British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové's Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness installation of 40 identical resin and graphite figurative sculptures will be on display in Civic Center Plaza in the summer of 2018. First exhibited in London, this army of statuesque 6.5 feet tall black masked figurines is an exploration of identity, beauty and power in the African diaspora and serves as the work's American debut. As part of the Civic Center Commons Initiative, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and in partnership with the Recreation and Parks Department, is funding the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) to bring…

Art, Events

On December 5th, 2017, San Francisco brought the holiday cheer during the Civic Center Tree Lighting in Civic Center Plaza. As snow (of the manufactured variety) fell from the skies, host Honey Mahogany emceed, providing entertaining banter between performances which included vocalist and X-Factor finalist Jason Brock; a cappella glee club Scales of the City, San Francisco A Cappella, and some wildly exuberant dancing by The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees as well as members of Boxcar Theatre's Speakeasy. What holiday event would be complete without visits from Christmas VIPs such as The Great Dickens Christmas Fair's Scrooge and Ghost of Christmas Present? Not to mention the man-of-the-hour — Santa…

Commons Block Parties, It’s a Wrap!

CIVIC CENTER COMMONS

3rd Thursday evenings of the month / July to October 2017
Events, Market

San Francisco celebrated the final Commons 3rd Thursday Block Party event last week, and while the inaugural season has come to a close, it’s just the beginning of what #WeHaveInCommons. Throughout the inaugural series, music promotion stalwarts from Another Planet Entertainment, People in Plazas, and Noise Pop were the curated an astounding array of exceptional talent. The Commons visitors danced to Cuban all stars, shook to hip rockers, and grooved to beat bumping DJs. Off-the-Grid punched the flavor ticket, bringing food and drink. Visitors also perused museum exhibits, shopped at pop-up book stores, and got crafty with DIY workshops all…