SF Opera's Showboat • Jun 1 - Jul 2, 2014

Showboat Poster

Music by Jerome Kern · Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II • Based on Show Boat by Edna Ferber Photo: Scott Suchman, Washington National Opera

A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. Director Francesca Zambello's grand-scale production is "a triumph—a stylish, fast-paced and colorful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long" (Chicago Classical Review). The magnificent Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score, which includes such classic songs as "Ol' Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Make Believe" and "You Are Love," will sound glorious "under the authoritative baton of music-theater maestro John DeMain" (Chicago Tribune). "No one should miss it" (Chicago Sun-Times).

"One memorable song follows another, each an enduring thread in the fabric of American popular culture." –Chicago Tribune

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art

March 29, 2014 – August 3, 2014

Intimate Impressionism, on view at the Legion of Honor, showcases approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, interiors, and portraits, from the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

The exhibition will illuminate the process of painting directly in nature with Impressionist precursors. Eugène Boudin and Johan Barthold Jongkind’s plein-air practice inspired artists including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley. Complementing these paintings of the natural world are depictions of artists’ studios and domestic interiors; several captivating self-portraits by Edgar Degas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Vuillard; Renoir’s 1872 portrait of Monet; and representations of the artists’ families, including Berthe Morisot’s The Artist’s Sister at a Window, of 1869.

This celebration of fleeting moments and personal places also highlights some of the Impressionists’ most iconic subjects, such as ballerinas and racehorses by Degas, still lifes by Paul Cézanne, and beautiful young women by Renoir. The exhibition also includes examples of flattened perspectives and patterned surfaces by the Nabi painters Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard.

The temporary closure of the National Gallery’s East Building for major renovation and expansion has made possible the rare opportunity to see this select group of paintings in San Francisco, the exhibition’s first venue.

MAY Events

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

Mon 11 am– 2pm & Tue 10 am–1 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, 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. Marina Blvd.

Every Wed • Free E-Books

Wed Jun 4, 11, 18, 25 | 1:30-2:30 pm |Do you have an eReader? You can check out more than 40,000 electronic books for free. Bring your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other eReader — we will show you how to use it to download books and other materials from the Library website. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Wy.

Thu • Transportation Town Hall

Thu Jun 5 | 6-7:30 pm | Learn more about Transportation 2030, infrastructure investment program proposed for November's general election ballot. SFMTA & DPW, St. Stephen Church 475 Eucalyptus Dr.

Thu • People of Parkside/Sunset

Thu Jun 5 | 7 pm | Formerly Taraval Parkside Merchants Assn. Taraval Station, 2345 24th Ave. 1st Thu each month, 269-7080 - www.sf-pops.com/

Thu • Author Kathryn Ma

Thu Jun 5 | 7 pm | Kathryn Ma will read from her first novel The Year She Left Us that explores the promise and pain of adoption, assimilation, the debt we owe to others, and what we owe to ourselves. "A sweeping success, a standout from the many novels about Chinese assimilation…" (Publisher's Weekly) Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal Ave. 564-8080

Tue • Computer skills

Tue Jun 3, 10, 17, 24 | 1:15-2 pm | Come get help with setting up email accounts, word processing and other basic computer related tasks. Most Tuesdays at this time. Ask questions and learn the basics of using a computer! Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

WED • GWPNA

Wed Jun 4 | 7-9 pm | Greater West Portal Neighborhood Assn, West Portal Playground Clubhouse, 131 Lenox Way, 1st Wed each month.

Sat • 4th Annual Soy & Tofu Festival

Sat Jun 7 | 11am-5 pm | The only Tofu festival in the west coast (and perhaps the country). Free samples, a variety Soy and Tofu booths, street food vendors and others), education demos, Taiko ensembles - musical performances. Japantown/Post/Buchanan

Sun • Great HiWay-Sunday Streets

Sun Jun 8 | 11 am - 4 pm | Walk, jog, run, skate, bike, play, and dance—explore Great Hiway. Many stops along each route will feature dancing lessons, yoga, aerobics/Zumba, fun activities for kids, skating, several live music bands, etc. Lasts 5 hours exactly, and will end promptly at 4pm. Have fun! Great Hiway from Wawona to Lincoln.

Tue • Author Gary Kumiya

Tue Jun 10 | 7:30 pm | Gary Kumiya's new book, Cool Gray City of Love, a collection of 49 "verses" about 49 sites in SF—from the Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Lands End. He'll tell some of the fascinating stories. The Old Mint, 88 Fifth St. (Mission), SF Historical Society.

Wed • Starring San Francisco

Wed Jun 11 | 7 -8:30 pm | Star of hundreds of movies and tv series, some famous, others obscure, from Eric von Stroheim's 1924 Greed to Dirty Harry to Zodiac. Jim Van Buskirk, co-author of Celluloid San Francisco (and former SFPL librarian), uses film stills and clips to demonstrate the Bay Area's rich cinematic history. Merced Branch Library/ 155 Winston Dr.

Thu • Driving Electric in SF

Thu Jun 12 | 12:30 pm | How is SF leading the charge to install infrastructure and preparing for its future? Join experts for a discussion of the state of EV. SPUR, 645 Mission St. $10.

Thu • Dist Coalition meeting

Thu Jun 12 | 7-9 pm | Sunset Dist Coalition meets 2nd Thu each month. Info: 586.8103 or ssuval@sbcglobal.net Taraval Station, 2345 24th Ave.

Sat • Grow Your Own Food

Sat June 14 | 10 am -12 pm | Its summer! Which means one thing- fog! This month will focus on garden troubleshooting, fertilization, manage weeds, Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave at Lawton, $25.

Sat • SF Housing Expo

Sat June 14 | 11 am -5 pm | Free information and resources for homebuyers, homeowners and tenants. Local services, programs and financial tools to help achieve and maintain affordable housing in one of the most expensive real estate markets in the nation. Info: Catalina Valencia at 202-5464 or Catalina@homeownershipsf.org. St. Marys Cathedral, 1111 Gough St.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Jun 17 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Community Room, located at 2345 - 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Thu • Westside Watersheds Meeting

Thu Jun 19 | 5:30-7:30 pm | Sewer system challenges in three Westside Watersheds: Richmond, Sunset and Lake Merced: localized flooding, aging infrastructure, seismic safety and reliability, and water quality in the Bay and Ocean. SF County Fair Bldg., GGPark, 9th Ave at Lincoln.

Thu • Facebook for Job-seekers

Thu Jun 19 | 1:30-4 pm | Learn to create a Facebook page, or update the one you've got! Join us for a hands-on class where you can learn the basics for a standout page. 1:30-2: Create an account; 2-4 Upgrade your page. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Jun 26 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. SF State Warriors and Recology are invited. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds Street.

Sat • Sharp

Mon Jun 30 | 7 pm | Sunset Heights Assoc. of Responsible People. Last Mon of each month - sharpsf.com for details. 1736 9th Ave @ Moraga.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Jun 30 | 7:30 pm | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss topics of interest to Westside residents. Meets the last Monday each month. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave.

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