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May 2 · Issue #5 · View online
Tiffany Zhong
let’s just jump right into what’s happening this week! :)

Monday May 2
San Francisco Opera BRAVO! CLUB
111 Minna Gallery · 7pm · $40
San Francisco Opera’s BRAVO! Club is pleased to invite you to a 2016–17 Season Preview with David Gockley, General Director, and Matthew Shilvock, General Director Designate at the chic 111 Minna Gallery. Featuring live musical selections performed by the prestigious resident young artists of San Francisco Opera, the Adler Fellows, this exclusive event is a great opportunity for new opera lovers and aficionados alike to get a sneak peek of what’s to come in 2016 at the San Francisco Opera.
Free Ventures Spring 2016 DEMO DAY
Sutardja Dai Hall · 7pm · Free
Join Free Ventures, Cal’s student-run startup accelerator, for our semi-annual Demo Day on Monday, May 2nd at 7pm in Banatao Auditorium (Sutardja Dai Hall) on Berkeley’s campus. Our 5 startup teams from this semester’s batch will be presenting their companies to an audience of venture capitalists, mentors, industry professionals, and students. The pitch competition will be followed by a networking session and light refreshments.
Girls in Tech: Bytes in the Biergarten
Tied House Microbrewery · 6pm · $20
Join us for the inaugural Silicon Valley Networking Dinner fully sponsored by Hired! We invite you to join us for dinner and drinks followed by networking at as we bring together the best of the best in our community. Mingle with peers, form new relationships and network with professionals from all around Silicon Valley. Get new ideas, meet new colleagues and gain valuable insight from industry leaders in and out of the Bay Area. 
Tuesday May 3
OneSalon: Psychology of Influence
Make School · 7pm · Free
One Salon is a weekly social, cultural, and intellectual gathering of curious individuals that focuses on engaging in stimulating scheduled talks and wonderful ad-hoc conversations with each other. This week, Damian Tew will impart his knowledge on the psychology of influence, and LA-based actress Nelli Tsay will lead us through an activity/game on emotions.
Silent Reading Party
Hotel Rex · 6pm · Free
Presented by Lemony Snicket and Radio Silence. Bring a book to read in absolute silence. Cocktails and food will be available. Proceeds from drink sales will benefit an under-resourced San Francisco Public School Library.
San Francisco Regional Pitch Event
Yelp · 5:30pm · Free
The Technovation Challenge gives young women from San Francisco Area middle and high schools the chance to work with Silicon Valley mentors to build skills and experience in technology and entrepreneurship. Each team has developed a mobile application, business plan and pitch to address a problem in their community, and will share their ideas as a part of the live pitch and App Expo.
Wednesday May 4
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
Product School · 6:30pm · $22
Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? Join us for this workshop featuring Nir Eyal, author of the book “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products,” to learn about the Hooked Model.
Artist Talk with Emma Fineman
The Great Highway Gallery · 6pm · Free
Please join us for an artist talk with Emma FIneman, who will be discussing her work O.S. 1.
Transforming Everything into Wisdom
Pivotal Labs · 6:30pm · $17
How can we blend and integrate deep spirituality with our fast-paced lives? In this talk titled Buddhist Alchemy: Transforming Everything into Wisdom, Yingzhao Liu - International Design Director for LinkedIn - will share her journey of integration, how the experience of presence–of beauty, meaning, and abundance heals us organically, and we are changed from the inside out. On the surface of life, there is a lot of complexity, while at depth, things are very simple. We can practice and live from that deep source, respond with vitality and simplicity in each moment, and facilitate integration for others.
Childhood: Photo Exhibit
Glass Key Photo · 7pm · Free
Glass Key Photo has teamed up with the SF Toy Camera Group to present to you a photo exhibition, titled Childhood. Refreshments will be served.
BIG IDEAS: Why Poetry is Not a Luxury with Brynn Saito
CIIS Public Programs & Performances · 7pm · $10
Poetry is a powerful tool and a useful art that belongs to us all, not a luxury reserved for the privileged. As the great poet, Audre Lorde, once reminded us: “It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change.” In an era of constant distraction, reading and writing poetry can help us attune to the world, sharpen our senses, and illuminate the complexities inherent in our everyday moments. From Rumi to Mary Oliver, discover how making poetry a part of the fabric of your everyday life brings meaning and wonder to busy modern living. 
Women in Hardware brings together female founders, engineers, investors and manufacturers building the future of hardware. In addition to conversation and libations, we’ll be treated to a panel discussion on manufacturing considerations for hardware startups.
Thursday May 5
>> If you’re going to the Tipping Point Benefit, let me know! :)
Pace Gallery Instameet
Pace Gallery · 5pm · Free
Join us for an Instameet at the Pace Gallery Art + Technology by teamLab! It’s a beautiful, immersive gallery with some stunning interactive installations.
After Dark: Identity
Exploratorium · 6pm · $15
Identify yourself: What defines you against, or within, the context of others? From cells to self-image, take a good look at the biological, psychological, and sociocultural circumstances of our individual and collective identities. 
Presidential Innovation Fellows
Autodesk · 5:30pm · Free
Autodesk will be hosting an industry and government innovation salon for Civic-tech entrepreneurs and individuals interested in learning more about the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows Program. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by emailing | Light food and drinks will be served. 
Author William Carlsen offers the true story of the uncovering of the remains of the astonishing Maya civilization that revealed an ancient, widespread and sophisticated culture.
YOU’RE GOING TO DIE: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes is a total open mic event, with no set or featured performers, but only the communal offering for us to explore the conversation of death & dying, to embrace our losses & mortality, to grieve, bereave & honor those we’ve lost & love… While all the while making room for simply being ALIVE.
Join Girls in Tech and Startup Socials for Startup Socials’ Spring Mixer at Origin after Day 1 of the Growth Marketing Conference! Mingle with peers, form new relationships and network with professionals from all around the San Francisco area. 
Friday May 6
Daybreaker SF // Boat Party with Pink Mammoth
Hornblower Cruises & Events · 6:30am · $37
Spring has sprung and what better way to celebrate than by shakin’ it on a Friday morning cruise? We’re partnering with Pink Mammoth + Hornblower Cruises & Events to serve you some funky jams for breakfast on the San Francisco Belle, so come rocking pink or the vibrant colors of spring. This one is going to be WILD!
Hillary Clinton in SF
San Francisco · 5pm · $125
Two of Hillary’s strongest supporters and Democratic women leaders from California, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, will be joining us. Additionally, actress and director, Elizabeth Banks, as well as celebrated author Cheryl Strayed, will be attending as well.
Work + Eat
Creativity Palace · 10am · $22
If you’ve been feeling stuck or desiring that extra push to face the ambitions you desire most, Makespace is the community for you. We help each other not only carve out space to concentrate, but to also take meaningful breaks and share what we’re working on (or simply relax in the hot tub!). Our community consists of designers, coaches, writers, artists, tech marketers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, yogis, engineers, and all types of free-spirited humans.
Steady May Happy Hour
Asiento · 6pm · Free
Steady is back for another fantastic Friday evening at Asiento. We’ve got two great guest DJs lined up to join us, and you know you can expect the best in cold beverages and tasty tapas courtesy of Debi and the crew at Asiento. We’ll kick off at 6pm as usual and keep going until we’re done – so come early and stay late!
Saturday May 7
ArtPoint Annual Gala: Oscar de la Renta
de Young Museum · 8pm · $127
Join us at the de Young for a stylishly subversive soiree—where black ties, leather jackets, and copious amounts of tulle meet late night viewing of Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective, live music, drinks and dancing—as ArtPoint celebrates the inimitable style of one of fashion’s most beloved icons.
17th Annual San Francisco Oysterfest
Sharon Meadow · 11am · $50
Headlined by Chromeo (full live band), with Iamsu!, Kinky, De Lux and Miguel Migs, GZRUS and Johnny Maxwell. Join us for Fresh Oysters, Cold Beer, Full Bar and a great lineup of live music at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park.
2016 North Beach SF Kentucky Derby Party
Tope Lounge · 1pm · $30
It’s that time of year again! Round up your friends and get gussied up for a fabulous afternoon of fancy hats, fabulous fascinators, stylin’ suits and colorful dresses while quenching your spring-time thirst with delicious mint juleps, bourbon cocktails and craft brews, as we celebrate the 142nd ‘run for the roses’ at the 5th annual Tope Lounge North Beach SF Kentucky Derby party!
Uncorked Wine Festival
Ghirardelli Square · 1pm · $60
Ghirardelli Square hosts the 11th Annual Uncorked Wine Festival where we bring top-tier wineries, a Lagunitas garden, live music & entertainment, a PopUpsters craft fair and local food for sale. Portion of ticket proceeds will go to Bay Area Green Tours. 
The Public Works SF · 1pm · $15
A frisky Frisco fiesta featuring 3 stages of music highlighting DJ’s from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, representing different scenes, styles, and sound. This event is about bringing people together and turning up the volume on music and community.
Sunday May 8
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (Bechdel Test Movie Night)
The New Parkway · 5pm · $10
Film version of Jacqueline Susann’s best-selling novel chronicling the rise and fall of three young ladies in show business.
Monday May 9
The Science of Productivity
Commonwealth Club · 6:30pm · $24
Join INFORUM for a thought-provoking discussion with Charles about the science of productivity and how you can learn to be more productive and successful in both your personal and professional lives.
Yoga In A Bar
Virgil’s Sea Room · 6pm · $27
Good music, awesome people, and post-class cocktails - what more could you ask for? 
Autodesk Celebrates Maker-Entrepreneurs
Autodesk Gallery at One Market · 5:30pm · Free
Come meet with a group of diverse maker-entrepreneurs who utilize Autodesk Fusion 360 3D design software or 3D printing to prototype or produce their innovative creations. 
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