Here are our top picks for making the most of the weekend, July 28-30, 2017.
For more ongoing events and exhibitions check our calendar.
San Francisco Portal at Crissy Field
Gold shipping containers allow visitors to interact face-to-face with someone in an identical portal elsewhere in the world. Since launch in December 2014, Portals have connected more than 30,000 people across 20 countries in one-on-one dialogues. Free. July 20 - September 24.
pianoSonoma Music Festival
The festival’s superstar talents from The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory . Throughout the Festival, the Artists in Residence will collaborate and mentor adult Festival participants. During the Vino & Vibrato Concert Series, the Artists will be featured in four evenings of public concerts, which blend a wine tasting with a performance. Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center, July 23-Aug. 5.
Lino Tagliapietra at Montague Gallery
Montague Gallery, San Francisco’s only contemporary fine art glass gallery, presents the work of Italian glassblower Lino Tagliapietra. Widely considered the best glassblower alive, Tagliapietra has been blowing glass for more than 70 years, and his work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including San Francisco’s de Young Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum of London and Metropolitan Museum of New York. Through August 12.
La Cage aux Folles at SF Playhouse
Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, La Cage aux Folles glimmers with French flair and celebrates love, romance, and being true to who you really are. La Cage was later turned into a popular movie, The Birdcage, starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams. July 12-Sept. 16.
“WildCard” at Exploratorium
Armed with box cutters and glue guns, the artists of the Cardboard Institute of Technology are at the Exploratorium this summer to bring a cardboard cosmos to life: “Welcome to WildCard.” Through Sept. 4.
Summer with the Symphony
The San Francisco Symphony’s Summer with the Symphony series (July 4-29) begins with the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. Three concerts celebrate film scores, including a screening of “The Music of John Williams” accompanied by a live orchestral performance (July 6-7), “Jaws” (July 13-14) and “Pixar in Concert” (July 15-16). Other highlights include a Ben Folds concert (July 21) and “A Beethoven Celebration” (July 27).
SF Mime Troupe Presents “Walls”
SF Mime Troupe opens its 58th year of free Musical Political Theatre in the park with “Walls,” a musical about immigration and fear. Shows are free in Bay Area Parks. July 1-Sept.10.
“Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed” at SFMOMA
The Norwegian Expressionist best known for painting “The Scream” was one of the most celebrated and controversial artists of his time. The exhibition features 45 works by Munch (1863-1944) about art, love, mortality and the ravages of time. Six of the paintings on display have never been exhibited in the United States. June 24-Oct. 9.
Dancing Under the Stars at Jack London Square
Held every Friday this summer at the waterfront property, features a free thirty-minute dance lesson in styles such as the cha cha, rumba, salsa and jitterbug. Immediately following the lessons, guests are invited to participate in a music dance party. 8:30-10 pm through August 25.
“Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” at the Legion of Honor
The exhibit features 60 Impressionist paintings and pastels by Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. June 24-Sept. 24.
Stern Grove Festival
This 80 year-old series presents concerts every Sunday at 2 pm, opening with The Big Picnic starring Kool and the Gang. June 25-August 27.
Summer of Love Illumination at Conservatory of Flowers
A light art installation projected on the landmark Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Nightly from sundown to midnight. June 21-Oct. 21.
“Flower Power” at Asian Art Museum
During the Summer of Love, flowers became a powerful symbol of peace — a concept plucked from Buddhist art. In fact, botanical imagery has been used in Asian art to convey ideas from the refined to the revolutionary for thousands of years. This summer, uncover this hidden language of flowers at the Asian Art Museum. June 23-Oct. 1.
“Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle”
On view this month at the Walt Disney Family Museum, “Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle” explores the life and work of Earle, best known as the lead stylist for “Sleeping Beauty” and for concept art for both “Lady and the Tramp” and “Peter Pan.” The first-ever Eyvind Earle museum retrospective features more than 250 works, large-scale concept artworks, elaborate landscapes, scratchboards, sculpture, poetry and commercial illustrations. May 18-Jan. 8, 2018.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
The annual festival presents more than 100 free performing arts programs from music, poetry and dance to theater, circus and children’s activities. Performances feature artists from around the world, including the Grammy award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by Arturo O'Farrill, which will kick off the festival on May 7. Through Oct. 29
“The Summer of Love Experience” at the de Young Museum
This exhibition is of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films. A 50th anniversary celebration of the adventurous and colorful counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967. April 8-Aug. 20.
Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic
Hosted by The Presidio Trust and Off the Grid, Presidio Picnic is back at the Main Parade Ground Lawn of The Presidio. Open every Sunday from 11 am-4 pm. Bring a blanket and enjoy food trucks, drinks, games and music. Make it a party picnic with pre-orders. July 30.
Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center
Bay Area’s street food market returns to Fort Mason Center. Off the Grid open its seventh season with a diverse selection of food vendors and live music that distinguishes this Friday night. This expanded weekly event will have a rotating lineup featuring 13 food trucks and 15 open-air kitchen vendors, 2 bars and popular local bands and DJs. July 28 from 5-10 pm.