851 is a monthly reading series (dubbed by City Lights Bookstore as “by far, one of the most exciting reading series in San Francisco”) hosted by Janey Smith, located in a derelict apartment in Lower Haight lit entirely by tea lights, votives, and those Saint candles you can get at the grocery store.
In what can only be termed “a bright idea,” the California Department of Transportation is working with internationally acclaimed artist Leo Villareal to create the world’s largest LED light sculpture on the western span of the Bay Bridge.
SoMA nightclub Club Six hosts a fun, free and interactive happy hour that is unlike any other in San Francisco—or anywhere else, really. Dubbed So You Think You Can Paint?, every Thursday night the club opens its doors and offers canvas, paint and brushes to the public.
There’s a community-fueled public art project going on called “Before I Die”. It was started in New Orleans by artist Candy Chang and it was recently in Brooklyn, NY. Using simple stencils and chalk, it asks people what they would like to go/do/be before they leave this life.
In an effort to “build the right museum,” officials with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Snøhetta, the architectural firm leading expansion plans, have unveiled sweeping and dramatic changes for the planned new wing of the museum, scheduled for a 2016 opening.
Some things defy easy explanation, and that’s not a bad thing, especially in the case of Viracocha, located on the corner of Valencia and 21st Streets in the Mission.
This Friday is Rally in the Alley, a block party to celebrate the launch of green redesign and beautification of Ames Alley in the Mission District. The party promises fabulous food, live music, art gallery exhibits, raffle prizes, and rides on a seven passenger bike.