5 Best Things to do This Week: May 13 – 19
Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.
Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society. This exhibition — the first Warhol retrospective organized in the U.S. since 1989 — reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Beneath the glamour of Warhol’s wide-ranging creations is a deep engagement with the social issues of his time that continue to resonate today. Stretching across three floors of SFMOMA, featuring a dozen works unique to this museum, and building on a wealth of new materials, research, and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century.
Prepare to be beamed up for an unforgettable night with William Shatner, live on stage. In this unique evening you’ll view the classic film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on the big screen. Following the movie William Shatner will take to the stage to share behind the scenes stories from portraying the original Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek television series and movies as well as his career spanning over 50 years as an award winning actor, producer, director and writer. Fans will also have a chance to ask William their question during the audience led Q&A.
The 10th Annual Taste of Town Center will take place on Saturday, May 18, featuring an afternoon of free, outdoor fun for the whole family. Designed to introduce the community to the plethora of dining options at Town Center, the event will offer bites of the tasty seasonal dishes, as well as a variety of artisanal coffees and teas from participating Town Center eateries. From foodies to families, everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities including food samplings, a DJ spinning tunes, face painting, balloons, stilt walker, juggler, magic show, raffle prizes and more.
Expect over 25 attractions including carnival rides, prize games — cake wheel, pick-a-pop, salami toss, etc — plus jump houses and slides, music, a café, strolling entertainers, face painting, and more. Admission is free.
Even though most of us currently view Bay to Breakers as a costumed and debaucherous stroll through San Francisco, the race’s roots are a lot more wholesome. Started in 1912, the event was created to enliven an earthquake wrecked city and to lift civic morale. Known back then as the Cross City Race it was a precursor to the world-class athletic events being planned for the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition. From that moment on Bay to Breakers has served as symbol of San Francisco’s uniqueness and perseverance. Now one of the largest foot races in the world with over 50,000 participants and 100,000 spectators annually, the event never fails to be an unforgettable spectacle from the sidelines or the course.
All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.