Virtual San Francisco Arts Events in May

Cooking classes, dance lessons, and author talks — all on your computer! We'll see you on Zoom.

We know, we know — you’re probably feeling a little antsy, especially now that the shelter-in-place order has been extended by another month. But Bay Area arts groups have an impressive slate of virtual events to attend in May as we all do our part to flatten the curve. We’ll be updating this calendar weekly.

Writers with Drinks
May 22, 12 p.m. Free-$100.

Writers Rebecca Solnit, Jaime Cortez, Lidia Yuknavitch and Charlie Jane Anders fundraise for the Green Arcade bookstore.

CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home
May 13 to May 22. Free.

An Asian American film festival celebrates AAPI heritage month virtually. There’ll be filmmaker talks, live performances, and movie screenings.

Eastwind APA Heritage Month Poetry Reading
May 23, 3 p.m. Free.

Join Kearny Street Workshop direct Jason Bayani, EL Cerrito poet laureate Maw Shein Win, and San Mateo County poet laureate Aileen Cassinetto for a special poetry reading hosted by the Berkeley Asian American bookstore, Eastwind.

My Stroke of Luck
May 27, 7:30 p.m. Pay what you can.

Radiologist Diane Barnes performs excerpts from her show, My Stroke of Luck, for the MarshStream. Barnes details her recovery from a stroke in a “spellbinding and funny” performance.

BindleZoom-Silog Show
May 30, 8 p.m. Free-$50.

Experimental theater space Bindlestiff Studio will be hosting performances by Geek Show, Queer AF, and Granny Cart Gangstas, among others. Proceeds will benefit the Bindlestiff artist relief fund, and tickets are pay what you can.

Through May 30.

The Bay Area Book Festival returns online! Featuring guest speakers like R.O. Kwon, Anthony Doerr, and Viet Thanh Nguyen, #UNBOUND will explore what it means to write during COVID-19, how suspense can make a reader stay up all night, and voting during a pandemic.

Cooking Vegan Filipino Food
Every Tuesday. Free.

Reina Montenegro, founder of the first vegan Filipino food restaurant in San Francisco, Nick’s on Mission, is hosting weekly cooking classes for those interested in vegan Filipino cuisine. This event is free, but donations are appreciated!

Quarantine Oscar Comedy
Every Tuesday. 7 p.m. Free.

Hosted by Bay Area comedians Jeff Dean, Hayley Beacon, and Jordan Thewlis, Quarantine Oscar Comedy presents a weekly rotating roundup of comedians from all over the country.

Premise Comedy
Every Wednesday through shelter-in-place. 8 p.m. Free.

Hosted by Bay Area comedians Jeff Dean, James Mwaura and Andrew Orolfo, this Mission-based underground comedy show is going online.

Smuin’s Virtual Classes
Apr. 13 to May 10. Free-$20.
Enroll here

Learn how to dance from the comfort of your own room — perfect for beginners who may be a little too shy to step into a studio. Smuin Ballet is offering hip-hop, ballet, contemporary, jazz, and character classes for beginner and intermediate levels. These classes are pay what you can!

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