7:30 p.m. third Wed. of every month - Buried deep down in the very core of our hearts is the passion to perform. We secretly want to dress in 1960s get-up, strap on a ukulele, and do Tiny Tim covers. No? Maybe that's just us. However, we can all agree on the burning desire to perform and create art. The hard part (besides mustering up t...
6:00 p.m. fourth Tue. of every month - Sketch Tuesdays, founded in 2006, is a monthly event where 20 or so local artists hang out and make their art on a small scale. When the artwork is completed it becomes available to purchase by the audience mingling nearby -- and often for cheap! If you like the funky fresh art up on the wall...
6:00 p.m. April 16 -

Next time you enjoy a pint of Haagen-Dazs, tip your hat to the gallant Blackfin icefish. According to Extreme Life of the Sea — written by Stephen Palumbi, director of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford, along with his journalist son Anthony Palumbi — these pale Ant...

7:30 p.m. April 17 -

According to a 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek, PowerPoint had been installed on at least 1 billion machines around the world, with an estimated 350 presentations being given every second. Those stats got Speechless creator Sammy Wegent thinking. Obviously, there are no ideas too big o...

7:00 p.m. April 18 -

Bob Saget is not the wholesome patriarch of an Alamo Square painted lady, but he played one on TV. Later he played himself in a documentary about a famously dirty joke, and suddenly Saget's flair for family-unfriendly comedy was out of the closet. His new book, Dirty Daddy: The Chronic...

7:00 p.m. April 18 -

For many practicing Catholics, Good Friday is a time for fasting, prayer, and reflection. For the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Bad Flower Productions, it's a good day for a sing-along. The two groups will reflect in their own way by hosting the Third Annual Sing Along Jesus C...

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. April 19 -

This year, much of San Joaquin Valley, California's top agricultural producing region, looks like a dustbowl. Despite California's history of drought, it's impossible to avoid thinking about last month's report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which concludes, "The effect...

10:00 a.m. April 20 -

People in other cities cannot fathom the level of enthusiasm generated by Easter for adults in San Francisco. For those of us who grew up here, springtime has long heralded the Technicolor grandeur of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Easter. Over the last 35 years, the Sisters have tra...

11:00 a.m. April 20 -

In true counterculture fashion, there are no organizers for the annual 4/20 Celebration at Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park. An entertainment company will not be setting up a fence, booking bands, or ordering Porta Potties. There is no mention of it on the San Francisco Recreation and Park...

7:30 p.m. April 20 -

Brad Warner, a muscian in a punk band called Zero Defex and a regular writer for soft-core porn site Suicide Girls, stars in Pirooz Kalayeh's documentary about Warner's journey into Zen Buddhism. Ordained as a priest by the late Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher Gudo Wafu Nishyima, Warner explains h...

7:00 p.m. April 21 -

If you still think of Alicia Silverstone as the meddlesome rich girl from Clueless, you just haven't been paying attention. For years, this San Francisco native has been an outspoken advocate for the environmental causes that fuel her most personal work: The hit animated kids' show...

1:30 p.m. third Sat. of every month - When the Laurel Hill Cemetery fell into disrepair in the late nineteenth century, a new resting place had to be found for the roughly 35,000 people buried there. A new, larger, cemetery was constructed in what is today Colma (the city whose motto is "it's good to be alive in Colma," due to the dispr...
Daily - When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and ...
Daily until May 26 - With Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art starts off big with its plans to go beyond its walls during the museum’s expansion project. In partnership with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, eight of di Suvero’s la...
Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until April 24 -

In 1972, Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, co-founders of CalArts' Feminist Art Program, turned a dilapidated Hollywood mansion into "Womanhouse," a space transformed by the creations of nearly 30 young female artists. On the first day, the exhibit was only open to female viewers; by the last da...

7:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until May 3 -

Texan artist and White Walls Gallery group show veteran Sergio Garcia will be showing his work in a new solo exhibition entitled "Infinite Chapters" at the Tenderloin space. Garcia works primarily in print and sculpture to produce a mélange of iconic childhood objects and images. H...

8:00 p.m. daily from April 19 until April 20 -

Now in its ninth year of circulating dance companies through American metropolises, SCUBA brings together Elia Mrak from Seattle, Nichole Canuso Dance Company from Philadelphia, Supergroup from Minneapolis, and the city's own NAKA Dance Theater to show off their latest creations in each c...

8:00 p.m. daily from April 23 until April 24 -

Shakespeare's The Tempest is a story of revenge and manipulation, with the sorcerer Prospero scheming to reclaim the throne from his brother by marrying his daughter Miranda to Prince Ferdinand, the son of the King of Naples. Central to his machinations is the conjuring of a storm that wr...

8:00 p.m. daily from April 23 until April 27 -

In 1537, combining two melodies together was banned by Cardinal Giovanni Morone, as he believed it would distract from God. Centuries later, those same pesky melodies combined with drums and hip swiveling was labeled by some as "The Devil's Music." For the new millennium comes The Seven De...

Daily until May 23 -

Imagine a neutron bomb dropped on downtown San Francisco – the people gone, the buildings and infrastructure left unscathed. The work in Now That You're Gone ... San Francisco Neighborhoods Without Us has that freshly apocalyptic feel, as nine local photographers pay gritty t...

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until May 10 -

We did it. We've survived another winter, another annoying time change, and made it to yet another spring. In honor of the loveliest of all the seasons, Eleanor Harwood Gallery hosts artist Kirk Maxson, whose large "beautiful, delicate, and ethereal" installations are made of hundreds of ...

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until May 10 -

If beauty lies in symmetry, then Jemima Kirke's models lack it, at least by her rendering. With mismatched eyes, crooked noses and deep scowl lines, to call her portraits of these women "quirky" is an understatement and trivialization. The title of her show, Platforms, references n...

6:00 p.m. daily from April 18 until May 18 -

Stock car racing has broad appeal, from applied physics converting raw power into mechanical poetry in motion, to the thrill of knowing that at any moment something could go horribly wrong. In "Crash," Hilary Pecis deconstructs stock photos of cars mangled in NASCAR races and recombines t...

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until June 14 -

Many artists dream of having a large audience acknowledge their work — it might be long after their deaths, but better late than never. Vivian Maier's stash of over 100,000 photographs and negatives surfaced after she died in 2009, at the age of 83. She was soon recognized as one of the gr...

7:00 p.m. third Thu. of every month - As far as we can tell, San Francisco's first drag bar was a happy accident — unofficial history holds that Joe Finocchio established his eventually world-famous "female impersonator" spot in 1936 after hearing a customer in his father's bar imitate Sophie Tucker, known for her risque numbers. ...