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SEPTEMBER ART EVENTS, PARTIES, & OPENINGS

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Make the most of your September in San Francisco by checking out one of these cool art events, parties and openings.  There will be tons of opportunities for you to purchase art (with the funds going to great places), lectures that unpack some of the biggest cultural phenomenons, and crazy DJ sets happening throughout the month.

ARTAUCTION10: TRANSFORMING ART INTO ACTION
The Coalition on Homelessness cordially invites you to our 19TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION AND EXHIBITION. Come enjoy and bid on work from over two-hundred local artists and activists that truly transform ART into ACTION.

ARTAUCTION10: TRANSFORMING ART INTO ACTION
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 5:30 – 10pm
SOMARTS CULTURAL CENTER
INFO & TICKETS

 

STORIES HIGH XIXI
Bindlestiff Studio proudly presents Stories High XIX – the culmination of their longest running page-to-stage workshop series, which runs from September 12-21, Thursday – Saturday @ 8pm -10pm.

STORIES HIGH XIXI – COMMUNITY PREVIEW NIGHT
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 8 – 10PM
BINDLESTIFF STUDIO
INFO & TICKETS

 

 

DIVISADERO ART WALK: MUSIC EDITION + PLANT SWAP
Enjoy that after work glow on the Divisadero Corridor on Sept 12 from 6pm – 10pm with their 3rd Art Walk of the Year. This installment of the Art Walk will be celebrating live music and plants. Both universally liked, both universally shared.

DIVISADERO ART WALK: MUSIC EDITION + PLANT SWAP
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 6 – 10PM
DIVISADERO ST
INFO

 

BETWIXT CLOSING RECEPTION & PERFORMANCE
Join CRTL+SHFT Collective for the closing reception of Betwixt: Queer midnight /Indigo multiverse by Jamee Crusan and Richard-Jonathan Nelson. Along with a performance by Richard-Jonathan Nelson.  The exhibition Betwixt: Queer midnight/ indigo multiverse investigates the transmutational catharsis present within Afro-pessimism, Queer grief and minority mourning strategies.

BETWIXT CLOSING RECEPTION & PERFORMANCE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 7 – 10PM
CRTL+SHFT COLLECTIVE
INFO

 

THE HISTORY OF HAMILTON
The De Young Museum is organizing this FREE special lecture on the cultural impact of ‘Hamilton: the Musical’ from historian, Dr. Richard Bell.  Learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States and why it matters.

FREE SATURDAYS: THE HISTORY OF HAMILTON
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 9:30AM – 5:15PM
DE YOUNG MUSEUM
INFO

 

ADOBE BOOKS AUCTION + BACKYARD PARTY
The Mission’s Adobe Books Backroom Gallery will be hosting an artist celebration at the home of Janet Bishop + Thad Povey.  There will be plates + other objects by artists Chris Johanson, Johanna Jackson, Sahar Khoury, Tamsin Smith, Amos Goldbaum, Jenny Sharaf, Muzae Sesay, Lorien Stern, Scott Hewicker, Cliff Hengst, Rob Moss Wilson, Yarrow Slaps, Lara Allen  and more TBA!

ADOBE BOOKS AUCTION + BACKYARD PARTY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2 – 8PM
ADOBE BOOKS BACKROOM GALLERY
INFO

 

MILL VALLEY FALL ARTS FESTIVAL
Check out 135 artists and live music at the Mill Vallery Fall Arts Festival.  Look for the Climate Art Exhibit at the festival featuring works by artists Florin, Ann Dodge, Tess Felix, Janey Fritsche, Al Grumet, Aurora Mahassine and Randy Rosenberg.

MILL VALLEY FALL ARTS FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 14 – 15, 10AM – 5PM
OLD MILL PARK
INFO & TICKETS

 

 

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION: HOT LOVE-COLD FACTS
The Berkeley Art Center’s Executive Director Daniel Nevers moderates a discussion with artists from the exhibition hot love–cold facts. Audience participation encouraged.

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION: HOT LOVE-COLD FACTS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1 – 3PM
BERKELEY ART CENTER
INFO

 

ALTERNATIVE VISIONS
This installment in the BAMPFA’s annual series of avant-garde and artist-made films includes in-person presentations by two animators who work by hand, Stacey Steers and Jodie Mack, both artists in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

ALTERNATIVE VISIONS
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7 – 9PM
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
INFO

 

CHINESE AMERICAN GENEALOGIES AND THE CALIFORNIA RAILROADS
Chinese railroad workers were integral to the building of railroads in California and across the country during the latter half of the 19th century.  Join the California Historical Society for short presentations led by individuals who have discovered a family history relating to the building of the railroads in California, as well as those who have searched and not found what they were looking for.

CHINESE AMERICAN GENEALOGIES AND THE CALIFORNIA RAILROADS
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 6:30 – 8:30PM
CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
INFO & TICKETS

 

THE ROOT SLAM 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
North Oakland’s the Root Slam has a mission to create an inclusive and socially just space to promote the artistic growth of the Bay Area poetry community.  Join them for a FREE open mic, which happens every 3rd Friday of the month!

THE ROOT SLAM 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY FT JANAE JOHNSON
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 7:30 – 10:30PM
THE ROOM SLAM
INFO

 

MISSION DOLORES PUBLIC MURAL
In this presentation, artist, historian, and storyteller Ben Wood presents his work on the rediscovery of the Mission Dolores Mural– Mission San Francisco de Asis (Mission Dolores) is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco. Hidden behind the great altar in the old mission church is a mural painted by Indian Neophytes in 1791. Ben Wood and Eric Blind rediscovered and digitally documented the mural in 2004.

MISSION DOLORES PUBLIC MURAL
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 11AM – 12PM
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
INFO 

 

2019 SF CAMERAWORK BENEFIT AUCTION
The SF Camerawork Benefit Auction is its most important annual fundraiser and features curated contemporary and vintage photography from around the world! Come collect photography, sip on signature drinks, and taste delicious bites, while supporting and celebrating SF Camerawork. All proceeds directly benefit our mission, public programming, and artists who are making new and impactful work in the field of photography.

2019 SF CAMERAWORK BENEFIT AUCTION
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 6 – 9PM
SF CAMERAWORK
INFO 

 

GILMAN ART WALK
Gilman Art Walk (GAW) is an independent, community-oriented showcase of local artists in the Gilman District. During their event Sunday, September 22nd 2019 @ 12pm – 5pm, they’ll be striving to create a unique experience connecting local business, artists and art lovers.

GAW, GILMAN ART WALK
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 12 – 5PM
FIREHOUSE ART COLLECTIVE GILMAN STUDIOS
INFO 

 

 

BOOKMOBILE COMES TO SF
The Bookmobile is a special project organized by The Sketchbook Project, an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes collaborative art projects.  For their California tour with the Bookmobile, they’ve filled the vehicle with work from California artists!

BOOKMOBILE AT SFCB
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 11AM – 4PM
SAN FRANCISCO CENTER FOR THE BOOK
INFO 

 

CREATIVE FLOW: CANNABIS & CREATIVITY
Check out this event called Creative Flow hosted at the In/Visible Talks space in Potrero Hill.  They’ll have all the drawing supplies, drinks and snacks. All you need to bring is yourself and the willingness to let your creativity flow without the computer. In addition to an open drawing session, they’ll also have set ups for watercolor exploration.

CREATIVE FLOW: CANNABIS & CREATIVITY WITH IN/VISIBLE TALKS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 5:30 – 7:30PM
IN/VISIBLE TALKS OFFICE
INFO 

 

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE CLOTHING SWAP
The Octopus Literary Salon, a cafe, bookstore, performance space in Uptown Oakland, will be closing.  So, they’re selling a wide variety of restaurant and musical equipment, furniture, books, records, and miscellaneous items!  They’ll also have their mozzarella/tomato salami/mozzarella sandwiches for sale, and of course, their chocolate chip cookie squares all day 12-9pm!

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE CLOTHING SWAP KARAOKE OPEN MIC
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 12 – 9PM
THE OCTOPUS LITERARY SALON
INFO 

 

MARI ANDREW
Join author and illustrator Nicole J. Georges for a conversation with Mari Andrew about her life and the stories behind the drawings that have captured the attention of millions worldwide.  The popular illustrator got her start after going through a time of grief and loss, before deciding to make one drawing a day and post it on Instagram.

MARI ANDREW ON CREATIVITY, EMPATHY, AND RESILIENCY
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 7:30 – 9:30PM
HERBST THEATRE
INFO & TICKETS

 

IMAGINARY CITY: ART BAZAAR
Join us at the Herman Miller Showroom for a one-of-a-kind marketplace event benefitting Creativity Explored, SF’s inspiring art center for adults with developmental disabilities. Since 2017, this annual partnership event pairs design classics with the bold contemporary work of CE artists, celebrating the nexus of design and visual arts in San Francisco.

IMAGINARY CITY: ART BAZAAR
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 6 – 8:30PM
HERMAN MILLER SHOWROOM, SF
INFO & TICKETS

 

A FRANK O’HARA NOTEBOOK
Jordan Kantor and Connie Lewallen discuss the life and work of Bill Berkson and his book A Frank O’Hara Notebook.  This book is a fascinating account of Frank O’Hara in the prime of his creative life in New York, told through notes, images, and poems by his friend Bill Berkson.

BILL BERKSON’S A FRANK O’HARA NOTEBOOK
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 7:30 – 9PM
GREEN APPLE BOOKS ON THE PARK
INFO

 

DRAWN TOGETHER: FAIRYLAND’S GROWN-UPS-ONLY EVENT
On the evening of Friday, September 27, adults get the chance to experience the after-dark magic of Oakland’s mid-century storybook theme park during Drawn Together.  Now in its seventh year, this intimate art event pulls in over 50 local artists who will be creating Fairyland-inspired art live onsite. Later in the evening, those artworks will then be sold for a fixed price of $40 each.

DRAWN TOGETHER: FAIRYLAND’S GROWN-UPS-ONLY ART EVENT
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 6 – 9PM
CHILDREN’S FAIRYLAND
INFO & TICKETS

 

 

PAINTREON! ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Help keep CTRL+SHFT Collective alive!! It is becoming more and more of a challenge in the changing Bay Area to providing a platform for cis-women, trans-spectrum, gender non-conforming, queer, and PoC artists and CTRL+SFT Collective, does just that.  Come out and collect some one-of-a-kind art, dance the night away, and support your community! All proceeds go to maintaining and supporting CTRL+SHFT’s space and programming.

PAINTREON! ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 6 – 10PM
CRTL + SHFT COLLECTIVE
INFO 

 

MICHAEL JANG’S CALIFORNIA
Check out the opening reception for this artist’s first retrospective, curated by Sandra S. Phillips, which surveys Michael Jang’s career as a portrait and street photographer in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.  Immerse yourself in Jang’s world, vividly assembled in dozens of vintage and contemporary prints, notebooks, and ephemera spanning his early student work in the 1970s to commercial headshots of aspiring TV weather reporters in the 1980s, to his series on teenage garage bands in the early 2000s.

OPENING RECEPTION: MICHAEL JANG’S CALIFORNIA
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 5 – 8PM
MCEVOY FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
INFO

 

FALL PLANT SALE AT THE UC BOTANICAL GARDEN
Shop for exceptional plants at the University of California (Berkeley) Botanical Garden’s annual fall plant sale.  Buy rare cycads and palms, carnivorous plants, succulents, subtropicals, houseplants, and a wide selection of drought-tolerant plants from around the world. There is something for everyone at the plant sale!

FALL PLANT SALE AT THE UC BOTANICAL GARDEN
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 9AM – 3PM
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BOTANICAL GARDEN
INFO

 

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