JULY / AUGUST CALENDAR

Every Sunday • 82nd Annual Stern Grove Festival

Sundays • June 16 through August 18th • Concert Starts at 2 pm 19th Ave. & Sloat Blvd., SF

Stern Grove Concerts Return this month. Beginning in June the annual outdoor music festival series at Sigmond Stern Grove will be celebrating its 82nd year. Free concerts will be offered every Sunday all summer long for 10 consecutive weeks. 

Crowds are expected to number at 10,000 a week as this may be Stern Grove’s most pivotal and well-attended season. A variety of shows will be performing, starting with the award-winning Jazz-fusion rap group Digable Planets, with featured performances by Los Van Van, Galactic, Mitski and Madaline Kenney, Toots and the Maytals, and Lee Fields and The Expressions, The Psychedelic Furs and James, Pink Martini with Barrio Manouche, the legendary Isley Brothers and more. The Festival also includes classical elements like SF Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet.  

The Grove, nestled in a rustic setting all its own, off busy 19th Ave, is where the sounds of rock, hip-hop, jazz, folk, classical, funk, and blues all define the experience.

 With programming eclectic and diverse, the City considers Stern Grove Festival, with its wide range of musical performances, a gigantic home concert. A distinctive aspect of the Festival’s programming, in addition to spotlighting familiar classics and legends, is to introduce local up-and-coming artists and emerging talents from around the globe to a broad audience.

The admission-free concerts begin at 2 pm. Admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis No tickets are required. Some performances have pre-performance events (like a picnic) around Noon, and charge admission to those talks, benefit parties/gatherings. Check for details. 

Sigmund Stern Grove is located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in the Sunset/Parkside district,

Patrons are invited to bring their own food and beverages. The Festival also offers a rotating line-up of food trucks at concerts and free yoga classes at noon from Office Yoga instructors in the West Meadow. For more information about the Stern Grove Summer Festival visit the Stern Grove website at:  www.sterngrove.org or call (415) 252- 6252  —Jonathan Farrell


Every Sunday • Flower Piano in Golden Gate’s Botanical Gardens

Fifth Year Anniversary • Flower Piano • Thursday, July 11– Monday July 22

The annual twelve-day-long Flower Piano is one of the Bay Area’s most highly anticipated summer musical events with a special anniversary edition, featuring new opportunities for the public to play, more performances by professional musicians, special events for families including the new evening-time Flower Piano at Sunset, a community sing-along, free piano lessons, and three evenings of Flower Piano at Night, a special after dark event with food trucks and outdoor bars.

Flower Piano transforms the Garden into the city’s own alfresco concert hall for twelve days, and everyone is invited to play and listen for just the price of regular Garden admission. The twelve pianos are tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are available to the public to play each day July 11-22 from 9am - 6pm, except during select performances. 1199 9th Ave • INFO: sfbg.org

SPECIAL July 12 Flower Piano at Sunset features Little Mission Studio Chorus and Chamber Ensemble, Charity Kahn, music classes for toddlers, and a young talent showcase that offers musicians ages 12 and under a chance to sign up and perform. Tix: $40 (Members $20) 12 & under Free. Food and drink trucks.

Special July 18-20 Flower Piano at Night, a special evening version, is back again this year for three nights. Beautifully lit pathways guide visitors to pianos aglow with performances by Sunset Piano all-stars and open pianos to play. Food and drink are also available for purchase. Tix: $55 (Members $30).


Early Rubens • Palace of the Legion of honor • April 6-Sept 8

Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) was celebrated for his skillful handling of oil paint; his sensuous coloring; and his taut, action-packed depictions of dramatic narratives. Early Rubens focuses on what is arguably the artist’s most innovative period of production, from 1608 until about 1620. It was during these years that Rubens rose to the highest ranks of European painting. He did so through a series of social and artistic choices that laid the groundwork for his later international fame and established a visual style that would guide ambitious painters for generations to come.

Rubens was not just a remarkable artist but also an international diplomat, businessman, intellectual, friend to scholars and monarchs, and master of a productive workshop. His early biographers branded Rubens as an aristocrat-artist, the favorite of Europe’s nobles, but his ultimate success was far from an assured outcome. Observe Rubens’s meteoric rise to master of the Northern Baroque.


EVERY SUNDAY • FARMERS MARKET

Farmers Market | Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Fresh fruits and vegetables stars in this popular market, rear parking lot: Stonestown (19th Ave @ Winston).

Every Sunday • Victorian Tour

Sundays | 2 pm | Victorian era architecture Lafayette Square. SF’s illustrious history, steep streets & fabulous views! 1801 Bush St. garden. Donations MUNI 1, 3. Check out many tours of SF: INFO: sfcityguides.org

Sundays • Free Community yoga

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

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). calacademy.org/nightlife.

Fridays • Teen Computer Corps

Fri | 4-5:30 pm | Trouble with Technology? We can help with kindles, email, laptops, tablets, cell phones and other electronic gadgets at the Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval. Info: 415-355-5770.

Saturdays • Free Art Museum Day

Every Sat | 10 am-5 pm | For SF residents, admission to the de Young and Legion of Honor will be free every Saturday to their permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions. may be redeemed with a driver’s license or postmarked envelope

Saturdays • Computer Help

Sat | 2-4 pm | Drop-in 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, 190 Lenox.

Daily • Stephanie Martin Etchings

Thru Aug 31 | 10 am- 4 pm | Aquatint etchings depict some of our state’s most exquisite native and cultivated flora in this exhibit includes botanical portraits of wildflowers and trees, some with an iconic bird. Crocker Library, SF Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave.

Sun • Stern Grove: Sf Symphony

Sun Jul 7 | 2 pm | The SF Symphony returns for its annual summer performance led by conductor Edwin Outwater and featuring contralto Lauren Decker, the SFS performs Mendelssohn, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky. 19th Ave. at Sloat.

Thu • People of Parkside

Thu Jul 11 | 7 pm | POPS meeting is the first Thursday of the month at the Taraval Station, 2345 24th Ave.

Thu • Author Benjamin Wachs

Thu Jul 11 | 7 pm | Over 30 years Burning Man has gone from two families on a beach to thousands of people around the world’s creative events with tech billionaires and counterculturalists alike. But why does it matter? Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Fri • Hard Bop Collective

Fri Jul 12 | 7-11 pm | Since 2011 Hard Bop Collective has made energetic, swinging music with a strong sense of tradition accessible and fun for the modern audience. Cliff House, Point Lobos @ Ocean Beach

Sun • AIDS Walk SF

Sun Jul 14 | 9 am - 2:30 pm | Join with 10,000 caring people raising funds to protect the most vulnerable among us: those facing hunger, homelessness, aging, and HIV infection. Music, celebrities and a beautiful route through GG Park. aidswalk.net or 415.615.9255.

Sun • Stern Grove: MITSKI/Kenney

Sun Jul 14 | 2 pm | The next generation of indie-rockers takes the stage when acclaimed singer-songwriter Mitski performs. Add the “twang-haze” style of Oakland-based artist Madeline Kenney. 19th Ave. at Sloat.

Mon • Author Kimi Eisele

Mon Jul 15 | 7 pm | The Lightest Object in the Universe evokes the spirit of such monumental love stories as Cold Mountain and the creative vision of novels like Station Eleven. It imagines what happens after the global economy collapses and the electrical grid goes down. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Jul 16 | 6-7 pm | Meet with Captain Rainsford at Taraval Station. Taraval Community Forum. Meets: 2345 24th Ave. westoftwinpeaks.org (Every 3rd Tues.)

Wed • L-Taraval Open House

Wed, Jul 17 | 5:30-7:30 pm | Meet with SFMTA to discuss the loss of 96 parking spaces on Lower Great Highway from Ulloa to Santiago for contractor staging purposes for 3 years. Grace Lutheran, 3201 Ulloa St.

Wed • Frozen Film Festival 2019

Wed Jul 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 | Various times | Held every summer at the Roxie Theatre at 3117 16th St. and Piano Fight at 144 Taylor. Filmmakers whose work is accepted are invited to come to the city to screen and discuss their work. frozenfilmfestival.com

Thu • Author Louise Aronson

Thu Jul 18 | 7 pm | In Elderhood, Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, the physician and award-winning author brings an essentiallook at a vital but often disparaged stage of life. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal

Thu • Westside Housing Density

Thu Jul 18 | 7 pm | A forum on proposed increase in housing density on the Westside. St. John Armenian Church, 275 Olympia Wy. Supes Norman Yee,and Supe Gordon Mar. Plenty of parking. Tell your friends!

Fri • Reinhardt Swing Band

Fri Jul 19 | 7-11 pm | It’s an event! With four pieces – violin, two guitars, and the ubiquitous stand up bass, it follows the lead of the legendary Stephane Grapelli and Django Reinhardt. Cliffhouse, 1090 Point Lobos.

Fri-Sat-Sun • Playwrights Festival

Fri Jul 19 -Sun Jul 28 | Various Times | One of the oldest (42 years) and most successful new play festivals in the US discovering and supporting emerging writers. 1695 18th St. PlaywrightsFoundation.org for info.

Sun • Stern Grove: Toots/Fields

Sun Jul 21 | 2 pm | Jam to a double-bill of reggae and funky soul with pioneering Jamaican group Toots and the Maytals and the prolific, soulful swagger of Lee Fields and the Expressions. 19th Ave. at Sloat.

Mon • Climate Emergency Hearing

Mon July 22 | 1:30 pm | Dept. of Environment’s critical report on the Climate Emergency will be released at the Land Use and Transportation Committee, and public comment is welcome. SF City Hall, Room 250

Thu • Bad Lucky Goat

Thu Jul 25 | 4-6 pm | After accidentally killing a goat in their father’s truck, two siblings embark on a journey of reconciliation. International film in Creole with English subtitles. Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St.

Fri • The Moonglow Trio

Fri Jul 26 | 7-11 pm | Like classic jazz - the Great American Songbook, the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, and classic blues, swing, soul and pop? You’ll love this. Cliffhouse, 1090 Point Lobos.

Sat • Harry Potter Potions

Sat Jul 27 | 2-4 pm | Join us for Harry Potter-related activities — slime and butter beer — other special surprises!West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

Sun • Stern Grove: SF Ballet

Sun Jul 28 | 2 pm | A summer favorite - SF Ballet, under Helgi Tomasson, performs a selection of highlights from their current repertory. 19th Ave. at Sloat.

Sun • Stern Grove: Brit Post-Punk

Sun Aug 4 | 2 pm | Post-punk icons The Psychedelic Furs and folk-rock group James take the stage in a Brit-rock double-bill. 19th Ave. at Sloat.

Thu • Author J. Ryan Stradal

Thu Aug 8 | 7 pm | In The Lager Queen of Minnesota a family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to the youngest daughter. Midwestern values, fate and secrets of making a world-class beer, from author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal

Sun • Stern Grove: Pink Martini

Sun Aug 11 | 2 pm | An eclectic international cocktail of jazz, swing, world music, cabaret, chanson, , Pink Martini brings their genre-defying sound. Local ensemble Barrio Manouche with a swinging blend of global influences opens. 19th Ave. at Sloat.

Sun • Stern Grove: Isley Brothers

Sun Aug 18 | 2 pm | The Big Picnic, A Benefit and Concert closes out the 82nd Season with a free concert starring R&B legends The Isley Brothers. They made their mark with the #1 R&B hit Twist And Shout. Their ‘69 hit It’s Your Thing sold more than five million and a GRAMMY Award. 19th Ave. at Sloat.

Tue • Author Kira Jane Buxton

Tue Aug 13 | 7 pm | This domesticated crow is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with Big Jim, trading insults with wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos. He fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut. Bookshop West Portal. 80 West Portal

Thu • Paper Lanterns

Thu Aug 15 | 6:30 - 8 pm | The WP Artistry and Craft Club meets the third Thu. for conviviality and craft-making. Space is limited. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way. RSVP: 415 355-2886 (After Aug 1).

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Aug 20 | 6-7 pm | Meet with Captain Rainsford at Taraval Station. Taraval Community Relations Forum Meeting: 2345 24th Ave. westoftwinpeaks.org

Sun • San Francisco Marathon

Sun Jul 27 | 5: 30 am | The 42nd SF Marathon (Full, 1st Half, 2nd Half, 5K and Ultramarathon) will fill SF’s streets with over 27,500 runners pound the pavement through the liveliest neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury and The Mission. Register: thesfmarathon.com

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Aug 4 | 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 Aug 6 | 10 am–4:30 pm | An up close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants. Opened in 1879, 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 Aug 6 | 9:30 am - 5:15 pm | Art from 17th-20th centuries, native Americas, Africa, & Pacific. 50 Hagi-wara Tea Garden Drive. Free first Tuesdays.

Wed • Foodie Event of the Year

Wed Aug 7 | 5 pm - 7:30 pm | The best fine dining restaurants in SF come together for one night to help end family homelessness. Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St. 15th Fl. | www.compass-sf.org

TUE • LEGION OF HONOR FREE DAY

Tue Aug 8 | 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.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Aug 29 | 7 pm | OMI-NIA General Meeting at Temple UMC, 65 Beverly St.@Shields. SF State Warriors and Recology are invited. Meets very 4th Thu -No meeting in July for summer break.

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