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July Arts Highlights

Summertime Arts

With summer just getting under way, there is plenty of time to catch all the fun San Francisco has to offer, including a vibrant arts scene.

July 1- July 2: Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance
African American Art and Culture Complex
Combining art and activism, Kali Boyce and Celeste Chan curated this multidisciplinary show with the intention of enhancing the “presence, visibility, and artistic excellence” of the LGBT community of color. Honoring the visionary and creative talents of artists emerging from the Harlem Renaissance, queer black artists gather to celebrate with a cabaret of their own original work.

July 2: Scary Cow's Fourteenth Indie Film Festival
Castro Theater, 3pm, see website for ticket prices
Organizers at Bay Area co-op Scary Cow admit that while they may not make the greatest films of all time, they are always fun to create and watch. Scary Crow will showcase short independent films from San Francisco filmmakers and giving viewers a chance to influence the future of cinema. Voters will choose which filmmakers receive funding for new projects.

July 8: Literary Clown Foolery
The Booksmith
July's edition of this monthly event will focus on the works of author Neil Strauss, best known for his best-selling books The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artist and Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life. This evening of “Satire, cabaret and amazing feats of comedy” will feature live adaptations of Strauss interviews, juggling and all plenty of foolery.

July 14: Litquake Celebrates Left Bank Bohemia
Litquake revisits 1920s Paris with readings from beloved authors like Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Miller. Hosted by Tara Jepsen “channeling” Gertrude Stein, the night features excerpts from works from readers paying tribute to the greats. No time machine necessary.

July 15 – July 16: Salsa Festival on The Fillmore
Fillmore St. between Eddy St. and Geary St.
More than 10 bands and 10 venues will participate in this three-block Fillmore takeover where beginners and professionals can salsa the evening away. Food and drinks will accompany dancing in the street.

July 19: Feast of Words
SOMArts Cultural Center
Foodie and literary worlds collide with good food and good books at SOMArts. Hosts Lex Leifheit and Irina Zadov invite writers and foodies to congregate for this monthly potluck where Cole Krawitz reads his poetry and chef Justin Belluomini shares his culinary talents.

July 22 – July 31: Bay Area Playwrights Festival
Thick House Theater
The 34th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival brings together some of the best playwrights from over the globe for two weekends packed with original plays. Featuring seven full-length plays and some shorts, the festival also includes a playwrights panel, workshops and talk-backs.

July 24: The Picklewater Free Circus
Union Square
Clowns, jugglers and contortionists will be on hand for a free mini-circus. With a few years under their belt, this festival breezes through Union Square to entertain, delight and celebrate the rich circus tradition. Featuring Jamie Convetry and Friends, Thomas Truman John and The Family Sardine, the afternoon is promised to be filled with “danger, excitement, laughter and awe.”