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Tuesday, April 21

Networked Creativity: Tech & Art Discussion | Tenderloin
Tuesday, April 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAQ [Project] Space
Networked Creativity: Tech & Art Discussion | Tenderloin

The Networked World (March 24, April 21, May 19, June 9)
Ben Valentine, art critic and culture commentator, will organize a series of 4 panels on the complexities of networked creativity in today’s unique technological environment.
Discussions include:

“The Archive” [March 24] with Alexis Rossi,Natalie Cadranel, and Keir Winesmith;
“Is it Global?” [April 21] …

Wednesday, April 22

SF Zoo Free Admission Day
SF Zoo Free Admission Day

The San Francisco Zoo, Northern California’s largest zoological park and conservation center, periodically offers free admission for San Francisco residents. This urban oasis, nestled against the Pacific Ocean, provides a comfortable climate all year round.  You’ll enjoy seeing the 250 different animal species in naturalistic surroundings, ...

Thursday, April 23

Quick Draw SF: One Year Anniversary Party & Art Sale | SoMa
Thursday, April 23 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP on Facebook is appreciated.
| F8
Quick Draw SF: One Year Anniversary Party & Art Sale | SoMa

Quick Draw SF has reached its one year mark. This monthly drink and draw series is co-hosted by Shayna Yasuhara of Paint Pens Collective and Jason Furie of Never Ending Radical Dude. The two groups have combined forces and collaborated with amazingly talented artists of …

“Dis/Play” Art Closing Reception: Film & Poetry | SOMArts
Thursday, April 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| SOMArts Cultural Center

This is your final opportunity to view and interact with Dis/Play features short film screenings in the gallery, including recent work by artist Todd Herman, co-founder of performance project “Sins Invalid.”
Free, but an RSVP is required.
Also catch poetry by Leroy Smooth, Joy Elan, Lateef McLeod, and exhibiting …

Fantasy Art Market League at SFAQ [Project] Space | Tenderloin
Thursday, April 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAQ [Project] Space
Fantasy Art Market League at SFAQ [Project] Space | 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 …

Friday, April 24

“Heart of Darkness” Opera Rehearsal & Art Installation | SF
Friday, April 24 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Z Space

Ever wonder what goes into making operatic magic on stage? What about pushing the boundaries of the operatic form and creating not just a production that you see, but a production that you experience?
Come to Z Space and check it out a free open rehearsal and …

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: Divergence: Emerging Legacies | Golden Gate Park
Friday Nights at the de Young: Divergence: Emerging Legacies | Golden Gate Park

Friday Nights at the de Young presents Divergence: Emerging Legacies, featuring the ninteenth annual New Generations Student Showcase.
The evening will also include live music, lecture by UC Davis professor James Housefield, and art-making for all ages.

“Remembering Candlestick Park” Photo Gallery Opening | SF
Friday, April 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Sports Basement (Bryant St.)

“Remembering Candlestick Park” is one photographer’s expression of his fond memories of going to Candlestick Park to watch the San Francisco Giants.
The photographer, Untouchedtcphotos, sought to photograph the stadium’s aesthetic beauty and provide abstract views of the ballpark and the lighting at Candlestick was always …

Sunday, April 26

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, April 26 – 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, April 28

Fast Forward: Video Art Conservation Talk | Tenderloin
Tuesday, April 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SFAQ [Project] Space
Fast Forward: Video Art Conservation Talk | Tenderloin

Fast Forward: Video Art Conservation from the Studio to Institutions (April 28)
“Fast Forward” is moderated by Chris Sollars, with Doug Hall and additional panelists to be announced. “Fast Forward” addresses methods of conservation, storage, advanced or future formats in conversation with video artists, collectors, and …

Thursday, April 30

Nature NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, April 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $12*
*$12 general; $10 for museum members - 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Nature NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

Become one with nature as NightLife gets out and about for an evening of nature-themed fun.

Learn how to keep a hive (and make sweet honey) at home with Urban Bee, hold giant insects in the palm of your hand courtesy of Save Nature, and brush up on …

Friday, May 1

History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, May 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, May 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

“Oakland First Fridays” Block Party
Friday, May 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Telegraph & 27th

Oakland First Fridays is an immersive art and community experience on the first Friday of each month on Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street. Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown Northgate) springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist ...

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 | Celebrating Botticelli to Braque
Friday Nights at the de Young | Celebrating Botticelli to Braque

Friday Nights at the de Young celebrates Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland with live music by City Opera SF, guest lecture by Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of the department of conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, …

North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF
Friday, May 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | North Beach
North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl | SF

On the first Friday of every month, over a dozen North Beach galleries, museums, bars, and restaurants stay open late for a self-guided First Fridays Art Crawl with special events to showcase the ever-growing collections of art and entertainment that diversify North Beach. First Fridays Art Crawl ...

First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland
Friday, May 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland

You had us at “burlesque” and “creepy puppets.” As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, May 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
| Alleys at Temescal Square
Temescal First Fridays | Oakland

Voted “Best Art Murmur Offshoot” in the East Bay Express Readers’ Poll, Temescal First Friday takes place from 6-9 pm every first Friday of the month. Galleries, cafes, bars, and retailers in Oakland’s Temescal district have teamed up to bring you art, music, food, drinks, and strolling ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, May 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway/Telegraph
Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Art Murmur is a group of nearly 30 galleries in Oakland that have coordinated openings on the first Friday of every month. Every first Friday of the month, member galleries are open to the public from 6-9 pm. Additionally Telegraph above Grand and below 27th is closed ...

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, May 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

Saturday, May 2

“Cars and Coffee”: Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup | SF

Come and view some really special cars and interact with other car lovers at Cars and Coffee. Unlike other car shows, their fantastic turn out allows them to limit the cars to truly rare, unique, or exotic vehicles. Spectator parking is at the lot next door for ...

Bank of America Free Museum Weekend
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Holders of Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit cards and debit cards get free admission to six Bay Area museums and two Sacramento museums for the first weekend each month. Bank of America Free Museum Weekend First weekend of each month FREE but BofA ...

CuriOdyssey Wildlife Center: Free Community Day | San Mateo
Saturday, May 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | CuriOdyssey
CuriOdyssey Wildlife Center: Free Community Day | San Mateo

Get up close to playful otters, bobcats, and other furry and scaled creatures at CuriOdyssey’s Free Community Day. CuriOdyssey is a science and wildlife center for kids that fosters interest in science. CuriOdyssey’s free Community Days provide the opportunity for families to experience CuriOdyssey, free ...