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Monday, April 27

Free Dance Class Monday: Aerial, Greek & Burlesque | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week
Monday, April 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Free Dance Class Monday: Aerial, Greek & Burlesque | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week

Highlights for Monday, April 27, 2015

Open Company Class with AXIS – 1 pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Oakland
Intro to Aerial Dance – 6 pm
Studio 12, Berkeley
All Levels Capoeira (Teens and Adults) – 6:15 pm
ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco , San Francisco
Bellydance, Egyptian style – 7 pm
Halanda Studio, San Jose
Step into …

New Presidio Parklands Workshop: Neighborhood Discussion | SF
Monday, April 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Chinatown YMCA
New Presidio Parklands Workshop: Neighborhood Discussion | SF

This workshop will address key park layers, including circulation, planting, lighting, and furnishings. The presentation will begin promptly at 6 pm followed by time for comments and questions.
No registration necessary.

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, April 27 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8 | The New Parkway
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland

Nerd Nite East Bay is a monthly lecture-in-a-bar series. They get smart and interesting people, give them lots of free drinks, and put them on stage in front of a couple hundred tipsy nerds. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s salacious, and it’s always nerdy. Nerd ...

Drum Circle for the Earth | Berkeley
Monday, April 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. Donations are gratefully accepted.
| Sacred Stream Center
Drum Circle for the Earth | Berkeley

The Sacred Stream quarterly drum circles are called to help you strengthen your practice and to align with the weather spirits and assist in bringing balance to the earth during these times of climate change. You must know how to journey to join these circles.
Free, but …

Tuesday, April 28

Free Dance Class Day: Lines Ballet Rehearsal, Bellydance & Swing | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week
Tuesday, April 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Free Dance Class Day: Lines Ballet Rehearsal, Bellydance & Swing | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week

Highlights for Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Open Rehearsal for the Mother’s Day “Rocked By Women” show – 1 pm
New Style Motherlode Dance Studio, Oakland
LINES Ballet BANDW Open Rehearsal – 4:30 pm
Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, San Francisco
Bombay Jam – 5 pm
YWCA Berkeley/ Oakland, Berkeley
Beginning Swing Dance – 6 pm
CCSF Health …

Cuban Ballet Presentation & Book Sale | SF
Tuesday, April 28 – 5:45 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library
Cuban Ballet Presentation & Book Sale | SF

José Manuel Carreño, Artistic Director of Ballet San Jose and former Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, will join Toba Singer, author of Fernando Alonso, the Father of Cuban Ballet, to present the legacy of the internationally-famous Cuban ballet master, Fernando Alonso, architect of the …

“Open Source for Business” by Heather Meeker Book Launch | SF
Tuesday, April 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required through Eventbrite.
| SPUR

Palamida is proud to host the book launch for Open Source for Business by Heather Meeker on April 28th, 2015 from 6 – 8 pm at SPUR (654 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA). Space is limited, reserve your ticket today!
Open Source for Business is the …

New Presidio Parklands Workshop & Neighborhood Round Table Discussion | SF
Tuesday, April 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Women's Building
New Presidio Parklands Workshop & Neighborhood Round Table Discussion | SF

This workshop will address key park layers, including circulation, planting, lighting, and furnishings. The presentation will begin promptly at 6 pm followed by time for comments and questions.
No registration necessary.

Win Tix: Hank Paulson: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary on Dealing with China | SF
Tuesday, April 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: WIN | The Commonwealth Club (SF)

Hank Paulson, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; Author, Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower
For decades Hank Paulson has enjoyed rare access to the highest levels of China’s ruling elite. As head of Goldman Sachs, Paulson was pivotal in opening up China …

Water-Wise Gardening Workshop | Oakland
Tuesday, April 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Dimond Branch Library
Water-Wise Gardening Workshop | Oakland

Are you looking for ways to minimize your garden’s water needs? In this workshop, led by permaculturist Carmen Cortez, you will learn about drought tolerant plants, various methods for collecting rain water and grey water, and watering techniques and irrigation systems. For more information please …

Asset Allocation Presentation | Mountain View
Tuesday, April 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Asset Allocation Presentation | Mountain View

Asset allocation is an investment strategy that attempts to balance risk versus reward in an investment portfolio. No matter what an individual’s age, asset allocation can play an important role in helping to achieve financial goals—with a level of risk that is personally acceptable. This …

SF History Night: San Francisco History Association
Tuesday, April 28 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 for non-members; free for SFHA members
| St. Philip's Church
SF History Night: San Francisco History Association

The San Francisco History Association hosts monthly talks which explore our city’s enchanting history in depth. Each month, a local history expert hosts a themed talk usually accompanied by a slide show with light refreshments. Monthly presentations cover a dizzyingly diverse variety of SF history ...

Conversation + Book Release of “500 Capp Street” | SF
Tuesday, April 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
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“500 Capp Street” is the late David Ireland’s (MFA, 1974) best-known work, an 1890s Victorian in the Mission District of San Francisco that the artist transformed into an immersive artwork, studio space, and the site of legendary dinners. Ireland’s renovations became experiments in form, material, …

Wednesday, April 29

Free Dance Class Day: Ballet Performance & Haitian Dance | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week
Wednesday, April 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Free Dance Class Day: Ballet Performance & Haitian Dance | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week

Highlights for Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LINES Dance Center Performance at Union Square – 12:30 pm
Union Square San Francisco, San Francisco
ODC/Dance Open Rehearsal – 4 pm
ODC Dance Commons, Studio B, San Francisco
Intro to African Haitian Dance – 6 pm
CCSF Health and Wellness Center, San Francisco
Awaken Your Inner Carnaval Showgirl! …

Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland
Wednesday, April 29 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland

Come and explore the nourishing stillness of meditation (Theravada Buddhist tradition) with David Harcos on Wednesdays or Pauletta Chanco, OACC Artist in Residence on Thursdays. You will learn to use the breath to tranquilize and calm the body, heart, and mind. After the 30 minute guided ...

New Presidio Parklands Workshop & Neighborhood Round Table Discussion | SF
Wednesday, April 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SPUR
New Presidio Parklands Workshop & Neighborhood Round Table Discussion | SF

This workshop will focus on the key park layers of the New Presidio Parklands project site. Please join us for a brief presentation, followed by an informational open house in which members of the project team will be available to describe and answer questions about …

The Art and Exploration of Creating a Bird Book | SF
Wednesday, April 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Green Apple Books on the Park
The Art and Exploration of Creating a Bird Book | SF

Keith Hansen is a wildlife artist who specializes in the inspirational and accurate portrayal of birds.
His most resent endeavor has been a 14 year project illustrating the book “Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status and Distribution”, authored by Ted Beedy and Ed …

Prartho Sereno Poetry Reading + Creative Process Discussion | Corte Madera
Wednesday, April 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Corte Madera Library
Prartho Sereno Poetry Reading + Creative Process Discussion | Corte Madera

Come listen and enjoy as Prartho Sereno reads from her work and discusses her creative process.

Berkeley Lab’s Science at the Theater: Scientists’ Research Talk | Oakland
Wednesday, April 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Event is free. RSVPs are welcome, but not required.
| Kaiser Center
Berkeley Lab's Science at the Theater: Scientists' Research Talk | Oakland

Every discovery and invention starts with a question. From the hunt for minute and elusive particles to the enormity of tackling the emperor of all maladies, come see Berkeley Lab scientists dive into the big questions that drive their research.
Please join us on Wednesday, April …

Union Demise and New Workers’ Movements | SF
Wednesday, April 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Union Demise and New Workers’ Movements | SF

Bureaucratic labor unions, long besieged, seem incapable of defending, let alone advancing, workers’ interests. In Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, workers are rejecting leaders and forming authentic class-struggle unions rooted in sabotage, direct action, and striking to achieve concrete gains.
Manny Ness, editor of New …

Thursday, April 30

Free Dance Class Day: Hula, Bhangra & Balkan Dance | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week
Thursday, April 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Free Dance Class Day: Hula, Bhangra & Balkan Dance | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week

Highlights for Thursday, April 30, 2015

Beginning Modern Dance – 1 pm
CCSF Health and Wellness Center, San Francisco
Aloha Hula: Intro to Hawaiian Dance – 6:15 pm
YWCA Berkeley/Oakland, Berkeley
Dholrhythms Bhangra Dance Workout – 7 pm
The Works Cooperative Dance Studio , Berkeley
Bellydance Cardio and Combos – 7:30 pm
Halanda Studio, San Jose
Balkans and …

Tech Talk: The Future Of E-commerce & Retail | SF
Thursday, April 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Ministry of Supply - SF
Tech Talk: The Future Of E-commerce & Retail | SF

E-commerce and retail are rapidly evolving, with disruptions to the industry happening at an accelerated pace. Disruptive technologies in social commerce, shipping, customer experience and engagement have been transforming the e-commerce industry and will continue to do so. General Assembly will be at Ministry of Supply’s Fillmore …

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 …

On the Road: A Photo Talk with Pei Ketron | SF
Thursday, April 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*FREE but RSVP required through Facebook.
| EyeEm Studio SF
On the Road: A Photo Talk with Pei Ketron | SF

Come by EyeEm SF Studio Thursday April 30th for a talk with professional photographer and mobile photography whiz Pei Ketron! You might recognize Pei’s photography since she was recently selected as a photographer for Apple’s Shot on iPhone 6 campaign.
Pei will be sharing what she’s …

Friday, May 1

Free Dance Class Day: Smuin Ballet Rehearsal & Ballroom Party | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week
Friday, May 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Free Dance Class Day: Smuin Ballet Rehearsal & Ballroom Party | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week

Highlights for Friday, May 1, 2015

Smuin Ballet Open Rehearsal – 11 am
Academy of Ballet , San Francisco
Rhythm & Motion Modern Essentials Dance Workout with Iddy Richardson – noon
ODC Dance Commons, San Francisco
Ritual 4-6: ascent – noon
San Francisco City Hall Rotunda, San Francisco
Open Rehearsal-Cinderella – 4:30 pm
Ballet San Jose Silicon …

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, May 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
| Impact Hub Oakland
First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland opens its doors every first Friday for free coworking all day from 9 am to 6 pm. Be productive and get work done, meet and collaborate with friends, pet a bunny, and enjoy a #SexySalad potluck lunch ($5 suggested donation for Soon-To-Be Members; ...

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 ...

Saturday, May 2

Free Dance Class & Performance Weekend | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week
Saturday, May 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Free Dance Class & Performance Weekend | 2015 Bay Area Dance Week

Highlights for Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bellydance Oriental Entrance – noon
Halanda Studio, San Jose
SF Ballet Company Class Viewing at the War Memorial Opera House – noon
War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
Intro to Korean Traditional Drum Dance: Sam-go-mu – 3:30 pm
Korean American Association, San Francisco
Around the world with Bharatanatyam – 5:30 …

Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Saturday, May 2 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Garden admission is free only if you're attending the Sick Plant Clinic.
| UC Botanical Garden
Sick Plant Clinic | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month. Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants ...

San Francisco Ballet: Behind-the-Scenes Free Rehearsal | War Memorial Opera House
Saturday, May 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | War Memorial Opera House
San Francisco Ballet: Behind-the-Scenes Free Rehearsal | War Memorial Opera House

Want to see the artists of SF Ballet up close and in action? Go behind the scenes with San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America. Observe the dancers of SF Ballet in action in a Company class, led by one of the …