San Francisco - Arts & Culture

May 14, 2021
San Francisco Embarcadero

Exploratorium announces July 1 reopening

You won’t need proof of vaccination or a negative test result to visit the Exploratorium when it reopens this summer, but the Tactile Dome will be off-limits. Read More

May 11, 2021
San Francisco Union Square

Feinstein’s at the Nikko reopening May 20, Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, Justin Vivian Bond scheduled

You’ll need a vaccination card for admission to the newly reopened Feinstein’s, but the Hotel Nikko’s cabaret theater has booked stars worth getting the shot for. Read More

May 03, 2021
San Francisco Tenderloin

Tenderloin Museum event this week remembers The Blue Lamp and other Tenderloin dives

Former Blue Lamp bartender and author Rachel Kushner will headline a virtual event this week to remember the storied Tenderloin dive known for its live music. Read More

May 01, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

AIDS Memorial Quilt panels to be displayed Sunday in Castro

Castro residents and visitors out for a Sunday stroll will have the opportunity to view panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at two locations around the neighborhood this weekend. Read More

Apr 30, 2021
San Francisco Mission

Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Cinema will reopen in July

The beautifully restored and boozy movie theater will bring back the light, camera, and action in July, though no specific dates or films have been announced. Read More

Apr 29, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Twin Peaks

For second year in a row, Pink Triangle to be 'Illuminated' throughout Pride Month

While San Francisco's Pride parade will again not take place this year, the traditional Pink Triangle atop Twin Peaks will again be lit up like a giant gay beacon, this time throughout Pride Month. Read More

Apr 06, 2021
San Francisco Outer Richmond

Balboa Theater reopening May 14 with Godzilla film festival

A three-day Godzillafest welcomes audiences back into the Balboa Theater on Friday, May 14, but only at 50% capacity. Read More

Mar 19, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Noe Art Mart continues offering queer artists a space to showcase and sell their creativity amid the pandemic

Every Sunday through the end of June, a block off Noe and Market streets transforms into an outdoor art market, where passersby can purchase anything from potted succulents to psychedelic portraits from participating vendors. Read More

Mar 16, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown

SF Pride’s new ‘Chinatown Pride’ show to highlight LGBTQ culture in Chinatown

An hour-long virtual show next week “showcases the LGBTQ+ culture of Chinatown” with drag shows, cocktail demos, and the neighborhood’s untold queer stories. Read More

Mar 11, 2021
San Francisco Ocean Beach Outer Richmond

The Cliff House auction is underway, with memorabilia available through Friday and Saturday

Vintage Sutro Baths bathing suits are already fetching more than $1,000, and the autographed movie star photos go on sale Friday. Read More

Mar 02, 2021
San Francisco Upper Haight

The Booksmith to move closer to first Haight Street home, taking over Bindery space

After several years of planning, legacy bookstore The Booksmith is moving to its third home later this spring. The new location is just down the block on Haight Street in a building the business already leased for an event-focused space called The Bindery. Read More

Feb 24, 2021
San Francisco

The Cliff House's mini-museum of SF artifacts is up for auction and history buffs hope some of it stays together

A local group of history buffs and conservators is hoping that the collection — at least some of it — can remain together and available for public view, even after the Cliff House potentially becomes a different restaurant. Read More

Feb 24, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown

Teens create a full, virtual replica of San Francisco's Chinatown in Minecraft

Shelter in place won’t block a youth-led tour group from giving Chinatown tours, as they’ve rebuilt the neighborhood in the virtual world of Minecraft. Read More

Feb 23, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown North Beach

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and founder of City Lights Booksellers, dies at 101

Legendary North Beach poet, publisher, and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti, has died. He was 101 years of age. The beloved literary icon died peacefully in his San Francisco home surrounded by loved ones, "holding the hands of his son and his son’s girlfriend, 'as he took his last breath,'" his son Lorenzo Ferlinghetti said on Tuesday. Read More

Feb 15, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown

New Chinatown parklet murals ring in Lunar New Year

The temporary COVID-19 mural magic of the Paint the Void project comes to Chinatown in time for the Lunar New Year feasts, as three restaurant parklets get rejuvenating murals. Read More

Feb 11, 2021
San Francisco West Portal

West Portal loses CineArts at Empire to the pandemic

West Portal's beloved arthouse cinema, CineArts at Empire (85 West Portal Ave.), is closing for good due to the pandemic, though the city says it is working to find a new operator for the theater. Read More

Jan 29, 2021
San Francisco Hayes Valley

Overnight sensation poet laureate gets a mural in Hayes Valley

After rocking the nation’s world at the Biden inauguration, poet laureate Amanda Gorman now has a mural homage at the Hayes Valley SF Zen Center. Read More

Jan 13, 2021
San Francisco Bayview Excelsior Visitacion Valley

Revamp of Jerry Garcia Amphitheater aims to improve access to McLaren Park venue

Renovations to the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park are underway to make the site more accessible and improve facilities for concert performers and attendees alike. Read More

Jan 12, 2021
San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Marina

Sundance Film Festival will be screening some of its 2021 flicks at Fort Mason drive-in

While you can’t go to hot tub parties in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this year, the flicks are coming to SF as Fort Mason will be a ‘satellite’ site for the 2021 festival. Read More

Jan 09, 2021
San Francisco Japantown

Cherry blossom trees in Japantown vandalized, nearly destroyed by vandal

A pair of cherry blossom trees outside the Japanese Cultural and Community Center in San Francisco's Japantown won't be blooming this year after a vandal or vandals went to great efforts to rip all the branches off of them. Read More

Jan 06, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown

Bruce Lee-written Chinatown action series ‘Warrior’ arrives on HBO Max

A TV pilot Bruce Lee wrote in 1971 is now a big-budget TV series set in 1870s San Francisco Chinatown, and it’s streaming now on HBO Max. Read More

Dec 08, 2020
San Francisco Alamo Square Duboce Triangle Western Addition

Short film chronicles the life and costume creations of long-time Western Addition resident

Longtime Western Addition resident and gay-Latino designer Miguel Gutierrez was recently profiled in a new documentary film about his life in San Francisco, and his art, design, and costume creations. The film was released last week in commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1. Read More

Dec 02, 2020
San Francisco Portola

San Bruno Avenue murals celebrate Portola history, offer light during lockdown

In the Portola, this month signifies not just the end of an eventful year but the close of the Multi-Mural Community Art Project, a two-year effort that has culminated in three new murals along San Bruno Avenue.  Read More

Nov 30, 2020
San Francisco Financial District

American Institute of Architects takes over ground-floor space in landmark Hallidie Building

The landmark Hallidie Building (130 Sutter St.) is getting a new ground-floor tenant next year, and it's the professional organization for architects that has long occupied some offices on an upper floor of the building. Read More

Nov 20, 2020
San Francisco

SF is hiring artists and performs to do COVID-19 PSAs

Work will be slightly less scarce for 30 underemployed artists and performers in the coronavirus economy, as a new San Francisco Creative Corps will be giving the gift of gigs. Read More