Jazz and Mozart, Jewish and silent films and astrology and Allen Ginsberg are in the motley mix of July 2013 events in the San Francisco Bay Area; see below for when and where. This month, the world’s fastest sailboats are gliding on our bay, but first check out our landlubbers’ guide to the America’s Cup (so you’ll know what it all means) and the best places to watch the Cup races. We also have a separate guide to July 4 fireworks and festivities in San Francisco and the Bay Area and list of Bastille Day (July 14) celebrations.
Fillmore Jazz Festival
July 6 & 7, at 10 am–6 pm
Kim Nalley, John Santos, Afrolicious and other musicians perform on several stages. Dance lessons and sessions. Artwork, crafts and gourmet food and drink for sale.
On Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy, San Francisco. Free.
He’s Funny That Way!
July 8 – August 25
Stanford Summer Theater devotes its season to “comedy with a difference.” It presents Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest” and Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, plus a day-long August 3 symposium on the two Irish dramatists and a free Monday night film series of apocalyptic comedies..
At various venues at Stanford University. Theater tickets $15, 25; symposium registration: $90.
SFJAZZ Summer Sessions
July 10-August 25
The jazz center’s summer series embraces several themes: music from Africa; popular music of the Americas (North and South, highlighting Duke Ellington, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, João Gilberto, the Beatles and others); drums and percussion; and jazz piano (Thelonious Monk, Fats Waller, ragtime tunes). Jacqui Naylor, Jane Monheit, Meklit Hadero, Cindy Blackman Santana, Eric Harland, Airto, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers and Marcus Roberts are among the performers.
At SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., and Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 94102. Ticket prices vary.
Allen Ginsberg Festival
A celebration of the Beat poet and his legacy, including literary tours of North Beach and talks by Ginsberg’s biographer and personal archivist, readings and a discussion about modern censorship. The festival is in conjunction with the Contemporary Jewish Museum exhibition Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.
At various venues in San Francisco and at Stanford University. Ticket prices vary.
Iron Science Teacher
July 12, at 12 pm
In a take-off and parody of Iron Chef, science teachers compete to come up with cool classroom experiments using an everyday item like soap, an egg, or an envelope. Be part of the live audience or tune into the http://www.exploratorium.edu/iron_science real-time webcast to see who wins the “Iron Science Teacher” title.
At the Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco 94111. Free with museum admission.
Palm Trees Wave to the Sun
July 13, at 12 & 2 pm
This on-site dance features aerial, acrobatic and contemporary moves and is inspired by a community garden project in the Bayview district. The dancers are local teen-age women who’ve been apprentices with Flyaway Productions, which is known for its suspenseful, mid-air performances.
At Quesada Gardens, Quesada at Third St., San Francisco 94124. Free.
July 18, at 5–9 pm
Match boxes, Matchbox cars, ancient Chinese calligraphy, shoes, LPs, Pez dispensers, baseball cards….Learn about why, what and how we collect, from aesthetic, psychological and other perspectives. Then get a sneak peek of the follow-up to Herb & Dorothy, a film about a postal clerk and librarian who amassed a first-rate contemporary art collection that overtook their home. Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki talks about her documentary afterward. The program coincides with Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison’s Japanese art collection, on display at the Asian through Sept. 22.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St.,San Francisco 94102. Free with museum admission.
San Francisco Silent Film Festival
Black-and-white classics from the 1910-1930s, many of them recently restored, with live musical accompaniment. The films are from the U.S., France, Germany, the former USSR, Denmark, Japan, Sweden and Bali, starring luminaries like Douglas Fairbanks (The Half-Breed), Greta Garbo, Louise Brooks, Harold Lloyd ( Safety Last!) and Charlie Chaplin.
At the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco 94114. Ticket prices vary.
Midsummer Mozart Festival
Pianist Audrey Vardanega, soprano Rebecca Davis and violinist Mayuko Kamio join a band of regional classical musicians in performing Mozart concertos and other pieces.
At various venues in the Bay Area and Sonoma. Ticket prices vary.
Wonder: The Lives of Anna & Harlan Hubbard
July 19, at 7 pm
Like Thoreau, the Hubbards decided to live the simple life in the 20th century, building their house by hand, forgoing electricity and growing and catching their food. They felt free and content as a result. Q&A with writer/producer Morgan Atkinson follows the film.
At Variety Children’s Charity Screening Room, 582 Market St., San Francisco 94104. Free.