Winter means the cold weather, warm clothes, and the San Francisco arts scene stepping onto the stage. Throw on that scarf, head out to one of these events happening throughout the city, and be engaged by beautiful performances and shows all winter long.

ArtSpan Events for Artists & Art Lovers

When: January 26, 2017 – March 25, 2017 @ Mult Times
Where: Multiple Locations
How much: Free & Ticketed
Tickets: Purchase Here

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Step into the San Francisco art scene and see where ArtSpan can take you. Enjoy a backstage pass into artist studios across the city, get creative with interactive mural projects, engage with art appreciators at auctions and exhibitions, and expand your knowledge of art collecting at ArtSpan’s events and programs. ArtSpan Events for Artists & Art Lovers offers diverse audiences an inclusive art experience and authentic connection to local art and artists.

Professional Photography Classes and Walks

When: Multiple Dates & Times
Where: Multiple Locations
How much: $149
Tickets: Purchase Here 

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We’re a photography studio in business since 2009, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We specialize in architecture and fine art photography, and do commercial work for resorts around the world. We’ve participated in several prominent art fairs, and sell our fine art at a beautiful art gallery in San Francisco.

We also teach a popular beginner’s photography class on weekends. If you’re new to digital photography or just want to brush up your skills, check out our class and never miss a memory because you didn’t know how to capture it with your DSLR.

“Isla” [pronounced ees’-lah] is Spanish for island. The name is inspired from a beautiful island near Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

19th SF Independent Film Festival

When: Mult. Dates: Feb 2-16, 2017, 12pm-11pm
Where: Mult. SF Locations: Roxie, Brava and Alamo Drafthouse Theaters
How much: Free-$25
Tickets: Purchase Here

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Let SF IndieFest brighten your winter doldrums with films and parties! The 19th edition of the San Francisco Independent Film Festival is chock full of comedic, thriller, drama, doc, local, foreign, enlightening, and occasionally bizarre flicks screening at the Roxie, Brava and Alamo Drafthouse theaters. There are parties taking place on Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day, the return of the Bad Art Gallery plus tributes to The Big Lebowski, The Princess Bride and Fury Road. IndieFest has something for all lovers of art, music and film everywhere. Come check it out!

The Christians at San Francisco Playhouse

When: Jan 24 – Mar 11 at Mult Times
Where: San Francisco Playhouse
How much: $35
Tickets: Purchase Here


In this critically-acclaimed new play, a megachurch pastor comes to terms with an ideological earthquake. Backed by a live choir, The Christians is unlike anything you’ve seen on stage.

Marin Theatre presents: Native Son

When: Jan 31 – Feb 12 at Mult Times
Where: Marin Theatre
How much: $10 – $49
Tickets: Purchase Here

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Bigger Thomas dares to want more out of life. Things start looking up when he lands a plum job with the well-to-do Dalton family, but their daughter Mary proves to be as dangerous as she is alluring. A fateful decision sends Bigger down a violent and inescapable path.
Misrepresented and underestimated by everyone around him, Bigger has no one to turn to except himself. Using W.E.B. DuBois’ theory of double consciousness as a guiding principle, this fresh 90-minute adaptation of Native Son focuses on the landscape inside the mind of Bigger Thomas, bringing the power of Richard Wright’s novel to life for a whole new generation. MTC is proud to bring Ms. Kelley’s heart-stopping, urgent and expressionistic adaptation of Wright’s groundbreaking novel to the West Coast, following its sold-out World Premiere at Chicago’s Court Theatre in 2014.
Nambi E. Kelley was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Award for her work on Native Son, and is currently the 2015-2017 playwright in residence at The National Black Theatre in NYC. Ms. Kelley will be joining MTC’s artistic team and the play’s originating director Seret Scott for the MTC production.

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SFMOMA and the San Francisco Film Society present Modern Cinema

When: Three Weekends Feb 9–26, 2017 Mult Times
Where: Phyllis Wattis Theater, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
How much: $12
Tickets: Purchase Here


SFMOMA and the San Francisco Film Society present Modern Cinema: Werner Herzog and Ecstatic Truth, a film series exploring the dynamic forces between cinema’s past and present. Three weekends of films—all of which blur the boundaries of fact and fiction—showcase the vast range of this master filmmaker’s documentaries, as well as complementary works by other filmmakers.

Modern Cinema: Werner Herzog and Ecstatic Truth runs for THREE WEEKENDS ONLY, February 9–26.

The Poetry Brothel: Mystical Medicine Tour

When: Mar 15 at 8:30pm
Where: The Great Northern
How much: $30
Tickets: Purchase here

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This event is 21+. Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm-12am.

The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of both male and female poets as “whores,” each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the “poetry whores” are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event.

Of course, any true brothel need a good cover; The Poetry Brothel’s is an immersive cabaret, offering a full bar, live jazz, burlesque, vaudeville, painters, actors, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event.

We won’t blow you, but we will blow your mind.

Surfer Blood with Boogarins at Chapel SF

When: Feb 7 at 9pm
Where: The Chapel
How much: $20
Tickets: Purchase here

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SURFER BLOOD’s fourth album, Snowdonia, (in stores Feb 3, 2017) is a return to their DIY recording roots, and at the same time, an ambitious step forward, musically and lyrically. Along with plenty of Surfer Blood’s signature catchy pop hooks, the band also concocted several epic and more complex songs with enormous attention to sonic detail. John Paul Pitts wrote and mixed the album alone, for the first time since their debut Astro Coast. The immediacy is intoxicating and the results are fantastic. Surfer Blood get better and better with each album, and we’re betting that they’ll be making great records for many years to come.

Surfer Blood are a magnificent indie rock band from West Palm Beach, Florida that formed when guitarist/vocalist John Paul Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz started playing better-than-great musical notes together in Dreyfoos High School. New members Mikey McCleary and Lindsey Mills also attended the same high school.

Surfer Blood began recording and touring immediately behind their infectious debut, Astro Coast (2010) and quickly took over almost the entire world (except for the deepest realms of the ocean and really, really cold places). The group followed suit with the Tarot Classics EP (2011), Pythons (2013) and 1000 Palms (2015). Surfer Blood have performed in 5 continents, toured with heroes like The Pixies and Guided By Voices, played on TV, at Coachella and giant festivals throughout the world, while also occasionally plugging in their amps at all-ages house parties. Surfer Blood are the cleanest and nicest band in existence.

Improvised Game of Thrones Show

When: Multiple Dates, Muliple Times
Where: Unscripted Theatre Company
How much: $15
Tickets: Purchase here

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Improv is Coming!

Join in for murder, war, sex, and, well, probably more murder with The Iron Stage: Improvised Game of Thrones!

We will present
-a fully improvised
-never-to-be-seen-again episode in the style of the favorite fantasy series.

The Iron Stage is Karen Brelsford, Shawn Brick, Rez Graham, and Laura Wood.

An Art Show Tribute to the Films of Hayao Miyazaki

When: Feb 4 & Feb 5 at 6pm
Where: Spoke Art (Sutter Street)
Tickets: Purchase here

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Spoke Art is proud to present the Miyazaki Art Show – a whimsical showcase of over fifty artists from around the world celebrating the films of Japanese film-maker and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Taking inspiration from the Studio Ghibli director’s classic films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Ponyo to his lesser known work like The Wind Rises and Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess, each artist has created unique works inspired by Miyazaki’s imaginative universe.

Including a diverse array of original painting, sculpture and limited edition prints, the Miyazaki Art Show offers each artists’ perspective and interpretation of beloved characters and themes throughout Miyazaki’s films. Imbued with the legendary director’s sense of adventure, deep reverence for nature and strong female characters, this dynamic exhibition is not to be missed.

Please join us for the Miyazaki Art Show, opening Saturday, February 4th, with an opening night reception from 6pm-9pm. Attendees dressed as their favorite Miyazaki character will get priority access to the event and some artists will be in attendance. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, February 25th, 2017.

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