On the cheap

Pub date June 25, 2013


Shakespeare in the Park Various Bay Area venues; www.sfshakes.org. June 29-Sept. 22, free. One of the reasons you live in the Bay Area: to enjoy the works of the Bard in a peaceful park setting. This year, Kenneth Kelleher directs the suspenseful, plot-driven Macbeth.


Indie Oasis Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero, SF; www.madroneartbar.com. 9pm-2am, free. Join in at this fundraiser for SF Pride and get your Pride weekend started early — sans Katy Perry and top 40s pop — by dancing all night to your favorite indie music brought to you by DJs DIX, Blondie K, and subOctave, collaborating with local beat producers, musicians, MCs, and vocalists.

From Badlands to Alcatraz San Francisco Public Library, 1616 20th St., SF. www.sfpl.org. 6pm, free. This movie screening of From Badlands to Alcatraz chronicles the heroic effort of Oglala Lakota people from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota who swam to SF in an effort to reclaim their health and spiritual power. A Q&A is to follow with director and producer Nancy Iverson.


“The Biggest Quake: New Thinking on the San Francisco AIDS Epidemic” Subterranean Art House, 2179 Bancroft, Berk; www.subterraneanarthouse.org. 8:30pm, free. Part of the National Queer Arts Festival, this performance, curated by Kirk Read, brings together artists from various backgrounds — Mark Abramson, Justin Chin, Brontez Purnell, KM Soehnlein, and Ed Wolf — to read essays and present performance works.


Simon Van Booy Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF; www.booksmith.com. 6:30-9:30pm, free. The award-winning author discusses his new novel, The Illusion of Separateness, about one man’s act of mercy in the fields of France during World War II.


Bluxome Street Winery Meet Market 53 Bluxome, SF; www.bluxomewinery.com. Noon-5pm, free. This indoor farmer’s market features local produce, artisan goods, and top culinary purveyors. Returning this month: Juco Sweets’ to-die-for handmade salted caramels made in micro batches with local and organic ingredients. Come for the drinks and stay for the sweets.

Kala Raksha lecture and trunk show Krimsa Gallery, 2190 Union, SF; www.krimsa.com. 1:30-4pm, $5–<\d>$10. Meet Judy Frater, co-founder of Kala Raksha, which promotes traditional crafts and markets the work of local artisans to certify the maker’s unique collection and further the concept of intellectual property.

San Francisco Pride Various venues; www.sfpride.org. You know what’s up: tons of queer parties, exhibits, and readings celebrating the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.

Score Pop Up Swap Motley Goods, 1564 Market, SF; www.scoreswap.eventbrite.com. 1-4pm, $5. Who doesn’t love shopping and free beer? Bring your old clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories, and donate $5 to an organization at the door. Once you’re inside, you can drop off your used items and look for new-to-you goodies. Not only will you get a huge bang for your buck, but there will be live screen-printing, a photo booth, music by DJs King Most and Freddy Anzures, food, and free beer.


“Lep-Esto: Estonian Dance Festival” Yerba Buena Garders, Mission between Third St. and Fourth St., SF. www.ybgfestival.org. 12:30pm, free. Lively, traditional Estonian folk dance presented by groups from across the US and beyond as part of the ongoing Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.