Sunday • May 19 • Bay-to-Breakers

Sun May 19 | 8 am | Main Street & Howard Street to Ocean Beach | A testament to San Francisco’s uniqueness and audacity. Each year – a giant wave of athleticism, fun, frivolity, and determination flows across the City from the Bay to the Pacific Ocean — one of the largest footraces in the world with 50,000 + participants and 100,000 + spectators annually. As the race grew in size it even set a Guinness Book world-record, with 110,000 participants in 1986 and consistently attracts world-class competitors. But, it isn’t just a race for the serious runner—it’s a celebration for everyone. Thousands of costumed participants join with families, weekend runners, and walkers, cheered on by thousands of spectators lining the route.

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.

Monet: The Late Years • Feb 16-May 27 • De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park

50 paintings by Claude Monet - 1913 to 1926, the final phase of his career. During his late years, the well-traveled Monet stayed close to home, inspired by the variety of elements making up his own garden at Giverny, a village located some 45 miles northwest of Paris. With its evolving scenery of flower beds, footpaths, willows, wisteria, and nymphaea, the garden became a personal laboratory for the artist’s sustained study of natural phenomena. The exhibition focuses on the series that Monet invented, and just as important, reinvented, in this setting. It reconsiders the conventional notion that many of the late works painted on a large scale were preparatory for the Grand Decorations, rather than finished paintings in their own right. Boldly balancing representation and abstraction, Monet’s radical late works redefined the master of Impressionism as a forebear of modernism.

De Young Museum | Tue–Sun | 9:30 am–5:15 pm | $35 • Members: Free • 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, GGP

Free at SF Museum of Modern Art - Friday - Tuesday • 10am-5PM

SFMOMA is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the US. Discover work by artists from around the world, including Frida Kahlo, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, and Julie Mehretu. Stroll through our outdoor sculpture garden, experience the thirty-foot living wall and take in incredible views — all right in the heart of the city. Free admission to 45,000 square feet of art-filled public spaces — no ticket required. There are a number of artworks on Floors 1 and 2 (and some surprises just outside) that offer a great introduction to the art for our time. 151 Third Street

MAY 2019


Farmers Market | Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Fresh fruits and vegetables star 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:

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 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).

Every Thurs • Digital Device Drop-in

Thu | 4-5 pm | Patient tech-savvy help in getting to know your digital device. Please have your device fully charged and know your sign-in information and passwords. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

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.

Fri • Off the Grid - Food Trucks

Every Fri | 5-10 pm |The largest food truck gathering in the country, brings delicious food to the public with free sides of music, craft, and soul. Fort Mason Center 2 Marina Blvd. Free–$25,

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 | 1-4 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.

Thu • Outer Sunset/Parkside

Thu May 16 | 6:30 pm | Residents from the Outer Sunset and Outer Parkside (west of Sunset) discuss key issues in the neighborhood. Outer Sunset Parkside Residents Assn (OSPRA). Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St. (Every 3rd Thu)

Fri-Fri • Bay Area Dance Week

Daily, thru–May 5 | Various S.F. venues, Times | 10-day celebration of dance featuring 400 free performances, classes, and workshops featuring over 700 groups, artists, and the wildly popular Kick-Off event. Free, 415-920-9181,

Sat • Author Maddie Johnson

Sat May 4 | 2-5 pm | One day Pickles, the pig becomes very sick. His only hope? One big sow with an even bigger heart…How Tickles Saved Pickles (Children’s Book Week). Bookshop WP, 80 W Portal Ave.

Sat • West Portal’s First Century

Sat May 4, 2019 | 12-1 pm | In 1916, anticipating the Twin Peaks streetcar tunnel, developer Fernando Nelson built the first house in what he named “West Portal Park.” High-end houses, the new development became the commercial hub for West of Twin Peaks neighborhoods, such as St. Francis Wood and Forest Hill. As part of it’s 80th anniversary, Woody LaBounty will show early images of the first 100 years of the neighborhood. West Portal Branch 190 Lenox Way

Sun • Free Day / Asian Art Museum

Sun May 5 | 10 am - 5 pm | The Asian Art Museum houses one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the world, with more than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection, some as much as 6,000 years old. 200 Larkins St.


Sat May 4-5 | 10 am - 6 pm | 14th annual family friendly Cinco de Mayo on the Mission’s new trendy Valencia Street between 21st & 24th. A diverse array of Mexican and Latino foods, music, dance and artistry. Beer garden - live entertainment.

Mon • Author Angie Kim

Mon May 6 | 7 pm | Miracle Creek is a thoroughly contemporary take on the courtroom drama, drawing on the author’s own life as a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and mother. (in conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims) Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal.

Sat-Sun • Botanical Gardens Plant Sale

Sat May 4-5 | 10 am - 2 pm | Annual Plant Sale is a fundraiser, free to enter . The Bay Area’s largest plant sale with over 20,000 plants representing 2,500 different varieties, many rare, hard to find, and thrive in dry conditions. SF Botanical Gardens, GG Park at 9th & Lincoln.

Tue • Free Day / DeYoung Museum

Tue May 7 | 9:30 am - 5 pm | Art from 17th-20th centuries, native Americas, Africa, & Pacific. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, GG Park. Free first Tuesdays.

Tue • Free Day / Jewish Museum

Tue May 7 | 11 am - 5 pm | Contemporary Jewish Museum showcases art, music, film, and more that speaks to the Jewish experience and identity. First Tues of month FREE. 736 Mission St.

Tue • Free Day / Craft & Design Museum

Tue May 7 | 11 am - 6 pm | Museum of Craft and Design dedicated to the celebration of craft, 2569 3rd St Free Day is first Tuesday.

Tue • Free Day / Yerba Buena Arts

Tue May 7 | 11 am - 6 pm | Yerba Buena Center features contemporary visual art, performances, films and community programs that celebrate innovation and experimentation. 701 Mission St. First Tuesday free.

Tue • Free Day / Legion of Honor

Tue May 7 | 9:30 am - 5 pm | See over 4,000 years of ancient and European art in SF’s Lincoln Park. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave. Free day/first Tuesday.

Wed • Merced Branch Open House

Wed May 8 | 5 - 8:30 pm | Celebrate the 8th Anniversary of the Grand Reopening and observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Enjoy a scavenger hunt and light refreshments from 5-6 pm. At 5:15 to 6:15 pm, the Shoko Hikage will perform on the koto, a Japanese zither. From 6:30 to 8:30 pm noted music historian Richie Unterberger will present “Asian Rock ‘n’ Roll Rarities.” Merced Branch, 155 Winston Dr.

Wed • Free Day / LGBT Museum

Wed May 8 | 11 am - 6 pm | GLBT History Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and promotes understanding of LGBTQ history, culture and arts in all their diversity. 4127 18th St.

Thu • Bike to Work Day

Thu May 9 | SF hosts one of the biggest Bike to Work events in the country. Energizer Stations will be open during morning commute along commute routes for refreshments, giveaways and some will also be open during the evening commute.

Thu • Hospitality House Art Auction

Thu May 9 | 6-9 pm | 34th Art Auction at Midway, 900 Marin St. to raise funds for programs, including the art studio and gallery for artists who otherwise have no art materials and resources to learn, create, develop, exhibit, and sell their work. TIX: $50-75.

Sat • Trip to Bountiful-Film

Sat May 11 | 1:30 - 4 pm | Gerontologist Ellyn Bloomfield will lead discussion on aging issues as portrayed in the Oscar winning film (1986) starring Geraldine Page. Ellyn has been a guest lecturer on aging and film at SF State. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

Sun • Mother’s Day Rose Show

Sun May 12 | 2:30 - 4 pm | The SF Rose Society features gorgeous and unique garden roses grown by our members. Hall of Flowers,1199 9th Ave@ Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park. Show roses available after 4 pm.

Sun • Free Day / Exploratorium

Sun May 12 | 10 am - 5 pm | Community Mother’s Day is free at The Exploratorium, a beloved institution dedicated to science and discovery. Pier 15, The Embarcadero.

Mon • Author Dr. Mary Gray

Mon May 13 | 7 pm | Ghost Work High tech piecework: flagging X-rated content, proofreading, designing engine parts,—an estimated 8% of Americans are part of “ghost economy.” Low wages, no health benefits, and they can be fired at any time for no reason. Bookshop WP, 80 West Portal Ave.



Sat • SF’s First World Fair

Tue May 14 | 7:30 pm | San Francisco’s first world’s fair The Midwinter Fair, took place in Golden Gate Park, from Jan 27 to Jul 4, 1894. The only remaining features in the park from the fair are the Japanese Tea Garden and a few pieces of sculpture. Roosevelt Middle School, 460 Arguello Blvd. Parking - enter from Palm Ave. SF Museum & Hist. Society members Free/$10 gen /$5.

Wed • West Portal History

Wed May 15 | 6-7 pm | Woody LaBounty will show early images of West Portal Avenue’s creation and commemorate the first 100 years of the iconic neighborhood. Q&A to follow with light bites and wine. at BarbCo Real Estate 45 West Portal. Free - must RSVP

Thu • Author Christopher Castellani

Thu May 16 | 7 pm | An almost epic novel about male authors and the men who loved them. The book, Leading Men features real people - Tennessee Williams, Frank Merlo, Truman Capote, Jack Burns, among others -Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave



Thu • The Way of Tea

Thu May 16 | 4:30 - 6 pm | A special Japanese Tea Ceremony! Instructors will illustrate an authentic tea gathering and then help each participant to whisk their own bowl of tea. Limit 25 people. RSVP: 415 355-5615.Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St.

Fri • Author Sarah Blake

Fri May 17 | 7 pm | The untold secrets we inherit and pass on echo our parents and grandparents. The Guest Book tells the story of a family and a country that buries its past in quiet, until the present calls forth a reckoning. Bookshop West Portal, 8 West Portal.



Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue May 21 | 6-7 pm | Meet with Captain Nick Rainsford at Taraval Station. Taraval Community Relations Forum Meeting: 2345 24th Ave. (Every 3rd Tues.)

Sat • Western Neighborhoods / 20th

Sun May 19 | 6 - 10 pm | 20th Anniversary Gala of WN Project. Guest of Honor: Peter Hartlaub, reporter, writer, critic, and lover of local history from the SF Chronicle. The Clubhouse at Presidio Golf Course, 300 Finley Info/Tix:


Wed • Crazy Rich Asians - Film

Wed May 22 | 6:30 pm | Follow native New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Turns out he is the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families. Jealous socialites and Nick’s own mother take aim at her. Merced Branch, 155 Winston.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu May 23 | 7 pm | OMI-NIA General Meeting, the 4th Thurs of the month. Temple UMC, 65 Beverly.

Thu • Sita Sings the Blues-Film

Thu May 23 | 4 - 6 pm | Animation artist Nina Paley’s award-winning musical comedy-drama of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana is presented in several styles. English/subtitles. Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph.

Sat/Sun • Carnival / Grande Parade

Sat/Sun May 25-26 | 9:30 am - 6 pm | 41st annual Carnaval SF! The 2019 Grand Parade, a brilliant procession of beautifully adorned floats depict rich multicultural themes with performers who engage crowds. 2–day festival on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th St.

Mon • Memorial Day celebration

Mon May 27 | 10:30 -2 pm | Dating back to the establishment of the national day of remembrance in 1868, the ceremony honors the one million Americans killed in the armed forces and the commitment and sacrifices made by military personnel, veterans, and their families. Additional events will take place throughout the day.

Parade with Veterans: 10:30 am | Beginning at Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Avenue

Formal Ceremony: 11 am to Noon | Veteran Speakers, and Live Music. National Cemetery at the Presidio

21-Gun Salute: Noon | By the U.S. Army’s Pacific Division 75th Training Command. Pershing Sq. Main Post

Community Picnic: Noon to 2 pm |Bring a picnic or enjoy food available for purchase. Main Parade Ground

Mon • Central Council

Mon May 27 | 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.

Sun • Avedis Chamber Music

Sun May 26 | 2 pm | After the enthusiastic response to Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio last year, Avedis is pleased to present Bolling’s Picnic Suite after Francesco Molino’s Trio Op. 45 and Erwin Schulhoff’s – Concertino—the final program in the series. Legion of Honor | 100 34th Ave. TIX: or 415 392-4400 Gen: $28-Sen/stu: $18.

Sat • Pinehurst Spring Festival

Sat Jun 1 | Noon-4 pm | A boutique with vintage clothing, jewelry, housewares, books and baked goods, etc to profit the Womans Auxilliary of the Salvation Army, that helps Women in Rehabilitation with life skills, discipline, counseling. 30th &Wawona.

Thu • People of Parkside

Thu Jun 6 | 7 pm | POPS meeting is the first Thursday of the month at the Taraval Station, 2345 24th Ave.

Local event? Priority for Westside events


Local event? Priority for Westside events