77th Stern Grove Festival

Jun 22 - Aug 24 • 2PM - 19th Ave at Sloat Blvd.


Stern Grove was purchased by Rosalie M. Stern and given as a gift to the City in 1931, in memory of her husband Sigmund, a prominent civic leader. George Greene originally homesteaded the Grove - a tract of sand dunes and marshes - in the 1840's. The Greene family planted the first eucalyptus trees in the Grove and built the Trocadero Inn, a popular recreation spot until its closure in 1916.

Mrs. Stern determined that the site would be preserved as a park in which the public could enjoy admission-free music, dance, and theater performances. On June 4, 1932, Stern Grove was dedicated. Two weeks later, the San Francisco Symphony played the first concert in the Grove. Mrs. Stern, then President of the San Francisco Recreation Commission, formed the non-profit Stern Grove Festival Association in 1938, stipulating that all concerts were to be free to the public and designed for everyone's enjoyment. The organization's mission guides the Festival to this day:

Provide high quality performances, free of charge, for all Bay Area residents and visitors

Provide paid performance opportunities for professional artists and performers

Serve diverse audiences by presenting a season of varied genres and artists

Enhance San Francisco's renown as a cultural center

Mrs. Stern chaired the Festival until her death in 1956. In 1996Dr. Douglas E. Goldman, became Festival Chairman.

Today Stern Grove, a natural amphitheater surrounded by giant eucalyptus, redwood, and fir trees, is one of Northern California's favorite concert sites. Every summer Sunday for over seven decades, family and friends gather to relax, picnic, and enjoy performances by some of the world's greatest artists.

Individual donors, volunteers, foundations, government agencies, and businesses provide the generous support that makes it all possible -admission-free - to the people of the Bay Area.

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art

March 29, 2014 – August 3, 2014

Intimate Impressionism, on view at the Legion of Honor, showcases approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, interiors, and portraits, from the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

The exhibition will illuminate the process of painting directly in nature with Impressionist precursors. Eugène Boudin and Johan Barthold Jongkind’s plein-air practice inspired artists including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley. Complementing these paintings of the natural world are depictions of artists’ studios and domestic interiors; several captivating self-portraits by Edgar Degas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Vuillard; Renoir’s 1872 portrait of Monet; and representations of the artists’ families, including Berthe Morisot’s The Artist’s Sister at a Window, of 1869.

This celebration of fleeting moments and personal places also highlights some of the Impressionists’ most iconic subjects, such as ballerinas and racehorses by Degas, still lifes by Paul Cézanne, and beautiful young women by Renoir. The exhibition also includes examples of flattened perspectives and patterned surfaces by the Nabi painters Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard.

The temporary closure of the National Gallery’s East Building for major renovation and expansion has made possible the rare opportunity to see this select group of paintings in San Francisco, the exhibition’s first venue.

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

Mon 11 am– 2pm & Tue 10 am–1 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, 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.

Every Wed • Free E-Books

Wed | 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. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Wy.

Tue • Lake Merced Boathouse Opens

Tue Jul 8 | 10 am-12 pm | Please join the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and SF Rec and Park in celebrating the opening of the newly renovated Lake Merced Boathouse,1 Harding Road. Coffee, tea and light breakfast will be served.

Thu • Dist Coalition meeting

Thu Jul 10 | 7-9 pm |>Meets 2nd Thu each month. Info: 586.8103 or ssuval@sbcglobal.net Taraval Station, 2345 24th Ave.

Sat • SF Library Film Festival

Sat Jul 12 | 2-4:30 pm | Library film festival showing movies set in and/or filmed in San Francisco: Princess Diaries -A shy SF teenager (Anne Hathaway) gets astonishing news that she's a real-life princess! Then her strict and formidable grandmother Clarisse (Julie Andrews) shows up to give her "princess lessons." Ingleside Mtg. Rm., 1298 Ocean Ave & Plymouth FREE

Sun • Funky Meters- Stern Grove

Sun Jul 13 | 2 pm | Sugar Pie DeSanto opens with Funky Meters unique sound. Stern Grove, 19th Ave at Sloat Blvd.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Jul 15 | 7 pm |Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Minnie & Lovie Room, 650 Capitol Ave. 759-3100.

Thu • Facebook for Job-seekers

Thu Jun 19 | 1:30-4 pm | Learn to create a Facebook page, or update the one you’ve got! Join us for a hands-on class where you can learn the basics for a standout page. 1:30-2: Create an account; 2-4 Upgrade your page. Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Sun • ‘Pupy” Pedroso - Stern Grove

Sun Jul 20 | 2 pm | Cesar “Pupy” Pedroso, pianist and composer and the Los Van Van dance orchestra’s Cuban beat. Stern Grove, 19th Ave at Sloat Blvd.

Thu • Author Jacqueline Winspear

Thu Jul 24 | 7 pm | The Care and Management of Lies “In this dazzling novel Jacqueline Winspear writes irresistibly about the First World War…as we fight with them, farm with them, cook with them. I devoured this book.” - Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal Ave. 564-8080

Sun • Wainwright - Stern Grove

Sun Jul 27 | 2 pm | Singer, songwriter Rufus Wainwright performs solo and Quartet San Francisco opens with a contemporary instrumental sound. Stern Grove, 19th Ave at Sloat Blvd.

Thu • Hops & History II

Thu Jul 24 | 6:30 pm | Tastings from over ten Bay Area craft breweries, historical talks, a panel discussion, home brewing demonstrations, local food vendors, giveaways, docent tours of the Old Mint, and an expanded exhibit of rarely seen historical West Coast brewing memorabilia. $30. ($10 members) The Old Mint, 88 Fifth Street.

Sat • The Backyard Apothecary

Sat July 26 | 1 pm - 3 pm | Dr. Jenny Mann, naturopathic doctor at SF Preventive Medical Group; Elisa Baier, Small Spot Gardens; and Julie Birdsong, Nurse Practitioner, herbal medicine maker. Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave/Lawton $35 or $25 members

Sun • Andrew Bird - Stern Grove

Sun Aug 3 | 2 pm | Andrew Bird, innovative instrumentalist, songwriter and the Hands of Blory blend jazz, country blues and gypsy music. Stern Grove, 19th Ave at Sloat Blvd.

Sat • Sharp

Mon Jul 28 | 7 pm | Sunset Heights Assoc. of Responsible People. Last Mon of each month - sharpsf.com for details. 1736 9th Ave @ Moraga..

Tue • SF Library Film Festival

Tue Jul 29 | 6:30-8 pm | Library film festival showing movies set in and/or filmed in San Francisco: Dark Passage (1947) Humphrey Bogart, escaping from San Quentin to prove he was framed for the murder of his wife, is rescued by a gorgeous painter (Lauren Bacall). The City of San Francisco is liberally and vividly employed as the realistic setting complete with stunning panoramas from the hills. West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way. FREE

Mon • Central Council

No July or Aug Mtg | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss topics of interest to Westside residents. Usually meets the last Monday each month. but there are no meetings in July and August.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Jul 31 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. SF State Warriors and Recology are invited. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds Street.

Fri -Sat - Sun Crafts Show

Aug 8-10 | 10 am -5 pm | American Craft Council, Fort Mason, Marina Blvd.at Buchanan. Shuttles from Marina Greene to the show on a regular basis. $14 1-day pass $30 3-day pass. Friday: $5 after 5 p.m. craftcouncil.org/sf)

Sun • Darlene Love - Stern Grove

Sun Aug 10 | 2 pm | Vocalist Darlene Love’s classic Motown sound and the Monophonics psychadelic soul. Stern Grove, 19th Ave at Sloat Blvd.

Sun • Sergio Mendez - Stern Grove

Sun Aug 17 | 2 pm | Brazilian Mendes’ brassy bossa nova sound with fiery SF band LoCura bring rumba to rock and flamenco. Stern Grove, 19th Ave at Sloat Blvd.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Aug 19 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Community Room, located at 2345 - 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Sun • Zombies - Stern Grove

Sun Aug 10 | 2 pm | The Zombies, 60’s psychedelic rock and indie folk group Vetiver are the season finale. Stern Grove, 19th Ave at Sloat Blvd.

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