April 15 & 17 Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart, and J.S. Bach

One of the most celebrated pianists of our time brings a thrilling recital program. Hungarian pianist Sir András Schiff concludes his North American tour with two solo recitals on April 15 & 17. The programming of Schiff's tour is centered around specific works by Brahms and the way they relate to works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. His April 15 recital, presented as part of the San Francisco Symphony's Great Performers Series, includes Brahms' Eight Klavierstücke and Seven Fantasien; Beethoven's Piano Sonata in F-sharp minor; Mendelssohn's Fantasy in F-sharp minor; and J.S. Bach's English Suite No. 6 in D minor—considered one of the composer's most innovative explorations of the suite genre. Schiff's second solo appearance on April 17 features Brahms' Three Intermezzos, Six Klavierstücke, and Four Klavierstücke, as well as Schumann's Variations on an Original Theme, Ghost Variations; Mozart's Rondo in A minor; Beethoven's Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Les Adieux; and Bach's Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier.


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. sfcityguides.org

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. 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 $15 ($12 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

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: info@sfpl.org 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 • Murals Under Seige

Sat Apr 7 | Tue-Sun 10 am - 5 pm | California Historical Society & LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles presents ¡Murales Rebeldes!, an exhibition and companion publication exploring the ways in which Chicana/o murals in the greater Los Angeles area have been whitewashed, censored, neglected, and even destroyed. CHS 678 Mission St.

Sat • Computer Help for Adults

Sat Apr 7 | 2 - 4 pm | Drop-in and get help with a teen tech savvy volunteer! Bring your laptop, e-readers, gadgets, digital cameras, tablets or cell phones and we can help you learn how to use it. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox. (Every Sat in April)

sun • Computer Help for Adults

Sun Apr 8 | 2 - 4 pm |Drop-in and get help with a teen tech savvy volunteer! Bring your laptop, e-readers, gadgets, digital cameras, tablets or cell phones and we can help you learn how to use it. Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St. (Every Sun in March)

Mon • Author Michael Finkel

Mon Apr 9 | 7 pm | The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. Many people dream of escaping modern life—but in 1986, 20-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another person for the next 27 years. Journalist Michael Finkel shows how Knight lived in seclusion, developing ingenious ways to store provisions and stave off frostbite. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal.

Wed • Great Blue Herons of GGP

Wed Apr 11 | 7 pm | Herons have been nesting in the park since 1993 on an island at Stow Lake. 193 chicks have learned to fly during the past 25 years. Nancy DeStefanis on the colony with photos—from their courtship rituals to feeding the chicks. Q & A will follow. Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive.

Thu • Author Liam Callanan

Thu Apr12 | 7 pm | Paris By the Book. When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and— plane tickets to Paris. Hoping to uncover clues—and her husband—Leah sets off for France with her girls. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal.

Fri-Sun • W Portal Arts & Crafts Fair

Fri-Sun Apr 13-15 | 10 am - 5 pm | The 30th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Show takes place in the heart West Portal neighborhood. More than 40 artists displaying everything from photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and much more. The show is free to the public and sponsored by the West Portal Avenue Association.

Mon-Fri • Bike & Roll to School

Apr 16-20 | Citywide - thousands of youth at over 90 schools will ride in with parents and teachers in "bike trains," use their own pedal power, hop on bike trailers and backseats, or roll by scooter, skateboard, wheelchair, and stroller. List of participating schools /Registration at sfsaferoutes.org.

Tue • Author Richard Rothstein

Tue Ap 17 | 7 pm | The Color of Law :A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Rothstein incontrovertibly makes clear that it was segregation--the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments--that promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Apr 17 | 6-7 pm | Meet with Captain Yick at Taraval Station. Taraval Community Relations Forum Meeting: 2345 24th Ave. (Every 3rd Tues.)

Wed • Starting a Business?

Wed Apr 18 | 6:30-8 pm | Setting up a business? Learn the right way… LLC? S Corp? Sole Proprietor? Discover the differences and reasons why one may be a better choice for you. Hiring Employees? Learn the laws that pertain to hiring employees plus the laws you MUST know if you have 1-20 employees in SF. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox.

Thu • Outer Sunset/Parkside

Thu Apr 19 | 6:30 pm | Residents from the Outer Sunset and Outer Parkside (the area west of Sunset) to discuss key issues in the neighborhood. Outer Sunset Parkside Residents Association (OSPRA). Ortega Library, 3223 Ortega St. mediasusan2@gmail.com (Every 3rd Thur)

Mon • Central Council

Mon Apr 23 | 7 pm | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss local topics on the 4th Mon each month. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave. westoftwinpeaks.org

Wed • People's Food System

Wed April 18 | 7 pm | Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff's book, Other Avenues Are Possible: Legacy of the People's Food System of the San Francisco Bay Area chronicles the "New Wave" food coop movement. Shanta is a founding member of the 43-year-old Other Avenues Food Co-op located in the Sunset District She also writes about nutrition and vegetarian recipes. Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive.

Wed • Author Gerit Quealy

Wed Apr 25 | 7 pm | Botanical Shakespeare An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses Sited By the World's Greatest Playwright A captivating, beautifully illustrated, one-of-a-kind color compendium of the flowers, fruits, herbs, trees, seeds, and grasses cited in the works of the great playwright, William Shakespeare, with quotes from plays and poems. With a foreword by Dame Helen Mirren—the first foreword she has contributed. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal.

Wed • I Am Sam—Movie & Popcorn

Wed Apr 25 | 6:15 pm | For Autism Awareness Month: Sam (Sean Penn), who has a developmental disability, fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter (Dakota Fanning), and in the process teaches his hardened lawyer (Michelle Pfeiffer) the value of love and family. Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive.

Thu • Mayor Candidate Forum

Thu Apr 26 | 7 pm |The West of Twin Peaks Central Council and SHARP will co-sponsor a public forum for the candidates running for Mayor in the June special election. Hall of Flowers County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park This promises to be a lively and interactive event. For more information visit their website at westoftwinpeaks.org.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Apr 26 | 7 pm | OMI-NIA General Meeting at Temple UMC, 65 Beverly. (Every 4th Thu)

Sat • Town Hall Meeting/SB 827

Sat Apr 28 |10 am to noon | How it can affect the neighborhood? What can we do? Koret Auditorium SF Main Library. 100 Larkin St.

Thu • Author Dunbar-Ortiz

Thu May 3 | 7 pm | Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment With President Trump suggesting that teachers arm themselves, with the NRA portrayed as a group of "patriots" helping to Make America Great Again, with high school students across the country demanding a solution to the crisis, everyone in America needs to engage in the discussion about our future with an informed, historical perspective on the role of guns in our society. America is at a critical turning point. What is the future for our children? Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal.

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