C A L E N D A R   MAY  2 0 1 5

Bay to Breakers 2015 Bay to Breakers run

Sun May 17 | All Day |

SF’s Bay to Breakers, the oldest consecutively run annual footrace in the world, a staple since May 1912. Starting at a point near the Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the city to the Great Highway. The race is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay. With 110,000 participants, the Bay to Breakers race held on May 18, 1986 was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest footrace.

Large numbers of participants walk the route behind the runners. Some come to run seriously, others to party. House parties are present along the course. The route is typically dotted with various local bands performing. In February 2009, city officials and race sponsors announced major changes to the race regulations. The regulations included an official ban on floats, alcohol, drunkenness and nudity.

The “Other” World’s Fair

Tue May 12 | 7 to 9:30 pm | Milton Marks Auditorium 455 Golden Gate Ave.

Everyone knows about the splendors of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, but not necessarily much about “The Zone” which was flashy, colorful and – in the eyes of some – a bit tawdry. Visitors to the Zone could find educated horses, hula dancers, risqué artwork, and wild amusement rides as well as fanciful restaurants and souvenir concessions. Glenn Koch’s presentation will take the audience on a visual tour of “The Zone” – you will come away with an appreciation of the PPIE amusement district, and understand why it deserves to be remembered today. Koch is an aficionado of San Francisco history, and the author of San Francisco Golden Age Postcards and Picturing Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, Free for SFMHS Members $10 non-members $5 Seniors and Students. Info: sfhistory.org Call: (415) 537-1105 ext 100 Facebook: San Francisco Museum and Historical Society

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

MAY 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.

Thu • Author Colette Lafia

Tue May 7 | 7 pm |A friendship between Lafia and a silent monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani, in Seeking Surrender Lafia’s palpable openness and warm storytelling lead readers to find peace with life, and God. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Tue • Sheep Shearing/Childrens Zoo

May 7 | 10:30 am-1 pm | The annual Sheep at the Children’s Zoo includes spindle-spinning demonstrations. 753-7080; sfzoo.org.

Fri • Kronos Quartet

Fri May 8 | 6-7 pm | Concert, Conversation with the Quartet. This internationally recognized chamber ensemble visits Community Music Center for the first time. Music Center, 544 Capp,Info: 647-6015

Sat • Teen Computer Corps

Sat May 9, 16, 23 | 1-5 pm | Drop-in and get one on one help with a teen tech savvy volunteer! Bring your laptop, ereaders, gadgets, digital cameras, tablets, cell phones. We will try to help you figure it out. W. Portal Branch, 355-2886, 190 Lenox Way.

Sat • Flying Angels Dance Co

Sat May 9 | 3-4 pm | Celebrate Asian Pacific AmHeritage Month with The Flying Angels Chinese Dance Co. a visual feast of traditional dance and elaborate costumes. Children of all ages and their families. Merced Branch, 155 Winston Dr. 355-2825

Sun • Grove At SoMA Streat Food

Sun May 10 | 11 am-3 pm | Stern Grove’s mobile pop-up arts festival. Free at SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St. Performances, family-friendly hands-on arts programs, instrument exploration, and interactive workshops—all-ages event. 252-6252

Sun • Exploratorium / Free Day!

Sun May 10 | 10 am-5 pm | For 40-plus years, the Exploratorium has offered creative, thought-provoking exhibits, experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning. Mother’s Day—Free Day! Pier 15, 528-4360

Tue • Bike-to-work day

May 12 | Bike to Work! Check out the SF Bicycle Coalition’s site, sfbike.org, for maps, tips, and energizer station information.

Tue • Living With Coyotes

May 12 | 6:30 pm | Gina Farr leads a “Living with COYOTES” seminar. County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park. projectcoyote.org

Tue • Author Patricia Park

Tue May 12 | 7 pm | Journeying from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul, and back, a fresh, contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre. Re Jane is a bright, comic story of living not just out of obligation to others, but for one’s self. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Tue • Litquake

Tue May 12 | 8 pm | Litquake, American Conservatory Theater, and BARtab present Thoroughly Modern MAUPIN: The Legacy of Armistead, emceed by Marga Gomez, featuring readings and music. Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market. litquake.org.

Wed/Thu • Free/Academy of Sciences

May 13 - 14 | 9:30 am-4:30 pm | The California Academy of Sciences FREE DAY for zip codes 94117, 94127, 94131, and 94132; bring a valid photo ID and a utility bill, bank statement, or postmarked letter; limit six children per adult. Info: (415) 379-8000

Thu • Author geshe Thupten Jinpa

Thu May 14 | 7 pm | The Buddhist practice of mindfulness caught on when we began to understand its personal benefits. The acclaimed thought leader and translator of the Dalai Lama shows us what compassion can bring. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Fri • Maitri Hospice Gala

May 15 | 5:30-9:30 pm | MAITRI HOSPICE and residential AIDS care facility hosts “Bliss,” an auction and gala with music by jazz artist Paula West.. County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park. maitrisf.org.

Thu • Author Gary Snyder at 85

Thu May 14 | 7:30 pm | American poet, Zen Buddhist, mountaineer, environment activist, Snyder’s poetry and prose, include Danger on Peaks, Mountains and Rivers Without End, The Practice of the Wild, Axe Handles, and Turtle Island. Described as “the Thoreau of the Beat Generation.” $27 Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St. Info: 392-4400

Thu • Unbroken

Thu May 14 | 6-8 pm | Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O’Connell and Takamasa Ishihara. After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a POW camp. Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St.

Sat • Asian Heritage Street Fair

Sat May 16 | 11 am-6 pm | From Cynthia Lin and the Blue Moon All-Stars to Japanese koto, event entertainment from modern to traditional Asian performers. The food bazaar will feature vendors from Korean tacos to Filipino lumpia to Thai noodles to Vietnamese BBQ. Free Civic Center @ Van Ness Info: 581-3500

Sat • Whats to Know about Zenio?

Sat May 16 | 2-3 pm | Download and read full issues of your favorite popular magazines—no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits. We will introduce you with round-the-clock access to San Francisco Public Library’s databases. Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval.

Sat • Drawing with Oliver Chin

Sat May 16 | 2-4 pm | Learn how to make your own manga with illustrator Oliver Chin! Oliver has written more than 15 books, including the children’s picture book series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. Tips/techniques to create comics. Ortega Branch 3223 Ortega.

Wed • Free E-Books Drop-In

Wed May 13, 20, 27 | 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, learn how to use it to download books/materials from the Library website. W. Portal Branch, 355-2886, 190 Lenox Way.

Mon • Author Celeste Ng

Mon May 18 | 7 pm | A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the rifts within a family, uncovering the ways they struggle for understanding. >Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue May 19 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Police Station 2345 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Wed • 4th Anniv. / Merced Branch

Wed May 20 | 6 pm |Celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the Merced Branch Reopening at its Open House and Arts & Culture Salon! I. Reed Daley and Bookworms, bluegrass band. Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar-nominated Iranian-American actress, reads from her book, The Alley of Love. 155 Winston Dr.

Wed • Annie

Wed May 20 | 6:30-8 pm | Annie, the 2014 Musical A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when a business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. W. Portal Branch, 355-2886, 190 Lenox Way.

Thu • Origami for Adults

Thu May 21 | 6:30 pm | Space is limited for this popular class at the West Portal Branch Library. If you’re interested please call 355.5788 or email wpomgr@sfpl.org or register via EventBrite.

Thu-Fri • SF Bach Choir

Thu-Fri May 21-22 | Sat 8 pm; Sun 4 pm | The SF Bach Choir performs Mass in B Minor with SFBC Baroque Orchestra. Calvary Presb., Fillmore & Jackson. 441-4942; www.sfbach.org.

Wed • What’s the GMO Fuss?

Wed May 27 | 7- 8 pm | What’s all the fuss about GMOs? What should you know about genetically engineered foods? Wendy Portnuff shares the history of genetically modified foods, potential impact of these foods on our health, and tips for how to avoid them. Merced Branch, 155 Winston Dr.

Thu • Bike Maintenance

Thu May 28 | 6-7:30 pm | Join staff from Swell Bicycles as they give an intro to bike maintenance at the Ortega branch library. Make sure to bring your bike along for the ride! 3223 Ortega.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu May 28 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds

Sat • Taiko Drumming

Sat May 30 | 3-4 pm | Taiko Drumming with Kristy Oshiro. Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body as language, culture, and history—an exciting educational experience. Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Jun 1 | 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 Jun 2 | 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.

Tue • De Young Free Day

Tue Jun 2 | 9:30 am - 5:15 pm | Founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum of American art from the 17th -20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, & Pacific. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. Free first Tuesdays.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Jun 7 | 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.

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