From art openings to open art studios, this week is a feast for the eyes. These events are among the more promising we came across, so enjoy!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
ELECTION WATCH PARTY: After you do your civic duty and polls close, join the League of Pissed Off Voters at El Rio to watch the results — some will come in — and celebrate the end of another election season. "Need to dance out some of that election season stress? DJ Such n Such (a longtime League member) will be spinning from 10:00 p.m. to Midnight." Plus, "A bunch of other progressive groups and candidates will be at either El Rio or next door at Virigil's Sea Room, so it should be one hell of a party!" El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, 8 p.m., Free
ROBERT REICH: City Arts and Lectures presents Robert Reich, "one of the nation’s leading experts on work and the economy, is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton." His interviewer, interestingly, is Mark Bittman, formerly of the New York Times. Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, 7:30 p.m., $30
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4
PHOTOGRAPHY OPENING: Good news — Oracle World has left SoMa, so it's safe to venture down Third Street again. And just in time, too, as it's the opening reception for "You’ll Find It Where It Is, Photographs and installation by Sonja Thomsen," at the wonderful RayKo Photo Center. Site-specific in nature, Thomsen "is using this show as an opportunity to pull and tease out one part of the larger Glowing Wavelengths In Between exhibition that was featured at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago earlier this year. Glowing Wavelengths in Between is, in the artist’s words, 'a rumination on the very physicality of seeing.' In the words of Gregory Harris, curator at the DPAM, 'Sonja Thomsen’s photographs and installations create a tangible means to experience the ephemeral qualities of light, recalibrating our perceptions of the visible world.' RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third Street, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Free
SKI MOVIE: For the ski bums out there who were "stoked" at the recent first Tahoe snowfall: Get further excited with a big ski movie, the 66th edition of the iconic winter sports film series from Warren Miller Entertainment], "a celebration of why we commit ourselves every winter to a passion that’s guaranteed to melt away every spring." Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon Street, 7:30 p.m., $20
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5
BONDAX SHOW: Bondax, who are pretty enjoyable, play 1015 Folsom. Roosevelt opens with a DJ set. Here's a track from last year:
1015 Folsom Street, 10 p.m., $17.50
PERFORMANCE: "Experience cutting edge movement, music and design with 'Do Be,' the current artistic collaboration between Post:Ballet and The Living Earth Show. For one-night only, catch an unplugged glimpse of this phenomenal project’s newest chapter, 'Do Be: Pasturing,' featuring an original commissioned score by Jacob Cooper and choreography by Post:Ballet Artistic Director Robert Dekkers. Bring a friend and enjoy this intimate evening of live performance, conversation, and cocktails!" Oasis, 298 11th Street, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. performance, $10
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
DIRTY DANCING: It's the last party of the season for ‘dirtybird,’ a label that's "been dropping basslines and creating smiles on the dance-floor since January 2005. The innovative American house music label has become synonymous with quirky ideas, bass driven funk and a crew of humble characters who like to have fun. The bird logo came from a drawing Barclay Crenshaw (aka Claude VonStroke) used to draw when he was a kid to make his little brother laugh in church. Since creating the label, VonStroke has A&R’d some of the most influential house music producers in the world. A short list includes Justin Martin, Catz ‘n Dogz, Julio Bashmore, Riva Starr, Breach, Shiba San, Eats Everything, J Phlip, Killfrenzy, and many many more - most of whom had their very first records and even created their artist names on dirtybird. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, 9 p.m, all tickets at door, $15 before 11 PM and $20 After.
SEE "INSIDE OUT" OUTSIDE: With food trucks starting at 5 p.m., "grab a blanket and enjoy a fun, free outdoor movie under the stars, complete with free popcorn and It's It ice-ream." Yep, quoted them cause there better be It's Its. The feature is Inside Out which takes place partly in San Francisco and is adorable and wise and very re-watchable if you've already seen it. 386 Arguello Boulevard on the Presidio's Main Post, 6:30 p.m., Free
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
PARTY LIKE IT'S NOLA: "Heron Arts is pleased to present The New Orleanian: A Nola inspired art, music, food, and spirits experience. We are honored to be partnering with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, a non-profit organization providing medical care and social services to musicians based in New Orleans. Together, we are proud to bring the Grammy award winning Rebirth Brass Band to Heron Alley in the SOMA district of San Francisco." These folks will even be closing traffic on the alley to welcome Rebirth and all other things Nola. Heron Arts, 7 Heron Street, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., $40
FAIR: The Real Future Fair, a two-day series of events and programs with lots of talks and demonstrations, is on Saturday a totally free "day-long civic event, featuring drone demonstrations, a robot petting zoo, a retro future film screening and programming from Code for America, the Bay Area Video Coalition, Counterpulse, Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Long Now. Free and open to the public." Innovation Hangar, 3601 Lyon Street, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Free
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8
GRACE CATHEDRAL LIGHT INSTALLATION: Come explore an exterior presentation of "Fields of Prayer," which is "an integrative, immersive light and sound installation by... 2015 Artists in Residence Elaine Buckholtz and Floor van de Velde of Nighthouse Studio. In celebration of the Year of Technology at Grace Cathedral, Elaine and Floor will be exploring the medium of light and sound as ephemeral phenomena with the potential to unmask hidden aspects of architectural forms and to activate space. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Free
OPEN STUDIOS: "SF Open Studios, the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, is an annual, month-long art event in October and November that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. 2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of SF Open Studios. We invite you to explore our city and find amazing art at every turn. You’ll discover an authentic connection to your art community and artwork in myriad forms, from painting, photography, and printmaking to glass, metal sculpture, and more. The event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the life of the working artist; SF Open Studios simultaneously helps artists build their mailing list, gain new admirers, and ultimately sustain a living making art." This weekend, explore artists' studios in the Mission, the Castro, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Upper Market, and Glen Park. Need help? There's a full online map. 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., Free but RSVP to win artsy prizes!