10:00am-5:00pm Closed on Mondays
The Asian Art Museum presents 20 masterpieces of Chinese paintings from 14th to 18th centuries, representing the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. The exhibition features several extremely rare works by the great masters of Chinese painting including Ni Zan (1301–1374). Broad in subject, style and geographical representation, the artworks show variations of themes such as landscape, bird-and-flower, country life and historical stories.
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Cost: $25 -$130
Celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed musical revue continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in the City’s North Beach district with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats!
Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her “Prince Charming.” Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Kim Jong Un, Pharrell, Orange is the New Black, Vladimir Putin, Kim Kardashian & Kanye West, Frozen, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Beyoncé & Jay Z, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Nicki Minaj, Game of Thrones, Miley Cyrus, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga & the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
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Thu Oct 1 – 7pm
United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Mexican American to hold the position, learned to love poetry by singing about the Mexican Revolution with his mother, a migrant farmworker in California. Inspired by her spirit, he has spent his life crossing borders, erasing boundaries and expanding what it means to be American. Herrera’s appointment comes as the country is debating immigration, a recurring subject of his work, which has been collected in books like Border-Crosser With a Lamborghini Dream and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border.
From 2012 to 2014, Herrera served as California’s Poet Laureate, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. As the state Poet Laureate, he created the i-Promise Joanna Project, an anti-bullying poetry project named for an elementary school girl who was bullied and killed in an afterschool fight in Long Beach. Influenced by Allen Ginsberg, Luis Valdez and his own immersion into the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, Herrera writes passionately about social issues. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities. His work has been known to cross genres, even into opera and dance theater.
In 2014, he released the nonfiction work Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes, which showcases twenty Hispanic and Latino American men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism and athletics – a magnificent homage to those who have shaped our nation. National Endowment for the Arts chairman Dana Gioia, who called Herrera the elder statesman of Mexican American poetry, said he is “the first U.S. laureate whose work has emerged from the new oral traditions that have been transforming American poetry over the past quarter-century. He can write traditional poems for the page, but many of his poems are designed primarily for spoken delivery. His work is performative, and communal. In this sense, Herrera speaks powerfully to younger poets and audiences.
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ART NIGHT SF is a new outdoor event series working to activate the public spaces of UN Plaza and Mid-Market through accessible installations of contemporary art. Enjoy local food, cocktails and music while taking in works by both emerging and established San Francisco-based artists. The entire night is free of charge and gives people the opportunity to explore their creativity and engage in the cultural exchange in the emerging Central Market Arts District.
Join us at our three pilot events on September 17, October 1 and October 22 from 5-9 pm in UN Plaza between 7th and Market Streets.
ART NIGHT SF will represent a collaboration between local galleries, museums, arts nonprofits and independent artists with the collective aim of publicly championing the arts in San Francisco. By bringing people together for an unforgettable outdoor exhibition — and, with the participation of outspoken leaders of San Francisco’s creative community — we hope to celebrate the impact that cultural contributors are making within the city. In doing this, we exemplify the need for greater support for local artists and their work.
Our Launch event on September 17 will be hosted by a trio of eccentric performers, the Sunshine Alliance. Affordable art, studio workshops and site-specific installations will all be featured in addition to panel discussions and interviews with surprise guests.
Stay up-to-date! Follow ART NIGHT SF on Twitter @ArtNightSF and visit our website, http://www.artnightsf.com for more information and to apply to be a featured artist.
We’re celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Midnight Ink publishers with an author panel that is sure to give you goosebumps! Sharing their chillingly good works will be Catriona McPherson, author of Come to Harm; Gigi Pandian, author of The Alchemist; Steve Hockensmith, author of Fool Me Once; and Robert K. Lewis, author of Innocent Damage.
7:30-9am every day. All day on second Tuesday of every month, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.
With its unique microclimate, San Francisco Botanical Garden is able to recreate conditions of the high elevation tropical cloud forests of Central and South America and Southeast Asia. Rare high elevation palms as well as plants from New Zealand and temperate Asia also thrive here. Largely due to these natural advantages, San Francisco Botanical Garden is known for its unique, diverse and significant botanical collections. The extensive Magnolia collection, for example, attracting visitors with its dazzling display of winter flowers, is recognized as the world’s fourth most significant collection of Magnolia for conservation purposes, and the most important outside China*, where a majority of Magnolia species are found…”
The farmers market is open three days a week—Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the smaller markets occupy the front of the building along the Embarcadero; on Saturdays, the much larger market is held both in front of the Ferry Building and on the rear plaza overlooking the Bay. The markets offer fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats and eggs from small regional farmers and ranchers, many of whom are certified organic. A wealth of other products include regional artisan specialties such as breads, cheeses and jams. The Thursday market features an array of artisan street food: wood-fired pizza, grilled meats, sandwiches, and tacos, while the Saturday market also includes local restaurants serving a variety of hot, delicious meals.
The National Park Service is pleased to announce the return of the award-winning ‘PRISONERS OF AGE’ exhibition from photographer Ron Levine and designers Michael Wou and Russel Volckmann to Alcatraz Island July-December 2015. This exhibit marks the next in a series on Alcatraz that focuses on aspects of crime and punishment, incarceration, freedom and social justice.
PRISONERS OF AGE’ is an evocative series of photographs and chronicles of elderly men and women, taken over a period of 18 years, at prisons and prison-wards for geriatric offenders in the United States and Canada. Prisoners of age comprise the fastest growing age group in the United States. One-in-ten inmates is 55 or older. A decade ago, that was one-in-twenty. Existing prison space is in serious decline and medical costs are soaring. Incarcerating geriatric men and women in prison is becoming prohibitively expensive- up to 9 times the cost of a younger inmate. As Federal and State prisons begin to look more like high security nursing homes, the people who manage North America’s prison system worry about how to handle the imminent explosion in the geriatric population. Through photography and interviews, ‘PRISONERS OF AGE’ offers a microcosmic glimpse of what lies ahead in this new millennium.
‘The exhibition features 60 larger than life photographs and revealing narratives from conversations with the inmates, guards and prison officials. The exhibition is designed by Michael Wou and Russell Volckmann.
How to see the exhibit:
The exhibit is displayed in the New Industries Building (July – Dec. 2015) and will be open to the public visiting Alcatraz Island during daytime hours for no extra charge. Exhibit hours are 10 am to 2 pm. For additional information, please call NPS Alcatraz at 415-561-4900.
Tickets to Alcatraz frequently sell out many days in advance. They are only available through Alcatraz Cruises, the official park concessionaire for ferry service, 90 days in advance: alcatrazcruises.com or 415-981-7625.
The full exhibit was last seen at Alcatraz Penitentiary in 2000. It has also been seen in The National Archives of Canada , Eastern State Penitentiary Museum, Philadelphia , Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin , Fremantle Prison Museum, Perth , and The Powerhouse Gallery, Brisbane .
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Alcatraz Cruises is the National Park Service concessioner of ferry service to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz Cruises hosts nearly 1.5 million visitors annually. Alcatraz Cruises designed, built and operates the first hybrid ferry in the United States. The Hornblower Hybrid’s revolutionary design has reduced fuel consumption by 75% and has already begun to be implemented in other parts of the country. For more information visit: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com.
ANNUAL ITALIAN HERITAGE PARADE
Sunday, October 11, 2015, as the City’s oldest civic event and the nation’s oldest Italian-American parade and community celebration winds its way from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach.
A San Francisco institution since it was established in 1868, the 2014 Parade is promising to be bigger, better and more colorful than ever.
Highlights include dozens of handcrafted parade floats featuring Bay Area businesses, community groups, and Italian organizations; local high school Italian clubs and marching bands; special appearances by “Christopher Columbus” and Queen Isabella and Her Court; festive open-air dining and Italian wine and food specials at North Beach restaurants lining the Parade route; performances by a variety of traditional Italian musicians and performance artists; and special appearances by Bay Area and Italian-American celebrities.
The Parade action begins at 12:30 pm at the foot of Jefferson and Stockton Streets in Fisherman’s Wharf, proceeds south through North Beach on Columbus Avenue, and ends in Washington Square in front of Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Parade viewing is available throughout the route.
Admission to all Parade activities-including the Ferrari Sportscar display in Washington Square Park and a variety of hands-on activities for children and families – is FREE
Visitor Info: (415) 703-9888 or review the Visitor Information page.