Leila Day

If you walk down Mission Street this weekend you’ll see family members holding pictures of loved ones in one hand and candles in another. You may see ofrendas--small altars set up to pay tribute to people who have passed away. It’s a tradition that’s been present in the Mission for years, but how it’s celebrated depends on who you ask.

Things to do by day, all night long, in theaters, museums, on bicycles, at festivals, and parks. Here’s your Arts/Culture/Weekend for Memorial Day weekend:


THURSDAY / East Bay Bike Coalition

This weekend brings not just Mother’s Day, but National Garden Day, too! Find out some ways to celebrate them both – and where you can exercise your mind and body – in this week’s Arts/Culture/Weekend!


Poems Under the Dome // Go to San Francisco's City Hall to celebrate National Poetry Month. It’s an open-mike event, so bring something to recite, or just listen. It’ll be sheer poetry in either case. // DETAILS: Poems Under the Dome, City Hall, San Francisco, April 18, 5:30pm. Cost: FREE


I don't know about you, but I'm feeling experimental. My arms and ears are open to what the universe has to offer, and luckily this weekend, the Bay Area is brimming with new options: from sounds by young producers, to a vast selection of fresh tastes on the world's most popular, brewed beverage. Let's go adventuring this Arts/Culture/Weekend!

David Black

I used to think festival season was all about summertime magic, bare feet, desert sands and palm trees. But one of the wonders of living in a seasonal twilight-zone like San Francisco is a festival can strike at any time,! Noise Pop is here, a springtime selection of independent music, art and film. There are events going all week so check out the schedule and take your pick. Here are mine, for this week's Arts/Culture/Weekend:

James K. Buck / Wikimedia Commons

Yes, President’s Day is over. No, we don’t have another three day weekend until May, not that I’m counting. But buck up kids, the weekend will not only bring sun, but also the promise of international celebration with Russian festivals, Chinese New Year parades, record-setting rappers, and the glamour of the red carpet as stars gather for the 85th Academy Awards. So, grab your fur hat and a glass of champagne and prepare yourself for a weekend that just might live up to its three-day long predecessor...

Jiro Yoshihara

You may just want to stay home this weekend, after last Sunday’s Super Bowl party. But in case you change your mind, here are some ideas that don’t cost much (if anything), and will keep you informed musically, physically, philanthropically, artistically, and historically. 

Here's your Arts/Culture/Weekend:


Peter Liu, Boxcar Theater

Do you smell something funny in the air? It must be that time of year again—time for SF Sketchfest, the comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. Besides comedic characters, this week the Bay Area offers multiple chances to boogie down with international groovers, comic artists, and a hip-hop dance party that also gives back to the community.