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Friday, May 22

Harvey Milk Day 2015: GLBT History Museum Free Day | SF
Friday, May 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | GLBT History Museum
Harvey Milk Day 2015: GLBT History Museum Free Day | SF
The GLBT History Museum in San Francisco will celebrate Harvey Milk Day by offering free admission on May 22, Milk’s birthday, and official statewide “day of special significance.” Free Admission | Harvey Milk Day 2015 Friday, May 22, 2015 | 11 am to 7 pm GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St, San Francisco FREE In honor of Harvey Milk ...
Ceramic Sculptures & Wall Pieces Exhibit | Oakland
Friday, May 22 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Manna Gallery
Ceramic Sculptures & Wall Pieces Exhibit | Oakland
Manna Gallery is pleased to present a selection of ceramic sculptures and wall pieces by San Francisco artist Tiffany Schmierer. Exhibition opens Third Thursday, May 21, from 6 to 8 pm and continues to Saturday, June 27. A reception for Tiffany will take place First ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Live Brazilian Beats & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Live Brazilian Beats & Off the Grid | Oakland
What to expect on May 22: 5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under 5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden 5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late 5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring ...
Recology’s Recycled Art Show | SF
Friday, May 22 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Recology San Francisco
Recology's Recycled Art Show | SF
The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco will host an exhibition and reception for current artists-in-residence Michael Arcega, Ma Li and student artist Eden V. Evans on Friday, May 22, from 5-9pm (with performance by Ma Li at 7:30pm) and Saturday, May 23, ...
Win Tix: VIP de Young Museum Tickets | Botticelli to Braque
Friday, May 22 – 5:30 pm | Cost: WIN | de Young Museum
Scotland; known for kilts, red heads, the Loch Ness monster, and amazing art. See one of these things (not the Loch Ness monster unfortunately) at the de Young Museum as they present Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. Experience this amazing collection ...
Friday Nights at the de Young & $15 Gallery Tickets | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young & $15 Gallery Tickets | SF
Join us Friday Night is the museums free public spaces for live music, a guest lecture by Alexander Nemerov from Stanford University, and art-making events Special Friday Night $15 Gallery Tickets Normally $21-$24, See the exhibit, Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland on Friday night ...
Woodwork Furniture Collective Show | SF
Friday, May 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Zinc Details
Woodwork Furniture Collective Show | SF
Handmade/Mindmade is a collective show of new furniture and other works from the renown College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program. Over thirty original pieces will be on display at Zinc Details in San Francisco, for purchase or by commission. This is the only showing ...
“Strike Away” Matchbook Art Show Opening: 450 Matchbooks & 225 Artists | SF
Friday, May 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids
Strike Away is a group art show including 450 altered matchbooks by over 225 artists from around the world, including over 100 Bay Area-local artists. You will find beautifully painted matchbooks, playful paper dioramas hidden inside matchboxes, matchstick sculpture, and much much more ranging in price from ...

Saturday, May 23

Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay
Saturday, May 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes
Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay

The epic and oh so very relaxed coastal beauty of Point Reyes—located 35 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge—reveals yet another dimension to be appreciated when the ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other local artists who live and work there ...

The Dept. of Cautionary Warning: Parody Street Sign Art Creation | SF
Saturday, May 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | StoreFrontLab
The Dept. of Cautionary Warning: Parody Street Sign Art Creation | SF

StoreFrontLab welcomes the absurd and uncanny world of The Department of Cautionary Warning, a playful parody where public works meets provocateur. On May 16, 17 and 23, the Bureau of Signifiers and Poetics will accept applications for poetic markers for public space. If approved, the ...

“Red Rooms” Hyper-artificial Enviroment: Light & Shadow Exhibit | San Jose
Saturday, May 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Amy M. Ho will create a hyper-artificial environment that envelops the viewer and transforms the sense of space by projected light and shadows. Red Rooms is a two-channel video projection that was created by the artist photographing two views of a miniature architectural model lit in ...
“A Fragile Narrative” Sculptural Glasswork Exhibit | San Jose
Saturday, May 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Through her sculptural glasswork, Cassandra Straubing addresses issues of domestic and industrial labor. Her exhibition explores the sociological aspects of working-class garments and tools of blue-collar labor, and how the objects might symbolize a person’s economic and social position as well as their gender role. ...
The Dept. of Cautionary Warning: Parody Street Sign Art Closing | SF
Saturday, May 23 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | StoreFrontLab
The Dept. of Cautionary Warning: Parody Street Sign Art Closing | SF

StoreFrontLab welcomes the absurd and uncanny world of The Department of Cautionary Warning, a playful parody where public works meets provocateur. On May 16, 17 and 23, the Bureau of Signifiers and Poetics will accept applications for poetic markers for public space. If approved, the ...

Fantasy Art Market League Award Ceremony | Tenderloin
Saturday, May 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAQ [Project] Space
Fantasy Art Market League Award Ceremony | Tenderloin
League of F.A.M.E. Season Two (April 23 – May 23) The competition is back with League of F.A.M.E season two. This installment of L.O.F. is sure to take Fantasy Art Market Enthusiasm to the next level. League of F.A.M.E. (Fantasy Art Market Enthusiasts) is a fantasy ...

Sunday, May 24

Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay
Sunday, May 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes
Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay

The epic and oh so very relaxed coastal beauty of Point Reyes—located 35 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge—reveals yet another dimension to be appreciated when the ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other local artists who live and work there ...

Monday, May 25

Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay
Monday, May 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes
Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay

The epic and oh so very relaxed coastal beauty of Point Reyes—located 35 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge—reveals yet another dimension to be appreciated when the ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other local artists who live and work there ...

Urban Hike Day: Sea, Stairs, Skyscrapers & Spirits | SF
Monday, May 25 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Urban Hike Day: Sea, Stairs, Skyscrapers & Spirits | SF
This Memorial Day, get ready for another exhilarating hike through San Francisco with Jill Katz, followed by a celebratory drink in North Beach. Meet outside in front of Gott’s Restaurant at the Ferry Building. You will then proceed along the Embarcadero to the Filbert Steps, the stairs ...

Thursday, May 28

NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week. Thursdays from 6-10 pm Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members). Last entry is 9 pm. 21+ with valid ID.

Friday, May 29

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...

Friday Nights at the de Young: Farewell to Scotish Masterpieces | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young: Farewell to Scotish Masterpieces | SF
“Friday Nights at the de Young presents the Grande Ceilidh in partnership with the Caledonia Club of San Francisco to bid a fond farewell to Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. Entertainment for the evening will feature performances by the Prince Charles ...

Sunday, May 31

Final Day: 2015 Humor Exhibit “Mad World” | SF Library
Sunday, May 31 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Final Day: 2015 Humor Exhibit

Every year during the month of April, the San Francisco Public Library presents a Wit & Humor exhibit at the Main Branch. Naturally, the opening day is April Fool’s Day. The exhibit is on display April 1 – May 31, 2015. The 2015 exhibit features subversive humor magazines from the ...

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, May 31 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Collective
Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley

The Mixed Media Mixer is a monthly event with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration. A new collection of Bay Area artists, musicians, photographers and videographers come together every last Sunday of the month at the Firehouse Art Events Hangar. Bring ...

Tuesday, June 2

de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 2 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| de Young Museum
de Young Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

Founded in 1895 in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. The museum was ...

Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 2 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to general galleries; special exhibition fees still apply
| Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally admission is $10 for adults, but on the first Tuesday of each month admission is free (special ...

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day
Tuesday, June 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission Day

Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from the other side of the world, or a budding botanist, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate, up-close experience with over 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from more than 50 different countries. Opened ...

Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day
Tuesday, June 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Pay What You Wish Day
| Cartoon Art Museum
Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day

Please Note: The Cartoon Art Museum will be moving and temporarily closing in the Summer of 2015. The tentative closing date is June 28, 2015, but may be extended through the summer. The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE
Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Admission Day | First Tuesdays

The Contemporary Jewish Museum engages audiences of all  backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. And the architecture of the Museum itself is a work of art. Embracing a range of artistic disciplines and media, ...

Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch
Tuesday, June 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Museum of Craft and Design
Free Admission Day: Museum of Craft and Design | Dogpatch

Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Craft and Design on the first Tuesday of every month. After six years in Union Square and two years of pop-ups, the Museum of Craft & Design opened up their permanent location in the Dogpatch. Rather than featuring paintings or traditional ...

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays
Tuesday, June 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) | Free First Tuesdays

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the Bay Area’s premier venues for adventurous art. A multidisciplinary art center, the YBCA features exhibitions, performance, film/video, and community engagement programs, along with rotating art exhibits with a focus on contemporary and emerging art ...

Style Wars Discussion: “California Cool” | Tenderloin
Tuesday, June 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAQ [Project] Space
Style Wars Discussion:
“California Cool”: Why is it that certain forms of composure, and lifestyle seem eminently more possible in the California sun, outside the shadows of a place like New York? This conversation asks how space and style inform each other, and how ‘California’ has come earn ...