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Art Events, Screenings, & Performances in August

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As another August in the Bay Area rolls around, get ready for these artsy events, screenings, performances, and the annual return of Outside Lands Music Festival.  Get outside to watch some sort of creative event– there are tons of free concerts happening before the festival, too.

MISSION VOICES OPENING
Southern Exposure’s Mission Voices Summer (MVS) is a FREE four-week intensive summer arts program for youth aged 14-21. Young artists learn to use the visual arts as a tool for expressing ideas, ambitions, and creativity.  The program culminates with a group exhibition featuring the work the youth artists have created throughout the program.

MISSION VOICES SUMMER OPENING RECEPTION
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 5 – 7PM
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
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CREATIVE MEAN SF CAMERAWORK
SF Camerawork will be hosting an amazing panel of curators, directors, and producers; celebrating those working behind the scenes and their commitment to our Bay Area community.  The night will feature a discussion with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) curator Susie Kantor, artists and MACRO WAVES collective members Robin Birdd and Dominic Cheng, and director of SF Camerawork Heather Snider.

CREATIVE MEAN SF CAMERAWORK
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 6 – 8PM
SF CAMERAWORK
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AGGREGATE ANIMATED SHORTS
Aggregate Space Gallery launches a celebration of non-commercial and experimental animation at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland.  The exhibition will culminate in an award ceremony hosted by artist, animator, and Congratulations Pine Tree co-host, Kate Rhoades.

AGGREGATE ANIMATED SHORTS OPENING RECEPTION
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 6 – 10PM
THE NEW PARKWAY
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CONFLUXX CLIMAXX
For two months Royal NoneSuch Gallery will transform into an evolving studio, event space, and exhibition platform for the collaborative network and publication, WHIZ WORLD.  CONFLUXX CLIMAXX: An opening reception for AFTERGLOW DELTA, presents the work created by WHIZ WORLD during their residency at Royal NoneSuch Gallery where an interactive choreography around the Great Basin will be built in the gallery and performed.

OPENING RECEPTION: CONFLIUXX CLIMAXX
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 7 – 10PM
ROYAL NONESUCH GALLERY
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AHMERAHSU, GHOST & THE CITY, TYLER HOLMES
Stop by Bandcamp’s office in Oakland for a monthly showcase of local musical talents.  This month, artists AhMerAhSu, Ghost & the City, and Tyler Holmes will be performing.

BANDCAMP PRESENTS: AHMERAHSU, GHOST & THE CITY, TYLER HOLMES
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 7 – 10PM
BANDCAMP, OAKLAND
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FREMONT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Check out the 36th Annual Fremont Festival of the Arts, the largest free street-festival in California attracting nearly 400,000 annually.  In addition to art, there will be live bands playing, food trucks, and local crafts makers selling their goods.

FREMONT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
SATURDAY, AUG 3 & SUNDAY, AUG 4
DOWNTOWN FREMONT
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DISLOCATION: LAUNCH PARTY AND COMMUNITY GATHERING
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is proud and excited to announce and invite you to a launch party and community gathering to celebrate the print and online publication of (Dis)Location: Black Exodus, the culmination of several years’ work in the community.  This event will include a presentation of their print zine and interactive website, an accessible online portal combining print and multimedia work.

DISLOCATION: BLACK EXODUS LAUNCH PARTY AND COMMUNITY GATHERING
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 5 – 7PM
BAYVIEW OPERA HOUSE
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SF BLOCK PARTY & SF ETSY TEAM SHOPPING MARKET
Shop Local and meet the makers and the SF Etsy team at this Civic Center Block Party.  The sellers for August’s block party include local makers of jewelry, art, skin care and gifts for all ages.

SF BLOCK PARTY & SF ETSY TEAM SHOPPING MARKET
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 12 – 4PM
CIVIC CENTER COMMONS
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MINDFULNESS MEDITATION IN THE GALLERY
Practice the art of mindfulness inspired by a work of art on view at The Museum. Guided by Steven Tierney, each session will include an opening discussion, a thirty-minute mindfulness exercise, and a closing reflection. Mindfulness meditation is known to release stress, calm the nervous system, and cultivate compassion.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION IN THE GALLERY
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 11:30AM – 12:30PM
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM
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MONTHLY EXCELSIOR ARTIST POTLUCK
Let’s eat! On Wednesday, August 7th from 6-8pm Youth Art Exchange is hosting the first Monthly Excelsior Artist Potluck at [x]space.  This new monthly event aims to bring together artists to build community in the Excelsior.

MONTHLY EXCELSIOR ARTIST POTLUCK
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 6 – 8PM
YOUTH ART EXCHANGE [X] SPACE ARTS HUB
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ADVOCATING FOR ACCESS IN THE ARTS
The Bay Area Arts Access Collective, The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State, and The Bind Posse are co-hosting a panel and open conversation in connection to the Asian Art Museum’s Access and Inclusion Taskforce and their accessibility efforts.

ADVOCATING FOR ACCESS IN THE ARTS
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 6 – 8PM
ASIAN ART MUSEUM
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NEW LIFE QUARTERLY ISSUE 5 RELEASE PARTY
It’s here! It’s time! New Life Quarterly Issue 5 has arrived—in envelopes, in boxes!—and they want to celebrate with you!  Come out to 2727 California Street, a multi-use art & education initiative + artist in residence program up in Berkeley at, you guessed it, 2727 California St!  Work from 2727’s “No School” arts education program is featured in one of the Issue 5 Portfolios!

NEW LIFE QUARTERLY ISSUE 5 RELEASE PARTY
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 7 – 10PM
2727 CALIFORNIA STREET, BERKELEY
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OUTSIDE LANDS 2019
The Bay Area’s favorite music festival Outside Lands returns to Golden Gate Park on August 9 – 11.  This year’s headliners include Paul Simon, Childish Gambino and Twenty One Pilots.  Although it may be difficult to find tickets, this year’s edition is not to be missed, especially after the announcement of Grass Lands, a new marijuana-themed section of the hyped festival.

OUTSIDE LANDS 2019
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
GOLDEN GATE PARK
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ARTIST PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
In this annual artist professional development program, leading curators, art dealers, and educators provide expert advice and insights in a portfolio critique. Each artist participant will have the opportunity to meet with two reviewers for 20 minutes each (chosen during registration.)

ARTIST PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 10AM – 5PM
SAN JOSE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
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A DAVID HOCKNEY MOVIE
Catch this intimate and innovative film about English-born, often California-based artist David Hockney and his work, honoring its subject through creative risk-taking.  This special screening at the Alamo Drafthouse theater in the Mission has been recently restored.

DAVID HOCKNEY IN ‘A BIGGER SPLASH’
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 7:30PM
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE SAN FRANCISCO
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MIRAGE GROUP READING AND CELEBRATION
This poetry reading includes readings by Jeremy Benson, Brendan Cook, Sofía Córdova, Ryanaustin Dennis, Lourdes Figueroa, Ivy Johnson, Jacob Kahn, and Rhiannon Thayer. Introduction by Eric Sneathen.  After the readings, please stay for food and drinks.

MIRAGE GROUP READING AND CELEBRATION
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 6:30 – 8PM
WATTIS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
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ANALOG NIGHTLIFE
Tune into NightLife and drop out of the digital world: Join us in transforming the museum into a phone-free zone with an experimental night dedicated to life in the analog.  WARNING: Guests will be asked to temporary unplug and place their phone in a small case during this event.

ANALOG NIGHTLIFE
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 6 – 10PM
NIGHTLIFE AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
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THE FESTIVAL OF INFINITE IMAGINATION
Topsy Turvy’s upcoming production, the Festival of Infinite Imagination is a powerful and vibrant multi-media, multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional performance showcase of solo and collaborative works created by 6 Black queer and trans artists sparked by the question – what does your radical and expansive imagination have to offer the Black past, present, and or future?

THE FESTIVAL OF INFINITE IMAGINATION
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 7 – 10PM
PRO ARTS GALLERY & COMMONS
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