Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.
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Friday, May 13
Bayview Town Center, San Francisco
5PM, All Ages
San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood comes alive for 3rd on Third, a community-wide arts celebration for the whole family happening from 5-8 pm every third Friday of the month, at Bayview Town Center (Mendell Plaza at 3rd Street & Oakdale Ave).
The monthly event features pop-up galleries, pop-up attractions, local food vendors, a beer and wine garden, a special children’s zone with free art-making activities, and a stage featuring talent from Bayview and beyond.
Carnaval SF Performers will be bringing a taste of Brazil’s largest festival to the Bayview. Come see how Brazil likes to celebrate and experience the ornate costumes and mesmerizing dancing.
Plus, Stage Coach and the A.C.T.’s M.F.A. Program will be performing Black Orpheus: Una Historia de Amor. After his beloved Eurydice is stolen by Death, guitar-toting poet Orpheus ventures into the underworld in an attempt to retrieve her. Set in a mythical barrio during Carnival.
Schedule of activities;
5:00pm: Carnaval SF
6:00pm: Black Orpheus This Stage Coach production layers Afro-Latino rhythms with visual storytelling to bring this vivid story to life. A.C.T.’s M.F.A. Program actors create a classic love story with a Carnival heartbeat.
Arts Activities for Kids
$5 Food Specials by local vendors
Craft vendors & info tables
The Phoenix Theater, San Francisco
8 PM, All Ages
Theater MadCap is proud to present the return of “You’re Gonna Cry” at The Phoenix Theater May 6th – May 28th.
HBO Def Poet and Youth Speaks co-founder Paul S. Flores takes us back to the 1990′s to capture the abrupt changes seen throughout the Mission District brought on by the dot-com boom and bust, the real estate bubble, constant immigration and forced evictions. Portraying a kaleidoscope of offbeat, vibrant characters, Flores gives voice to the techies looking to remodel the place, to the Latino bohemians wandering the bars and cafes, to locals and immigrants with a stake in the heart of San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood. At the crux of You’re Gonna Cry is a heartbreaking story chronicling the human cost of gentrification. Flores brings a critical perspective combined with raw realism and even a gangster puppet show to illuminate a historic moment when the city’s facade and cultural landscape changed.
Flores was named The San Francisco Weekly’s 2011 Best Politically Active Hip-Hop Performance Artist for his solo show YOU’RE GONNA CRY, directed by Brian Freeman which documents the demographic shift of The Mission District after the “dot-com” boom. Flores’ play REPRESENTA! features Cuban rapper Julio Cardenas, directed by Danny Hoch, and originally produced by La Peña Cultural Center and the San Francisco International Arts Festival at the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2007 and later toured to 17 cities. His newest play PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo (2012) was directed by Michael John Garcés, and starred Ric Salinas of Culture Clash. PLACAS premiered at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater in Union Square, San Francisco as a co-production of SFIAF and Central American Resource Center, and later toured to The Los Angeles Theater Center, and Off Broadway at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York City. Flores has received the National Performance Network Creation Fund, NEA Theater grant, San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, CCI Investing in Artists Grant, and National Association for Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts, among other awards.
Flores is a highly respected youth arts educator. As a co-founder of Youth Speaks Inc., he introduced spoken word to hundreds of thousands of youth all over the country, and helped develop the national platform for young people to build peer relationships and strategize toward a better future through the Brave New Voices: National Teen Poetry Slam, now seen on HBO. Flores currently manages the Latino Men & Boys Program, funded by The California Endowment, at The Unity Council in East Oakland. He is also adjunct faculty of Theater at the University of San Francisco.
You’re Gonna Cry Audience Discussion Schedule:
Come for the play. Stay for the discussion.
We’ve invited some local artists and activist to speak to our audiences after the play. You’re Gonna Cry is about gentrification and displacement in the Mission amid the Dot Com boom and bust in the mid 90’s. We want to put a real face on the issues, origins and consequences of gentrification and want to inspire our audiences to take action.
May 6th –Benjamin Bac Sierra – Beloved Mission Activist May 7th – Edwin Lindo – District 9 Supervisor Candidate May 13th – James Tracy – Co-founder SF Community Land Trust and author of “Dispatches Agains Displacement” May 14th – Amy Farah Weiss – Homeless advocate May 27th –Luna Malbroux – Comedienne/Community activist
Saturday, May 14
The Parkmerced Fairgrounds, San Francisco
1 PM, All Ages
Parkmerced is excited to announce the first annual Parkmerced State Fair! To kick-off the arrival of Summer, celebrate the end of yet another school year, and to bring a sprinkling of whimsy and fun to our community, we will transform Juan Bautista Circle into a boardwalk style carnival. Filled with games, amusements, rides, pony rides, prizes, carnival cuisine, a beer garden, world renowned DJ Fran Deeper – Spa in Disco, live performers and entertainment for all (the young, the old, the in between, and even our furry friends) the Parkmerced State Fair will sure to impress.
Passes are complimentary to Parkmerced Residents who claim the first 1000 tickets and MUST collect them at Resident Service prior to 5/10/16 by 4pm, other wise full price of $15 online advance or $20 at the door, will apply.
Ring the Bottle Toss
World Famour DJ Set:
Arial Acrobat Performances
Dog Carnival Area – with pet games
The Amazing Voltar
Award Winning Chickens
Nighttime Neon Light Show
Deep Fried Deliciousness
Please feel free to ask us any questions by messaging us here … and remember, SAVE THE DATE!
The New Parish, Oakland
7:30 PM, Ages: 21+
For 10 years, the bay’s funniest and most outlandish comedy/music experience!
NOTE: All seating is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Tickets only ensure admission. Arrive 60 to 30 min. prior to showtime help ensure seats
What is MORTIFIED?
Mortified stars everyday adults sharing their most embarrassing and real childhood letters, lyrics, journals, home movies and artwork… in front of total strangers. Part comedy, part theater, part therapy.
The largest and longest-running project of its kind, Mortified produces comedic content for the stage, the page, and the web. Its latest book, Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield, is in stores everywhere.
Participants include a wide range of people, from professional performers (comics, celebrities, singers) to total amateurs (architects, ad execs, salesmen) all in the noble pursuit of self-degradation. Personal redemption through public humiliation.
Share the shame.
IMPORTANT EVENT NOTES:
COST: $16 advance; $21 at door (all tickets are for General Admission)
SEATING:All seating is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Tickets onlyensure admission. Arrive 30 min. prior to showtime help ensure seats.
AGES: 21+. No minors.
DOOR TIMES: House doors open 60 min. prior to an event (usually about 6:30 pm).
See you at the show!
If someone buys a large number of tickets, we will not give those tickets out until the person whose name it is purchased in comes to claim them.
If advance ticketing is sold-out, there will be a limited number of tickets at the door. A wait list forms prior to show, as we do our best to get people in.
Like us on facebook at Mortified Bay Area, or Mortified East Bay
Follow us on Twitter @ MortifiedSFBay
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills
8 PM, All Ages
Silicon Valley kids and their families are invited to Astronomy Day an opportunity to view the wonders of the universe through the observatory’s large astronomical telescopes presented by volunteers from the Peninsula Astronomical Society (PAS).
Astronomy Day Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 8 to 11 p.m. Foothill College Observatory in Los Altos Hills FREE, but parking is $3
The observatory houses a 16-inch computer-controlled Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector and hydrogen-alpha solar telescope. In addition, PAS volunteers set up their personal telescopes to add to the number of viewing stations.
An international grassroots movement designed to share the joy of astronomy with the public, Astronomy Day gives community members who may have never looked through a telescope an opportunity to see celestial bodies first hand and get answers to astronomy-related questions.
Parking Lot 4 provides the best access to the campus observatory. Purchase a required parking permit from dispensers in any student parking lot. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and credit/debit cards. Cloudy or poor weather conditions will cancel this event. For more information, call (650) 949-7334.
The Peninsula Astronomical Society is a group of some 200 Bay Area astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Some members are professionally trained in astronomy, others are just starting and have never looked through a telescope before. As part of its commitment to bringing astronomy to the public, PAS operates the Foothill College Observatory. The observatory is staffed by PAS members who volunteer to conduct regularly scheduled public programs throughout the year, including:
Friday Evening Public Viewing—9 to 11 p.m. The choice of targets for evening viewing depends on the season and what objects are currently visible. Presented every clear Friday.
Saturday Solar Viewing—10 a.m. to noon. See spectacular views of two different layers of the sun through white-light and hydrogen-alpha 0.6 Angstrom filters. Presented every clear Saturday.
Sunday, May 15
Howard St. and Main St., San Francisco
8 AM, All Ages
$65 to Run, Free to Watch
Bring your costumed, your semi-naked and your beer (try to be discreet) and participate in one of the largest races in America – one of the most strange and “San Francentric.“
The third Sunday in May brings us “Bay to Breakers,” the crown jewel of San Francisco events since 1912 with over 30,000+ people racing (and 100,000+ watching) from the Bay to the Breakers at the western end of Golden Gate Park in a costumed mass of everything we love about San Francisco.
San Francisco’s Zappos.com Bay to Breakers is an annual footrace operated by Wasserman Events and has run continuously for over 100 year as a staple to the City by the Bay. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience since 1912, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay.
The Presidio, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
Off the Grid hosts a full season of Picnic at the Presidio from 11 am to 4 pm every Sunday through the fall at the Main Parade Ground Lawn.
Get ready for yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, a lively atmosphere and picnics on the lawn with a view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Though we don’t know the details for 2016 yet; in past years, they’ve offered Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, an onsite DJ, classic picnic amenities like bocce ball, as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete picnic experience.
2016 Featured Vendors Lineups may change from week to week. Check Facebook for updates.
They have 29 food vendors and 3 retail vendors including Yerena Farms, Happy Moose Juice and Nosh This, along with:
Dum – an Indian Soul Foodtruck in San Francisco
Grilled Cheese Guy
Little Green Cyclo
Ceviche & Co.
El Porteño Empanadas
Verde Vivo Tea
Girl Friday Zeppole
Sajj Street Eats
the creme brulee cart
Fine and Rare
La Marcha Tapas Bar
Réveille Coffee Co.
The Whole Beast
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