Northside SF
April Happenings

Painter Add Bonn Exhibition
Through May 9, City Hall

This exhibition celebrates San Francisco native and District 3 resident since 1939 Add Bonn’s 100th birthday and features abstract works in the Naïve style of her hometown’s urban landscapes and her favorites views, such as the one from her Telegraph Hill home. Supervisor David Chiu’s office, 1 Carlton B. Goodlett Place (between McAllister & Grove), Room 244

Obscura: A Magic Show
Friday–Saturday, April 8–9 & 15–16,
The Exit Theatre

Join magician Christian Cagigal as he weaves magic, fairy tales and dark fables into an intimate and engaging evening fraught with wonder, mystery and imagination. 156 Eddy Street (between Mason & Taylor), 800-838-3006,

S.F. Vintner’s Market
Saturday–Sunday, April 9–10,
Fort Mason Center

Taste and buy from over 200 wineries pouring new releases, special collections and hard-to-find vintages. Marina Boulevard (at Buchanan), (415) 596-1191,

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday–Sunday, April 9–10 & 16–17, Japantown

San Francisco’s Japantown is one of three remaining in the country, and this festival is the second largest. Celebrate and support the community and the culture with a parade, Cherry Blossom Queen pageant, cultural performances, live music, food, and more. Festival: Post & Buchanan Streets; Parade: starts at City Hall, ends at Post & Fillmore; (415) 563-2313,

Inside Google: The Myths, the Culture and the Secret Sauce
Tuesday, April 19, The Commonwealth Club

Find out the secrets to Google’s success – is it the five-star chefs, free laundry and on-site masseuses? Join Steven Levy of Wired magazine as he shares untold stories and explores the culture, management and mythology of one of the most successful and celebrated companies in history. 595 Market Street (near Second), (415) 597-6700,

The Grateful Dead Movie Event
Wednesday, April 20, Century Theatres, San Francisco Centre 9 

Calling all Deadheads! Previously released in 1977, this one-night nationwide movie event of the band’s concerts at San Francisco’s Winterland Arena in 1974 features never-before-seen interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir. 845 Market Street (near Fourth), (415) 538-8422,  

4th Annual Geoffrey Chaucer
Read-aloud Day
Saturday, April 23, North Beach Library

Brush up on your Middle English and join the Sitdown Readers’ Theatre and read aloud “The Man of Law’s Tale” and “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue” from the Canterbury Tales in a private, comfortable and relaxed setting. Middle English or modern English texts provided. 2000 Mason Street (at Columbus), (415) 274-0270,

Spring Celebration & Easter Parade
Sunday, April 24, Union Street

Put on your Easter bonnet (or not, but there’ll be a contest) and stroll down to the 20th annual Biggest Little Parade in the City. Festival events include a petting zoo, a bouncy house, street performers, food vendors, and more. Union Street from Gough to Fillmore, 800-310-6563, www.

Lavay Smith: Crazy in Love with Patsy Cline
Saturday, April 30, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts

The San Francisco Jazz Festival presents this new show by San Francisco’s favorite sassy chanteuse and her seven-piece band, the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, with special guest Bobby Black on pedal steel guitar. 701 Mission Street (at Third), 866-920-5299,

An Italian Dinner on the Piazza
Sunday, May 1, Sts. Peter and Paul Church

Enjoy a bountiful family-style dinner prepared by Rose Pistola accompanied by Francis Ford Coppola wines to benefit North Beach Citizens, a neighborhood organization for the homeless. Co-hosted by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jeanette Etheredge, so expect poetry readings, film screenings, dancing, and other surprises. 666 Filbert Street (at Powell), (415) 772-0982,



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