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58th Annual SF International Film Festival

Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind
Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind Courtesy of New York Film Festival

The 58th annual SF International Film Festival will be held from April 23 to May 7 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Castro Theater, and New People Cinema in SF, and at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. This year’s festival will feature film and filmmakers from all over the world, similar to last year’s festival, presented 263 screenings of 158 films from 51 countries, and hosted 210 visiting filmmakers.

The opening night film will be Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine at the Castro April 23 at 7pm. The centerpiece film will be The End of the Tour at the Sundance Kabuki on May 2 at 6:45pm.

The closing night film will be Experimenter at the Castro on May 7 at 7pm.

On April 25 at 8pm at the Castro Theater, the Irving M. Levin Directing Award will be presented to director Guillermo del Toro, with a discussion of his upcoming projects, and a screening of del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone.

On April 26 at 6:30pm at the Castro Theater, the Peter J. Owens Award will be presented to actor Richard Gere, along with a screening of Gere’s new film Time Out of Mind.

For more information and tickets, visit festival.sffs.org

West Portal’s 27th Annual Sidewalk Arts Show Crafts Faire 2014

Friday – Sunday, April 10-12, from 10 am to 5 pm • West Portal Avenue, 15th to Ulloa

West Portal’s 27th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair takes place in the heart of one of San Francisco’s well-known neighborhoods: bustling with activity, quaint retail stores, restaurants, bookshops and coffeehouses. Local residents and tourists alike flock to admire the works of more than 40 artists displaying everything from photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and much more.

INFO: West Portal Avenue Assn at (415) 566-3500 or Pacific Fine Arts Festivals at (209) 267-4394 or visit www.pacificfinearts.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PacificFineArts

The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade Cherry Blossoms

Sunday, April 19 • Post and Fillmore Streets

The 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade begins at the Civic Center at 1 pm on Sunday, April 19 and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets.

A number of performers — Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies.

World renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo will keep the parade upbeat with the thundering sound of the taiko, and this year’s Queen and her Court will cascade their way to Japantown. Anchoring the parade is the exciting Taru Mikoshi, that will be hoisted by over one hundred strong individuals from throughout the Bay Area.

Bottichelli to Braque / de Young MuseumPaul Gauguin, Three Tahitians, 1899

Masterpieces from the Scotish National Gallery Through May 31 • Herbst Exhibition Galleries

Frederic Edwin Church, Niagara Falls, from the American Side, 1867Spanning more than 400 years of artistic production, this exhibition highlights works by many of the greatest painters from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Some, including Sandro Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (ca. 1490), have never before been seen in the US. Some of the most iconic images as they travel to SF from the National Galleries of Scotland. Painting masterpieces by Velázquez, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raeburn, Church, Monet, Paul Gauguin, Seurat, Picasso, and Braque. Sandro Bottecelli (Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child)

(Shown) Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, ca.1490, Frederic Edwin Church, Niagara Falls, from the American Side, 1867. Paul Gauguin, Three Tahitians, 1899(Shown) Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, ca.1490, Frederic Edwin Church, Niagara Falls, from the American Side, 1867. Paul Gauguin, Three Tahitians, 1899

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park. Tues–Sun 9:30 am - 5:15 pm. Open Late Fridays (After April 17) 9:30 am to 8:45 pm Adults $10, Seniors $7

March 2015

APRIL Events


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 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


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


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


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.

Tue • Poet Jane Hirshfield

Tue Apr 7 | 7 pm | Jane Hirshfield The Beauty: Poems, a new collection from one of American poetry’s most distinctive and essential voices. Using materials sometimes familiar, sometimes unexpected, to explore the magnitude, singularity, and permeability of our shared existence. For this poet, “Zero Plus Anything Is A World.” Hirshfield’s riddling recipes for that world (“add salt to hunger,” “add time to trees”) offer a profoundly altered understanding of our lives’ losses and additions, and of the small and larger beauties we so often miss. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Wed • Wild History of the Tenderloin

Wed Apr 8 | 7:30 pm | The Wild History of The Tenderloin | City History Lectures. Money! Crime! Vice! Politics! Moral Panic! Gender bending! The history of the Tenderloin, one of the least heralded and worst understood neighborhoods in town, has it all. Eric Quezada Center, 518 Valencia St.

Wed • Free E-Books Drop-In

Wed Apr 8, 15, 22, 29 | 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. W. Portal Branch, 355-2886, 190 Lenox Way.

Thu • Theory of Everything

Thu Apr 9 | 6-8 pm | Movie Night at the Ortega Branch Library features The Theory of Everything, depicting Stephen Hawking and his wife’s relationship. Academy Award winning leading performance Eddie Redmayne. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega.

Tue • Author Bruce Henderson

Tue Apr 14 | 7 pm | From bestselling author of Hero Foundcomes Rescue At Los Baños the incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time, the 1945 World War II prison camp raid at Los Banos in the Philippines.Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Wed • Alice in Wonderland

Wed Apr 15 | 6:30-8:30 pm | This live-action sequel to the Lewis Carrol classic stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter plays the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway is White Queen. West Portal Library, 190 Lenox Way.

Tue • Author Cara Black

Tue Mar 17 | 7 pm | Cara Black’s Murder On the Champ de Mars is set in Paris, April 1999: Aimee Leduc—running her detective agency tries to be a good single mother to her new “bebe.” The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal investigation for a poor “manouche” (Gypsy) boy. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Fri • Tale of Princess Kaguya

Fri Apr 17 | 3:30-6 pm | Ortega’s Teen Movie Matinee show’s the princess confronting her punishment. Snacks provided. Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega.

Sun • Conversation - Barney Frank

Sun Apr 19 | 4 pm | Beloved for his outspoken nature, dedication, and quick wit, he’ll discuss his career and his memoir, Frank, with Judson True. Nourse Aud. 275 Hayes St. $27. cityboxoffice.com

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Apr 21 | 7 pm |Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Police Station 2345 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Wed • Great Books Group

Wed Apr 22 | 6:30 pm |Join the discussion of The Picture of Dorian Gray which encourages readers to look into the recesses of sinful thought and behavior. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox. Info: 587-0398

Wed • What To Eat Now?

Wed Apr 22 | 7 pm |Vegan, vegetarian, paleo, nutrition, low-fat or high protein—confused? Wendy Portnuff will share the benefits of eating holistically. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winslow Dr.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Apr 27 | 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.

Wed • Role of Free Public Libraries

Wed Apr 29 | 7-8:30 pm | Patricia Southard presents the story of US libraries and the influences that have shaped them and the civic role of librarians . Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr.

/ may require separate charges. 200 Larkin St.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Apr 27 | 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.

Tue • Legion of Honor Free Day

Tue May 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 1st Tuesdays.

Tue • De Young Free Day

Tue May 5 | 9:30 am - 5:15 pm | Since 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum of 17th -20th centuries American art, and art of the native Americas, Africa, & Pacific. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden. Free first Tuesdays.

Thu • Author Colette Lafia

Thu May 7 | 7 pm | In Seeking Surrender an unlikely friendship between Colette Lafia and a silent monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani comes to life. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

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