SF Symphony: Baroque Delights
Tuesday, May 1st−Saturday, May 5th at various times
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
In two concerts led by acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover and SFS Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik, the orchestra performs a program featuring some of Bach and Handel’s most joyful, jubilant, and adored music. The Brandenburg Concertos are among the sunniest, most joyful works of Bach’s entire catalog. Bach originally presented a collection of concertos to the Margrave of Brandenburg in hopes of securing a post in his court. What the Margrave never heard (Bach didn’t land the position), we have come to embrace as absolute “must hear” music. Handel’s Water Music fared quite a bit better in its initial performance for a royal requester. On first hearing, Britain’s King George I, in 1717, was so taken with the suites that he requested several repeat performances. Jubilant and festive, the suites are among Handel’s most adored works for orchestra.
Tango In The Square with Trio Garufa
Wednesday, May 2nd from 6-8PM
Union Square, San Francisco
Arrive early for free introductory dance lessons by professional dance instructors and stay for the open dance floor during the band’s live set. Trio Garufa is an international ensemble dedicated to performing authentic Argentine music. They have performed across Argentina, Canada and the US. Trio Garufa performs Classic Argentine Tangos from the golden era (30’s- 50’s) as well as Argentine Folkloric Music and modern Tangos from Piazzolla as well as their original compositions and Electro-Tangos. Their music is exciting, virtuosic, and rooted in the dance.
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An Evening of Tennessee Williams
Wednesday, May 2nd−Saturday, May 5th from 8−11PM
The Theater at Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco
Dark eroticism and sexual desire take center stage in this riveting presentation of rarely performed short works by American master Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire. Featuring the talents of the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program class of 2013, selections will include The Property Is Condemned, Green Eyes, The Traveling Companion, A Cavalier for Milady,The Fat Man’s Wife, and Block Eight on the Camino Real.
Girls On The Run 4th Annual Gala
Thursday, May 3rd from 6−10PM
Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Girls on the Run is turning 10 this year, and we have a very special guest coming to help us celebrate! On Thursday, we will celebrate our 10th birthday at our annual fundraising dinner with special guest USA Soccer player, Olympian, author and philanthropist Brandi Chastain.
SF Bike Party: May The Fourth Be With You
Friday, May 4th from 7-11PM
Dolores Park, Dolores and 19th Street, San Francisco
Long long ago, in an urban galaxy far, far away… Jedis, Droids, Wookies, Ewoks. The time is now. The Empire has placed an intergalactic ban on parties and we must rise up in the ultimate act of bicycle rebellion. From Alderaan to Yavin, Dagobah to Tatooine, our way of life is threatened. The Dark Lord once again controls the galaxy. But the Jedi Knights of the San Francisco System can now channel the force into a pedal powered revolution! Come ride with us in a 2 wheeled assault against the Death Car. And May the 4th be with you.
20th Annual Norway Day Festival
Saturday, May 5th−Sunday, May 6th from 10AM-6PM
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Savor the best of Norweigan food, music, crafts, and Nordic fashion at Festival Pavillion at Fort Mason Center. Sip the fine microbrews of Kjetil Jikiun of Nøgne Ø, Norway’s leading and largest supplier of bottle-conditioned ale and the first and only producer of unfiltered sake in Europe. Then, settle in for a fabulous fashion show featuring the latest designs from hot designers Mitchi Sportswear, Moods of Norway, and more! Peppered throughout the pavillion will be fascinating exhibits featuring Norwegian art, history, and innovations including an exhibit of rarely seen photographs and artifacts from Roald Amundsen’s polar expeditions on loan from the Royal Norwegian Consul General. In acknowledging the place lovingly nicknamed “The Land of the Midnight Sun” and both its rich past and traditions, while celebrating the ‘modern Norway,’ this spirited showcase explores many of the innovations and global contributions that Norway has made in recent history.
8th Annual SF Cinco de Mayo Festival
Saturday, May 5th from 10AM−6PM
Dolores Park, Dolores and 19th Street, San Francisco
Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity for Americans to come together in celebration and to acknowledge the many contributions made by Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Latinos in the United States. Enjoy live performances by San Francisco Bay Area artists, including mariachis, dancers, and salsa ensembles. In addition, there will be over 50 venders that offer variety of delicious food and fine arts and crafts.
The Amazing San Francisco Race
Sunday, May 6th from 1−4PM
NorthStar Cafe, 1560 Powell Street, San Francisco
The Amazing San Francisco Race – part scavenger hunt, part obstacle course and ALL San Francisco. A series of clues leads you around the city performing physical and mental challenges along the way. You can sign up as a team or as an individual and we will partner you with a team. The Race takes three hours. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a Clipper Card. One member of the team should have a digital camera or camera phone. If you don’t, please let us know and we will pair you with someone who does. It is a great way to connect with friends or meet new ones.