Stanford Jazz Festival
A seven-week celebration of jazz brings national names (such as dynamic duo John Scofield and John Medeski, pictured) as locally loved performers to the South Bay. Details and ticket information here.
J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free
Last year's film Mr. Turner primed the palette for this collection to arrive at the de Young, the first major exhibition in eons (and possibly ever) to hone in on the painter's final 15 years. Details and ticket information here.
SF City Hall Centennial Celebration
A who's-who of San Francisco's musical past and present -- including Jello Biafra, Penelope Houston, and Mark Kozelek, all curated by Chuck Prophet -- comes together to celebrate City Hall's 100th birthday in style. Bonus: It's all for free. Get details here.
The 7th Annual Long Day Short Film Festival
Here's one for those with short attention spans: Two full programs -- one all-ages and one decidedly adults-only -- of films that clock in at under six minutes and 21 seconds, all at a beautifully restored movie house on the Alameda Navy Base. Get details and ticket information here.
San Francisco's annual celebration of LGBTQ films from around the world, with -- where else? -- the historic Castro Theater as home base. Highlights include the Canadian Out to Win, featuring interviews with trailblazing sports legends, as well as Tab Hunter Confidential (pictured), a documentary on the formerly closeted 1950s heartthrob. Get details and ticket information here, and read more recommendations from KQED Arts here.
A white-hot young Atlanta trio brings their thrilling blend of punk rock, gospel and blues to Bottom of the Hill. Get details and ticket information here.
The Q-Sides, which celebrates LGBTQ culture in the Latino community, is still going strong at Galeria de La Raza in the Mission, despite recent homophobic threats. Show some support!