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January 20, 2016

Arts & Culture Events in North Beach and Embarcadero

The San Francisco waterfront hosts spectacular views of the Bay and interactive event options for the culturally inclined.

The Science of Sharing: Investigating Competition, Cooperation, and Social Interaction
When: Ongoing  
Where: Exploratorium, Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street   
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday Evening (18+) 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
What: Are you competitive? Do you like to negotiate? How do you make decisions about sharing, helping, and collaborating with others? And how do scientists study these kinds of social interactions? Questions like these are at the heart of the Exploratorium’s new Science of Sharing exhibition. Exhibits and activities are designed to let you experiment with social interactions, play with strategies for working with others, and learn about the scientific study of human behavior. 
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

Autodesk Gallery
When: Ongoing  
Where: One Market Street, Floor 2
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Free guided tour on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.
What: Bringing together stories of exceptional design and engineering from across the globe, the Autodesk Gallery celebrates the creative process and shows how people are using new technology to imagine, design and create a better world. Named a top destination by Wired magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, the gallery features more than 20 exhibits, including original works by Lego, Mercedes-Benz, Nike and more.
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale
When: Through Feb. 29, 2016
Where: Pier 24, Embarcadero at Harrison Street  
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
What: This photography exhibition brings together three bodies of Paul Graham's work made in the United States between 1998 and 2011, American Night (1998–2002), a shimmer of possibility (2004–06), and The Present (2009–11). The Whiteness of the Whale features nearly 60 works, ranging from singular large-scale photographs to sequences of over 20 images. Graham’s three bodies of work from this period operate as an informal trilogy, linked not only by common subject matter, but also by underlying issues such as racial and social inequality, the texture of everyday life, and the nature of sight, perception and photography itself. 
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

Coit Tower
When: Ongoing
Where: 1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard 
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
What: Coit Tower has been an emblem of San Francisco’s skyline since its completion in 1933, a welcoming beacon to visitors and residents alike. Its observation deck, reached by elevator (tickets can be purchased in the gift shop), provides 360-degree views of the city and bay, including the Golden Gate and Bay bridges. The tower was designed by the firm of Arthur Brown, Jr., architect of San Francisco’s City Hall. The murals inside the tower’s base were painted in 1934 by a group of artists employed by the Public Works of Art Project, a precursor to the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and depict life in California during the Depression. Entrance to Coit Tower is free, although there is a fee to take the elevator to the top and/or take a guided tour of the murals. 
Neighborhood: North Beach
Visitor Tip: This event is free. 

San Francisco Street Performers, Musical Stairs and Live Music
When: Ongoing  
Where: PIER 39, Embarcadero at Beach Street  
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
What: Make your own music on Pier 39′s Musical Stairs, the interactive art exhibit presented by Artist Remo Saraceni, creator of the floor piano in the Tom Hank’s movie Big. To enjoy the music, take a walk up (or down) the magical stairs. You can also experience the world-famous San Francisco street performers live on the Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water Stage or listen to live music performances daily at the Pier 39 Entrance Plaza. 
Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

Platinum Blend: Curated by Stephanie Chefas
When: Through Feb. 6, 2016
Where: Modern Eden Gallery, 801 Greenwich Street at Mason Street and Columbus Avenue  
Hours: Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; First Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; North Beach First Fridays, 6 - 9 p.m.; Opening Receptions, 6 - 9 p.m.
What: Platinum Blend 2 presents an exhibition of hand-selected artists from all over the world creating fresh, new works that exemplify Stephanie Chefas’ curatorial eye. Closing Reception: Friday February 5, 2016. 
Neighborhood: North Beach
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

SFADA First Thursday Art
When: Feb. 4, 2016
Where: Various Locations
Hours: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
What: The San Francisco Art Dealers Association (SFADA) invites you to join us for “First Thursday,” a downtown tradition since 1993. On every first Thursday of the month, many of our member galleries remain open to welcome visitors after normal working hours, most until 7:30 p.m. or later.  
Neighborhood: Various
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

North Beach Free Fridays
When: Feb. 5, 2016
Where: Throughout North Beach, Centered at Columbus Avenue and Grant Avenue
Hours: Fridays, 6 - 9 p.m.
What: The North Beach business district opens its doors the first Friday of each month to encourage residents and visitors alike to explore visual arts and entertainment that color the neighborhood with special events.
Neighborhood: North Beach
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

Free Walking Tours of San Francisco
When: Daily
Where: San Francisco City Guide Tours, Various Locations  
Hours: Vary by tour
What: San Francisco City Guides are made up of local volunteers who love the city, its history, lore and legends...and they are ready to share it all with you. These free (donations welcome), regularly scheduled tours are open to the public but NOT open to parties of eight or more (except with prior reservation).
Neighborhood: Various
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

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