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San Francisco - Arts & Culture

Aug 25, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Tenderloin

Tenderloin's 'pothole artist' embarks on most ambitious project yet

After years of covertly filling Tenderloin sidewalk crevices with resin and found objects, Rik Lee Leipold has received funding to install more long-lasting work in the neighborhood's streets. Read More

Aug 24, 2020
San Francisco Upper Haight

Jeremy Fish to move into Haight's historic Doolan-Larson home as inaugural artist-in-residence

Fish plans to interview dozens of veterans of the '60s and '70s counterculture, creating an archive for future artists-in-residence. Read More

Aug 17, 2020
San Francisco Upper Haight

Drag in the age of social distancing: Red Vic debuts 'fish bowl' window shows

The Red Vic's front window is now hosting drag shows — and raising money to turn the space into housing for trans people of color. Read More

Aug 13, 2020
San Francisco Portola

3 new murals set to bring color to San Bruno Avenue

The first of the three Portola murals — painted by the artist behind the "Black Lives Matter" rock on Bernal Hill — is already up. Read More

Aug 10, 2020
San Francisco Chinatown North Beach

Remembering Ruth Weiss, North Beach poet and provocateur

Weiss, who passed away on July 31, was dubbed the "goddess of the Beat Generation" by Herb Caen. Read More

Jul 27, 2020
San Francisco Golden Gate Park

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to go virtual, give $1.5M in grants to local musicians

It's official: the 20th edition of Hardly Strictly will be moving to the digital sphere. Read More

Jul 20, 2020
San Francisco Upper Haight

'The slime is art now': Mysterious green substance covers street at Page & Shrader

Several tipsters have been curious about a slick of "green slime" that's been on the ground at Page and Shrader streets for months. Read More

Jul 08, 2020
San Francisco Upper Haight

Haight-Ashbury historian intervenes to save sidewalk that saw it all

"It came to my awareness that it's a little bit like the Berlin Wall," said historian Nancy Gille of her work to preserve the iconic corner's sidewalk. Read More

Jul 06, 2020
San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point

Artist Rico Solinas paints the Bayview District, one building at a time

Salinas has turned shelter-in-place into an art project, painting more than 50 Bayview landmarks from his sidewalk perch. Read More

Jun 29, 2020
San Francisco Bernal Heights

'Artists-in-place': Bernal Heights neighbors transform homes into outdoor gallery walk

Over 100 artists participated in Bernal Heights’ outdoor art “walk-by,” allowing neighbors to view their creations at a safe distance. Read More

Jun 24, 2020
San Francisco Golden Gate Park

Outside Lands officially cancels 2020 festival; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass still holding out hope

To keep interest alive, Outside Lands has already announced its 2021 lineup, with tickets on sale starting tomorrow. Read More

Jun 22, 2020
San Francisco

Protesters tear down 3 statues in Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse

The city has already removed a Christopher Columbus statue at Coit Tower. Over the weekend, protesters took down three more. Read More

Jun 19, 2020
San Francisco

Amid crisis, San Francisco poet laureate curates daily inspiration

"What I’m curating features an eclectic cross section of the community," said Kim Shuck, the city's seventh poet laureate. Read More

Jun 18, 2020
San Francisco

San Francisco Public Library eyes return of some branches this summer

The phased reopening plan may also include a first for the library system: curbside pickup. Read More

Jun 11, 2020
San Francisco

With museums and galleries closed, outdoor art displays emerge in SF & Oakland

From building-size video projections to a billboard-turned-gallery, Bay Area artists and museums are getting creative with exhibitions. Read More

Jun 08, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Hayes Valley Lower Haight

Public Works paints over Kantine's 'Unity & Connection' mural just hours after installation

"To see the surveillance video was so shocking to us," one of the owners of the Scandinavian inspired eatery said. "It is ridiculous." Read More

May 29, 2020
San Francisco Mission Outer Sunset

Bars bring live music to San Francisco's streets with socially distanced concerts

"I’ve seen more than a couple of people well up with tears," says the bar owner behind the pop-up sidewalk shows. Read More

May 28, 2020
San Francisco Upper Haight

Banksy's 'Haight Street Rat' dons a new garment

A decade after its original debut, the "Haight Street Rat" has entered a new, socially responsible phase of its life. Read More

May 27, 2020
San Francisco Mission

San Francisco artist seeks $2,200 painting given away without permission

Amos Goldbaum raised more than $2K for charity by auctioning off his Mission storefront mural. But yesterday, someone accidentally gave it away. Read More

May 20, 2020
San Francisco

San Francisco Pride announces online events for 50th anniversary celebration

San Francisco Pride released a schedule of virtual programs for its 50th anniversary this summer, including a first-ever LED-lit Pink Triangle. Read More

May 18, 2020
San Francisco

Historians brighten shelter-in-place with vintage photos pinned to telephone poles

Historians are decorating SF's intersections with photos of their historic pasts — and neighbors are invited to join in. Read More

May 15, 2020
San Francisco

Skipping its first summer in 83 years, Stern Grove Festival turns to the archives

Forced to call off its annual summer concert series, Stern Grove Festival has a program of exclusives, recorded shows and more in the works. Read More

May 13, 2020
San Francisco Tenderloin Union Square

Union Square business district destroyed 4 Veterans Alley murals without permission, founder says

“It’s harmful emotionally to the artists," said Veterans Alley founder Amos Gregory. "This helped them heal, and now it’s causing new pain.” Read More

May 01, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Mid-Market Tenderloin Union Square

Tenderloin Museum offers outlet to quarantined artists with virtual group show

Created by artists quarantined at home, the ad-hoc show may ultimately be "a time capsule of this moment in history," says the museum's director. Read More