Neighborhood Notes: Dance battle, robotic dog painting, and kink – wild weekend ahead!

This weekend is packed with so many good things, including an art lineup with a robotic dog painting; rallies on immigration, climate and housing justice; and, of course, the Folsom Street Fair in the form of #MEGAHOOD2021. Scroll down for more information on a community puzzle swap and how to get free admission to the California Academy of Science.

Tonight: Art Receptions and Auction Deadline Extended

A robot dog named “Spot” joins artist Agnieszka Pilat to launch her exhibition “Thinking Machines: Renaissance 2.0” at the Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission St.) from 6-8 p.m. tonight. Pilat, artist-in-residence at Spot maker Boston Dynamics, teaches the robot to paint.

Pilat’s work explores innovation in the space where art and technology meet, drawing inspiration from works like Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase. It also builds on the theme of the exhibition with paintings and augmented reality reinterpreting Renaissance works by Michelangelo and DaVinci. An artist “trained in the European figurative tradition of painting”, Pilat says her “aim is to deploy this old-school training in a contemporary way”. Reception and exhibition details are available here.

Also tonight, don’t forget to place your final bids for the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness Art Auction. The final submission deadline has been pushed back to 9 p.m. Proceeds will be used to fund the Coalition’s work to protect the lives of people living on the streets and create permanent solutions to homelessness.

Three closing receptions this weekend also ask for your presence. At the Drawing Room (3260-62 23rd St.) on Saturday, September 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., attend the collaborative show and talk by Zoe Ani and Nick Maltagliati entitled “Hard Work & Soft Fruit”. With 10 watercolor and gouache landscapes, they harnessed light and color to illustrate the human connection to the land and the state of our food systems. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Direct Action for Farm Workers. Register to attend here.

The Ark’s Closing Reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Pier 2 building of the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (2 Marina Blvd.) and will feature more than 100 local artists. Browse while listening to music by Motel Club and enjoy treats and drinks by Rye on the Road. Ticketing information and other details are available here.

For their 14th anniversary, Secession Art & Design (3235 Mission St.) is organizing the “Longevity” show, featuring artists Heather Robinson and Makiko Harris. The exhibition ends this Sunday, September 26, but the gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Justice for immigrants, climate, housing, etc.

On Friday, September 24, a second Justice for Haitian Immigrants protest will take place at 4 p.m. at the San Francisco Federal Building (90 7th St.). Participants should bring signs and “your spirit of resistance”. Contact the organizing Haiti Action Committee for more information.

Look no further than the neighborhood (or your computer screen) for more opportunities to learn and take action on current issues. The NorCal Symposium for Climate, Health, and Equity takes place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. online and is co-sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco. The symposium covers topics such as food systems, wildfires and air pollution, advocacy and education with the collaboration of community partners. Register here.

Saturday at 2:30 p.m., an Animal Liberation March will leave from Dolores Park. The moderately paced two-mile walk will draw attention to the pandemic and climate emergency and show “how destructive animal exploitation is to all animals, including humans.” Find more information here.

Sunday, the campaign Cancel the rents! Car Caravan and Rally seeks to continue building “a powerful movement to secure an indefinite moratorium that stops 11 million people from being evicted from their homes”. The demands include an indefinite moratorium on evictions, the rapid advancement of tenant relief funds, the cancellation of rents and the debt accumulated during the pandemic. The caravan will depart from 1875 Marin St. near Evans at 11:30 a.m., and the rally will start at 1:30 p.m. in Garfield Park. Learn more here.

Community Jigsaw Puzzle Swap: “Give a puzzle piece a chance.”

“Puzzles are a great break from screens and a fun way to unwind,” according to a flyer we found posted in the Mission this week. Whether you’ve been picking up puzzles during the pandemic or you’re a seasoned pro, this Sunday’s Puzzle Swap is here to inspire you for new challenges.

From 2-4 p.m. on September 26, drop by the corner of 22nd and Guerrero streets to swap old puzzles for new ones. Everything is free. for each puzzle you bring, take a new puzzle. Masks are mandatory, hand sanitizer will be provided and a table will be set up outside to allow for social distancing. The remaining puzzles will be donated to Community Thrift.

Free Entry to Cal Academy with Vaccination and What We Learned During the Pandemic

There are so many reasons to get vaccinated, and now they include a free trip at the California Academy of Sciences. In addition to protecting yourself and your loved ones and helping California continue to reopen safely, you can get a Daytime or NightLife (21+) admission ticket while supplies last. List of participating vaccination sites available here.

For an overview of the pandemic, Department of Public Health Director Grant Colfax will be at Manny’s on Tuesday, September 28 to talk about our public health system in the latest installment of the “What We’ve Learned” series. “. Learn more and RSVP here.

Tonight: One-on-one dance battle at Skybridge on Stevenson

As part of their attempt to “bring life” to the 500 block of Stevenson Street near 6th Street in SoMa, the community-run Skybridge over Stevenson hosts open-air dance and music festivals every Thursday air. Tonight, from 6-10 p.m., “all styles, levels, abilities and energies are strongly encouraged” to compete for cash prizes in a one-on-one dance battle with local DJs. There will also be performances by distinguished local musical talent with food and drink provided by neighborhood restaurants. Weekly festivals continue until November 18.

Bend over in kink

The Folsom Street Fair takes place this Sunday and is named after its original 1984 moniker this year: MEGAHOOD. #MEGAHOOD2021 still promises the same inclusiveness, temptation and activism of the past with a new vision for the future of sexual liberation. They’ve planned everything with the pandemic in mind, and her instagram provides helpful maps and other information to make the most of the day. Get ready to be naughty on Sundays from 11 a.m. to dusk!

And, just in time, Manny’s (3092 16th St.) is hosting a “Leather, Kink, & Spirituality” panel discussion Friday at 5 p.m. Panelists include activists and a reverend with answers to questions like ‘How can I become more confident in my gender expression? “Where can I find someone who shares my inclinations and desires? and “Can I be freed from the shame I may feel?” RSVP here.