San Francisco - May 2018 Calendar of Unique Events
San Francisco May 2018 Calendar of Unique Events
Published By Dean Badessa
To augment your summer travel fun, I’d like to draw your attention to the new links below, which will take you to July events for two of my favorite destinations NYC and Washington DC. My Sotheby's colleagues, Kevin (in NYC) and Sheryl (in DC) have generously offered to share their calendars. Wishing you safe travels and tons of fun this summer.
Happy 4th of July!!
What's happening this month in San Francisco
Courtesy of Dean Badessa
Click below to see a Calendar of Unique Events for

 May 1- A Special Presentation: Life Of A Refugee ArtistInternational Art Museum of America - Shakiba's work conveys her experience as a refugee fleeing violence and danger in her country. VISIT THE SITE

May 2- SF Ballet Program C: UnboundWar Memorial Opera House - The ephemeral in the eternal. Family heritage. Savage beauty. Three artists move forward while drawing from the past. VISIT THE SITE

May 3- Jordi Savall Viola Da GambaHerbst Theatre - Early music titan and visionary performer Jordi Savall makes his SF Performances debut when he comes to the Herbst Theatre with his Celtic Universe program, collaborating with Carlos Núñez and an ensemble of wind players, harp and bodhran. VISIT THE SITE

May 4 – Humanities West Presents Lucrezia’s Family: The Borgia DynastyMarine’s Memorial Theatre - Our program reexamines the Borgias in the context of their considerable contributions to the Italian Renaissance. VISIT THE SITE

May 5- SF Cinco De Mayo Festival 2018Valencia Street, between 21st & 24th – Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo in San Francisco! VISIT THE SITE

May 6 – Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Kick Off Presents Flor de Toloache & Diana GamerosEsplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens - As the first all-female mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Flor de Toloache blazes a brilliant pioneering path for women in a traditionally male world of Mexican music. Opening the concert is the enthralling Mexican-born vocalist, composer and guitarist Diana Gameros, a Bay Area star who’s become a brave, beautiful voice championing immigrants of every stripe. VISIT THE SITE

May 7- Free Public Master Class with Debra Nagy, Baroque OboistSF Conservatory of Music - Witness the artistic transformations that make Master Classes so tremendously exciting, as performers and ABS musicians share their knowledge and insights. VISIT THE SITE

May 8 – Weapons of Mass Seduction: The Art of PropagandadeYoung Museum – This exhibition features a selection of World War I and II–era posters from the collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, shown alongside films, ephemera, and textiles from the 1910s to the 1940s. VISIT THE SITE

May 9 – Dr. Jordan PetersonThe Masonic Theatre – Renowned professor, clinical psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is bringing his live lecture to 12 cities for his 12 Rules for Life 2018 Tour. VISIT THE SITE

May 10 - CAAMFest 36 Opening Night GalaAsian Art Museum - Dine, drink, and dance as you indulge in what CAAM does best — art, music, and food. VISIT THE SITE

May 11 – Gautier Capucon and Pines of RomeDavies Symphony Hall - Bringing his characteristic impassioned and eloquent playing, Gautier Capuçon performs Saint-Saëns' First Cello Concerto, led by acclaimed conductor Stéphane Denève. Respighi's Pines of Rome closes this program with its vivid Roman scenes, from children playing near a Renaissance villa to hymns echoing through the halls of the ancient catacombs. VISIT THE SITE

May 12- Taiwanese American Cultural Festival 2018Union Square - Over 10,000 people from all across the Bay Area attend this event annually to enjoy mouth-watering Taiwanese food, rock out to live performances and experience the vibrancy of Taiwanese culture. VISIT THE SITE

May 13 – Mother’s Day Blooms at The Press ClubPress Club - Bring you mom, sister, daughter and friends and join us at the Press Club for an afternoon of floral fun! VISIT THE SITE

May 14 – Outspoken Angela DavisGLBT Historical Society - Drawing on rare posters and ephemera from a private collection, “Angela Davis: OUTspoken” highlights the journey of black lesbian activist Angela Davis: from radical scholar, to political prisoner, to revolutionary icon, to public intellectual. VISIT THE SITE

May 15 – The Open Workshop: New Investigations in Collective FormYBCA - The Open Workshop: New Investigations in Collective Form presents a group of design experiments by Bay Area design-research studio The Open Workshop that test how architecture can empower the diverse voices that make up the public realm and the environments in which they exist. VISIT THE SITE

May 16 – Father Comes Home From The War!Geary Theatre - From Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Suzan-Lori Parks comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play inspired by the Odyssey and set amid the American Civil War. VISIT THE SITE

May 17 – DigitaliaMuseum of The African Diaspora - Prompted by the increasing emphasis on the digital world, this exhibition explores the symbiotic relationship between technology, identity, and evolving narratives. VISIT THE SITE

May 18- Spring Wine Pour at Pier 39  – Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf - Stroll The Pier and stop by participating businesses to enjoy wine tastings, exclusive discounts, and entertainment from 4 – 8 PM. VISIT THE SITE

May 19- Thorwald Jørgensen, Theremin with Friction QuartetOld First Church - The Bay Area’s Friction Quartet joins Thorwald Jørgensen, one of the world’s leading classical theremin players, for a beautiful and rare musical experience featuring the US Premiere of Simon Bertrand’s The Invisible Singer, along with other works for this unique quintet, including Transformations by Dalit Warshaw. VISIT THE SITE

May 20 – Bay To Breakers 2018SF Bay by Embarcadero, Running West To Great Highway – A quintessential San Francisco experience since 1912, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay. VISIT THE SITE

May 21 – René Magritte: The Fifth SeasonSFMOMA - Featuring more than 70 artworks in nine immersive, thematic galleries, René Magritte: The Fifth Season explores how Magritte balanced irony and conviction, philosophy and fantasy, to illuminate the gaps between what we see and what we know. VISIT THE SITE

May 22 – Ambassador Michael McFaul: A Brief History of RussiaCommonwealth Club of Ca, Taube Family Auditorium - Come listen to reflections on U.S.-Russia relations, election interference, the rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president and a firsthand account of McFaul’s ambassadorship. VISIT THE SITE

May 23 – Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual LifeLegion of Honor - This exhibition features a new body of work created for the Legion’s Court of Honor. At twenty-four by twenty-four feet, the paintings are both monumental in scale and ephemeral in nature. Exposed to the elements over the four-month run of the exhibition, they aren’t meant to last. VISIT THE SITE

May 24 – San Francisco International Arts Festival 2018Fort Mason Center - SFIAF has been celebrating the arts by bringing together a global community of artists and audiences since 2003. The 2018 Festival is dedicated to 50 years of Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy. VISIT THE SITE

May 25 – CongresswomenEXIT Theatre - Congresswomen is Stuart Bousel’s revamp of Aristophanes’ outrageously cynical sex and politics romp, chronicling one community’s attempt to overhaul its corrupt power structure and save itself from ruin. VISIT THE SITE

May 26 – 40th Annual Carnaval San FranciscoHarrison St, between 16th & 24th - Experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. VISIT THE SITE

May 27 – Testimony TestimonyAsian Art Museum - In this exhibition, artist Eliza Gregory introduces us to more than a dozen immigrants to San Francisco — from China, Germany, Guatemala, Iran, Korea, Mexico, Nepal, the Philippines, Russia and Vietnam — and asks, “What does it mean to belong?” VISIT THE SITE

May 28 – Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of AnimationWalt Disney Family Museum - This unique exhibition celebrates the distinctive talents and contributions of The Walt Disney Studios’ most celebrated artists, playfully dubbed the “Nine Old Men” by Walt. VISIT THE SITE

May 29 – ¡Murales Rebeldes!—L.A. Chicana/o Murals under SiegeCalifornia Historical Society - Through photography, sketches, related art works, and ephemera, ¡Murales Rebeldes! tells the stories of murals—by artists Barbara Carrasco, Sergio O'Cadiz Moctezuma, Yreina Cervántez and Alma López, Roberto Chavez, Willie Herrón III, East Los Streetscapers mural collective, and Ernesto de la Loza—whose messages were almost lost forever. VISIT THE SITE

May 30 – San Francisco Silent Film Festival Opening Night PartyMcRoskey Mattress Company - Join the party on the top-floor loft of the historic McRoskey Mattress Company Building, 1687 Market Street (at Gough) in San Francisco. VISIT THE SITE

May 31- Will DurstPunchline Comedy Club - Durst is as current as today's headlines, as accurate as a sniper, and universally acknowledged by even his peers as the nation's foremost political comic. VISIT THE SITE


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