Now that Tax Day is over — phew! — let’s focus on more fun things, shall we? Like Art Market and the SFFILM Festival, both of which kick off Thursday. Get outside this weekend while supporting worthy causes at Gamble Garden’s Spring Tour, Parkinson’s Moving Day San Francisco and Atherton’s Earth Day celebration. Read on for more details.
Immersive Frida Kahlo runs through May 30 at the Lighthouse ArtSpace San Francisco — and now you can partake in a weekly yoga session while surrounded by the Mexican artist’s works. Tickets include a 35-minute class followed by 25 minutes of time to enjoy the exhibit. For a limited time, if you buy one yoga ticket, you get another one free!
For Art’s Sake
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).
Thursday, April 21–Sunday, April 24. | artmarketsf.com
Must-See Comedy Musical
Don’t miss the Northern California premiere of the Tony Award–winning musical Tootsie. Billed as a “laugh-out-loud lover letter to the theater,” Broadway San Jose presents the hilarious story of a talented actor struggling to find work.
Through Sunday, April 24. | Broadway San Jose’s Tootsie
Make a Splash
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.
Thursday, April 28, 6–11 p.m. | Cal Academy’s Big Bang Gala
Pulitzer Prize–winning and San Francisco–reared author Jennifer Egan discusses her new novel, The Candy House, at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Her latest release explores how technology has changed us.
Wednesday, April 20, 2 p.m. | Jennifer Egan at Book Passage
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. Thursday’s Opening Night program includes a screening of Stay Awake at the Castro Theatre, followed by a party at the San Francisco Mint.
Thursday, April 21–Sunday, May 1. | SFFILM Festival
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.
Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Gamble Garden’s Spring Tour
The town of Atherton is going all out for its Earth Day Festival, featuring a green vendor fair, electric vehicle showcase, speakers, art exhibits, e-bike trials, kid-friendly activities, sustainable foods and live music. The festivities at Holbrook-Palmer Park are free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Earth Day Festival in Atherton
Movement for Change
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 for the walk, which also includes other fun activities, or support from home as a “virtual walker.”
Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. | Parkinson’s Moving Day San Francisco
An Affair to Remember 2022 commemorates the 50+ years that ARCS Foundation 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 and includes a symposium, cocktail reception, presentations and dinner. NHG Sponsored
Thursday, April 28, 5–9:30 p.m. | ARCS’ An Affair to Remember