This weekend is full of good stuff, including an art lineup with a robotic dog painting; gatherings on immigration, climate and housing justice; and, of course, the Folsom Street Fair in the form of # MEGAHOOD2021. Scroll on for more information on a Community Puzzle Exchange and how to get free admission to the California Academy of Science.
Tonight: Art receptions and extended auction deadline
A robotic dog named “Spot” joins artist Agnieszka Pilat to launch her exhibition “Thinking Machines: Renaissance 2.0” at the foreign cinema (2534 Mission St.) from 6 pm to 8 pm tonight. Pilat, artist in residence at Spot maker Boston Dynamics, teaches the robot to paint.
Pilat’s work explores innovation in the space where art and technology meet, drawing inspiration from works such as Nu descendant un escalier by Marcel Duchamp. It is also based on the theme of the exhibition with canvases and augmented reality reinterpreting Renaissance works by Michelangelo and DaVinci. Artist “trained in the European figurative tradition of painting”, Pilat says that his “objective is to deploy this training in the old fashioned way in a contemporary way”. Details of the reception and exhibition are available here.
Also tonight, don’t forget to place your latest bids for the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness Art Auction. The final submission deadline has been extended to 9 p.m. Proceeds will fund the Coalition’s work to protect the lives of people living on the streets and create permanent solutions for homelessness.
Three closing receptions this weekend also require your presence. At The Drawing Room (3260-62 23rd St.) on Saturday, September 25, from 4 pm to 8 pm, attend Zoe Ani and Nick Maltagliati’s collaborative show and talk titled “Hard Work & Soft Fruit”. With 10 landscapes in watercolor and gouache, they harnessed light and color to illustrate the human connection to the earth and the state of our food systems. Part of the profits will be donated to Direct Action for Farm Workers. Register here.
The Arch closing reception will be held Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Pier 2 building of the Fort Mason Center For Arts & Culture (2 Marina Blvd.) and will feature over 100 local artists. Cruise while listening to the music of the Motel Club and enjoy the treats and drinks of Rye on the Road. Ticket information and other details can be found here.
For their 14th anniversary, Secession Art & Design (3235 Mission St.) is organizing the “Longevity” show, featuring artists Heather Robinson and Makiko Harris. The exhibition ends this Sunday, September 26, but the gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. To browse or own the artists’ “brilliant and curious” paintings, visit in person or buy immediately online.
Justice for immigrants, climate, housing, etc.
On Friday, September 24, a second demonstration of justice for Haitian immigrants will take place at 4 p.m. at the Federal Building in San Francisco (90 7th St.). Participants should bring signs and “your spirit of resistance”. Contact the Organizing Action Committee of Haiti for more information.
Look no further than the neighborhood (or your computer screen) for other opportunities to learn and take action on current issues. The NorCal Climate, Health and Equity Symposium takes place from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. online and is co-sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco. The symposium covers topics such as food systems, forest fires and air pollution, advocacy and education with the collaboration of community partners. Register here.
Saturday at 2:30 p.m., an Animal Liberation March will start from Dolores Park. The moderate-paced three-kilometer walk will draw attention to the pandemic and climate emergency and show “how destructive animal exploitation is to all animals, including humans.” Find more information here.
Sunday, Cancel the rents! Car Caravan and Rally seeks to continue building “a powerful movement to win an indefinite moratorium that prevents 11 million people from being evicted from their homes”. The demands include an indefinite moratorium on evictions, rapid advancement of tenant aid funds, cancellation of rents and debt accumulated during the pandemic. The caravan will depart from 1875 Marin Street near Evans at 11:30 a.m. and the rally will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Garfield Park. Find out more here.
Community Puzzle Exchange: “Give a puzzle piece a chance.” “
“Puzzles are a great break from screens and a fun way to relax,” according to a flyer we found posted in The Mission this week. Whether you’ve taken on puzzles during the pandemic or are a seasoned pro, this Sunday’s puzzle exchange is here to inspire you with new challenges.
From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on September 26, stop by the corner of 22nd and Guerrero streets to trade in your old puzzles for new ones. Everything is free ; for each puzzle you bring, take a new puzzle. Masks are mandatory, hand sanitizer will be provided, and a table will be set up outside to allow social distancing. The remaining puzzles will be donated to Community Thrift.
Free entry to Cal Academy with vaccination and what we learned during the pandemic
There are so many reasons to get the vaccine, and they now include a free travel at the California Academy of Sciences. In addition to protecting yourself, your loved ones, and helping California continue to reopen safely, you can get a Daytime or NightLife (21+) admission ticket while supplies last. List of participating vaccination sites available here.
For a broader look at the pandemic, Department of Public Health Director Grant Colfax will be at Manny’s on Tuesday, September 28 to talk about our public health system in the final installment of the “What We Learned” series. . Learn more and RSVP here.
Tonight: One-on-One Dance Battle at Skybridge on Stevenson
As part of their attempt to ‘breathe life’ in the 500 block of Stevenson Street near 6th Street in SoMa, the community-run Skybridge on Stevenson hosts weekly outdoor dance and music festivals on Thursdays. Tonight, 6 to 10 p.m., “all styles, levels, abilities and energies are strongly encouraged” to compete for cash prizes in a one-on-one dance battle featuring local DJs . There will also be performances of distinguished local musical talent with food and drink provided by neighborhood restaurants. Weekly festivals continue until November 18.
Lean into the crease
The Folsom Street Fair takes place this Sunday and is named after its original 1984 nickname this year: MEGAHOOD. # MEGAHOOD2021 still promises the same inclusiveness, temptation and activism of the past with a new vision for the future of sexual liberation. They’ve planned everything with the pandemic in mind, and her instagram provides useful maps and other information to make the most of the day. Prepare to get naughty on Sunday from 11am until dusk!
And, just in time, Manny’s (3092, 16th St.) is hosting a “Leather, Knots and Spirituality” Roundtable on Friday at 5:00 PM. Panelists include activists and a Reverend with answers to questions like: confident in my sexual expression? “” Where can I find someone who shares my faults and desires? And “Can I be freed from the shame I may feel?” RSVP here.