Fourth of July
SF Mime Troupe 2018 Season Opening
Various dates: July-September 2018 in SF, Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, and more
FREE (donations requested)

The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 59th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2018 production “Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical.”

schedule: http://www.sfmt.org/schedule/index.php

​​4th at the Wharf 

9:30 AM- 11:00 PM

All day event with various entertainment concluding with a spectacular fireworks display over San Francisco Bay compliments of the City of San Francisco.

http://www.visitfishermanswharf.com/events/4thofjuly

 

Fourth of July  from Bernal Heights Hill
A dazzling, intimate 360 view of  fireworks particularly the southern City,   Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. Dress warmly.


Dance

“There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.”
— Vicki Baum

Swing
Lindy Hop, a high-energy form of swing dancing. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway, and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family.  Lindy Hop is a partner dance and is the original form of Swing dancing created by teenagers in the 20’s and 30’s in Harlem, NY. Like hip hop is today, lindy hop was a street dance made up by youth and retains its improvisational and social nature today.

It’s important to wear comfortable shoes; flat shoes that won’t slip off your feet are best and expect to change dance partners often

Mondays:
The Women’s Building, Auditorium
3543 18th Street, between Valencia & Guerrero http://www.swingornothing.com/mondays/

Verdi Club 2424 mariposa (415) 226-9202 .shimmytown.com/  https://www.facebook.com/shimmytown/

 

Tuesdays:Tuesday Night Lindy Hop @ Club Verdi
+ Balboa ClassesJoin the fun at the Woodchopper’s Ball at the Verdi Club!with Hep Jen & Ken Watanabe http://www.hepjen.com/

 

Wednesdays:
Hep Jen is also well-known as the head instructor at Lindy In The Park on Sunday afternoons.

West Coast Swing at the Polish Club on Wednesdays
Mission City Swing 3040 22nd St b/t Folsom St & Shotwell St (510) 545-3173 missioncityswing.com at the polishclubsf.org
Every Wednesday Lessons at 7 Dancing 9 – 11:30pm West Coast Swing (WCS) is a smooth, slotted swing dance.Slower than Lindy and East Coast Swing, which are danced to up-tempo swing and big band music, but it is very improvisational, creative, and musical.

Cats Corner @ Balancoire
Variety of swing & Lindy Hop classes on two dance floors starting at 7pm and ending with a live music dance party catscornersf.com/
Balancoire Nightclub 2565 Mission Street,   means “Swing” in French and is a spirited nightclub

 

Saturdays:

Shimmytown is also producing daytime classes with master instructors https://www.evensi.us/lindy-hop-with-sonia-and-hector-masonic-temple/212708313 at the
Mission Masonic Center 169 Bartlett btwn 22nd & 23rd Streets www.MissionLodge169.com

Sundays:
Since August of 1996 Lindy in the Park is free social swing dancing every Sunday (weather permitting, of course) from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. on John F Kennedy Drive (JFK Dr) in Golden Gate Park, between 8th and 10th Avenue. (No automobile traffic is allowed in this area on Sundays) Produced by Hep Jen, DJ Naomi, DJ Ken Free lesson at 12 noon
http://www.lindyinthepark.com/

Stuff Happens Double Check on the Latest with lindylist.com/

 

Fusion

SHADES OF BLUES at the Polish Club
8:00p – 9:00p Drop-in Class 9:00p – 12:00a Dance partner dance to many styles of music, exploring different styles of movement to go with it. To blues music we dance blues dances
Shades of Blues =   wejustdance.com/shades
The Polish Club 3040 22nd St b/t Folsom St & Shotwell St (415) 821-2574 polishclubsf.org

Electronic Partner Dancing every other Saturday at Saint Gregory
Mission Fusion® runs a twice-monthly  (electronic partner dancing) in this beautiful Church Lesson/ Dance lab from 8:30-9:30  Dancing from 9:30 to 1:00 am missionfusion.com/  

St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church 500 De Haro St @ Mariposa St   (415) 255-8100  saintgregorys.org

 

Tango

Argentine Tango is one of the most romantic and elegant of the social dances

Tango on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Mission Cultural Center
(beginner and intermediate) with Nora Dinzelbacher bring your dancing shoes: high heels with straps suggested for women, tango or character shoes with a leather sole for men. Dance sneakers are ok. No tennis shoes please. No partner required.
Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts 2868 Mission St @ 25th St (415) 821-1155 missionculturalcenter.org\

Tango at CMC Music Center Every 2nd Saturday of the month,
CMC and Tango dance faculty member Sonja Riket host a monthly Milonga (Argentine Tango social dance gathering) with a drop-in class and dancing to Tango music  http://tangorevolution.blogspot.com/
 CMC Concert Hall  544 Capp St between 20th & 19th Streets  (415) 647-6015 • www.sfcmc.org

 

Salsa

Mondays Wednesdays & Most Sundays Metronome Dance
Metronome Dance 136 Missouri St b/t Mariposa St & 17th St (415) 857-1043 metronomesf.com/
Learn to dance salsa, swing, tango, ballroom, wedding dance & more. In the montecristosf.org/ club

Mondays & Tuesdays with Tianne at Danzhaus Dance Center / The Gingerbread House
Danzhaus 1275 Connecticut St. (415) 970-0222 http://danzhaus.tripod.com/
A great venue with two floors and a bar. Don’t park too far up the hill though. To understand where all the patterns/moves are coming from, then you should go to Tianne’s salsa classes. tiannefrias.com/

Wednesdays
Yerba Buena @ Verdi Club, is a weekly Wednesday salsa experience.
Beginner and Intermediate level salsa lessons taught “On 1” with Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman at Latin Sybolics. Cuban salsa lessons taught at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco every Monday and Wednesday by Ramon Ramos Alayo.

Thursdays
Roccapulco Salsa Thursdays with live salsa bands Cover is just $10 before 10pm
Roccapulco 3140 Mission St near Precita Ave  (415) 648-6611   roccapulco.com

Fridays
Dance Fridays LIVE Salsa Dance Lessons at 8pm
Space 550 is in the Bayview warehouse district at the base of Bernal Heights and  features a live Salsa Band in multi-room 9000 sqft space with good street parking. Dance lessons at 8pm Dance Fridays
Space 550 550 Barneveld b/t Apparel Way & Dorman Ave (415) 550-8286

Treasure Island on Fridays for Bachata Night
Kristian Sanchez’s class willbe 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
Aracely Cafe and Event Center 401 13th St (415) 985-7117 aracelysf.com

Sundays
Same Sex Salsa Sundays at El Rio
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoons, Salsa, Merengue and Cumbia bands from the bay area on the Patio. DJEmotions spins on the patio! 3:15 Free Dance Class with Karla Bands play from 4-8p

Zouk

Developed in Brazil after the demise of Lambada in the early 90, combiing elements of Swing , Salsa and even Samba. Brazilian Zouk is the fastest growing social partner dances on all continents

Thursdays
Zouk at El V★ with Anthony & Collyane | 915PM | Zouk w/ Anthony & Collyane 10PM – 130AM | PARTY At the door Zouk Class $15 Party only $12  collyane@gmail.com Venmo 424-302-2185 Facebook
El Valenciano Restaurant & Bar 1153 Valencia St b/t 22nd St & 23rd St (415) 826-9561

In today’s modern world, it’s easy to become disconnected from our bodies and from each other. The best dancing is about “connection”


SOCIAL/PARTNER DANCE VENUES

NORTH MISSION

  • Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St  b/t Potrero Ave & Hampshire St. (415) 861-9199   verdiclub.net
  • Women’s Building 3543 18th St  b/t Valencia St & Guerrero St   (415) 431-1180   womensbuilding.org
  • Symbolic Dance & Fitness 672 S Van Ness b/t 17th St & 18th (415) 681-8140 symbolicdance.com
  • ODC Theater  3153 17th St (at Shotwell St) odcdance.org
  • ODC Dance Commons and Rhythm & Motion Dance 351 Shotwell St  b/t 17th St & 18th   (415) 863-9830
  • Z Space  450 Florida St (at Mariposa St)
  • Slate Bar 2925 16th St b/t So. Van Ness Ave & Capp St (415) 558-8521 slate-sf.com
  • Elbo Room 647 Valencia St b/t Sycamore St & 17th St  (415) 552-7788   elbo.com
  • Il Pirata 2007 16th St  b/t Potrero Ave & Utah Streets (415) 626-2626 ilpiratasf.com
  • Public Works  161 Erie St (at Mission St) (415) 496-6738 publicsf.com
  • Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission b/t 13th & Otis St (415) 800-8782 brickandmortarmusic.com

MID -MISSION

  • Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th St @ Mission St   (415) 826-4441 dancemission.com
  • El Valenciano  or El V 1153 Valencia St b/t 22nd St & 23rd St (415) 826-9561 zouk on Facebook || salsabythebay.com/el-valenciano-salsa/ 
  • Mission Masonic Center 169 Bartlett btwn 22nd & 23rd Streets
  • Little Baobab 3380 19th St   b/t Capp St & Mission St   (415) 643-3558  bissapbaobab.com
  • Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St b/t Bartlett St & Mission St (415) 647-2888 makeoutroom.com
  • Amnesia 853 Valencia St   b/t 20th St & Cunningham Pl  amnesiathebar.com
  • 19th Streets  (415) 647-6015 • www.sfcmc.org
  • The Polish Club 3040 22nd St  b/t Folsom St & Shotwell St  (415) 821-2574 polishclubsf.org
  • Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 2868 Mission St @ 25th St (415) 821-1155 missionculturalcenter.org

MISSION- BERNAL/BAYVIEW

  • El Rio 3158 Mission St b/t Powers Ave & Fair Ave (415) 282-3325 elriosf.com
  • Roccapulco 3140 Mission St near Precita Ave  (415) 648-6611   roccapulco.com Check for Touring Latin Bands at  ticketsparati.com/
  • Space 550 550 Barneveld San Francisco, California 94124 – Dance Fridays

The Rest: Dance Clubs Free style

  • Skylark 3089 16th St b/t Valencia St & Caledonia St (415) 621-9294 skylarkbar.com  – great free variety burlesque show on Friday nights
  • Blondie’s Bar 540 Valencia St b/t 17th St & 16th St (415) 864-2419 blondiesbarsf.com  – small dance floor at least 25 gin/vodka concoctions on the menu known for generous pours
  • Bruno’s 2389 Mission St b/t 19th St & 20th St (415) 643-5200 brunossf.com Only open – Friday and Saturday
  • Beauty Bar 2299 Mission St b/t 19th St & 18th St (415) 285-0323 thebeautybar.com DJs – play Hip Hop
  • Asiento 2730 21st S b/t York St & Bryant S (415) 829-3375 asientosf.com
  • The Chapel 777 Valencia St b/t 19th St & 18th St (415) 551-5157 thechapelsf.com – disco ball and flashy lights help make the room come alive. There’s 2 bars, one located upstairs where a large balcony
  • Club 26 Mix 3024 Mission St b/t 26th St & Capp St (415) 756-2212 – Very Latin with early cover charge

 


Other July Events

Shakespeare in the Park – July 1st-September 23

A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the misadventures of four young lovers, a group of aspiring actors, and a team of mischievous fairies as they all enter the woods outside Athens on a summer night. The ensuing hilarity and chaos create an evening filled with love and laughter. Bring your family and friends, a blanket, and a picnic to enjoy professional theater at no charge in a beautiful park setting near you! Locations include Pleasanton, Cupertino, Redwood City, S.F. Presidio, and S.F. McLaren Park. http://www.sfshakes.org/programs/free-shakespeare-in-the-park/free-shakespeare-in-the-park-2018

 

King of the Streets – Saturday July 7th

11 AM – 5 PM

City College of San Francisco 50 Phelan Street SF CA 94112
NO ALCOHOL or BBQ’S on College Campus! Hoppers ! ! !
All car shows $20 DONATION at the gate! Vendor inbox us!
CRUZiN on Mission Street at 6:00 PM till the wheels fall off!

KING OF THE STREETS 2018 Saturday, JULY 7th 11 am- 5 pm City College of San Francisco 50 Phelan Street SF CA 94112NO…

Posted by San Francisco LowRider Council on Sunday, June 10, 2018

 

Frida Kahlo Festival: Frida’s 111th Birthday CelebrationJuly 7th

4 PM – 7 PM – Mission District

Celebrate the 111th birthday of Frida Kahlo and her love affair with San Francisco during a week of Fiestas Fridas taking place at locations throughout the Mission District. Be sure to wear flowers in your hair. All of the events are free and kid friendly unless otherwise noted.

https://www.facebook.com/events/271071976789176/

 

Maikaze Daiko – July 12th

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


A recent addition to the vibrant Mission District arts scene, Maikaze Daiko was founded to preserve and promote the awe-inspiring art form of modern taiko, or kumi-daiko. For the vast majority of its history, taiko was associated with village festivals, traditional Japanese theater, battle, and religious ceremonies. Master Daihachi Oguchi invented the modern taiko ensemble in the early 1950s, and sensei Seiichi Tanaka, the father of American taiko, formed the first Western group in 1968, San Francisco Taiko Dojo. That’s where Maikaze Daiko founder Bruce “Mui” Ghent underwent ardent and grueling training. In addition to developing the discipline of mind and the physical strength required for this demanding art, Maikaze Daiko students learn the history and culture of taiko, both recent and ancient.

 

Sunday Streets Mission – July 15th

11 AM – 4 PM

On July 15, Sunday Streets returns to the sunny Mission district for a second round of car-free streets- from Duboce Ave to 26th St, Valencia Street transforms into to an open community space for all to enjoy. http://www.sundaystreetssf.com/sunday-streets-2018/mission071518/

 

Frozen Film Festival – July 18-22

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”

Roxie Theater/Piano Fight
Showcasing the year’s best new independent avant-garde pop culture films,
the Frozen Film Festival takes its name from the distinct chill of the San Francisco summer.. Filmmakers whose work is accepted into the festival are invited to come to the city by the bay in the dead of summer to screen and discuss their work. From  the opening night gala featuring local musicians, local performers and local fine artists, to cutting edge student work, the Frozen Film Festival is helping to lead the film industry through an independent grass roots movement. Creative thinking and raw talent will rise if given a chance. frozenfilmfestival.com

 

ODC Dance Summer Sampler – July 20 – 21, 27 – 28

Two extraordinary programs that lift the spirit and provoke the mind! From a celebration of inspiration (Something about a Nightingale) to a dynamic response to our environmental impact (Dead Reckoning), this year’s Summer Sampler travels the emotional landscape of ODC’s artistic force. Back from a touring schedule that has included the Next Wave Festival at BAM in New York to Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley and MODAFE in Seoul, Korea, the ODC artists welcome you to their intimate home space and the official send-off to their appearance at Jacob’s Pillow this summer. https://www.odc.dance/SummerSampler

 

​​The San Francisco MarathonJuly 29th

The 41st running of The San Francisco Marathon (Full Marathon, 1st Half Marathon, 2nd Half Marathon, 5K and Ultramarathon) will fill San Francisco’s streets with over 27,500 runners on July 29th, 2018. Runners will enjoy waterfront miles along the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Crissy Field; feel their heart pound as they race across the Golden Gate Bridge; speed past landmarks like Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, and AT&T Park; and pound the pavement through San Francisco’s liveliest neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury and The Mission. thesfmarathon.com/


NEWS

COFFEE REPRIEVE
Thanks to this sufficiently caffeinated hero at the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, coffee may escape the reams of advisories issued under Proposition 65, which has made California’s unofficial motto a confusing cancer warning. Although studies have found that coffee confers more health benefits than risks and is not associated with cancer, an advocacy group sued for the warning based on the trace presence of a roasting byproduct.

That one more frivolous scolding about an innocuous activity could be averted is a small victory for reason, which amounts to more than a hill of arabica beans in this crazy world.