Art in the Streets
As KQED Arts interns we could not be happier to have gotten our jobs. And while our boss, Mark Taylor, is a daily dose of sunshine [editor: HA!], there is no substitute for the real deal. In the past few weeks a surprisingly sunny San Francisco has greeted us from our office windows just as we started compiling a guide to outdoor summer arts activities. As we researched each tantalizing option, it became increasingly clear that we were stuck at desks in the tiny cubicle we share. Now that the guide is completed, we can finally have our day in the sun -- as long as global warming keeps San Francisco's "fog-ust" (fog plus August) at bay. With a whopping 54 art events, our various guides highlight places to go if you're stuck babysitting or just want to make fun of drunk adults all while supporting local artists and keeping it "hella classy." But here are the events you'll definitely spot us at this summer -- you'll be able to recognize us by our pale skin.
Phono del Sol
Potrero Del Sol Park, 25th Street at Utah, San Francisco
The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone presents a music and food fueled festival. We know we'll be posted at Kung Fu tacos chowing down amongst the many gourmet food trucks available, while rocking out to some jams by performers like The Fresh & Onlys and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
More information at phonodelsol.com.
San Francisco Midnight Mystery Ride
Various San Francisco locations
It's the middle of the night and you're lost in San Francisco on your bike. If this sounds as fun to you as it does to us, join us on the third Saturday of July for a cycling adventure to a mystery location in San Francisco.
Check midnightmystery.org the day of for meeting location.
Through August 30
Soundwave ((5)): Humanities
San Francisco Innovative Art & Music Biennial
Various San Francisco locations
Of all the summer programs we looked at, Soundwave had the most intriguing events. Most notably, on August 3rd you can join an avant-garde nap session set to the sights and sounds of the earth moving beneath you.
For the full event schedule, visit projectsoundwave.com.
Weekends through August 25
Film Night in the Park
Various Bay Area locations
8pm or dusk, FREE
You can find us on the lawn at these movies with a pre-made picnic and uncorked wine, breaking the ice with our latest crushes. The perfect first date if you ask us! More information at filmnight.org.
Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Jai Ho has been playing in our iPods since Slumdog Millionaire came out 4 years ago. Now it's time for us to learn some accompanying dance moves at this Bollywood Nights event complete with Indian food and drinks.
More information at conservatoryofflowers.org.
Last weekend of the month through September 30
Treasure Island Flea
All Day, $3 or FREE through FuncheapSF RSVP
So much more than your neighbor's garage sale, nothing can beat the epic-ness of the Treasure Island Flea as it features panoramic views of the city, gourmet food trucks and so much more!
More information at treasureislandflea.com.
August 2, first Thursdays
Lower Polk Art Walk & Food Truck Party SF
Polk & Larkin between Geary and Bush, San Francisco
We can't wait for a relaxed evening stroll through Lower Polk with gourmet street food in hand. The ongoing collaborative piece at Ramon's Tailor and live performances at San Francisco's only African-American owned gallery, Siete Pontecias Africanas Gallery are both must-sees.
Check Facebook page for latest updates.
Last Sundays Fest
Telegraph Ave and Haste St, Berkeley
All Day, FREE
Visit Berkeley's iconic Telegraph Avenue for this indie-tastic street fair featuring live music and crafts. We can't wait to join the locals for this celebration.
More information at lastsundaysfest.com.
Kings Mountain Art Fair
13889 Skyline Blvd, Woodside
Natural beauty meets man-made beauty at this art fair set in Woodside's majestic redwood forests. Even if we don't like any of the art for sale, we're still planning to take a hike through the forest.
More information at kingsmountainartfair.org.
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Also on KQED.org this week ...
We Need You!
Volunteer during our current on-air radio fundraising drive. It's a great way to support KQED Radio with your time. You can really make a difference!
Enter the New "ImageMakers" Screening Room
Enjoy films from present and past seasons of KQED's short independent film series, divided into Animation, Comedy, Drama, and Suspense.