Can our cities be locally productive and globally connected? Smart, resilient and infused with poetry and empathy? Is an innovating and inclusive city possible? Featuring community leaders in various fields -- food, technology, politics, architecture and more -- Night of Ideas is a seven hour event bringing together diverse experts and the public to hypothesize what it'll take to get to an ideal urban future. Not just San Francisco-centered, Night of Ideas is taking place in five other cities as well, each reimagining not just how their respected cities will, and can evolve, but all cities. Night of Ideas will…

The Asian Art Museum has debuted its latest outdoor sculpture on its Larkin street steps: Yoshitomo Nara's  Your Dog.  The large, white puppy -- installed during the Year of the Dog -- greets museum goers, Civic Center visitors, and those who live and work in the neighborhood with its whimsical and cartoon-like qualities. Installed at the top of the Larkin Street stairs, the museum encourages visitors to take a picture of Your Dog with your dog and use the hashtag #Naradog. (more…)

Along with our festive Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting on December 5, 5pm-7pm, which includes snow flurries, festive foods and drinks, a toy giveaway from the SFPD for 400 kids, and a wonderful lineup of holiday programming led by Artistic Director Nick A. Olivero -- there are an assortment of other wonderful cheerful activities happening in, and adjacent to, Civic Center public spaces this holiday season. Here are few highlights: (more…)