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Summer Art Openings, Parties, & Beautiful Performance Art

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Start your summer off right in San Francisco with these art events, openings, and parties– there are sexy burlesque performances, exciting shows from LA-based artists, and tons of opportunities to support local creative spaces.  Here are some of the team at Broke-Ass Stuart’s best art recommendations for June:

THE GREATEST MASHUP PARTY IN THE UNIVERSE
Bootie’s got costumed dancing San Franciscans, and creatively cut, musical mashups every Saturday at DNA Lounge.  Always a fresh theme, giveaways, costumes, and dope performance artists taking the stage and joining the party.  This month they have the amazing Flux Verticle dancers, Hubba Hubba Burlesque, a Drag extravaganza by THE MONSTER SHOW, and a bunch of PRIDE programming.  From hip-hop, to house, to retro, to Madge, every weekend is a fresh surprise of talent and creativity at this party.   Check out all of June’s programming. there’s a different flavor every Saturday.

BOOTIE SF
Saturdays in June
DNA LOUNGE
INFO & TICKETS

Wonderland SF Final show June 1!

Celebrate 10 years of supporting our community of amazing artists at this wonderful space on Valencia.  Hundreds of local artists have exhibited here.  The final bash will go until ‘the cops break it up’.  Also all the retail is for sale now, lots of it at a discount!

June 1
266 Valencia Street, SF
6PM- till the cops show up
www.wonderlandsf.com

 

COLLECTIVE SAFETY IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE
Join YBCA Fellows as they unveil their yearlong projects through visual and performance art, live remixes and soundscapes, rituals, film, and more.  The fellows have explored how they can spark community engagement and action around crucial questions like ‘how might we reimagine political power?’ and ‘how might we pursue and sustain collective safety?’

PUBLIC SQUARE
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2 – 6PM
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
INFO & TICKETS

 

STORIES ABOUT REPETITION
Hosted by the Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight storytelling series, “Oops I Did It Again” invites storytellers to explore the magic and mystery of the things we do over and over.  This event is part of “Performance as Edition,” curated by visual artist Jonn Herschend for the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts‘ exhibition “What is an edition, anyway?”

PORCHLIGHT // OOPS I DID IT AGAIN
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 4:30 – 6PM
MCEVOY FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
INFO & TICKETS

 

CREATIVE GROWTH AT MSP
Check out the opening for a new, collaborative exhibition with Creativity ExploredCreative Growth and NIAD at Minnesota Street Project.  There will be works by artists from all three studios, which have all worked to pave the path for artists with disabilities in the contemporary art field. Artists the studios are included in prominent private and institutional collections including MoMA, SFMoMA, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

OPENING RECEPTION: CE X CG X NIAD
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 5 – 8PM
MINNESOTA STREET PROJECT
INFO 

 

BURNING MAN ARTS PREVIEW
Desert Arts Preview is an exciting evening where artists will share the projects they plan to bring to the Burning Man event in 2019.  Presenters will share their inspiration and hopes for these works in progress, giving the audience an exclusive window into their creative process.  This is also perfect opportunity to learn how you can get involved and support these and other artists at the Burning Man event and year-round!

BURNING MAN DESERT ARTS PREVIEW 2019
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 6 – 10PM
SYDNEY GOLDSTEIN THEATER, 275 HAYES ST.
INFO 

 

CYANOVISIONS
Artists Tiare Ribeaux and Jody Stillwater are excited to share the short film Cyanovisions with the world. They are sharing an in-progress version of this film with the Bay Area, where it was filmed.  The screening also doubles as a Fundraiser to help them with the last push of post-production before the international showing!

CYANOVISIONS SCREENING
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 7 – 10PM
B4BEL4B GALLERY
INFO 

 

STONEWALL 50 SPEAKEASY
Check out this reception hosted by Google as we celebrate Stonewall 50 and unveil the next designs for our Rainbow Honor Walk plaques. Enjoy food, drink, a silent auction and “appearances” by some of our honorees.  Stonewall, as in the Stonewall riots, is remembered as an important event for the Gay Liberation Movement.

STONEWALL 50 SPEAKEASY FOR RAINBOW HONOR WALK
MONDAY, JUNE 3, 5:30 – 8:30PM
GOOGLE COMMUNITY SPACE
INFO 

 

BOUQUETS TO ART
Bouquets to Art is the de Young museum’s annual floral takeover, now in its 35th year. See how florists from San Francisco to Tokyo breathe new life into our collections, creating their own masterpieces inspired by famed artworks.

BOUQUETS TO ART 2019
TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 9:30AM
DE YOUNG MUSEUM
INFO & TICKETS 

 

SF Opera Summer

Experience excellent artistry,  three beautiful productions and emotional experiences that only opera can provide. Perhaps you want to hear the Habanera and Toreador song from Carmen that you know from so many movies, television shows and advertisements and witness the doomed love triangle between a gypsy, a corporal and a bullfighter.  Or maybe you want to be lucky enough to hear the young, in-demand countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen sing Handel arias in SF Ballet’s “…two united in a single soul…” in Orlando.  For those interested in a romantic fairy tale, the gorgeous Rusalka might be more your speed.  

3 SF Operas
June 5-29, 2019
Calenda&Tickets

KISS THE HAND YOU CANNOT BITE
Culminating his residency at KADIST San Francisco, Pio Abad’s solo exhibition “Kiss the Hand You Cannot Bite” draws from multiple histories of exile, resistance, and displacement from the ’70s and ’80s that brought Filipinos to California, home today to one of the largest diasporas of this community in the world. The newly commissioned body of work departs from narratives related to the former Filipino dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, and his infamously extravagant wife, Imelda.

OPENING RECEPTION: PIO ABAD | KISS THE HAND YOU CANNOT BITE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 6 – 8PM
KADIST
INFO 

 

SCRIBBLES, SMEARS, AND THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF CHILDREN
Brian Belott, the Brooklyn-based artist and child art enthusiast, came across Rhoda Kellogg’s name again and again in the course of his open-ended research.  His show RHODASCOPE brings together approximately 200 artworks from the Rhoda Kellogg International Child Art Collection selected by Belott.

OPENING RECEPTION: BRIAN BELOTT | RHODASCOPE
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 5:30 – 7:30PM
CITY HALL, 1 DR CARLTON B GOODLETT PL.
INFO

 

UNDER THE SEA PROM NIGHTLIFE
You’re invited to have the time of your life at NightLife’s inaugural prom! This year’s theme is “Under the Sea,” so come dressed up and ready to celebrate World Oceans Day and the beauty and wonder of coral reefs.  You can even take a classic prom photo in front of the museum’s backdrop and props.

UNDER THE SEA PROM NIGHTLIFE
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 6 -10PM
CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
INFO

 

A DOGGIE DINER CELEBRATION
The New Parkway Theatre in Oakland will screen “Head Trip – A Doggie Diner Dog Head Cross-Country” documentary, curated by Pro Arts’ Executive Director and Curator, Natalia Ivanova Mount.  As part of the screening, John Law will park the three Doggie Diner Heads in the white zone directly in front of The New Parkway Theater.

HEAD TRIP – A DOGGIE DINER DOG HEAD DOCUMENTARY
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 3 – 4:20PM
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER
INFO & TICKETS

 

 

ZINE-MAKING AT BLOCK FEST
Join Joel and Dany (who both work for San Francisco Suicide Prevention) as they do zines as a form of journaling, self-support, and safety planning.  This Block Fest activity is designed to guide people through the process of turning a blank page into a book that turns the lens inward towards the self.

ZINE-MAKING AT BLOCK FEST
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 3 – 5PM
COUNTERPULSE
INFO 

 

PTV – A GROUP SHOW
Spoke Art is proud to present PTV – a group show featuring members of the East Bay graffiti crew Punks Thugs and Vandals.  Join them on First Friday at Classic Cars West Beer Garden in Oakland for the opening party from 6 to 9pm.

OPENING RECEPTION: PTV – A GROUP SHOW
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 6 -10PM
CLASSIC CARS WEST BEER GARDEN
INFO 

 

CABARET AND DANCE PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA
On Saturday, June 8, 2019, join SOMArts for RUBY: A Cabaret and Dance Party Extravaganza, an immersive cabaret art experience, community dinner, and dance party to support the organization at the intersection of art and social justice.  The celebration honors legendary performer and director Rhodessa Jones, and features jaw-dropping cabaret performances and musical sets by Chulita Vinyl Club, and Rocky Rivera!

RUBY: A CABARET AND DANCE PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA
SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 6PM – 12AM
SOMARTS CULTURAL CENTER
INFO & TICKETS 

 

POTHOLES BY HENRY FEY
First Amendment Gallery is opening “Potholes,” a new solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist, Henry Fey.  Fey uses his signature blend of digital and analog processes to simulate a visual journey of a casual ride through a cityscape.

OPENING RECEPTION: POTHOLES BY HENRY FEY
SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 7 – 10PM
1AM SF
INFO

 

PEELING BACK PROFESSIONALISM
Join the Emerging Arts Professionals network at an event for connecting, learning and sharing during Emergence 2019: Peeling Back Professionalism.  Unpack what makes someone a “professional” in the arts industry during the session.

EMERGENCE 2019
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 9AM – 5PM
EMERGING ARTS PROFESSIONALS, 55 TAYLOR ST
INFO & TICKETS 

 

TAY AND THE JANGLAHDAHS ALBUM RELEASE
Tay and the JangLahDahs Album Release brings together a night of amazing musicians to kick-off their Pacific Northwest Release Tour and to celebrate the birth of Bloomin’, an honest and stunning sonic achievement by Grayscale Studios, JangleTown Productions, and Chris Nishimoto (Moto Audio).  Tay and the JangLahDahs specialize in mixing colorful, harmonic blends of Folk, Rock, Soul and Psych like if Joan Baez met Rodriguez at Neutral Milk Hotel for a whiskey drink and some Alabama Shakes…

TAY AND THE JANGLAHDAHS ALBUM RELEASE
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 8 – 11:30PM
THE UPTOWN NIGHTCLUB, OAKLAND
INFO & TICKETS 

 

FLOAT BY EVA MITALA
Artist Eva Mitala‘s solo exhibition Float constitutes a vast and subtle meditation on the reality of urban living.  Recognizing absence as the presence of a conscious activity within the brain, her works are a result of a meditative process that engages what is considered trash, forgotten and unwanted as a starting point to honor the decay and the beauty of things modest, humble and impermanent.

OPENING RECEPTION: EVA MITALA | FLOAT
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 6 – 8PM
LUGGAGE STORE GALLERY
INFO 

 

HUBBA HUBBA
From across the country and around the world, the tops in tease are coming to San Francisco, for Hubba Hubba Revue’s 6th annual invitational of the best in national and international burlesque!  The performers come from around the United States and as far as Berlin!

HUBBA HUBBA REVUE
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 8:30PM
DNA LOUNGE
INFO & TICKETS 

 

AGGREGATE SPACE GALLERY’S FINAL EXHIBITION
Aggregate Space Gallery has invited dozens of artists to create small, unique, and brand new editions of artworks to be sold to benefit ASG.  This exhibition will be the final show at ASG’s current space.

FINAL SALE NIGHT: ORIUM III
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 5 – 8PM
AGGREGATE SPACE GALLERY
INFO 

 

FROM LA TO SF
For LAX / SFO Pt. III, Thinkspace has asked close to 90 artists to create 12×12 inch pieces.  Thinkspace, an LA-based gallery in Culver City, has also organized for site-specific murals from Amy Sol and Lauren YS.

LAX / SFO PT.III
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 6 – 10PM
HERON ARTS
INFO

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