What to do in San Francisco

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The second week of June is in full swing with basketball championships, festivals and windy afternoons. Fortunately, the weekend is on the way.

Ferry Fridays

Come by the back plaza of the Ferry Building every Friday from 3-6 p.m. for live music featuring Bay Area musicians. Grab a favorite Ferry Building refreshment inside the market and enjoy al fresco dining and bay views.

Every third Friday, La Cocina will bring delicious food vendors, while the collective Rock Paper Scissors will perform live interactive murals.

Comedy HellaSecret

San Francisco is known for its comedy clubs, so take advantage of the newest one to come to town. Every weekend through August, pop-up comedy shows will take place at unique venues across the bay. Each event will take place at a different location, where only ticket holders will be notified of the secret location.

The shows will take place on Friday and Saturday with start times at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sunday shows will begin at 7 p.m.

Enjoy drinks, cheese plates and a good time.

Get tickets for all dates here.

“Sowing seeds”

With all the dancing and laughter, it wouldn’t hurt to relax and watch some captivating artwork. Catch “Sowing Seeds,” an exhibition featuring selected works by Norm “Nomzee” Maxwell at Luna Rienne Gallery, 3318 22nd St. near Valencia Street, June 11-July 10.

Created between 2002 and 2014, these works are among his most colorful and positive, reflecting his growing family and fond memories of his youth in Philadelphia. Despite his passing, his work remains not only relevant but also visionary.

During the exhibition, the Norm Maxwell Family Foundation will release three limited-edition framed prints on canvas, featuring Maxwell’s well-received paintings, “Pop’s Shop”, “Oh Snap!” and “Jumping James”. There will also be small works for sale, open edition prints and originals not for sale.

See you Saturday for the opening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on the exhibition and the artist, go here.

Sunday Excelsior Streets

Sunday Streets is back for its 2022 season. Enjoy a mile-long car-free block party with outdoor fun for the whole family.

The party will take place on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Mission Street between Theresa Street and Geneva Avenue, with additional activities on Ocean and Seneca Avenues.

There will be an open house for the Excelsior branch of the public library, a climbing wall, live music, free giveaways and more.

Go here for more information, maps and activity guides.

La Vida is a Carnival

Carnival may be over, but the party continues! The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts will host a post-Carnival video release party to wrap up its Carnival exhibit.

The reception will take place on June 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Come dressed up and ready to run the parade once again!

For more information, go here.

Events to come

There’s so much to do during the rest of this month, but here are a few things you absolutely need to put on your calendar.

Tehuana Exhibition

Come to the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts for the screening and exhibition of “Tehuana! Diego Huerta Photography. Indigenous colours, beauty and tradition. The opening will take place on June 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition will continue until July 22. Don’t miss it!

Get tickets for the screening and exhibition here.

HOUSE(in)STEAD

Enjoy an hour-long dance performance by Bay Area dancers Megan Lowe and Johnny Huy Nguyen during the band’s 16-week residency at David Ireland House, located at 500 Capp St.

Designed for an intimate audience of just 10 people per performance, the experience will use the entirety of the unique historic home transformed into a work of art by the late David Ireland to explore themes of home and the intersection of dance, sculpture and performance.

Four performances will take place from June 24 to 26. Tickets can be purchased here.

summer of learning

Manny’s will host a lecture series featuring professors from the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; The University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University during their “Summer of Learning” program.

From June 27 to August 31, come learn about topics such as the art and science of happiness, the rise of populism in Europe, and even a bit of art history.

For more information on each session and to purchase the special package to attend all 20 talks, go here.

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