Here are some exciting after-school and weekend summer options, from opera to a free tour of the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, a Litquake poetry reading and a jazz performance at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and an unusual documentary about Frida Kahlo.
Free Admission Day & Flower Piano| San Francisco Botanical Garden Link:http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/visit/index.html Need to Know: Free days are the second Tuesday of every month. Be sure to seek out the 12 pianos on display in the garden! Time: 7:30am – 6:00pm Cost: Free Description: Take a tour of the 55-acre oasis of natural beauty in Golden Gate Park with over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. Also, tour the grounds to find the 12 hidden flower pianos to play a tune on or view the website for more details on free performances in the park.
Nike Schroeder: Cityfold Link: http://minnesotastreetproject.com./exhibitions/1275-minnesota-st/nike-schroeder-cityfold Need to Know: Exhibition open from July 2-August 6 Cost: Free Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm Description: Nike Schroeder celebrates her first solo exhibition with Jack Fischer Gallery showcasing her new body of work, Cityfold. Schroeder uses a minimalist approach to draw the viewer into the piece of layered and folded forms intended to be an aesthetic interpretation of downtown Los Angeles. Using mixed media and machine embroidery, the canvas becomes the tool to simply hold the sensitive hanging threads, the actual artwork.
Tiffany Austin Quintet Link:http://ybgfestival.org/event/tiffany-austin/ Need to Know: Festival has events until October 1 Cost: Free Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm Description: Known as the “West coast’s fastest rising jazz vocalist,” Tiffany Austin delivers a perfectly executed blend of blues and classic swing from iconic artist including Bessie Smith, Elola Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Joined by the drums, bass, piano and trombone, Austin’s love of old-school and contemporary R&B will shine at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
Paul Madonna: Artist Talk & Closing Reception Link:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paul-madonna-artist-talk-closing-reception-tickets-26122031700 Need to Know: RSVP required Cost: Free Time: 7:00pm Description: John SF based artist and author, Paul Madonna, for an evening discussion of his new work, Close Enough for Angels, that features original drawings from Thailnad, China and Japan as well as the release of his new novel under the same name. The evening is perfect for fans, students and artists to engage with Madonna on his technique and approach to the new body of work. Refreshments will be served.
Fiestas Fridas Link:https://www.facebook.com/events/1212638358767870/ Need to Know: The same program will appear Saturday and Sunday Cost: $15 Time: 6:00pm Description: Mexican director Gabriel Santander and producer Noemi Cadena present a rough edit of their new documentary, Entre el Dolor y el Placer, featuring Frida Kahol’s wardrobe that is currently on display at the Casa Azul museum. Following the viewing, enjoy a live multi-media performance featuring the music that influenced Frida’s art.
William Swanson: Bloom Chamber Link:http://eleanorharwood.com/exhibitions/william-swanson-solo-show/ 11-5:30 Need to Know: Exhibition ends July 30 Cost: Free Time: 11:00am – 5:30pm Description: Using techniques of pooling and puddling paint, William Swanson abstractly represents terrain and architecture. Swanson uses natural forces like gravity as well as a variety of painting techniques such as overlaying, thinning and masking to manipulate the paint to create both physical and illusionary depth.
Shedding Light / Arrojando Luz Reception Link:http://www.sparkarts.com/talavera-ballon/ Need to Know: Exhibition ends July 31 Cost: Free Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm Description: Peruvian-born painter, Talavera- Ballón, now based in San Francisco, uses his work to pay tribute to immigrants like himself who left the comfort of their homes in search of the new. He depicts the essence of the ordinary people among their diverse regions and cultures.
Clarion Alley Tour Link:http://clarionalleymuralproject.org/tours/ Need to Know: Tours occur every other Saturday Cost: $5 donation suggested Time: 1:00pm Description: Take a walk down the infamous Clarion Alley with Clarion Alley Mural Project leaders who will give you the history of the alley, tidbits on the murals currently on display and an idea of their work in the community. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Heart of the City Farmers’ Market Link: http://heartofthecity-farmersmar.squarespace.com Need to Know: Open every Sunday and Wednesday Cost: Free Time: 7:00am – 5:00pm Description: In the heart of San Francisco at the United Nations Plaza, locals and tourist alike can enjoy this colorful farmers market. A non-profit run by local farmers, it’s aim is to provide high quality and affordable produce from small, local farms. Get there before 3pm for the best variety of produce.
Kelly Ording: The Shape of Things Link: http://lunarienne.com Need to Know: Exhibition ends July 25 Cost: Free Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm Description: Kelly Ording presents her new collection that uses juxtapositions to create beauty. With intent juxtaposing organic processes and experimental juxtaposing precise geometry, Ording creates pieces that are as much about the process as the image that results.