Calendar | April 2022



ReImagine: The Art of Sustainable Thinking

SCRAP’s latest exhibition, ReImagine: The Art of Sustainable Thinking — showcasing more than 60 works by 29 Bay Area artists — is on view through August 31. A garden party fundraiser and silent auction mark its opening. Prior to the 2–4 p.m. soiree at the Randall Museum, a VIP hour will be held. Tickets: from $100. |


Home Within

The Grammy Award–winning Silkroad Ensemble brings Home Within — described as “an impressionistic multimedia reflection on the Syrian uprising of 2011 and its aftermath” — to Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall. Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Syrian Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad will be joined onstage by half a dozen Silkroad artists. Tickets: from $32. 7:30 p.m. |

Photo courtesy of Gooch.

Crescendo Benefit

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents its Crescendo Benefit at the Four Seasons Hotel. In addition to drinks, dinner and desserts, the celebration will include awards (honoring Dr. Timothy Seelig and actor BD Wong) and a preview of the Voices Rising concert, which takes place two nights later at Davies Symphony Hall. Tickets: from $350. 6 p.m. |


Art Bash

SFMOMA fundraiser Art Bash is back! It’s in person this year and goes until 1 a.m. The evening of revelry, with performances and immersive experiences throughout the museum, includes three parts: a dinner with live auction (Julie Mehretu, William Kentridge and Larry Sultan works will be up for bid), 6 p.m.; a party, 8 p.m.; and a late-night party, 10 p.m. Dinner tickets: from $3,000; party tickets: $250; late-night party tickets: $95. |


Over the Rainbow

Opera Parallèle’s big benefit, Over the Rainbow, featuring countertenor John Holiday in his Bay Area debut, takes place at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society. Support the nonprofit, San Francisco–based contemporary opera company while enjoying cocktails, light bites and a performance by Holiday that spans opera to pop. A special sponsor reception gets underway at 5:15 p.m., with the main event starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: from $300. |

Photo courtesy of Steven Kemp.

West Side Story

Opera San José closes its 2021–2022 season with West Side Story, the classic tale of star-crossed lovers and the prejudices that keep them apart. The production is conducted by Christopher James Ray, staged by director Crystal Manich and choreographed by Michael Pappalardo. Through May 1 at the historic California Theatre. Tickets: from $55. |


The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an order of queer and trans nuns, first appeared in the City on Easter 1979. And the community-minded nonprofit is well known for its Easter festivities, which return this year to Mission Dolores Park. Children’s Easter fun is slated for 10:30 a.m., while the afternoon is for the grown-ups. |


Chocolate and Art Show

This is for the late-night crowd: For two days, the Chocolate and Art Show takes over San Francisco’s SOMArts Cultural Center, with body- and face-painting, vendors, live music and free chocolate. April 21 and 22, 8 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Tickets: from $20. |


San Francisco International Film Festival

The San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest running in the Americas, is back in person for its 65th edition, featuring cinematic presentations at venues throughout the City. Tickets: six-pack from $90. Through May 1. |

Photo courtesy of Drew Bird.

Art Market San Francisco

Art Market San Francisco returns to Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion for four days, including a special Opening Evening. There will be more than 85 modern and contemporary galleries (including Johansson Projects and Catharine Clark Gallery), as well as a series of talks and large-scale public works on display (by the likes of Elaine Buckholtz and Jack Wolfe). Through April 24. One-day tickets: $25; Fair Pass, with Opening Evening: $50. |


Big Futures Awards: A Little Party to Make a Big Impact

Join the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area for its annual gala, Big Futures Awards: A Little Party to Make a Big Impact. The inspiring evening includes a cocktail and wine reception, seated three-course dinner, live auction and dancing to the sounds of DJ Hightop. Tickets: from $500. 6 p.m. San Francisco Presidio Golf Club. |


The 36th Spring Tour

The 36th Spring Tour, Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden’s major fundraiser, will highlight five private gardens in Palo Alto. During the two-day event — in addition to the on-site shops — there will be lunch, refreshments and live music. April 22 and 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. A Preview Party happens the night before. Tour tickets: $35; Preview Party tickets: from $250. |


Moving Day San Francisco

All are welcome to participate in Moving Day San Francisco, an annual fundraiser to help beat Parkinson’s that is referred to as “a movement for change — towards more awareness, more funding and more understanding of a disease that affects so many.” Gather at Fort Mason’s Great Meadow Park for the walk, which also includes other fun activities, or support from home as a “virtual walker.” 9 a.m. |



You’re invited to ArtSplash!, a fun and free daylong festival and open house at Saratoga’s Montalvo Arts Center. The community event features artmaking, guided hikes, a scavenger hunt, local food trucks and live performances, including a gospel concert in the outdoor theater. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. |


An Affair to Remember 2022

An Affair to Remember 2022 commemorates the 50+ years that ARCS has been advancing science in the U.S. The Northern California chapter’s benefit bash takes place at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Tickets: $250. 4–9 p.m. | NHG Sponsored


Cal Academy’s Big Bang | Next Wave

Cal Academy’s Big Bang | Next Wave celebration raises funds as well as awareness about the science museum’s Hope for Reefs initiative. The agenda includes a cocktail reception, keynote presentation by Alexandra Cousteau, gourmet dinner, and post-meal drinks and desserts. Tickets: from $2,500. 6–11 p.m. |


Spring Into Action

Samaritan House invites supporters to “come together to raise much-needed funds in our fight against homelessness, hunger and lack of access to healthcare.” The virtual event, Spring Into Action, will be emceed by journalist Diane Dwyer and include an awards presentation to U.S. Representative Jackie Speier, live and silent auctions, and a performance by vocalist Tony Lindsay. 6–7 p.m. |


Gender Care SF: History, Current State and Advances in Gender Care in San Francisco

Saint Francis Foundation, which works to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community receive the best care, hosts Gender Care SF: History, Current State and Advances in Gender Care in San Francisco — including a panel discussion — at The Battery. Registration for the event is free. 6–9 p.m. |


Nurturing Mind, Body and Spirit

Mission Dolores Academy’s 2022 benefit luncheon — dubbed Nurturing Mind, Body and Spirit — honors Paula Williams, an advocate for student wellness and children’s mental health. The event, cochaired by Kendel Qvale Duford and Michelle Curtis Harris, includes a musical performance by MDA third graders and a live auction. Tickets: from $250. 11 a.m. Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco. | 


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