June 10-15 • The Nob Hill Gazette
Between happy pride celebrations, gallery reopens, film festivals and more, San Francisco – and the entire Bay Area – feels full of life again. Check out the range of artistic and cultural offerings this week and plan accordingly for the last days of spring, as things are sure to heat up once summer kicks off later this month.
Discover the undeniable influence of Asian culture in America
Aartist and curator Astria suparak present “Asians futures, no Asians, An online discussion from the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts that focuses on how Asian culture has often been exploited, decontextualized and distorted. Suparak offers insight into why certain cultural touchstones have been largely excluded from the Western narrative. The conference will feature visual examples of references to American pop culture, including movies and TV shows from decades past.
Thursday June 10, 5 p.m.
Discover unique works by local student filmmakers
Starting June 10, Stanford Live and the MFA in Documentary Film Program presents Stanford Under the Stars: Movie Nights in Frost. The weekly series will feature a selection of films featuring former Stanford students in lead roles or filming locations on campus and other locations in Northern California. This week’s free event at Frost Amphitheater will feature a handful of short films from freshmen from Stanford’s MFA in Documentary Film program, including Maxwell MÃ¼ller‘s Strange bedfellows, in which two older puppeteers invite the filmmaker to analyze his romantic relationships.
Thursday June 10, 8 p.m.
Bid on popular items for a good cause
Don’t miss the last two days of the San Francisco Historical Society’s Phoenix Rising Silent Auction. Dedicated to celebrating the city’s post-pandemic awakening, the auction features big-ticket items including 10 five-star travel adventures for two, a luxury vacation to a private home in Palm Desert, and a Tom brady football jersey. The online event started June 5 and ends June 11 at 5 p.m., so be sure to register as soon as possible.
Now until Friday June 11 at 5 p.m.
Celebrate Pride with two iconic film screenings at Oracle Park
Pride Month is in full swing and for the first time ever, attendees can enjoy two SF Pride Movie Nights at Oracle Park. Special events commemorating the 51st Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration will include live and virtual entertainment, popcorn, special appearances and, of course, big movies. On Friday June 11, you can enjoy In the heights, and on Saturday June 12, participants can take Everybody’s talking about Jamie. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on both nights and all ticket benefits go to Pride San Francisco.
Friday June 11 and Saturday June 12 at 6.30 p.m.
Witness the power of resilience through dance
The renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater ensemble presents a video program rooted in the power and resilience of the performing arts. In this Cal Performances at home presentation, the troupe will present the world premiere by resident choreographer Jamar roberts Waiting area, a play that deals with the complexities of our present time. The program also includes a new film commemorating the 50th anniversary of Alvin Ailey‘s Cry and his signature work, Revelations.
Thursday June 10, 7 p.m.
Attend a historic film festival celebrating the LGBTQ + community
Frameline, the oldest and biggest showcase of queer film, celebrates pride in a major way with Frameline45: The San Francisco LGBTQ + International Film Festival, from June 10 to 27. Considered the busiest and longest-running festival in Frameline history, this year’s event will feature a mix of in-person and online offerings. Participants will have access to 134 titles in total from 30 countries around the world, and in addition to 50 virtual film screenings, there will be a series of special live screenings in the Castro and Roxie theaters.
From Thursday June 10 to Sunday June 27.
Take a San Francisco queer history performance guided tour
Continue the Pride celebration with the opening of OFF Site: Haight-Ashbury, a ‘historic queer performance-driven tour’ of San Francisco, featuring an award-winning theater, television and film actor Tina D’Elia. Audiences will take a journey through D’Elia’s performance of two key figures of the city’s counter-culture movement of the 60s and 70s – lesbian business owner Peggy Caserta and flower-child icon George Harris III, a.k.a Hibiscus.
from Saturday June 12 to Sunday July 25. Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Friday June 18 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. no show on June 19 or July 3 to 4.
Get to know the history of your favorite fashion piece
It’s one of the most iconic wardrobe staples, but what do we really know about the history of blue jeans? In this virtual lecture from the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the fashion historian Yaara Keydar will detail the true story of denim’s rise to fame. Blue Gold: Jeans, Indigo and Haute Couture is a Zoom conference focused on the enduring legacy of iconic fashion items and their role in our culture.
Sunday June 13, 10 a.m.
Appreciate the beauty that emerged from a year of isolation
Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco presents The space we take, the gallery’s seventh solo exhibition with the artist Paul wackers. The pieces in the exhibit were created during the pandemic and represent domestic life during the lockdown in New York City. Wackers received his Masters of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and has worked with the gallery for 15 years. The works here, created in isolation, are meant to reflect her personal consideration of the isolation of the pandemic and the emotional human relationship with the home space.
Until July 10.
Hear how these weird detective story authors approach the art of their genre
The NorCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America features a panel discussion featuring five acclaimed gay mystery writers, discussing their special genre and the special meaning it holds for each of them. Michel Neva moderate the conversation between Cheryl A. Head, Greg Herren, Dharma Kelleher and PJ Vernon. Among other topics, the writers will discuss how they create their fictional protagonists, their literary inspirations, and how their LGBTQ + identities inform their work.
Tuesday June 15, 7 p.m.