Happy Friday Everyone! As things are beginning to slowly get back to normal, one thing we really want to see returning to normal is you taking some time to have fun! Life goes on, and having a little fun and/or some relaxation is still necessary for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!
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Friday, June 11th
Roxie Theater, San Francisco
5PM, All Ages
The 20th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest) will be held June 3 - 20, 2021. SF DocFest will screen 40 features and 38 shorts across 6 different short programs. All films will be available to view on demand anytime during the festival, and 36 of the films will also be shown at the Roxie Theater. The majority of the in-person screenings held at the Roxie Theater will also include live Q&A sessions.
100% of ticket sales from the festival's live screenings benefit The Roxie!
"Docfest offers a zippy blend of politics, music, social issues and youth-oriented subcultures. The good news is that DocFest promotes documentaries as a vibrant, irreverent form of entertainment to a younger demographic, blasting the notion of educational films to smithereens. There's no room for anything approximating -- watch it, I'm about to blaspheme - the obsessively measured and utterly somnambulant musings of Ken Burns." - Michael Fox, KQED
"We're looking forward to finally getting arts and arts fans in the same room again," says Festival Director Jeff Ross. Additionally, Ross adds that "in support and celebration of the Roxie Theater reopening this year, we are donating 100% of ticket sales from our live screenings back to the theater."
For those who are unable to attend in person, the festival may also be attended virtually through on-demand screenings and online Q&A sessions.
The full festival program may be found at https://sfindie.com/ .
Montague Gallery, San Francisco
8 PM, Ages: 8+
Stunning magic, fascinating fables, and true stories make for fun family fare! Devil in the Deck is the story of Jack Swindel, a gambler who, as a child, is cursed by a bad Tarot reading. His superstitious mother teaches him everything there is to know about Tarot, fortunetelling, and cheating at cards - all in some vague hope of breaking the curse and cheating death. In so doing, she leads him down the very road to perdition she had hoped to avoid. Jack travels the world searching for a cure and adventure, becoming the greatest gambler and card sharp of all time.
Each turn of the card reveals a new adventure presented by master magician and storyteller Paul Nathan. Much like his alter ego, Jack Swindel, Paul Nathan performs all over the world and the stories Nathan tells are all true (more or less) - and include running with the bulls, a three-card monte pitch in New Orleans, and cheating at cards with his father. Devil in the Deck is a series of carefully crafted adventure stories seamlessly interwoven with magic, all under the watchful eye of a camera and projected onto a giant movie theater screen. The close scrutiny makes the magician's skill all the more remarkable. As Jack Swindel, Nathan's illusions bring the audience inside the tale of a showman's travels, his cunning ways with cards, and his attempts to cheat fate.
Come to the show, and sort out for yourselves which parts are real and which are fantasy!
Directed by Drew Letchworth, a founding member of Fratelli Bologna, "Devil in the Deck" will delight all ages with its engaging characters, mystifying magic and absorbing, poignant stories.
About Paul Nathan
Unlike Swindel, Nathan is not a card cheat - though he does love gambling and card games. In most other respects Nathan's life mirrors Jack Swindel. He seeks out adventure all over the world and uses it to fuel his craft. Scuba Diving in Guam lead to the development of an underwater magic show. Skydiving in Germany turned into a magic show at 20,000 feet. Like Jack Swindle, Nathan has run with the bulls and fell in love.
About John Anaya
John lives in Edinburgh Scotland with his wife where he studies and plays traditional folk music. John first went to Edinburgh performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and fell in love.
This show, while created for adults, is appropriate for ages 8+ and involves audience participation.
Saturday, June 12th
All Week, All Ages
$40 Summer Pass
San Francisco Design Week 2021: Virtual Design Festival, June 7-13, 2021 - https://sfdesignweek.org/category/
'Power' Theme Leads Conversations, Workshops, and Virtual Tours
The 15th edition annual SAN FRANCISCO DESIGN WEEK (SFDW), attracting 60,000 international visitors yearly, is returning this June with a virtual design festival. The program from June 7-13, celebrates with the dynamic theme "Power". Discussions about power, societal shift, and the designers' role in leading the charge, will be at the forefront of many events. Highlights include talks, webinars, web-conferences, and virtual tours with leading designers, and thought leaders. The 2021 Design Awards are juried by top industry professionals. https://sfdesignweek.org/ . @sfdesignweek.
$39.99 for a virtual summer pass.
Presented by AIGA SF / SF Design Week.
de Young Museum, San Francisco
9:30 AM, All Ages
Bouquets to Art will feature 150 floral arrangements by prominent Bay Area designers and garden clubs, to interpret and complement the museum's permanent collection.
Bouquets to Art is the largest fundraiser held to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and one of the country's premier floral events. Organized and produced by the volunteer members of the Fine Arts Museums Auxiliary, Bouquets to Art raises funds to support acquisitions, special exhibitions and education programs.
Image (left): Photographs by Gary Sexton
Image (right): Beth Van Hoesen, Matilija Poppy (detail), pl. 2 from the portfolio Poppies and Peony, 1976. Color aquatint, etching, and drypoint, 13 7/8 x 12 3/8 in. (35.1 x 31.5 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Crown Point Press Archive, Museum purchase, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Marcus, 1991.28.437. Artwork © The Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Sunday, June 13th
Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
5 PM, All Ages
SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts presents West Wave, a dance festival of digital and live performances, June 11, 12 and 13, 2021. Pre-recorded virtual programs are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 11, 12 and 13, 2021 at 5:00pm PST. Live performances: One night only, Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm PST -- at Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama Street, in San Francisco's Mission district.
This 29th anniversary of West Wave is packed with three live shows and eight pre-recorded videos by creators who appear in their own dramatic, comedic and musical dance pieces. Four different programs highlighting QT&POC -- Queer, Trans and People of Color will be shown over three evenings of shared programs with one $10 ticket price for each program. Ticketholders should check website for safety protocol updates.
Our local arts community remains steadfast during Covid-19 in presenting new works whether it be through pre-recorded video, live streaming or live with limitations. SAFEhouse Artistic Director, Joe Landini, and fellow staff curator, Jesselito Bie, did not know what to plan for this year, so they had to adapt. The result is a hybrid format that updates this community tradition. They chose risk takers who desire to expand their potential with new formats and genres. Some are challenging themselves by combining filmmaking with their choreographic impulses. Most are up-and-comers building their performance careers. All bring a resurgence of creative energy to the 29th West Wave Festival.
West Wave festival schedule:
Friday June 11 Virtual @ 5:00pm PST: Gina Stella dell'Assunta
Saturday June 12 Virtual @ 5:00pm PST: Sawako Gannon, Kevin Wong, Raven Malouf-Renning, Eve Chosak
Saturday June 12 LIVE @8:00pm: Tachíria Flamenco, Dwayne Worthington, Rebekah Enderle at Joe Goode Annex
Sunday June 13 Virtual @ 5:00pm PST: Snowflake Calvert, JP Bayani, Rebekah Enderle, Swathi Lakshmanan
Ortega and Quintara, San Francisco
All Day, All Ages
Come and explore our weekly Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile 9 am-3 pm every Sunday, year-round rain or shine on 37th Avenue between Ortega and Quintara in The Outer Sunset, SF. Our festive family-friendly outdoor market features local farmers, ranchers, producers, food artisans, food trucks, amazing chefs, makers, merchants, artists, causes, live music, and children's activities...all well spread out over two long blocks to allow for safe distancing. Face coverings and frequent hand-sanitizing/washing a must. Join us in January and February as we celebrate MLK Day, Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and Black History Month.
Follow us @sunsetmercantile on IG/FB or https://www.sunsetmercantilesf.com for more details. Be sure to take time to explore all of the incredible shops and eateries of The Sunset District! Follow @sunset_strong or go to https://sunsetstrong.com/