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Ed Ruscha and the Great American West • July 6 – Oct 9 • de Young MuseumEd Ruscha

Sat Jul 16 |In 1956, at the age of 18, Ed Ruscha left his home in Oklahoma and drove a 1950 Ford sedan to Los Angeles, where he hoped to attend art school. His trip roughly followed the fabled Route 66 through the Southwest, which featured many of the sights—auto repair shops, billboards, and long stretches of roadway punctuated by telephone poles—that would provide him with artistic subjects for decades to come.

Ruscha continues to work steadily at the age of 78, and this exhibition includes prints made as recently as 2015. He maintains a studio in the California desert and makes regular road trips through the spare and evocative landscapes that first inspired him as a young man. Ruscha has now worked in California for more than 50 years, and this exhibition celebrates his long commitment to exploring the American west as both romantic concept and modern reality. $20, Seniors 17, Students 10. Golden Gate Park | 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive.

AIDS Walk San Francisco 2016

Sun Jul 17 | 10 am | AIDS Walk is 6.2 miles).It begins and ends in Sharon Meadow ( 2.5 hours). Limited street parking: MUNI bus lines stop near the entrance to Golden Gate Park at Stanyan: 5 Fulton, 7 Haight, 21 Hayes, 33 Stanyan, 71 Noriega (at Lincoln), and N Judah (bus before 8 a.m., train after 8 a.m.). The 37 Corbett and 43 Masonic stop about two blocks from the park entrance at Haight and Cole.

The Walk To End Breast Cancer

Sat - Sun Jul 23-24 | Trek gorgeous neighborhoods— North Beach, Pacific Heights, across Golden Gate Bridge, through Sausalito and Marin. AVON 39 starts at Fort Mason. Walk to help those affected by breast cancer worldwide raising funds for medically under-insured women and men, for screening and treatment. $50, 888-540-9255, avonfoundation.org $50 INfo: (866) 505-AVON Register: avon39.org/san-francisco

The 79th Annual Stern Grove Festival • 2 pm

Sunday July 10 | San Francisco Symphony

The SF Symphony returns for its annual summer performance at Stern Grove Festival. Since its inaugural concert in 1938, Stern Grove Festival has partnered with the SFS to offer a world-class performance that many attendants otherwise would not be able to afford. This season, SFS returns for the third year led by Director of Summer Concerts Edwin Outwater for an afternoon of American Landscapes, a nod to the Centennial of the National Parks Service: Three Americana Selections by John Williams, Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite, and Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Opus 95, "From the New World."

Sunday July 17 | Joan Osborne's Soul Revue

Seven-time GRAMMY nominee Joan Osborne is regarded as one of the most talented and soulful vocalists of her generation. With self- and co-produced hits throughout the 1990s, she returns with a new attitude in Joan Osborne's Soul Revue, paying tribute to some of the biggest R&B, soul, and Motown hits of all time like "Midnight Train to Georgia", "Ain't No Sunshine", and "I Don't Need No Doctor".

Local band John Brothers Piano Company open the show with a mix of early jazz, classical, and blues tunes. John Brothers Piano Company will premiere a new work as part of the Festival's local artist commission series, "Interplay: Artists in Concert with Nature."

Sunday July 24 | Julieta Venegas

The 20-year career of Mexican singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer Julieta Venegas is mapped by a string of successful bands and albums, a solo career, and both American and Latin GRAMMY nominations and wins. Billboard has applauded Venegas, as "A pioneer whose music and image have broken Latina stereotypes…Venegas has forged a path between Latin alternative and pop music."

La Misa Negra, an Oakland-based eight-piece group, opens the show with vibrant Cumbia and Afro-Colombian dance hits. La Misa Negra will premiere a new work as part of the Festival's local artist commission series, "Interplay: Artists in Concert with Nature."

p class="highlight">Sunday July 31 | San Francisco Ballet

The incomparable San Francisco Ballet returns to Stern Grove Festival in the company's only Bay Area summer appearance. Led by Artistic Director, Helgi Tomasson, the Company performs selections from their current repertory, with the GRAMMY-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and conductor Martin West.

p class="highlight">Sunday August 7 | The O'Jays

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The O'Jays, bring their Philly Soul sound to the Grove, with smooth harmonies, intricate arrangements, and chart-topping hits like "Love Train," "Back Stabbers" "For The Love of Money", and "Use Ta Be My Girl".

Bay Area group MJ's Brass Boppers open the day with their swinging New Orleans-style sound blended with funk, jazz, and pop. They will premiere a new work Concert with Nature."

p class="highlight">Sunday August 14 • Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor

Featuring Jamie Lidell, Luke Jenner, Money Mark, Sinkane, and more special guests

Atomic Bomb! is a supergroup featuring a rotating line-up of musicians who pay tribute to the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic Afro-funk of an underground legend, West African synth pioneer, William Onyeabor, a musical genius who produced some of the most influential funk albums to date.

Opening the show is local club favorite, Afrolicious, a collective of musicians and DJ's who combine soulful vocals, funky bass, and lively horns and beats with classic funk, soul, disco, Latin, and Afrobeat.

p class="highlight">Sunday August 32 • The New Pornographers

Stern Grove Festival's 79th Season finale features famed indie-pop collective The New Pornographers, the Canadian supergroup with six albums. The 15-year-old supergroup of primarily Canadian musicians has evolved as a collective of skilled power pop artists led by front man and vocalist A.C. Newman.

Opening the show is Oakland-based dreamy electronic group Astronauts, Etc., led by frontman Anthony Ferraro.

Concerts start promptly at 2 pm, and ends 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Stern Grove is located at 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd. Seating is first come, first served basis. Benches are reserved for seniors and disabled patrons and seats are first come, first served. Share the Space!

To ensure visibility for all patrons, tents and large shade structures are not allowed. If you have a small umbrella be aware that it must be down prior to and during the performance. Please bring only lawn chairs that are low to the ground with backs at shoulder height. Please be considerate so everyone can enjoy the day!

The Concert Meadow will be closed to further entry when capacity is reached. (Announcement will be made 30 minutes prior to the closing.) Staff will begin hand stamping at the entrances at approximately 10 a.m.

No pets, no smoking, no high-backed chairs, large tables, large shade structures, no barbecues no video or audio recording equipment, no professional still camera equipment, no skateboards, scooters, weapons, fireworks or illegal substances. Info: sterngrove.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

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 • Real & Imagined

Wed Jul 6 | 6:30-8 pm | Historical fiction authors Ciji Ware, Mark Wiederanders and Mary Burns talk about writing historical fiction set in California. Co-sponsored by the Historical Novel Society of Northern California. Main Branch Library, 100 Larkin St.

Fri • One-on-One e-Resource Help

Fri Jul 8 | 4-5 pm | Get an appointment for one-on-one with library staff. Learn to access our online resources— eBook/eAudiobook collections, streaming music, TV and movies, online classes. Must have basic working knowledge of their computers. 557-4388 or sign up Main Branch Library, 100 Larkin St.

Wed • Inside Out

Wed Jul 6 | 6:30-8:30 pm | A little girl is uprooted from her peaceful life when her father landed a new job in San Francisco. Now, as Riley prepares to navigate a new city and attend a new school, her emotional headquarters becomes a hot bed of activity. Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St.

Wed • Rear Window

Wed Jul 13 | 6:30-8:30 pm | One of Alfred Hitchcock's most popular films, stars James Stewart as an adventuresome photographer confined to his rear apartment with a broken leg. He observes his neighbors with the help of Grace Kelly. Together they detect stories of love and murder as they dangerously unfold. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way.

Wed • Fermentation Basics

Wed Jul 13 | 6 pm | Join UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteers as they lead several live demonstrations on how to ferment various foods. Leave with recipes and ideas to try at home. Main Branch Library, 100 Larkin.

Sun • San Francisco Village

Sun Jul 17 | 2-4 pm | SF Village is a non-profit, organization that connects older San Franciscans to the community, programming and expertise they need to continue living lives of purpose and promise. Join Kate Hoepke, executive director, West Portal Branch library, 190 Lenox to get involved.

Sun • Stepping Forward -Poets

Sun Jul 17 | 1-4 pm| Join poet laureate Jack Hirschman and Bay Area poets Jorge Argueta, Francisco Herrera, Jorge Molina, Dorothy Paine, and many others for an afternoon of poetry. Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin.

WED • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Jul 19 | 7-9 pm | Meet with Captain Denise Flaherty at Taraval Station. This is a special 4 times per year meeting.

Wed • Hotel Transylvania 2

Wed Jul 20 | 6:30-8:30 pm | Hotel owner Dracula (Adam Sandler) is concerned that his half-human grandson Dennis isn't embracing his vampire heritage. He puts Dennis through a "monster-in-training" boot camp. Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St.

Thu • Native Portraits

Thu Jul 21-Nov 27 | 11 am-5 pm Closed Mon | Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew — a series of portraits of members of the Klamath, Modoc, and Pit River Paiute tribes (California and southern Oregon). Drew was commissioned to photograph "talking circle" weekends. Drew was also drawn to the larger history of conflict between Natives and the US government. Calif. Historical Society, $5. 678 Mission St.

Sun • March Against Breast Cancer

Sun Jul 23 | 10 am | AVON 39 starts at Fort Mason. Trek gorgeous neighborhoods like North Beach and Pacific Heights, then cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, through Sausalito and the scenic countryside of Marin. $50 INfo: (866) 505-AVON Register: avon39.org/san-francisco

Tue • Poets 11 : 6th Edition

Tue Jul 26 | 6:30-7:30 pm | This summer join us at West Portral Branch to hear your neighbors read their poetry. Friends of the San Francisco Public Library's city-wide poetry contest, Poets 11: 6th Edition, reflects San Francisco's rich literary life and thriving poetry community.

Mon • Central Council

No Meetings in July or August

Mon • S.H.A.R.P /Brainwork

Mon Jul 25 | 7 pm | Brain Work: A Scientist Studies Neurogenesis. Ever wonder what those hotshot biomedical researchers at UCSF actually do? And how? And why it matters? Georgia Panagiotakos, Ph.D, runs a lab that studies how the brain develops (neurogenesis). 1736 Ninth Avenue.

Wed • Big Hero 6

Wed Jul 27 | 6:30-8:30 | This movie depicts the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr.

Sat • Bike Powered SmoothiEs

Sat Jul 30 | 2-4 pm | Rock the Bikes' innovative bicycle-powered blender will be on site, ready for some pedalers to create unique and delicious smoothies. Ingredients provided, just bring your person-power! Merced Branch, 155 Winston Dr.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Jun 30 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds Street.

Thu • Author Lindsay Hatton

Thu Aug 4 | 7 pm | Alternating between past and present, Monterey Bay explores histories both imagined and actual to create a portrait of an exceptional woman, a world-famous aquarium, and the town they call home. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal.

Thu • Author Lori Ostlund

Thu • Aug 11 | 7 pm| The debut novel After the Parade from award-winning author Ostlund is smart, resonant, and imbued with beauty that provides considerable pleasure and emotional power about a man who leaves his longtime partner in New Mexico for a tragicomic road trip into the mysteries of his Midwestern childhood. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Jul 3 | 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 Jul 5 |10 am–4:30 pm | An intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants. Opened in 1879, the wood and glass greenhouse is 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 Jul 5 | 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 Jul 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 first Tues.

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Priority: Westside Events

Priority: Westside Events

March 2016