Art lovers unite! We here at Public Works are coming off a couple wonderful art events last weekend. On Saturday, July 23, we hosted The Murray Invitational: an art show dedicated to all things Bill Murray. It was a blast — because, well, it’s hard not to have a good time with anything Murray-related. Then, the day after, on Sunday the 24th, we hosted a pop-up exhibition courtesy of Pure Evil … otherwise known as San Francisco-based artist and musician Charles Uzzell Edwards. He exhibited a selection of works created from a recent trip across America, in which he retools old porcelain and enamel signs into his signature “Nightmare Series” — seen above. 

And beyond that, we have a couple exciting events coming up that artistically-minded folks should be aware of. Come check them out!

[caption id="attachment_14672" align="alignnone" width="620"] Strider Patton at work.[/caption]

First up, on Friday, July 29, from 6 p.m-9 p.m. is the free … Read more ›

Who is pure e̶v̶i̶l̶ ? Info and Ethos

I’ve just arrived on the West Caost from a PURE EVIL PICKERS trip across the USA, visiting the following cities;

Austin TX – Denver CO – Albuquerque NM – Sedona AZ – Las Vegas NV – Death Valley CA – Zabriskie Point CA – Bakersfield CA – Oakland, CA

Along the way I found ‘rusty gold’, old porcelain and enamel signs, and Im starting to paint these signs with my iconic ‘Nightmare Series’..

Each piece is an unique work of art…

DEATH VALLEY is the culmination of this road trip , a one day exhibition of new work, MADE IN AMERICA.

Somewhere between the 1535 execution of Sir Thomas More and the year 2000, Charles Uzzell Edwards became the street artist known as Pure Evil. It’s a pairing of an odd lineage that has produced fanged bunnies and Warhol-esque portraiture famous throughout the streets and galleries of the world.

A child … Read more ›


The end of June marks one of our favorite times of the year in San Francisco: SF PRIDE! This year marks the 46th annual edition of SF Pride festivities. In light of the terrible tragedy in Orlando, FL, celebrating Pride is more important now than ever. All of us here at Public Works love our queer family and stand firm in solidarity. We invite one and all to join us in celebration of the LGBT community in the Bay Area and worldwide. Here’s what’s on offer:

Thursday, June 23

Drag on Dragon presents Drag Yourself To Pride Prom: Wear It Again Wedding
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
$15 presale tickets available here

We’re kicking off Pride with something different… Drag Prom! Whether you’re a seasoned drag king or queen or looking to dabble, Drag Prom has got you covered. This event will cover both rooms in Public Works, with DJ Brian Urminita in the … Read more ›

“Idols” Strider Patton Solo Exhibition
This series is made to celebrate and honor those who have shared their skills, experiences, and passions to help make the world a better place. Todays world has a false sense of idolism, with celebrity and stardom status being given to those who only seek to better themselves. Through this work, I have imagined what the world could be like if we idolized those who have and are giving their all for us. What do you think the world would be like if their names were household names instead of those who only care about me? 
Strider Patton
Strider Patton has lived his life in the cross roads of public art and altruism. Combining artistic practice from his dad, and social awareness and compassion from his mom, he has been devoting his work toward how art can change the world. After earning a masters degree in applied … Read more ›

Roll Up Gallery is proud to announce, “From Ibiza to San Francisco” a duo exhibition by the exceptional artists: Aida Miró & Simona Marziani.
Aida Miró was born in Ibiza in 1976. She started painting graffiti in the streets in early 90´s. Studies in University of Valencia BA Fine Arts, Postgraduate in Theater Design in UK, PhD in Art Therapy in Madrid, formation in dance and Circus.
She lives and works between Ibiza and New York.
Her interest in painting and dance performance is in the relationship between mind, body and spirit.
Simona Marziani was born in Milan in 1964.
She attend art study in  IED  Institute European of Design, specializing in Illustration.
Since 1995 she dedicated to her own creative work and oil painting.
In 1997 she moved to Ibiza.
Her art has been exposed in Ibiza, Milan and Zurich.
Opening Friday July 1st, 2016
from 6:00 to 9:00pm
at Roll Up Gallery
161 Erie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Curator: … Read more ›

Club Mate is back. We’re sorry to have to keep making this announcement over and over, but we just can’t keep the stuff in stock. As devoted Club Mate lovers know, it’s not only delicious, with a gentle, earthy, slightly sweet flavor and a crisp, carbonated bite, but it’s effective — if Red Bull gives you wings, Club Mate touches you down at a steady 110 kilometers per hour on the Autobahn, and keeps you there. If you’re looking to dance all night (and you probably are if you’re at Public Works), there’s nothing better than a fresh bottle of Club Mate to kick off your night.

As always, it’s only five bucks a bottle. It’s the cheapest and healthiest pick-me-up you could ask for. And as you can see from the picture above, we have a lot of it. So hopefully, this will be the last time we’ll have to … Read more ›

It’s one of our favorite times of the year: San Francisco International Film Festival season! The Festival is celebrating its 59th year in operation, and Public Works is proud to be hosting the festival’s opening night party on Thursday, April 21.

The Festival opens with a blast from the past at the Castro Theatre, courtesy of director Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, a period piece and vintage rom-com based on the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan. The film stars Kate Beckinsale (who is expected to attend the film alongside director Stillman) as a widowed social climber, fumbling her way throughout high society as she attempts to gain matrimonial advantage for herself and her daughter. It’s set to be a fun, playful trip back into history which will feel remarkably contemporary in its analysis of class and its humor.

Afterwards, head over to Public Works for the afterparty! Kicking off at 9 … Read more ›