Bring San Francisco Culture Into Your Home
The days are a little longer, the trees a little greener, and the vaccine? A little more readily available. Just as spring is restoring some life to our beautiful scenery here in San Francisco, the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine is beginning to revive a bit of our cultural scene. This season, our arts and culture offerings vary from digital to in-person. As information continues to change daily, be sure to double-check websites or call ahead to review any safety protocols and possible changes.
The 2021 San Francisco International Film Festival - Through Apr. 18
SFFILM is proud to host the 2021 San Francisco International Film Festival, which features compelling documentaries, family and teen programming, informative panels, and an expanded short film selection. You can view festival selections through a combination of a drive-in screenings, live events, and streaming offerings. Explore the catalogue of films and buy tickets here.
SFMOMA Art Bash - Apr. 12-15
SFMOMA’s signature fundraiser returns this year in the form of a multi-day digital experience. Events range from artists in conversation to collaborative zine-making and conclude with a dance party featuring Bay Area artist, author, and musician Brontez Purnell’s The Younger Lovers. Programming on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday is free to attend, and Wednesday’s special auction is open to patrons making a donation of $500 or more. Miss an event? Worry not. SFMOMA will be recording and keeping the content on their website to enjoy at a later date.
Calder-Picasso at the de Young Museum - Through May 23
"Calder-Picasso" is making its U.S. debut at the de Young. The exhibition features more than 100 sculptures, paintings, and more by Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, two of the most dynamic and influential creators in art history. Curated by the grandsons of both artists, the exhibition is a celebratory exploration of the surrealists. Tickets range from $20 to $35 and include admission to the museum’s permanent collections.
Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis at SFMOMA - Through Sept. 5
SFMOMA’s "Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis" showcases seven Bay Area artists’ responses to the pandemic and civil unrest of 2020. Featuring work by Carolyn Drake, Rodney Ewing, Andres Gonzalez, James Gouldthorpe, Klea McKenna, Tucker Nichols, and Woody De Othello, the exhibition explores the vast range of emotions felt throughout the year—from fear and isolation to hope and humor—through various mediums. Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission to the museum.
The Museum of African Diaspora continues its "Conversations Across the Diaspora" series on April 9. Spend an afternoon engulfed in conversation between novelist Sarah Ladipo Manyika and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr, best known for his PBS genealogy show "Finding Your Roots". The two will sit down for a chat via Zoom and tickets are pay-what-you-can starting at $5.
Join the California Historical Society and Professor Carolin Görgen for a free webinar as they honor the victims of the 1906 earthquake on the event’s 115th anniversary. Through real photographs and correspondence of the era, Professor Görgen will unfold the true story of the earthquake, San Francisco’s displaced residents, and the city’s rebuilding.
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival - Apr. 10-11 and 17-18
The annual Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco's Japantown is one of the city's most treasured traditions. This year, the festival will be happening virtually over two weekends. Broadcasting from 3 to 5 p.m. each day, the Cherry Blossom Festival will bring Japanese artists and traditions into your home. Reserve your spot today.
Self-proclaimed “Harpist from the Hood” Destiny Muhammad curates an evening of immersive music from San Francisco Symphony’s mesmerizing SoundBox on May 27. The beloved San Francisco venue is unlike most symphony settings with a capacity for 500, hypnotic screens and projections, and a state-of-the-art sound system used to its every advantage. For $15, you can experience SoundBox and Muhammad’s dazzling aural delights from your own living room.
Theatre & Dance
Human/ID by StratoFyzika and are:era by Pseuda - Apr. 14-18
CounterPulse’s highly-acclaimed dance/technology residency, Combustible, is back with two back-to-back performances exploring dystopian themes amid complex video installations. Performers StratoFyzika and Pseuda will welcome small groups from single households for an hour-long immersive and perception-altering experience. Tickets are limited and pay-what-you-can, so be sure to reserve yours in advance. Not ready to immerse yourself in-person just yet? The shows will be live-streamed on Apr. 16.
Verdi’s Don Carlo - Apr. 17 & 18
The San Francisco Opera comes to you this spring with Verdi’s classic "Don Carlo". The show is a story of a prince and his battle between love and loyalty, but your only battle will be jeans or sweatpants when this show streams directly to your living room. Tickets are free with registration.
The Matchmaker - Apr. 26 - May 2
Catch Thronton Wilder’s "The Matchmaker" as part of A.C.T. Out Loud, a virtual play reading series hosted by the American Conservatory Theater. This charming comedy-of-errors follows a wealthy widower in his pursuit of love and also served as the inspiration for beloved musical "Hello, Dolly!" Choose-your-own-price tickets start at just $5.
Romeo & Juliet - May 6-26
The San Francisco Ballet is dipping into their storied archives to keep dance enthusiasts safely entertained this spring. Thought to be one of the institution’s best showpieces, "Romeo & Juliet" will be available to stream for most of May. The classic tale of two star-crossed lovers takes on new life under the choreography of the Ballet’s artistic director Helgi Tómasson. Score 72-hour access to the stream for $29.
Crazy Funny Asians - Every Friday Night
Unwind on Friday nights with a free (donations are encouraged) comedy stream from Crazy Funny Asians. Comedian K. Cheng (NBC's Stand Up for Diversity) hosts a rotating cast of stand-ups for 45 minutes of solid comedy gold. The show is hosted via Zoom and can only accommodate the first 100 attendees, so be sure to RSVP ahead of time.