It’s Science Week at Public Works! We’ve got two fun & fantastic events this week that will have you meeting new folks, enjoying a tasty cocktail (or two), and tickling your brain — and learning a thing or two in the process.
First, start your week in reverse Monday evening (Oct. 30) as Science Friday partners with the Bay Area Science Festival to host Science Friday Trivia at Public Works. Radio host Ira Flatow will be dishing up team trivia (singles welcome: you’ll be paired into teams with like-minded folks) that delves deep into all things science… for instance:
Q: Are the creatures we call daddy-long-legs or harvestmen actually spiders?

Q: Why are the blue-footed booby’s feet … well, blue?

Q: The Kelvin scale measures what exactly?

OK, these aren’t actual SciFri (see what we did there?) trivia questions … but they could be. If you know the answers … Read more ›

The world of Eyesores emerges from the monsterful imagination of Barcelona artist, Xavier Gallego.

Born in a small town outside of Barcelona, Xavier spent his school years entertaining himself by creating an illustrated universe of monsters in his notebook. He never thought his hobby could become his livelihood until his best friend’s mother suggested studying graphic design. Within a few years after graduating Barcelona’s top design school, IDEP, Xavier had worked as Multimedia Director at one of Barcelona’s most innovate advertising agencies as well as chief designer for multiple start-ups. After working in New York for  R/GA as a creative director on experience design, creating award winning experiences for nike and samsung ( Nike Film room, Nike the Black Mamba, Nike SB app, The redesign of nike.com and the Samsung “Jay-Z Magna Carta” app. ) he recently moved to San Francisco.

For loved ones and even new acquaintances, Xavier was known to always … Read more ›

SCENE & HERD – NUMBER ONE is a photographic exhibition featuring surreal and thought provoking composite collaborations by Simon Shackleton and Chele Gutek as well as evocative landscape and macro photography as seen through Simon’s eye.

sceneandherd.org
www.simonshackleton.org
Opening Friday November 10th
7:00 to 9:30pm
 at Roll Up Gallery (Public Works),
located in the Mission District,
at 161 Erie Street (between Duboce & 14th st.)
San Francisco, CA 94103.
Free
21+
https://www.facebook.com/RollUpGallery/

Mayer Hawthorne is a musician, singer-songwriter, and killer DJ from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He grew up on hip-hop, soul, funk, and techno (of course!), and he makes music to love to, to cry to, and to dance to. Tomorrow, Friday Sept. 15, Mayer Hawthorne is making a visit to Public Works, playing a genre-spanning DJ set, and we asked him a handful of questions so our clubgoers can get a better idea of what he’s about. Read on — and don’t miss his set!

 

Since Public Works is primarily a techno-house club and you’re from Detroit (Ann Arbor, to be specific), it’s only natural that we ask you about techno. Was techno a fixture in your musical life growing up? Do you keep up with the present-day situation in house and techno at all?
I was hella conflicted in the ’90s — because I secretly loved a lot of the soulful house and … Read more ›

A solo exhibition by Seren Moran.

‘Knot So Silent’ is an exhibition about opposition and the potential growth learned through conflict.
As of late, I’ve felt overwhelmed by the unsettling, and constant, pull toward identifying everything and everyone solely by their extreme counterpart, particularly within our current political climate.
In response, my work has moved toward capturing the confrontation of extremists, in which I’ve begun creating even higher contrasted images, paring unlikely color combinations with layers of varied textures. I’m capitalizing on the tension while consciously channeling it toward something surprisingly vibrant and optimistic. In this work, I intentionally try and straddle the line between chaos and clarity, combining seemingly contradicting elements into aesthetically pleasing and cohesive pieces.

Through exploring this polarization, I’ve become increasingly aware of the role my gender plays in my approach to conflict, and how this role relates to a history of women finding vibrant and optimistic ways to push through struggle. And so, I’ve … Read more ›

Every other Tuesday, things get a little odd here at Public Works. Odd Salon is a biweekly gathering of storytellers and speakers, united around a common theme — a contemporary twist on the French salons of yore.

Now in its fourth year running, Odd Salon is the rare gathering that is as educational as it is entertaining. Each event features 6 short talks and lectures, presented by recurring Odd Salon veterans (known as Fellows) and newcomers alike. In addition to Odd Salon’s bimonthly events at Public Works, they’ve hosted pop-ups and one-offs with the Long Now Foundation, the California Academy of Sciences, and they produced a sold-out special series on San Francisco history for the California Historical Society.
We caught up with one of Odd Salon’s co-founders and primary curators, Annetta Black, to learn more about what makes Odd Salons … odd, and why you should come visit. Read on!

How did Odd … Read more ›

A San Francisco native, UFO! (born Edwin Garro) came up in the Bay Area’s hip-hop scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s, polishing his scratching and mixing skills alongside legends like DJ Qbert, Shortkut, and DJ Quest. Not long after, he began repping the gritty sounds that were coming straight out of London — jungle and drum & bass.
In 1996, UFO! co-founded the Phunckateck collective, a crew of DJs, musicians, and promoters who threw a weekly party that put drum & bass on the map in San Francisco. Their weekly parties played host to some of the genre’s best-known names — like Roni Size, Photek, Dieselboy, and Goldie, among others.
Fast forward two decades and UFO! is back, playing an all-night, all-vinyl set of drum & bass classics at the Public Works Loft this Thursday, August 3. Another San Francisco original, Audio Angel, aka Rashida Clendening, will join UFO! on the mic. We caught up with UFO! to learn a little bit about his history in … Read more ›