Thursday, July 18, 5-10pm
Look for the yellow balloons for Third Thursday events, and be sure to pick up your wrist band at YBCA for special rates at participating bars and restaurants.
1. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts | 701 Mission St @ 3rd | ybca.org
- Check in!, 5–6:30pm | FREE | Find the Third Thursday kiosk in the lobby of YBCA for a map and your wristband. Enter the drawing by dropping your ticket at CJM or MoAD.
- ConVerge, 4–8pm | FREE | http://www.ybca.org/converge | YBCA:ConVerge celebrates Taraneh Hemami’s public work, Free, which has spanned the large windows facing the Yerba Buena Gardens for the past two years, with an event to mark its closing. Join Hemami and guests to explore the many manifestations and meanings conjured by the word “free”—from promoting freedom to marketing goods—with music, performances, readings, and more. Central to Free, which takes its inspiration from the Arab Spring in 2011, is a neon sign that repeats the word in English, completing its one minute circular motion repeatedly, while the Arabic word Hurr, nestled inside, has remained lit for the duration of the two year installation, invoking peace and freedom across geographies.
2. Museum of the African Diaspora | 685 Mission St @ 3rd | moadsf.org
- Works by J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere and Gordon Parks + DJ Craft Spells, 4–8pm | FREE | moadsf.org | Enjoy Free Admission to our current exhibitions, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Nigerian Photographer: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday, and Gordon Parks Photographs at his Centennial, including a screening of Shaft, directed by Gordon Parks. MoAD will be the scene for West African beats by DJ Craft Spells.
3. UC Berkeley Extension Art & Design Gallery | 95 Third Street @ Mission | extension.berkeley.edu/art
- Invisible Borders exhibition, talk, and reception, 6-8pm | FREE | A border can be defined as a line dividing two areas, land at edge, strip around edge, or flowerbed. They exist in life, and unless one is interested in crossing them, they are not that interesting. But what if they are invisible? These are intriguing, and more so when making them visible as an artist. This exhibit shows some conceptual works, which includes an installation, photographs, and paintings. Includes an artist talk and wine reception.
4. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | Jessie Square | ybgfestival.org
- Let’s Go Salsa@Jessie Square, 6–7:30pm | FREE | From the first note, you’ll want to jump out of your seat! Orquesta La Moderna Tradición bursts with the sweet yet powerful sound of the Afro-Cuban charanga orchestra, which features violins and woodwinds interlocking with driving Afro-Cuban rhythms. The orchestra’s repertoire ranges from ballads to the latest salsa and timba grooves with surprising twists. Come early for dance lessons!
5. Contemporary Jewish Museum | 736 Mission St @ Yerba Buena Ln | thecjm.org
- Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art + more, 5–8pm | $5 discounted admission | Beyond Belief is an expansive exhibition exploring the spiritual dimensions of modern art, especially as seen through the lens of Jewish theological concepts. The exhibition features forty-eight internationally-known artists whose work—painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation art—are all drawn from SFMOMA’s outstanding collection.
6. Children’s Creativity Museum & YBCBD Arts and Dialogue | 221 4th Street @ Howard | artsanddialogue.org
- Micro Film Festival, 6–7pm | FREE (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org) | The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District’s Arts and Dialogue series presents The Yerba Buena Mini-Film Festival, a one-hour showcase of award-winning contemporary silent films, poetic documentaries and discussion with noted Bay Area auteurs Cary McQueen, Dean Mermell, Tricia van Klaveren, and Fran Guijarro. Producer Amy Ng hosts at the Children’s Creativity Museum located 221 4th Street.
A. B Restaurant and Bar | 720 Howard St above the waterfall | bsanfrancisco.com
- Extended Happy Hour and $6 cocktails, 5–10pm | Discounts with Wristband
B. Novela | 662 Mission St @ Annie Alley | novelabarsf.com
- $2 off hand crafted seasonal Punch On Tap, 5–10pm | Discounts with Wristband | Serving cocktails with character, Novela honors classic literary heroes in design and spirit, with a compelling mix of original hand crafted cocktails, an innovative punch-on-tap program, and thoughtful décor inspired by literature.