Celebrate the Asian Art Museum’s new exhibition “Seduction: Japan’s Floating World” at a provocative opening party, featuring tunes by DJ Proof and performance art by sex educator Midori. “Seduction” explores the hedonistic Edo period in Japan, taking visitors inside the walled pleasure city of Yoshiwara (present-day Tokyo). Opens Friday. 7-11 p.m. Thursday. Through May 10. $20. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.
Celebrate the 31st Marin Show “Art of the Americas,” known as one of the most significant showcases focused on Antique American Indian, Pre-Columbian, and Spanish Colonial, as well as contemporary American Indian, and Latin American art. The show brings together the passion of the country’s top dealers and artists, with collectors, and those interested in exploring the rich cultures of the Americas. Offering something for everyone, the show’s main floor in the Marin Exhibition Hall focuses on antique material, with the adjacent Embassy Suites Ballroom showcasing contemporary Native and Latin American art and artists. Visit www.marinshow.com for more information or call 310-822-9145. Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags , San Rafael, CA
2015 Lunar New Year: Lion Dancers & Folk Performances. The San Francisco Botanical Garden celebrates Lunar New Year with special performances and hands–on activities in celebration of the Year of the Sheep and the many magnolias from China featured in the garden. See lion dancers, lively folk dances, tai chi performances with dazzling sword forms, and more. Families can enjoy children’s activities and special Story Times. The celebration is free. Make sure to check out the beautiful blooming magnolias in the garden as you enjoy the activities. Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost: Free. San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
Palace After Dark: Film & Light Installation at the Palace of Fine Arts. 100th Anniversary of the Panama-Pacific Int’l Exposition (PPIE). February 20, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the World’s Fair celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal and showcasing San Francisco—its recovery from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake and fire and its world trade potential.
Throughout 2015, the PPIE100, a citywide consortium of cultural, civic, and historical organizations, will conduct centennial programs to commemorate the PPIE’s historical significance and to reflect on its legacy.
View all PPIE 2015 Events – tons of them are free. http://www.ppie100.org/events/
Yerba Buena Gallery Crawl: Third Thursdays in San Francisco’s SoMa district. Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between 2nd and 5th Street, and Market and Harrison Street.
The event is free but an RSVP is recommended to save time at check-in. Pre-register, and use your smart phone or printed ticket to get wristbands at participating art venues.
Look for the yellow balloons for Third Thursday events, and be sure to pick up your wrist band at YBCA for special rates at participating bars and restaurants. All gallery and museum admissions will be free, except for the Contemporary Jewish Museum which will offer a special entry price of $5.
Yerba Buena Third Thursdays
Every Third Thursday. 4-10 p.m.
Yerba Buena Neighborhood, San Francisco