There could be a cure for Colony Collapse Disorder soon. And here is a great article that combines corporations, immigration, and women's rights. Plus, besides factory farms possibly behind Swine Flu (Spring Breaker flu?), here are more reasons to not eat conventional meat. And with Library Amnesty May 3-16, you won't have to pay the fees on that Zadie Smith novel that fell behind your futon last year. If you return your stuff to the Main Library, check out the Paul Madonna exhibit "5 Years of All Over Coffee." Holy hell, there is so much to do in this great town. Young at Art festival runs May 15-24 at de Young. Anti-Corporate Film Fest has some rad movies at Victoria Theatre May 14-28. And check CA Academy of Sciences to see when your zip code gets you in free. Fri, May 1:
  • May Day International Workers' Day march 12pm Dolores Park, 4pm Civic Center, plus potluck in Dolores Park 4pm
  • "Unhinged" show of CCA furniture grads 4-8pm Mina Dresden 312 14th/Valencia. Booze and love seats
  • Thee Oh Sees play a free show along with the regular hubbub 5-8.45pm de Young Friday Nights GG Park
  • Sonic Living and Upper Playground party with you and free beer til 7pm Laszlo Mission/21st 6-9pm
  • "Beyond The Page: Re-Illustrating Our Favorite Children's Books" opening reception 7pm Gallery 1988 1173 Sutter/Polk. Bring a book to donate
  • Spring Swap Party 7-9pm Gravel & Gold Treat/18th. Out with the old, in with the old
  • Land. Liberty. Sunshine. Stamina reception, plus ferment skill share by Source 7-10pm Spare Room Project 270 Anderson/Cortland. BYOJars
  • Pizza & Poetry gives you iambic pentameter and all you can eat pizza and salad 7.30pm Escape From NY Pizza 333 Bush/Montgomery $5 donation to local charity
  • D-Structure's "I Shoot People" photography opening 8-11pm 520 Haight/Fillmore. Gotta RSVP for this art and open bar
  • Michael Pollan and Michael J. Fox have a convo 8pm Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness/McAllister. $20 or Volunteer usher for free admission
  • Oldies Dance Night 10pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $2<11pm>$4
Sat, May 2:
  • Cinco de Mayo celebration in Dolores Park todo el dia
  • Free Comic Book Day. You are welcome, nerds
  • Riot! A Roll Through San Francisco's Rebellious Past 11am Castro Muni/Market. Get a tour of SF's rebellious history on your bike $5 donation for non-members
  • Devil Makes Three free show 2pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan
  • How to bike anywhere and fix a flat 2-3.30pm Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th free
  • Crafts Not Carbon 2-5pm Embarcadero BART. Bring talent, material, and climate topics of conversation
  • BBQ Fundraiser 3-8pm El Rio 3158 Mission/Valencia. $1 donation for food, $10 for all you can stand Miller High Life. Proceeds go to GLBT youth program Pride At Work
  • Little Wings and Kuma Koshka play 8pm (potluck 6pm) Caretakers' 848 Divis/McAllister $5 donation
  • A Touch of Pleasure opening reception 7-10pm Femina Potens 2199 Market/Sanchez. All you could imagine from a party celebrating Masturbation Month thrown by Kink, Good Vibes, Center for Sex and Culture, and FP
  • SF Bike Messenger Book Release party 7pm Bender's 806 S Van Ness/19th
  • Debaser 90's dance party 10pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $5 or free if wearing flannel before 11pm
Sun, May 3:
  • Asian Art Museum is free today 10am-5pm Larkin/Fulton
  • Span the globe: Polish Festival 10am-3pm County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th/Irving, 1-3pm Bandshell Concourse by de Young
  • SFBC Bike Doctors 11am-1pm Harrison/26th, Webster/McAllister, Duboce Bikeway, Fell/Masonic. Get flats fixed and chains lubed
  • East Bay Hella Hella Hella Free Day 12-4pm Lake Merritt Grand/Lakeshore. "Bring what you can take what you need and everyone gets what they want"
  • Alemany Farm Workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • Free veggie hot dogs 1-6pm Frankenart Mart 515 Balboa/5th
  • Youth Synchronized Swimming Exhibition 5pm Balboa Pool 51 Havelock/Arago. Obviously worth the trek
Mon, May 4:
  • Community Thrift 1st Monday of the month = 50% off err'thing Valencia/17th
  • INFORUM and Mary Roach discuss her lascivious new book Bonk 6.30pm speech/7.30pm reception Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd members free/$7 students/$18 non members
  • SFBC Movie Night: Macaframa 8pm Independent Divis/Hayes
Tues, May 5:
  • Lots o' free museums around town
  • Cinco de Mayo party w/ free tacos 12-2pm Tres Agaves 130 Townsend/2nd
  • Free Luxor Cab rides til 3am. Call 415 282 4141 and say, "Berg Injury Lawyers is picking up the tab"
  • SF Green Drinks networks at its new location 5.30-8pm 111 Minna/2nd. Chat with other tree lovers
  • Michael Pollan talks about Deep Agriculture 7.30pm Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness/McAllister. $10 or Volunteer usher for free admission
Wed, May 6:
  • Exploratorium be free today
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday convenes at a special time: 6-9pm Levende Lounge 1710 Mission/Duboce. Show up and the bar gives $5 to Juma, youth job program
  • Board Game Night 7pm On The Corner Oak/Divis free
  • Little Ashes screens 7.30pm Embarcadero Center free w/printed ticket and RSVP. New film about Lorca and Dali
  • Lessons in Adventureneering variety show: "bringing you the very best in music, comedy, science, and general spectacle" 7.30pm Dog Eared Books Valencia/20th
Thurs, May 7:
  • Downtown art crawl. Check Fecal Face link at right and bring a wine jar
  • JobNob Happy Hour 5pm District Wine Bar 216 Townsend/3rd. For hirers and hirees. Register, por favor. Free wine may be involved
  • Iron & Wine acoustic set 6pm Aquarius Records Valencia/22nd free and crowded
  • "Photographers Documenting Homelessness from the New Deal to Today" exhibit and panel 6-8pm CA Historical Society 678 Mission/3rd
  • Slot machines + 2012 = End of the World + Art 6pm Electric Works 130 8th/Minna
  • Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape reading 7-8pm Modern Times Bookstore 888 Valencia/19th
  • Female Comedian Showcase 7pm Il Pirata 2007 16th/Utah free
  • Newspapers: What's Next panel discussion with journalist big wigs 7.30pm Fort Mason Bldg A. Mandatory RSVP gets you free admission and drinks
  • Logan's Run screens 9.30pm On The Corner Oak/Divis free
Fri, May 8-Sun, May 10: Fri, May 8:
  • Institute for Study of Social Change presents "Social Change and Youth Engagement in Immigrant Communities: Early Findings, Future Directions" conference 8.30am-5pm Berkeley Law School. Free awesome conference. Please RSVP
  • HOTTUB performs at LOW at Vessel at 4-7pm. Look at ongoing events at the right
  • Global Exchange Open House 6-9pm 2017 Mission/16th. Food, music, raffle
  • Slideluck Potshow 7-11pm LeftSpace 2055 Bryant/19th. Bring food/wine. Slideshow of art provided. This is awesome
  • David Brower Center housewarming party 8-11pm Downtown Berkeley 2150 Allston/Shattuck $20. Food, beer & wine, music to celebrate the opening of this great non-profit community space
  • Gourmet Finger Food Restaurant 8pm-12am Caretakers' 848 Divis/McAllister $12-20 sliding scale
  • SpokeEasy: Speakeasy 1920s party 8pm-12am The Garage 975 Howard $35 donation to AIDS LifeCycle. RSVP here
Sat, May 9: Sun, May 10 (Thanks, Mom):
  • Sunday Streets 10am-2pm Embarcadero and beyond. Shout out to the roller disco 11am-2pm Galvez/3rd-Newhall next to Bayview Plaza. Free BBQ, skate rental, and DJ
  • KUSF Record Swap 10am-3pm USF McLaren Hall Golden Gate/Masonic $3. Early bird 6-1oam $20 includes bagels and coffee
  • Lots of museums free for mom entertaining. Plus, MoMA opens its rooftop garden today. Artist talks 2pm and 3pm
  • David Brower Center Grand Open(ing) House 11am-7.30pm Downtown Berkeley 2150 Allston/Shattuck. Film, science demos, cool community stuff
  • Give visiting mom a day to remember How Weird Street Faire 12-7pm Howard/2nd $10 donation/$5 in costume
  • Rotten Rocky Roll 3-9pm Knockout $5. More rowdy bands
  • Indianna Hale plays 8pm Edinburgh Castle Geary/Larkin free
Mon, May 11:
  • Science at the Theatre: Hot Technology-Cool Science panel of innovation 7pm Berkeley Rep 2025 Addison free
  • StitchCraft plays at featured band of open mic 10pm Hotel Utah 4th/Bryant
Tues, May 12: Wed, May 13:
  • Educate Act Thrive fundraiser 6-8pm Sports Basement 1590 Bryant/15th. Drink, eat, and save with sales
  • "Are Green Jobs Different? Can Capitalism Really Go Green?" panel 7.30pm CounterPulse 1310 Mission/9th free
  • Disposable Film Fest bike-in movie night 8pm pre-party/9pm film/10pm after-party Good Hotel 112 7th/Mission
*Bike to Work Week* *Cocktail Week*
  • Classes and samples all over town
Thurs, May 14:
  • Bike to Work Day: morning and afternoon energizer stations, plus afterparty at Rickshaw
  • Steve Earle plays 6pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan free
  • Reporting Hope, Reporting Victory, Reporting Elections in El Salvador panel 6.30pm Women's Bldg 18th/Valencia $5-20 donation. Art and light refreshments
  • We Own TV launch party 6.30-8.30pm BAVC 2727 Mariposa/Bryant. This project teaches filmmaking to Sierra Leone ex-combatants. Enjoy music and drinks
  • PinkSlipMixers networking event 7pm Jillian's in Metreon 4th/Mission. Food and brown nosing
  • Russell Howze presents Stencil Nation 7pm Modern Times 888 Valencia/19th. Rad graffiti talk/slideshow
  • Dolores Park Movie night screens Amelie dusk. Le brown bag
  • Chloe and Cassidy's AIDS LifeCycle fundraiser dance party 9pm-2am Elbo Room 677 Valencia/17th. "Photobooth madness, raffles, flashing lights, beautiful people." $7-15 donation. Also, shake it with Afrolicious and celebrate Mikey and Nicole's bdays
Fri, May 15:
  • Grand Opening of Island Earth Farmers Market (will be open everyday 10am-8pm) Metreon 4th/Mission. "One ton of free food and wine!"
  • Closing reception for "Crossroads" and fundraiser 6-9pm ART 94124 Fairfax/3rd
  • Skate This Art film and artist reception 6-9pm Market Street Gallery 1554 Market/Van Ness. The exhibition benefits Roaddawgs homeless youth drop in center
  • Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia 7pm Get Lost Books 1825 Market/Gough
  • Big Umbrella Studios new show up 7pm-12am Divis/McAllister. Cash'n'Carry art
  • Particle release party 8pm-2am Slide 430 Mason/Geary. Internet start up gets your pulse and BAL up with free dancing and drinks
  • A Bewitching Stitch fashion/dance fundraiser 8pm-2am Space Gallery 1141 Polk/Post $5-20 sliding scale donation to Turning Heads. Fashion show 9pm, DJs 11pm. Dress to impress!
  • Oldies Dance Night 10pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia usually $2<11pm>$4
Sat, May 16:
  • Life Is Good festival 11am GG Park: ALO, Martin Sexton, lotsa games, lotsa kids
  • Asian Heritage Street Celebration 11am-6pm Civic Center to Little Saigon. "Two StagLinkes, Arts & Crafts, Big Prizes, Thai Kickboxing, Free Hep B Screenings"
  • Mission Bicycles Grand Opening 11am-7pm 19th/Mission. "Fresh tunes, food, fun, and fixed gear festivities." Sunday too
  • Rock Softly, and Carry a Big Spatula 1-3pm El Rio 3158 Mission/Valencia. Soft rock and free pancakes (might be a bit too golden, as this is put on by Burners). Stay for....
  • Schools for Salone: build schools in Sierra Leone benefit 3-8pm El Rio $10. Live music and West African Food
  • Russell Howze of Stencil Nation leads a stencil skillshare 3pm Modern Times 888 Valencia/19th. $5-10 suggested donation
  • "Do the Waive" new exhibit by Veronica de Jesus 4pm Michael Rosenthal 365 Valencia/14th
  • Wayang Bali shadow puppet show and gamelan concert 8-9pm YBCA 3rd/Mission free
  • Sean Hayes and The Botticellis croon 8pm Independent Divis/Hayes $16
  • Margot & The Nuclear So & Sos + Telekinesis + Everything Now 9pm Great American Music Hall Polk/O'Farrell $14/16
Sun, May 17:
  • If you still have a modicum of faith in humanity, don't go outside today
  • Mission Bicycles Grand Opening 11am-7pm 19th/Mission. "Fresh tunes, food, fun, and fixed gear festivities"
  • Alemany Farm Workday 12-5pm. Hoes
  • Jazz Embassadors opening celebration 3-5pm Jazz Heritage Center 1320 Fillmore/Eddy. Music, photos, jazz hands
  • Fundraiser party for "Strange Fruit" police violence memorial mural 7pm-12am SubMission 2183 Mission/18th. "Music featuring The Genie, Pride City Purpose, Yaquelin Deyabu, Waste Band, Clar Mooncalf, and Harlequin Opaleye with a dance performance by Mesa Pegasus. Live art and local homemade food starring SF Vegan Tamales and Socola Chocolatier" $5-25 suggested donation
Mon, May 18:
  • Free beauty treatments for officially unemployed people (unpay stub and all) 10am-6pm SenSpa in the Presidio. Because you'd still have a job if your pores were smaller
  • John Vanderslice plays 6pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan free
  • Flavors of San Francisco: Small Business celebration and networking 6-8pm City Hall. Gobble down goodies with Gavin
  • Slumdog Millionaire screens 7.30pm doors 8pm film Independent 628 Divis/Hayes. Free with "2 drink minimum"
  • Cello Madness strings show 8pm Makeout Room 22nd/Valencia free
Tues, May 19:
  • ITVS and KQED present Ask Not, a doc about the ridiculous Don't Ask Don't Tell policy 6-7.30pm Main Library 100 Larkin/Grove. Also a cool book reading, West of the West, at 6.30pm
  • Chris Ofili opening reception 6-8pm Crown Point Press 2nd/Howard
  • Volunteer open house 6-8.30pm Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Post/Taylor. Meet non-profits and eat some hors d'ouvres
  • Mark Kurlansky reads from Food of a Younger Land: Portrait of American Food Before The National Highway's a long title, and seems rad 7pm Books, Inc 601 Van Ness/Golden Gate
  • 2nd Best Day of the Year Link
Wed, May 20:
  • CA Academy of Sciences be free
  • Lots o' salons have free hair treatments and snacks and stuff today. Be prettier
  • INFORUM presents Tom Szaky, author of Revolution in a Bottle, speaking on eco-innovation and responsible profit 6.30pm Commonwealth Club 595 Market/2nd. Special: FREE if you email me/mention TheWeekIntro at desk. Good reception to follow
  • SF International Arts Festival opening reception 6-7.30pm War Memorial Van Ness/McAllister. Gotta RSVP for this classy art party
  • New Bar Every Other Wednesday 8.30pm Nickie's Haight/Pierce. Show up and the bar gives $5 to AIDS LifeCycle
  • Saltwater Buddha book release and Surfrider benefit party 9pm Riptide 3639 Taraval/47th. Free veg Mediterranean food, local surf films, board raffle
Thurs, May 21:
  • Blow-Up screens 12pm Main Library
  • Cocktail College: Rum 6-7.30pm Cortez 550 Geary/Jones. Gotta RSVP
  • Meet the Designers party 6-9pm Mission Statement 18th/Valencia. Drinks and nibbles and sales
  • Bimma Loft 2.0 Grand Opening 6-9pm 681 4th/Townsend. RSVP appreciated, as will be the hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres consumed whilst sitting upon their fancy furniture
  • Shitty Kitty Meet Up 6.30pm Shotwell's 20th/Shotwell. Free comic zines and drawing meetup
  • Suburban Kids With Biblical Names + Still Flyin' + more 7.30pm Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell/Van Ness $13/15. Part of Popfest
Fri, May 22: Sat, May 23:
  • Soupstock Conference!
  • Yo Yo Championships 9am-5pm GG Park Bandshell by CAS/de Young. Walk the dog
  • Carnaval festivities Harrison 17th-24th Streets
  • Drunken Dolores lemonade and snack stand 1-4pm DP. Follow the yellow balloons in the park to spiked lemonade, snacks, and debauchery to benefit cancer research
  • Alemany Farm Workday 12-5pm. Get down on your knees, or stay upright if wheelbarrowing
  • Envisioning Taiwan with Film and Photos 1-5pm Main Library
  • Local bands and business 8pm-close Brainwash Cafe 1122 Folsom/8th free
Sun, May 24:
  • Soupstock Concert! Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre McLaren Park
  • Carnaval festivities Harrison 17th-24th Streets
  • Popfest Picnic 1pm Dolores Park by playground free. Lots o' good bands
  • AIDS LifeCycle BBQ beer benefit 1-6pm 26th/Mission $10 for bottomless cup, plus bring food to share. Email me for exact addy so you can win "sweet ass raffle prizes"

Mon, May 25:

  • Grizzly Bear new CD listening party 6pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan. Chance to win tix to their 6/21 Fillmore show w/ Here We Go Magic
Wed, May 27:
  • Drinks By Design 5.30pm Press Club 20 Yerba Buena Lane/Market btwn 3rd-4th. Network and sip with engineers, graphic designers, event planners. Also an AIDS Life Cycle fundraiser
  • Environment and the Making of San Francisco: history of our city and our impact 6-8pm Main Library
  • Clean Tech panel 7-9pm SwissNex 730 Montgomery/Columbus. Gotta RSVP
  • Explore SF Party 8pm-close Temple 540 Howard/2nd free<10pm>$5. Bootie vs Popscene DJs, SF photos, red/white outfit contest
Thurs, May 28:
  • Stay at the Library all day: Zoolander 12pm and Edible School Yard panel 6pm
  • King Khan & The Shrines free performance 5.30pm Amoeba Haight/Stanyan
  • Keep the Arboretum Free rally 6.30-8pm County Fair Bldg GG Park 9th/Lincoln. I don't want to pay to look at plants
  • Gravel & Gold out with the old party 7pm 18th/Treat. They are moving to 22nd/Lexington, and are throwing down in their old space first
  • Momentum Magazine SF launch party 7-11pm 7th/Mission-Howard
  • Sanctuary City/Ciudad Sanctuario 1989-2009 8-11pm Queen's Nails 3191 Mission/Valencia. Rad art project about immigration
  • Fuerza Feminina fashion fundraiser benefiting Mujeres Unidas Y Activas 8.30pm doors/9.30pm show Rickshaw 155 Fell/Van Ness $10-25 sliding scale donation. DJs and design
  • Babble On local author reading series 8pm Dog Eared Books 900 Valencia/20th. Words, snacks, and wine
Fri, May 29:
  • Upper Haight Art Walk 5-9pm Haight/Central thru Stanyan. Lots of stores give you art, sales, drinks, and nibbles
  • Amy Browne's collage reception 6-8pm Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia/19th
  • "Freedom in a Familiar Place: Discovering Community and Promoting Unity through Photo and Narratives" 6-9pm Spare Room Project 270 Anderson/Cortland
  • Teenage Dance Craze Party 10pm Knockout 3223 Mission/Valencia $3
Sat, May 30:
  • Bike to Maker Faire! 9am Dolores Park. Fun musical ride, plus only $15 cash for the festival
  • Juri Commons workday 9am-12pm San Jose-Guerrero/25th-26th. Dig, drink coffee, eat pastries
  • Rooftop dance, sale, BBQ, and raffle 10am-6pm Lombardi Sports 1600 Jackson/Polk. Because I love listening to Energy 92.1 whilst buying discounted skis whilst eating veggie burgers whilst recycling my old sneakers. Also Sunday
  • Alemany Farm Workday 12-5pm. Dig it
  • Really Really Free Market 1-5pm Dolores Park. Take stuff and take stuff. All is free
  • "Splendidly amateurish" production of Julius Caesar 2-4pm National AIDS Memorial 856 Stanyan/Frederick
  • Funk n' Trunk show 2-7pm Triple Crown 1760 Market/Octavia. Designers, DJs, champagne, tapas, massages
  • The Thermals + Shaky Hands 10pm Bottom Of The Hill 17th/Missouri $15
Sun, May 31:
  • Rooftop dance, sale, BBQ, and raffle 10am-6pm Lombardi Sports 1600 Jackson/Polk. Because I love listening to Energy 92.1 whilst buying discounted skis whilst eating veggie burgers whilst recycling my old sneakers
  • Independent design trunk show and snack sale 1-4pm 416 Dolores/17th
  • Tiananmen Square video and panel 2-4pm Main Library
  • Capsule Design Festival/Street Fair, all day in Hayes Valley on Octavia
  • Shaky Hands 9pm Bottom Of The Hill 17th/Missouri $15