FEBRUARY EventsSF Panama Pacific Expo

1915 World’s Fair • Tue Feb 10 - 7:30pm • The Old Mint • 88 5th St

Illuminating the Jewel City: Spectacular Lighting at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition

Enjoy a nighttime tour of San Francisco’s beautiful 1915 World’s Fair. We will explore how Illuminating Engineer Walter D’Arcy Ryan implemented groundbreaking lighting effects like The Great Scintillator and The Electric Kaleidoscope in the face of tremendous skepticism. Learn about the more than 100,000 large, cut-glass Novagems that adorned the Tower of Jewels, how the San Francisco fog facilitated “The Devil’s Fan” and “Fighting Serpents and Octopus,” and how Ryan’s advances permanently affected how architecture is lit. Ackley’s talk includes a discussion of World’s Fairs prior to 1915 and is illustrated using photographs, stereoviews, postcards, maps, newspaper illustrations, architectural renderings, and lantern slides.

Ms Ackley holds graduate degrees in architecture from Harvard and University of California-Berkeley. An undergraduate course in cultural landscapes sparked her interest in the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Her book, San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama–Pacific International Exposition of 1915, will be available for purchase at the February meeting, and also at a special event on March 3, 2015 at The Book Passage in Corte Madera. See the Book Passage website for details.

Program is free to current SFMHS members. Admission is $10 for non-members ($5 for students, K-12 teachers, seniors, and persons with disabilities) Please use side entrance on Mint Plaza. Info: www.sfhistory.org


5th Annual San Francisco History Expo


Sat Feb 28 • 11am - 5pm / Sun Mar 1 • 11am - 4pm

More than sixty local historical organizations, small museums, genealogical groups, and more are scheduled to participate in the Fifth Annual San Francisco History Expo at the Old Mint.

For more information, including a list of participating organizations, and a schedule of local and nationally renowned speakers and raconteurs who will be presenting at the Expo, visit sfhistoryexpo.org and the Expo’s Facebook Page.

February 2015

The Art of Underwater Gardening

At the Conservatory of Flowers

November 13, 2014 – April 12, 2015. Closed Mondays

10 am–4 pm Tues-Sun • Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park

Aqua Forest
Aqua Forest

Dive into the dazzling world of aquatic plants in a new exhibition of tropical underwater gardens at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Visitors go ‘below the surface’ as they stroll past lush, living aquascapes, imaginatively crafted to highlight the diversity of the freshwater tropical waterways of Africa, Asia and South America.

Lao Chin Fei Photo
Photo: Lao Chin Fei

Aquascaping, the art of creating stunning underwater landscapes with plants, stones and wood, is a popular international gardening trend. Annual competitions attract hundreds of elaborate entries from around the world. The beautifully planted aquariums can mimic everything from primeval forests to verdant valleys or can become sublime works of underwater abstract art.

Now, visitors to the Conservatory get a chance to marvel at this unique form of water gardening and learn how aquatic plants have adapted to life in the deep.

Timucin Sagel Photo
Photo: Timucin Segal

TICKETS: San Francisco Residents: $5 general; $3 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $1.50 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE

Non-residents: $8 general, $5 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $2 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE

INFO: www.conservatoryofflowers.org, 415-831-2090

February 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.

Mon • School Board Interview

Mon Feb 9 | 7pm | Inside the SF School Board: Lee Hsu Interviews School Board Members Emily Murase and Rachel Norton. Every two years, voters are asked to choose candidates for the School Board. But how many of us know enough about it to choose confidently? Sunset Heights Assoc. of Responsible People. Last Mon of each month - sharpsf.com for details. 1736 9th Ave @ Moraga.

Mon • Saint Junipero Serra?

Mon Feb 9 | Rcptn 5:30 pm - 6 pm | The mission system and Serra’s role in the abuse and death or 65,000 Indians at the missions. Author Elias Castillo, three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and the winner of thirteen journalism awards, will discuss “A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California’s Indians by the Spanish Missions.” Members free $20 nonmembers, $7 students. Info/tickets: commonwealthclub.org/events. Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St.

Wed • Ocean Ave. Corridor Design

Wed Feb 11 | 6:30 - 8 pm |The Ocean Avenue Assn. & the SF Planning Dept’s final open house for the Ocean Avenue Corridor Design Project. Lick-Wilmerding High School, 755 Ocean Ave to improve connections between the Commercial District and Balboa Park Station. Final designs will be unveiled: Ocean Ave between Phelan Ave and San Jose Ave: Ocean Ave between San Jose and Mission Street: Geneva Ave between Phelan Ave and I-280: Gateway Nodes along Ocean Ave & Proposed streetscape amenities. Public welcome to view project materials, ask questions and give your feedback. Info: Lily Langlois (415) 575-9083

Wed • Free E-Books Drop-In

Wed Feb 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. W. Portal Branch, 355-2886, 190 Lenox Way.

Wed • Author Lee Bruno

Thu Feb 12 | 7 pm | Panorama: Tales From SF’s 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition. It’s the 100th anniversary and this fully illustrated coffee table book focuses on the exhibition and its fascinating participants. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Sat/Sun • Flower Fair Chinatown

Sat-Sun Feb 14-15 | 10 am - 6 pm | Chinese New Year Flower Fair is the weekend before the holiday. Grant Ave from Clay to Broadway, Pacific Ave from Kearny to Stockton. FREE. Enjoy Chinese dance, music and cultural displays.

Tue • Astronomy lecture

Tue Feb 17 | 7 pm | SF Astronomical Assoc. hosts leaders in the fields of astronomy, physics and related fields. Free Observation Post, Building 211, the Presidio. Lecture starts at 8.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Feb 17 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Police Station 2345 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Fri • Dinner & Movie

Tue Feb 17 | 5 pm | OMI Family Resource Center invites you to their free monthly dinner and movie night at Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Park, 650 Capitol Ave. RSVP required - call Priscilla 406-1370

Wed • The Birds Around Us

Wed Feb 18 | 7 - 8:30 pm | Sidney Hollister brings the birds we live with to life, including two short films. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston Dr.

Sun • Academy of Sciences free Day

Sun Feb 22 | 11 am - 6 pm | GG Park’s world class scientific and cultural institution, the California Academy of Sciences will be free all day. First-come, first-served. Possible wait at the door - come early. 55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park.

Mon • Civil Grand Jury / Sharp

Mon Feb 23 | 7 pm | Civil Grand Juror and SHARP vice-president Charles Head will convene fellow members of the 2013-14 San Francisco Civil Grand Jury to present evidence from their 2014 report, “Ethics in the City: Promise, Practice or Pretense.” Sunset Heights Assoc. of Responsible People. Last Mon of each month - sharpsf.com 1736 9th Ave @ Moraga.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Feb 23 | 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• Sister Act

Wed Feb 25 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | A worldly singer witnesses a mob crime and must hide out in a San Francisco convent: Whoopi Goldberg and Maggi Smith at West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way

Thu • Author Matt Richtel

Thu Feb 26 | 7pm |The Doomsday Equation from the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist comes a pulse-pounding technological thriller—in which one man has three days to prevent annihilation: the outbreak of World War III. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Thu • Orpheus in the Underworld

Thu Feb 26 | 6:30 pm | Orpheus and Eurydice gets a fresh retelling and this revealing account from Larry Oppenheim (Kensington Symphony) makes Offenbach’s opera enjoyable—even if you don’t like opera. West Portal Library, 190 Lenox Way.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Feb 26 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds Street.

Sat • The Beatles Choir Singalong

Sat Feb 28 | 9:30 am | Take a sad song and make it better! The Beatles Choir brings cheer to the residents of Laguna Honda Hospital. Come and join in the songs and be part of the event. LHH 375 Laguna Honda Blvd.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Mar 1 | 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.

Sun • Hillbilly Hootenany West Side

Sun Mar 1 | 7:30 pm | Country and Western, Hillbilly, Bluegrass, Honky-tonk, Americana and old-time night at the Riptide, 3639 Taraval St. Free.

Tue • Legion of Honor Free Day

Tue Mar 3 | 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.

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