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Sunday, May 1

Final Day: Free Dance Classes & Performances | 2016 Bay Area Dance Week
Sunday, May 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but some classes required RSVP.
| San Francisco Bay Area
Final Day: Free Dance Classes & Performances | 2016 Bay Area Dance Week
Highlights for Sunday, May 1, 2016 A Taste of Odissi Indian Classical Dance – 1 pm Cubberley Community Center, Studio L6, Palo Alto Tango Revolution: an evening of Argentine Tango music and social dance – 6 pm Café Mediterraneum, Berkeley Kathy Mata Ballet presents BADW 2016 Celebration – 3:30 pm Alonzo King LINES Dance ...
Cinco de Mayo Dance & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.
Sunday, May 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | 24th & Capp
Cinco de Mayo Dance & Mural Tours | Mission Dist.
Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances is a tour, guided by a Precita Eyes docent, of the historic murals along the 24th Street corridor brought to life through performances by local choreographers and dance companies on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Mural Tours begin in the parking ...

San Francisco Ballet: Behind-the-Scenes Free Rehearsal | Opera House
Sunday, May 1 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | War Memorial Opera House
San Francisco Ballet: Behind-the-Scenes Free Rehearsal | Opera House
Want to see the artists of SF Ballet up close and in action? Go behind the scenes with SF 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 Company’s Ballet Masters, ...
2016 Art-Centric Discovery Festival | NoPa
Sunday, May 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring cash for games and food.
| New Traditions Elementary School
2016 Art-Centric Discovery Festival | NoPa
Come out for a day of fun, and support a small local public school at the same time from 12 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, May 1, 2016. New Traditions Creative Arts Elementary – in the heart of NoPa – is hosting their annual community event to ...
Marin Music Chest Scholarship Winners Concert | San Anselmo
Sunday, May 1 – 2:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Domenico School (Hall of the Arts)
Marin Music Chest Scholarship Winners Concert | San Anselmo
Marin Music Chest, the 82-year old organization which presents annual scholarships to Marin County students studying classical music, has announced its 2015 scholarship award winners and annual concert featuring solo performances by each student musician. Marin Music Chest presents its annual “Scholarship Winners Concert” at 2:30 ...

Monday, May 2

Opera on the Spot: “Songs of Spring” Performance | SF
Monday, May 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Caffe Delle Stelle
Opera on the Spot:
In opera, the theme of springtime seems to pop-up in just about every major work, sparking romance, awakening new feelings, or even provoking a bit of trouble. Join them for an evening of arias and art songs about spring, flowers, romance and more. Opera on the ...
Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway
Monday, May 2 – 8:45 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
Late Nite Open Mic in a Movie Theater | The New Parkway

Come on up and share your creative side at the New Parkway Open Mic – the only late night open mic inside a movie theater. All forms of expression are welcome, be it music, poetry, spoken word, comedy, or getting your weeknight kicks. There will ...

Tuesday, May 3

Evening Cabaret: New Queer Work by Bay-Area Artists | SF
Tuesday, May 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | SOMArts Cultural Center
Evening Cabaret: New Queer Work by Bay-Area Artists | SF

On the first Tuesday of each month The News, presented by SOMArts Cultural Center, features new, queer work by Bay Area artists. The News is a monthly cabaret evening that spotlights 10-minute or less performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, ...

Thursday, May 5

Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo 2016: Live Music, Spoken Word, DJ & Live Art | Oakland
Thursday, May 5 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | La Cultura Cura Cultural Arts Cafe
Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo 2016: Live Music, Spoken Word, DJ & Live Art | Oakland
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) presents the 3rd Annual Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo Event “From Defending Our Pueblos to Defending Our Hoods” on Thursday, May 5, 2016. This year they call to end the incarceration of children and youth as adults in the criminal injustice system, as ...
“Elton Johnny: A Bit Like Elton” Fully Costumed Music Hour | PianoFight
Thursday, May 5 – 10:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required
| PianoFight

Direct from London newcomer Phil Surtees shares his live Elton John music hour at the premier theater hub PianoFight. Best of all, he’ll be dressed like the flamboyant superstar, Elton John, known for his wild stage costumes and performances.

Friday, May 6

Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland
Friday, May 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Asian Cultural Center First Fridays: Art, Performance & Games | Oakland

Come out for a night of fun and creativity as the Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts First Fridays, an evening of art, performance, workshops and games every first Friday of the month. The OACC builds vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture programs ...

Oakland Art Murmur | First Fridays Art Walk
Friday, May 6 – 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 ...

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

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 event featuring dancing girls, sometimes a creepy little ...

Experimental Performance Art: “Labor Movement” | San Jose
Friday, May 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Experimental Performance Art:

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art launched ICA Live!, a new program that includes ongoing presentations of engaging and experimental performance art. Presented during downtown San Jose’s South First Fridays, ICA Live! seeks to explore the role of the performance art medium in contemporary ...

Saturday, May 7

2016 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Saturday, May 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Valencia St. (21st to 24th)
2016 San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Festival | Mission Dist.
Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly celebration that is normally held in Dolores Park, but due to construction is being held as a block party on Valencia Street with live music, cultural performances, and more. 12th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival Saturday, May ...
13th Annual Pagan Festival “Ancestral Wisdom”: Games, Crafts & Storytelling | Berkeley
Saturday, May 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)
13th Annual Pagan Festival
Enjoy a unique mix of entertainers, children’s crafts and activities, storytelling, games, and arts and crafts vendors on the 13th Annual Pagan Festival at MLK Jr. Civic Center Park. There will be live music by Irish Singer Shay Black, Musical Theater and Cabaret Artist Carly Ozard, ...
2016 Hip Hop in the Park | Berkeley
Saturday, May 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | People's Park
2016 Hip Hop in the Park | Berkeley
The Bay Area hip-hop community comes together the first Saturday in May each year to enjoy live music, graffiti art, dancing, and DJing at the annual Hip Hop in the Park, a hip-hop festival run by the Students For Hip Hop at Cal, in People’s ...

Friday, May 13

Rotunda Dance Series: Academy of Danse Libre & Cypress String Quartet | SF City Hall
Friday, May 13 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
Rotunda Dance Series: Academy of Danse Libre & Cypress String Quartet | SF City Hall
Join them for a performance by the Academy of Danse Libre and Cypress String Quartet. The high-profile Rotunda Dance Series brings many of the Bay Area’s most celebrated dance companies to San Francisco City Hall’s rotunda space for free monthly noontime performances.
“She Rocks” Live Music, Comedy & Drag Showcase | SF
Friday, May 13 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $5 | The Fireside Lounge

Tired of seeing girls sing sad love songs and acoustic covers of top 40 hits? She Rocks features the most badass female dominant bands the Bay Area has to offer. See women who rock the stage harder than any stickly strungout dudes in the biz, every ...

Saturday, May 14

Con Brio, Duniya Dance & Drum Company R&B Afternoon | SF
Saturday, May 14 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Con Brio, Duniya Dance & Drum Company R&B Afternoon | SF
New school soul meets old world grooves. Today’s program features two of the most exciting acts to emerge from the Bay Area in the past decade and a fantastic theater performance. Propelled by the snake-hipped young vocal phenom Ziek McCarter, Con Brio extends the dance-inducing funk ...
“Dragathon Is Burning” Fundraising Drag Show | SF
Saturday, May 14 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Cafe (Castro)
It is time for The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ 5th Annual Dragathon. And what is Dragathon? Dragathon is a five-week crowdfunding campaign, where some fierce individuals dare to ask their friends, family, and associates to support the SF Gay Men’s Chorus Financial Assistance Network (FAN) ...
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF
Saturday, May 14 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | EXIT Theatre
Saturday Write Fever: Insta-Plays Written & Performed | SF

Every second Saturday of the month, San Francisco Theater Pub invites writers, actors, directors, theater creators and theater audiences alike to a free evening of quick script-making and flash-fried performance. Join them at the Exit Theatre for: 8:30 pm: Mixer 9 pm: Writing sprint where writers have 30 ...

Thursday, May 19

Cypress String Quartet: “Beethoven in the City” Classical Performance | SF
Thursday, May 19 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Cypress String Quartet:
Praised by The New York Times for “tender, deeply expressive” interpretations, San Francisco’s Cypress String Quartet has played on thousands of stages around the world and recorded more than a dozen albums. Celebrating both their 20th anniversary and the commercial release of their complete recordings of ...
Orquesta La Moderna Tradición’s Latin Music | SF
Thursday, May 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
Orquesta La Moderna Tradición's Latin Music | SF
As the only ensemble on the West Coast devoted to danzón, the insuperably elegant and foundational 19th century Afro-Cuban style, Orquesta La Moderna Tradición is a charanga orchestra with strings, woodwinds and percussion that delivers driving and gracefully interlocking Afro-Cuban rhythms. Stocked with some of the ...

Friday, May 20

Seduction Feroce: Burlesque & Drag Variety Show | Oakland
Seduction Feroce: Burlesque & Drag Variety Show | Oakland

Séduction Féroce is bringing its sexy, diverse, boundary-pushing and inclusive monthly variety show to Club BnB in Oakland, taking over the stage every third Friday of the month. Get in for $5 when you mention Funcheap at the door; otherwise, it’s $10. Every month you can ...

Wednesday, May 25

Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, May 25 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-$15
| St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF

Come have fun and exercise your imagination and creativity at a monthly improv class happening on the last Wednesday of the month at the Turk and Lyon Community Center inside St. Cyprian’s. Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-$15 Whether you are a veteran or ...

Dream Queens Revue Drag Show | Tenderloin
Wednesday, May 25 – 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Aunt Charlie's Lounge
Dream Queens Revue Drag Show | Tenderloin

The Dream Queens Revue is San Francisco’s fabulicious drag show taking over Aunt Charlie’s Lounge every second and fourth Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 pm. Free, but come early for the best seats. “This unforgettable cabaret show is a must — sequined spectacle that’s not to be missed.” – ...

Thursday, May 26

The Breakneck Rhythms & Dense Harmonies of Balkan Brass Party | SF
Thursday, May 26 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
The Breakneck Rhythms & Dense Harmonies of Balkan Brass Party | SF
Devoted to the swirling breakneck rhythms, dense harmonies and ecstatic sound of Balkan brass music, Inspector Gadje unites a community of musicians who have engaged deeply with the Roma people of southeastern Europe. Featuring a bevy of highly skilled horn players and two percussionists delivering soaring ...
Burning Mensch for Lag B’Omer: Archery, Fire Festival & Live Music | Palo Alto
Thursday, May 26 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto)
Burning Mensch for Lag B'Omer: Archery, Fire Festival & Live Music | Palo Alto
Celebrate the spring holiday of Lag B’Omer with a spectacular fire festival and party, filled with fun, creativity and meaning. This is Lag B’Omer, the Jewish holiday marking the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, the period between Passover and Shavuot, as you’ve never ...

Saturday, May 28

Ensemble Mik Nawooj: A Dynamic 10-piece Hip-Hop Orchestra | SF
Saturday, May 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Ensemble Mik Nawooj: A Dynamic 10-piece Hip-Hop Orchestra  | SF
Led by composer/pianist JooWan Kim, Ensemble Mik Nawooj is a dynamic 10-piece hip-hop orchestra complete with reeds, strings, funky drums and MCs/lyricists Do D.A.T. and Sandman. The Bay Area ensemble has gained national attention with a heady synthesis of hip-hop and European classical compositional techniques (ESPN ...