Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great 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, November 18th
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
5 PM, Ages: All
Re-emerging for its 12th season, Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center is the Bay Area’s most beloved and anticipated community event, as well as the largest recurring nighttime street food festival in Northern California. After a challenging couple of years, we’re ready to reignite the San Francisco food scene with our flagship marketplace in full style. This year’s event will highlight both creators and guests through a more dynamic way to experience this one-of-a-kind destination. Together, we can throw a heartfelt celebration of resilience, community and the small businesses that make this city so vibrant.
Craneway Pavilion, San Francisco
10 AM, Ages: 8+
Imagine putting on a virtual reality headset and finding yourself floating in space. Space Explorers: THE INFINITE is the world’s largest immersive experience to take you on an awe-inspiring interactive journey to Space aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Explore an entirely walkable 3D model of the International Space Station.
Witness the first ever spacewalk to be captured in cinematic virtual reality.
Admire mind-blowing views of Earth and feel the immensity of Space.
Join the crew of astronauts and discover their daily epic adventures.
“I can see astronauts in front of me. And when I look down, I can see the entire planet. It's really incredible!” ABC7 San Francisco Bay Area
Ready to blast off to Space?
Monday + Tuesdays: Closed
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.)
Fridays: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)
Saturday: 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (last entry at 6 p.m.)
Duration: 1 hour
Saturday, November 19th
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
6:30 PM, Ages: All
Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Arcade Fire are a six piece band that have won two BRITs, two Grammys, and have released three records over the last ten years.
Their breakthrough album Funeral (Rough Trade, 2004) was nominated for a Grammy for Alternative Album of The Year and as the decade closed Funeral was chosen by Rolling Stone as the #1 album of the ‘00s. The album also featured in numerous ‘Best of the Decade’ polls around the world including NME, Q, Pitchfork, The Guardian and Mojo. Arcade Fire’s platinum-selling sophomore album Neon Bible (Sonovox, 2007) debuted at #2 in the UK and USA. Recorded in Québec, New York, Budapest and London, it was released to critical acclaim with the NME calling them ‘‘…the first truly 21st century band”. Q named Neon Bible album of the year in 2007, and it was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammys. 2010’s The Suburbs (Sonovox) debuted at #1 in seven countries including UK, the United States and Canada and the album has since gone double platinum in Canada; platinum in the UK and Ireland; as well as gold in France, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Australia and the US.
Following the album release, the band performed two sold out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden, producing a live stream on You Tube directed by Terry Gilliam, which received over 1.8 million views worldwide. The Wilderness Downtown, an online video for We Used To Wait using groundbreaking HTML 5 technology, has received over 77 million views worldwide to date. A short film, Scenes from the Suburbs, directed by Spike Jonze and co-written by Jonze, Will Butler and Win Butler, accompanied a new edition of The Suburbs released in June 2011. Arcade Fire were named Band of the Year on the cover of Q Magazine in 2010, and that year performed on Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Later… with Jools Holland.
In February 2011 Arcade Fire won Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards for The Suburbs, before going on to win Best International Group and Best International Album at the 2011 BRIT Awards. 2012 also saw The Suburbs pick up an additional Grammy for Best Recording Package. Arcade Fire have toured extensively worldwide, including Europe, America and Australasia. Renowned as being one of the best live acts around, the Daily Telegraph described Arcade Fire as “the greatest live band in the world, and everybody who sees them knows it.” . Rolling Stone Magazine recently ranked the band at #4 in their Best Live Acts Now list.
2012 saw the Arcade Fire release a limited edition vinyl release of Sprawl II/Ready to Start remixes for Record Store Day, as well as recording two new songs Abraham’s Daughter and Horn of Plenty for the soundtrack of hugely success epic The Hunger Games. The band also completed the score for Spike Jonze’s film Her (2013), which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. Arcade Fire’s highly anticipated fourth album Reflektor was released on 28th October on Sonovox, and went on to top the iTunes chart in 40 countries, as well as hitting #1 in the Official Album Charts in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal and the USA. Produced by Arcade Fire, James Murphy and Markus Dravs, the album was recorded in Jamaica, Montreal and New York. Title track ‘Reflektor’ was released on the 9 / 9 at 9:00pm, featuring guest vocals from David Bowie and an accompanying video by long time collaborator Anton Corbijn. A second interactive video for ‘Reflektor’, created for Google Chrome and written and directed by Vincent Morisset, was shot in Haiti. The band’s 2013 live tour as The Reflektors saw them play intimate shows in New York, Miami, LA, Glasgow and London, ahead of an extensive tour which took in headline slots at Glastonbury Festival and Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in 2014.
2014 saw Reflektor win Album of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards, as well as shortlisted for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize. And a documentary film called The Reflektor Tapes, directd by Kahlil Joseph, about the making of the album, was selected to be shown at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. Arcade Fire will play a number of festival dates across Europe and North America this summer including Primavera Sound, Isle of Wight Festival, Rock Werchter, Roskilde and Castlefield Bowl in Manchester. Arcade Fire are William Butler, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry.
SFMOMA, San Francisco
All Weekend, Ages: All
The most in-depth examination of the artist’s work in over two decades, Diego Rivera’s America brings together more than 150 of Rivera’s paintings, frescoes, and drawings—as well as three galleries devoted to large-scale film projections of highly influential murals he created in Mexico and the United States. Rather than surveying his entire career, the exhibition focuses on Rivera’s work from the 1920s to the mid-1940s, when he was conceiving a new vision for North America informed by his travels in Mexico and the U.S.
Ten thematic galleries are dedicated to places like Tehuantepec and Manhattan that captured his imagination, and to his favorite subjects, such as street markets, popular celebrations, and images of labor and industry.
“Rivera was one of the most aesthetically, socially and politically ambitious artists of the 20th century,” notes guest curator James Oles. “He was deeply concerned with transforming society and shaping identity—Mexican identity, of course, but also American identity, in the broadest sense of the term. Because of his utopian belief in the power of art to change the world, Rivera is an essential artist to explore anew today, from a contemporary perspective.”
Diego Rivera’s America builds on SFMOMA’s collection of over 70 works by Rivera, one of the largest in the world. It also features paintings, drawings and frescoes borrowed from public and private collections in Mexico, the U.S. and the U.K., reuniting many for the first time since the artist’s death. Iconic and much-loved works, such as The Corn Grinder (1926), Dance in Tehuantepec (1928), Flower Carrier (1935) and Portrait of Lupe Marín (1938), will be shown alongside paintings that have not been seen publicly since leaving the artist’s studio.
Sunday, November 20th
37th and Ortega, San Francisco
9 AM, Ages: All
Come celebrate the summer season at the Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile with our Wednesday relaunch! The farmers market is now available Wednesdays, June 8th - August 10th, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm as well as every Sunday 9:00 am-3:00 pm year-round, rain or shine on 37th Avenue at Ortega. The Wednesday and Sunday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile features ranchers, local farm fresh produce, unique artisan foods, delicious pop-up eateries, talented makers, local merchants, live music and an extensive Fun Zone for all ages. Music lineup on June 8th includes Young & Up Too late at 3 pm and Tyler H at 6 pm and local favorite, Olive the Storyteller, will weave her stories at 5 pm.
Join us in celebrating Juneteenth with special food, activities and two stages of live music to honor the day on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th. Local favorites Gumbo Social, Smokin’ D’s BBQ, Sunset Roasters and Yes, Pudding will be on-site with special Juneteenth menus. Local musicians include: Kaylah Marin, Hanif, Vazh, Allura Lex, Season of Us, Saint Pigeon, Dr. Rick and No Country. Please join us in recognizing this important day!
Eat, drink, shop, play, connect and be local at our Wednesday and Sunday markets under the trees! www.sunsetmercantilesf.com for more details.
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
2 PM, Ages: All