In San Francisco: More Boomer Memories From Playland To Candlestick Park. In his second volume, local author and historian vividly recalls the many details that made life special. 80 West Portal Ave.

Mon • Central Council

Sat Oct 24 | 7 pm | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss local topics. Meets the 4th Mon each month. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave. westoftwinpeaks.org

Mon • S.H.A.R.P / Jewish Humor

Mon Oct 24 | 7 pm | What’s So Funny: Jewish Humor and the Great Jewish Comics of the 20th Century. Steve Budd explores Jewish humor through the work of the Jewish comic geniuses of the 20th century. Note: this meeting is on the 3rd Monday because of Halloween. 1736 Ninth Avenue.

Tue • Essential Oils & Wellness

Tue Oct 25 | 6:30 pm | Life and wellness coach KJ Landis shares essential oils that are good for our body, mind, and spirit. Reduce stress, inflammation, and improve mood. Limited to 40 participants. RSVP at 415 355-2886. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

Thu • Author Francine Prose

Thu Oct 27 | 7 pm | Mister Monkey, The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author weaves an ingenious, darkly humorous, and brilliantly observant story that follows the exploits and intrigue of a constellation of characters affiliated with an off-off-off-off Broadway children's musical. Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. 80 West Portal

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Oct 27 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds Street.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Nov 6 | 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 Nov 8 |10 am–4:30 pm | 100 J F Kennedy Dr. Free every first Tuesday.

Tue • De Young Free Day

Tue Nov 8 | 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 Nov 8 | 9:30 am - 5:15 pm |4000 years of ancient and European art in the exquisite Beaux-Arts building. 100 34th Ave. Free first Tues.

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October 2016