Friday, July 1, 2016

Free fun for the 4th of July Weekend 2016

Pork Belly Stone at the Asian Art Museum
The Bay Area will be hosting many free events, including free admission to both the Asian Art Museum and the Oakland Museum - what could be a better way to celebrate the 4th of July? On Sunday, July 3rd, starting at 1p.m. the Golden Gate Park band will be playing at the bandstand in Golden Gate Park and the LGBT Freedom Band: A Marching Band For Social Change will be playing at Yerba Buena Gardens. The San Francisco Mime Troupe continues its 57th season with more free and lively performances in park settings around the Bay Area with their 2016 production “Schooled.” For lovers of hip-hop, the group "Hieroglyphics," will be performing on stage at Stern Grove. The dance crew Mix’d Ingrdnts and the B-boys of the Golden State Breakers will open the afternoon.  Of course, the 4th ends with fireworks over the bay - visibility depending on our ever present fog.

Asian Art Museum
Sunday, July 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE* | Asian Art Museum

This year is the Asian Art Museum’s 50th anniversary of sharing culture, and the “Emperor’s Treasures” show includes paintings, jades, ceramics, textiles and calligraphy, organized around nine rulers- eight emperors and one empress – from the 12th through the early 20th century, illustrating how the rulers’ tastes and preferences influenced Chinese art over 800 years. It’s an opportunity to see some of the National Palace Museum’s collection, which rarely leaves Taiwan. About half the works have never been seen outside Asia.

The much-hyped pork belly stone is on display, a tiny carved stone which is supposed to represent a pork belly, an item prized by foodies world wide. It even has it’s own hashtag: #PricelessPorkBelly. The museum has also teamed up with 12 Francisco chefs who have prepared their own meat-shaped rock-inspired dishes as part of "Priceless Pork Belly, Plated." For one month only, chefs including Mission Chinese's Danny Bowien and the Slanted Door's Michelle Mah will showcase tribute pork belly entrees at their respective restaurants, which come with limited-edition pork belly buttons. Meals at the participating restaurants are not, alas, free.

Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, July 3 –  opening at 10:00 a.m. The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. Current exhibits include the first only show on Marijuana “Altered States.” The museum also has an exhibit on the current ecological crisis on bees, the Black Panthers, and Dorothea Lange.

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2016. All day Saturday, July 2 – All Day. The Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend on Fillmore Street in San Francisco between Jackson and Eddy Streets. Be prepared for crowds, no parking and the usual MUNI melt-down

Free Fishing Day 2016 on Saturday, July 2 at Pier Seven. Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feel the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? What’s that? You say you never learned to fish? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all Californians to fish on July 2 and Sept. 3 – no fishing license required. If you would like to fish the rest of the year, you can purchase a license online through CDFW’s website.

2016 Frida Kahlo Altar Building on Saturday, July 2 – All Day at Casa Bonampak Celebrate the 109th birthday of Frida Kahlo and her love affair with San Francisco during a week of Fiestas Fridas taking place at locations throughout the Mission District. Oh and wear flowers in your hair. There will be a new documentary about Frida Kahlo from Mexico.

Free Opera at the Ballpark 2016: Carmen. Saturday, July 2 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE* | AT&T Park. Going to see Carmen at the War Memorial Opera House costs, oh, upwards of $200 for good seats. But, thanks to the Opera at the Ballpark program, you can watch a live simulcast of the very same opera on the giant HD screens in the ballpark. Be sure to bring a pillow, dress warmly and carry your own snacks; the ball park hot dogs are pretty expensive for the salt and fat that you get.

The Mime Troop will be performing at various Bay Area location. Here's a brief look at their history of raising hell/ 

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