What to do now: May 31

Summer has unofficially begun and if you’re staying in town, there are plenty of extracurricular activities and events to keep you busy. Check out two new exhibits from Cal Academy that are suitable for all ages, or head out for a fun adults-only evening with art made with Legos. Performances, galas and a massive card sale are also on our radar as we say goodbye to May and hello to June.

A large-scale model of a beautiful orchid mantis demonstrates its dazzling camouflage in the showroom. | Photo courtesy of Kate
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Prepare to evacuate

Make an appointment to catch the just opened Insects and Hidden wonders exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences. Created by the team behind the sets and design for the the Lord of the Rings movies, Insects includes larger-than-life models (think: a 15-foot orchid mantis). Hidden wonderswhich is a permanent exhibit, highlights some of the rarest and most fascinating objects from the museum’s extensive scientific collections (among them, a specimen of Galapagos tortoise over 100 years old).

Insects until Sunday January 22. | Cal Academy


Thursday evening “Brick” evening

Earlier this month, brick art — featuring a contemporary artist Nathan Sawayacreations made with Legos — launched its summer event series, Bricks at Night. Guests aged 21 and over can enjoy a lively art bar, which includes original works by Sawaya as well as his renditions of masterpieces such as Vincent Van Gogh“Starry Night” and Leonardo DeVinciMona Lisa.

Thursdays, until September 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | bricks at night

A multisensory experience at Midway

If you missed the debut of CandyBomber Productions fight at Stanford last week, you’re in luck: The performance, which mixes video game visuals with hip-hop and ballet, makes its San Francisco premiere at Midway this week. (Stick around afterwards for the DJ sets!)

Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, 8 p.m. | fight

Calling all cartophiles

This week and next, SCRAP is hosting its Map Extravaganza, featuring hundreds of maps – rare maps, San Francisco maps, sea maps, world maps, Bay Area military intelligence maps, school maps and more – available for purchase. (Most of the high-quality vintage maps are from a generational donation from the San Francisco Maritime Museum.)

from Thursday June 2 to Saturday June 4; From Thursday June 9 to Saturday June 11. | Extravagance card

Groovin’ for a good cause

SFJAZZ’s annual gala, benefiting the association’s artistic and educational programs, pays tribute to the legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis This year. The main event will include a concert – headlined by Marsalis, Terence BlanchardHarlem String Quartet and more – while Tank and the Bangas and Jesús Díaz y Su QBA are set to perform at the after-party.

Friday, June 3, 8:30 p.m. | SFJAZZ Gala and After-Party

Kick-off of the summer season

Starting this weekend, SF Opéra presents Don Giovanni – a story that dates back to the late 1700s and centers on a legendary womanizer – with Bertrand de Billy conduct mozart‘s score.

From Saturday 4 June to Saturday 2 July. | SF Opera Don Giovanni

Pride on the Peninsula

Celebrate Pride in Filoli with what’s billed as “a weekend of joyful creative expression and experience” – including live performances such as Drag Queen Storytime, Japanese taiko drumming by Queer Taiko and folk dancing traditional Mexican dresses by Folclórico Colibrí. The Woodside house and garden will “burst into rainbow colors as ribbons of remembrance flutter between London plane trees and floral arrangements by Nigella SF decorate the historic interior”.

Saturday June 4 – Sunday June 5. | Pride of Filoli

The power of the flowers

For a limited time this month, the de Young will bloom again as flowers and fine art come together. This year From bouquets to artwhich lasts only six days, presents more than 120 exhibitors in the permanent galleries of the museum.

From Tuesday June 7 to Sunday June 12. | deYoung Museum From bouquets to art

Celebrate 50 years

Kearny Street Workshop, America’s long-standing Asia-Pacific multidisciplinary arts organization, celebrates its 50th anniversary at the San Francisco Mint. Part of a year-long program of festivities, the KSW50 Renewal Gala will be an indoor and outdoor affair with entertainment and an art auction, as well as food and drink.

Saturday, June 11, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | KSW50 Renewal Gala

Ukrainian fundraising

Take part in an evening of music, dance, drama, poetry and entertainment while raising funds for relief in Ukraine. Bring down the walls takes place at the Cowell Theater in Fort Mason.

Saturday, June 11, 7 p.m. | Bring down the walls

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